Sean Broderick

Aviation Week


FAA invites nine agencies to join MAX certification review 
Representatives from nine civil aviation authorities—including the four major state-of-design agencies and China—have accepted invitations from the FAA to conduct a partial review of the Boeing 737 MAX certification, FAA announced April 19.
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United: Strain of MAX grounding will intensify 
United Airlines has done well compensating for the absence of its 14 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by adjusting its network and maintenance schedules, but the gaps created will become harder to fill as the peak summer season approaches, the airline’s executives say.
MAX 7 flight test aircraft landing
Boeing completes testing of 737 MAX software upgrade 
Boeing has taken several major steps toward completing upgraded 737 MAX maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) flight control law software in recent days, giving the company confidence that it is “making steady progress” in its bid to get the grounded MAX fleet operating again, its top executive said.
CFM checking LEAP engine fleet for Southwest MAX engine failure link 
CFM International is monitoring its LEAP engine fleet for signs of an issue believed to be tied to the March 26 contained engine failure on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that was being ferried to storage.
No simulator sessions needed for revised MAX training, FAA says 
An FAA update of minimum training required for pilots to fly the Boeing 737 MAX will cover the aircraft’s maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), but simulator sessions will not be needed, a draft of a new report reveals.
Lessor repossesses bankrupt Avianca Brazil’s A320s 
Avianca Brazil has been forced to make more flight cancellations after lessor Aircastle reclaimed all 10 of its Airbus A320-200s on lease to the carrier, cutting the insolvent operator's fleet by 30%.
United takes MAX 9s out of schedule through early July 
United Airlines, joining its US counterparts with grounded Boeing 737 MAXs, has pulled its MAXs from its schedule through well into the summer peak season.
Revised FAA maintenance school rules too “bureaucratic” 
FAA's proposed expansion of rules that aviation maintenance technician schools (AMTS) must follow to train mechanics will not please those in the industry who were hoping for more flexibility and less bureaucracy.
FAA targets late May, early June for MAX airworthiness approval 
FAA is targeting late May or early June for approving Boeing’s proposed changes to the 737 MAX and issuing an airworthiness directive that would mandate the upgrades and clear the way for US MAX operations to resume, the agency told airline representatives April 12.
File photo of Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8
Southwest readjusts schedule through early August on MAX grounding
Southwest Airlines has revamped its schedule through Aug. 5 to account for not having its 34 Boeing 737 MAXs as the model’s grounding continues to keep operators shuffling their schedules and fleet plans.
Delta Air Lines A330-300
Delta 1Q net income up 31% on strong revenue environment
Delta Air Lines reported its 2018 first-quarter net income jumped 31% to $730 million from $557 million in the year-ago quarter.
WestJet Boeing 737 MAX 8
MRO Americas: WestJet reshuffles cabin mods to manage MAX groundings
Canadian LCC WestJet Airline is managing the Boeing 737 MAX grounding in part by re-shuffling its cabin-modification schedule, pulling 737 Next Generation (NG) models out of planned upgrade lines and subbing in MAXs.
MRO Americas: MAX groundings to have aftermarket ramifications
The unexpected removal of more than 400 new narrowbodies from the global fleet via the Boeing 737 MAX grounding is sure to have repercussions in the aftermarket, but predicting them is proving challenging.
MRO Americas: Collins aims for 20 production-ready metal parts in 2019
Collins Aerospace is taking the next step with its aerospace additive manufacturing activity, with aspirations to develop 20 production-ready metal parts in 2019, according to executive director-additive design and manufacturing Paula Hay.
FDR analysis of Ethiopian MAX crash supports vane detachment, incorrect procedures 
As the investigation continues into the causes of last month’s Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX accident, sources close to the probe say flight data recorder (FDR) data firmly supports the supposition that the aircraft’s left angle-of-attack (AOA) sensor vane detached seconds after takeoff and that, contrary to statements from the airline, suggests the crew did not follow all the steps for the correct procedure for a runaway stabilizer.
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