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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has “toughened a requirement that Boeing 737 pilots be reminded not to
ignore a cabin pressure warning horn, ordering pre-flight briefings as
well as changes in manuals.
” The reasoning for this new “airworthiness directive” is due to the Helios Airways Boeing 737-300 crash on August 14th 2005 that resulted in 121 deaths.

The directive affects all Boeing 737 models!

Read the Directive here at FAA.gov wesbsite.

Summary

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model
737 airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual to
include a new flightcrew briefing that must be done before the first
flight of the day and following any change in flightcrew members, and
to advise the flightcrew of this additional briefing. This AD results
from continuing reports that flightcrews have failed to recognize and
react properly to the cabin altitude warning horn. We are issuing this
AD to prevent failure of the flightcrew to recognize and react properly
to a valid cabin altitude warning horn, which could result in
incapacitation of the flightcrew due to hypoxia (lack of oxygen in
body) and consequent loss of airplane control.

Justification

We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the flightcrew to
recognize and react to a valid cabin altitude warning horn, which could
result in incapacitation of the flightcrew due to hypoxia (lack of
oxygen in body) and consequent loss of airplane control. This action
follows related rulemaking action we took in response to a report
resulting from the investigation by the Air Accident Investigation and
Aviation Safety Board of Greece into the August 14, 2005, Helios
Airways accident near Athens, Greece. This action affects the entire
fleet of Boeing Model 737 airplanes (nearly 5,000 airplanes worldwide);
these airplanes have a very high utilization rate. Because of our
requirement to promote safe flight of civil aircraft and thus the
critical need to assure that the flightcrew recognizes and reacts
properly to a valid cabin altitude warning horn and the compliance time
involved with this action, this AD must be issued immediately.

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Perfect wedding for aviation enthusiasts: Getting married in their favorite airplane while the plane is cruising at 30000+ feet.

Two Edmonton-area pilots did the same for their wedding. They met while working for Servisair (ramp handling company at Edmonton international Airport). Michael Griffith and Martha Bull married each other aboard a Boeing 737 (while cruising 32,000 feet above the city).

From Edmonton Sun

About 70 guests took their seats in the aircraft as it circled around Edmonton for an hour during the ceremony.

The aviation theme continued at the reception, with an airplane-topped cake and little chocolate planes on the tables.

For Video -> Go here

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Earlier last week, Virgin Blue announced cost cutting measures. Friday, Quantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) Airways, largest Australian airline and Australia’s national airline, announced their own measures –

  • Cut 1,500 jobs by Dec 31 2008 – 20% management and head-office support positions to be slashed
  • Cancel plans to hire additional 1,200 employees
  • Cancel a planned 8% capacity increase for 2009
  • Retire “one 737-400, two 767-300ERs, four 747-300s and one Jetstar Airways A320 as well as cancel delivery of one Jetstar A321

From ATW online

Dixon told Australian media that he hoped the cuts announced Friday are
“the end of it” but conceded that further job reductions and other
measures may be necessary in the future. “I can’t sit here and predict
the oil price,” he said.”

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Rising gas prices have lead airlines around the world to try every kind of cost cutting measures like capacity reductions and new travel fees. Virgin Blue, Australian low cost airlines and Australia’s second biggest airline, announced today some new cost cutting measures –

  • Capacity reduction – Removing 2 Boeing 737 from service by October 2008. Also move of 4 aircrafts used for domestic routes to international routes.
  • New Baggage fees – New “pay for weight” policy depending on the weight of the bag
  • Talks with Embraer to defer aircraft deliveries
  • Increasing Flexible Fares by 5%

From The Australian

VIRGIN Blue boss Brett Godfrey says – “While Virgin was due to announce another round of restructuring today, Mr Godfrey said there were no plans for staff cuts unless jet fuel, currently at $US171 a barrel, rose to $US185 to $US200 a barrel and stayed there.”

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All over the world – in Europe, Asia*, Americas, Africa and Australia, airlines are struggling against rising fuel costs, trying to find opportunities to cut costs and make more money. But there is one region where fuel is not a concern and money is not an issue, the middle east. Airlines in middle east – Etihad, Qatar Airways, FlyDubai (startup airline by Emirates starting in 2009) and Emirates seem to be dropping billions to buy newer and bigger jets as seen at the Farnborough International Air Show.

The buy list for Etihad Airlines (orders worth $43 billion)

  • 20 Airbus A320
  • 25 Airbus A350 (with options)
  • 10 Airbus 380 (options of 10 more)
  • 35 Boeing 787 Dreamliners
  • 10 Boeing 777

The buy list for FlyDubai (worth $3.78 billion)

  • 54 Boeing 737-800

Though it does raise questions in minds, does these orders have a strategic value or are just crazy ambitions of these fast growing airlines? Does it really make sense?

From Business Week

“Money is clearly no object for these guys. But where exactly are they
heading? You had to wonder when FlyDubai’s top managers, in response to
questions at a Farnborough press conference, said they didn’t know yet
what destinations they would serve or how their $4 billion aircraft
order would be financed. “We are developing plans,” FlyDubai Chief
Executive Ghaith al Ghaith said”

“Etihad’s goals are a bit clearer. As flag carrier for the United Arab
Emirates, it wants to create a global airline hub in Abu Dhabi to
jump-start growth and tourism there – just as neighboring Dubai has
done with its own airline Emirates. But can the region really support
two hubs less than 100 miles apart?”


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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that it is investigating a near collision that happened over the weekend over New York’s JFK Airport between a Cayman Airways Flight 792 (Boeing 737) and a Linea Aerea Nacional de Chile (LAN-Chile) Flight 533 (Boeing 767) that came within 100 feet vertically of each other.

From NTSB website

“The Cayman Airways flight, on approach to runway 22L, was executing a
missed approach and conflicted with the Linea Aeroea Navional de Chile
flight that was departing runway 13R. Tower controllers intervened to
attempt to resolve the conflict, assigning both aircraft diverging
headings. The closest proximity of the two aircraft has not yet been
determined. At the time of the incident, the weather was VFR with 6
miles visibility and haze.”

Though FAA seems to be denying but investigating the report!

From MSNBC

“”As of this time, we have no report of any such encounter,” FAA
spokeswoman Lynn Tierney said Monday. But as a precaution, “We are
pulling the tapes” to determine what, if anything, took place.”

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Facts –

  • Flight Date and Time – March 27th 2008 (landing around 6pm)
  • Flight – From Oklahoma City to Houston
  • AirplaneBoeing 737
  • Damage – 4 tires
  • Flight Status – Landing at Houston Bust Intercontinental Terminal
  • AirlineContinental
  • Passenger Load – 113 passengers (with 5 crew)
  • More – It was not an emergency landing
  • Fun – All passengers on the flight got drink tickets ($5 worth).

For more information read this.

For Video – Here

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