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Southwest maintainer performs ultrasonic inspection of engine fan blades.
Proposed FAA reauthorization amendment calls for engine safety review 
US House Transportation Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) has submitted an amendment to proposed FAA reauthorization legislation that would require a “call to action” review of airline engine safety in the wake of the Southwest Airlines flight 1380 engine failure.
FAA, EASA issue emergency directives for CFM56-7B inspections
The FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) late April 20 issued emergency airworthiness directives (AD) calling for inspections of fan blades on CFM56-7B engines that power Boeing 737NGs.
US pilots against FAA proposal to study single-pilot cargo aircraft 
US pilot labor groups have spoken out against a provision of proposed FAA reauthorization legislation that would start research into single-piloted cargo aircraft.
Engine cowling from CFM56-7B engine that failed on SWA flight 1380
FAA to issue CFM56 engine directive after Southwest incident
FAA will issue an airworthiness directive (AD) in the next two weeks requiring inspections of certain CFM56-7B turbofan engines, the US agency announced one day after the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 engine failure.
NTSB: Investigators find metal fatigue in Southwest 737 engine failure
US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators found evidence of metal fatigue in the left engine of the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on April 17 after the pilots initially reported an engine fire, then clarified that there was no fire but that engine parts were missing.
One dead after Southwest 737 mid-air engine failure
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on April 17 after an apparent engine failure that caused one fatality.
Eurocontrol’s Eamonn Brennan and BT Global Services CEO Bas Burger sign NewPENS
Europe to upgrade ATM communications network 
European air traffic management organization Eurocontrol signed a 10-year, €50 million ($62 million) contract with BT Global Services to provide an upgraded network for air traffic management (ATM) communications across 47 countries.
Inmarsat graphic of electronic flight bag showing SB-S applications
Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety Service enters commercial service 
Inmarsat’s new-generation broadband satellite communications system, SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S), has entered into commercial service, the company announced April 17.
American Airlines to equip A321s for ADS-B In capability 
American Airlines plans to equip 320 Airbus A321s to display nearby air traffic on the flight deck via automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast In (ADS-B In).
Eurocontrol Network Manager Operations Center in Brussels.
Eurocontrol network outage delays thousands of flights
European air traffic management organization Eurocontrol has resumed normal operations following a software misalignment that caused its Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System (ETFMS) to fail for several hours April 3, causing delays to thousands of flights in Europe.
Maastricht UAC
European air traffic up 4.3% in 2017, Eurocontrol says 
The number of controlled flights in Europe increased 4.3% to 10.6 million in 2017, the fourth year of growth, according to Eurocontrol.
webCS Wireless Aircraft Communications Server
‘Smart core’ router manages onboard data communications 
Inflight communications provider SITAONAIR and Astronics Ballard Technology unveiled an integrated “smart core” system to assist airlines in managing onboard data communications.
Southwest 737 diverts to Albuquerque after ‘unusual smell’ in cabin 
An “unusual smell” in the cabin led the flight crew of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 to make an emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport on March 11.
Spain reduces route charges for airspace usage 
In an opening address at the World ATM Congress on March 6, Spanish minister of public works Íñigo de la Serna announced that Spain will reduce the route charge airlines pay to use its airspace by 3% this year and 12% in 2019.
ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu addresses the World ATM Congress
ICAO backs space-based ADS-B 
Space-based tracking of aircraft is a technology equalizer that offers nations lacking radar infrastructure a way to quickly improve their surveillance capability, ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said.