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Boeing 737 MAX wiring poses potential threat

With the Boeing 737 MAX groundings continuing for almost a full year now, regulators are scrutinizing and looking at every aspect of the jet, making sure the-once hailed “game changer” aircraft is as safe as possible. After an internal audit, requested by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in December 2019, a new, potentially deadly flaw […]

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Lessons to take from 2019 regarding aviation safety

Despite the heavily mediatized crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, 2019 proved a relatively safe year for commercial aviation. Dutch consulting firm To70 said total fatalities dropped by more than half compared to the previous year. But behind the encouraging data lay some crucial lessons for the future. Only 257 people were killed […]

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Will airline alliances fade into mediocrity in the next decade?

As the majority of the world celebrated Christmas, China Southern Airlines planted a very unwelcome gift under SkyTeam’s tree on December 24, 2019, as it confirmed that as of January 1, 2020, it will no longer be a member of the alliance. Reasoning by the vision to “enhance global connectivity and create a better life” […]

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Boeing in conflict with FAA over 727 safety

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States has detected a potentially unsafe condition on the Boeing 727 airplane fuel system, which could result in an explosion. The agency has issued an airworthiness directive, despite the manufacturer’s protests. The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) on December 31, 2019. In the directive, the […]

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Bombardier’s Global 5500, 6500 Gain U.S. Approval

Bombardier received FAA validation for its newest Globals, the 5500 and 6500, paving the way for the aircraft to enter the U.S. market. With the latest nod, Bombardier has a triumvirate of approvals for the models, with Transport Canada certification coming in late September, followed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s nod in October. […]

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Plane brightens skies with beautiful rainbow trail

  A passenger plane has been photographed brightening the skies over Germany as it leaves behind a rainbow-coloured trail. The trail is an aerodynamic contrail – short for condensation trail – as opposed to the more common jet contrails that are formed of exhaust fumes. Aerodynamic contrails occur when a plane lowers the air pressure […]