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FAA issues emergency 737 Max airworthiness order
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency order addressing the risk that faulty angle-of-attack inputs could cause Boeing 737 Max horizontal stabilizers to put the aircraft into a difficult-to-control dive. "Possible erroneous angle-of-attack inputs on Boeing 737 Max aircraft… can potentially make the horizontal stabilizers repeatedly pitch the nose of the airplane downward, making the aircraft difficult to control," says the FAA in a 7 November emergency airworthiness directive.

Sky Lease 747-400F goes off runway at Halifax
A Boeing 747-400 Freighter operated by US cargo carrier Sky Lease skidded off a Halifax runway early on 7 November, coming to rest on grass near an airport perimeter road, according to the Halifax airport and media reports. The aircraft, which photographs indicate has registration N908AR, was operating Sky Lease flight 4854 from Chicago when it crashed while landing on Runway 14 at Halifax Stanfield International airport.

Virgin Australia on track for 2019 737 MAX delivery
Virgin Australia is on track to receive its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in November 2019 and is not considering further delays to the delivery date. In early 2017 the airline postponed the MAX deliveries, which were originally scheduled to begin in September or October of this year. The carrier now believes the revised 737 MAX timetable is appropriate and will not delay deliveries to boost its financial position, CEO John Borghetti said during a teleconference following Virgin’s annual general meeting.

Air Astana to launch LCC FlyArystan in 2019
Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana plans to launch LCC FlyArystan in the first half of 2019, in response to a rapidly changing local and regional airline business environment. The management team will be led by Tim Jordan, a British-Australian national with more than 15 years senior LCC management experience at Cebu Pacific and Virgin Blue.

Mitsubishi Aircraft eyes MRJ70 improvements
The Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is working on improvements to the MRJ70, which will be the second version of the MRJ regional jet to enter service, and is looking increasingly important. The company has hinted at improvements in operating efficiency for the 76-seat version, although it is not moving delivery targets. The MRJ program is 80% through flight testing of the initial version, the MRJ90, which is designed to seat 88 passengers in an all-economy arrangement. So far, there have been no major surprises.

Iberia moves from survival to growth mode; eyes Latin America
International Airlines Group’s (IAG) Iberia is moving out of survival mode and looking to Latin America as a key pillar of the Spanish flag carrier’s future strategy. “In 2012, we were talking about losing jobs, about survival. Now we are not talking about that; we’re talking about development,” Iberia chairman and CEO Luis Gallego said during IAG’s capital markets day Nov. 2.

Wizz Air lowers full-year profit forecast on disruptions, fuel costs
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air has cut its full-year profit forecast because of disruption during the summer season and higher fuel prices, as it reported a first-half rise in passenger numbers and revenue.

American and Hawaiian weigh in on China setting off clash
American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines are weighing in against different aspects of Delta Air Lines and United Airlines applications for new service to China. Fort Worth, Texas-based American objects to Delta's request for seven weekly frequencies for a new daily flight to Shanghai Pudong from Minneapolis/St Paul, the airline says in a filing with the US Department of Transportation on 6 November. It argues that the regulator cannot grant the frequencies, and a similar one by United, without denying its own request for a dormancy waiver.

Magellan and Airbus extend A350 wing structure contract
Canadian aircraft structures supplier Magellan Aerospace has extended an agreement to provide Airbus with the A350's center wing boxes and related components. The six-year contract extension calls for Magellan to continue delivering the components from its UK facility to Nantes, France, where Airbus assembles A350 center wing boxes, says Magellan vice-president of new business development Haydn Martin.

Airbus details plan for A330-800’s 350h flight-test program
The Airbus A330-800 test and certification program began on 6 November and will involve a single aircraft and up to 350h of flight-trials. Type approval is expected in the third quarter of 2019. Testing of the first A330-800 (MSN 1888) will piggy-back the much more extensive program undertaken to approve the larger -900 variant. This comprised two instrumented aircraft and the first customer unit equipped with a furnished cabin flying 1,400h over 400 flights. European certification of the -900 was received on 26 September and deliveries to TAP Air Portugal are about to start.

Lockheed Martin adds synthetic-aperture radar to unmanned surveillance airship
Lockheed Martin successfully integrated a synthetic-aperture radar into its unmanned airship, the 74K Aerostat, to be used for surveilling activity below on the land or sea. The Telephonics RDR-1700B’s synthetic-aperture radar provides two-dimensional images of land or water, even if there is cloud cover. The system also features inverse synthetic aperture radar, a search and rescue transponder beacon detection, automatic identification system and a weather detection mode, according to its manufacturer.

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