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Mar 19, 2007

FAA, airlines confront potential $47 billion collective cost of NextGen ATC Friday US airlines will have to invest $20-$25 billion through 2025 to equip aircraft for FAA's planned satellite-based NextGen system, according to ATA President and CEO James May, who spoke yesterday at the agency's annual Aviation Forecast Conference in Washington. Mar 16, 2007

Indonesia May Close Airlines After Crashes Indonesia may close some airlines after a government sanctioned team of transport experts called for a revamp of the aviation industry following a series of air accidents, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Friday. Mar 16, 2007

FAA predicts steep climb in passenger traffic The FAA's annual forecast predicts that passenger boarding will rise 3.8% in 2007 to 768.4 million. Boarding will surpass 1 billion by 2015. Air Transport Association President and CEO James May says the increase in passenger traffic underscores the need for a modernized air traffic control system. "The real consequence of not making these changes is going to be delay," May said. Mar 16, 2007

Indonesian Experts Urge Aviation Revamp Indonesia must revamp its air transport sector and shut down airlines that ignore safety regulations, a team of experts said on Thursday, following a string of deadly accidents in recent months. Mar 15, 2007

Indonesian Police Question Pilots In Crash Probe Indonesian police on Tuesday questioned the pilots of a Garuda airliner that crash landed in central Java last week as a transport expert raised questions about rescue efforts Mar 13, 2007

Indonesia National Transportation Safety Bureau investigator Marjono Siswo Suwarno, who is leading the inquiry into last week's Garuda Indonesia 737-400 crash in Yogyakarta, said Friday that the initial evidence does not support the flight captain's contention that a sudden "downdraft" as the aircraft was attempting to land caused the accident. "There was no downdraft at the point of landing," Marjono told reporters. "Data from the meteorological board shows that wind speed was less than five knots, so conditions were good. . .the final words from the control tower were 'clear to land.'" Mar 12, 2007

FAA to issue rules this year on preventing fuel-tank explosions The FAA later this year will issue new rules on what jetmakers and airlines must do to prevent fuel tank explosions. Many airlines around the world filed comments with the FAA saying the agency underestimated the costs and misrepresented the benefits of the rule. Mar 12, 2007

Political fallout continued in Indonesia, which has seen its air safety record heavily scrutinized in the wake of the second fatal 737-400 crash in three months. Vice President Jusuf Kalla told reporters Friday that the government is "embarrassed Indonesia has had so many accidents. We will issue stronger regulations and older aircraft will be banned, and all high-ranked transport officials must be replaced. That's the strongest option of actions." Mar 12, 2007

All Nippon Airways

ANA Plane Lands Safely Without Nose Gear An All Nippon Airways (ANA) plane carrying 56 passengers and four crew landed safely at Kochi Airport in southern Japan on Tuesday after its nose gear failed to descend, live TV footage showed. Mar 13, 2007

All Nippon airways, Bombardier

All Nippon airways grounds Bombardier. Q400 fleet following emergency landing ANA grounded its 13 Q400s yesterday following an incident at Kochi Airport where an aircraft with 60 people onboard circled while the pilot unsuccessfully attempted to lower the nosegear before bringing the plane down on its main wheels with the nose up. Mar 14, 2007

Biman, Airbus, Dubai Airport

Dubai International Airport was closed for 8 hr. yesterday following the aborted takeoff of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines A310, which reportedly skidded on the runway and lost its nosewheel. The airport said 27 of 229 people aboard "sustained minor injuries". The accident, resulting in a temporary closure of the Gulf airport. 71 flights were affected by the closure. Incoming flights were diverted to other airports in the United Arab Emirates as well as Muscat, Kuwait and Shiraz. Mar 13, 2007

Biman, Airbus, Dubai Airport

The A310 one of four operated by the airline, according the AirguideAircraft database - was operating a service to Dhaka. Some reports suggest the aircraft suffered a tyre burst and/or nose-gear collapse during its take-off roll. Pictures of the accident show that the aircraft appears to have come to rest at the far end of Runway 12L with its nose gear collapsed. Mar 13, 2007

Boeing, British Airways

British Air Boeing 777-200 fuel leak report prompts AAIB recommendations British Airways (BA) has been criticised for having a culture that led some mechanics to cover up mistakes instead of reporting them. Mar 16, 2007

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport has re-opened following an incident this morning (12 March) involving a Biman Bangladesh Airlines Airbus A310-300, that saw 27 passengers injured and many services diverted. Mar 12, 2007

Garuda Indonesia

Tower Chat Shows Calm Before Garuda Crash Transcripts of control tower conversations with the pilots of a crashed Garuda Indonesia passenger jet showed no adverse conditions as it prepared to land, Australian newspapers reported on Wednesday. Mar 14, 2007

JetBlue, Delta, Air Lines American Airlines

Storm prompts airlines to cancel East Coast flights A winter storm on the East Coast prompted JetBlue, Delta, American, and Northwest to cancel hundreds of flights on Friday. More than 200 of the canceled flights were to or from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. A JetBlue spokesman said the cancellations were made so crews would be available when needed and so departure gates would be available if weather forced planes to return. Mar 16, 2007

RegionsAir, American Connection, Continental Connection

RegionsAir grounding means no air service for three W.Va. cities The FAA last week grounded RegionsAir, citing problems with the airline's training and certification program. RegionsAir operates as American Connection and Continental Connection in six states. The grounding will leave three West Virginia airports without air service until May 1. Mar 15, 2007

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