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September 8, 2014, 2:04 PM

The NTSB will release the probable cause of the UPS Flight 1354 accident at Birmingham, Ala., on Aug. 14, 2013, tomorrow. The captain and first officer were killed and the airplane was destroyed when an Airbus A300-600 crashed short of Runway 18 during a non-precision approach.

September 8, 2014, 1:58 PM

Two Chicago-area business aviation airports recently began major construction projects that will limit their availability.

Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) began weekend closures of Runway 16/34 on September 5, the first of five such closures running from Friday at 10 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m. The closures, imposed to allow installation of an engineered material arresting system, will switch to nightly beginning the first weekend in October. The PWK Runway 16 ILS will be out of service until at least October 22, although an Rnav GPS Runway 16 procedure is available.

September 8, 2014, 1:50 PM

Jeppesen quickly responded to the September 5 alert about the unscheduled September 4 JeppFD iPad update that reportedly destroyed the application’s terminal approach charts in the process of adding new data. The error occurred when the “update in progress” message appeared on the update screen. Jeppesen told NBAA on September 6 that the update was actually intended for the demonstration side of the JeppFD system and was released in error.

September 8, 2014, 1:40 PM

Mountain Air Cargo is the subject of a proposed FAA penalty of $132,425 for allegedly incorrectly repairing one of the company’s ATR 42s. The agency accused the Maiden, N.C.-based operator of failing to accurately follow the FAA-approved aircraft maintenance manual when it repaired a rear cargo door and then operated that same aircraft on 115 flights between Aug. 7 and Oct. 29, 2012. Mountain Air Cargo is scheduled to meet with the FAA later this month to discuss the issue.

September 8, 2014, 1:35 PM

The National Weather Service (NWS) released a tool last week to allow airspace system users to input real-time turbulence and icing Pireps electronically. The Pireps, as well as other weather observations, will be immediately distributed to users throughout the aviation system, including dispatchers and schedulers. The updated information will also be fed into NWS computers to help improve the accuracy of forecasts.

September 8, 2014, 1:30 PM

The FAA issued an emergency order of revocation against Marpat Aviation of Switzer, W.Va., on August 27 for allegedly violating some conditions of its rotorcraft external-load operator certificate. The FAA believes Marpat failed to use a qualified chief pilot, falsified an application for renewal of its certificate and refused to comply with repeated FAA instructions to amend its flight manual. The agency says the company also operated its aircraft in a careless and reckless manner. Marpat subsequently surrendered its operating certificate.

September 8, 2014, 11:44 AM

Boeing finally answered Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary’s call for a higher-capacity 737 Max 8 with last Monday morning’s official launch of the 737 Max 200 and, in the process, won a commitment for as many as 200 airplanes.

September 8, 2014, 10:55 AM

The Jamaica Defense Force today is expected to resume efforts to locate wreckage from the Daher-Socata TBM900 that crashed into the Caribbean Sea around 14 miles off the northeast coast of Jamaica shortly after 2 p.m. on September 5. Jamaican search efforts were suspended late on September 7 because of weather, and earlier that day the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search operations, which had involved a C-130, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the cutter Webber.

September 8, 2014, 9:33 AM

The second Bombardier CSeries CS100 flight-test vehicle returned to the air on September 7 after more than a three-month hiatus. FTV2 took off at 6:10 p.m.

September 7, 2014, 1:20 AM

Santiago, Chile-based Aerocardal Limitada is the first service provider in Latin America to be accepted into the Air Elite Network. Aerocardal, an FBO with its own tank farm and fuel trucks, is now World Fuel Services’ preferred ground handler and fuel distributor for business aviation at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Its newly renovated facility, which is open 24/7, has a 7,700-sq-ft terminal, one of the largest in Latin America.

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