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Apr 2, 2007

US FAA issues "staffing" memo to supervisors A memo from a top FAA manager has instructed supervisors to minimize the use of the word "staffing." Officials say the FAA wants to makes sure they are precise about how they report issues that deal with controllers. Mar 26, 2007

US FAA may approve mapping device soon The FAA is speeding up the approval process for devices able to display satellite-generated maps in airline cockpits. The maps, which look like Global Positioning System displays in cars, will help reduce the risk of accidents on the ground. Mar 26, 2007

US Registered Traveler program provider FLO Alliance today detailed its business model, outlining its focus on joint marketing programs and additional traveler benefits beyond the core expedited airport security lane offering. The provider, which includes Saflink, Microsoft and Johnson Controls, plans to implement its program upon the launch of lanes at Huntsville, Ala., International Airport, which last week became the first airport to sign a deal with the provider. Mar 26, 2007

Continental Airlines, General Electric, Boeing

US FAA probes GE90 A US Federal Aviation Administration investigation is under way into an apparent contained engine failure that caused a Continental Airlines General Electric GE90-94B-powered Boeing 777-200ER to abort take-off at New York Newark last week. GE says ground personnel observed "a flash of fire" from the number two engine during the take-off roll. GE, which is working on the investigation, says this type of failure has not occurred on a GE90-94B engine before. Mar 26, 2007

Honeywell

Honeywell's Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) creator Don Bateman does not dispute the UK Civil Aviation Authority's recent finding that UK crews can expect to experience about 26 terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) alerts per million flights. In fact, a Honeywell analysis of data from 500,000 flights of large commercial aircraft in 2005 indicates as many as 60 EGPWS warnings per million departures might be expected. About 95% of the world's airlines use Honeywell's product for their TAWS. Mar 27, 2007

Honeywell

Honeywell enhances the EGPWS Honeywell's Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System has undoubtedly saved many lives. But new enhancements offer to make aviation even safer. f anyone is sleepless in Seattle, it is probably Don Bateman. The tireless chief engineer for Honeywell Flight Safety Systems is usually quite bothered with commercial aviation safety, and the skies are safer as a result. Mar 26, 2007

Lineas Aereas Azteca

Lineas Aereas Azteca was grounded this week "due to a series of findings by the (Mexico) Bureau of Civil Aviation, which has determined that this airline has not guaranteed operations within basic security standards, mainly due to problems with maintenance and training," according to airports operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, which issued a statement to assure passengers that other carriers can fill the traffic void. The grounded airline, which operates six 737-300s and two -700s, served seven of GAP's 12 airports. GAP said that in addition to safety problems, Azteca's "financial situation [is] compromised." The airline has been given 90 days to solve its problems to the government's satisfaction. Mar 28, 2007

Lineas Aereas Azteca

Lineas Aereas Azteca had its operations suspended yesterday for safety and financial violations, Mexican Transport Minister Luis Tellez said, according to Reuters. The carrier, which launched in June 2001, operates a fleet of six 737-300s and two -700s on an extensive domestic network, according to the Ascend CASE database. Tellez said the government gave Azteca 90 days to resolve its issues, which were not detailed. Mar 27, 2007

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