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Pilot Error Caused 2014 TransAsia Crash, Council Determines

| Aviation News | January 31, 2016

Pilot error was to blame for the July 23, 2014 crash of a TransAsia Airways ATR 72-500 that claimed 48 lives, Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council (ASC) has determined. The twin turboprop crashed into a residential area while on approach to Magong Airport on Penghu Island, in the Taiwan Strait, during a thunderstorm.

Seven months later, a TransAsia ATR 72-600 crashed into Taiwan’s Keelung River after taking off from Taipei Songshan Airport, resulting in 43 deaths. The ASC continues to investigate that accident.

In a final report on the 2014 crash released on January 29, the council stated that “contrary to standard operating procedures” the pilots executed an approach to the airport below the minimum descent altitude (MDA) when they could not see the runway. The aircraft, operating as Flight GE 222, had departed from Kaohsiung International Airport on the Taiwan mainland with 58 passengers and crew on board. It collided with terrain 850 meters northeast of the threshold of Magong Airport Runway 20.

“Flight crew coordination, communication, and threat and error management were less than effective. That compromised the safety of the flight,” the ASC stated in a summary of its findings. “The first officer did not comment about or challenge the fact that the captain had intentionally descended the aircraft below the published minimum descent altitude. Rather, the first officer collaborated with the captain’s intentional descent below the MDA.” Neither of the pilots recognized the need for a missed approach until the aircraft reached the point where a collision with terrain became unavoidable, the council added.

The ASC report contains 29 safety recommendations. Among them, the council calls on aircraft manufacturer ATR to “evaluate the feasibility of a modification” to provide a new enhanced ground proximity warning system on all ATR 72-500s.

January 29, 2016, 3:11 PM

Source:: http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2016-01-29/pilot-error-caused-2014-transasia-crash-council-determines

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Sandel taps Stevens Aviation for Avilon

| Aviation News | January 31, 2016

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Sandel Avionics has selected Stevens Aviation as one of its exclusive Avilon dealerships.

The Sandel Avilon Avionics Suite is an all-glass integrated flight deck for the King Air family, starting with the KA-200, designed and assembled at Sandel for easy installation, according to company officials.

Sandel Avilon Sandel taps Stevens Aviation for Avilon“This changes everything as it gives the customer a fully replaceable, high performance avionics system that meets all 2020 NextGen regulations, installs in as little as five days, and all for a price many more can afford,” said Phil Stearns, sales manager, Stevens Aviation.

Avilon offers a fly-away, fully installed system for an expected $175,000.

All three Stevens Aviation locations, located in Dayton, Ohio (DAY), Nashville, (BNA) and Greenville, S.C. (GYH) are designated authorized Avilon Installation Centers and are set to install this system starting in June.

Source:: http://generalaviationnews.com/2016/01/29/sandel-taps-stevens-aviation-for-avilon/

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ANA confirms order for three A380s

| Aviation News | January 31, 2016

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed that it has ordered three Airbus A380s that will be used on its Tokyo-Honolulu route.

Source:: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ana-confirms-order-for-three-a380s-421377/

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Boeing’s Newest 737 Jet Completes First Flight

| Aviation News | January 31, 2016

Boeing’s 737 MAX completed its first flight Friday, beginning the next test phase for the latest version of the flagship jet. Boeing says the flight went well and the aircraft is on schedule for deliveries to start in 2017. The airliner departed from Renton, Washington Friday morning and, during a circuitous route over the state, reached 25,000 feet before landing at nearby Boeing Field in Seattle.

Source:: http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Boeings-Newest-737-Jet-Completes-First-Flight-225603-1.html

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Cessna Announces 2016 Top Hawk Universities

| Aviation News | January 31, 2016

Cessna Aircraft launched the second year of its Top Hawk university program, announcing this week its 2016 participants: Kent State University, LeTourneau University, Purdue University and Westminster College. Each school will receive a new Cessna 172 in February to support flight training, recruiting, and promotional activities throughout the year.

Source:: http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Cessna-Announces-2016-Top-Hawk-Universities-225605-1.html

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PICTURES: SriLankan Airlines retires last A340

| Aviation News | January 31, 2016

SriLankan Airlines has retired its Airbus A340-300 fleet after 21 years in service.

Source:: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pictures-srilankan-airlines-retires-last-a340-421327/

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The Weekender: Fly In Florida, Or Out To New Jersey

| Aviation News | January 29, 2016

The Weekender is starting to venture out a little as the SocialFlight calendar includes some fly-ins and fly-outs. On Saturday, Palatka Municipal in Florida will host its sixth annual Community Open House & Fly-In. See warbirds, vintage, and modern-day aircraft plus automobiles on display, plus airplane, biplane, and helicopter rides.

Source:: http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/weekender/The-Weekender-Fly-In-Florida-Or-Out-To-New-Jersey-225599-1.html

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PICTURE: Korea Express takes first ERJ-145

| Aviation News | January 29, 2016

Korea Express Air s first Embraer ERJ-145 has entered service with the domestic carrier, following its delivery in December.

Source:: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/picture-korea-express-takes-first-erj-145-421325/

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Pictures of the day: Taking to the skies in a 170B

| Aviation News | January 29, 2016

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Bryan Painter of Auburn, Wash., sent in these photos of a Cessna 170B over Elliot Bay, Wash., and the same plane over Seattle.

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Source:: http://generalaviationnews.com/2016/01/27/pictures-of-the-day-taking-to-the-skies-in-a-170b/

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Wanted: Pilot Tips on…Maintenance

| Aviation News | January 29, 2016

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Owners can do quite a few things to maintain their aircraft. What tips or tricks have you learned over the years to make the job easier or more efficient? What advice can you give other airplane owners who want to perform their own maintenance?

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    Source:: http://generalaviationnews.com/2016/01/27/wanted-pilot-tips-on-maintenance/

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    Boeing Commercial Deliveries To Drop in 2016

    | Aviation News | January 29, 2016

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    The start of a transition from the Boeing 737NG to the 737 Max on Boeing’s Renton, Washington production line and a previously announced cut in production of the 747-8 to just six per year will account for a majority of a some 20-airplane reduction in projected commercial airplane deliveries this year, according to executives speaking during the company’s quarterly earnings call on Wednesday. After delivering a record 762 airplanes last year, Boeing now expects to ship somewhere between 740 and 745 in 2016.

    Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the transition to the 737 Max will account for a drop of roughly 12 airplanes, due in part to the need to build two Max test articles and “build ahead” some airplanes for delivery in 2017.

    “This year you’ll see a bit of a transition because of the Max [and] a temporary reduction in revenue, top line if you will, as a result,” said Muilenburg. “But we can tell you very clearly that our long-term view here is increasing top and bottom line performance and cash growth year-over-year.”

    In fact, Boeing announced plans to increase 737 rates to 57 per month in 2019 following a move from 42 to 47 in 2017 and from 47 to 52 in 2018, reflecting what Muilenburg characterized as a fundamental strength in the marketplace. Although plans call for 787 Dreamliner production rates to increase from 10 to 12 this year, shipments will remain basically flat at some 135 due to natural shifts in delivery timing. The company expects book-to-bill ratio to again reach 1:1, said Muilenburg, suggesting roughly flat unit sales. This year Boeing reached its 1:1 book-to-bill target with late sales in December that raised its net total to 768.

    Separately, Boeing confirmed that the transition from 777 to 777X production in Everett, Washington, will require it to lower 777 rates from 8.3 to seven per month in 2017. Notwithstanding the reduction, Muilenburg cited continued strong demand for the widebody, reflected in a sellout of delivery slots in 2016, an 80 percent sales-to-delivery-slot ratio in 2017 “a healthy position” for 2018. Boeing has booked firm orders for 101 777s over the past two years, including an order for six from Air China earlier this month. The 777 backlog now stands at 224 airplanes while the 777X orderbook shows orders for another 306. “We indicated last year that we did not anticipate the production rate on the program going below seven per month,” said Muilenburg. “In solidifying our production plan over the last few months we can confirm that view.”

    January 27, 2016, 3:05 PM

    Source:: http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2016-01-27/boeing-commercial-deliveries-drop-2016

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    Aerolineas Ejecutivas Adds Three Learjet 75s to Fleet

    | Aviation News | January 29, 2016

    Latin American operator Aerolineas Ejecutivas recently took delivery of three new Learjet 75s that will expand the company’s MexJet fractional ownership program. The aircraft were delivered to the Aerolineas Ejecutivas’ main hangar at Toluca International Airport in Mexico.

    The additions come as the company reports a strong 2015. “With the data now in, we can say that 2015 was an amazing year for Aerolineas Ejecutivas and the Mexican business aviation industry,” said company president Arturo Javier Ortega Olive. He continued, “2016 is shaping up to be an even more important one for us… Aerolineas Ejecutivas approaches its [50th anniversary] in stronger shape than ever.”

    The company provides fractional, jet card and charter services using a fleet of Bombardier and Beechcraft aircraft. The company is the exclusive dealer in Mexico for Bombardier and Beechcraft, as well as Honda Aircraft.

    January 27, 2016, 3:04 PM

    Source:: http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2016-01-27/aerolineas-ejecutivas-adds-three-learjet-75s-fleet

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