Friday, 19 October 2018

Headlines
  • Bouncing, not breaking: resilience as the foundation of safety - An engine explodes, peppering the wings and fuselage of a wide-body airliner with turbine fragments propelled out of its core at Mach 2.6. Some systems are eviscerated, some disabled. Of the aircraft’s 22 different systems, 21 are damaged, and 650 wires and network cables are severed. Less than 50 per...
  • AirBaltic A220-300 delivers higher-than-expected fuel savings - AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss told ATW the Airbus A220-300 (former Bombardier CS300) has so far delivered higher-than-expected fuel savings. In addition, the launch operator has overcome many technical issues with the aircraft. “We can confirm the fuel burn savings is higher than expected-a positive surprise”, Gauss said. He explained that...
  • US DOT to create aviation consumer advocate position - A little-noticed provision in the 1,200-page bill to reauthorize the FAA will create an aviation consumer advocate within the Aviation Consumer Protection Division (ACPD) of the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The new position will be charged with assisting consumers in resolving carrier service complaints, reviewing the resolution by DOT of...
  • TurbineAero Breaks Ground for Asian Base - TurbineAero broke ground for an auxiliary power unit (APU) MRO facility in Thailand that will allow it to consolidate the capabilities it has acquired via acquisition into one place and accommodate its growing business. It hopes to open the facility in the first half of 2019. The state-of-the-art APU MRO...
  • New SITA research shows rising interest in AI and biometrics - Artificial intelligence (AI) and biometric technologies have emerged as key themes in the latest technology trends survey performed by aviation IT provider SITA. The 2018 research, which polled over 180 airline and airport IT executives, revealed that 84% of airlines are planning to delve deeper into AI by 2021—up from...