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Prolonged grounding prompts additional safety inspections on A320 family aircraft

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has penned a safety directive stipulating additional checks for Airbus A320 family aircraft, following reports of faulty cockpit readings, suggesting potentially blocked sensors, after aircraft had been grounded over the pandemic. Industry experts have long warned that planes being parked and temporarily removed from service for longer than

UK follows Europe in Airbus-Boeing dispute truce with US

The UK and US have struck a deal to settle the continuous trans-Atlantic Airbus v Boeing tensions, suspending tariffs and subsidy disputes that have stunted civil aircraft trade for over a decade. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Thursday agreed to suspend retaliatory tariffs for an additional five years

FAA issues mandate for additional 737 MAX MCAS inspections

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a mandate ordering all Boeing 737 MAX jet operators to conduct additional inspections on its automated flight control system, MCAS. In December 2020, Boeing issued a recommendation that all MAX jets were required to be re-inspected if they had reached 6,000 flight hours, however, the FAA have

Senior FAA official embroiled in 737 MAX scandal to step down

The US Federal Aviation Administration announced on Wednesday that its top safety official, Ali Bahrami, will retire from his post at the end of this month, after the family members of 737 MAX victims called for him to be removed. He spent four years in the top role at the agency. During his tenure at

Sriwijaya Air crash results in FAA probe into 737 Classic wiring
Air Crash Investigations

The US Federal Aviation Administration has warned operators of Boeing 737 Classic aircraft to check for possible wiring failures, following the investigation into the January crash of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182. Flight SJ182, a 26-year-old Boeing 737-500, crashed into the Java Sea just minutes after take-off from Jakarta on Saturday, 9 January 2021, killing all

FAA cracks down on unruly passengers as crew abuse incidents skyrocket

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has imposed fines on unruly airline passengers totaling over $70,000 in the last number of weeks, after adopting a zero-tolerance policy on interfering or abusing flight attendants onboard. The federal agency, along with flight attendant unions, have noted a “disturbing increase” in the numbers of passengers who physically or

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