AF447: Air France sent back to court, case dismissed for Airbus

Daily Newsletter | July 22, 2019
The Paris Public Prosecutor has requested Air France to face trial for manslaughter and negligence in the training of pilots, following the crash in 2009 of flight AF447 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris which killed 228 people. The Prosecutor also asked to dismiss a case against Airbus, whose A330-200 crashed in the middle of the Atlantic after an icing of the Pitot probes.
The United States military accuses a Venezuelan SU-30 Flanker fighter jet of following a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries “at an unsafe distance […] for a prolonged period of time” in international airspace. Venezuela claims that the U.S. aircraft has violated its airspace.
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With less than two days left untill Boeing reveals their Q2 financial results, the company is due to recognize $5.6 billion fall in revenue for the 2 quarter of 2019 due to the MAX crisis. While the FAA is yet to establish a clear timeline when the Boeing 737 MAX will return to service and with speculation that we won’t see one flying in the H2 of 2019, the situation raises the question:
How did it all come to this?

Lufthansa and British Airways abruptly suspend all flights to Cairo for seven days over security concerns.
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GA8 Aircraft Operations Temporarily Suspended

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Australian GA8 Aircraft Operations Temporarily Suspended

Australian GA8 Aircraft Operations Temporarily Suspended

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has temporarily suspended the operations of GippsAero GA8 aircraft. This follows a fatal GA8 aircraft accident on 14 July 2019 in Sweden during a skydiving flight.

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Korean Air Places Order for 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Korean Air Places Order for 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Korean Air has finalized an agreement with Boeing to order 20 787 Dreamliner airplanes – including 10 each of the 787-10 and 787-9 models – valued at $6.3 billion according to list prices.

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Lion Air Becomes First A330neo Operator in the Asia-Pacific Region

Lion Air Becomes First A330neo Operator in the Asia-Pacific Region

Indonesian carrier Lion Air has received its first A330-900, becoming the first airline from the Asia-Pacific region to fly the A330neo. 

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Interview with Brian Malow: 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

Weekend Special | July 20, 2019
Neil Armstrong’s iconic words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he stepped down the ladder onto the surface of the Moon have been heard all around the world. The Apollo program was launched during the space race between the Soviet Union and the USA during the Cold War. NASA’s Apollo 11 successfully accomplished the mission to land the first humans on the Moon in 1969. American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed and walked on the lunar surface while Michael Collins orbited the moon in the command.
Merve Kara from AeroTime has spoken with Brian Malow, Earth’s Premier Science Comedian (self-proclaimed). He has worked with the NSF, AAAS, NASA, NIST, produced science videos for Time Magazine and audio essays for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Radio.

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The EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) has ordered Airbus to inspect some of its older A380 superjumbos after cracks were detected on the wings of the airplanes. The list includes several of the world’s major airlines. EASA has called the issue a “potential unsafe condition”, meanwhile, Airbus assures that the safety of the world’s largest passenger jet has not been compromised.
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New Airline to See the Sunlight?

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AIRLINES & AIRPORTS

New Airline to Rise from the Former WOW air?

New Airline to Rise from the Former WOW air?

Something of WOW air could be revived in the near future. Two former WOW air executives have joined their forces to set a new business on the foundation of the collapsed WOW air. 

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AIRLINES & AIRPORTS

Ryanair to Enter Turbulence Due to Ongoing Boeing 737 MAX Grounding?

Ryanair to Enter Turbulence Due to Ongoing Boeing 737 MAX Grounding?

Ryanair announced about possible disruptions due to uncertainty over the future.

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Air China Order for 20 Airbus A350s. Result of US-China Trade Dispute?

Air China Order for 20 Airbus A350s. Result of US-China Trade Dispute?

Air China announced about the order for 20 Airbus A350-900. 

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MANUFACTURERS & MRO

Guinness Record: World’s Biggest Engine Given the Title of Most Powerful

Guinness Record: World’s Biggest Engine Given the Title of Most Powerful

A new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. The record-breaking Boeing 777X aircraft will be powered by the most powerful commercial aircraft jet engine in the world, GE9X.

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Cost of Boeing 737 MAX Grounding: $5 Billion

Cost of Boeing 737 MAX Grounding: $5 Billion

The Boeing Company has to accept billions in special costs in its balance sheet owing to the 737 MAX crisis. In the second quarter, an additional burden of US$4.9 billion after taxes will be incurred.

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REGULATIONS & SAFETY

Regulators Order Boeing 757 Operators to Carry Out Aileron Checks

Regulators Order Boeing 757 Operators to Carry Out Aileron Checks

The FAA and EASA issued ADs requesting all Boeing 757 operators to carry out inspections.

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One Third of Russian Respondents Prefer Western-Built Aircraft

One Third of Russian Respondents Prefer Western-Built Aircraft

33 per cent of Russian respondents say they prefer jets from Airbus and Boeing.

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GENERAL AVIATION

Did You Know How New Aircraft Names Are Created?

Did You Know How New Aircraft Names Are Created?

These are not just a combination of letters and numbers randomly assigned to the aircraft. Actually, there is a fine-tuned system behind it.

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KLM India tweets advice on seat fatality rate in plane crashes

Daily Newsletter | July 19, 2019
The 737 MAX grounding crisis will cost Boeing $5.6 billion in revenue, to be recognized in the financial results of the second quarter of 2019. The manufacturer admits expecting potential concessions and “other considerations” to last over “a number of years” in various forms of economic value. 
While transiting through the Strait of Hormuz, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer shot down an approaching Iranian drone.
If you ever wondered where to sit in a plane to survive a possible crash, wonder no more. Good-guy KLM India has provided the answer. The now-deleted post shared on the regional Twitter account of the Dutch airline KLM in India on July 17, 2019, presented seat fatality range indicating which seats in an aircraft are the safest, and which, well, are not so promising.
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Published on July 13, 2019

The Indian mission Chandrayaan-2 was due to take off on July 15, 2019, but it was cancelled 1 hour before launch because of technical issues. No new date was announced so far.
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Published on July 17, 2019

FL Technics has begun implementing VR modules for the basic training of aviation mechanics. The company has presented its first VR module, which covers the opening of the reverse thrust engine of a Boeing 737NG, and is set to expand its list of modules in the coming months to cover the full scope of maintenance training.
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Cost of Boeing 737 MAX Grounding

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Cost of Boeing 737 MAX Grounding: $5 Billion

Cost of Boeing 737 MAX Grounding: $5 Billion

The Boeing Company has to accept billions in special costs in its balance sheet owing to the 737 MAX crisis. In the second quarter, an additional burden of US$4.9 billion after taxes will be incurred.

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Six Additional Airbus A320 for the Austrian Airlines Fleet

Six Additional Airbus A320 for the Austrian Airlines Fleet

The fleet development announced in January 2019 is taking shape now: Austrian Airlines has now secured six additional A320 aircraft. The first of these jets is scheduled for delivery in August.

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EASA alerts Airbus A321neo operators over ‘excessive pitch’ issue

Daily Newsletter | July 18, 2019
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has alerted operators of the Airbus A321neo of a potential “excessive pitch” problem. The issue, as many aviation professionals have noted, is similar to the one that Boeing’s MCAS software on the 737 MAX was developed to address.
After years of negotiations, the U.S. authorities finally began the process of excluding Turkey from the F-35 program due to its decision to acquire the Russian S-400 air defense system. Russia reacted by offering Turkey to buy its Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets instead.
Boeing is to allocate half of the previously announced $100 million fund for “near term assistance” of families of Lion Air JT610 and Ethiopian Airlines ET302 victims. The U.S. plane maker made the announcement on July 17, 2019 ‒ the same day that family members gave testimony at U.S. Congressional hearing, expressing their doubts about Boeing’s sincerity. 
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New Airline Instead of WOW air

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New Airline to Rise from the Former WOW air?

New Airline to Rise from the Former WOW air?

Something of WOW air could be revived in the near future. Two former WOW air executives have joined their forces to set a new business on the foundation of the collapsed WOW air.

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SURVEY | One Third of Russian Respondents Prefer Western-Built Aircraft

SURVEY | One Third of Russian Respondents Prefer Western-Built Aircraft

After the fatal accident of the Russian-made Superjet 100 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, 33 per cent of Russian respondents say they prefer to use western-built jets from Airbus and Boeing.

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Two New Airbus A320neo to Vietnam Airlines Through ALC

Two New Airbus A320neo to Vietnam Airlines Through ALC

ALC announced long-term lease agreements with Vietnam Airlines for two new Airbus A320-200neo aircraft. The two new A320-200neos are scheduled to deliver to the airline in Fall 2020.

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ET302 victims’ families: Boeing shifted attention from MCAS to foreign pilots

Daily Newsletter | July 17, 2019
WOW air, the Icelandic ultra-low-cost-carrier, which ceased operations in March 2019, may soon be ‘coming back’ to the skies, only not in its original form. Two former executives of the airline and an investment fund related to the Ryanair family plan to launch a new low-cost carrier (LCC) on the foundations of the fallen WOW air, under the working name WAB, which stands for “We Are Back”, Icelandic media reports suggest.
Representatives of the United States Air Force and of the British Ministry of Defence symbolically broke ground to mark the beginning of the construction of a new F-35 Lightning II infrastructure at RAF Lakenheath, east of England.
There is no secret that the competition amongst European airlines for passengers is very intense. Add in the pressure airlines are facing to reduce their carbon footprint and you are facing a very fierce battle in the European skies.
Family members of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 victims have spoken at a U.S. Congressional hearing on July 17, 2019. Calling Boeing’s actions in the aftermath of two MAX 8 jets crashes “shameful” and “a disgrace to humanity”, they have provided recommendations for improving aviation safety.
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Regulators Order Boeing 757 Checks

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Regulators Order Boeing 757 Operators to Carry Out Aileron Checks

Regulators Order Boeing 757 Operators to Carry Out Aileron Checks

Following the report of the failure of the aileron trim actuator attachment lug, the FAA and EASA issued airworthiness directives requesting all Boeing 757 operators to carry our required inspections.

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Ryanair to Enter Turbulence Due to Ongoing Boeing 737 MAX Grounding?

Ryanair to Enter Turbulence Due to Ongoing Boeing 737 MAX Grounding?

Ryanair, an Irish low-cost airline, announced about possible disruptions in operations due to uncertainty over the future of the ongoing Boeing 737 MAX aircraft grounding.

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AVIATION TRAINING

FL Technics Implementing Next Generation Mechanics Training Using VR

FL Technics Implementing Next Generation Mechanics Training Using VR

FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul service, has begun implementing VR modules for the basic training of aviation mechanics.

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