Aviation and space

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.
Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad personnel land and disembark from a Hughes 369D helicopter on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at Temsco Helicopters Inc in Ketchikan, Alaska. The KVRS, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Forest Service responded to a radio beacon alert from a downed Southeast Aviation de Havilland Beaver float plane that was carrying five passengers from the Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam, according to Coast Guard, Holland America and KVRS information. The sightseeing plane crashed Thursday in southeast Alaska, killing all six people on board, the U.S. Coast Guard said.  (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

Reduced visibility hampers Alaska plane wreckage effort

Six people died when the sightseeing tour of Misty Fjords National Monument crashed.

Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad personnel land and disembark from a Hughes 369D helicopter on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at Temsco Helicopters Inc in Ketchikan, Alaska. The KVRS, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Forest Service responded to a radio beacon alert from a downed Southeast Aviation de Havilland Beaver float plane that was carrying five passengers from the Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam, according to Coast Guard, Holland America and KVRS information. The sightseeing plane crashed Thursday in southeast Alaska, killing all six people on board, the U.S. Coast Guard said.  (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)
The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field airport on June 6, 2019. The operations center is located next the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. (Janice Podsada / Herald file)

FedEx to begin weekday flights between Paine Field, Memphis

The cargo carrier has taken over the lease for the Dreamlifter center, which Boeing no longer needs.

The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field airport on June 6, 2019. The operations center is located next the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. (Janice Podsada / Herald file)
Eviation's all-electric Alice cargo plane in DHL livery. (Eviation) 20210803

DHL Express orders 12 electric cargo planes from Eviation

Eviation has engineering facilities in Arlington and expects to test fly its first electric aircraft this year.

Eviation's all-electric Alice cargo plane in DHL livery. (Eviation) 20210803
FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, an Airbus A380 takes off for its demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget airport, north of Paris. European planemaker Airbus reports that it made 1.87 billion euros profit in the second quarter. That's a relief after a loss in the same quarter a year ago during the depths of the pandemic shutdowns and travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Airbus, Boeing rivalry is back on as sales campaigns pick up

The improving outlook comes amid a travel reopening that’s gathering pace in some key markets.

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, an Airbus A380 takes off for its demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget airport, north of Paris. European planemaker Airbus reports that it made 1.87 billion euros profit in the second quarter. That's a relief after a loss in the same quarter a year ago during the depths of the pandemic shutdowns and travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
A line of Southwest Air Boeing 737 jets are parked near the company's production plant while being stored at Paine Field Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. Boeing reported its first quarterly profit since 2019 and revenue topped expectations, as the giant aircraft maker tries to dig out from the most difficult stretch in its history. Boeing said Wednesday, July 28, 2021, that it earned $567 million in the second quarter, compared with a $2.4 billion loss a year ago. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Boeing, for first time since 2019, has a profitable quarter

The earnings hint at a potential turnaround after one of the worst financial crises in the company’s history.

A line of Southwest Air Boeing 737 jets are parked near the company's production plant while being stored at Paine Field Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. Boeing reported its first quarterly profit since 2019 and revenue topped expectations, as the giant aircraft maker tries to dig out from the most difficult stretch in its history. Boeing said Wednesday, July 28, 2021, that it earned $567 million in the second quarter, compared with a $2.4 billion loss a year ago. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
File - In this Sept. 24, 2014 file photo, smoke hangs over Reno-Tahoe International Airport as a plane takes off in Reno, Nev. A shortage of jet fuel, coupled with supply chain issues and an urgent demand from firefighting aircraft, continues to cause problems at airports around the West. In Nevada, state and federal lawmakers said they are investigating a possible shortage of jet fuel that could delay cargo delivery and passenger travel at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the coming days. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine, File)

Airports in the US West dealing with shortage of jet fuel

Supply chain issues and an urgent demand from firefighting aircraft have combined to cause problems.

File - In this Sept. 24, 2014 file photo, smoke hangs over Reno-Tahoe International Airport as a plane takes off in Reno, Nev. A shortage of jet fuel, coupled with supply chain issues and an urgent demand from firefighting aircraft, continues to cause problems at airports around the West. In Nevada, state and federal lawmakers said they are investigating a possible shortage of jet fuel that could delay cargo delivery and passenger travel at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the coming days. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine, File)
This photo provided by Blue Origin,   Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, exits the  Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule after it parachuted safely down to the launch area with passengers Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.  (Blue Origin via AP)

Blue Origin’s Bezos reaches space on 1st passenger flight

The Amazon founder is the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft.

This photo provided by Blue Origin,   Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, exits the  Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule after it parachuted safely down to the launch area with passengers Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.  (Blue Origin via AP)
The first flight for United Airlines servicing Paine Field taxis to the gate on March 31, 2019. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Come October, United Airlines will discontinue flights at Paine Field

The airline is one of two commercial carriers at the Everett airport. United flies to Denver.

The first flight for United Airlines servicing Paine Field taxis to the gate on March 31, 2019. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020 file photo, a motorcyclist cruises past the Renton, Wash., Boeing plant where 737's are built. Boeing is temporarily lowering its delivery target for the 787 Dreamliner after discovering additional work that will need to be performed on the aircraft. The company said Tuesday, July 13, 2021, that the 787 production rate will temporarily be lower than five per month and will gradually return to that rate. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, File)

Boeing cuts production on the 787 to address a new flaw

The problem is on the forward pressure bulkhead, which keeps the plane’s interior pressurized.

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020 file photo, a motorcyclist cruises past the Renton, Wash., Boeing plant where 737's are built. Boeing is temporarily lowering its delivery target for the 787 Dreamliner after discovering additional work that will need to be performed on the aircraft. The company said Tuesday, July 13, 2021, that the 787 production rate will temporarily be lower than five per month and will gradually return to that rate. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, File)

Applications open for aviation jobs protection program

It’s funded by the federal American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill enacted in the spring.