Aaron Karp

Senior Editor,
Air Transport World

Aaron Karp has been an Air Transport World senior editor since April 2006. He has covered commercial aviation for over 15 years, previously serving as editor of World Airport Week, reporter for Flight International/Air Transport Intelligence and managing editor of Air Cargo World. He has covered numerous aviation conferences and events throughout the world, including the Paris, Farnborough and Singapore air shows. He was the recipient of the 2007 Aerospace Journalist of the Year award for best maintenance submission.

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Analysis - Fast Turnaround  1
Nothing is more demonstrative of the US airline industry’s dramatic turnaround than the current state of American Airlines, which has become one of the world’s best performing airlines less than a year-and-a-half after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
United’s Smisek: Airlines strongly support separating ATC from FAA 
The funding and governance structure of FAA needs to change and air traffic control (ATC) operations should be removed from the agency, United Airlines chairman, president and CEO Jeffrey Smisek told the US Senate.
The first A320neo powered by LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight
CFM International LEAP-1A-powered A320neo enters flight testing 
The CFM International (CFMI) LEAP-1A-powered Airbus A320neo achieved first flight in France.
FBI investigates computer security expert’s aircraft hacking claims 
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a computer security expert who claimed he has hacked into inflight entertainment (IFE) systems during domestic flights aboard US airlines.
Frontier Airlines A319
Frontier CEO Siegel resigns as business model transition continues  1
Frontier Airlines CEO David Siegel resigned this week, citing personal reasons.
Republic CEO Bedford: ‘Significant headway’ made toward pilot deal 
Republic Airways Holdings is “in a stabilized approach” toward reaching a new labor agreement with its pilots, though “difficult stuff” still needs to negotiated, chairman, president and CEO Bryan Bedford said.
Bombardier CSeries 100
Bombardier: Paris Air Show to be a ‘big step’ in CSeries sales effort 
Bombardier plans to build on recent “momentum” in the CSeries program to increase sales totals for the aircraft, according to Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer.
MRJ rollout
Mitsubishi to establish Seattle MRJ engineering center 
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. plans to establish an engineering center in Seattle to support Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) flight testing in the US.
Delta MD-88 with smoky cabin makes emergency landing 
Delta Air Lines flight 2028 en route from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to New York LaGuardia made an emergency landing Thursday in Charleston, South Carolina after the MD-88’s cabin became smoky.
Rendering of CS100 in Swiss International Air Lines’ livery
Swiss International Air Lines confirmed as first CSeries operator  1
Bombardier has confirmed that Swiss International Air Lines will be the first operator of the CSeries, with service entry slated for the first half of 2016.
Rendering of 737 MAX
CFM International begins flight testing on 737 MAX engine 
The CFM International LEAP-1B engine that will exclusively power the re-engined Boeing 737 MAX is now in flight testing.
BEA: Germanwings co-pilot set altitude to A320’s minimum level 
Just over 30 minutes into Germanwings flight 4U9525, the captain left the cockpit, according to French investigators.
Boeing 787
FAA: Boeing 787s need to be powered off every 120 days 
Boeing is working on a software fix for 787 generator control units (GCUs), but in the meantime FAA has ordered 787 operators to power off Dreamliners at least once every 120 days to avoid the potential loss of electrical power in flight.
United Express E-175
SkyWest shrinks fleet, swings to $9.6 million 1Q net profit 
Utah-based SkyWest Inc., parent of regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, reported a net profit of $9.6 million in the first quarter, reversed from a net loss of $22.9 million in the 2014 March quarter.

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