Category: US & Canada

Debris in Boeing 737 MAX Fuel Tanks: Saga of Twists and Turns

Reading Time: < 1 minute Never-ending problems of the Boeing 737 MAX have already become a one-year saga of twists and turns. This time Boeing has discovered ‘foreign object debris’ in the fuel tanks of grounded MAX aircraft, Leeham News reported. Following the discovery, Boeing has ordered inspections of its entire grounded 737 MAX fleet, consisting of over 400 planes. […]

Pilots Reveal Salary Is Not the First Priority. What Matters Then?

Reading Time: 2 minutes It is difficult to argue the fact that pilot’s job is one of the most dynamic ones in the world, indeed. So many young and passionate people are dreaming about the office 35,000 feet high in the air. High rewards, endless travelling opportunities, personal prestige. The list is too long to name all the entries. […]

Blow to Airbus: US Further Increases Tariffs on Aircraft from EU

Reading Time: 2 minutes The long-lasting dispute over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers is intensifying. The United States has announced that starting March, 2020, it is raising tariffs on aircraft imported from the European Union from 10% to 15%. Although the tariff is set on a variety of products imported from the EU, ranging from some types of meat, cheese, […]

Delta Commits $1 Billion to Mitigate Carbon Emissions

Reading Time: < 1 minute Delta Air Lines, one of the major carriers of the United States, has announced that starting 1 March, 2020, it commits $1 billion to reduce its carbon footprint and become the first carbon neutral airline worldwide over the next decade. Aviation accounts for roughly 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Delta admits there is no […]

Bombardier Exits A220 Program Leaving Airbus with 75%

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bombardier has announced that it exits the A220 program, former CSeries, and leaves Airbus with 75% ownership, with the remaining 25% held by the Canadian government’s Investissement Quebec. According to the agreement for the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership (Airbus Canada), the Canada’s stake will be redeemable to Airbus starting 2026, this is three years later […]

Painfully Slow Start to 2020: Boeing Logs Zero Orders in January

Reading Time: < 1 minute New year, fresh start, ZERO ORDERS, same problems. This is the beginning of 2020 at the Boeing Company. This is the report on the month of January which brought the US planemaker zero orders for new planes. For the first time in decades Boeing ended the year of 2019 with a negative order rate. For […]

Spotlight on Questionable Pilot Training Requirements: 737 MAX

Reading Time: 2 minutes In light of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes, standards of pilot training both in the US, and on the global scale, have become a gray area. Especially in the context of pilots’ awareness of flight deck automation. While safety concerns are growing further, while Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight and certification practices are still […]

British Airways Boeing 747 Breaks Transatlantic Speed Record

Reading Time: < 1 minute Every cloud has a silver lining, even in the storm. This is the case of British Airways Boeing 747-400, which on the New York-London route entered the area of ferocious Storm Ciara but thanks to the powerful transatlantic jetstream set a new subsonic speed record. Accelerated by Storm Ciara on 9 February, 2020, the jumbo […]

First Flight of Boeing 727: History of Risks and Benefits

Reading Time: 4 minutes On this day, on 9 February in 1963, the second successful Boeing’s commercial passenger jet – Boeing 727 – took off for its maiden flight into history. In the very beginning, the new aircraft did not promise to reach towering heights. Risky launch, weak order volume and gloomy future predicted more troubles than rewards. Originally, […]

Airbus Defines Liquid Prohibited Zone in Cockpits of A350

Reading Time: < 1 minute Following two un-commanded engine in-flight shut-downs caused by the inadvertent liquid spillage on the centre pedestal in the flight deck on Airbus A350 aircraft, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD). The initial results of investigations point out that after the liquids appeared on the system, abnormal operation […]