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Category: Technology

May
13th

Boeing continues incremental retreat from the Puget Sound area

The Boeing Co. today took another step in what is becoming an incremental withdrawal from the Puget Sound area telling its informational technology workers that its plans to cut 1,500 Puget Sound area IT jobs over the next three years and set up informational technology centers in St. Louis and Charleston, S.C.

The company is expected to some workers in Washington transfers to the new locations and others will be given the opportunity to retire or leave the company with a severance package.

The move is the latest Boeing adjustment designed to shrink its footprint in Western Washington.  The company

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April
24th

Boeing earnings up despite Dreamliner grounding, sequester

Boeing Co. earnings per share increased by 24 percent in the first quarter despite battery problems with its new 787 Dreamliner and the federal budget sequester which trimmed military spending.

Those earnings, which excluded certain variable pension expenses, were $1.73 a share, well above the $1.49 per share that was the consensus prediction by Wall Street analysts. Boeing shares, which closed Tuesday at $88.18 a share, surged above $90 a share in pre-opening trading this morning.

Boeing compensated for the freeze in Dreamliner deliveries in part with increased production and deliveries of its two biggest cash cows, the 777 and

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April
22nd

Drug trials company closing Tacoma site, laying off up to 43

The Tacoma branch of a Florida-based clinical drug trials company is closing.

Comprehensive Clinical Development has issued a layoff warning notice to 43 employees.

Company officials said no ongoing drug trials will be halted, but the Tacoma office will be shut down once those trials are complete.

Comprensive Clinical Development earlier this month filed for bankruptcy reorganization in federal court in Florida.

The company said in a news release it plans to reorganize and continue some of its operations while it trims and rationalizes company operations.

The Tacoma site conducted early phase clinical trials.  The company’s Tacoma operation was located

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April
17th

Boeing wins $1.6 billion attack helicopter order from South Korea

South Korea today announced it plans to buy 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters worth $1.6 billion.

The twin-engine, four-bladed, two-pilot helicopters are designed to thwart possible attacks from North Korea.  The Apache had competed with the Bell AH-1Z and the Turkish Aerospace Industries T-129 for the contract.

Boeing AH-64 Longbow -- Boeing photo
Boeing AH-64 Longbow — Boeing photo

The Korean government had been studying the helicopter acquisition long before the current round of threats from the North Korean government.

“Apache’s engine capability and weapons load,

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April
2nd

Flying Heritage Collection adding second hangar

For devotees of rare wartime flying hardware, April 12 should be a significant date to mark on your calendars.

That’s the day that the second hangar opens at the Flying Heritage Collection’s exhibit at Everett’s Paine Field.  The second building will allow the collection to put on public display more of its collection of fighters, bombers and wartime hardware. The new building also includes a 49-seat theater for short movies about World War II events.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Flying Heritage Collection, its Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s collection of mostly World War II aircraft and equipment. The collection is unique

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April
1st

British Airways may order Airbus planes instead of Boeing

British Airways, whose long-haul fleet is predominantly Boeing, may order Airbus A350-1000 and A350-900 aircraft to augment and replace some Boeing aircraft in its fleet of international aircraft, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Boeing had reportedly proposed an updated version of its 777, the 777X, to British for its upgrade needs.

Boeing’s board has yet to formally authorize offering the 777X for sale, but that decision is expected soon, perhaps this month.

The A350-1000s, a new composite-bodied aircraft now still in the initial design stage at Airbus, would be smaller than the 777X, which could mean that British could

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April
1st

Boeing conducting low altitude tests this week of ground proximity system

If you see a huge Boeing 777 skimming low over the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca or over the wheat fields of Eastern Washington this week, don’t be alarmed that you’re about to witness a plane crash.

Boeing is testing upgraded components in its ground proximity warning system and it needs to try out those new features under actual conditions.

The system is designed to warn pilots that they’re flying dangerously close to the ground.   The ground proximity systems were created to make pilots who were either distracted with other issues or who lost awareness of

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March
27th

University of Washington Tacoma to offer classes at Tacoma’s Fab Lab

Starting in April, students at the University of Washington Tacoma will have a classroom in an inventors’ paradise.

FabLab, Pierce County’s first membership-based high-tech workshop and fabrication studio, will be the site of classes including “TCES 490, How to Build (Almost) Anything”, patterned after classes taught at MIT, according to a news release.

“FabLab offers people great opportunities to design and build just about anything, and students studying Computer Engineering and Systems at UWT now have design tools at their disposal that the campus labs simply can’t offer,” said Rob Friedman, director of the Institute of Technology, in the news release.

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