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April 23, 2014, 4:19 PM

More than 100 Air China pilots have signed an open letter to management complaining of unequal treatment between homegrown flight crew and their expatriate counterparts, according to Chinese state-controlled media. The letter, now circulating on the internet, alleges that foreign pilots enjoy more desirable schedules and routes as well as higher pay, a circumstance attributed to the desperation of airlines in fast expanding air transport markets to fill their cockpits with experienced crewmembers.

April 23, 2014, 3:07 PM

The tense stand-off between Ukraine and the Russia Federation over who controls flights in and out of Crimea continues. Early this week Russia issued Federation passports to Simferopol-based controllers working within its newly formed “Crimea Air Navigation” branch, the latest gesture in its effort to wrest the Simferopol flight information region (FIR) away from Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise (UkSATSE) control and absorb it into its own air traffic control operations.

April 23, 2014, 12:46 PM

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney seized the chance to impress upon securities analysts on Wednesday his confidence in his company’s ability to execute a smooth transition between production of the current 777 line and the 777X around the turn of the decade. Now delivering 8.3 of its flagship widebodies a month, Boeing expects some “feathering” of production once it approaches the point at which it fully integrates the 777X, said McNerney.

April 23, 2014, 11:55 AM

The Bell Helicopter Training Academy has received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to conduct Bell 412EP/412EPI B1.3 and B2 Part 147 technical training at its Singapore Service Center. The Australian CASA approval expands the academy’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses in the Asia-Pacific region.

April 23, 2014, 11:52 AM
Spectra SkyCamo flying wing

A nonprofit search-and-rescue organization has asked a federal court to review an FAA order that it stop using a model aircraft to assist in its search efforts.

April 23, 2014, 11:45 AM

Lufthansa Technik is offering two innovative products for private aircraft cabins: a steam generator for steam showers and an on-board oxygen generator. The steam generator, consisting of a steam outlet, a control panel and a refill port for the vaporizer fluid, is self-contained and does not have to be connected to the aircraft’s water system. Aroma oils can also be addedInstalling the steam shower is particularly challenging: overheating inside the steam generator must be impossible, and the shower enclosure must be so well sealed that no steam can escape.

April 23, 2014, 11:41 AM

Bombardier Aerospace’s Singapore Service Center has entered into an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace that will allow the MRO to offer retrofit, modification and upgrade services for Honeywell products to operators of Bombardier business jets in the region. Operators will see simplified logistical arrangements as they will no longer have to leave Singapore for complex avionics upgrades.

April 23, 2014, 11:36 AM

EDN Aviation of Van Nuys, Calif., has been acquired by Velocity Aerospace Group. The move expands Velocity’s repair and overhaul service capabilities into control panel services. Founded in 1991, EDN is an FAA- and EASA-approved repair station and carries ISO9001:2000 certification. It specializes in the manufacture, repair and refurbishment of aircraft cockpit panels. EDN also specializes in multi-unit fabrication and engineering/design services for various panel components such as light plates, circuit-breaker panels, control wheels and knobs.

April 23, 2014, 11:32 AM

West Star Aviation has nearly completed a 47,000-sq-ft maintenance facility at its East Alton (ALN), Ill. location. In addition to the new maintenance facility, the multimillion-dollar expansion includes a 14,000-sq-ft wood shop and 6,000-sq-ft accessory repair shop, bringing the East Alton facilities from 250,000 to 317,300 sq ft and 300 employees.

The new facilities are scheduled to be completed next month, at which time West Star will host an open house.

April 23, 2014, 11:28 AM

Transport Canada has granted Innotech Aviation a rating in the category of advanced composites. The rating allows the facility to perform advanced repair, modification and replacement of primary composite aircraft structural components. This includes all fairings and flight control surfaces on the Bombardier Global and Challenger series.