Cuban Airliner Crashes

According to Cuba’s state run television station, a Cuban airlines 737 has crashed during takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport. A CNN report states, “The flight was headed to the Cuban city of Holguin and casualties are reported, an airport source told CNN. A large fireball followed by a towering plume of smoke was visible…

Ex-Aveos Employees Get Go Ahead for Class Action Suit

Aveos former employees who were laid off following the company’s insolvency say they have taken an important step in their quest for justice. In a judgment dated May 15, 2018, Justice Jean-François Michaud of the Quebec Superior Court authorized a national class action filed against Air Canada on their behalf. The class action seeks compensation…

Industry Veteran Jim Rankin Tapped as CEO for West Star

West Star Aviation has added Jim Rankin to their team as CEO. Bob Rasberry has been named chairman of the Board, and Rodger Renaud will remain president and COO. The company says it has taken a proactive approach in strengthening its leadership team to ensure its continued success in delivering service to its customers during…

Industry Sets Remote Connectivity Baseline for FAA

Last week the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and 15 of its aviation industry allies jointly submitted a draft advisory circular to the FAA providing “guidance for using remote connectivity technology and tools.” The guidance document was developed after consultation with agency personnel regarding the existing draft policy “Remote Witnessing Using Video,” which was open…

FAA Safety Oversight of Maintenance in Question Again

In an announcement last week, the Office of the Inspector General said it will adjust the scope of their original audit of air carrier maintenance from June 2017. The announcement said their initial audit work and additional congressional requests spurred the action. They said the objectives are now “to assess FAA’s processes for investigating allegations…

Boeing to Acquire Aerospace Parts Distributor KLX

Boeing announced it has entered an agreement to acquire KLX Inc. to enhance its growing services business. The agreement comprises an all-cash transaction for $63 per share and the assumption of approximately $1.0 billion of net debt, totaling $4.25 billion. Boeing’s acquisition of KLX Inc. will include KLX Inc.’s Aerospace Solutions Group, and is conditional…

AES Global Receives EASA STC for T-PEDs

Aerospace Engineering Solutions (AES Global), a UK based aerospace design and certification organization, has obtained a new EASA Supplemental Type Certificate to allow the use of Transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (T-PED) on all Boeing 777 aircraft models. Following an intense certification effort, AES Global has developed this STC for the operator to ensure their fleet…

NTSB Releases Report of Progress of Southwest 1380 Investigation

The NTSB released a progress report of the Southwest 1380 uncontained engine failure investigation. Here are direct excerpts from the report: The No.13 fan blade had separated at the root; the dovetail remained installed in the fan disk. Examination of the No. 13 fan blade dovetail exhibited features consistent with metal fatigue initiating at the…

Alaska Airlines Gets Incredibles 2 Paint Scheme

Ahead of the release of Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 on June 15, Alaska Airlines unveiled a special-edition paint scheme. The Incredibles 2-themed plane, Alaska’s first Disney•Pixar film livery, was unveiled to a crowd of 2,000  during the company’s Aviation Day at their Seattle hangar. “This plane will delight guests of all ages from San Francisco to…