News https://rotate.aero/blog/categories/eb-news Sun, 17 Feb 2019 01:31:16 +0000 MYOB en-gb 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.

That changed when it was revealed on November 18 that an 86-year-old Canadian woman died.

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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.

According to an ground employe, RAM B787 was being escorted by a “follow me” car during its taxi.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 11 Aug 2018 15:16:13 +0000
Air Vanuatu ATR 72 skids off runway at Port Vila https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/air-vanuatu-atr-72-skids-off-runway-at-port-vila https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/air-vanuatu-atr-72-skids-off-runway-at-port-vila

From Vanuatu Daily Post

By Dan McGarry

Shortly before 11:00 this morning, an Air Vanuatu ATR-72 made an emergency landing in Port Vila. The aircraft, which had 39 passengers and 4 crew aboard, landed in a gentle tail wind. According to a statement issued by Air Vanuatu Ltd, the aircraft "was involved in a runway excursion. The incident occurred at the end of the runway on landing."

Neither the pilots nor the passengers on board sustained any injuries. Civil Aviation Authority Vanuatu is investigating the incident.

The aircraft was inbound to Port Vila from Tanna. It apparently suffered loss of power to one engine as it overflew the island of Erromango, about 20 minutes away from Bauerfield airport in Port Vila. Multiple sources told the Daily Post that there was smoke in the cabin when the aircraft landed.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:00:29 +0000
Malaysia Airlines In spotlight Over Pitot Tube Incident https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/malaysia-airlines-in-spotlight-over-pitot-tube-incident https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/malaysia-airlines-in-spotlight-over-pitot-tube-incident

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

Less than a week before the release of the final report into the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the Malaysian carrier is again in the limelight over a potentially serious incident.

An Airbus A330 heading from Brisbane to Kula Lumpur on July 18 declared a PAN alert and was forced to return to the airport after its pilots reported its airspeed indicators failed.

The aircraft returned the runway after dumping fuel but landed hard and had to be towed from the runway. It is understood problems with nosewheel steering and the main landing gear doors meant it took 90 minutes to remove the plane.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:29:23 +0000
Watch: Drone Flies Dangerously "Feet Away" From An Airbus A380 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/watch-drone-flies-dangerously-feet-away-from-an-airbus-a380 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/watch-drone-flies-dangerously-feet-away-from-an-airbus-a380

From Zero Hedge

Fresh off the internet, an incredible video shows the moment an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flies into the path of the world’s largest passenger airliner.

Video of the incident was first reported by HelicoMicro, which has since circulated many drone and photography forums. The video shows just how stupid someone can be while operating a recreational drone near an airport.

According to Oliver Kmia, a photo analyst for Fstoppers, he confirms the A380 airliner belongs to the Dubai-based company Emirates, which took off from runway 14 at Plaine Magnien Airport located on the Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean. As the jumbo jet gains altitude, “the pre-positioned drone films the plane passing dangerously close at about 200 feet from the tip of the left wing,” Kmia said.

 

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:37:16 +0000
Airbus Rebrands CSeries, JetBlue Orders 60 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/airbus-rebrands-cseries-jetblue-orders-60 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/airbus-rebrands-cseries-jetblue-orders-60

From AirWise

Airbus announced the rebranding of the CSeries of aircraft it took control of last week from Bombardier, as JetBlue ordered 60 of the A220-300 jet.

The CSeries’ CS100 and CS300 are now the Airbus A220-100 and A220-300, covering the 100 to 150 seat range, aimed at thinner routes than the company’s larger single-aisle aircraft.

“Everyone at Airbus has been looking forward to this historic moment. Today, we are thrilled to welcome the A220 to the Airbus family and are honoured to see it wearing its new Airbus colours for the first time,” Airbus president of commercial aircraft Guillaume Faury said at the launch.

New York-based JetBlue is the first customer for the rebranded A220, signing an MoU for 60 firm orders for the larger 130-seat A220-300. The agreement includes options on a further 60 A220s.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 12 Jul 2018 01:04:31 +0000
777 Main Gear "Axle" Breaks https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/777-main-gear-axle-breaks https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/777-main-gear-axle-breaks

From AvWeb

777 Main Gear Breaks

By Russ Niles

Operators of Boeing 777s will likely be taking a close look at the landing gear on their aircraft after an unusual incident at Narita Airport in Japan on Friday. A Korean Air 777-300 was taxiing to the gate when the axle holding the rear set of wheels on the main gear broke. The wheels folded up onto themselves and the aircraft ground to a halt. The rear set of wheels touch first on landing because the gear is articulated at the strut and angles rearward in the air. There were no injuries but the passengers and crew had to leave via airstairs.

There was no indication the landing was particularly hard although newsinflight.com quoted a passenger as saying “the right side was tilted down when landing.” The Japanese transport ministry classified it as a “serious incident” and is doing a full investigation.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 02 Jul 2018 23:16:35 +0000
Hijack Alert Accidentally Triggered by Plane at JFK Airport https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/hijack-alert-accidentally-triggered-by-plane-at-jfk-airport https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/hijack-alert-accidentally-triggered-by-plane-at-jfk-airport

From Travel Pulse

By Donald Wood

Travelers coming through a busy New York City airport had a security scare Tuesday night after a pilot accidentally entered a hijack alert.

According to FoxNews.com, JetBlue Flight 1623 was scheduled to take off for a journey to Los Angeles from John F. Kennedy International Airport at 7:30 p.m. ET when the plane stopped responding to air traffic control communications.

The loss of response to the tower was caused by the pilot entering a hijack alert by mistake, which caused the Port Authority Police Emergency Services to send heavily armed officers to board the plane and investigate the terror notice.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 30 Jun 2018 04:55:28 +0000
To Anyone Applying To Delta - Don't Bother https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/to-anyone-applying-to-delta-don-t-bother https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/to-anyone-applying-to-delta-don-t-bother

From Mark

Thank you for your interest in a career with Delta Air Lines.

We received an overwhelming response to the Aviation Maintenance Tech II position (271831) in Raleigh/Durham which makes us feel both humble and proud that so many talented individuals like you want to join our team. This volume of response makes for an extremely competitive selection process. Although your background is impressive, we regret to inform you that we have decided to pursue other candidates for this position at this time.

We value our job candidates and invite you to review other job openings. We hope you see another job that you are qualified for and that sparks your interest!

Thanks again for your interest in a career with Delta Air Lines!

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 27 Jun 2018 23:34:21 +0000
Rolls-Royce To Cut 4,600 Jobs https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/rolls-royce-to-cut-4-600-jobs https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/rolls-royce-to-cut-4-600-jobs

From AVweb

By Kate O'Connor

Rolls-Royce announced on Thursday that it will be eliminating 4,600 jobs—nearly 10 percent of the positions at the company—over the next 24 months as part of a company-wide restructuring plan. The UK-based engineering firm says that after an initial cost of £500 million ($665 million), it expects the restructuring to reduce annual costs by £400 million ($532 million) by 2020. The first third of the job cuts are expected to be made by the end of 2018.

In the same statement in which it announced the job cuts, Rolls-Royce reiterated that it intends to focus on civil aerospace going forward. The company says it currently has orders for over 2,700 engines for wide-body aircraft and business jets and plans to increase engine production “targeting over 600 wide-body engines a year by the end of this decade.” According to the company, it has launched six new engines for the civilian market including the Trent XWB and the Pearl 15.

Rolls-Royce has been struggling with its Trent 1000 engine—primarily used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner—since issues involving excessive wear were discovered in 2016. Due to the durability problem, an AD was issued in April 2018 limiting extended single-engine operations to within 140 minutes of an airport for some 787s equipped with Trent 1000s. The company has also recently had trouble with parts shortages for the engines. It has been reported that Rolls-Royce has spent almost £1 billion ($1.3 billion) to address the issue so far.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Fri, 15 Jun 2018 21:50:48 +0000