FAA, GCAA Clarify PMA Acceptance In United Arab Emirates
Talks between U.S. and United Arab Emirates (UAE) regulatory officials have clarified that FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) parts are eligible for installation on UAE-registered aircraft with few restrictions.
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UK CAA Details Post-Brexit Pilots’ License Plan
UK air crew who moved to an EASA pilots’ license because of the UK’s departure from the EU (Brexit) can now apply to get their UK license back, alongside their EASA certification.
natalia.pelayo… Mon, 04/12/2021 - 16:49
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Production Issue Forces Immediate Inspections Of Up To 460 Boeing 737 MAXs
Boeing and 16 affected 737 MAX customers are working to inspect backup power units on about 90 aircraft to ensure they are grounded after the manufacturer learned that production-line changes created risk of failures. 
natalia.pelayo… Fri, 04/09/2021 - 21:08
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UK Air Travel Reopening Plan Perpetuating Uncertainty

By Victoria Moores Apr 09, 2021
The UK has detailed how it will reopen international air travel but is yet to confirm a tentative May 17 restart date, drawing industry criticism for high-cost testing and prolonged uncertainty that will deter travel. 
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Computer Glitch Behind 737 Weight Discrepancy Incident, Report Finds

By Tony Osborne Apr 08, 2021
A flaw in a computer system that misidentified more than 30 adult passengers as children led to a discrepancy in the take-off weight for a holiday flight.
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Europe’s ATM To Enter Key Modernization Phase
As the pandemic’s impact seems clearer, updated cost-benefit analysis supports acceleration of air traffic management upgrade in Europe.
arturo.mora@av… Wed, 04/07/2021 - 08:00
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EASA Approves 737 MAX 8200 Variant

By Sean Broderick Apr 06, 2021
EASA has certified the Boeing 737-8200, revealing the move in an updated version of the 737 family’s type certificate data sheet published April 6. 
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Vietnam Regulators Allows 737 MAX Transit

By Chen Chuanren Apr 06, 2021
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has partially lifted the ban on Boeing 737 MAX operations, allowing the type to fly over the country’s airspace after a two-year ban. 
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Airline Sector Dismayed By UK Government Lack Of Action

By Alan Dron Apr 06, 2021
The UK travel sector has reacted with general disappointment and dismay at the government’s latest pronouncement on foreign air travel.
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New Zealand, Australia Confirm Two-Way Travel Bubble

By Adrian Schofield Apr 06, 2021
New Zealand and Australia will launch a quarantine-free travel bubble starting April 19, prompting airlines in both countries to dramatically ramp up flight schedules in this market.
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NextGen Benefits Trail Expectations, DOT OIG Report Says

By Bill Carey Apr 05, 2021
Benefits of the FAA’s long-running NextGen air traffic control modernization are difficult to measure and have not kept pace with initial projections, the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found.
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Daily Memo: Lessons Learned From Initial Period, Europe’s ATM To Enter Key Modernization Phase

By Thierry Dubois Apr 05, 2021
Like a highly trained marathon runner, the organization in charge of modernizing Europe’s air traffic management (ATM) is considering itself ready for the big race after a series of easier but diverse runs. 
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Singapore First To Accept IATA Travel Pass As Health Document

By Chen Chuanren Apr 05, 2021
Singapore will be the first country to accept data and results from the IATA Travel Pass in a collaboration with the airline group. 
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U.S. Eyes NextGen Avionics Upgrade Programs

By Sean Broderick Apr 05, 2021
Subsidy package to encourage upgrades could be framed as infrastructure spending.
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Qatar Aims For More Control Over Airspace

By Alan Dron Apr 02, 2021
Qatar plans to have its own Flight Information Region (FIR) ready to go operational in March 2022, giving the small Gulf nation more autonomy over its airspace.
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U.S. Lawmakers Amplify Concerns Over Norse Atlantic

By Sean Broderick Apr 02, 2021
U.S. House Transportation Committee leaders are ramping up pressure on Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to scrutinize the notional foreign-carrier permit application of startup Norse Atlantic Airways and reject it if it falls under the “flag of convenience” banner. 
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New CDC Travel Guidance Could Brighten Outlook For U.S. Airlines

By Lori Ranson Apr 02, 2021
The CDC on April 2 stated that fully vaccinated travelers can travel safely within the U.S., do not need to self-quarantine, and can skip testing before or after travel unless it is a requirement for their destination. 
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UK To Increase Passenger Tax On Long-Haul Flights

By Alan Dron Apr 02, 2021
The UK government has announced plans to increase its Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax on all departing passengers. 
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FAA Mandates Parts Swaps On Pratt-Powered A330s

By Sean Broderick Apr 01, 2021
Operators of Airbus A330s with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000-100-in. engines face mandatory replacements of air-seal assemblies to prevent a scenario that has led to low-pressure turbine blade failures and several in-service incidents. 
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Industry, FAA Make Case For Aviation Infrastructure
The ground-based air navigation infrastructure is aging and in need of repair, industry and FAA speakers warned March 31 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit.
andy_savoie@av… Thu, 04/01/2021 - 19:24
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Taiwan Begins Asia’s First Travel Bubble With Palau

By Chen Chuanren Apr 01, 2021
Taiwan has started a leisure travel bubble with the Pacific island state of Palau, with the first flight commencing April 1. 
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Vietnam Regulator Proposes Plan To Resume International Travel

By Chen Chuanren Apr 01, 2021
Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has presented a proposal to the transport ministry, recommending steps to resume full international service. 
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Ground-Based Navaid Suppliers Form Alliance
Navigation system suppliers have aligned to lobby the U.S. government for increased investment in legacy ground-based navigational aids.
andy_savoie@av… Wed, 03/31/2021 - 16:18
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Quick Start Urged For Supplier-Focused Payroll Support

By Sean Broderick Mar 31, 2021
Associations representing manufacturers, suppliers and repair stations are urging the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to quickly stand up the recently enacted payroll support program (PSP) aimed at companies that have not benefitted from similar, previous packages. 
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Digital Passports Could Be Key To International Travel Recovery

By Helen Massy-Beresford Mar 31, 2021
Europe hopes its digital green certificate will help drive an air travel recovery, while the U.S. government is more skeptical.
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