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    Chinese authorities test alternative turbulence index to account for aircraft type


    Chinese authorities have been testing a new in-flight turbulence measurement technique intended to take into account different aircraft types and provide more accurate crew perception. Under ICAO standards turbulence is categorised as light, moderate, or severe based on a cube-root function of the eddy dissipation rate. But this dissipation rate ...

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    General Atomics tests Pratt & Whitney turboprop engine on MQ-9B


    The California maker of unmanned aerial vehicles recently tested the more-powerful engine for its MQ-9B remotely piloted aircraft, successor to the combat-proven MQ-9A Reaper.

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    Wing-strike on landing badly damages Angara An-24


    Russian investigators are probing a landing accident which damaged the wing-tip of an Antonov An-24 at Ust-Kut airport in Siberia. The turboprop was being operated by Angara Airlines on a 17 August service, according to the federal Investigative Committee’s eastern inter-regional transport investigation division. It states that the aircraft “contacted ...

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    Aerospace council urges standardisation to ease firefighting aircraft certification


    Aerospace industry representatives are urging ICAO to prioritise international standardisation of certification and operation of firefighting aircraft, arguing that greater flexibility is needed as climate change threatens to prolong and intensify wildfire seasons. While the requirement for aerial firefighting capability is rising, the International Co-ordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations ...

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    TAP insists union hostility will not derail crucial restructuring


    Portuguese flag-carrier TAP’s management has signalled that it is losing patience with union sniping over the airline’s efforts to keep its restructuring programme on track. TAP has acknowledged the difficult conditions – including large cuts to salaries – which were imposed as part of a restructuring scheme approved by the ...

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    Edelweiss to expand A340 fleet as long-haul demand picks up


    Swiss leisure carrier Edelweiss Air is to introduce an additional Airbus A340 to its long-haul fleet from next year. The Lufthansa Group airline is to bring in the A340-300 in July 2023, taking its fleet of the type to five. Edelweiss will source the aircraft from its sister operator Swiss. ...

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    ST Engineering expands Leap-1B MRO capabilities with new test cell


    ST Engineering will expand its MRO support for CFM International’s Leap-1B turbofan with new test cell capabilities in its Singapore facility.

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    Boeing paused 737 wing manufacturing to address supply shortages


    Boeing in recent weeks temporarily paused manufacturing of wings for its 737 family as the airframer attempted to address parts and labour shortages that are affecting narrowbody production.

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    Boom boosted by American’s 20-unit Overture order


    American Airlines will purchase as many as 20 examples of Boom Supersonic’s developmental Overture passenger jet, becoming the second major US carrier to commit to the programme.

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    C Cubed progresses A320CCF freighter conversion programme


    California-based C Cubed Aerospace is gearing up for the first flight of the initial Airbus A320 to be modified under its CCF freighter conversion programme as it bids to hit a year-end target for the completion of certification activities.

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    Post-evacuation procedures sought to cut risk of straying passengers


    Standardised guidance to prevent hazards involving straying passengers, following an aircraft evacuation, is being sought by delegates to the upcoming ICAO Assembly. Several incidents involving aircraft evacuation – such as that involving a Gulf Air Airbus A321 at Kuwait in July last year – have resulted in passengers wandering into ...

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    Thai A350 sank far below glideslope after shortened approach stressed pilots


    German investigators believe a shortened approach route given to a Thai Airways Airbus A350-900 crew generated increased time stress, resulting in a botched high-speed descent to Frankfurt that took the twinjet far below the glideslope. The aircraft, arriving at night, was just 668ft above ground, while still 6.43nm from the ...

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    SAS secures $700m bridge financing for Chapter 11 restructuring


    Scandinavian operator SAS has reached a bridge financing agreement for $700 million, as part of its restructuring programme, sourcing funds through Apollo Global Management. The debtor-in-possession credit agreement – plus the company’s own revenue streams – will be used to meet obligations as SAS continues its ‘SAS Forward’ re-organisation scheme ...

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    Russian cargo veteran Isaikin withdraws from outsize specialist Volga-Dnepr


    Russian outsize freight carrier Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ veteran founder, Alexei Isaikin, has withdrawn from the company’s shareholders. The carrier states that Isaikin, who has worked in the aviation sector for 45 years, is transferring control to the company’s management. Volga-Dnepr Airlines was founded in 1990 and carries out charter air cargo ...

  • cockpit-c-Unsplash Blake Guidry

    IATA to press for ICAO review of pilot upper age limits


    IATA is seeking a review of commercial pilot age limits to help relieve forecast demand for cockpit crews. It has submitted a paper to the upcoming ICAO Assembly which refers to the age limit of 65 imposed on pilots by the Chicago Convention. The paper urges ICAO to examine the ...

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    MC-21 model reflecting domestic-composite wing undergoes flutter tests


    Russian analysts are conducting tests with an Irkut MC-21-300 model with wings representative of those created with domestically-sourced composites. The research at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute is intended to explore the potential for flutter on the twinjet. Irkut and RSK MiG have assisted with development of the 1:7-scale model which ...

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    El Al to consider wet-leases and more 787s to address capacity shortfall


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is to explore the possibility of additional Boeing 787s from the second half of next year, once it completes introduction of its current fleet. The airline has 15 of the type – comprising 12 787-9s and three 787-8s – and it is expecting to receive one ...

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    Dreamliner deliveries resume but capacity constraints remain


    Boeing’s much-awaited resumption of 787 deliveries on Wednesday provided a welcome boost for the manufacturer and Dreamliner customers who have been facing operational headaches caused by the aircraft delays. American Airlines became the first airline to take delivery of a 787 since US regulators gave Boeing the green light to ...

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    TUI 737 tail-strike pilot’s training interrupted by pandemic


    UK investigators believe pandemic-related interruptions to a first officer’s flight training probably contributed to a Boeing 737-800 tail-strike incident on take-off from Manchester earlier this year. The first officer rotated the TUI Airways jet too rapidly on departure from runway 23R, causing the tail to contact the ground, and the ...

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    El Al works to restore activity levels as recovery gains traction


    Israeli carrier El Al made a pre-tax loss of $90 million for the first half of the year, although a tax gain pushed the airline into a net profit of $34 million. The airline generated revenues of nearly $799 million over the six months to 30 June. El Al says ...