News https://rotate.aero/blog/categories/eb-news Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:04:48 +0000 MYOB en-gb Boeing's Nightmare Continues https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-s-nightmare-continues https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-s-nightmare-continues
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From Zero Hedge

Boeing's Nightmare Continues: Dreamliner Workers Warn Of Defective Manufacturing, Dangerous Quality Lapses

By Tyler Durden

Just as it looked like the fallout from the Boeing 737 MAX crashes was finally fading into the background, the New York Times is raising new questions about an entirely different Boeing plane, the Dreamliner 787. Workers at a Boeing plant in South Carolina are complaining about "defective manufacturing, debris left on planes and pressure to not report violations".

An investigation that incorporated reviewing hundreds of emails and documents, as well as interviews with more than a dozen current and former employees, has arrived at the conclusion that Boeing pushed speed over quality when it came to its Dreamliners - a story similar to the 737 MAX, which we reported faced similar critiques. This has lead to the question whether the issues at Boeing are limited to the 737, or if they are systemic.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:56:56 +0000
Nine regulators join Boeing 737 MAX review https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/nine-regulators-join-boeing-737-max-review https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/nine-regulators-join-boeing-737-max-review

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

Regulators from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and Europe are among the nine authorities that have confirmed they will participate in the Boeing 737 MAX Joint Authorities Technical Review due to begin at the end of the month.

The US Federal Aviation Administration announced the list Friday US time and said the first meeting is due to take place on April 29.

The review is expected to take 90 days and is being chaired former national transportation safety Board chairman Chris Hart.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 21 Apr 2019 11:43:22 +0000
More Boeing Backlash: China Suspends $6 Billion Order For 100 737s https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/more-boeing-backlash-china-suspends-6-billion-order-for-100-737s https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/more-boeing-backlash-china-suspends-6-billion-order-for-100-737s

From Zero Hedge

Dealing another blow to public confidence in Boeing's ability to swiftly reassure regulators that its 737 MAX 8 can be made safe for passenger travel, the South China Post on Monday reported that China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings has put an order for 100 new 737s on hold, until it can be assured of the aircraft's safety.

This follows a decision by Indonesia's national carrier to cancel a $6 billion 737 MAX order. The airline had been planning to order 49 planes. Boeing last week said it would cut its pace of production by 20% to just 42 a month.

China was the first country to ground the 737s after Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed just minutes after takeoff - the second deadly incident involving the planes in just 5 months. A preliminary report from investigators found that the pilots followed Boeing's safety procedures, but were still unable to right the plane.

Boeing is working on an update of its MCAS anti-stall software, which is believed to have contributed to both the crash of ET302 and a deadly Lion Air crash that occurred just five months earlier, but the fix is taking longer than anticipated.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:13:32 +0000
Whistleblowers Claim FAA Inspectors Not Properly Trained On Boeing 737 Max 8 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/whistleblowers-claim-faa-inspectors-not-properly-trained-on-boeing-737-max-8 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/whistleblowers-claim-faa-inspectors-not-properly-trained-on-boeing-737-max-8
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From Zero Hedge

Multiple whistleblowers have come forward claiming that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety inspectors were not properly trained and did not hold valid certifications on the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, according to a letter to FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

"Allegations from these whistleblowers include information that numerous FAA employees, including those involved in the Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) for the Boeing 737 Max, had not received proper training and valid certifications," the letter reads.

"Some of these FAA employees were possibly involved as participants on the Flight Standardization Board (FSB)," a group formed to evaluate the 737 Max 8 to determine requirements to rate pilots, develop minimum training recommendations, and to ensure "initial flightcrew member competency."

Two Boeing 737 Max 8s were involved in similar crashes within a five month period, while investigators are pointing to sensor failures connected to an anti-stall system known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:26:11 +0000
Investigators Believe MCAS Involved In Both Boeing Crashes https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/investigators-believe-mcas-involved-in-both-boeing-crashes https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/investigators-believe-mcas-involved-in-both-boeing-crashes

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

Investigators believe the controversial software update implicated in the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737MAX was also involved in the March 10 destruction of an Ethiopian Airlines jet.

Quoting sources familiar with a high-level briefing to the US Federal Aviation Administration, The Wall Street Journal reported that an emerging consensus among investigators was that the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, was involved in both crashes.

The two crashes claimed a total of 346 lives and plunged manufacturer Boeing into crisis.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 01 Apr 2019 11:04:08 +0000
Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/broken-dreams-the-boeing-787 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/broken-dreams-the-boeing-787

From aljazeera.com

This is a major project by the Al Jazeera Investigative Unit focusing on the 787 “Dreamliner”, the flagship passenger jet of the Boeing Company.

Our journalism reveals the deeply-held safety concerns of current and former Boeing engineers, who in some cases fear to fly on the 787, the plane they build.

We uncover allegations of on-the-job drug use, quality control problems and poor workmanship.

We explore the roots of the battery problems that led to the plane’s grounding due to safety concerns for three months from January 2013.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:54:59 +0000
737 Max: Finally The Scrap from Seattle Has To Stay On The Ground https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/737-max-finally-the-scrap-from-seattle-has-to-stay-on-the-ground https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/737-max-finally-the-scrap-from-seattle-has-to-stay-on-the-ground

From AnderweltOnline.com

By Peter Haisenko

The B 737 MAX is a faulty design from the beginning. Anyone who knows anything about aerodynamics will recognize it immediately if they only look at the aircraft.

The example of the Boeing 737 and especially the latest development stage MAX 8/9 shows how fatal it is when it is not engineers who make the decisions, but merchants. No engineer in his right mind would have built the 737 MAX like this if he hadn’t been forced to do so by greedy managers. The nearly 400 deaths in two crashes were caused by Boeing’s board of directors, as well as the threatening bankruptcy of the entire company.

Boeing’s B 737 was a crutch right from the start. When Boeing planned the B 737-100 in the early 1960s, a seat configuration of 2/3 was planned, as with the DC 9. Lufthansa, as the largest first customer for the “City-Jet”, wanted a 3/3 version, as with the B 727 and the B 707. However, the construction was already advanced and so the tinkering began in order to save costs. Boeing simply left the already planned cockpit as narrow as it was and so the pilots still have to squeeze themselves into a cockpit for all versions of the 737 for which you actually need a shoehorn to get in. But this mini cockpit is of course lighter than an ergonomically sensible one and so the merchants are happy.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 17 Mar 2019 01:17:17 +0000
737 MAX 8 Software Update Coming, Calls For Ground Intensify https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/737-max-8-software-update-coming-calls-for-ground-intensify https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/737-max-8-software-update-coming-calls-for-ground-intensify

From AvWeb

By Marc Cook

Amid a rising chorus of calls for the FAA to ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 after this weekend’s crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, Boeing announced that software updates are being readied ahead of an expected Airworthiness Directive “no later than April.” Meanwhile, two US Senators have demanded the FAA ground the airplane.

The FAA has not moved toward grounding the 737 models, stating that it is working with the NTSB and local accident investigators, and "will take appropriate action if the data indicates the need to do so."

Senators Dianne Feinstien (D-Calif.) and Richard Bluemthal (D-Conn.) have written to FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Ellwell asking that the agency ground the 737 MAX 8 “until their safe use has been confirmed,” wrote Feinstein. “Continuing to fly an airplane that has been involved in two fatal crashes within just six months presents an unnecessary, potentially life-life-threatening risk to the traveling public.”

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 12 Mar 2019 19:00:46 +0000
New Bill Pushes for Secondary Security Door to Protect Cockpits https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/new-bill-pushes-for-secondary-security-door-to-protect-cockpits https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/new-bill-pushes-for-secondary-security-door-to-protect-cockpits

From Travel Pulse

By Alex Temblador

Last year, Congress passed a law that required future, newly-manufactured commercial airplanes to be installed with secondary security doors between the cabins and cockpit so as to prevent terrorists from attacking pilots who took bathroom breaks or meals.

The legislation did not address existing aircraft, so some lawmakers have introduced a new bill, called the Saracini Enhanced Aviation Safety Act after the pilot Victor Saracini who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. It would require this new security measure on all passenger jets, currently in operation or otherwise.

Airplane hijackings are extremely rare these days, with only one occurring in 2018, none in 2017, and seven in total in the last five years, all without casualties according to the Aviation Safety Network.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:04:35 +0000
Tornado Tosses Airliners In Turkey https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/tornado-tosses-airliners-in-turkey https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/tornado-tosses-airliners-in-turkey

From AvWeb

By Russ Niles

A tornado ripped through the airport at Antalya Turkey on Saturday, injuring 12 people and causing millions of dollars in damage as it marched down a line of airliners parked on the ramp. None of the injuries are considered life threatening. The wind knocked over buses and service vehicles on the ramp and pushed equipment into the airliners. Large pieces of debris also struck the planes and the terminal building. Officials said three buses and several pieces of ground equipment were toppled.

The twister was one of as many as five that touched down in Antalya, which was just recovering from a tornado and major storm that hit the region on Thursday. The same storm brought heavy rain to the coast and snow to the mountains of the Balkan region and Turkey.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:00:13 +0000
727 Ends Scheduled Passenger Service https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/727-ends-scheduled-passenger-service https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/727-ends-scheduled-passenger-service

From AVWeb

By Russ Niles

The last scheduled passenger flight of a Boeing 727 was reportedly conducted Jan.12 by Iran Aseman Airlines. The aircraft, a relatively new Boeing 727-200 Advanced (it was built in 1977), flew as EP851 on a domestic flight from Zahedan to Tehran. The low-key final flight marked the end of a remarkable 55-year run for the tri-engine jet that was a state-of-the-art improvement in speed and efficiency when it was introduced in 1962.

Although a few 727s remain in freight and even executive service, most of the 1,831 produced until 1984 were retired by early in this century because they’re noisy and gobble fuel. When the 727 entered service with Eastern Airlines in 1964, it carried as many passengers as four-engine airliners but flew higher and went faster. It became a fixture on domestic routes but was eventually eclipsed by twin-engine short-haul models. Thanks to decades of trade sanctions, Iran hasn't been able to buy new airliners or spare parts for the legacy airliners it operates.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:50:06 +0000
Police Arrest 2 Suspects In Bizarre Gatwick Airport 'Drone Shutdown' https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/police-arrest-2-suspects-in-bizarre-gatwick-airport-drone-shutdown https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/police-arrest-2-suspects-in-bizarre-gatwick-airport-drone-shutdown
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From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

Police have arrested two suspects - a 47-year-old man and 54-year-old woman from Crawley - believed to be the perpetrators of a bizarre incident that brought air traffic at Sussex's Gatwick airport to a grinding halt for 36 hours this week when drones were spotted flying over the airport's runway, according to the BBC.

Due to the risks of a collision between the drones and commercial aircraft, departing and arriving flights at Gatwick were cancelled for 36 hours, impacting the travel plans of some 140,000 people and leaving some stranded in the airport for more than a day. If found guilty of violating laws prohibiting the piloting of drones within one kilometer of an airport, the couple could face up to 5 years in jail - not to mention the enduring ire of the British people. Though delayed passengers are still in the process of being accommodated, Gatwick said Saturday it aimed to run "a full schedule" of 757 flights carrying some 125,000 passengers. During the disruption, some 1,000 flights were cancelled.

According to the Sun, the couple was arrested after a cyclist was spotted "frantically" packing a drone into a bag near the airport.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 23 Dec 2018 15:37:17 +0000
Army Called In To Deal With 'Drone Situation' At Gatwick Airport https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/army-called-in-to-deal-with-drone-situation-at-gatwick-airport https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/army-called-in-to-deal-with-drone-situation-at-gatwick-airport

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

Update 2: All flights out of Gatwick (Europe's eighth largest airport) remain grounded as the army is helping local police hunt for the anonymous drone pilot (or pilot) who has disrupted the holiday travel plans of tens of thousands of people, according to AFP.

British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to take action, and said she sympathized with those affected.

"We will continue to work with the Gatwick authorities and police will be working...in order to bring this to a close," she said at a press conference in London.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 20 Dec 2018 20:24:57 +0000
Aussies Investigate Rare Dual Flameout on Virgin Plane https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/aussies-investigate-rare-dual-flameout-on-virgin-plane https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/aussies-investigate-rare-dual-flameout-on-virgin-plane

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

Australian air safety investigators are looking into a rare double flame-out on a twin-engine commuter plane descending into the nation’s capital.

Both engines on a Virgin ATR-72-600 turboprop, registration VH-FVN, experienced problems near Canberra Airport on December 13.

Although the disruptions were momentary and the aircraft landed safely, the probability of both engines shutting down during a flight is low and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is treating the incident as serious.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 19 Dec 2018 22:52:34 +0000
Fly Jamaica’s Dramatic Runway Accident Turns Fatal https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/fly-jamaica-s-dramatic-runway-accident-turns-fatal https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/fly-jamaica-s-dramatic-runway-accident-turns-fatal

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

The list of 2018 fatal jet airliner accidents continues to grow after an 86-year-old Canadian passenger died after a Fly Jamaica Airways Boeing 757 veered off the runway in Georgetown, Guyana.

Authorities initially reported six passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries after the plane left the runway and was severely damaged November 9.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:47:01 +0000
Pilots Not Told About 737 MAX Auto Trim System https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/pilots-not-told-about-737-max-auto-trim-system https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/pilots-not-told-about-737-max-auto-trim-system

From AvWeb

By Paul Bertorelli

Boeing kept airlines and pilots in the dark about an automated background trim system on the 737 MAX that may be implicated in the first crash of the new model in Indonesia last month. The trim system, which is meant to improve pitch characteristics and stall protection, wasn’t even described in any of the documentation provided to pilots transitioning to the new aircraft.

Lion Air JT610, a new MAX8 with only about 800 hours on the airframe, plunged into the Java Sea off Jakarta on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard. Prior to the crash, the aircraft flew through repeated pitch, airspeed and vertical speed excursions before diving almost directly into the water about 12 minutes after takeoff.

According to sources at two airlines operating the MAX series, the system in question is called Maneuvering Characteristic Augmentation (MCAS) and is intended to improve pitch response at high angles of attack. It was added to the MAX models partly because the aircraft has heavier engines than the previous 737 NG models and the airplane's center of gravity is biased more forward.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:35:45 +0000
Rolls-Royce engine cleaning procedures blamed for Qantas A380 engine explosion https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/rolls-royce-engine-cleaning-procedures-blamed-for-qantas-a380-engine-explosion https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/rolls-royce-engine-cleaning-procedures-blamed-for-qantas-a380-engine-explosion

From Airline Ratings

By Geoffrey Thomas

Australia’s crash investigator has found that faulty cleaning of fan blades by Rolls-Royce resulted in an engine failure on a Qantas A380 on route to Melbourne.

The incident happened on May 20 last year about two hours after take-off as the crew initiated a climb to a higher flight level.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said that as the aircraft passed 32,500ft (FL 325), “the crew on the flight deck heard a loud bang and felt a sudden and unusual vibration of the aircraft.”

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 21 Oct 2018 02:40:58 +0000
Hit Job for Boeing: Devious US Sanctions Strategically Target Russia's Nascent Civil Aviation https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/hit-job-for-boeing-devious-us-sanctions-strategically-target-russia-s-nascent-civil-aviation https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/hit-job-for-boeing-devious-us-sanctions-strategically-target-russia-s-nascent-civil-aviation

From Russia Insider

By Arkady Savitski

The US Department of Commerce has imposed restrictions on 12 Russian corporations that are “acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the US.” The notice has been published in the Federal Register. US corporations are banned from exporting dual-use goods to the sanctioned companies.

A closer look at the list makes one wonder. The companies under fire have no relation to defense production and have no ties at all with the Russian Ministry of Defense. None of them have signed any contracts with the military.

AeroComposite, part of Russia’s state-run United Aircraft Corporation, produces wings for the civilian MC-21 airliner, Aviadvigatel produces engines for military aviation, it has neither technology nor experience to get involved in defense projects, Divetechnoservice is a civilian diving equipment producer, Nilco Group deals in grain, oil products, steel, wood, port services, paper, electronic parts and cement.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 03 Oct 2018 01:12:06 +0000
Close Call for Falcon with DEF-contaminated Fuel https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/close-call-for-falcon-with-def-contaminated-fuel https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/close-call-for-falcon-with-def-contaminated-fuel

From AIN Online

By Curt Epstein

Another mishap involving jet-A contaminated by diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) occurred on August 14 when a Fair Wind Air Charter-operated Dassault Falcon 900EX was forced to make an emergency return to Miami Opa-Locka Airport after suffering failure of two of its three engines. DEF, a urea-based solution that lowers nitrogen oxide pollutants in diesel exhaust, is not approved for use in jet fuel. When the two are accidentally mixed, crystals form, causing potentially catastrophic clogs throughout aircraft fuel systems.

According to Alexander Beringer, COO of Fair Wind, the problem manifested itself soon after takeoff, as the aircraft indicated a clog in its number-two engine fuel filter, followed quickly by the same indication in the number-three powerplant. The crew decided to return to base and then declared an emergency when the number-two engine failed. At 8,000 feet on approach, the number-three engine became unresponsive to throttle input, yet the crew landed safely on just the number-one engine, which also reported a filter clog. "We got lucky," he said, noting the entire incident occurred in less than 12 minutes from start to finish.

While the damage is still being tallied, Beringer noted that all three engines will have to be removed and undergo hot-section inspections; the APU will have to be removed, inspected and repaired; fuel pumps, filters, and control units will require replacement, and all the aircraft’s fuel tanks will have to be opened up and thoroughly cleaned. Estimates call for at least a month of downtime and more than $1 million in cost.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:22:51 +0000
Royal Air Maroc Dreamliner Hits Turkish B777 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/royal-air-maroc-dreamliner-hits-turkish-b777 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/royal-air-maroc-dreamliner-hits-turkish-b777

From AeronauticsOnline

By Kaan Dincer

Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport has had multiple collisions on the ramp in recent months.

Earlier today, a Royal Air Maroc B787 Dreamliner, taxiing to runway 35L for its flight to Casablanca, hit a Turkish Airlines B777-300ER, which had just arrived from New York JFK. After the collision, TK B777 had severe damage to its APU, while the RAM B787 has damage in its right wing tip.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 11 Aug 2018 15:16:13 +0000