United Airlines is testing a digital health pass under a global pilot program. This serves to establish a common international standard for coronavirus test results. Eventually, it should lead to vaccine records that could help reopen borders. The nonprofit initiative is called CommonPass and is backed by the World Economic Forum and The Commons Project. The initiators hope to persuade governments to ease the restrictions and quarantines. For they have slammed air travel...
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A number of countries require airline passengers to present evidence of a negative corona test result. There are people who, for whatever reason, are unable to get such an attest. According to the British newspaper Lancashire Telegraph it’s possible for unscrupulous individuals to obtain a false test result. The newspaper has seen evidence of passengers using another person’s negative corona test result and doctoring the name and date to match their own.Read more
A modernized air traffic management in European airspace and establishing more sustainable and efficient flight paths. That’s what the European Commission is proposing. And it adds that not adapting air traffic control capacities would result in additional costs, delays and more CO2 emissions. In 2019, delays cost the EU €6 billion ($5.1 billion), and led to 11.6 million tons of excess CO2. Obliging pilots to fly in congested airspace rather than taking a direct flight path also entails unnecessary CO2 emissions. And the same is true when...Read more
It is sensational what the chief project engineer for the Boeing 737 MAX tells House investigators. When he approves a design change to software on the plane, he is not only unaware of key details about how the software works. But he is also unaware of a previous warning from a test pilot that if the system malfunctions, the results could be catastrophic.Read more
The test flights of the Boeing 737 MAX by the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are now completed. They took place in Vancouver, Canada due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The next step in the evaluation of the aircraft for return to service is analyzing the data gathered during the test flights. This phase will start in London Gatwick Airport on September 14, 2020 where the Joint Operations Evaluation Board (JOEB) will meet.Read more
On August 30, 2020, an American Airlines pilot sees a man flying in a jetpack in the path of incoming jets to Los Angeles International Airport. He estimates the jetpack is only about 300 yards (275 meters) out of his window. The plane is approaching the airport at about 3,000 feet (900 meters) and 10 miles (16 km) out for landing. The pilot reports his observation of the jetpack to air traffic control. Moments later a Southwest pilot confirms the jetpack report. Watch a Read more