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Boeing wrongly assumed pilots would quickly trim out MCAS
Boeing incorrectly predicted the manner in which 737 Max pilots would respond to the activation of the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, by assuming they would initially pull back on the control column and then trim out the force to maintain level flight.
But the investigation into the Lion Air 737 Max accident last October has revealed that assumption that crews would immediately trim the aircraft were wrong.
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FAA pulls licence of shop that repaired crashed 737 Max's sensor
The US Federal Aviation Administration has revoked the aircraft repair station licence held by Xtra Aerospace, the Florida shop that repaired the angle-of-attack (AOA) indicator investigators say contributed to the 2018 crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max.
The FAA ordered that the shop's licence be pulled on 25 October, the same day Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee issued a report concluding that Xtra likely calibrated the AOA sensor incorrectly.
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Airlines

Final report: Lion Air MAX crash caused by combination of failures
Indonesian investigators have concluded that a series of factors, primarily the design of the Boeing 737 MAX 8’s flight-control system and inadequacies in pilot training and maintenance practices, combined to cause the crash of Lion Air flight 610 a year ago.
A report by the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) cited the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) flight-control law’s reliance on a single angle-of-attack (AOA) sensor as a redundancy weakness.
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Ill-fated 737 Max crew left 'unaware' of prior flight's problems
Pilots of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max which crashed shortly after departing Jakarta last October had been unaware of the control problems experienced by the crew of the same aircraft on the inbound service, investigators have disclosed.
This inbound service – from Denpasar – had taken place after the aircraft underwent replacement of an angle-of-attack sensor.
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Southwest posts record 3Q profit on strong demand; offsets MAX challenges
Southwest Airlines’ 2019 third-quarter results topped analysts’ expectations, as strong passenger demand and timing of maintenance events helped offset challenges related to the grounding of its 34 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Dallas-based Southwest posted a $659 million net income, up 7.2% from $615 million in the year-ago quarter, and a company record for the third quarter. Total operating revenue, at $5.6 billion, was 1.1% higher than the year-ago period.
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Scotland’s Loganair outlines fleet expansion plans
Scottish regional airline Loganair plans to build a fleet of around 20 ATR 42-500 turboprops over the next several years as it begins to replace its long-serving Saab 340s and 2000s.
The first of five Saab 2000s has already departed and the remaining four are expected to leave the Glasgow-based carrier’s service by mid-April 2020, with the smaller 340s being progressively retired as their leases expire. The airline operates two 340As and 14 340Bs, with four of the fleet converted to freighters.
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UIA restructures hub model, axes routes to reduce losses
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) will restructure its hub system at Kyiv Boryspil International Airport and cut routes from Nov. 16, to reduce losses, optimize costs and return to profitability.
UIA has been banned from overflying Russian airspace and conflict areas in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, which impact its Middle Eastern and Asian routes, such as Beijing, China.
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Southwest posts record 3Q profit on strong demand; offsets MAX challenges
Southwest Airlines’ 2019 third-quarter results topped analysts’ expectations, as strong passenger demand and timing of maintenance events helped offset challenges related to the grounding of its 34 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Dallas-based Southwest posted a $659 million net income, up 7.2% from $615 million in the year-ago quarter, and a company record for the third quarter. Total operating revenue, at $5.6 billion, was 1.1% higher than the year-ago period.
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PICTURE: First Starlux A321neo departs for Taiwan
Taiwanese carrier Starlux Airlines' first Airbus A321neo has departed the airframer's Hamburg Finkenwerder plant following delivery of the jet to the new airline.
The start-up operator, which also has Airbus A350s on order, intends to commence services out of Taipei in 2020.
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India's Spicejet eyes Ras Al-Khaimah base
Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet will begin flights to Ras Al-Khaimah this December after striking a deal on plans to create an "aviation hub" at the UAE airport.
In a brief stock market market announcement, SpiceJet says it has entered an MoU with the airport operator to "co-operate, develop and promote tourism" in Ras Al-Khaimah in the UAE. It says it will work towards creating an aviation hub at the airport.
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Airports

Research shows waiting area experience is crucial to customer satisfaction
A new research report has been published by Airports Council International (ACI) World which shows that the comfort of waiting areas at airport gates is a crucial overall driver of customer satisfaction and provides a detailed view of the passenger experience through their comfort levels at the gate areas.
Produced through ACI’s ASQ programme the report continues that infrastructure is the most important driver of overall passenger satisfaction and the perception of comfort while waiting at the gate areas is a key component of this.
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California airport reopens West Runway after six months
The West Runway at Sacramento International Airport has reopened after beginning restoration in April 2019, focusing on replacing the existing asphalt runway with a new concrete one.
For the new concrete runway, 50,000 cubic yards of asphalt had to be removed and 106,000 cubic yards of concrete put in place in order to cover the 8,600-feet-long runway.
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Edinburgh Airport invests £20 million to improve transport access
Over £20 million is being invested at Edinburgh Airport as part of ongoing development works that are focused on transport improvements.
As part of the first phase of the development project, a new East Terminus dedicated to the airport’s licensed taxi operation will be completed by May 2020. Black cabs and private-hire vehicles will have a dedicated space with the aim of making it easier for passengers to travel beyond the airport.
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Military

USAF releases light attack RFI for ‘limited number’ of aircraft
The US Air Force (USAF) released its final request for proposal (RFI) for about half a dozen Textron Aviation AT-6 and Sierra Nevada /Embraer A-29 light attack aircraft.
The RFI was issued on 24 October. The USAF plans to purchase two to three light attack aircraft from each manufacturer, the service says in a media release.
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​Airbus prioritises A400M in Asia-Pacific region
Airbus Defence & Space sees the A400M tactical transport as its top sales priority in the Asia-Pacific region, while also eyeing opportunities for tankers and support aircraft.
Johan Pelissier, head of Asia-Pacific at the airframer, says the two markets with the most potential for the A400M are South Korea and Indonesia.
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