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When a Wing Comes Apart

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Or, more accurately, when it doesn't. Ask the Pilot takes a look at the UAL 757 incident. (askthepilot.com) More...

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FAA Report Slams Boeing's Safety Culture as 'Inadequate and Confusing'

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On February 26, U.S. regulators released an assessment of Boeing's safety measurements and company culture. The report pressured the company since it had already dealt with the aftermath of the Alaska Airlines incident in January and the two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 involving the 737 MAX 8 jet. The expert panel stated, "A lack of awareness of safety-related metrics at all levels of the organization." (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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How One Tweet Started Fake “Near Miss” Stories

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On February 24, a number of aviation social media accounts and news outlets broke a story about a supposedly serious runway incursion at Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport in South Africa. They painted the 'incident' as having potentially serious consequences, labeling it as a 'near miss'. It turns out that was far from the truth. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Boeing Board Blocks Shareholder Push to Bring HQ Back to Seattle

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Boeing’s board has killed a longshot shareholder proposal that the company move its headquarters back to Seattle. The proposal was put forward to be voted on this spring at Boeing’s annual general meeting by 83-year-old Walter Ryan, a retired Chicago business owner, corporate gadfly and stock market investor who owns 10,000 shares in the company. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Aerospace giants form coalition to stop unauthorized parts from entering supply chain

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Feb 22 (Reuters) - Aerospace giants including Airbus (AIR.PA), opens new tab, Boeing (BA.N), opens new tab and GE Aerospace (GE.N), opens new tab on Thursday announced the formation of a coalition that would aim to prevent unauthorized parts from entering the global supply chain. The move comes after jet engine maker CFM International, co-owned by GE Aerospace and France's Safran (SAF.PA), opens new tab, last year said thousands of engine components may have been sold with forged paperwork… (www.reuters.com) More...

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Do you know how to fly safely? The 'why' behind airline safety rules | Cruising Altitude

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I fly a lot and it always drives me crazy when people aren’t following the safety instructions on planes and it got me thinking: maybe some travelers just don’t know why the rules and guidelines for what to do on airplanes are in place. Regular flyers have heard the safety briefing a thousand times but may never have looked under the hood at the reasons behind every instruction. Two things in particular always stuck out to me: why does it matter if you put your own oxygen mask on before helping… (www.usatoday.com) More...

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Boeing Faces 90-Day Deadline for Action Plan Addressing Quality Control Issues

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assigned Boeing 90 days to come up with a plan to fix quality problems and meet safety standards for the production of new planes, less than two months after a door plug blew out of a 737 MAX, nine minutes into an Alaska Airlines flight. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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World's First Intercity Air Taxi Flight Travels From Shenzhen to Zhuhai, Operated by AutoFlight

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German-Chinese electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) startup AutoFlight completed the world's first electric air taxi demonstration flight between two cities. The flight went from Shenzhen to Zhuhai in China's Guangdong province on February 27. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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FAA Urges Pilots to Rely on Traditional Navigation Amid Rising GPS Spoofing Threats

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cautioning pilots about the increasing threat of GPS spoofing, advising them to familiarize themselves with traditional navigational tools. GPS spoofing, a sophisticated form of interference, involves broadcasting false navigation signals to disrupt aircraft’s navigation systems, leading to potential off-course flights and endangering safety. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Delta Pilot Charters Entire A330 for Retirement Send-Off

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One captain took his retirement flight to a whole new level. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Enhancing Air Traffic Control

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An air traffic control tower trial at London Heathrow Airport demonstrates the potential of AI to optimize air traffic management and improve the efficiency and safety of airport operations. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Airbus A350-1000 Embarks on Crucial GPS Signal Integrity Trials Amidst Growing Spoofing Concerns

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In response to the escalating global issue of GPS spoofing, Airbus has initiated a pioneering trial with its A350-1000 flight test aircraft to assess the reliability of GPS signals. The aircraft, recently showcased at an air show where it operated on a 35 percent blend of sustainable aviation fuel, is now setting off from Toulouse, France, equipped with advanced sensors and data-collection systems specifically designed to monitor GPS accuracy across regions known for GPS spoofing incidents. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Iberia Flight Diverts to Gran Canaria as Passenger Receives CPR

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Iberia flight IB 6844 from Buenos Aires-Ezeiza (EZE) to Madrid (MAD) diverted to Gran Canaria (LPA) on February 23. An Airbus A350-900, with registration EC-NJM, operated IB 6844 that day. The aircraft was back on the ground nearly ten hours after departure due to a passenger's medical issue. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Air Serbia Flight Survived Hitting Antennas on Takeoff

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Flight data suggests the pilot took off from taxiway. (twitter.com) More...

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Wright-Patt AFB Hit by Suspected Tornado

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Wright-Patt AFB near Dayton, OH was hit by a suspected tornado early this morning. A severe weather outbreak battered the region overnight, signaling an early start to the spring severe weather season. Wright-Patterson is home to the National Museum of the USAF, and home of the 88th Air Base Wing. A hangar at the museum was damaged. (avgeekery.com) More...

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Bad Weather Prompts Qantas To Swap A Boeing 737 For An Airbus A380

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Severe weather in Sydney caused Qantas to consolidate multiple Boeing 737 flights onto an Airbus A380 for the Melbourne - Sydney route (simpleflying.com) More...

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Southwest Halts 2024 Pilot Hiring Plans

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In an internal memo, the airline said it would be pausing pilot new hire classes in 2024. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Delta Air Lines Warns of Job Losses and Canceled Flights if U.S. Ends Aeroméxico Partnership

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On February 23, Delta Air Lines urged the U.S. government to allow the carrier to continue its partnership with Aeroméxico. Ending the partnership would have forced Delta to cancel nearly two dozen routes, eventually having significant economic impacts. On January 26, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) "tentatively dismissed without prejudice" the agreement renewal. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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£3 Million Immigration Scam: British Airways Manager Flees After Visa Fraud

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A 24-year-old British Airways manager at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) stands accused of running a £3 million ($3.8 million) immigration scam, allegedly exploiting the airline's check-in systems to assist passengers in bypassing security without visas or proper documentation. The suspect, whose name has yet to be released, is currently on the run in India after being arrested and released on bail in January. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Electric Jet Propulsion Units

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Lilium, the manufacturer behind the design of the seven-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Lilium Jet, is ramping up production of its flagship model. The German firm on Monday said it has begun installing a serial production line for the Jet’s electric propulsion units at its manufacturing facility in Wessling, Germany. The company expects the first prototype propulsion systems—which will support for-credit type certification testing with the European Union Aviation Safety… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Boeing ousts 737 MAX chief in shake-up as blowout fallout mounts

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Boeing has ousted the leader of the 737 MAX program at its Renton plant and reshuffled its leadership team at the Commercial Airplanes division, effective immediately. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Heathrow Squashes Reports of Scrapped Third Runway Plans

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London Heathrow Airport has denied a report by The Sunday Times that plans for a third runway have been shelved. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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UA 354 diverts to KDEN with slat damage

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United 354 (B757) from KSFO to KBOS divers to KDEN when damage to slats noticed. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

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Hawaiian Airlines Welcomes First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Fleet

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Hawaiian Airlines officially welcomed its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on February 23. With registration N781HA, the aircraft arrived at Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) from Charleston International Airport (CHS) in South Carolina on February 14. Boeing has a facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, that serves as the final assembly and delivery point for the 787 Dreamliner family. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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British Airways Parent IAG Signs Deal for Nearly 1 Billion Liters of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and LEVEL, announced today its largest Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) purchase agreement to date for nearly 1 billion liters of SAF, with Twelve, a company that produces a synthetic aviation fuel made from CO2, water, and renewable energy known as e-SAF. Founded in 2015, California-based Twelve produces chemicals, materials, and fuels from carbon, instead of fossil fuels… (www.esgtoday.com) More...

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TSA Investigating Woman Who Boarded American Airlines Flight From Nashville to Los Angeles Without Ticket

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is investigating how a woman passed a security checkpoint and boarded a flight at Nashville International Airport (BNA) without a ticket or boarding pass. This incident is the third time in two months that a passenger flew between two destinations without any form of identification. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines Launches Venture Firm for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, $30 Million Investment in Fuel Producer LanzaJet

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Southwest Airlines announced the launch of Southwest Airlines Renewable Ventures (SARV), a subsidiary focused on helping the airline achieve its sustainability goals by obtaining sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Southwest also announced a $30 million investment in sustainable fuel technology company and producer LanzaJet. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Delta to Offer Special Flight for Eclipse Viewing at 30,000 Feet

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Delta will offer a unique flight experience for those who enjoy witnessing a total solar eclipse but from the air. On April 8, 2024, the Atlanta-based airline will offer a limited number of passengers a chance to witness the total solar eclipse from a vantage point with precision timing and panoramic views. (businesstravelerusa.com) More...

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Boeing's Leadership Reinforces 737 Max Safety Claims, Labels It ‘Safest Airplane’ Amid Challenges

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Boeing’s leadership has recently emphasized the safety of its 737 Max aircraft, branding it as “the safest airplane” in the market, amidst ongoing scrutiny due to a fuselage panel incident. At the same time, the company commented on China’s Comac C919 jetliner, suggesting it offers similar capabilities to existing models by Boeing and Airbus. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Unruly Passenger Restrained After Fighting With Crew on Emirates Flight to Islamabad

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On February 24, an unruly passenger forced the cabin crew to intervene because of his violent actions on an Emirates Boeing B777-300 ER. The crew restrained him using cable ties during Emirates flight EK 614 from Dubai (DXB) to Islamabad (ISB). Emirates also confirmed the event's occurrence in an official statement (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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More than 500 flights delayed at DIA as high winds batter plains

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As high winds stoke up fire dangers across the eastern side of the state Monday morning, they are also causing problems at Denver International Airport. More than 500 flights have been delayed as of 1:30 p.m. — the majority through Southwest Airlines, according to airline tracking site FlightAware. Southwest has 273 delays, or 50% of their traffic through Denver; United Airlines has 118 delays; SkyWest has 48 delays; Frontier has 30 delays; American Airlines has 12 delays; and CommuteAir has 11… (www.denverpost.com) More...

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NTSB Challenges FAA’s Cost Estimate, Urges 25-Hour Cockpit Voice Recorder Mandate for All Aircraft

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is advocating for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to require all aircraft equipped with a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) to have the capability to record 25 hours of cockpit audio. This push comes in contrast to the current standard, which allows for only two hours of recording before being overwritten. The NTSB’s recommendation aims to preserve critical flight information, highlighted by the recent… (www.airguide.info) More...

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CycloTech Raises €20 Million in Funding for its Innovative Aviation Propulsion System

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Austrian aviation technology company CycloTech recently secured €20 million ($21.6 million) in financing to develop its flight propulsion technology. The investment was announced on February 28, only a few weeks after the company announced plans to raise funding. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Most Tracked Flight: Why Long-Haul Flights Reign Supreme

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Have you ever wondered how we find the most tracked flights we feature on our social media platforms each week? In response to this growing interest, we aim to clarify the criteria guiding our flight choices and shed light on the frequency of these extended journeys that make up the top of our list. (blog.flightaware.com) More...

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Korean Air Will Give Three Airbus A350 Planes to T'way Air

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The proposed merger between Korean Air and Asiana Airlines requires a solution to prevent the combined carrier from having a monopoly in South Korea's aviation market. One solution suggested was to supply T'way Air, a South Korean low-cost carrier (LCC), with five Airbus A330-200s from the Korean Air fleet. However, reports indicate that Korean Air is considering giving three Airbus A350-900s from the Asiana fleet once the merger is complete. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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