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Aircraft in storage in May. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

EASA Warns Against Pitot Tube Blockage Due to COVID-19 Storage

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a safety bulletin following "an alarming trend in the number of reports of unreliable speed and altitude indications during the first flights following the aircraft leaving storage," as the agency states. EASA warned the airline operators and maintenance organizations against pitot tube blockage causing airspeed and altitude errors after the aircraft return to service from COVID-19 storage. According to the safety agency, pitot-static issues are caused by the accumulation of foreign objects,…

South African Airways Sends Airbus Aircraft to Spain for Long-Term…

South African Airways has sent its Airbus A330-200 and A350-900 to Teruel Airport in Spain for long term storage amid locked horns with staff and management over the furloughing process and calls to liquidate the airline. Teruel Airport is located in Spain outside the town of Teruel and hosts aircraft…

American Will Not Fly Its A330s Until 2022

In an internal memo to employees, American Airlines announced that it will move its Airbus A330-200 fleet into long-term storage until at least 2022 as demand for flights has plummeted, making the jet’s operation too costly on both long-haul and domestic routes. American has already parked around 450 planes and…

As Major Airports Shudder, a Single-Runway Arizona Airpark Bustles

Amid a global crisis that has practically reduced global travel to a skeleton of what it once was, a small, single-runway airpark smack-dab in the middle of the Arizona desert is an unlikely portrait of productivity. Pinal Airpark, situated along the Interstate 10 corridor between Phoenix and Tucson, in Marana,…

The Process of Preparing Aircraft for Long-Term Storage

With COVID-19 decimating the travel industry, demand has dropped to almost nothing. Planes have been sent to storage for who knows how long. Many aircraft will be brought into service as demand picks up but some will be kept in storage longer since it will likely take some time before…

From a Thriving Military Base to an Aircraft Boneyard: Phoenix…

It's not often that you’ll see a Corsair Boeing 747-300, China Southern Boeing 777-200, US Airways Boeing 757 and a Southwest Airlines 737-700 hanging out with the German Air Force and perspective KLM and Lufthansa pilots at a small general aviation airport. However, Phoenix Goodyear Airport is not your typical…