John Croft

Airlines Have Wide Latitude For Meeting ICAO Tracking Requirements 


After the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER, ICAO adopted new aircraft tracking provisions, including a requirement that aircraft carry a device that could autonomously transmit its location every minute during emergency circumstances.

The new provisions are separate from ICAO’s proposal for airlines to adhere to a standard of reporting aircraft position at least once every 15 minutes when in oceanic or remote airspace.

American increases pay at subsidiaries Envoy Air, PSA Airlines 
Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines has increased starting pay significantly at two of its three regional subsidiaries, Envoy Air and PSA Airlines.
NTSB adopts rudder-blanking recommendations after Delta investigation 
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends the FAA, Boeing and airlines explore and mitigate a relatively obscure directional-control problem linked to aircraft with tail-mounted engines.
Fan blade metal fatigue cited in Southwest 737-700 engine failure 
The uncontained left engine failure on an Aug. 27 Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando was likely initiated by a fan blade that broke off because of metal fatigue, according to a Sept. 12 investigative update by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
How JetBlue is filling demand for pilots
Given pilot shortage forecasts, a new ab initio hiring program launched by a US airline is going to be watched closely.
737 MAX cockpit
Rockwell Collins nears finish line with cockpit displays 
Rockwell Collins is planning to deliver the final software load to Boeing for 737 MAX cockpit displays in mid-September, followed by initial deliveries of the final hardware components by year-end.
Mark Rogers
Packaging standard for lithium batteries to slip 
The first draft of a performance-based packaging standard for lithium-ion batteries will not be ready by November and will likely slip into early 2017, an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) committee member said Aug. 24.
DHS secretary Jeh Johnson
US seeks air marshal agreement for Cuba flights 
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Jeh Johnson wants to have agreements in place with the Cuban government to allow US federal air marshals to travel on flights into the US from 10 Cuban airports, preferably before services start this fall.
Russia signs agreement with Aireon for space-based ADS-B 
Russian air navigation and aviation information service providers have signed an agreement with US-based Aireon, marking the first inroads for the nascent space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) provider in Eastern Europe.
TSA focuses on security upgrades for smaller airports 
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is rolling out several programs aimed at better securing the perimeter and access-control areas of smaller commercial-service airports against external and inside threats.
EgyptAir MS804 fuselage, recorders still not found 
The Egyptian military has deployed an autonomous submarine to assist a multi-national contingent of aircraft and ships in the search for the main wreckage of EgyptAir flight MS804 in the Mediterranean Sea.
Screenshot from showing the flight track of EgyptAir MS804
No sightings of EgyptAir MS804 in first hours after disappearance  3
The disappearance of EgyptAir flight 804 over the Mediterranean Sea early May 19 came as Egypt had begun making progress in shoring up international travel to the country in the aftermath of the suspected inflight bombing of a Russian Metrojet Airbus A321 shortly after departure from Sharm el Sheik on Oct. 31, 2015.
Flydubai crash investigators suggest pilot go-around errors 
Russian’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) has issued five “prompt” safety recommendations in its interim report on the crash of Flydubai flight 981, a Boeing 737-800 that plunged into the ground after a second missed approach at the Rostov-on-Don airport early on the morning of March 19, killing all 62 aboard.
Flydubai flight 981 wreckage
Flydubai investigation reveals ‘abrupt’ descent before crash  1
Russian and international investigators said the pilots of Flydubai flight 981 climbed to approximately 3,000 ft. on the second aborted approach at Rostov-on-Don Airport early on March 19 before an unknown event caused the Boeing 737-800 carrying 62 passengers and crew to crash.
Russian emergency rescuers and forensic investigators
Investigators decipher flydubai 737 recorders, radar  2
US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Boeing investigators have joined a Russian and United Arab Emirates team at the Rostov-on-Don Airport to establish what caused Flydubai flight 981, a Boeing 737-800, to crash after a second attempt at landing on Runway 22 in the early morning hours of March 19 in low clouds and heavy winds.
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