Bill Carey



ALPA questions US drone rule proposals 
FAA’s regulation governing commercial drone operators does not require enough aeronautical experience, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) says in comments on a rule change that would allow drone flights over people.
L3 Commercial Aviation debuts new line of CVRs, FDRs 
L3 Commercial Aviation announced a new line of cockpit voice and flight-data recorders (CVR/FDR) designed to meet the 2021 European mandate for CVRs with a minimum of 25 hrs. of recording time.
FAA issues ADS-B noncompliance policy statement 
Nine months before operators must equip aircraft flying in US controlled airspace to signal their position by automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast Out (ADS-B Out), FAA has issued a statement explaining how it will handle non-equipped aircraft.
Aireon CEO Don Thoma
Aireon launches space-based aircraft tracking 
Principals of the Aireon joint venture on April 2 formally announced the launch of the company’s satellite-based air traffic control (ATC) surveillance system, a capability that for the first time provides a means of continuously tracking aircraft over oceans and remote regions of the world.
CAE to train AirAsia X A330 pilots 
Training provider CAE has signed a new five-year agreement with long-haul LCC AirAsia X to train pilots on the Airbus A330.
Nav Canada launches space-based aircraft tracking in Edmonton FIR 
Nav Canada began space-based tracking of aircraft flying in the eastern part of its Edmonton flight information region (FIR) March 25, marking the first operational use of the Aireon surveillance system carried by new Iridium Next satellites.
Regional carriers partner to create pilot pathways 
Cape Air and Mountain Air Cargo have a pilot “pathway” program that allows flight crew to switch between the two airlines to gain flight hours and experience.
FAA head nominee Dickson opposed ATC privatization 
With the nomination of Stephen Dickson to serve as the next FAA administrator, US President Donald Trump has selected a former airline pilot steeped in the NextGen air traffic control (ATC) modernization effort who has also been a prominent opponent of spinning off the agency’s ATC function as a nonprofit corporation.
World ATM Congress: Data link, ADS-B progress spotty in Europe 
European nations are making uneven progress toward meeting Single European Sky surveillance and communications technology requirements, according to the organization tasked with coordinating air traffic management (ATM) common projects.
Iridium Next satellite
North Atlantic space-based aircraft surveillance begins in March 
Air navigation service providers (ANSP) in the UK and Canada later this month will start a joint trial of space-based surveillance of aircraft flying over the North Atlantic, a capability that will deliver immediate safety and capacity benefits for oceanic travel.
Laser Aereo DC-3 crashes in Colombia, killing 14 
Fourteen people were killed March 9 when a Douglas DC-3 operated by Laser Aereo Colombia crashed near Villavicencio, Colombia, after declaring an emergency.
Air Transat 737-800 makes emergency landing at Newark after reports of fire 
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey briefly closed its runways March 9 after the pilot of an Air Transat Boeing 737-800 requested an emergency landing because of reports of smoke or fire in the aircraft’s cargo hold.
TSB: Aviation accidents in Canada down 16% in 2018 
Aviation accidents in Canada declined 16% last year, according to preliminary statistics released March 6 by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).
Atlas Air CVR
Initial CVR review of crashed Atlas Air 767 indicates loss of control 
Communications by the pilots of Atlas Air flight 3591 indicated a loss of control of their Boeing 767-300 freighter before it crashed in Trinity Bay, Texas, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said March 5.
Horizon Air Embraer E175 receives water cannon salute
Horizon Air launches Paine Field commercial service 
Alaska Air Group regional carrier Horizon Air started scheduled service from a new passenger terminal at Paine Field Snohomish County Airport (PAE) north of Seattle, Washington, on March 4, after a three-week delay caused by the recent US government shutdown.
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