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‘Smart core’ router manages onboard data communications 
Inflight communications provider SITAONAIR and Astronics Ballard Technology unveiled an integrated “smart core” system to assist airlines in managing onboard data communications.
Southwest 737 diverts to Albuquerque after ‘unusual smell’ in cabin
An “unusual smell” in the cabin led the flight crew of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 to make an emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport on March 11.
Spain reduces route charges for airspace usage
In an opening address at the World ATM Congress on March 6, Spanish minister of public works Íñigo de la Serna announced that Spain will reduce the route charge airlines pay to use its airspace by 3% this year and 12% in 2019.
ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu addresses the World ATM Congress
ICAO backs space-based ADS-B 
Space-based tracking of aircraft is a technology equalizer that offers nations lacking radar infrastructure a way to quickly improve their surveillance capability, ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said.
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UK, German ANSPs push ATM systems for drones 
On the eve of the World ATM Congress set to begin March 6, UK and German air navigation service providers (ANSPs) touted air traffic management (ATM) systems for small drones.
Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800
Inmarsat, Airservices Australia to assess ATC satellite voice 
Satellite communications provider Inmarsat and Airservices Australia will evaluate the use of satellite voice (SATVOICE) for air traffic services in Australia to cover areas beyond the reach of traditional VHF voice radio.
ALPA warns against lowering pilot qualifications 
The president of the largest North American airline pilots’ union in a Feb. 21 speech argued that strict pilot training and qualification requirements have helped prevent passenger fatalities among US airlines for nine straight years.
Alaska, Virgin America flight attendants agree to merger deal
Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) reached a tentative merger agreement for the airline's 5,400 flight attendants, the organizations announced.
Airline groups call on US Congress to regulate drones
US airline industry stakeholder groups are calling on Congress to allow FAA to regulate small drones that are flown for recreation.
Trump budget renews ATC restructuring plan, scales back EAS
The Trump administration in its fiscal 2019 budget submission renewed the controversial effort to divest the FAA of its air traffic control (ATC) function by creating a separate organization.
Firefighters at the scene of an American Airlines fire at O'Hare Airport.
NTSB: Improve ultrasonic inspection of engine parts 
NTSB said FAA and the airline industry should determine if improved ultrasonic inspection of engine parts during manufacturing would have found the defect that caused an uncontained engine failure in October 2016 on an American Airlines Boeing 767.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske
Pekoske: Airport security screeners will remain working in shutdown 
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners will remain working at airport security lanes in the event of a US government shutdown, TSA administrator David Pekoske said.
FAA drone registry has more than 1 million users 
The FAA’s national drone registry has surpassed 1 million recreational and commercial small unmanned aircraft users, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200
Ocean Infinity wins contract from Malaysia to resume MH370 search 
Marine survey firm Ocean Infinity said it has received a contract from the government of Malaysia to resume searching for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that disappeared in March 2014.
LaHood to lead New York JFK storm issues investigation 
Former US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will lead an independent investigation of the disruptions at New York JFK following a winter storm last week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced.
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 20, 2018

O’Leary’s winning hand with Lauda

Michael O’Leary must have played a lot of Risk as a boy. And he frequently won, judging by how he played his hand over LaudaMotion, a prize that was keenly sought by Lufthansa and British Airways owner IAG....More
Mar 9, 2018

The airline industry’s glass ceiling

Today is National Women’s Day. I’m not typically one of those who lauds achievements purely based on the gender of those who achieved, but a vexing question remains: why are there still so few women running airlines?...More
Mar 2, 2018

Delta CEO takes the high road

Delta Air Lines has withdrawn its discount offer for members of the US National Rifle Association (NRA) following the mass shooting in February at a Florida school that left 17 students and staff dead....More
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