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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

United Pilots Receive Warning Memos

Mistakes In The Cockpit Found During Review Of Flight Operations Data

United Airlines pilots have gotten what is described as a "stern warning" from the airline after a review of flight operations data revealed mistakes in the cockpit which could have jeopardized the safety of passengers.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Southwest Flying Planes Previously Grounded Due To Missed Inspections

But Checks Must Be Completed Within Five Days

The clock is ticking on 128 Boeing 737 airliners flown by Southwest after it was revealed that they had missed inspections required by the FAA.

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Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Pratt & Whitney Expands Connecticut Engine Center

Opens Horizontal Engine Assembly Line To Speed Production And Meet Increased Demand

Pratt & Whitney officially unveiled its new state-of-the-art Middletown, Connecticut, production facility to support production of the PurePower PW1100G-JM engine for the Airbus A320neo and the F135 engine for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in a ceremony held Wednesday.

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Thu, Feb 26, 2015

States May Lose Millions In FAA Fuel Taxes

Agency Says Monies Must Be Used For Air Travel-Related Expenses

The FAA and some state and local governments disagree about the use of revenues collected from jet fuel taxes as outlined in the Airport and Airway Improvement Act passed in 1982.

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Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Sun Country Pilots Grant Union Authority To Call A Strike

'Yes' Vote To Walk If Contract Talks Fail Was Unanimous

Sun Country Airlines pilots have overwhelmingly voted to authorize their union leaders of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) to call a strike if a mutually agreeable contract cannot be reached by the completion of the federally-mediated negotiation process.

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Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Boeing Awards Contract For 777X Remote Electronic Units

BAE Systems Will Provide Control Units For Control Surface Actuators

The Boeing Company has selected BAE Systems to provide the Remote Electronic Units (REU) for both variants of the 777X aircraft. An REU is an electronic unit that manages the aircraft’s flight control surface actuators and interfaces with the Integrated Flight Control Electronics (IFCE), which BAE Systems was selected to provide in 2014.

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Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Father And Daughter Pilots Paired For Thomas Cook Flight

Schedule 'Fluke' Put The Two In The Same Cockpit

Thomas Cook Airline captain Peter Elliot flies Boeing airplanes, while his daughter Laura, whom he inspired to fly in 2009, is generally assigned to Airbus airplanes as a first officer. But a recent "schedule fluke" put the two in the same cockpit on a flight from Birmingham, U.K. to Tenerife, allowing the two to fly together for the first time for the airline.

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Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Flyers Rights Takes On Airline Change Fees

Says $100 Cap Is Needed To Protect Consumers

Last Wednesday, FlyersRights.org filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation demanding a cap on fees that the airlines charge for changing a flight.

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Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Becker Avionics Introduces New ADS-B Air & Ground Tracking System

ATLASS Provides A Recognized Air And Ground Situational Awareness Picture

Becker Avionics International has introduced a new ADS-B based tracking and surveillance system for flight and ground operations. The system is called ATLASS, short for ADS-B Traffic Localization and Surveillance System.

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Wed, Feb 25, 2015

FA Union Joins Senator Durbin To Celebrate Smoke-Free Skies

Wednesday Marks 25th Anniversary Of Smoking Ban On U.S. Airliners

Members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) at a news conference at O'Hare International Airport Monday to celebrate 25 years of the in-flight smoking ban, and the battle waged to achieve smoke-free skies.

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