House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (picture) is optimistic about bipartisan support for aid to the US aviation industry as part of a broader stimulus. Her optimism stems from the impression that Republican support for airline jobs relief seems to have grown lately. Nicholas Calio, president of the trade group Airlines for America, emphasizes the importance of bipartisan negotiations. They should shed light on the amount of the aid - possibly some $2 trillion - and the distribution over particular industries including aviation.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
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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
Pilot trainingThe JOEB includes participation by Brazilian, Canadian, European, and US pilots and regulators and will last...
The aerodynamic shaped Flying-V is an energy-efficient and sustainable aircraft of the future. Its short history starts 1½ years ago. The Dutch Technical University Delft and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announce they are going to work on Flying-V. After extensive wind tunnel and ground tests a scale model is ready to fly. Therefore, a team of researchers, engineers and a drone pilot from TU Delft travel to an airbase in Germany. The first successful test flight is now a fact. Click here...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
Airline surcharges and fees are usually unrelated to cost. An exception is the fuel surcharge carriers collect when the oil price is high. The last time is already quite a few years ago. But when the oil price plummets a fuel surcharge loses its plausibility. Some carriers find a solution by changing the name into international surcharge.Read more