Instructions To Operators To Be Released Next Week
The FAA has taken the next step in returning the Boeing 787 to flight by approving Boeing's design for modifications to the 787 battery system. The changes are designed to address risks at the battery cell level, the battery level and the aircraft level.
Signing Ends Nearly 20 Years Of Negotiations Between The Cities
Stratford, CT Mayor John A. Harkins and Bridgeport, CT Mayor Bill Finch have signed what is being described as an historic agreement that will reduce the footprint of Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, correct the frequent flooding on Main Street, and provide many additional positive benefits for the residents of Stratford. The agreement has been already ratified unanimously by the Bridgeport City Council and the Stratford Town Council.
Move Follows NTSB Probable Cause Report From A 2009 Fatal Accident In Montana
The FAA has issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) to advise pilots, operators, and manufacturers of airplanes of the results that can occur if airplane flight manual (AFM) limitations, instructions, or placard information for adding fuel system ice inhibitors (FSII) are not adequately highlighted and closely followed for airplanes that require these additives for safe operation.
Judge Determines That Olympic Was Bound By Its Acceptance Of An Aircraft Lease
Aviation Capital Group Corp. (ACG) said in a news release that it has prevailed in the appeal filed by Olympic Airlines (Olympic) concerning the April 2012 trial judgment in ACG’s favor. In a case that has attracted considerable attention in the aircraft leasing industry, the English Court of Appeal rendered judgment Wednesday in ACG’s favor in ACG Acquisition XX LLC v Olympic Airlines S.A.
Looks To Acquire A Single Aircraft For $371 Million
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress April 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for 1 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $371 million.
IRIS Will Study Energy And Plasma Movement In The Sun
Scientists will soon gain a better view into energy and plasma movement near the surface of the sun, thanks to delivery of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft to Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, in preparation for launch.
CAE-Built Simulator Now Available At Dallas Training Center
Bombardier says it is expanding its worldwide training capabilities for business aircraft customers with the addition of a Level D Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) for Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft equipped with the Bombardier Vision Flight Deck. The newly added, CAE-built FFS is located at Bombardier's training center in Dallas, Texas and was installed in March 2013.
Japanese Carrier Already Operates 737s With The Wingtip Devices
Tokyo-based Japan Airlines has ordered six Blended Winglet Systems (with options) for Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft. Already an operator of Next-Generation 737 Blended Winglets, this is the first JAL order for 767-300ER Blended Winglets, according to a news release from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB).
Two Additional Airplanes In The Pipeline For The Carrier
The first of three new Boeing 737-800 aircraft has been delivered to China Airlines by International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). The leasing company says that the airplanes will boosting the airline’s capacity to expand its flight route network by adding new, modern aircraft to its fleet.
Will Focus On Emergency Aid, Those Living In 'Extremely Difficult' Conditions
Eurocopter last week held the first board meeting of its new Corporate Foundation, which unites the company’s humanitarian and philanthropic activities worldwide, underscoring the company’s increased commitment to social responsibility. The Eurocopter Corporate Foundation is an independent, apolitical and non-profit legal entity funded by Eurocopter, Eurocopter Deutschland and Eurocopter Group subsidiaries.
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The FAA has certified the two newest members of the Falcon family of business jets, the Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS. The approvals came just days after the aircraft received its EASA type certificate. Jihlavan Airplanes of the Czech Republic plans to introduced a new mid-line model of ultralight/light sport aircraft, the Skyleader 400. The airplane's "sports car-inspired" design, with new features such as side opening canopy, "aggressive" cowling and easily maneuverable landing gear, is targeted directly at sport aviation enthusiasts. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
World Body Reviews Airbus' Compliance With Subsidy Decision
The fight between Airbus and Boeing over government subsidies to the planemakers is likely to heat up again, as the World Trade Organization (WTO) has held a hearing to review compliance by Airbus and the EU with its decision.
DOT, Agriculture Among Those Renewing Biofuels Pledge
The NBAA has joined with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to launch a new initiative aimed at furthering the development of a jet fuel that is not only a renewable resource, but is also completely free of carbon pollutants. NBAA is one of more than 300 members of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), dedicated to demonstrating the aviation industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship in creating a carbon-neutral air fleet by the year 2020.
The continuing growth in space debris poses an increasing threat to economically vital orbital regions. Next week, hundreds of top experts from across the globe will meet at Europe’s largest-ever debris forum to share their latest research findings and discuss potential solutions. Satellite operators worldwide, including those flying telecom, weather, navigation, broadcast and climate-monitoring missions, are now focusing their efforts on controlling space debris.
"Every day thousands of armed airline pilots are on board our Nation's airliners serving as FFDOs, and the last line of defense, by preventing aircraft from being used as weapons of mass destruction. The $22 million annual budget for the FFDO program has not changed since training began in 2003, despite a 100-fold growth in the number of FFDOs." Source: Statement from the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) protesting the defunding of the FFDO program by President Obama.
An aircraft arriving at an airport without radar service or at an airport served by a radar facility and radar contact has not been established or has been terminated due to a lack of radar service to the airport.
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