Sean Broderick

Aviation Week


Southwest pilots wait to hear on MAX training for return to service 
The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) does not expect simulator training to be part of the 737 MAX return-to-service (RTS) requirements.
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Boeing 737 pickle fork inspections expanded after finding new issue 
Ongoing inspections of older Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) structural parts have turned up cracks outside the original area targeted, prompting Boeing and the FAA to expand the checks.
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Analyst: Potential US airline startups need right strategy to succeed 
Aspiring US airline startups face a daunting challenge finding a niche and loyal customers in the current marketplace, but the right strategy—combined with new, more versatile narrowbodies—could help level the playing field.
FAA wants Southwest to evaluate airworthiness of 49 737s 
The FAA and Southwest Airlines are at odds over the carrier’s alleged lack of due diligence on 88 used Boeing 737s it has added to its fleet, and the slow pace the airline is taking to address significant airworthiness issues identified in follow-up inspections.
MAX approval could still happen this year, Boeing says 
Boeing has completed one of three key simulator review sessions required to validate its changes to the 737 MAX, and the US manufacturer maintains that initial regulatory approvals and resumption of deliveries could still happen by year-end 2019.
AerCap CEO: MAX phased return should not flood market 
Airlines will manage the capacity spike that the Boeing 737 MAX’s return will create, helped in part by what is shaping up to be a phased return, AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly said.
American and Southwest push back Boeing MAX re-entry to March 
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines will extend their schedules without the Boeing 737 MAX through early March 2020, indicating they do not expect FAA to approve the grounded model’s return before year-end 2019.
Spirit AeroSystems: Bombardier deal provides aftermarket boost 
Spirit AeroSystems’ deal to buy certain Bombardier commercial aviation assets significantly broadens the aerostructures specialist’s aftermarket presence beyond traditional spare-parts sales, largely through principal customer Boeing.
Boeing 737 MAX grounding causes CFM56-7B engine overhaul delays 
French aerospace firm Safran reported an unexpected dip in CFM56-7B shop visits in the 2019 third quarter, citing airlines pushing their Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft as long as possible before required maintenance to help offset not having 737 MAXs.
JATR task force: Boeing did not adequately document key MCAS updates 
The FAA had firsthand knowledge of critical changes to the Boeing 737 MAX maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) during the aircraft’s development, but Boeing’s lack of proper paperwork documenting the updates kept agency experts who may have given the system more scrutiny out of the loop.
Muilenburg to tell Congress Boeing ‘Got some things wrong’ 
Boeing “got some things wrong” related to the 737 MAX development and the response to two fatal accidents, and remains committed to answering every question the FAA has to get the aircraft flying again, CEO Dennis Muilenburg will tell a Senate committee Oct. 29.
Regulators temporarily restrict A220 operations on engine failure probe 
Regulators have mandated temporary operational limitations for Airbus A220 operators in the wake of three Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engine failures in the last three months.
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FAA targets eight GE90 engines for work after failure 
GE Aviation (GE) has identified a pool of eight GE90-115B engines that need immediate attention based on early findings in the probe of an Oct. 20 Thai Airways uncontained high-pressure turbine failure.
Boeing still expects MAX return to service in 2019
Boeing remains confident the Boeing 737 MAX will be cleared to fly in at least some parts of the world by year-end, even as it acknowledges that regulatory reviews of required changes are taking longer than its return to service timeline assumes.
Boeing removes Commercial Airplanes chief McAllister amid MAX fallout 
In the most visible personnel move yet during the 737 MAX crisis, Boeing named longtime executive Stan Deal to take over its Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) unit, removing Kevin McAllister and turning the reins of the company’s largest business over to a seasoned leader with significant supply-chain and customer-support experience.
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