Aviation and space

Report: Criminal indictment coming for former Boeing official

Mark Forkner was the 737 Max Chief Technical Pilot who is alleged to have lied to aviation regulators.

 

In this image taken provided by SpaceX, a capsule carrying four people parachutes into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. The all-amateur crew was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut.  (SpaceX via AP)

Everett man returns safely to Earth after 3-day space orbit

The 4-person, all-amateur crew was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut.

 

Workers build the first all-electric commuter plane, the Eviation Alice, at Eviation's plant on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

All eyes on Alice, the electric plane made in Arlington

If all goes well, Eviation’s battery-powered airplane will make its debut test flight later this year.

 

Boeing sells land for $200M in plan to shrink holdings

Boeing has sold 310 acres of undeveloped land next to its Frederickson manufacturing plant.

In this Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 photo made available by SpaceX, from left, Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux sit in the Dragon capsule at Cape Canaveral in Florida, during a dress rehearsal for the upcoming launch. The fully automated Dragon is the same kind that SpaceX uses to send astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA. But the chartered flight won't be going there. (SpaceX via AP)

Everett man launched into space for 3 days of orbiting Earth

Chris Sembroski and three others will soar 100 miles higher than the International Space Station.

In this Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 photo made available by SpaceX, from left, Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux sit in the Dragon capsule at Cape Canaveral in Florida, during a dress rehearsal for the upcoming launch. The fully automated Dragon is the same kind that SpaceX uses to send astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA. But the chartered flight won't be going there. (SpaceX via AP)

Boeing moving 150 jobs from Washington and California to Texas

The affected jobs are in the company’s global parts distribution unit.

Chris Sembroski of Everett during an interview for the Netflix series "Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space." (Netflix) 20210913

Follow Everett’s civilian astronaut as he journeys into space

Chris Sembroski is one of four aboard the SpaceX Inspiration4 orbital mission, scheduled for launch Wednesday.

Chris Sembroski of Everett during an interview for the Netflix series "Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space." (Netflix) 20210913
The crew of the Inspiration4 orbital mission of SpaceX during airborne training in zero gravity, from left: Chris Sembroski of Everett, Hayley Arceneaux of Memphis, Tennessee, Jared Isaacman of Washington, New Jersey, and Sian Proctor of Phoenix. (SpaceX) 20210913

All-civilian crew, with Everett astronaut, poised for launch

Chris Sembroski and three others are scheduled to fly into space Wednesday on a private orbital mission.

The crew of the Inspiration4 orbital mission of SpaceX during airborne training in zero gravity, from left: Chris Sembroski of Everett, Hayley Arceneaux of Memphis, Tennessee, Jared Isaacman of Washington, New Jersey, and Sian Proctor of Phoenix. (SpaceX) 20210913
Commercial Aircraft Interiors General Manager James Barnett stands in a warehouse aisle of 777 overhead bins at the company's new building on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Commercial Aircraft Interiors General Manager James Barnett stands in a warehouse aisle of 777 overhead bins at the company's new building on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
FILE - The logo for Boeing appears on a screen above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Despite the pandemic's damage to air travel, Boeing says it's optimistic about long-term demand for airplanes. Boeing said Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 that it expects the aerospace market to be worth $9 trillion over the next decade. That includes planes for airlines and military uses and other aerospace products and services. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Pandemic hasn’t dimmed Boeing’s rosy prediction for planes

The company is bullishly predicting a $9 trillion market over the next decade.

FILE - The logo for Boeing appears on a screen above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Despite the pandemic's damage to air travel, Boeing says it's optimistic about long-term demand for airplanes. Boeing said Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 that it expects the aerospace market to be worth $9 trillion over the next decade. That includes planes for airlines and military uses and other aerospace products and services. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)
Its business as usual in spite of construction starting on the Harvey Airfield runway on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  Planes use the grass/dirt runway as the asphalt runway gets a new facelift. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Harvey Field runway gets a makeover, the first in 40 years

Aviation-related federal revenue is covering the cost. The Snohomish airport has been family-owned since 1944.

Its business as usual in spite of construction starting on the Harvey Airfield runway on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  Planes use the grass/dirt runway as the asphalt runway gets a new facelift. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A Vashon Aircraft Ranger R7 in flight. (Vashon Aircraft) 20210902

Another airplane manufacturer relocates to Arlington airport

Vashon Aircraft, which produces a sport plane, is consolidating work previously done in Woodinville and Everett.

A Vashon Aircraft Ranger R7 in flight. (Vashon Aircraft) 20210902
Darby O"Neil, left, and Stanislav Ryakhovskiy practice riveting as Apprentice Instructor John Kraft watches on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. ATS, which repairs and overhauls passenger jets for Southwest Airlines and FedEx among other customers, offers a unique 18-month apprenticeship program. Once a month, ATS puts about 10 new apprentices through a orientation. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Airplane mechanics are few, so this company trains its own

The paid apprenticeship program at Aviation Technical Services is helping rebuild a skilled workforce.

Darby O"Neil, left, and Stanislav Ryakhovskiy practice riveting as Apprentice Instructor John Kraft watches on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. ATS, which repairs and overhauls passenger jets for Southwest Airlines and FedEx among other customers, offers a unique 18-month apprenticeship program. Once a month, ATS puts about 10 new apprentices through a orientation. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Airbus nabs $4.9 billion order from Boeing customer Jet2

Boeing had supplied Jet2 with its 737 model in the past.

Boeing employees’ safety independence is under scrutiny by FAA

Many company engineers who were surveyed said they couldn’t raise concerns without interference.

Virgin Orbit Boeing 747-400 rocket launch platform, named Cosmic Girl, takes off from Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave (MHV) on its second orbital launch demonstration in the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

Branson’s Virgin Orbit to list in SPAC deal backed by Boeing

The satellite-launch company uses a customized Boeing 747 jumbo jet to launch its reusable rockets.

Virgin Orbit Boeing 747-400 rocket launch platform, named Cosmic Girl, takes off from Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave (MHV) on its second orbital launch demonstration in the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)
From left, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett; Everett Community College President Daria Willis; Herman Calzadillas, dean of the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center; Brandon Anderson, legislative director for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace; and Elliott Black, director of U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program. They were touring the Advanced Manufacturing Center at EvCC on Friday. (Janice Podsada / The Herald) 20210820

After 100,000 lost jobs, aviation industry aims to roar back

The director of the Aviation Jobs Protection Program heard survival stories Friday from aviation companies in Everett.

From left, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett; Everett Community College President Daria Willis; Herman Calzadillas, dean of the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center; Brandon Anderson, legislative director for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace; and Elliott Black, director of U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program. They were touring the Advanced Manufacturing Center at EvCC on Friday. (Janice Podsada / The Herald) 20210820
Boeing 737 Max airplanes sit parked in a storage lot, Monday, April 26, 2021, near Boeing Field in Seattle.  Boeing is paying $17 million and promising to take steps to fix production problems with its popular 737 jets. The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday, May 27,  that the settlement covers the installation of unapproved sensors and other parts on some Boeing 737 models including NGs and the Max.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Boeing poised to win crucial 737 Max deal in India

A new Indian low-cost airline is in talks with Boeing to purchase 737 Max jets.

Boeing 737 Max airplanes sit parked in a storage lot, Monday, April 26, 2021, near Boeing Field in Seattle.  Boeing is paying $17 million and promising to take steps to fix production problems with its popular 737 jets. The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday, May 27,  that the settlement covers the installation of unapproved sensors and other parts on some Boeing 737 models including NGs and the Max.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Boeing 737 Max 10 airplane landing at Boeing Field in Seattle on June 18, 2021. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Chona Kasinger.

Boeing delivers more 737 Maxs as other orders are canceled

In July, Boeing delivered 28 commercial jets, won 31 gross orders and had 17 orders canceled.

The Boeing 737 Max 10 airplane landing at Boeing Field in Seattle on June 18, 2021. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Chona Kasinger.
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