SkyWest cabin pressure emergency spurs FAA probe

Apr 23, 2015

SkyWest cabin pressure emergency spurs FAA probe

U.S. investigators are looking into why a SkyWest Inc. airplane with 75 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the flight crew reported a pressurization problem and declared ...

Apr 7, 2015

Landing gear problem prompts JAL 787 to return to Moscow

A Japan Airlines passenger aircraft, a Boeing 787 service bound for Tokyo, returned to a Moscow airport and made an emergency landing Monday just after taking off because of a landing gear problem, RIA Novosti news agency said. Japan Airlines said no one was ...

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

Jan 26, 2015

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

Afghanistan’s armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed “flying tractors,” to bolster their air power. With new planes capable of engaging Taliban insurgents delayed by over ...

One of the last YS-11 passenger planes up for sale

Nov 28, 2014

One of the last YS-11 passenger planes up for sale

The transport ministry is inviting bids for one of the last YS-11s, the only Japanese-developed civilian passenger airplane. After this particular plane left commercial service, it was used by the ministry to check radio waves that guide arriving airplanes to runways at airports across ...

Japan's first homegrown airliner finally unveiled

Oct 18, 2014

Japan's first homegrown airliner finally unveiled

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. on Saturday finally unveiled Japan’s first homegrown passenger jet following three delays. The subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. rolled out the new twin-engine Mitsubishi Regional Jet at a plant in the town of Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, where the midsize aircraft ...

Aug 20, 2014

Government eyes commercializing next-generation domestic aircraft by 2030

The technology ministry will launch research and development in fiscal 2015 aimed at commercializing next-generation domestically manufactured passenger airplanes by around 2030, according to ministry officials. Although Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is developing small MRJ passenger jets, aircraft development requires a huge amount of money ...

MSDF plays up airborne patrols

May 16, 2014

MSDF plays up airborne patrols

The Maritime Self-Defense Force for the first time has allowed reporters onboard a P-3C patrol plane during a nighttime surveillance training flight designed to prepare for an invasion or other threat to Japan. Such patrols are held regularly as part of warning and surveillance ...