Industry News

  • In The Past Few Weeks, Thousands Of Pilots And Crewmembers Have Received Furlough Notices Capt. Joe DePete, president of ALPA, issued a statement meant to respond to recent announcements of potential upcoming furloughs for aviation workers effective Oct. 1, 2020: “The economic impact COVID-19 has had on the airline industry has been profound for the workers who keep our skies safe and our world connected. Unfortunately, in the past few weeks, thousands of pilots and crewmembers have received furlough notices and, absent congressional action, it is likely that there will be more to come…"
  • Ravn Air Group Has Successfully Sold its Two Part 121 Airlines Approval for the sale of all 12 lots of Ravn Air Group assets was granted this week at the final Bankruptcy Court hearing – including, in a last minute turn of events, Ravn Air Group’s two Anchorage- based Part 121 passenger air carriers (“RavnAir Alaska” and “PenAir”) which were sold as a “going concern” along with many of the assets of these two companies. The successful bidder of RavnAir Alaska and PenAir was FLOAT Shuttle, a Los Angeles–based air commuter service.
  • Volaris Flight 881 Experienced A Tarmac Delay Of Four Hours And 21 Minutes The Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación (Volaris) $70,000 for violating a federal statute and the Department’s rule prohibiting long tarmac delays. The airline was also ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations. An investigation by the Department’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection found that on September 13, 2017, Volaris Flight 881, carrying 92 passengers from JFK to Mexico City International Airport, experienced a tarmac delay of four hours and 21 minutes prior to departure from JFK, during which passengers were not provided an opportunity to deplane. In addition, Volaris did not provide food to passengers during the entirety of the tarmac delay.
  • AD 2020-14-04 Prompted By Occurrences Of In-Service Engine Surges The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co KG (RRD) Trent 1000-A, Trent 1000-AE, Trent 1000-C, Trent 1000-CE, Trent 1000-D, Trent 1000-E, Trent 1000-G, and Trent 1000-H model turbofan engines. This AD requires removing and replacing one or both affected engines, depending on whether the engine pairing combinations are compliant or non-compliant, as described in the service information. This AD was prompted by occurrences of in-service engine surges on affected RRD Trent model turbofan engines with a high number of intermediate pressure compressor (IPC) module flight hours since new (HSN) or cycles since new (CSN). The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective July 23, 2020.
  • AD 2020-12-12 Prompted By Reports Of Cracks Discovered On The Engine Pylon Inboard Lower Link Lugs SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Yabora Industria Aeronautica S.A. Model ERJ 170 airplanes and Model ERJ 190-100 STD, -100 LR, -100 ECJ, -100 IGW, -200 STD, -200 LR, and -200 IGW airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks discovered on the engine pylon inboard lower link lugs. This AD requires repetitive detailed inspections of the engine inboard and outboard engine pylon lower link lugs for cracking, and repair if necessary, as specified in an Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 13, 2020.
  • Cutting 100 Aircraft, Germanwings Is Kaput The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has 'approved a second set of measures as part of its overall restructuring program' in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. With the first set of measures launched in early April it had been decided, among other things, to reduce the fleet by 100 aircraft and not to resume the flight operations of Germanwings. Lufthansa will also limit new aircraft deliveries to 80 until 2023 — reducing it aircraft purchases by about half. Lufthansa has already sidelined 17 Airbus A320s and 380s, as well as five Boeing 747-400 jets before their scheduled end of service dates.
  • Helvetic Currently Transitioning From First-Gen E-Jets to E2s Embraer has delivered its 1,600th E-Jet, an E190-E2. Helvetic Airways of Switzerland received the milestone aircraft. Airlines and leasing companies from some 50 countries have added Embraer E-Jets to their fleets since the first-generation jets entered revenue service in 2004. The new, highly fuel-efficient second-generation E-Jets family, the E2s, started flying with airlines in 2018.
  • Delivered Face Masks To Utah School Districts With The Greatest Need Boeing has completed its 12th COVID-19 transport mission, using a Boeing Dreamlifter to bring personal protective equipment (PPE) to the United States. Working in partnership with the state of Utah, Atlas Air Worldwide, H.M. Cole, Cotopaxi, Flexport and UPS, the company transported 500,000 protective face masks bound for students and teachers across Utah returning to classrooms this fall. The state of Utah will distribute the face masks free of charge to school districts across the state with the greatest need.
  • Discontinues Service on 30 Domestic Regional Routes and Closes Eight Stations Air Canada is indefinitely suspending service on 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports in Canada. These structural changes to Air Canada's domestic regional network are being made as a result of 'continuing weak demand for both business and leisure travel due to COVID-19 and provincial and federal government-imposed travel restrictions and border closures, which are diminishing prospects for a near-to-mid-term recovery.'
  • "The Agency Is Following A Deliberate Process" The FAA and Boeing noted that they have completed the certification flight tests on the Boeing 737 MAX. During three days of testing this past week, FAA pilots and engineers evaluated Boeing’s proposed changes in connection with the automated flight control system on the aircraft. While completion of the flights is an important milestone, a number of key tasks remain, including evaluating the data gathered during these flights. The agency is following a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing’s work. We will lift the grounding order only after FAA safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards.
  • The 'Runway To Recovery' Provides General Guidance Regards COVID-19 SecTrans Elaine Chao has announced public health guidance to airlines and airports for the recovery of the Nation’s air transportation system from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. The Runway to Recovery was developed by the Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security. It provides general guidance and recommends specific public health measures airlines and airports should take to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19. The guidance will enhance public health risk reduction to support an increase in travel volume while ensuring that aviation safety and security are not compromised.
  • Airline Reportedly Lost $140 Million In The First Quarter Israeli flag carrier, El Al, has suspended all operations as of July 1st… following a number of days of turmoil, magnified by a pilot action in which their union declared that the aviators would no longer fly for the company. This follows a bad first quarter in which the airline reportedly lost $140 million in the first quarter versus the previous year's loss of $55 million over the same time the previous year. The airline's revenue also reportedly dropped 25% to $321 million. Operating losses also grew by 75% to some $93 million.
  • 33 Year Old Article Downs Senior VP of Communications Everything you say, do and think can be held against you, even if was the better part of a lifetime ago. Boeing has confirmed that Niel Golightly resigned today as Senior Vice President of Communications at the Boeing Company. Boeing has initiated a search for his successor. In the interim, the communications function will report to Greg Smith, Executive Vice President of enterprise operations and chief financial officer until a permanent successor is named. Niel’s 'decision to resign' stems from an employee complaint that brought to the Company's attention an article he wrote in 1987 while serving in the military, about whether women should serve in combat.
  • AD 2020-14-02 Applies To 747 Series Airplanes The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. That AD applies to all The Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. As published, the AD number and Amendment number specified in the preamble and regulatory text are incorrect. This document corrects that error. In all other respects, the original document remains the same. This correction is effective July 28, 2020.
  • Queensland, Australia, Will Host Pratt & Whitney Canada Training FlightSafety International now offers maintenance technician training at a new Learning Center located at the Sunshine Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia. "We are pleased to serve technicians who maintain aircraft equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, and Honeywell engines and APUs, at this new Learning Center in Queensland," said Nathan Speiser, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing.