NTSB Recommends Improved Consistency on Turbulence Reporting by the National Weather Service

Recommendations based on investigation into April 2017 Pilatus Accident. The National Transportation Safety Board hopes the National Weather Service will create additional guidance for pilots about the hazards surrounding non-convective turbulence conditions, as well as provide additional formal training to NWS forecasters to encourage consistency of analysis, interpretation and forecasting of low-level turbulence. The NTSB’s

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FAA Again Extends MRO Parts-Approval Authority

FAA has rubber-stamped a one-year extension that permits U.S. repair stations with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certifications to inspect and approve parts that do not have certain EASA-required documentation. The move helps U.S. repair stations comply with a requirement in guidance–officially Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG) Change 6–issued to support the U.S.-E.U Bilateral Aviation Safety

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Superior Air Parts Promotes Koss to GM Superior Aerospace Precision Machining

Keith Chatten, CEO of Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced Robert (Bob) Koss has been promoted to general manager of its Superior Aerospace Precision Machining division in Fridley, Minn. “Bob has been part of the Superior Aerospace Precision Machining team since 1985. He has been instrumental in almost every aspect of the organization and has continually

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Vartan Aviation Group opens FAA certified Repair Station in Seattle

he Vartan Aviation Group has opened a new Repair Station in Seattle. It is run by the U. S. subsidiary Vartan USA and officially received its FAA certificate in early July. The company says it is now open for business and looking forward to help existing and new customers with their cabin refurbishment needs. Vartan

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EPS Makes Progress on High Performance Diesel Engine

Clean sheet alternative fuel engine could soon be available for legacy airplanes. Clean sheet FAA certification programs have become known to take around a decade to complete. And the highly anticipated EPS Graflight V8 engine is no exception. The company formed in 2006 and began building the proof of concept high performance engine, which is

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Air Berlin Integration Weighs on Lufthansa’s First-half Results

Lufthansa has become the third airline after low-cost rivals easyJet and Ryanair to warn that the integration of parts of bankrupt Air Berlin has added costs and is taking longer than originally envisioned. The Cologne-based group on Tuesday said the higher than expected expenses related to the integration of the 77 aircraft formerly operated by

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The 10 best economy-class airlines in the world, ranked

Thai national carrier tops survey taken by more than 20 million respondents For most people, an economy class seat is part and parcel of air travel – after all, it allows millions of passengers a year to fly all over the globe. But as many experienced air travellers learn, not all economy classes are the

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What makes for efficient air travel? That depends on who you ask. For travelers, it means getting to and from the airport without incident and arriving at your destination on time (and with your bags). From the airline’s perspective, efficiency can mean many things. On-time performance will always be important, but as airlines strive to

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Cirrus Vision Jet Wins 2018 Flying Innovation Award

World’s first single-engine personal jet continues to gain accolades. Fresh of its Collier Trophy win this spring, the Cirrus Vision Jet nabbed yet another accolade, this time taking home the 2018 Flying Innovation Award, presented Monday night at Oshkosh. Flying editor-in-chief Stephen Pope handed over the Innovation Award trophy to Cirrus Aircraft senior vice president of product development Ken Harness, who accepted

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Boeing, Airbus Clash over Farnborough Sales Bounty

Airbus and Boeing each saw sizable order activity during the Farnborough Air Show, but executives from the world’s two airframe making giants harbored somewhat different perspectives on the general character of the order activity. Boeing vice president of commercial sales Ihssane Mounir, for example, characterized the large number of unidentified customers as simply a result

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