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Pilots and Controller Blamed for Pakistani A320 Crash

The Pakistani Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) has released the preliminary report on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) accident a month after the crash. According to the report, the flight crew did not follow the procedures and failed to extend its landing gear, leading to a gear-up landing and initiated a go-around with damaged engines. Investigators also accused the crew of being overconfident. The investigation probe clarified that the provisional report had been prepared with data obtained from the cockpit…

Taoyuan Airport Opens New Control Tower

Taiwan's Taoyuan Airport unveiled its new control tower earlier this week in time for the airport's 40th anniversary, representing an important milestone as the airport moves toward becoming a so-called "smart airport" of the future. According to Taiwan's transportation minister, Chia-lung Lin, the new control tower will help boost the…

Flights To and From Italy Canceled Due to National Strike

A significant number of flights to and from Italy were canceled today as the result of a national strike called by public and private sector workers over demands for higher pay and improved pensions and working conditions. Alitalia is reported to have canceled over 250 flights, including some on Thursday…

London’s Gatwick to Announce Plans for Second Runway Amid Capacity…

Great Britain's second busiest airport, London's Gatwick Airport, is looking to make use of the currently unused second runway that it has, potentially boosting its' daily capacity of flights. The move to activate the dormant runway comes as the United Kingdom's capital faces a potentially crippling capacity crisis, according to…

European Airlines Submit Formal Complaint to EU over French ATC…

International Airlines Group (IAG), Ryanair, Wizz Air, and easyJet have together formally submitted an official complaint to the European Commission over France's recent air traffic control strikes. This follows after hundreds of cancellations occurring and thousands more delayed flights thanks to the reduction of controllers carrying out industrial action. This year…

Planned French ATC Strikes Will Affect Tuesday Flights

Travelers set to fly through French airspace on Tuesday may be greeted with a shock after numerous flights have been left as cancelled due to planned strikes by French air traffic controllers. A variety of airlines have had to put plans in place to accommodate passengers, such as with refunds…

French Strike Action Causes Flight Disruption Across Europe

Industrial action among nine public-sector unions in France, including the main air-traffic controller's union, has resulted in disruption in the skies over Europe. The strike, lasting from Monday evening until Wednesday morning, has caused cancellations and diversions across the continent. The French General Directorate of Civil Aviation (GDAC) is demanding a…

The American Air Traffic Services Corporation: What’s In a Name?

After months of listening to the arguments of those for and against the privatization of air traffic control (ATC) in the U.S., June 27, 2017 saw the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approve a comprehensive FAA reauthorization package that includes the detail of the much-discussed proposal. In order to contribute to…

Counter-Opinion: Why I’m Against ATC Privatization

Last week, President Donald Trump announced a reform of the United States Air Traffic Control system. His proposal consists of taking control over air traffic control away from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and instead placing it in private hands. This idea has been floating around in Congress for many…

Opinion: Why I’m For ATC Privatization

Imagine waking up on Monday, driving to work and walking in to your office, only to find your laptops and monitors have been replaced with outdated, aging screens. Your coworkers are moving around and manually writing down updates on dry erase cards, and you’re told to put on a headset…