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NTSB eyes fan blades, inlet in Southwest 737 engine failure investigation
A US National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) investigative hearing into the April inflight engine failure of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 on Nov. 14 honed in on the design and testing of the CFM56-7B engine fan blades and the containment capability of the engine inlet and fan cowl.
Honeywell named as reseller of GX inflight broadband
Satellite communications specialist Inmarsat has named Honeywell Aerospace as a value-added reseller (VAR) of its GX Aviation Ka-band inflight broadband system.
Honeywell concludes testing of runway collision avoidance system
Honeywell has completed initial testing of a software-based runway collision avoidance system that uses automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) position reports to alert pilots to potential conflicts on the airport surface.
Pilots not told of Boeing MAX’s automatic stall-prevention system 
In a move likely linked to the on-going investigation into the fatal crash in October of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8, the aircraft manufacturer has issued a bulletin to operators explaining a system unique to the MAX that automatically pushes the nose down to help prevent stalls in certain flight profiles.
US watchdog warns FAA more work needed to prevent ATC outages 
FAA has taken steps to resolve the causes of seven outages of its En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system since 2014, but the air traffic control (ATC) automation platform remains vulnerable, the US Transportation Department inspector general says in audit report released Nov. 9.
US watchdog warns FAA more work needed to prevent ATC outages 
FAA has taken steps to resolve the causes of seven outages of its En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system since 2014, but the air traffic control (ATC) automation platform remains vulnerable, the US Transportation Department inspector general says in audit report released Nov. 9.
FAA makes staffing policy changes after Vegas controller found incapacitated
The FAA is implementing a new controller staffing policy after a tower controller became incapacitated while working the midnight shift at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
DOT IG audits FAA’s drone authorization system
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) inspector general (IG) has initiated an audit of the FAA and industry program to provide timely, automated authorization of drone flights near airports.
Aireon, FlightAware: GlobalBeacon flight tracking goes live
Satellite-based surveillance system developer Aireon and flight tracking data specialist FlightAware on Nov. 5 said they have activated their GlobalBeacon flight-tracking offering for airlines, days before an ICAO tracking recommendation takes effect.
Onboard Wi-Fi scene changing rapidly 
Connectivity companies and airlines are finally delivering onboard Wi-Fi services that compare to those on the ground. The key players in the are now maneuvering to get pole positions in the market.
Iridium targets Dec. 30 launch date for ‘Next’ constellation
Iridium Communications is targeting Dec. 30 for the eighth and final Iridium Next launch, which would complete the new constellation of satellites supporting space-based tracking of aircraft and flight deck broadband connectivity.
Iridium NEXT: Thales Alenia Space
FAA to start phased evaluation of space-based ADS-B in 2019 
The FAA next year will begin a phased evaluation of satellite-aided surveillance of aircraft flying over oceanic spaces, including use of the Aireon space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system scheduled to begin operating in 2019.
APEX: Panasonic Avionics introduces ‘Wellness Suite’ for passengers 
Inflight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity supplier Panasonic Avionics has introduced a new growth area: airline passenger wellness.
In October 2016, Spirit was the first US airline to take delivery of the A320neo
APEX: Spirit to resume A320neo deliveries after P&W engine problems 
Florida-based ultra-LCC Spirit Airlines plans to take delivery of two more Airbus A320neos this year and to resume regular deliveries next year after problems with its Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered airliners caused the carrier to stop accepting them.
APEX: American CEO defends 737 MAX seat, lavatory sizes 
American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker defended seat and lavatory sizes on the carrier’s new fleet of Boeing 737 MAX airliners during an opening presentation Sept. 24 at the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo in Boston, Massachusetts.
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