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FAA again under fire over MAX certification process
Airlines

A new report released by the US Department of Transportation Inspector General’s office has again criticised the Federal Aviation Administration for its lack of oversight in the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. The office of the Inspector General found “weaknesses” in the agency’s initial certification of the MAX, and stated the agency is still

US regulator orders immediate inspections of certain B777 engines
Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed it is nearly ready to finalise its emergency directive stipulating the immediate inspection of certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, used in the Boeing 777. The regulator’s chief administrator Steve Dickson has said the FAA has been working “nonstop” to regulate and rectify issues with the affected engines, and

FAA joins in warning of post-COVID risks in aviation
Airlines

US Federal Aviation Administration administrator Steve Dickson has joined others in warning of the potential risks involved in the post-COVID aviation recovery. Dickson noted specifically that the industry that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the industry “in many respects no longer exists today”. The comments were made off the back of the crisis that

FAA, Boeing issue warnings over PW4000 engines after two major failures
Airlines

The US Federal Aviation Administration and planemaker Boeing have both issued warnings over Boeing 777 aircraft powered by PW4000-112 engines following United Airlines flight 328, which suffered an engine failure shortly after take-off on Saturday. UA328 rained debris over homes and yards in Broomfield, Colorado, after its right engine blew out, as passengers and witnesses

Planemaker backs Trump’s contentious emissions reforms
Airlines

US planemaker Boeing has officially thrown its support behind contentious reforms over fuel efficiency standards in new airplanes finalised by the Trump administration in its final days. The standards outlined in the reforms have been largely criticised by a dozen US states as well as the new Biden administration as being too lenient, and largely

World first: FAA grants flying car the green light
Future of Aviation

A two-seater flying car has been awarded an airworthiness certificate by the FAA for the first time, which could see the product on US roads (and skies) by next year. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a Special Light-Sport Aircraft airworthiness certification to Volvo-owned Terrafugia’s ‘Transition’ vehicle, a hybrid “roadable aircraft” – or,

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