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AUGUST 19, 2019 -No. 166



In This Issue


Incident: Cargolux Italia B744 at Amsterdam on Aug 18th 2019, engine shut down in flight

Incident: Jetblue A321 near Cleveland on Aug 17th 2019, smoke indication

Incident: LOT E190 at Warsaw on Aug 15th 2019, smoke in cabin

EVAS - Cockpit Smoke Protection

Accident: Delta B752 at Ponta Delgada on Aug 18th 2019, hard touch down causes creases in fuselage

de Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 - Landing Gear Failure (Kenya)

Smoke on Air New Zealand plane at Auckland airport sees aircraft evacuated

Cuban man found stowed away in plane's cargo area at Miami airport

Electric plane crash-lands into lake in another setback for electric flight

Non-profit aviation safety organization Medallion Foundation to close doors

Facial recognition scanners are already at some US airports

Airlines Could Be Told To Inspect Airbus A350-900 Engine Mounts

56th ICAO conference to start tomorrow in Kathmandu

Air Serbia joins alliance against unruly passengers

Newest airline recruites 400 student pilots

ST Engineering looking to hire more airplane mechanics and technicians

Wide-Body Jet Orders Jump at Airbus and Boeing in July

New Aviation Maintenance Science Chair Touts Employment Opportunities (ERAU)

Aviation Safety Technician Job in Fresno, California - Department of Transportation

CHC Safety & Quality Summit Hotel Information

International Conference on Unruly Airline Passenger Behaviour

Position Available:...SRC Safety Analyst | Florence, KY (near CVG)

Position Available: Manager, System Safety & Data Assurance


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Incident: Cargolux Italia B744 at Amsterdam on Aug 18th 2019, engine shut down in flight


A Cargolux Italia Boeing 747-400 freighter, registration LX-TCV performing freight flight CV-7156 from Nairobi (Kenya) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was descending through FL310 towards Amsterdam when the crew reported the failure of the #1 engine (CF6, outboard left hand) and shut the engine down. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Amsterdam's runway 18R about 25 minutes later. Emergency services reported everything looked normal.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about 4.5 hours, then continued the flight to Luxembourg.

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Incident: Jetblue A321 near Cleveland on Aug 17th 2019, smoke indication


A Jetblue Airbus A321-200, registration N977JE performing flight B6-623 from New York JFK,NY to Los Angeles,CA (USA) with 163 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 40nm southeast of Cleveland,OH (USA) when the crew received a smoke indication, reported smoke in the cabin and decided to divert to Cleveland. While on approach to Cleveland the crew reported the smoke indication had gone away, they didn't want to land overweight and thus burned off fuel before continuing for a safe landing on Cleveland's runway 06L about 35 minutes after leaving FL340.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about 2.5 hours, then continued the flight and reached Los Angeles with a delay of 3 hours.

The airline reported the aircraft diverted out of abundance of caution due to a possible maintenance issue.

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Incident: LOT E190 at Warsaw on Aug 15th 2019, smoke in cabin


A LOT Polish Airlines Embraer ERJ-190, registration SP-LMB performing flight LO-411 from Warsaw (Poland) to Zurich (Switzerland) with 94 passengers and 6 crew, was in the initial climb out of Warsaw's runway 29 when the crew reported smoke in the cabin and declared emergency. The aircraft returned to Warsaw for a safe landing on runway 33 about 11 minutes after departure.

The flight was cancelled.

The occurrence aircraft returned to service 31 hours after landing back.

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Accident: Delta B752 at Ponta Delgada on Aug 18th 2019, hard touch down causes creases in fuselage


A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration N543US performing flight DL-414 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Ponta Delgada (Portugal), landed on Ponta Delgada's runway 12 at 08:24L (08:24Z) but suffered a hard touch down. The aircraft rolled out and taxied to the apron. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage however.

A replacement Boeing 757-200 registration N538US is currently positioning from Atlanta,GA (USA) to Ponta Delgada to perform the return flight.

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de Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 - Landing Gear Failure (Kenya)


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Kichwa Tembo Airstrip, Kenya

A SafariLink DHC-8-200 suffered a left-hand landing gear failure after striking several wildebeest on landing at the Kichwa Tembo Airstrip in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
The occupants were not injured; the aircraft sustained damage to the left-hand main gear and no.1 propeller. Two wildebeest were killed in the accident.

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Smoke on Air New Zealand plane at Auckland airport sees aircraft evacuated

The airplane, headed for Napier, is an Air New Zealand aircraft.

A plane headed from Auckland to Napier has been evacuated after reports of smoke in the cabin.

An Auckland Airport spokeswoman said the Air New Zealand airplane was parked at its stand at Auckland airport when fire services were called to investigate the smell of smoke on Sunday.

Passengers have since left the aircraft, she said.

"The aircraft has been taken to a hangar for investigation," the spokeswoman said.

Fire and Emergency NZ said it sent five crews to the domestic terminal after receiving a call at 12.03pm.

Air New Zealand's external communications manager Anna Cross said passengers were told to disembark flight NZ5011 before take off after the smell of smoke was detected.

"The aircraft is now being checked by engineers and passengers will be re-booked on other services," Cross said.

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Cuban man found stowed away in plane's cargo area at Miami airport

A ramp agent first discovered the man while offloading luggage.

A Cuban man was detained early Friday morning after he was found in the luggage compartment of a plane from Havana that landed in Miami.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport apprehended a 26-year-old Cuban man who attempted to evade detection in the belly of an aircraft arriving from Havana early morning on Aug. 16, 2019.

The 26-year-old man, who has not been identified, "attempted to evade detection in the belly of an aircraft" that landed at Miami International Airport just after Midnight, according to U.S Customs and Border Protection.

A ramp agent first discovered the man while offloading baggage, a CBP statement said.

Witnesses said they heard what sounded like a dog in the cargo area, but when the man was found he said he was not a dog, and asked for water, according to NBC Miami.

He was denied entry, and apprehended as a stowaway.

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Electric plane crash-lands into lake in another setback for electric flight

An electric plane has crash-landed into a lake in Norway earlier this week in another blow to the current effort to electrify flight.

Several companies have been working to bring all-electric planes to market over the last few years.

Airbus is building an electric plane prototype with Rolls-Royce and Siemens and startup Wright Electric is partnering with easyJet to bring an all-electric aircraft to market.

Pipistrel is one of the first to market with the Alpha Electro, an all-electric 2-seater trainer plane.

It's a small 2-seat electric trainer tailored to the needs of flight schools. The all-composite body with electric motor and 20 kWh battery packs weights a total of 350 kg and it has a max payload of 200 kg. The company says that the plane can stay in the air for an hour, with an extra 30 minutes in reserve.

We reported on it in more details when it entered production last year.

Norway's airport operator Avinor has been using the plane to demonstrate electric flight and during a flight last week, they had to crash land it into a lake (images via Reuters):

Reuters reported that both the pilot and the passenger managed to escape unharmed:

"Norway's first battery-powered aircraft crash-landed on a lake on Wednesday, in a setback for the country's aviation strategy, although police said the pilot and passenger both escaped unhurt."

Avinor Chief Executive Dag Falk-Petersen, who was piloting the plane, said:

"I made a mayday call and looked for a place to land. This is not good for the work we do."

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Despite very few electric planes in operation, it's the second electric plane crash to happen in just over a year.

Last summer, Siemens' electric plane prototype caught on fire in the air before crashing and killing both occupants.

Electrek's Take
This is another blow to electric flight after the Siemens crash, but with any new technology, it's going to be an uphill battle.

It's not like fossil fuel-powered planes didn't have their fair share of crashes, especially at the beginning.

I think those setbacks are going to make the electric flight industry stronger over time. They are going to be able to learn from them and make electric flight more secure.

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Non-profit aviation safety organization Medallion Foundation to close doors

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Board of Directors of the Medallion Foundation, an Alaska non-profit aviation safety organization, says that due to an decrease in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration it will be closing its doors on Sept. 15 after 17 years.

The press release announcing the closure also cites a change of "language that may place the Medallion Foundation in the position of being used as an instrument to take action against air carriers who are voluntarily participating" in its programs.

The board of directors says it met on Aug. 9 to discuss a memorandum of understanding sent to the Medallion Foundation from the FAA.

"It is with deep regret and sadness that the Board of Directors find the funding insufficient to continue operations and will not agree to these terms in the new Memorandum of Understanding," states the press release.

The release writes that it is "unfortunate" that Alaska carriers won't be able to access the safety programs that the foundation provides, such as training classes, simulators, TapRoot accident investigation, tourism safety videos, and maintenance, among other services.

According to its website, the Medallion Foundation was formed "from an infamous legacy of too many aircraft accidents and fatalities in Alaska."

Original appropriations secured by Sen. Ted Stevens allowed it to buy seven flight simulators. The foundation's website cites a CDC study that claims that accidents in commercial air carriers in Alaska declined by 57 percent between 2000 and 2009.

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Facial recognition scanners are already at some US airports. Here's what to know

Many airports hope to start using biometric scanners in lieu of passports to identify travelers. Buzz60's Tony Spitz has the details.

The next time you go to the airport you might notice something different as part of the security process: A machine scanning your face to verify your identity.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been working with airlines to implement biometric face scanners in domestic airports to better streamline security. In fact, they're already in place in certain airports around the country.

But how does the process work? Which airlines and airports are involved right now? And do travelers need to be concerned about privacy breaches?

Here's everything you need to know about the latest technological advances in airport screenings, from the government's work to privacy concerns and more.

What is biometric airport screening?
It's a fancy way of saying that the government is using facial recognition technology at the airport. Government agencies (in conjunction with airlines) are aiming to improve efficiency when it comes the way travelers enter and exit the U.S.

This is separate from the eye and fingertip scanning done by CLEAR, a secure identity company available at more than 60 airports, stadiums and other venues around the country. (CLEAR is certified by the Department of Homeland Security).

Here's how the process of facial scanning at the airports works: Cameras take your photo, and then the CBP's Traveler Verification Service matches it to a photo the Department of Homeland Security has of you already. These could be images from sources like your passport or other travel documents.

This process will ideally replace the manual checking of passports nationwide.

This photo provided by Delta Air Lines shows new biometric scanning technology at Terminal F in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Where did this idea come from?
"A form of biometric entry-exit was technically required for non-U.S. citizens by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which was signed into law in 1996," says Jeramie Scott, senior counsel at the research firm Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and director of the EPIC Domestic Surveillance Project. Scott notes, however, the years-old requirement wasn't fully implemented.

After 9/11, a commission recommended a full implementation of the biometric entry-exit scanning, but it wasn't until 2017 that President Donald Trump signed an executive order that expedited the full roll out.

The CBP explained in a statement to USA TODAY U.S. citizens have historically been processed at border check points in-person but the facial recognition technology is being used because it "can do so with greater consistency and accuracy."

"CBP is simply replacing the current manual travel document comparison with facial comparison technology," the agency stated.

Facial recognition became the government's method of choice - as opposed to finger print or other scanning - because it already had people's photos in most instances, Scott explained.

In order to quickly verify travelers' identities, photo galleries are pre-built from flight manifests so once a face is scanned it can be checked against the stored photo of a passenger.

CBP stores the photos of U.S. citizens scanned for no more than 12 hours post-verification, after which they are deleted.

What are airlines doing?
With the exception of Southwest, most major airlines in the U.S. are taking steps to include the CBP facial recognition technology as part of their security processes.

Delta Air Lines
Toward the end of last year, Delta announced one of its terminals in Atlanta's airport was the "first biometric terminal" in the country. As of Dec. 1, all Delta passengers traveling internationally are able to take advantage of the biometric options when departing from the airport's Terminal F. Delta has since expanded its facial recognition boarding practices to another Atlanta terminal as well as at airports in Detroit, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. It also has a CLEAR partnership.

The face recognition technology replaces the traditional boarding method of showing your passport and ticket, according to Delta spokesperson Kathryn Steele. Passengers board after standing in front of a face scanner verifying their identities. A video of the system can be seen here. "This technology makes moving through the airport easier and is a part of our effort to create a seamless travel experience," Steele told USA TODAY.

Customers still need their passports and should take it with them for use at other touch points internationally, per Steele.

United Airlines
United has been testing facial recognition tech during boarding at some gates for international travel in Houston, Washington Dulles and San Francisco, United spokesperson Maddie King told USA TODAY. "When we do offer these tests they are always optional, and customers are always able to use their boarding pass and passport instead if they choose."

The airline is also working with CLEAR to further implement the biometric security option across its hub airports.

American Airlines
American has a pilot underway at Los Angeles' LAX Terminal 4, where passengers' faces will be scanned to verify identities in lieu of scanning boarding passes. The pilot has no end date, American spokesman Ross Feinstein confirmed to USA TODAY.

JetBlue Airways
Self-boarding is available on international flights leaving from New York-JFK, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, Julianna Bryan, spokesperson for JetBlue, told USA TODAY.

"Additionally, last fall, JetBlue became the first airline to partner with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to launch a one-step biometric boarding experience for customers flying to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)."

The airline has fully implemented the tech on certain routes: "The flights from BOS-AUA and BOS-SDQ were considered 'pilots.' The trial ran from June 2017 to mid-2018. Since then, we have truly refined the technology, distancing the process from being a 'pilot' to having it become an essential part of our daily operations."

Is the TSA involved too?
Yes. The agency is working with CBP as part of the security checkpoint pilot program in Atlanta's Terminal F, and is also working with Delta Air Lines to use biometric identification at the airline's bag drop. The TSA is evaluating the pilot's applicability for use elsewhere.

Austin Gould, the assistant administrator for requirements and capability analysis at TSA, told USA TODAY that more than 90% of people at the are opting into the program though always have the option to opt out.

"You need to knowingly step in front of the camera and agree to use your image as your identification in the pilot that we're running," he says.

In the future, the TSA hopes to expand the program, including for TSA PreCheck passengers as well as for use during domestic travel. You can look at TSA's plans here.

Can I opt out of the facial recognition program?
Yes. That said: "Even if you opt out of the facial recognition at the airport, your photo is still part of that gallery they created prior to the flight," Scott says.

The CBP clarified in a statement: "The biometric entry/exit program is not a surveillance program, CBP does not biometrically track U.S. citizens. Facial biometric processing at ports of entry only replaces current manual comparison using the travel document."

In case you missed: Delta says USA's 'first biometric terminal' is ready to go at Atlanta airport

Should I still be concerned about privacy?
It depends who you ask.

Both the CBP and TSA have conducted thorough privacy impact assessments related to facial recognition technology, though concerns loom among privacy advocates.

By consenting to the facial recognition, the government can create a digital identity for you and track you without your consent or knowledge, Scott adds. While they may not be using that power right now, there's a lack of regulation preventing them from using it that way. A small way of pushing back is to emphasize your right to opt out.

The American Civil Liberties Union is against the CBP's facial recognition program, according to Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the organization's speech, privacy and technology project.

"The concern is that your face will be used to track and monitor you everywhere you go," he told USA TODAY.

Is the facial recognition program working?
For the CBP's part, facial recognition is already proving successful in terms of stopping people entering the U.S. illegally. "Since initiating this facial comparison technology in the air environment on a trial basis, CBP has already identified seven imposters, including two with genuine U.S. travel documents (passport or passport card), who were using another person's valid travel documents as a basis for seeking entry to the United States," according to the CBP.

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Airlines Could Be Told To Inspect Airbus A350-900 Engine Mounts

A new report from Rolls Royce could now lead to additional inspections on the Airbus A350-900. The MRO Network reports that high-stress conditions can reduce the service life of the engine mounts, specifically on the Airbus A350-900.

A350 engine
The engine mounts on A350-900s could require additional inspection. Photo: Tom Boon/Simple Flying

The new EASA directive
This comes in the form of an airworthiness directive. The European Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, proposed an order for inspections on key engine parts. However, the directive would only impact Airbus A350-900s and not the larger A350-1000s.

Qatar A350-1000
The larger Airbus A350-1000 would be unaffected by such a directive. Photo: Joanna Bailey/Simple Flying

Using advanced modeling techniques and analysis, conditions that can adversely affect the service life of the component were clear. The deadlines for the checks would require engines under 1,700 cycles to be checked within 300 cycles. On the other hand, engines with over 1,700 cycles would have to be inspected either within 300 cycles or else every eight months, depending on which comes first. Either way, follow-up checks are required every 1,000 cycles.

UPDATE on August 18, 2019- Rolls Royce provided Simple Flying the following statement:

This is an entirely precautionary advisory document, to ensure that there is no possibility of a sequence of events occurring that could affect safety. Our analysis is that the likelihood of an incident, as described in the directive, is incredibly small and has in fact never happened in the history of our Trent or previous RB211 engines

Rolls Royce engine troubles
Rolls Royce has had some issues with their Trent 1000 engines. However, those issues are different from the ones outlined in the A350-900 engines. Based on the directive, it does not seem like the engine itself needs to be replaced. Nevertheless, it is something for Rolls Royce to keep their eye on. Whether or not their newer technology will be used for maintenance and inspections on the aircraft is yet to be made known.

It is also worth pointing out that only engines on the A350-900 are affected. No other aircraft models seem to have this new issue.

Only Airbus A350-900s are impacted by this new discovery. Photo: Tom Boon/Simple Flying

What comes next?
Based on the public information, it is unlikely that the A350-900 will face a worldwide grounding. No other major civil aviation regulatory bodies have identified concerns with the A350-900, however, they are likely to take notice of this issue.

Airlines will have to inspect their A350-900s more thoroughly in terms of the engine mount, but it does not seem that passenger operations will be majorly impacted by such inspections. Thus, it seems likely that A350-900 operations will continue as normal.

At the end of the day, this is an issue for airlines to be watchful of. Engine troubles can be quite damaging. So long as there are no other major concerns, the A350 will likely remain in operation.

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56th ICAO conference to start tomorrow in Kathmandu

56th conference of Director General of Civil Aviation, Asia Pacific Region is going to be conducted in Kathmandu with the participation of delegates from 46 different countries.

The conference will initiate from August 19, tomorrow and will end on August 23. The team of delegates has already arrived in Kathmandu yesterday for the conference. The conference will have the participation of Chairman of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) too. The conference will be conducted in Nepal as a venue only, while all the arrangements of the conference have been done by ICAO.

The conference will start tomorrow in Soltee Hotel, Kathmandu, with a formal address from Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli. He will be presenting the information about aviation safety and security in the conference. Director Generals from 46 different countries will attend the conference in Nepal among the 113 countries who are members of ICAO.

Aviation safety, security, technology and infrastructure enhancement of the Asia Pacific region would be the focus of discussion in the conference starting tomorrow.

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Air Serbia joins alliance against unruly passengers

Air Serbia has joined "Not on my Flight", a campaign launched by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in order to reduce the number of unruly passengers on all European flights and protect the passenger's right to a peaceful travel experience. Smooth operations on a number of flights in Europe are disrupted by passengers displaying unruly behaviour. At least 70% of these incidents involve some form of aggression. In 2018, the aviation industry experienced an increase of unruly behaviour by 34% when compared to the year before. Even though the number of unruly passengers is very small considering the total number of people flying, the impact of their actions can have a disproportionate impact both on the smooth operation of the flight and on fellow passengers. Disruptive behaviour, such as excessive drinking and intoxication, smoking in the lavatory, verbal or physical violence towards the crew and fellow passengers or not complying with the crew's instructions introduces an unnecessary risk to the normal operation of a flight by distracting the crew from its duties, and might also lead to significant delays.

Air Serbia becomes the first national airline from the former Yugoslavia to join the campaign. Other carriers taking part include Air Baltic, Air France, Thomas Cook Airlines, Condor, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Euroalantic Airways, Evelop, Flybe, Icelandair, KLM, Loganair, Luxair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Sky Express, Stobart Air, Transavia, Ukraine International Airlines, Wamos Air and Wizz Air.

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Newest airline recruites 400 student pilots

VinAviation School of the private conglomerate Vingroup on August 16 announced it is looking to enroll 400 learners aged 18-35 for its first pilot class.

Hanoi (VNA) - VinAviation School of the private conglomerate Vingroup on August 16 announced it is looking to enroll 400 learners aged 18-35 for its first pilot class to meet growing demand for pilots both in the nation and in the world.

Right after signing an agreement with Canada's CAE Oxford Aviation Academy to train pilots, flight technicians and other personnel in the field of aviation, Vingroup inked a cooperation pact with the US's Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology (ACAST) and Australian Airline Pilot Academy.

Qualified candidates will receive basic training in one of the world's leading aviation training centres in the US and Australia, as well as at VinAviation School in 26 months.

Graduates will receive commercial pilot licenses from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and will have opportunities to work in a professional working environment with attractive incomes.

As this is a non-profit training programme, up to 75 percent of the tuition fees will be covered by bank's loans, and the students will enjoy a grace period of 26 months. Meanwhile, Vingroup will pay all of the amount of interest for borrowings made by disadvantaged students. For those who face special difficulties, the group will support up to 50,000 USD in tuition fee for each individual.

"We believe with international standard and high-quality training from the world's leading centres in the US and Australia, together with financial support from Vingroup, the pilot shortage in Vietnam will be solved soon. We are working towards export of pilots in the time ahead," Vingroup Vice Chairman cum CEO Nguyen Viet Quang said.
Last month, the Hanoi Department of Planning and Investment granted a business licence to Vinpearl Air Joint Stock Company, a member of Vingroup. Vinpearl Air, formerly known as VinAsia Trade Development and Services JSC, was established on April 22 with headquarters in Hanoi's Vinhomes Riverside Long Bien and a registered capital of 1.3 trillion VND (56.14 million USD).

Under the agreement with CAE, the VinAviation School and Vinpearl Air Training Centre were established, with VinAviation School responsible for training pilots and basic mechanics according to CAAV standards and international standards of the FAA and CASA, and Vinpearl Air in charge of offering upgraded courses for pilots, mechanics, operators, crews and other aviation personnel.-VNA

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ST Engineering looking to hire more airplane mechanics and technicians

ST Engineering hiring jobs for Pensacola facility.

PENSACOLA, Fla. - More jobs are coming to Pensacola, ST Engineering and Careersource Esarosa hosted a hiring event for their expanding Pensacola facility Thursday morning.

ST Engineering is looking to fill their open positions as aircraft technicians and mechanics.

The hiring fair is attracting people in Pensacola with a military background.

Phil Jackson, retired Marine, came out to the event with hopes of getting back into the aviation industry. He grew up around planes at Pensacola NAS.

While most positions with ST Engineering require specific qualifications and certifications Jackson said companies like ST Engineering shouldn't have a hard time finding qualified candidates in town.

"Having this additional employer in the area in the business of aviation is great, between the Navy and Marine Corps, all the instructors and mechanics that come through here, I think they are not going to have any problems finding people," said Jackson.

Representatives with ST Engineering at the hiring event told applicants that even if they don't have the right certifications there may be other opportunities to get on board.

ST Engineering announced last month that the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration is investing $12.25 million to help establish a new aircraft maintenance training facility at the Pensacola International Airport.

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Wide-Body Jet Orders Jump at Airbus and Boeing in July

The downturn in orders at Airbus and Boeing this year hasn't affected the pricey wide-body jets that they're most desperate to sell.

The safety crisis surrounding the 737 MAX this year has put a damper on order activity for the latest version of Boeing's (NYSE:BA) workhorse single-aisle jet. More surprisingly, Airbus (OTC:EADSY) has also reported fairly weak order activity for its competing A320neo aircraft family during 2019.

Those trends continued last month. Nevertheless, July could be considered a successful month for both aircraft manufacturers, as they saw solid order activity for their wide-body jets, which carry higher price tags and tend to have thinner order backlogs.

Another month of muted narrow-body orders
In the first half of 2019, Boeing reported negative 180 net orders for its 737-family jets. The aerospace giant did book several dozen new orders during that period, but the collapse of India's Jet Airways forced it to remove a huge number of orders from its backlog. Meanwhile, Airbus' order total was in negative territory for the year as of May, but it started to turn things around in June, booking 130 new firm orders for A320neo-family aircraft.

A Boeing 737 MAX 9 flying over clouds

In July, Boeing once again failed to land a single 737 order. The Airbus A320neo family didn't do much better. Airbus reported an order for two A320neos from Iberia and an order for an A319neo from a private customer.

In addition, Airbus finally removed Republic Airways' long-defunct order for 40 A220-300s from its backlog. The order dated back to 2010, when Republic still owned Frontier Airlines -- and the A220-300 was still the Bombardier CS300. Republic Airways kept the order when it sold Frontier Airlines in late 2013, but it never had a clear use for the planes.

Better luck selling bigger jets
Fortunately for Boeing and Airbus, airlines have continued to order wide-body jets this year, despite the shaky economic conditions and geopolitical tensions permeating much of the globe.

A Boeing 787-9 flying over a river

Boeing brought in 31 orders for wide-body jets last month, with no cancellations. Most notably, Korean Air finalized a deal for 20 787 Dreamliners that was announced at the Paris Air Show in June, split between the 787-9 and 787-10 variants. Boeing also got one order for a 787-8 from an unidentified customer, eight orders for 777 freighters (five for Qatar Airways and three for China Airlines), and an order for two 777-300ERs from an unidentified customer.

Airbus had a solid month for wide-body orders, too, led by a deal for 20 A350-900s from Air China. The European aircraft manufacturer also finalized an order for eight A330-900neos from Virgin Atlantic that had been announced a month earlier at the Paris Air Show. Finally, aircraft leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise ordered two A350-900s, offsetting the cancellation of two A350-900 orders by Hong Kong Airlines.

Can aircraft manufacturers finish the year with an order surge?
In recent years, Airbus and Boeing have frequently reported massive order activity near year-end: particularly in December. Investors must hope that this pattern sticks in 2019. Through the first seven months of the year, Boeing's net firm order total stands at negative 88, while Airbus has recorded just 79 net orders.

It's no secret that narrow-body order activity has been soft year-to-date. On the bright side, both Airbus and Boeing have deals in the pipeline, headlined by a commitment from British Airways parent IAG to buy 200 737 MAX jets, which was announced at the Paris Air Show. Furthermore, other airlines are nearing major fleet replacement or expansion decisions, including Alaska Air and Spirit Airlines (just within the United States).

The other piece of good news is that Boeing still has more than 4,400 unfilled firm orders for the 737 MAX. Even if some airlines cancel some of those orders, Boeing has plenty of cushion to weather a short-term dip in order activity. Airbus is in even better position. With 5,724 unfilled orders for A320neo-family jets as of the end of July -- along with 431 unfilled orders for the A220 -- building airplanes fast enough to meet demand continues to be a much bigger challenge for Airbus than generating orders in the first place.

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New Aviation Maintenance Science Chair Touts Employment Opportunities (ERAU)

R. Eric Jones, associate professor and chair, Aviation Maintenance Science, in front of an engine

Career opportunities for people trained in aviation maintenance are huge and only getting more and more promising, said R. Eric Jones, Embry-Riddle's new chair of Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS).

"Airplanes break, and if they're broken, they cost their operators money. You have to pay for the hangar, you have to pay for the crew," Jones said. "We need more aviation management professionals. The industry demands it."

Despite the high demand for aviation maintenance technicians in the workplace, they have a "public perception problem" that needs remedying, Jones said.

"People tend to think of aircraft technicians as guys who like to work on cars," said Jones, who also serves as an associate professor on the AMS faculty. "In fact, these are professionals -- men and women -- who increasingly work on extremely advanced technology. Aviation maintenance science professionals are executive decision makers."

Jones points out that while the airline industry is booming, other opportunities also await trained aviation maintenance technicians.

"The space between 1,000 feet of altitude and 40,000 feet is where most aviation has flown. Now you have unmanned aircraft systems below 500 feet and rockets going into space and space tourism," Jones said. "Who is going to maintain all of these technologies? It's going to be us."

Jones began his career as a structural technician in the U.S. Navy, supporting the National Science Foundation in Antarctica. The Navy flew ski-equipped LC-130s on search-and-rescue missions, and provided logistics for scientists working in the field. They also flew support personnel back and forth from McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

"I was on the technical operations side for that, but in Antarctica, you do what you have to do to get the plane up and out of there," Jones said.

Jones has also worked for Horizon, Midwest Express, United and Southwest Airlines as a lead, overhaul, field service and line service technician.

After leaving Southwest Airlines, he took a position at Lewis University, where he wrote the bachelor of science curriculum in Aviation and Aerospace Technology and was appointed co-chairman of the Aviation and Transportation Department.

When Jones was approached by Embry-Riddle, he said he jumped at the offer.

"Being in aviation, I knew Embry-Riddle was the best," he said.

Embry-Riddle College of Aviation Dean Alan Stolzer said he is excited that Jones will be leading the AMS Department. "Eric has a long and rich background in the maintenance field at several airlines," Stolzer said. "Most importantly, he brings an exciting new vision to the department and is highly focused on program quality and growth. Eric has already became a valuable member of our College of Aviation team."

Stolzer commended Associate Professor Chuck Horning, who has returned to faculty status following many years of outstanding service as chair of the Aviation Maintenance Science department.

When preparing to come to Embry-Riddle, Jones said that he was particularly impressed by the kind of preparation Embry-Riddle students get in AMS, allowing them to enter the industry and immediately start promising careers.

"The beauty of Embry-Riddle is that faculty train students to be turnkey technicians. Our graduates can walk into a place and say 'carbon fiber lay-up,' I've done it at Embry-Riddle," Jones said. "If you want to translate your investment at Embry-Riddle into meaningful real-time money, there is no better department than AMS."

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Aviation Safety Technician Job in Fresno, California - Department of Transportation

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you'll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Transportation. The opening is for an Aviation Safety Technician in Fresno, California Feel free to browse this and any other job listings and reach out to us with any questions!

Aviation Safety Technician - Fresno, California
Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Job ID: 134412
Start Date: 08/09/2019
End Date: 08/29/2019

Qualification Summary
To qualify for this position at the FG-8 grade, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG/GS-7 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.Examples of specialized experience may include: 1) demonstrated accomplishment in practical technical aviation operations; 2) computer skills or knowledge of common software applications; 3) analytical skills, interpersonal skills and communication skills.To qualify for this position at the FG-9, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-E, GS-/FG-7/8 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include: 1) demonstrated accomplishment in practical technical aviation operations; 2) computer skills or knowledge of common software applications; 3) analytical skills, interpersonal skills and communication skills. In addition, experience should also include the following: 1) gathering and compiling aviation safety data; 2) experience in analyzing aviation safety information for the purpose of identifying trends; 3) experience in preparing technical reports and documents; 4) experience in assisting in aviation investigations such as complaints, occurrences, incidents, accidents and/or violations.**Preferred candidates, though not required, will have technical training and/or certification experience applicable to a regulated aviation environment.Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact rating or may result in not being considered for the job.Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.This position may be filled at the FG-8 or FG-9.Identification of promotion in the vacancy announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon the selectee meeting training, qualification requirements, and recommendation by the supervisor.

If you'd like to submit a resume or apply for this position, please contact Premier Veterans at [email protected] All are free to apply!

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The 2019 CHC Safety & Quality Summit is pleased to be taking place at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX. If you will be joining us and wish to book a hotel room, please act quickly as room availability is limited.

The last day to book a room at the Omni is on September 9th.

For more hotel details, please visit our website

Kind regards,

CHC Summit Team

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DISPAX World 2019


18 - 19 September 2019, The Riverside Venue, London, UK


The 3rd International Conference on Unruly Airline Passenger Behaviour


With only a few weeks to go, DISPAX World 2019 is fast approaching! We are delighted to be able to offer all subscribers to Curt Lewis a 20% discount on the delegate rate. To redeem this offer use the promotional code: CURT20 when registering on the conference website:


Disruptive passenger incidents are a daily occurrence on board commercial flights around the world. Seemingly trivial issues can quickly escalate into explosive situations that endanger the safety of passengers and crew. The much anticipated 3rd edition of DISPAX World returns to London to explore the broad range of causes of such behaviour, the responses available and the legal implications for carriers and states.


Looked at from diverse perspectives, including those of aircrew, passengers, regulatory authorities, industry associations, and law enforcement, DISPAX World 2019 will provide a comprehensive and authoritative programme over two days in one of the busiest airline hubs in the world: London. Speakers will include industry leaders, aircrew, airport operators, academics and law enforcement agencies.


DISPAX World 2019 is a must-attend conference for:


Flight attendant instructorsUnions & staff associations

PilotsLaw enforcement agencies

Airline Security PersonnelAirport operators

Government transportation regulatorsSecurity companies

Aviation health professionals & psychologistsConsumer bodies

Academics & researchersInternational law firms



For more information and to view the programme, please visit: www.unrulypax.comor contact the Event Manager, Lucy Rawlings, at [email protected] and don't forget to follow us on Twitter: @DispaxWorld

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Position Available:SRC Safety Analyst | Florence, KY (near CVG)


Are you ready to take flight with the global leader in airfreight? Do you have a passion for flight safety along with the ability to proactively identify trends through targeted analysis? If so, we invite you to explore new heights with Atlas Air!





This position will be responsible for assisting in the overall gathering, validating, tracking, and analyzing of Safety Data. Flight data studies and investigations will be done at the direction of Safety and Flight Operations.




  • Ensure data integrity and validity through maintaining flight data database and validating safety events.
  • Analyze flight data and develop detailed queries within Excel and additional software programs.
  • Assist with flight data investigations, conducting root cause analysis of identified safety concerns.
  • Assist in administration of all internal safety programs (ASAP, FDM, FRMC, FCR, & LOSA) making up components of the Company Safety Management System (SMS), and assist in external and internal operational audits (IOSA, DoD, customer, etc.).
  • Solicit and process safety improvement suggestions and write reports based on empirical safety data.
  • Conduct industry safety data comparisons and attend industry safety conferences.
  • Create presentations of current and past safety data trends and present to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Assist in development and deployment of internal newsletters.
  • Provide timely advice and assistance on Company aviation safety matters.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's Degree or higher; preferably aviation or mathematics focus.
  • 2 - 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of Part 121 airline procedures; preferably holds at least Private Pilot License.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel); advanced experience in Excel preferred.
  • Must be self-starter with ability to work with little supervision in fast paced environment.
  • Minimal travel will be required; must be able to travel without restrictions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. without requiring sponsorship.


About Atlas Air:


Atlas Air Worldwide is a world leader in aircraft and aviation outsourcing with more than 25 years of experience serving freight, commercial, charter, and military customers. We deliver a powerful combination of an efficient fleet, cost-saving operations, and superior customer service. With nearly 3,300 employees working together across 89 countries, Atlas Air generated 2018 net sales of $2.7 billion. Our companies operate the world's largest fleet of Boeing 747 Freighters and provide customers a broad array of Boeing 747, 777, 767, 757 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international applications. We are dedicated to safety, integrity, and excellence; and we're seeking applicants who are interested in working in a challenging, fast-paced environment with a truly international company. Our rapid growth continues both on the ground and in the sky, and we invite you to grow along with us!




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Manager, System Safety & Data Assurance


Position Overview


The position supports the Director, Safety Programs & Analytics in the administration of HA's Safety/Security/Quality Assurance (SSEQ) database. Responsible for the implementing SMS standards to the database and operational departments' SMS programs. Responsible for performing periodic evaluation of the standards and their application within the SSEQ database and operational departments SMS programs.



Key Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight of the airlines SSEQ database to ensure processes and tasks performed within the database are in compliance with Hawaiian's Safety Management System Manual (SMSM)
  • Perform critical functions to include the development and application of taxonomy, change management and Data analysis within the safety programs database
  • Establish and administer that SSEQ database steering committee by developing system standards and workflows in compliance with Hawaiians Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Develop advanced models, tools and templates to drive the safety planning, and development processes
  • Evaluate accuracy of data, reporting, and forecasting outputs and perform adjustment to maximize commercial impact
  • Interface with the Operations SMS managers, IT, and other operational departments to document and ensure system and analysis expectations are being met
  • Perform periodic evaluations of operational departments' SMS programs to ensure compliance with Hawaiian's SMSM
  • Support the airline's corporate safety department with evaluations and conformance with IOSA (Int Operational Safety Audits) [SMS] requirements
  • Oversee the investigations for company mishaps, incidents, and accidents and support the Primary Investigator for aircraft mishaps and accidents
  • Participate in InfoShare Conferences to meet 14CFR §13.401 (FOQA) requirements. In coordination with other Safety Departments, use available databases to identify areas where enhanced equipment, training or procedures are required
  • Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA)
  • Safety Database & Analysis Administrator
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements


Bachelors' degree or equivalent work experience


Three years aviation safety experience with a 14CFR Part 121 carrier or relevant operational safety management experience, such as 14CFR Part 135 or military


Working knowledge in Aviation Safety Programs including SMS, AQP, ASAP, FOQA, ASIAS, and LOSA


Have a thorough understanding of relevant CFRs and applicable company manuals

Extensive statistical methods experience


Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills


Must possess the ability to work effectively with a minimum of supervision


Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat software and Tableau (or similar software)


Excellent communication and presentation skills are required


Must be able to obtain and maintain an airport SIDA credential


Must be able to travel to both domestic and international locations; passport required



Preferred Qualifications


Quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data modeling, developing reports relational database experience SQL, SAS, Unix programming experience preferred


5+ years of SMS or Safety Analytics experience preferred


About Hawaiian Airlines


Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 15 years (2004-2018) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.


Now in its 90th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (13) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides, on average, more than 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, and over 260 daily flights system-wide.


Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at Follow Hawaiian's Twitter updates (@HawaiianAir), become a fan on Facebook (Hawaiian Airlines), and follow us on Instagram (hawaiianairlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian's LinkedIn page.


For media inquiries, please visit Hawaiian Airlines' online newsroom.





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