FAA to fine Boeing US$1.25 million for exerting undue pressure on staff performing FAA tasks

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to fine Boeing US$1.25 million for managers at its South Carolina plant exerting undue pressure on staff who were carrying out safety oversight on behalf of the FAA. It is alleged that certain managers put pressure on workers to perform inspections on an aircraft before it was eligible for inspection, that staff were harassed into speeding up inspections, workers were threatened with replacement and retaliatory measures taken against a unit manager who filed an undue pressure report. Subsequent to the two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes the FAA has come under criticism Read more

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Sabre renews strategic, long-term distribution agreement with Air New Zealand

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Sabre has renewed its long-term, worldwide distribution agreement with Air New Zealand. Under the renewed agreement, Sabre will continue to distribute global Air New Zealand content to hundreds of thousands of travel agents and thousands of corporations globally through its extensive travel marketplace. The agreement also includes an opt-in content program in New Zealand and Australia, which provides agencies with access to Air New Zealand’s preferential content through the Sabre marketplace. Sabre is mission-critical to the world’s travel ecosystem, playing a key role in facilitating the marketing and sale of airfares and other types of travel to travel agents, corporations Read more

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Magnetic MRO Training receives Part-147 Online Training Approval

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Magnetic MRO Training, an international EASA Part-147 approved type training organization, has received Part-147 Online Training Approval from ECAA and is already performing its first synchronous distance learning in Airbus A320 Type Training. Synchronous distance learning means that the theoretical part is done virtually; meanwhile, examination and practical training will be done on location at Part-147 approved facility. As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought in many changes in the aviation industry, in response to the demand for synchronous distance learning has increased drastically. Such course types allow trainees to virtually participate in the theoretical training program and complete courses online Read more

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JetBlue deploys Honeywell’s Ultraviolet Cleaning System

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Honeywell’s new UV Cabin System has been put into service as part of a pilot program by JetBlue Airways, marking the first time a U.S. airline has implemented this Honeywell technology. In clinical studies, ultraviolet light has been found to be capable of significantly reducing certain viruses and bacteria when properly applied at prescribed levels. The Honeywell UV Cabin System can traverse an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes, and JetBlue will be gauging the system’s place in its operation, while continuing other cleaning methods. Honeywell has delivered eight of the devices to JetBlue, and the devices are now Read more

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Iranian delegation to meet with Ukraine to discuss downed flight compensation

A Ukrainian delegation is to visit the Ukraine on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to discuss the matter of compensation in relation to the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet at the beginning of the year. It was at 06.12 local time on January 8 this year that Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 took off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport with 176 passengers and crew on board. The Boeing 737-8KV was destined for Boryspil International Airport in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. At the time, Iran was on the highest state of defensive alert subsequent to its retaliation against Read more

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Jet Maintenance Solutions becomes member of EBAA

Jet Maintenance Solutions (JET MS), a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions for business and regional aviation has become a member of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the leading organization for operators of business aircraft in Europe. Since the foundation of Jet Maintenance Solutions in 2007, the company strives to provide its clients with exceptional service, quality and cost-effective solutions for their private and business jets. Having completed significant projects like providing 7800 landing inspection for the Bombardier CL604, designing and fitting interiors to the most luxurious jets found in the sky, Jet Maintenance Solutions Read more

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Air Tanzania selects Panasonic Avionics for A220 IFE and connectivity

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Air Tanzania has selected Panasonic Avionics’ (Panasonic) inflight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity systems to enhance the passenger experience onboard its Airbus A220 aircraft. The airline has equipped two of its A220s with Panasonic’s eX1 IFE solution which is specifically designed for narrowbody aircraft. Each seat will feature elegant full HD seatback monitors, complete with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalized interface. Passengers will have access to USB and laptop charging power points at every seat. Air Tanzania’s A220s will also be fitted with Panasonic’s inflight Wi-Fi service. Panasonic’s next generation connectivity enables fast internet to video streaming, all powered by Read more

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Air bp supplies sustainable aviation fuel for Airbus delivery flights

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Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, is collaborating with Airbus to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for delivery flights from Airbus’ facility at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport (XFW/EDHI). The first aircraft are two Air Transat A321LRs destined for Montreal, Canada.  To enable SAF to be used for these flights, Air bp established a supply route, including transportation and storage facilities at the airport. As part of this agreement, Air bp also supplied SAF for transportation flights from Hamburg by the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga in December 2019. Martin Thomsen, CEO, Air bp, said: “We are excited to extend Read more

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Atlas pilots outline focus for contract talks

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As the pilots of Atlas Air continue to push for the completion of long-stalled negotiations over a new master contract with the company, the International Aviation Professionals (IAP), which represents the Atlas pilots, said focusing on achieving wins for all parties can guide the contract talks to a fast conclusion. Both parties are expected back at the bargaining table starting July 20. The Atlas Air pilots have been working without a contract since 2016. Atlas Air is an air cargo and charter airline and aircraft lessor. Job security is a key issue. The pilots are looking for guarantees that if Atlas Read more

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Honeywell expands navigation offerings to provide more options for precise data in areas without GPS

Honeywell is introducing the HGuide n380, a new inertial navigation system that communicates position, orientation and velocity of an object — such as an autonomous vehicle or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) —even when global navigation satellite signals are unavailable. Smaller and lighter than previous Honeywell inertial navigation systems, the HGuide n380 is built using Honeywell’s rigorous design standards to withstand harsh environments in the air, on land or at sea. This new inertial navigation system is composed of Honeywell’s HGuide i300 inertial measurement unit (IMU), a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver and Honeywell’s proprietary sensor fusion software, which is Read more

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