• From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Thu Oct 4 21:58:47 2018
    On 4 October 1992, a 747 cargo plane from the Israeli airline El Al en route from Tel Aviv to New York's JFK Airport made an intermediate stop at Schiphol and after take-off crashed on two flats in the Bijlmer suburb of Amsterdam just after 6.30 pm. The disaster killed at least 43 people.

    The accident is commemorated every year with a ceremony at 'the tree that saw it all', a tree that survived the crash and the subsequent fire.

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  • From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Mon Sep 2 13:11:56 2019
    Russia would like to involve a possible crown witness in the MH17 trial, Vladimir Tsemach, in a prisoner exchange with Ukraine. Reported on the basis of three different sources, including the independent Russian news site The Insider.

    Tsemach is a former military commander of the pro-Russian separatists who was arrested by Ukrainian soldiers at the end of June of the summer. According to some sources, the 58-year-old commander was at the time commander of the air defense near the place where the Buk rocket was fired, which shot down flight MH17.

    The separatist soldier could be an important witness in the coming MH17 Trial. Sources of The Insider say that Moscow would even cancel the exchange without him. Negotiations on a prisoner exchange take place behind closed doors. According to Kiev, there is talk about it, but the consultation has not yet been completed.

    Editor's note:

    This is Russia's attempt to not have this person testify at the hearings

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  • From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Sun Sep 8 02:24:22 2019
    The European aviation authority EASA does not want to blindly rely on the FAA when it comes to the recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX. The authority wants to test the aircraft itself before the green light is given to resume the flights. EASA seems to impose stricter requirements than the FAA.

    EASA director Patrick Ky spoke last week in the European Parliament about the problems around the 737 MAX, which has been on the ground for half a year. In Europe, Norwegian and TUI are among the largest users of the type.

    Among other things, EASA wants Boeing to demonstrate the stability of the MAX during extreme maneuvers. Not only when the updated MCAS is running, but also when this system is switched off.

    EASA further reports to the Seattle Times that it is not satisfied with the improvements proposed by Boeing to the Angle of Attack (AoA) system. Problems with the AoA sensors caused the offending MCAS to be triggered in the accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

    "We are following a methodical approach to assess the overall safety of flight control and associated functions of the aircraft, as well as the pilot interaction with the systems, to take into account the human factors involved," EASA reports.

    Earlier this week, Alexandre de Juniac of aviation industry organization IATA expressed concern about the different views of aviation authorities in the 737 MAX issue. "We do not see the necessary consensus among international regulators," he told Reuters.

    "We see a discrepancy that is harmful to the industry," De Juniac added. He encouraged supervisors to "collectively" make changes to the certification process.

    Boeing hopes to receive FAA approval for the 737 MAX in October, so that the plane can come back into service again this year. FAA approval would only apply to US airlines; European airlines require permission from EASA.

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  • From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Sun Jan 19 13:35:35 2020
    Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has again found software problems in the flight control of the 737 MAX. The problems could lead to a further postponement of the aircraft's return to the regular schedule of a large number of airlines, writes The Washington Post.

    "We are making the necessary updates and working with the FAA to submit this change and keep our customers and suppliers informed," said a Boeing spokesperson.

    Before the problem was discovered, there were plans to conduct an important certification flight at the end of January. But at the moment it seems that this flight is taking place in February at the earliest.

    The duration of the delay largely depends on how long it takes for Boeing engineers to address the problem. The new delay will irrevocably also lead to a delay in the training of pilots and maintenance staff to become familiar with the changes that Boeing has made.

    American airlines have already taken the 737 MAX out of their schedules until the beginning of June.

    The software problem would have to do with a control system that tests whether the computer systems work when the aircraft starts up. It is not yet clear what the risks of the software problem are. It is also not yet clear how much delay Boeing will incur due to the discovery of the error.

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  • From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Mon Jul 6 11:56:47 2020
    Boeing has completed the test flights for the recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX. In recent days, pilots from the American aviation regulator FAA tested the plagued plane, which has been grounded since March last year after two fatal crashes due to problems with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

    The test flights were conducted on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the vicinity of the 737 MAX factory near Seattle with a two-year-old MAX 7, the smallest variant in the 737 MAX series.

    According to the FAA, the completion of the test flights is an important milestone for putting the aircraft back into service. However, the supervisor must evaluate the data of the test flights.

    In addition, the regulator wants to complete other tasks, including approving the new pilot training procedures before sending the aircraft back into the air. It is very unlikely to happen before September, Reuters reports.

    "We will take the time necessary to thoroughly evaluate Boeing's work," said the FAA. "The planes are not allowed to re-launch until the FAA security experts are convinced that the aircraft meets the certification standards."

    The problems with the 737 MAX have already cost Boeing billions. At the end of May, the company announced that it would cut 13,000 jobs, because it hardly receives any new orders due to the corona crisis. In total, about 160,000 employees work at Boeing, most of them in the United States.

    Meanwhile, Boeing has resumed production of the 737 MAX. The aircraft are being produced at a slow pace at the 737 MAX factory in Renton near Seattle. As the year progresses, the aircraft manufacturer will increase the production of the aircraft. The goal is to have at least 31 737 MAX airplanes rolled off the line every month by 2021.

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  • From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Sat May 21 00:22:46 2022
    Aircraft manufacturer ATR wants to launch a new generation of turboprops by 2030. The Airbus subsidiary promises potential customers for the so-called EVO series the opportunity to fly extremely economically and to significantly reduce emissions.

    ATR is currently building two types: the ATR 42 and the larger ATR 72. The EVO is intended to be a further development of the latter type. Thanks to new engines, propellers and systems, the EVO should consume 20 percent less fuel, be 20 percent cheaper in maintenance and emit 50 percent less CO2. When flying entirely on biofuel, emissions should be virtually zero.

    "Our new generation of aircraft is a step towards sustainable aviation through gradual innovation." said ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli.

    The aircraft manufacturer has asked engine manufacturers to contribute ideas about the propulsion of the EVO. In addition, it is checked how many potential customers are interested in the new type. The official launch could follow in 2023, if those conditions are met.

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  • From Ward Dossche@2:292/854 to All on Fri Aug 18 13:54:08 2023
    Leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) is taking over 64 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from competitor China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC). These are MAX 8s, 9s and 10s that have yet to be built and are expected to be delivered between now and 2026.

    The transaction brings DAE's portfolio to more than 550 aircraft (including 500 Boeings), which are leased to more than 100 customers.

    How much money DAE pays CALC for the 737s has not been disclosed.

    The 'why' of this transaction draws much speculation but Chinese pressure could be involved to try marketing Chinese COMAC-aircraft to Chinese airlines instead of Boeing and Airbus.

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