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Experts: DHS electronics ban could pose safety risks 
Travelers from 10 Middle Eastern and African airports flying to the US under a new Homeland Security Department (DHS) electronics ban could see an increased risk from lithium battery-ignited fires in the cargo holds of their aircraft, according to two battery and aircraft safety experts.
NTSB concludes tug speed caused Southwest nose gear collapse 
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a newly released report that “excessive speed” by a tug driver caused the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 to collapse upon pushback from the gate at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport on the night of Aug. 4, 2016.
MH370: Should the search expand? 
The governments of Australia, China and Malaysia have long said the underwater search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will end when a 120,000 sq km region along the so-called Seventh Arc in the southern Indian Ocean has been combed for the wreckage—work that is expected to be complete in January.
Cracked fan disk from the engine in question.
Fatigue cracking indicated in American 767 engine failure 
Evidence of fatigue cracking has been discovered in the fractured high-pressure turbine disk from the GE Aviation CF6 engine that suffered an uncontained failure on an American Airlines Boeing 767-300 a week ago.
New MH370 report indicates 777 descended steeply, flaps retracted 
Teams of investigators, working under the auspices of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), have refined several analyses and conducted additional research in an effort to reconstruct the final minutes of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and to refine the search area in the southern Indian Ocean.
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
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.
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 22, 2017
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Keep calm, but don't carry on!

The British Airways statement on the new rules forbidding laptops and other personal electronic devices in carry-on on certain flights is so British....More
Mar 21, 2017
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Casting a cloud over a movie star & a little boy sharing carrot juice

Have years of work by Emirates and other airlines to cultivate a safe, friendly image in the US been spoiled in one fell swoop?...More
Mar 21, 2017
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Trying to make sense of the new TSA electronics ban

I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying. However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed....More
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