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FAA Grounds Boeing 737-9 Fleet Following Alaska Airlines Incident

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the temporary grounding of certain Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft following an incident on an Alaska Airlines flight. The grounding affects 171 aircraft operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory. “The FAA is requiring immediate inspections of certain Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes before… 

European Commission Acknowledges EASA’s Vital Role in Elevating Aviation Standards

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The European Commission has recognized the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) integral role in the aviation sector. After thoroughly evaluating Regulation (EU) 2018/1139, which gives EASA its mandate, the Commission has found EASA’s efforts on unified standards for aviation safety immensely beneficial.

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USDOT’s Single-Aisle Accessible Lavs Final Rule: Delays Ahead

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The extended dates for implementation and the lack of a retrofitting requirement mean that many disabled passengers will continue to fly on single-aisle aircraft equipped with lavatories that don’t meet these requirements for over a decade to come.

FAA trials multi-regional TBO: Advances in flight trajectories can cut aviation’s Carbon Footprint by 10%

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A new initiative successfully managed flights across countries by predicting aircraft trajectories. The Federal Aviation Administration’s live flight demo included situations and flights between the U.S., Japan, Singapore, and Thailand. Using Trajectory Based Operations (TBO), countries shared aircraft trajectories, and air traffic experts optimized flight paths considering factors like weather and airspace closures.

USDOT Secretary Foxx Returns to US After Inspiring Bike Tour Through Northern Europe

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is back home after visiting Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Oslo, to learn how these cities tackle future transportation challenges.

Foxx met with government leaders, city officials, architects, and planners to discuss creative and multi-modal transport solutions.

FAA Will Talk Drones at SXSW

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The FAA has announced that FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, will host a special session at SXSW leading a discussion on the future of small unmanned aircraft, more commonly known as drones, on Monday.

Put Those E-Cigarettes Out and Forget About Vaping Says DOT

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The Department of Transportation has now issued a formal ban on the usage and carriage of e-cigarettes on commercial and some chartered flights.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the final rule today which will apply “to all scheduled flights of U.S. and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to, and from the U.S.,” the USDOT writes.

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