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  • 60

What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?

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Malfunctions caused two deadly crashes. But an industry that puts unprepared pilots in the cockpit is just as guilty. (www.nytimes.com) Altro...

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American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging plane denied bail over possible terrorist ties

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A federal judge on Wednesday denied bail to a former American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging a jetliner in July over possible links to the Islamic State (ISIS). Prosecutors presented evidence that Alani -- a naturalized American citizen from Iraq -- has a brother with possible ties to ISIS and a history of statements wishing harm to non-Muslims. (www.foxnews.com) Altro...

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Nairobi Lawmaker Wants to Put an End to Farting on Airplanes

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On Sept. 11, a Kenyan lawmaker put forth a plan to end what she considers a big problem — mile-high flatulence. Range Constituency representative Dr. Lilian Gogo of Nairobi called for resolution to people passing gas in airplane cabins during a parliamentary debate Wednesday regarding the National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing, according to Nairobi News. (www.nydailynews.com) Altro...

  • 31

Cabin Pressurization Issue Causes Emergency Landing

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Delta flight from ATL to FLL has cabin pressure issue, makes emergency landing at TPA. (www.newsweek.com) Altro...

  • 31

Boeing Board to Call for Safety Changes After 737 Max Crashes

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Though the committee did not investigate the two crashes of Boeing’s 737 Max jet, their findings represent the company’s most direct effort yet to reform its internal processes after the accidents, which killed 346 people. (www.nytimes.com) Altro...

  • 28

Ryanair Freezes Payment to Boeing on 737 Max Delivery Delays

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CEO says aircraft handover could slip another couple of months (www.bloomberg.com) Altro...

  • 26

Southwest passengers get no damages for flights canceled by de-icer shortage: U.S. judge

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Southwest Airlines Co won the dismissal of a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking damages for stranded passengers on hundreds of winter flights it was forced to cancel because it ran out of de-icer fluid. U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis in Chicago ruled on Tuesday that Southwest's ticketing terms did not imply that the Dallas-based carrier had a legal duty to always stock enough fluid. She also said the terms explicitly excused Southwest from liability, because passenger safety could be… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

  • 25

Air Force: Our New Tanker Should Be Ready for War in 3 or 4 Years

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A long list of technical problems means the KC-46 tanker will not be battle-ready for at least three to four years, a top U.S. Air Force general said Wednesday. (www.govexec.com) Altro...

  • 25

Ryanair 'systems failure' with planes grounded and passengers unable to check in

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The budget airline is reportedly suffering major issues with dozens of complaints about passengers being unable to check in online - and then being charged £55 (www.mirror.co.uk) Altro...

  • 24

Transport Canada to independently assess changes to the Boeing 737 Max

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Transport Canada insists it will be doing its own independent validation of Boeing’s proposed changes to the troubled 737 Max jet meant to fix design problems suspected in two fatal crashes. While Canadian officials say they are working closely with Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on the modifications, they are making clear that their own concerns must be addressed before the jet is cleared to fly again in Canada. (www.thestar.com) Altro...

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House panel asks Boeing CEO to testify Oct 30 on 737 MAX

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The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee formally asked Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Tuesday to testify on the now grounded 737 MAX that has been involved in two deadly crashes since October 2018 that killed 346 people. (uk.reuters.com) Altro...

  • 22

Trump Poised to Hit EU with Billions in Tariffs After Victory in Airbus Case

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The United States has gotten the green light to impose billions of euros in punitive tariffs on EU products in retaliation for illegal subsidies granted to European aerospace giant Airbus. Four EU officials told POLITICO that the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the U.S. in the long-running transatlantic dispute and sent its confidential decision to Brussels and Washington on Friday. (www.politico.eu) Altro...

  • 22

A FedEx pilot was arrested by Chinese authorities

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New York (CNN Business)A FedEx pilot was recently detained by Chinese authorities in Guangzhou, a city in southern mainland China. It's the latest in an escalating conflict between the shipping company and the Chinese government. The Hong Kong-based pilot, Todd Hohn, was trying to board a commercial flight home after making a delivery to mainland China, when he was arrested after a luggage search, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing a family lawyer for Hohn. FedEx (FDX)… (www.cnn.com) Altro...

  • 21

Vietnam Airlines flight landing aborted after ATC flags gear failure, Melbourne, Australia

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A Vietnam Airlines flight came within a minute of touching down on the tarmac at Melbourne Airport when air traffic controllers realised the plane's landing gear wasn't deployed. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was flying into Melbourne from Ho Chi Minh City when the issue was spotted at 8.04am on Thursday, according to the air safety bureau. https://7news.com.au/travel/vietnam-airlines-flight-landing-aborted-after-air-traffic-flags-gear-failure-c-462432 (www.youtube.com) Altro...

  • 20

Accident Report Roundup: Time In Type

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“The number of hours in your logbook does not determine whether you’re a good pilot.” I’ve heard a variation of that phrase for decades, but in spite of the well-meaning advice, total time is still the measuring stick for pilots. A pilot with thousands of hours is assumed to be safe, and both his insurance premium and his reputation around the airport will probably reflect that assumption. But read through NTSB accident reports and you’ll quickly notice another measure of pilot proficiency is… (airfactsjournal.com) Altro...

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Indonesia to publish final report on Lion Air crash in November

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The final report on the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet that killed 189 people last year will be published in the first half of November, Indonesia’s civil aviation authority said on Wednesday. (uk.reuters.com) Altro...

  • 18

The air space around Area 51 is being closed by the FAA ahead of the planned 'Storm Area 51' event

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Airspace around the fabled Area 51 facility in Nevada will be closed to all air traffic this week in advance of the upcoming " Storm Area 51" event. (www.businessinsider.com) Altro...

  • 17

Belgian F-16 crash leaves pilot stuck on power-line

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A Belgian Air Force F-16 fighter plane has crashed in France, officials say, leaving one pilot caught on a high-voltage electricity line. (www.bbc.com) Altro...

  • 17

Qatar Airways loses $639 million in its fiscal year

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Qatar Airways issues this financial statement for its fiscal year: Qatar Airways has published its annual report for 2018-19, highlighting the airline group’s success and underlying robust financial health in the face of the continued illegal airspace blockade against the State of Qatar. Overall revenue and other operating income grew by 14 per cent annually. Passenger revenue grew by 14.3 percent with capacity (Available Seat Kilometers) growth of 13.5 per cent. Cargo revenue witnessed growth… (worldairlinenews.com) Altro...

  • 17

What it was like to fly the baddest airplane the world has ever known

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The X-15 was not the first rocket-powered aircraft, but it is probably the best one ever built and flown. Before the first X-15 took flight in the late 1950s, the fastest speed airplanes had reached was Mach 3. The X-15 doubled that. And, remarkably, it also went on to fly into space more than a dozen times. The US Air Force and NASA developed the X-15 to better understand flight under extreme conditions, including reentry through the Earth’s atmosphere. Yet more than half a century later, the… (arstechnica.com) Altro...

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Multiple Airlines Now Blocking Last Rows On Airbus A320neos

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Multiple airlines are now blocking the rear rows of the Airbus A320neo. This is due to an Airworthiness Directive issued by EASA which has limited the aircraft’s center of gravity envelope. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

  • 15

Airbus warns Trump he’s shooting himself with a tariff war

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CEO Guillaume Faury warns US tariffs could rebound against the American economy. (www.politico.eu) Altro...

  • 13

International panel to criticise U.S. FAA's Boeing 737 MAX approval process

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A panel of international air-safety regulators is finishing a report, which is expected to criticise the initial U.S. approval process for Boeing Co’s (BA.N) 737 MAX jets, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the conclusions. (uk.reuters.com) Altro...

  • 13

Crash Has Destroyed STOL Superstar ‘Draco’ :(

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Mike Patey, owner of the short takeoff and landing aircraft ‘Draco’ has been involved in an accident. The aircraft appears to be a total loss, though luckily there have been no serious injuries. (www.aopa.org) Altro...

  • 12

International Panel Set to Criticize FAA’s Approval Process for Boeing 737 MAX Jets

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Panel’s recommendations could set the stage for major changes to longstanding jet-certification rules (www.wsj.com) Altro...

  • 10

NASCAR Champion & Legend Mike Stefanik Killed In Ultralight Crash

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Nine time Whelen Modified Champion & NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik was tragically killed when his Ultralight crashed in Connecticut Sunday afternoon. (speedsport.com) Altro...

  • 10

Airline customer-service agents report abusive customers

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Airline customer-service agents say they often get verbal threats from passengers, and sometimes they turn into physical confrontations. The agents say alcohol, airline fees and long lines can anger passengers. The Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday that more than half the 104 agents it surveyed reported threats or other harmful action by customers in the past year. About 10% say they were physically assaulted. The congressional investigative agency says comprehensive figures on… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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Icelandair agrees initial 'fraction' of 737 Max compensation

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Icelandair had estimated the impact of the grounding on earnings at $140 million by 1 August (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

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Austrian Airlines uses an autonomous drone for airframe inspection

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Vienna, Austria - Austrian Airlines inspects the airframes of its Airbus planes with an autonomous drone for structural damage. Drones are a big problem for airports and airlines, but a European carrier uses it for a good reason. Austrian Airlines is examining the exterior of its Airbus planes for structural deterioration via a drone developed by French startup Donecle. The technology is very new and will be tested by the end of this year. If successful, the drone has the potential to become a… (airlinerwatch.com) Altro...

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Virgin Atlantic eyes over 80 new routes at expanded Heathrow

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Virgin Atlantic is hoping to add over 80 new routes to its network after a third runway is built at London's Heathrow Airport including short-haul and domestic flights, the British airline said on Wednesday. Heathrow's expansion is due for completion in 2026 after lawmakers voted strongly in favour of the third runway in June 2018, although environmentalists and local groups are challenging the plans in court. Virgin Atlantic said it could serve up to 84 new locations from the expanded… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

  • 9

You’re Right. You’re Spending More Time Sitting on That Plane.

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One thing about flying from Washington to Los Angeles hasn’t changed: It takes essentially the same amount of time to go from Ronald Reagan National to Los Angeles International now as it did several decades ago. So why have schedules for the flights gotten noticeably longer? (www.nytimes.com) Altro...

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A flight in India was delayed when a swarm of angry bees covered the cockpit window and attacked staff who tried to remove them

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A domestic flight in India was delayed by two hours after a swarm of bees settled on the cockpit window, obscuring pilots' vision and attacking staff who tried to remove them. The Air India flight was about to take off when the bees landed on the window. Staff tried fruitlessly to shoo them away and disperse them with the aircraft's windscreen wipers before calling the fire brigade. Firefighters then used a hose to blast the bees away with water. An airline spokesperson said bees could… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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KLM Fleet Manager shares story about KLM evolution

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Rob Duivis, the company's fleet manager for the past 44 years, shares stories about KLM's evolution... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

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VietJet orders 15 Airbus A321XLR - sources

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Europe's Airbus has sold 15 of its new A321XLR jetliner to Vietnamese budget carrier VietJet, bringing to almost 300 the number of its longest-range narrowbody models earmarked for customers since June, industry sources said. The deal was included in the most recent monthly Airbus order statement, but the name of the airline was withheld. Airbus declined comment. No immediate comment was available from VietJet. Asian demand has been propelling sales of the newest version of Airbus's… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

  • 8

Where have all the pilots gone?

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You’d think everybody would want to fly. It’s been a universal human dream since the first cave person saw the first pterodactyl¹. You’d think better technology, greater demand, economic growth, and population growth would mean more and more pilots. But the surprising, counterintuitive fact is that fewer and fewer people are flying, and now Earth needs pilots, badly. (techcrunch.com) Altro...

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Photos: Delivers first Embraer E195-E2

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This year, aircraft manufacturer Embraer celebrated its 50th anniversary. A week after the first delivery of the largest military aircraft built in Latin America, the KC-390, the world's third largest aircraft manufacturer is 'is more than flying', now it was the first delivery of the largest commercial aircraft built. in Brazil, the E195-E2, for the launch customer and Brazilian. The aircraft already has a defined destination and the month of commencement of operations on a… (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Altro...

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Air Canada starts training their staff for the A220

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A short video about the training for Air Canada’s cabin crews in preparation of the arrival of the A220 in their fleet (www.aircanada.com) Altro...

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Rolls-Royce hit by further setback to fixing Boeing 787 engines

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Rolls-Royce will take longer than expected to fix problems with its Trent 1000 engine, frustrating efforts to get Boeing 787s grounded by the glitch flying again and knocking the British company's shares. Rolls-Royce, whose engines power large civil and military planes, said on Friday it had sped up turbine blade replacement for some models, leading to additional removals and delaying a reduction in the number of grounded aircraft to single figures until the second quarter of 2020. The… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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September 11: FAA Closure of US Airspace

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Although this animation was published 10 years ago, it gives an excellent visual of our airspace as things shut down on 9/11/01. From the description: This animation was created by NASA using FAA air traffic control data from September 11, 2001. It shows the rapid grounding of air traffic across the US, and redirection of incoming international traffic, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Time is at lower left, number of planes in the air lower right. At 9:06am, FAA issued a ground stop… (www.youtube.com) Altro...

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Air China Boeing 777 Engine Fire Prompts Emergency Landing In Washington

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An Air China flight from Washington Dulles airport bound for Beijing was forced to return after flames were spotted in the number one engine (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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XL Airways France suspends ticket sales

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French long-haul carrier XL Airways France has announced that it is suspending ticket sales due to financial difficulties. (www.ifn.news) Altro...

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13,000 stranded after French airline collapses: official

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Some 13,000 passengers, mainly booked on flights to and from Algeria, are still stranded after France's second-largest airline Aigle Azur went into receivership, a senior French official said Monday, adding that several potential buyers had been identified. The airline, which employs almost 1,200 staff, filed for bankruptcy and suspended flights last week after losses which prompted a shareholder coup that ousted the chief executive. "Out of 19,000 passengers who found themselves in… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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Boeing deliveries are at historical low

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Boeing delivered only 18 aircraft in August 2019, keeping the commercial aircraft manufacturer on track for the lowest annual total in the last eight years. (airlinerwatch.com) Altro...

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American Man Fraudulently Obtains $1.75 Million Worth Of Delta SkyBonus Points

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A 52-year-old travel agent has been indicted by the FBI on charges of wire fraud related to Delta’s SkyBonus scheme. He is thought to have defrauded the airline out of $1.75 million between March 2014 and April 2015. A 52-year-old dual American and Ukrainian citizen has been charged on 12 counts of wire fraud by the FBI. According to reports by the New York Times, the charges against Gennady Podolsky relate to a 13-month scheme in which he conspired to fraudulently acquire points through Delta… (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Crisis-hit Boeing readies huge effort to return 737 MAX to the skies

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As Boeing Co sets its sights on winning approval to fly its 737 MAX within weeks, following a six-month safety ban, engineers around the world are rolling out plans for one of the biggest logistical operations in civil aviation history. (www.reuters.com) Altro...

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Air India puts cabin crew on diet

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Air India is putting all its cabin crew and pilots on a low-fat diet. India’s national carrier announced the move in a memo to staff, in which it said the new menus would launch on 15 September on all flights from Delhi and Mumbai. It read: “Taking into consideration the health factor of crew, an initiative has been taken by director operations to revise the in-flight food menu for the crew. (www.independent.co.uk) Altro...

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Ural Airlines’ second Airbus A320neo enters service

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Russia’s Ural Airlines (U6) has enhanced its fleet with the arrival of a second leased Airbus A320neo. The aircraft, sporting tail number VP-BRZ, was delivered directly from the European aircraft manufacturer’s Toulouse base and will be operated under a lease agreement with CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of the China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. The latest A320neo, which entered service on September 14 performing the Yekaterinburg-Sochi route, allows the airline to open… (www.rusaviainsider.com) Altro...

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