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Boeing to Ramp Up 737 Production

At an investor conference hosted by Morgan Stanley this week, Boeing's CEO Ray Conner announced that Boeing is looking to increase 737 production to a whopping 52 a month as soon as 2018.

The Weekender: Mountains, Seashores, Camping Adventures Await

Fall is on its way in the Northeast, bringing the promise of great flying weather, and pilots will find plenty of interesting destinations to explore via SocialFlight's website and app. At the Goodspeed Airport, near East Haddam, CT, the 5th Annual Helicopter Gathering is set for this weekend. The field is right on the edge of the Connecticut River, and seaplanes are welcome.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Given an Su-35 Fighter

In an ironic turn, nearly 80 years after Stalin derided the Pope of the Catholic Church by asking how many divisions he had, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill now owns one of the most advanced combat jets in the world.

One More U.S. Stop For Red Bull Racers

If you missed the Red Bull Air Races in Texas earlier this month, you have one more chance to catch them in the U.S.A. -- next stop in the global series will be Las Vegas, Oct. 11 and 12. After that, the racers will wrap up this year's season with the final race, in Austria.

Boeing, SpaceX Win NASA Crew Contract

Within a few years, U.S. astronauts will be able to launch to the International Space Station from the U.S., instead of traveling to Russia as they've been doing since the end of the space-shuttle program in 2011, NASA said on Tuesday. NASA said it has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to develop crew-carrying spacecraft by 2017.

Gulfstream Moving Toward Supersonic Bizjet

Gulfstream is quietly making progress toward a supersonic business jet that might be able to fly above Mach 1 over the U.S. FAA regulations currently ban supersonic flight over land in the U.S.

Short Final

While traversing New York/Washington Center air space, we received a frequency change. However, when trying to check in, the frequency was congested with multiple aircraft being worked. This went on for a while. Finally there was a break, and the PM was able to check in: "Good afternoon, New York. NXXXXX -- long-time listener, first-time caller; FL410." -- Julian McVay

NTSB: GA Accidents Down In 2013

The number of civil aviation accidents fell last year, from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in 2013, the NTSB said on Monday. General aviation accidents showed a decrease in all categories. The total number of GA accidents was 1,222, a decrease of 249 from 2013. The number of fatal accidents (221), fatalities (387), and the accident rate per 100,000 flight hours (5.85) all declined from the previous year.

"Hump" Pilots, DC-3 Meet Again

Two former DC-3 captains were reunited with the aircraft they both flew over "the Hump" in Asia's Himalayan mountains during World War II, more than 70 years ago, in a special event held last week at the SFO Museum, at the San Francisco International Airport. The Historic Flight Foundation, which owns and operates the airplane, flew it in to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, "The Legend of CNAC: China National Aviation Corporation, 1929-1949."

Reno Races Wrap; NTSB Reports On Crash

The National Championship Air Races wrapped up at Reno on Sunday, with Steven Hinton Jr., of Chino, California, taking the Breitling Unlimited Gold championship in his P-51 Mustang, Voodoo. It was the sixth win in a row for 27-year-old Hinton, who reached a top speed of 493 mph in Sunday's race.

Sanctions Hurt European Bizjet Industry

Just as the economy was recovering, a geopolitical crisis has replaced it as a threat to the European business jet industry. The U.S. and other countries have imposed sanctions on wealthy Russians because of the ongoing situation in eastern Ukraine, but at least part of the impact has been felt in Europe.

Tethered UAS Debuts

A Russian inventor has come up with a new twist on unmanned aerial systems, one that might offer a legal way around the virtual ban on their commercial use in the U.S. Sergei Lupashin's Fotokite looks like any of the dozens of multi-copter small UAS vehicles now on the market but with an important difference.

'Armed Cessnas' To Lebanon

The U.S. has pledged to supply an "armed Cessna and other support aircraft" to help Lebanon counter the threat from ISIL extremists. David Hale, the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, confirmed the deal in a statement released after a meeting with Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

Two U.S. Fighters Down In The Pacific

Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets collided over the Western Pacific Friday, resulting in the loss of both jets--one pilot has been rescued.

New This Week

AVweb's weekly sampling of what's new in aviation this week uncovered a kneeboard of uncommon versatility, a trade-up program from iFlightPlanner, a new line of aircraft circuit breaker lockouts and a talent search for a new, aviation-themed show.

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