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Category Archives: Safety and Security

More efficient European air traffic management

Air traffic controlA 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...
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Sensational report Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing 737 MAX flight simulatorIt 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.

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Will the Boeing 737 MAX return?

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.

Pilot training

The JOEB includes participation by Brazilian, Canadian, European, and US pilots and regulators and will last...
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Jetpack at LAX airport

JetpackOn 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
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Floppy disks to update planes

If you think that floppy disks are something of the past, you are mostly right. Yet, they are still in use, although not in a sector that is way behind modern technology. Remarkably, the airline industry still uses floppy disks. In 1988, Boeing introduces its 747 aircraft. It is a wide-body as planes with 2 aisles in the cabin are dubbed. But soon the plane is nicknamed Queen of the Skies due to its sheer size.

Retiring Boeing 747s

The Boeing 747 has proved to be a relatively safe aircraft. Only 2 Boeing...
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Infected passengers on flights to Amsterdam

Airlines' mantra: no transmission from passenger to passengerAirlines say that flying is safe despite the coronavirus. Passengers must complete a health declaration and they must wear a face mask onboard. The airline industry’s mantra as to the coronavirus is that “the risk of transmission from passenger to passenger on board is very low.” But this picture may be Trumpian, that is, way too rosy.

Flights with infected passengers

In 6 weeks at least 45 flights arrived in the Netherlands with passengers who appeared infected with the coronavirus. Passengers who have been seated within 2...
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