Aviation and space

Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher dies at 87

He built the industry’s biggest discount carrier and set the standard for budget air travel.

This county is ready to take off — and not just at the airport

Commercial air service is just one of several big factors likely to drive business in 2019.

Deputy defense secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks to reporters on the steps of the River entrance of the Pentagon on Wednesday. President Donald Trump says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his post on Jan. 1. Trump announced Mattis’ new departure date in a tweet, and said he’s naming Shanahan as acting secretary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

Former Boeing exec steps into spotlight after Mattis’ ouster

Deputy defense secretary Patrick Shanahan was at Boeing for 30 years, mostly on the commercial side.

Deputy defense secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks to reporters on the steps of the River entrance of the Pentagon on Wednesday. President Donald Trump says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his post on Jan. 1. Trump announced Mattis’ new departure date in a tweet, and said he’s naming Shanahan as acting secretary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

With 10 more 767 leases, Amazon will have 50 air freighters

The company is building its own fleet to reduce reliance on delivery companies like FedEx.

Airbus stock tumbles on report US has joined bribery probe

Investigations of the European company involve possible bribery in securing passenger jet sales.

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

The move comes amid growing concerns that China and Russia are working to disrupt U.S. satellites.

Boeing sets new $20 billion buyback plan, raises dividends

It’s a sign the planemaker doesn’t intend to stop showering cash on investors anytime soon.

Boeing buying 80% stake in Embraer for $4.2 billion

Boeing will have operational and management control. Embraer keeps consent rights for some decisions.

Boeing has its eye on 58 acres on west side of Paine Field

The airplane builder, which is vague about its plans, will have up to two years to study the site.

Edmonds pilot inspires children to seek the skies

A flight as a boy inspired Greg Bell. He’s now made 100 flights to bring in the next generation.

Boeing to open its first 737 plant in China

The ribbon-cutting risks being overshadowed by trade tensions.

Mexican Boeing 737 jet damaged in possible drone hit

Images on local media showed considerable damage to the nose of the passenger plane.

Flight returns to Seattle after human heart was left onboard

Passengers’ reaction was of kindness because everyone on board “was happy to save a life.”

North Creek High School junior Austin Mitchell learns to fly using a $14,000 Redbird flight simulator in Northshore School District’s new Introduction to Aviation class. (Northshore School District)

Northshore District students soar in new aviation class

Many in the class are contemplating careers as pilots, air traffic controllers or engineers.

North Creek High School junior Austin Mitchell learns to fly using a $14,000 Redbird flight simulator in Northshore School District’s new Introduction to Aviation class. (Northshore School District)

Lion Air leader talks of slashing Boeing jet orders

The carrier is furious at Boeing for what he sees as an effort to deflect blame for the Oct. 29 crash.

Navy ‘terminating discussions’ about impact of Growlers

The law requires federal agencies to consider the effects a project may have on historic properties.

Lion Air crash sheds light on dark side of cockpit automation

Features that have made flying safer may have the unintended consequence of confusing pilots.

US pilots want more training on new Boeing jet after crash

The MAX 737 automated anti-stall system is under scrutiny after a deadly crash in Indonesia.

Report faults safety failures, defects in Lion Air crash

Black box data show a Boeing 737’s automatic safety system repeatedly pushed the plane’s nose down.

Airbus plans to tweak A330 to fend off Boeing’s new jet

An A330neo would be designed for shorter trips, with lower-thrust engines than the present model.