FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called for increased cooperation between the US and China on runway safety, airworthiness, aircraft emissions and next-generation air traffic control. In remarks prepared for the China Civil Aviation Development Forum in Beijing, Babbitt said the two countries with the largest aviation systems, the US and China, need to be world leaders on these important issues. He noted that measures taken in the US to improve runway safety contributed to a 63% drop in the number of runway incursion incidents between 2000 and 2008.
A nearly new A330-200 operated by Afriqiyah Airways crashed on final approach to Tripoli early Wednesday, killing 103 of the 104 people aboard, including 11 crewmembers.
The accident was the deadliest so far in 2010. A boy from the Netherlands reportedly was the lone survivor. The crash occurred as Flight 8U771, en route from Johannesburg, was attempting to land at Tripoli International at about 6 a.m. local time. All but 11 of the passengers were continuing onward to European destinations, according to a statement from the airline.
US airlines expect that FAA will allow a five-year “grace period” for full compliance with the agency’s 2010 mandate that carriers’ aircraft be Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out capable by Jan. 1, 2020....More
Airbus, aiming to become a “major” player in A350 aftermarket support, is poised to announce its first long-term agreement with an A350 customer and is in talks with several more, a company executive said....More