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Smartphone lithium-ion batteries spark fears of onboard fires
08-05-2016:  Yesterday the Transport Safety Bureau reported on an excellent outcome for what could have been a disaster:  an A380 en route from Dallas to Sydney was involved in a serious incident when cabin smoke was found in the upper level.
FAA Orders Mandatory Balloon Checks
08-23-2016:  All 6,400 hot-air balloons in the U.S. must be inspected to ensure they are not equipped with potentially leaky fuel hoses made of "egeflex" material, the FAA said in an emergency airworthiness directive issued today.
US Airlines Near Profit Parity With National Average
08-19-2016:  On August 17, US airline trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) announced that, in the first half of 2016, the USA's top ten mainline passenger airlines cumulatively reported pre-tax profits totaling $12B.
FAA mandates lithium battery safety features on Boeing 737 MAX
08-18-2016:  The FAA will publish a rule Friday mandating new safety design features for devices aboard Boeing's 737 MAX jet that are powered by non-rechargeable lithium batteries.
Russian MC-21: A Boon For MRO providers?
08-17-2016:  Last Friday's (August 12) news that Russia's Irkut MC-21 jet is about to undergo static testing on its fuselage pushed the aircraft another step closer to entering the competitive narrowbody jet market.
FAA Releases Final ECi Engine Cylinder AD
08-15-2016:  The FAA has published a final rule to the Federal Register, regarding the removal of certain aircraft engine cylinders... According to the final rule, or airworthiness directive, this will affect an estimated 6,200 engines currently in service.
Top 10 Engine MRO Demand: 2016-25
08-09-2016:  Over the next decade, the requirement for commercial aircraft engine work is expected to exceed $282 billion.  The top 10 engine families will generate $200.8 billion accounting for 71% of all engine MRO demand.
Uber in the Air: The FAA tries to stop a flight-sharing start-up
08-08-2016: Flying commercial airlines is increasingly difficult. Long TSA lines this summer only compound peoples' anger over high fees and cramped seats. Much better to fly private — that is, if you can afford it. But is it even possible to bring private air travel to the masses?
FAA Changes Controller Applicant Rules
08-05-2016: By law, the FAA has dropped the controversial "biographical profile" for prequalified (college program and military veteran) air traffic control trainee applicants and will hire 1,400 new trainees this year.
FAA Report Called Balloon Safety 'Overlooked'
08-02-2016: A year or more before independent crash experts publicly urged more-stringent safety rules for sightseeing balloons in 2014, an internal Federal Aviation Administration report quietly raised similar red flags and called for identical changes.
FAA safety inspectors unable to make surprise inspections
07-28-2016: U.S. safety inspectors are generally unable to conduct unannounced inspections of foreign repair stations where most airlines send their planes for major repair work, and sometimes must cancel inspections for lack of funds, according to a government watchdog.
ARSA Works: Housing Requirements
07-26-2016: On July 26, the Federal Register published the FAA's intent to issue an interim rule to update the "suitable permanent housing" requirements in part 145 for repair stations with airframe ratings.
Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill
07-13-2016: The Senate on Wednesday approved a bipartisan bill to extend the mandate of the Federal Aviation Administration, two days before the agency's legal authority was set to expire.
FAA Extension: The Bad Art of the Backroom Deal
07-12-2016: Wherever in the world you're observing the U.S. electoral process, it's not hard to sense a burning animosity among the American people toward "business as usual" in Washington, D.C. Citizens are dissatisfied with a growing, unresponsive government...
Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) Draft Advisory Circulars (ACs) Open for Comment
06-29-2016: This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for the initial and follow-on airworthiness approval of aircraft weather radar systems meeting the latest revision of the Technical Standard Order (TSO) C63, Airborne Weather Radar Equipment.
Local drone users, industry watchers OK with new FAA regulations
06-27-2016: North country drone users and industry watchers are, for the most part, happy with new Federal Aviation Administration regulations for commercial unmanned aircraft use.
With 1 Announcement, the FAA Just Created an $82 Billion Market and 100,000 New Jobs
06-23-2016: On Wednesday, June 21, the FAA finalized the rules for commercial UAVs, or drones. The market has been anxiously awaiting those rules for several years. While hobbyist UAV use was allowed, commercial use was specifically prohibited until now.
US military losing billions in aircraft crashes
06-21-2016: The US military is facing growing questions about the way it trains pilots and maintains aircraft after it lost several servicemen and billions of dollars in damages in a recent spate of aircraft crashes.
ARSA, Industry Allies Call for Correction to "Untenable" Parts Documentation Guidance
06-14-2016: On June 10, seven trade associations and four aerospace companies — led by ARSA — requested the directors of flight standards for the FAA and EASA revise guidance on international parts documentation.
FAA proposes $350,000 fine against Amazon for hazardous shipment
06-13-2016: The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $350,000 fine Monday against Amazon.com for allegedly violating hazardous-materials regulations governing an air-shipment of cleanser with sulfuric acid.

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