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Screenshot from Flightradar24.com 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.
FAA, NTSB reinforce warnings on lithium battery dangers 
In separate announcements, the US FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week reinforced warnings about the dangers of transporting lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries as bulk cargo in passenger and freighter aircraft.
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.
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