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Squawks & Headlines ✈ General ✈ Popular (24 hours)

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Capt Sullenberger criticizing Boeing and FAA

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Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger says the FAA’s handling of the deadly crashes of two Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliners in just five months has damaged the United States’ longstanding “credibility as leaders in aviation.” Sullenberger is a retired airline pilot who famously landed his US Airways jet — an Airbus 320 — in the icy Hudson River off Manhattan in January 2009, after hitting a flock of geese and losing power in both engines. All 155 people on board the plane survived. (www.newsandguts.com) More...

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Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked 2 Safety Features That Company Sold Only as Extras

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"One of the optional upgrades, the angle of attack indicator, displays the readings of the two sensors. The other, called a disagree light, is activated if those sensors are at odds with one another." (www.nytimes.com) More...

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Passengers Banned From Drinking on UK Flights

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In an effort to combat the number of disruptive incidents in the cabin, travelers will now no longer be able to consume their duty-free alcohol while flying. This new ruling has been introduced from World Duty Free and will see spirits and alcohol placed in sealed bags that cannot be easily opened. (www.flyertalk.com) More...

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Senate panel to hold aviation safety hearing after two Boeing 737 Max crashes

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A US Senate committee plans a hearing on 27 March on aviation safety after two fatal Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashes since October, and said it will also schedule a hearing with Boeing and other manufacturers, officials said on Wednesday. The hearing on federal oversight on commercial aviation by the Senate commerce subcommittee on aviation and space will include the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) acting administrator, Dan Elwell, National Transportation Safety Board chairman,… (www.theguardian.com) More...

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FBI is joining criminal investigation into certification of Boeing 737MAX

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The FBI has joined the criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, lending its considerable resources to an inquiry already conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation agents, according to people familiar with the matter. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Several pilots who fly planes for Amazon Air said they thought an accident was inevitable.

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The rapid growth of Amazon's air-cargo empire, coupled with low pay, has led to inexperienced pilots in the cockpit, veteran pilots said, adding that it could lead to safety problems. The pilots described difficulties in attracting experienced pilots, training they considered shoddy, experience with fatigue, plummeting morale, and pay that's considerably lower than at other cargo carriers. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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Next-generation satellites gave federal officials key data in Boeing 737 Max investigation

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Known as an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system, or ADS-B, Aireon’s technology in space constantly and passively receives information from any aircraft equipped with an ADS-B transponder – essentially an antenna on a plane that is sending flight data to space. (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Air France-KLM announce their 2019 summer schedule with 58 new routes

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For the 2019 summer season (March 31 to October 27, 2019), Air France-KLM is increasing capacity by 2% compared to the previous summer season1 and offering 58 new routes3. This growth is broken down as follows – – +1.3% for long-haul passenger operations, – +1.2% for medium and short-haul passenger operations, – +9.3% for Transavia’s low-cost operations. Read more - (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Boeing in $4 billion deal for F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornets

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“Boeing will begin converting existing Block II Super Hornets to Block III early in the next decade,” says a company statement. “The fighter’s life also will be extended from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours.” (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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StarLux Airlines orders 17 Airbus A350s

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StarLux Airlines of Taiwan has signed a firm order with Airbus for 17 wide body aircraft, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s. The new airline plans to deploy these aircraft on its premier long-haul services from Taipei to Europe and North America, as well as selected destinations within the Asia-Pacific region. At the end of February 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 852 firm orders from 48 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Cockpit voice recorder reveals pilots of doomed Lion Air Boeing 737MAX struggled to understand why the jet was pushing the nose down – sources

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The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX scoured a handbook as they struggled to understand why the jet was lurching downwards, but ran out of time before it hit the water, three people with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder contents said. (www.airlive.net) More...

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This Is the Cleanest Airline in the World

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All Nippon Airways was once again voted the airline with the cleanest aircraft cabins by the prestigious SKYTRAX passenger survey. This is the second time Japan’s largest airline has taken home the blue ribbon for cleanliness since 2013, edging out rivals EVA Air, Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Japan Airlines for the honor. The carrier was also voted to have the best airline staff in Asia. (www.flyertalk.com) More...

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Boeing has been here before. What four fatal crashes from the 1960s say about the 737 Max crisis

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Boeing has been here before. What four fatal crashes from the 1960s say about the 737 Max crisis (www.cnn.com) More...

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Weird SWA Flight

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Anyone have any idea of what this is? (flightaware.com) More...

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FAA Tells Cirrus Pilots to Pay Special Attention to Ailerons During Preflight

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“The FAA’s Chicago Aircraft Certification Branch posted an aviation maintenance update late Tuesday for both the Cirrus SR-20 and SR-22 resulting from the investigation into a near-fatal accident at Houston Executive Airport in Katy Texas in May of 2018.” (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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TBM700 plane crashes on NJ highway; 5 dead

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A small plane has crashed on the busy Interstate 287 in Harding, located in northern New Jersey. State Police Trooper Christopher Kay says there is a report of three possible deaths in the crash. Shona Sternberg of Hillsborough tells The Star-Ledger of Newark that she was about three cars behind where the plane went down and saw an explosion when the aircraft hit. She says it looked like the right wing was breaking off before the plane went down. (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

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(VIdeo) Why Can't You Use Phones on Planes?

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"Angry passengers create turbulence for the airlines." (www.youtube.com) More...

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Secret 'no-fly zone'? Pilot seeks answers after arrest

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Robin Fleming, 70, had been arrested for breach of peace after flying his Rolladen-Schneider LS8-18 sailplane noiselessly over the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Generating Station at an altitude of 1,518 feet msl—by his estimates, about 1,000 feet over the power plant’s dome—on his way to search for lift at nearby Lake Robinson. No airspace restrictions were printed on sectional charts; no notam marked the area off-limits. (www.aopa.org) More...

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Mother of 3 Arrested for Taking Pictures of Tourist Attraction at Airport

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According to the complaint filed in Federal Court, Nancy Genovese, a mother of three, was driving home on County Road 31 past Gabreski Airport in Suffolk County. Gabreski Airport displays a decorative helicopter shell by the roadway to the public, which is visible to all who pass by. As Nancy Genovese was preparing to drive away, she was stopped and approached by Robert Iberger, a lieutenant with the Southampton Town Police. (www.longislandlawyerblog.com) More...

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Iran Air Fokker 100 crash lands at Tehran

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Iran Air flight 215 from Qeshm to Tehran on March 19 with Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) EP-IDG (msn 11302) crash landed at Tehran after the main gear could not be lowered. All passengers and crew members were able to safely evacuate the aircraft. Reuters is reporting a fire broke out but was contained. Here is the report by Reuters: An airliner caught fire on landing at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Tuesday but all 100 passengers were evacuated without injury, the head of Iran’s emergency… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Extra pilot averted disaster on previous Boeing 737 Max 8 flight - report

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(CNN)An off-duty pilot in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet jumped in to help crew disable a malfunctioning flight-control system as it experienced difficulties in October, according to Bloomberg. The next day, with a different crew, the same plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Ryanair plane 'covered in blood' after brawl

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The airline confirmed officers in Tenerife had been called to meet the plane as it landed from Glasgow Prestwick. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Boeing didn’t want to re-engine the 737

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With nearly 400 Boeing 737 MAXes grounded across the globe, few will remember that Boeing didn’t really want to do the MAX. (leehamnews.com) More...

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Laudamotion’s Liverpool Luck: New Routes to Vienna

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Austrian carrier Laudamotion has announced plans to operate from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport as part of its winter upgrade for the 2019 season. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Spirit Airlines Shows Off Bold and Very Yellow New Livery

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It seems that every airline in the US is in the process in getting a new livery. We had Southwest and Frontier last week and this week we have probably the most bold of a change with Spirit Airlines. Not to mention the horrid look of the new China Eastern livery spotted at Paine Field. If you thought the new Southwest livery was bold and radical, it has nothing on this taxi-like black and yellow design of the new Spirit look. You should have no problem spotting these Airbus aircraft from a… (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

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Significant milestone: Qatar Airways takes delivery of its 250th aircraft

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Qatar Airways today celebrated the arrival of its 250th aircraft, an Airbus A350-900 from Toulouse, France, the latest addition to the group’s growing fleet of passenger, Cargo and executive aircraft. This impressive landmark comes just 22 years after the carrier began operations, and is testament to the incredible growth of an airline that has become world-leading in that time, winning a host of awards, including the Skytrax World Airline of the Year accolade on no less than four occasions. (www.eturbonews.com) More...

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