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NTSB: Battery Defect Cause of Boeing 787 Fire

Defects in design and certification were responsible for a lithium-ion battery fire on a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Boston last January, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the incident. The fire prompted an immediate grounding of Dreamliners by the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as … Read more »

Boeing

Boeing Seeks Approval for Green Diesel for Flights

Boeing is seeking approval for aircraft to fly on green diesel, made from oils and fats, that emits at least 50 percent less CO2 than fossil fuel over its lifecycle. A Boeing analysis found green diesel is chemically similar to today’s aviation biofuel. If approved, green diesel could be blended … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Tesla, CNGas, AmpCNG, GE Honda Aero Engine

The California treasurer will give electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors a $34.7 million tax break in a bid to help the company ramp up production, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. Under the agreement, the automaker will not have to pay sales and use tax on new manufacturing equipment up to … Read more »

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FAA, Airlines, Universities to Develop Cleaner Jet Fuels

The Federal Aviation Administration has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) that aims to benefit airlines by developing cleaner jet fuels and exploring other ways to meet next-generation air transportation environmental and energy goals. Led by Washington State University and the … Read more »

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Boeing Dreamliner Fire Investigation Focuses on Honeywell Beacon

A Honeywell emergency beacon may have caused last week’s fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and should be turned off, British aviation officials said yesterday. Boeing says it supports the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s (AAIB) recommendations and remains “confident the 787 is safe.” Also on Thursday, a Japan Airlines … Read more »

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Dreamliner Woes Continue With Brake Issues

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing on Sunday because of a brake system problem, which marks the third time this month that a Dreamliner airplane has run into problems, AFP reports. The United Airlines flight was en route to Denver from Houston when the problem with … Read more »

NASA

NASA Clears Biofuel-Powered Jets for Takeoff

NASA researchers say commercial airlines can safely fly using plant-based biofuel, following successful test flights in California. The flights studied the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitudes typically flown by commercial airliners. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS) experiment … Read more »

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FAA Approves Boeing 787 Dreamliner Battery Modifications

The FAA has approved battery system improvements for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, clearing the way for the grounded fleet to resume commercial flights in about a week. The fuel-efficient Dreamliner has been grounded since January following a lithium-ion battery fire on a Japan Airlines plane in Boston and an emergency landing … Read more »

United Airlines

United Launches Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative

United Airlines says it will measure and evaluate the sustainability of its suppliers’ products and operations and then set targets for improvements in 2014. The survey is part of United’s sustainable supply chain initiative. United says it will also integrate environmentally focused questions into its request for proposal process. The … Read more »

Boeing, USDA, FAA Extend Aviation Biofuels Program

The USDA has extended for five years its agreement to work with the FAA and commercial aviation partners, including Boeing and industry trade group Airlines for America, to help develop a viable biofuel for the aviation industry. The new agreement follows the 2010-2012 Farm to Fly initiative, a collaboration between … Read more »

FAA Approves Boeing Dreamliner Battery Tests

Boeing has received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration to test improvements to the 787 Dreamliner’s battery system — the first step in winning FAA approval to resume commercial 787 flights. The fuel-efficient Dreamliner has been grounded since January following a lithium-ion battery fire on a Japan Airlines plane … Read more »

Boeing, American Airlines’ Protoype Plane Finds 2% Potential Fuel Savings

Fuel-efficient technologies tested on Boeing and American Airlines’ ecoDemonstrator airplane can cut fuel consumption by 2 percent, Boeing has told Environmental Leader. Technologies on the ecoDemonstrator include fuel-saving flight trajectory methods and a regenerative fuel cell that uses surplus energy — produced when the plane is cruising, for example — … Read more »