News https://rotate.aero/blog/categories/eb-news Wed, 11 Dec 2019 01:50:35 +0000 MYOB en-gb Boeing Faces Accusations Over 787 Oxygen System Dangers https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-faces-accusations-over-787-oxygen-system-dangers https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-faces-accusations-over-787-oxygen-system-dangers
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The Independent

By Simon Calder

A former Boeing engineer has claimed that the planemaker cut corners on safety aboard the Boeing 787.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50293927" John Barnett told the BBC that some passengers on the flagship long-haul jet, known as the Dreamliner, could have been left with no oxygen in the event of a sudden decompression.

He said that tests at the South Carolina assembly line suggested one in four of the aircraft’s personal oxygen systems could fail.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:24:33 +0000
European And Middle Eastern Regulators Raise Scrutiny Of 777X.... https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/european-and-middle-eastern-regulators-raise-scrutiny-of-777x https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/european-and-middle-eastern-regulators-raise-scrutiny-of-777x
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From Zero Hedge

European And Middle Eastern Regulators Raise Scrutiny Of 777X As Confidence In Boeing, FAA Plummets

By Tyler Durden

In the latest blow to Boeing, whose sagging shares are helping to weigh on the Dow in Wednesday's thin pre-holiday trade, WSJ has published a story claiming that regulators in Europe and the Middle East are ratcheting up their scrutiny of the new 777x. The news followed a report about a failed stress test by mere hours.

The move marks the end of an era for American aviation, when international regulators simply trusted the US to handle oversight. It's an important sign of the confidence that has been lost as Boeing struggles to move on from the crashes, and mass groundings, of the 737 MAX 8.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency said in a statement it is performing a “concurrent validation” of the FAA’s certification of Boeing’s 777X, a new variant of the company’s popular wide-body jet. The plane is expected to be the first new airliner design from either Boeing or rival Airbus SE to come to market since the MAX crisis began. Two recent crashes of that jet exposed problems with its flight-control systems and FAA certification procedures. Regulators around the world grounded the entire fleet, creating turmoil for airlines and passengers world-wide.

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From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

While Boeing continues trying to repair its 737 Max plane and its image with Wall Street, there's one group it certainly hasn't won back over yet: American Airlines flight attendants. 

Flight attendants for American are "fearful" of flying in the 737 Max again, even with the plane nearing regulatory approval to fly again, according to RT. The planes have been grounded for months now, following two fatal crashes that left over 340 people dead. 

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) says they want to be fully versed on what has changed with the plane and why it is safe to fly in again. The union is seeking information from Boeing, US regulators, American Airlines, the carrier’s pilots and others in order to make a final decision. 

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 19 Nov 2019 22:18:06 +0000
Boeing Backlash Builds: Airbus To Win Huge 120 Plane Order From Air Arabia https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-backlash-builds-airbus-to-win-huge-120-plane-order-from-air-arabia https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-backlash-builds-airbus-to-win-huge-120-plane-order-from-air-arabia

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

Two Reuters sources have been informed that Air Arabia, an Emirati low-cost airline, will abandon its interest in Boeing 737 MAX jets and order over 100 Airbus A320 jets as soon as next week.  

The decision comes after Boeing's 737 MAX jet remains grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes. 

The sources said the Emirati budget carrier would likely order 120 jets from Airbus at the Dubai Airshow next week.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:52:50 +0000
When Was I Radicalized? (Boeing edition) https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/when-was-i-radicalized-boeing-edition https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/when-was-i-radicalized-boeing-edition

From Epsilon Theory

By Ben Hunt

Remember Dick “Gorilla” Fuld, former CEO of Lehman Brothers, who oversaw a criminal fraud conspiracy that went by the name of Repo 105?

Dick Fuld never saw a courtroom, much less a jail cell.

 

When was I radicalized?

When Dick Fuld walked away scot-free from Lehman with half a billion dollars in cash comp and stock sales during his tenure.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:23:20 +0000
If It’s A Boeing I’m Not Going https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/if-it-s-a-boeing-i-m-not-going https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/if-it-s-a-boeing-i-m-not-going

From theautomaticearth.com

By Raúl Ilargi Meijer

During the Senate hearing into Boeing on October 29, Senator Jon Tester told the company’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg: “I would walk before I would get on a 737 MAX. I would walk.” He added: “There is no way … You shouldn’t be cutting corners and I see corners being cut.”

That’s all fine and well, but the hearing lays bare a giant gap in US law: that of accountability. Muilenburg is the “ultimately responsible” in a chain of command that is responsible for killing 346 people. But he is still the CEO, even if he was demoted from the chairman of the board position. Which was taken over by another -10 year- veteran of the company by the way. Fresh insights galore.

If you are employed by a large company, you can sign off on such decisions, the ones that kill people, and walk away unscathed. It reminds one of Monsanto/Bayer, which just annnounced that the number of Roundup lawsuits against it went from 18,000 in July to 43,000 today. Bayer at the same time announced that its turnover rose by 6% in Q3. 43,000 lawsuits and they’re doing fine, thank you.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 31 Oct 2019 07:59:47 +0000
Mapping The World's Longest Non-Stop Flights https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/mapping-the-world-s-longest-non-stop-flights https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/mapping-the-world-s-longest-non-stop-flights
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From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

Over the weekend, Qantas conducted a research flight to test human limits on ultra-long haul commercial services.

Statista's Niall McCarthy details  that the test flight involved a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flying from New York to Sydney with 50 passengers onboard and it was expected to complete the 10,200-mile journey in 19-and-a-half hours.

If the research proves successful, Qantas hopes to start operating direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to New York and London by 2022.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:53:27 +0000
Another Disaster? FAA Finds Cracks On Wings In 5% Of Older Boeing 737s https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/another-disaster-faa-finds-cracks-on-wings-in-5-of-older-boeing-737s-1 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/another-disaster-faa-finds-cracks-on-wings-in-5-of-older-boeing-737s-1
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From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

At this rate, maybe President Trump is right, Boeing should change their name and rebrand the company. 

A new problem for Boeing has developed in the last several weeks, and it's not related to the 737 MAX, but rather an earlier 737, called the 737 Next Generation, or 737NG.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:58:05 +0000
Boeing 'Whistleblower' Says Company Focused On Profit Over Safety Of Doomed 737 Max https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-whistleblower-says-company-focused-on-profit-over-safety-of-doomed-737-max https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-whistleblower-says-company-focused-on-profit-over-safety-of-doomed-737-max
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From Zero Hedge

Bombshell Report: Boeing 'Whistleblower' Says Company Focused On Profit Over Safety Of Doomed 737 Max

 

By Tyler Durden

The New York Times has published a bombshell report about a new complaint filed against Boeing by a senior engineer, alleging the aircraft maker concentrated on prioritizing profits over the safety of the 737 Max airliner.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 02 Oct 2019 22:53:19 +0000
737 MAX Certification Could Open Big Rifts in Global Aviation Market https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/737-max-certification-could-open-big-rifts-in-global-aviation-market https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/737-max-certification-could-open-big-rifts-in-global-aviation-market
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From engineering.com

By Matthew Greenwood

The European air safety regulator could break with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on certifying the Boeing 737 MAX for flight again—which could cause significant turmoil in the global aviation sector.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is insisting on conducting its own flight tests of the aircraft before allowing it to fly again in Europe—rather than just relying on FAA certification.

“EASA intends to conduct its own test flights separate from, but in full coordination with, the FAA,” said agency spokesperson Janet Northcote. “The test flights are not scheduled yet. The date will depend on the development schedule of Boeing.”

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 25 Sep 2019 10:41:37 +0000
Boeing Faces First Customer Lawsuit Over 737 MAX https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-faces-first-customer-lawsuit-over-737-max https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-faces-first-customer-lawsuit-over-737-max
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From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

Expectations that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 will return to the skies any time in the near future have largely faded, and now, after dedicating billions of dollars to compensating customers, Boeing is finally facing their wrath in the courtroom. The FT reports that a Russian aircraft-leasing company has filed a lawsuit against the aerospace company seeking not only the return of the deposit it paid for the 35 MAX 8s that it ordered, but also punitive damages in the hundreds of millions.

Avia Capital Services, a subsidiary of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, accused Boeing of "negligent actions and decisions" that led to two deadly accidents and roughly 350 deaths. Regulators around the world grounded the 737 MAX 8 in response to the accidents, and investigations have pointed toward issues with the plane's software as the culprit.

In its lawsuit, Avia also claimed that the design of the MAX 8 was "defective", and - embracing a more conspiratorial tone - that Boeing knew about these defects bu withheld this "critical information" from US regulators and Boeing's customers.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:17:59 +0000
Boeing will hire hundreds..... as it prepares for 737 MAX’s return to service https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-will-hire-hundreds-as-it-prepares-for-737-max-s-return-to-service https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-will-hire-hundreds-as-it-prepares-for-737-max-s-return-to-service
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From The Seattle Times

Boeing will hire hundreds of temporary employees at Moses Lake as it prepares for 737 MAX’s return to service.

By Dominic Gates

Boeing said Tuesday it will begin hiring a few hundred temporary employees at Moses Lake to work on the grounded 737 MAX fleet and prepare the planes for return to service once regulators gives them clearance to fly again.

The company, which will provide paid housing and a meal allowance for the temporary hires, is looking for avionics technicians, aircraft mechanics, airframe and engine mechanics, and aircraft electricians.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Fri, 23 Aug 2019 03:48:38 +0000
Latest 737 Max Fault... Rooted In Software https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/latest-737-max-fault-rooted-in-software https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/latest-737-max-fault-rooted-in-software

From Bloomberg

Latest 737 Max Fault That Alarmed Test Pilots Rooted in Software

By Alan Levin

As U.S. government test pilots ran through dozens of flight scenarios on the Boeing Co. 737 Max in recent weeks, a potential failure got their attention.

The plane’s flight computer tried to push the aircraft’s nose down repeatedly during a simulator run, prompted by a stream of erroneous flight data. The Federal Aviation Administration pilot concluded commercial pilots might not have time to react and avoid a tragedy in a real plane.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 10 Aug 2019 18:40:34 +0000
Southwest Ends Flights Out Of Newark Airport https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/southwest-ends-flights-out-of-newark-airport https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/southwest-ends-flights-out-of-newark-airport

From Zero Hedge

Southwest Ends Flights Out Of Newark Airport As 737 MAX Grounding Takes Its Toll

By Tyler Durden

When Southwest reported its earnings Thursday morning, it also made a stunning announcement that shows just how badly the 737 MAX 8's best customer has been hurt by the grounding.

Just as Boeing warns that it could halt production of the troublesome 737 MAX 8 if the plane's return to the skies is delayed any longer, Southwest Airlines, the 737 MAX 8's best customer, is reportedly planning to cease operations at Newark Airport. The decision is a direct result of the 737 MAX 8's grounding.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:12:20 +0000
Boeing Thinks A Human Life Is Worth Just $150,000 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-thinks-a-human-life-is-worth-just-150-000 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-thinks-a-human-life-is-worth-just-150-000

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

Two weeks ago, we noted how, after ignoring them for months (presumably at the behest of its legal department), Boeing had decided to dedicate $100 million (roughly 1% of its 2018 revenue) to the families of the victims from the Lion Air and Ethiopian Air crashes. However, that number came with a catch: Some of the money would be used for 'community development' and 'education efforts'.

Split among the families of the 346 victims, at $100 million, each family would receive just under $300,000 - a pittance when one considers that this is compensation meant to offset the taking of a human life.

But as it turns out, the families won't even get that much, because as CNBC reported on Wednesday, Boeing is planning to distribute only $50 million to the families of victims, and will retain Ken Feinberg (famous for being the special master of the US government's Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund) as co-administrator of victims' fund. The rest will presumably go to these unspecified initiatives that the company has mentioned.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:52:43 +0000
Boeing Loses $5.9 Billion 737 MAX Order To Airbus As Saudi Airline Loses Patience https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-loses-5-9-billion-737-max-order-to-airbus-as-saudi-airline-loses-patience https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-loses-5-9-billion-737-max-order-to-airbus-as-saudi-airline-loses-patience

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

The Saudi budget airline Flyadeal has lost patience with the ongoing grounding of Boeing's flagship 737 MAX airplane, and on Sunday announced it would not proceed with a $5.9 billion order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, instead opting for a fleet of Airbus A320 jets, with options for a further 20 of the jets.

According to Reuters, Flyadeal has been reconsidering a commitment to order the Boeing jets after two MAX aircraft crashed in Ethiopia in March and Indonesia last October, and which killed a total of 346 people, triggering the global grounding of the aircraft and wiped billions off Boeing’s market value. On Sunday, it finally pulled the plug when it announced it would take delivery of 30 A320 neos ordered by its parent, state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines, at the Paris Air Show in June.

“This order will result in flyadeal operating an all-Airbus A320 fleet in the future,” it said.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 22:23:13 +0000
Why Boeing May Never Recover From 737 Debacle https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/why-boeing-may-never-recover-from-737-debacle https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/why-boeing-may-never-recover-from-737-debacle
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Via Zero Hedge

Authored by Marshall Auerback, this article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute,

Many of us are familiar with the acronym “FUBAR.” A recent New York Times article on the Boeing 737 fiasco provides a perfect illustration of the concept. We’re now learning that the company “built deadly assumptions” into its newly designed 737 Max aircraft and, specifically, its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

Even worse, the Times account concludes that the recent air crashes that have resulted in a worldwide grounding of the Boeing Max plane “might have been avoided, if employees and regulators had a better understanding of MCAS” and if the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) itself was not operating with outdated data on the software changes (which Boeing failed to provide).

The analysis is excellent as far as it goes. But the most damning fact only briefly hinted at in the article is that the problems were evident as early as 2012, some five years before the newest 737 version was marketed and sold across the globe.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:48:27 +0000
It's Airbus 13,000,000,000 - Boeing 0, On The First Day Of The Paris Air Show https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/it-s-airbus-13-000-000-000-boeing-0-on-the-first-day-of-the-paris-air-show https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/it-s-airbus-13-000-000-000-boeing-0-on-the-first-day-of-the-paris-air-show

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

As the jarring truth about Boeing's "cost-cutting above all" philosophy involving the company's deadly, ill-fated 737 MAX (or whatever the company's ill-fated plane may be called soon) receives an ever-wider public appreciation, the company is finding it increasingly difficult to do business as usual.

Take the Paris Air Show, traditionally the venue where the world's largest aircraft makers lock in deals worth tens of billions of dollars. Well, the first day of the 2019 edition of this boondoggle couldn't have gone any worse for Boeing, and alternatively it couldn't have been better for Airbus, which locked in $13 billion in orders for new jets.

Boeing's tally? $0.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:49:18 +0000
Is the Second Antonov AN-225 Close to Completion? https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/is-the-second-antonov-an-225-close-to-completion https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/is-the-second-antonov-an-225-close-to-completion
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From Aviation Tribune

By Aviation Tribune

The Antonov AN-225 is known to be the largest cargo aircraft in the world. Developed in the 1980’s, so far just one model has been introduced onto the market. However, a second Antonov AN-225 which has been in development since the cold war, is now speculated to be near to completion.

So, just how close to completion is the second Antonov AN-225 and why has the aircraft generated such a huge reputation?

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:22:12 +0000
FAA Says No Timetable For MAX Return https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/faa-says-no-timetable-for-max-return https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/faa-says-no-timetable-for-max-return

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

There is no timetable to return the Boeing 737 MAX back to flight and the decision will depend solely on whether or not the jet is deemed to be safe, a senior US Federal Aviation Administration official has said.

The comments came as the FAA and representatives of other global regulators met in an attempt to get a co-ordinated response to the grounding of the 737 MAX fleet after two fatal accidents.

Elwell was asked whether airlines that had taken the MAX out of their schedules would need to revise their plans to take into account a longer wait.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Fri, 31 May 2019 12:46:50 +0000