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Apr 12, 2009

The world's aviation community has struck a global deal to speed the roll-out of next-generation satellite-based air navigation to help drive efficiency and shrink air transport's carbon footprint. The system entails a shift to more accurate and efficient aircraft trajectories by moving away from reliance on ground-based navigation aids in favour of satellite-guided area navigation procedures. Apr 8, 2009

Airbus, Sogema

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is giving operators of Sogerma pilot seat-equipped Airbus A300-600, A300-600ST and A310 aircraft until 9 May to deactivate the horizontal and vertical electrical adjustment controls on the seats. The mandate was spawned by a report of an A300-600 co-pilot seat sliding back uncommanded to its rearmost position during takeoff, says EASA. Following a change out of the seat's horizontal movement actuator, the aircraft was put back in service, but the seat again slid back during the next takeoff. According to the airworthiness directive (AD) issued 9 April, an investigation of the two removed actuators revealed that the clutch was broken inside the shaft, unlocking the seat horizontal movement. Apr 10, 2009

Alaska Airlines, Boeing

Alaska Airlines this week is unveiling its specially painted [sup.3]Spirit of Alaska[sup.2] aircraft in honor of the state[sup.1]s 50th anniversary. The Boeing 737-400 livery, designed by Sitka high school student Hannah Hamberg, depicts a musher, sled dog and other iconic symbols of the state, and was chosen from among thousands of entries in the state of Alaska[sup.1]s [sup.3]Paint the Plane[sup.2] contest. For more information, visit www.alaskaair.com Apr 9, 2009

American Airlines, Boeing

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says American Airlines use of "inappropriate" maintenance procedures to manually start Boeing MD-82 engines and the flight crew's handling of engine fire emergency procedures were the probable causes behind a non-fatal 28 September 2007 accident in St. Louis. Contributing to the accident were deficiencies in the FAA's continuing analysis and surveillance system (CASS), a program that gives carriers the responsibility for evaluating, analysing and correcting systemic maintenance and inspections problems. In whole, the failings led to an engine fire and subsequent complicated emergency landing of the MD-82 shortly after takeoff from the St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Apr 7, 2009

Boeing

US aerospace giant Boeing Thursday said it was slashing production of its twin-aisle 777 aircraft to five jets per month from seven, citing "significant deterioration" in the airline industry. Boeing said in a statement it would also delay previous plans to "modestly" increase production of its 747-8 and 767 aircraft. Apr 10, 2009

Boeing

Old jets come here, empty engine pods shrink-wrapped in white, tall red tails fading to pink in the desert sun. More will come soon. Some will never fly again. Airlines have announced plans over the past year to take 1,700 planes out of service as fewer people fly. United Airlines is retiring all 94 of its Boeing 737s by the end of this year, and Northwest Airlines has cut its old DC-9 fleet by about a third. The number of planes in storage has jumped 29 percent in the past year to 2,302, according to aerospace data firm Ascend Worldwide. That includes 930 parked by U.S. operators alone. Eventually, some will be sold, some scrapped, some will sit at desert facilities in southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. But at the moment, their number is growing faster than expected. The banking crisis has made it very difficult to get loans to buy aircraft, and the drop in commodity prices has gutted their scrap value. Apr 6, 2009

Bombardier

Bombardier is offering a wide area augmentation system-capable flight management system on its Learjet 60 midsize business jet. The service will be available as a supplemental type certificate to customers of in-service Learjet 60s, the manufacturer says. WAAS is already available on the Learjet 40/40XR and Learjet 45/45XR business jets. Apr 10, 2009

Colgan Air, Bombardier

US National Transportation Safety Board reported that US scheduled airlines operated for a second consecutive year in 2008 with no fatal accidents. In preliminary numbers released last week, NTSB said Part 121 scheduled carriers had an accident rate of 0.189 per 100,000 departures last year. That translated to 28 accidents, identical to 2007. None of the accidents in either year resulted in fatalities. Part 135 regional airline operations resulted in seven accidents in 2008, none of which were fatal, up from three nonfatal accidents in 2007. The streak ended in early February with the Colgan Air Q400 crash outside Buffalo, which killed 50, and the FedEx MD-11 freighter accident at Tokyo Narita last month that killed both pilots. Apr 6, 2009

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