Federal Aviation Administration

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
US aviation authority announces inspection after engine failure of a Boeing 777
US aviation authority announces inspection after engine failure of a Boeing 777
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After the engine failure of a Boeing 777 near Denver in the state of Colorado, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced consequences. Machines of this type equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney engines should be strengthened and immediately inspected.

The agency has ordered extra inspections of Boeing 777 jets fitted with the Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine following the incident. "We reviewed all available safety data following [Saturday's] incident," said FAA administrator Steve Dickson in a statement.

Business • Entrepreneurship & Startups
Uber has sold Uber Elevate, its air taxi business
Uber Elevate
Uber Elevate Credit: Uber

After selling its self-driving taxi technology to autonomous vehicle startup Aurora earlier this week, Uber has now sold its air taxi business Uber Elevate to California-based Joby Aviation.

Joby will be able to use Uber's app infrastructure to offer air taxi rides once the service enters the market and is FAA certified, most likely in 2023.

“We were proud to partner with Uber Elevate last year, and we’re even prouder to be welcoming them into the Joby team today while deepening our cooperation with Uber. The team at Uber Elevate has not only played an important role in our industry, but they have also developed a remarkable set of software tools that build on more than a decade of experience enabling on-demand mobility," so JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO, Joby Aviation in a statement.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
FAA approves Boeing's 737 Max to fly passengers again
Boeing 737 Max - N120IS
Boeing 737 Max - N120IS Credit: Steve Lynes (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an order Wednesday that paved the way for the troubled Boeing 737 Max to carry passengers again, ending the jet's 20-month grounding.

After the FAA announcement, the Air Line Pilots Association released a statement saying it "believes that the engineering fixes to the flight-critical aircraft systems are sound and will be an effective component that leads to the safe return to service of the 737 MAX."

When the aircraft returns to the skies, some airlines are likely to downplay the "Max" label using the plane's formal variant names, such as "737 -7" or "737 -8," Reuters reports, citing industry sources familiar with the branding.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Boeing 737 MAX not expected to fly before October
Boeing 737 MAX
Boeing 737 MAX Credit: Jeroen Stroes Aviation Photography (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Reuters report that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is unlikely to unground the Boeing 737 MAX before sometime in October. The aircraft was grounded in March 2019 after two fatal accidents that killed 346 people.

Boeing has said it expects to resume deliveries of the 737 MAX before September 30 following regulatory approval.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Boeing 737 MAX certification flight tests to begin Monday
Boeing 737 MAX
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Pilots and test crew members from the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing aim to kick off Monday a certification test campaign for the 737 Max on Monday, expected to last at least three days.

The 737 Max has been grounded since March 2019, two crashes - a Lion Air flight and an Ethiopian Airlines flight - within five months of each other involving a faulty flight control system, known as MCAS.

Health
Federal Aviation Administration suspends "slots" rule to prevent ghost flights during Covoid-19 pandemic

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it would waive a rule regarding takeoff and landing rights until May 31. The rule requires airlines to use 80% of their allocated slots in order to keep them. The measure aims to counter ghost flights as many connections are cancelled due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.