AIN Air Transport Perspective » August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011 - 7:35am
An August 26 ceremony at Boeing’s Paine Field facility in Everett, Wash., ann

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which during its seven-times delayed development program has seemed more of a nightmare than a dream, became a joyful reality on August 26 when the new widebody received initial type certification.

August 29, 2011 - 7:30am
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood indicated that a new two-year ban on

U.S. air carriers will be prohibited from employing former FAA safety inspectors for a two-year period by terms of a final rule that takes effect October 21. The new FAA rule is a byproduct of an incident in which inspectors overseeing Southwest Airlines were found to be too friendly with the airline.

August 29, 2011 - 7:25am
Planned changes to major airline alliances such as Oneworld could see Qantas

Developments planned by Australia’s Qantas Airways and American Airlines demonstrate membership benefits for global alliance partners seeking to rationalize operations while improving competitiveness. The operators belong to Oneworld, whose members include British Airways (BA), Chile’s LAN, Iberia, and Japan Airlines (JAL), with Malaysia Airlines waiting in the wings.

August 29, 2011 - 7:20am
Momentum is gathering for unmanned aircraft to operate in U.S. civil airspace

Air transport industry groups accept the inevitability of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying in civil airspace. At the largest event of the unmanned systems industry earlier this month, speakers representing airline pilots and FAA air traffic controllers delivered a go-safely message to UAS proponents eager to gain access to the national airspace system to build the industry.

August 29, 2011 - 7:15am
Air traffic controllers at Eurocontrol’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Center

The economic, environmental and efficiency gains promised under the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) program are “extremely sensitive” to timely implementation of the air traffic control modernization effort across Europe, according to the Sesar Joint Undertaking (SJU).

 

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