Bill Carey

NTSB: Fatigue crack led to 2015 British Airways engine fire
A fatigue crack in a turbine disk web and subsequent uncontained engine failure led to the Sept. 8, 2015 engine fire on a British Airways (BA) Boeing 777-236ER on takeoff from Las Vegas, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said June 20.
US watchdog to review FAA’s Southwest oversight 
The US Transportation Department Office of the Inspector General said June 20 it would review FAA’s safety oversight of Southwest Airlines following recent events that include an in-flight engine failure in April that caused the death of a passenger.
US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao
Chao: ‘Still a long way to go’ on NextGen ATC modernization 
Progress toward completing FAA’s NextGen air traffic control (ATC) modernization program is lagging, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told the Aero Club of Washington in a June 13 address.
Study: FAA should change drone risk assessment approach
The FAA should change its approach to assessing safety risk when it considers unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, the Washington DC-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommended in a study released June 11.
Margaret Jenny and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich
Jenny to retire from standards organization RTCA
Margaret Jenny will retire as president of the RTCA after 10 years in that post, the US standards organization announced June 8.
FAA eyes drone traffic demonstration test sites 
The FAA will use its officially designated unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) test sites to demonstrate a low-altitude UAV traffic management (UTM) system for drones, as required by Congress.
Aviation standards group RTCA loses federal advisory status with FAA 
The discontinuation of RTCA’s advisory status is a result of the Trump administration’s government-wide review of federal advisory committees.
ALPA: No single-pilot cargo aircraft language in FAA reauthorization bill 
The US Congress should remove language from draft FAA reauthorization legislation calling for research into single-piloted cargo aircraft, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) said.
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200
Houston-based Ocean Infinity ends latest search for MH370
A US marine survey firm that resumed the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 early this year said May 29 it is concluding the operation.
Single European Sky and US NextGen goals lowered 
Bold goals of the Single European Sky and NextGen in the US have been rationalized.
Cuban charter airliner crashes near Havana Airport 
A reported 108 people were killed May 18 when a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737-201 crashed shortly after takeoff from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.
US firm to build India’s ‘futuristic telecommunications infrastructure’ 
US-based Harris Corp. will build and operate a new aviation telecommunications network for India under a contract the company signed May 10 with Airport Authority of India (AAI), that country’s air navigation service provider (ANSP).
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announces 10 UAS Integration Pilot Program
DOT names participants for drone integration program 
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on May 9 named 10 local, state and tribal governments the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) to test small drone applications within their jurisdictions.
NTSB releases maintenance records on Southwest 737-700 engine failure 
Maintenance records from the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 that experienced an inflight engine failure April 17 reveal the fan blades of its CFM56-7B turbofan engines, which are suspected of causing the failure, had been overhauled 10,712 engine cycles before the accident, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported.
Graphic showing the runway configuration at San Francisco and Air Canada flight
NTSB: ‘No conclusions’ so far on Air Canada SFO landing incident 
The US National Transportation Safety board (NTSB) has released evidence from its ongoing investigation of an incident at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on July 7, 2017 in which an Air Canada Airbus A320 that was cleared to land mistakenly lined up on a parallel taxiway, then barely avoided a disaster.
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