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  • 56

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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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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) More...

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