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ALPA: FAA reauthorization needs stronger lithium battery regulations  1
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) had hoped the latest round of FAA reauthorization proposals would include stronger lithium battery regulations.
Shuster ATC bill to benefit remote towers 
The FAA reauthorization bill introduced Feb. 3 by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will put FAA in charge of demonstrating remote tower technologies at seven airports in a pilot program that would be launched within six months. of the bill’s passage.
Egypt contradicts bomb theory on Metrojet crash  1
Egyptian investigators for the Metrojet Airbus A321 crash say it has not received “information indicating unlawful interference” or a “terrorist act” in the Oct. 31 crash, contradicting statements made by Russia’s Federal Security Police in mid-November that “a self-made explosive device equivalent of up to 1 kg of TNT” had been set off on board.
Turkish Airlines A330-300 after runway excursion at Kathmandu
Turkish Airlines alters safety process after Kathmandu landing incident 
Turkish Airlines has made six changes to its processes and procedures following the March 4 excursion by an Airbus A330-300 landing at the Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, after a flawed non-precision instrument approach in fog and deteriorating visibility.
ALPA ‘disappointed’ with ICAO lithium battery recommendations  1
ALPA president Tim Canoll said he is “disappointed” with the lithium-ion battery transport recommendations made by an ICAO panel.
ATR 72 crew’s ingenuity cited in rare sea salt incident 
The crew of an Aer Arann ATR 72 flying for Aer Lingus is credited with “good airmanship” in finding a way to remove salt deposits that had completely blocked the view forward from the twin turboprop’s windscreen while attempting to land at Ireland’s Cork Airport in January 2014.
A Singular Argument 
Whether they are being spotted on the approach to a busy airport, dropping on to the White House lawn or crashing while carrying drugs in Tijuana, the issues raised by unmanned aircraft arguably are the most controversial in aviation for decades.
ICAO proposes target schedule for tracking upgrades, distress systems & recorders 
ICAO is proposing that airlines begin taking responsibility for knowing the whereabouts of their aircraft in oceanic areas by late 2016.
Details of conflict zone risk tool take shape at ICAO 
ICAO will have to boost its budget by 3% to pay a Web-based information database to provide airlines, air navigation service providers and member states a source of safety information about the risks to flights over and within conflict zones.
IATA: Government assets needed for conflict areas intelligence 
IATA officials said airlines require the caliber of state-acquired intelligence to decide when and where aircraft should not be flying.
MH17 wreckage
Obama: Missile shot down MH17; Malaysia Airlines says Eurocontrol approved route 
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that crashed over Ukraine Thursday, killing all 298 on board, was shot down by a surface-to-air-missile (SAM) from territory controlled by Russian-supporting militants, US President Barack Obama said Friday.
ATSB studies possible routes, fuel exhaustion for MH370 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is studying whether missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have been navigating between waypoints in the southern Indian Ocean when the aircraft’s satellite communications system last exchanged “handshakes” with an Inmarsat satellite and ground station in Perth, Australia, as it descended, most likely after running out of fuel.
FAA secures T-SAP, ATSAP from public disclosure 
FAA has dismissed requests for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) access to data from two of its voluntary safety reporting systems, one for technical services employees and one for air traffic controllers.
Stall recovery, simulator fidelity improvements in new FAA training rule 
FAA on Tuesday issued a final rule that will give airlines and training providers five years to upgrade flight simulators and begin more comprehensive training of pilots for stall and upset incidents as well as for crosswind and gust events.
Cockpit Regeneration 

WHEN COMMERCIAL JET goes looking for customers for its 737-300/-400 cargo conversions later this year, the Miami-based maintenance and refurbishment center plans to offer a differentiator it thinks will set it apart from the competition: The best new avionics in cookie-cutter cockpits. Along with its partner in the effort, Universal Avionics, Commercial Jet is planning to retrofit a slew of 737 Classics with large-format liquid crystal displays, flight management systems, terrain awareness warning systems and even Universal's new synthetic vision product. Once its supplemental type

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Safety videos: An adorable Air China Panda & a stylish new American Airlines

Back on to one of my favorite subjects – flight safety videos – and I want to share these two with you, one by Air China and the other by American Airlines....More
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MH17: Now round up the criminals

Was it an error? Was it intentional? Who was in charge? Who issued the instructions? Those are the key questions, raised by the international team that investigated the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Those questions must now be answered and those responsible rounded up....More
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