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Southwest Airlines suddenly grounds scores of planes due to aircraft weight issues

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Southwest Airlines abruptly grounded 66 Boeing 737 aircraft in its fleet last Wednesday after issues with the carrier’s aircraft weight records were discovered. In an internal memo to employees on the matter that was obtained by the Chicago Business Journal, Southwest said: “Today (Wednesday) we discovered the weights being sent to our Dispatch Operation did not match our other weight records for a number of aircraft in the fleet. As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, we have stopped… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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Stratolaunch set to fly

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Stratolaunch, the launch venture created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, took the world’s biggest airplane out of its hangar this weekend (www.geekwire.com) More...

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VIDEO: Dash 8's Prop Wash Blows Baggage Dolly into United 737 at LAX

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On July 25, 2018 while taxiing for departure at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California, prop wash from a preceding Bombardier Dash 8 blew a baggage dolly into the right engine of a United Airlines Boeing 737, tail number N62892, at 16:04 hours local time. As can be seen in this video, the Dash 8 is just beginning to move at the time its prop wash blows the baggage dolly free. Generally, the amount of thrust needed to initiate movement from a standstill ("breakaway thrust")… (www.youtube.com) More...

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Boeing 737 Deliveries Tumble to Lowest Since 2012 on Factory Jam

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Boeing Co. delivered only 29 single-aisle jetliners last month, the lowest tally since January 2012, as the planemaker dealt with supplier constraints that left dozens of unfinished 737 aircraft parked around a Seattle-area factory. The manufacturer recorded just 39 total commercial-jet deliveries last month, down from 82 in June, according to data posted on the company’s website Tuesday. While it’s not unusual for jet shipments to vary from month to month, Boeing’s slow July raises concern… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Lufthansa tests water-scavenger additive for fuel decontamination

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Lufthansa is trialling use of a kerosene additive to remove water from fuel tanks on board aircraft. The "water scavenger" additive disperses water within the fuel, enabling removal of the contaminant from the system via the engine's combustion process. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Boeing foresees more single-aisle delivery delays in the 3rd quarter

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Seattle - Last week Boeing said that it foresees more delivery setbacks of its best-selling single-aisle due to the delays of fuselages and engines from suppliers. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Man flies employers Cessna 525 (N526CP) out of KSPK into his own home

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Investigators believe the twin-engine Cessna 525 belonged to Youd’s employer and that he intentionally flew into his own house; Sandoval said he was an experienced pilot. It wasn’t immediately clear who employed Youd or whether he was authorized to take the plane. (heavy.com) More...

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VIDEO: Runway Incursion: Near-Disaster at Springfield Branson National Airport

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On Wednesday June 27, 2018, about 12:51 central daylight time, a runway incursion occurred at Springfield-Branson National Airport, Springfield, Missouri when an airport operations vehicle ("VAN 7") crossed runway 14 while an Embraer 145, operated by Envoy Air as flight ENY 3660, was on its takeoff roll with 57 passengers aboard. This video reveals the circumstances surrounding the incursion, and the audio (courtesy of LiveATC.net) appears to unambiguously pin this incident squarely on… (www.youtube.com) More...

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Pilot-training improvements in limbo: Russian investigators

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Russian investigators are claiming that several recommendations intended to enhance and reinforce pilot training have yet to be introduced. The Interstate Aviation Committee says it has previously noted “shortcomings” in the training of crews during inquiries into several accidents. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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FAA workgroup urges low-speed rejected takeoff guidance

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An FAA-sponsored working group has recommended the US agency develop guidance requiring demonstrations that aircraft can be controlled when an engine suddenly loses thrust during the low-speed portion of a takeoff run, as well as training recommendations for pilots on how to respond to the rare but potentially tricky events. (www.atwonline.com) More...

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