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Bill Carey

Senior Editor, Aircraft Systems & Safety

Based in Washington, DC, Bill covers avionics, air traffic management and aviation safety for Aviation Week. A former daily newspaper reporter, he has covered the commercial, business and military aviation segments as well as unmanned aircraft systems. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2017, he worked for Aviation International News and Avionics and Rotor & Wing magazines.

Bill is the recipient of the National Business Aviation Association’s 2017 Gold Wing Award for his reporting on drones, and in 1997 received the British Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Journalist of the Year award in the business aviation category. He is the author of the book, “Enter the Drones, The FAA and UAVs in America,” published in 2016.

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Emirates Airline orders two CAE 777X simulators
CAE on Dec. 5 announced an order from Emirates Airline for two Boeing 777X full-flight simulators (FFS) and associated training suites.
UK drone enthusiasts warned on registration deadline 
Tens of thousands of drone enthusiasts in the UK risk a £1,000 ($1,264) fine if they fail to register by Nov. 30, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has warned.
Thales’ new flight management system to use inflight connectivity 
Thales has developed a new flight management system (FMS) designed to take advantage of inflight connectivity.
Lawmakers: FAA must act to limit airline disruptions from space launches 
House lawmakers are calling on the FAA to take stronger measures to minimize disruptions to airline operations caused by rocket launches as the agency develops regulations to simplify requirements for commercial space operators.
US counsel issues warning of safety hazard at ATC center 
The US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has alerted the White House and Congress of “hazardous conditions” at an air traffic control (ATC) facility in Florida brought to light more than a year ago by a whistleblower.
Caribbean authority uses space-based surveillance to track aircraft
The Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP), responsible for managing air traffic from the Caribbean island of Curaçao, has started using space-based surveillance data from Aireon to track aircraft.
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FAA approves Boeing 737 distress tracking device
Aircraft tracking system provider Blue Sky Network on Nov. 20 announced FAA certification of its autonomous distress tracking (ADT) device on Boeing 737 airliners.
Damaged left fan cowl from Southwest Airlines flight 1380.
NTSB recommends redesign of Boeing 737NG engine cowlings 
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for Boeing to redesign engine fan cowls on 737 NG-series airliners after finding that a fragmented fan blade compromised the structure on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 in 2018, leading to the first fatality on a US passenger airline in nearly a decade.
US House reps object to air marshals using counter-drone systems 
US House lawmakers, in a letter to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), derided an “irresponsible proposal” to have federal air marshals operate counter-drone systems near airports.
Dickson outlines FAA’s safety-focused, data-driven vision 
FAA administrator Stephen Dickson has outlined a safety-focused, data-driven vision for the agency he has led now for three months.
FAA: Runway status lights operational at 20 airports 
The FAA said its Runway Status Lights (RWSL) system is now operational at the 20 large airports approved for the system.
UPS drone makes first CVS prescription deliveries 
Package carrier UPS and pharmacy company CVS on Nov. 5 said they completed the first money-making deliveries of medical prescriptions to customers by drone.
Singapore mandates drones to be registered 
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will require that drones weighing more than 250 grams (0.5 lb.) be registered as of Jan. 2, 2020.
European body launches counter-drone work group 
The European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (Eurocae) has established a working group to develop standards for counter-drone systems that can be used by airports and air traffic control authorities.
Wing Hummingbird delivers a FedEx package in Christiansburg, Virginia.
FedEx, Wing Aviation makes first scheduled drone delivery 
Wing Aviation and FedEx Express on Oct. 18 completed the first scheduled package delivery by drone to a house in Christiansburg, Virginia, FedEx announced.
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Dec 6, 2019

Next-generation bundling: Emissions offsets included

In the face of mounting social pressure, European airlines are upping their environmental game. Are emission offsets about to follow the path of WiFi and online-purchase delivery fees, where they become bundled into the basic price?...More
Nov 14, 2019

Wizz CEO’s attack on premium cabins is a sustainability red herring

The CEO and co-founder of Budapest LCC Wizz Air has issued a statement calling for all airlines to ban premium cabins on flights of less than five hours....More
Nov 4, 2019

Korean goes K-pop in its safety video

Korean Air has just released details of its new safety video and it is certainly different; it’s a music video featuring K-pop band SuperM, which created a song for this purpose....More

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