Sean Broderick

Aviation Week
Southwest probing maintenance tracking issue behind missed inspections
Southwest Airlines is investigating why a required inspection interval in its routine maintenance program was left out of its maintenance tracking system, causing it to miss deadlines for checking backup hydraulic systems on 128 Boeing 737s.
Flat FAA budget request seeks to balance current needs, NextGen
FAA’s $15.83 billion budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) seeks to patch holes created by chronic under-investment and the 2013 sequestration while funding what the agency calls a “continued, but measured” path forward.
Virgin America A320
Pay raises, fuel hedges to boost Virgin America’s 2015 costs 
San Francisco-based Virgin America has revealed that pay raises for most employees and above-market fuel hedges through the second quarter will push its 2015 costs above previous estimates.
Bathymetric survey as of Oct. 27
Underwater mapping done, MH370 search set to intensify  2
The search for signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) is set to accelerate in the coming days, as a third vessel transitions from survey work to searching the vast seafloor area that has been mapped out and surveyed, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said.
US to press countries on Ebola response efforts 
The US, working to track down passengers on one flight that included a person who tested positive for Ebola, will pressure counterparts in several countries to step up efforts to help mitigate the outbreak’s reach, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.
Controllers return to work at FAA’s Chicago Center 
FAA’s Chicago En Route Center came back online early Monday morning, ending a 17-day outage that required creative approaches such as the use of adjacent facilities to maintain traffic flow and led FAA to stand up a review of air traffic center interruption-contingency plans.
Etihad Boeing 787-9 in new livery
Etihad shows off first 787; confirms first six routes 
Etihad Airways has debuted its first Boeing 787 Saturday in its just-introduced new livery and confirmed plans to deploy the type on six routes linking its Abu Dhabi hub and three continents by mid-2015.
FAA: Flights into Chicago area at ‘reduced rate’ 
Flights into FAA’s Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU) airspace were moving at a “reduced rate” early Friday afternoon as the agency, airlines, and area airports coped with the en-route center’s closing following an early morning incident.
Engine ebris suspected to have fallen to the ground after a bird strike
FAA, wildlife experts pitching new bird strike risk metric 
Wildlife mitigation experts are working with FAA to develop a new basic standard for calculating bird-strike risk at airports that would replace the decades-old measurement of strikes per 10,000 movements.
Lufthansa Technik’s growth stunted by competition, selective airline spending 
More intense competition and careful airline aftermarket spending helped Lufthansa Technik’s (LHT) year-over-year sales fall in the second quarter, breaking a one-year streak of quarterly growth.
First MH370 report details confusion in hours after flight was lost 
The Malaysia Transport Ministry’s first report on the probe of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370), released Thursday, adds few relevant details to the little already known about why the flight disappeared, while recommending that the industry explore real-time tracking of aircraft.
Data analysis helped Inmarsat pinpoint MH370’s path 
Mobile satellite communications specialist Inmarsat leveraged a “groundbreaking but traditional mathematics-based process” to analyze data from other flights that use its satellite network and establish a pattern that helped investigators nail down Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 final flight path as traveling south over the Indian Ocean, an Inmarsat executive explained.
FAA recalls 800 aviation safety staff from furlough  1
FAA, sticking to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) plan laid out to cope with a prolonged partial government closure, has called in more than 800 Office of Aviation Safety employees responsible for both field inspections and certification of “critical” products.
Allegiant Air working through MD-80 slide compliance issue 
Las Vegas-based low-cost carrier Allegiant Air expects to need at least another week before its flight schedule is disruption-free and its entire MD-80 fleet is available as it works to get the model’s evacuation slides in compliance with manufacturer recommendations.

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