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Onboard United's new 737 MAX 9 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Opinion: Will Passengers Return to the 737 MAX?

With certification steps entering into the final stages, the 737 MAX is expected to return to revenue service by year-end. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently conducted test flights with its engineers and pilots on board, a major step in the re-certification of the 737 MAX following its grounding after two fatal crashes. While certification of any aircraft consists of an innumerable number of tests, analysis and proving compliance with regulations, the biggest test for the aircraft will be if…

FAA Moves Ahead With MAX Recertification After Completing Test Flights

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration declared that recertification test flights for the Boeing 737 MAX have been completed and laid out the next steps required to approve the aircraft for a return to the skies. During three days of flight testing, FAA pilots and…

Europe Bans Pakistan International Airlines Amid Fraudulent Pilot Licence Scandal

The European Aviation Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airlines’s (PIA) authorization to operate in the EU for six months. As of July 1, PIA will not be allowed to operate flights in European skies at least for the rest of the year. “EASA has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorization to…

FAA Plans 737 MAX Recertification Flights Starting Monday

In a moment largely expected by the aircraft builder, the Boeing 737 MAX is ready to start the recertification flight campaign as soon as Monday, June 29. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed on Sunday that it has completed Boeing's safety system assessment review and it is ready to begin…

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan FAA Reform Legislation

A bipartisan proposal to bolster the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight of commercial aircraft manufacturers was introduced to the U.S. Senate this week. Senators Roger Wicker (Republican, Mississippi) and Maria Cantwell (Democrat, Washington) sponsored the bill known as the Aircraft Safety and Certification Reform Act of 2020. In a statement…

The All-747 U.S. Airline? An Interview with Avatar Airlines’ Chief…

A couple of weeks ago, I was perusing the latest aviation news from around the internet. I was looking specifically at what I could find surrounding the Department of Transportation (DOT). And I stumbled across an article about Avatar Airlines. It's a name that rang a bell but didn't, of…

DOT Says FAA Allowed Southwest To Endanger Passengers

A report released Feb. 11 by the inspector general at the Department of Transportation says Dallas-based Southwest Airlines put millions of passengers at risk by flying aircraft that did not adhere to basic U.S. safety standards. The 27-page report published Tuesday details how the airline operated "more than 150,000 flights…

Bahamasair Boeing 737-500s Unable to Fly into U.S. Airspace

For the past ten years, pilots and airlines in the United States have had a deadline. As part of the FAA’s NextGen plan for air traffic control, aircraft flying in certain airspace in the United States are required to have ADS-B technology onboard. The deadline for the aircraft to be…

Opinion: It’s Time to Rebuild Trust in the Aviation Industry

Recently, I participated in a discussion panel about the Boeing 737 MAX incidents, which took me to a lot of research, and deep thinking about the aviation industry, which I admire and respect. Studying the final report on the Lion Air 610 accident, I realized that technology can create better…

FAA Orders Inspections Into Boeing 737 Next-Generation Aircraft

In another blow to the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, the FAA has ordered inspections to be conducted on the Boeing 737 Next-Generation (NG) type after cracks were found. As reported by the BBC, the cracks were found during maintenance on a heavily flown aircraft. Other cracks have reportedly been found…