Aerospace http://www.kplu.org en Washington companies could help NASA get humans to Mars http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-companies-could-help-nasa-get-humans-mars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington companies could have a major role in future trips to the moon, an asteroid or Mars. NASA engineers are in Seattle this week meeting with contractors working on </span><a href="http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Orion program</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, designed to launch astronauts far into space, well beyond where the space shuttle traveled.</span></p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7867 at http://www.kplu.org Washington companies could help NASA get humans to Mars Boeing's Dreamliner woes will likely dominate aerospace conference http://www.kplu.org/post/boeings-dreamliner-woes-will-likely-dominate-aerospace-conference <p></p><p>The problems surrounding Boeing’s flagship 787 Dreamliner are likely to dominate an annual aerospace conference taking place north of Seattle this week.</p><p>The conference will draw about 400 people from airplane manufacturers, suppliers and airlines. Conference topics include biofuels, airplane interiors and the health of the airline industry.</p><p>But the issue looming over the entire meeting will be how long it will take to fix the Dreamliner’s batteries and get the plane back in the air for passengers.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:51:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 7779 at http://www.kplu.org Local aerospace still strong, but sector must not rest on its laurels http://www.kplu.org/post/local-aerospace-still-strong-sector-must-not-rest-its-laurels <p>Washington State inspires envy all over the globe for the large and growing number of high-wage jobs located in the Puget Sound region.</p><p>At the heart of our economy is Boeing and the aerospace sector that has grown up around it.&nbsp;Government leaders, unions and policy experts have been patting themselves on the back lately for keeping and growing these jobs.</p><p>They also know the competition never rests.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:55:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3764 at http://www.kplu.org Local aerospace still strong, but sector must not rest on its laurels Boeing employs 80,000; many more workers needed soon http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-employs-80000-many-more-workers-needed-soon <p>The same day Boeing announced it is employing more than 80,000 workers in Washington for the first time in nearly a dozen years, Sen. Maria Cantwell said the state needs 21,000 more educated and trained workers to fill jobs in the aviation industry in the next decade.</p><p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:03:56 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 2977 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing employs 80,000; many more workers needed soon State to get $3 million for aerospace training http://www.kplu.org/post/state-get-3-million-aerospace-training <p>Governor Chris Gregoire is directing that $3 million in federal <a href="http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_WIA.asp">Workforce Investment Act</a> funds go to aerospace training programs in Washington.</p><p>She made the announcement Tuesday while speaking from a balcony overlooking the 737 line at Boeing&#39;s Renton factory. Tue, 17 May 2011 20:53:34 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1616 at http://www.kplu.org State to get $3 million for aerospace training Seattle's Museum of Flight says no shuttle is sad, but they're getting the next-best thing http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-museum-flight-says-no-shuttle-sad-theyre-getting-next-best-thing <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-963091.mp3</p><p>It&#39;s a day of disappointment in the northwest for fans of US space exploration.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle&#39;s Museum of Flight got official word this morning that it will <strong>not</strong> be home to one of the three space shuttles NASA is retiring.&nbsp; And it won&#39;t get the prototype Enterprise (which was only used for test flights and never reached space) either.</p><p>The shuttles are going to:</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:40:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1189 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's Museum of Flight says no shuttle is sad, but they're getting the next-best thing Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-museum-flight-wont-get-space-shuttle <p>NASA says Seattle&#39;s Museum of Flight won&#39;t get to display one of the retiring space shuttles. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:40:21 +0000 Gary Crawford & The Associated Press 1184 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle Museum of Flight a hopeful contender for Tuesday's space shuttle decision http://www.kplu.org/post/museum-flight-hopeful-contender-tuesdays-space-shuttle-decision <p>The odds are about<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014715435_shuttle08m.html"> one in seven</a>.&nbsp; That&#39;s the skinny on Seattle&#39;s bid to become a host site for one of NASA&#39;s retiring space shuttles.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle Times writer Jack Broom sums up the situation nicely in that paper&#39;s latest story on the question. Broom notes the Museum of Flight&#39;s chances were diminished slightly last week:</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 01:04:48 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1178 at http://www.kplu.org Museum of Flight a hopeful contender for Tuesday's space shuttle decision WTO rules Boeing received illegal government subsidies http://www.kplu.org/post/wto-rules-boeing-received-illegal-government-subsidies <p>The World Trade Organization has ruled that some&nbsp;U.S. government aid to aircraft maker Boeing Co. is illegal.&nbsp;</p><p>The WTO&#39;s report details findings first issued in private to the&nbsp;EU and U.S. in January. It says the EU has demonstrated the U.S. gave Boeing &quot;export&nbsp;subsidies that are prohibited&quot; and recommends the U.S. either&nbsp;withdraw them or &quot;take steps to remove the adverse affects.&quot;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:24:10 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1114 at http://www.kplu.org WTO rules Boeing received illegal government subsidies Boeing Company hiring 100 people a week http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-company-hiring-100-people-week <p>Here&#39;s some good news in a down economy.&nbsp; Michelle Dunlop writes in The Herald of Everett that<a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110322/BIZ/703229816"> Boeing is hiring 100 people a week</a> and has been doing it for the past several months.</p><p>Dunlop writes:</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:51:25 +0000 Paula Wissel 1059 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing Company hiring 100 people a week Premiere of 747-8 to cap big week for Boeing http://www.kplu.org/post/premiere-747-8-cap-big-week-boeing <p>It's been a big week for aerospace in the Puget Sound region. The Boeing company turned in its final bid for the air force refueling tanker on Thursday. CEO Jim McNerney took his <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2011/02/10/boeing-to-build-737-replacement-ceo.html">strongest stance yet for building a 737 successor</a>. And earlier this week, analysts and suppliers heard briefings on the state of the industry at an <a href="http://www.pnaa.net/Pages/Events/Conference/2011/2011_Conference.html">aerospace convention in Lynnwood</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:13:12 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 772 at http://www.kplu.org Premiere of 747-8 to cap big week for Boeing Senator Cantwell demanding answers in tanker competition after latest Air Force blunder http://www.kplu.org/post/senator-cantwell-demanding-answers-tanker-competition-after-latest-air-force-blunder <p>US Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) says the US Air Force contract for the next generation of refueling tankers should not be awarded until questions are answered about the military's latest snafu.&nbsp;</p><p>A decision on who wins the $35-billion contract is expected as early as next month.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>In November, the Air Force admitted that it had inadvertently mixed up two packages of information.&nbsp; It sent details of Boeing's bid to Airbus-parent EADS and of <a href="http://www.kc45now.com/index/">EADS's bid</a> to Boeing.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:50:13 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 600 at http://www.kplu.org Senator Cantwell demanding answers in tanker competition after latest Air Force blunder Dreamliner test flights resuming http://www.kplu.org/post/dreamliner-test-flights-resuming <p>Most of the Boeing Company is taking a break&nbsp; for the holidays.&nbsp; But, not crews involved in test flight activities for the 787 Dreamliner.&nbsp; The new jet <a href="http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&amp;item=1571">is resuming test flights</a> after a six-week grounding because of an electrical fire.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-941959.mp3</p><p> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 00:32:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 432 at http://www.kplu.org Dreamliner test flights resuming Last-minute gift ideas for aviation buffs http://www.kplu.org/post/last-minute-gift-ideas-aviation-buffs <p>Three books by Pacific Northwest authors have come to my attention this season that would please airplane aficionados of many persuasions.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 15:18:42 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 389 at http://www.kplu.org Last-minute gift ideas for aviation buffs China's aerospace sector booming, Washington companies testing waters http://www.kplu.org/post/chinas-aerospace-sector-booming-washington-companies-testing-waters <p>China's aerospace sector is taking off.&nbsp; Washington state has hundreds of suppliers - and many want in to that growing market.&nbsp; The state's <a href="http://www.choosewashington.com">Department of Commerce</a> is more than a year in to a new push to promote them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:43:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 315 at http://www.kplu.org China's aerospace sector booming, Washington companies testing waters