Aviation News

January 19, 2012

Final Call: TSA Admits Elderly Strip Search Screw Up, Airbus Finds Cause of A380 Wing Cracks

The retro liveried Garuda Indonesian Airways Boeing 737-800 PK-GFM taxis at Singapore
The retro liveried Garuda Indonesian Airways Boeing 737-800 PK-GFM taxis at Singapore

Photo of the Day: The retro liveried Garuda Indonesian Airways Boeing 737-800 (PK-GFM) taxis at Singapore. (Photo by Rajesh Changla)

• Meet Izzy, an adorable 6-year-old beagle who will find the contraband Russian horse sausage you hid in your suitcase when you pass through JFK customs. [NY Times]

• Onboard the world’s longest nonstop flight with an economy class, Qantas’s Sydney to Dallas service. [WSJ]

• Boeing assembly lines kept churning out airliners despite the epic snowstorm that pounded the Seattle area Wednesday and Thursday, but power was knocked out at a plant that produces 777 and 787 tail parts. [The Herald]

• TSA officials now admit that procedures were not followed when two elderly women were forced to remove their clothes at JFK’s Terminal 5. [Associated Press, via CBS]

• Airbus says it has traced the cause of recently discovered wing cracks on the A380 to a step in the manufacturing process. [Flight Global]

• Meanwhile, Boeing has its own problems with the 747-8 Intercontinental, the FAA forcing the airframer to seal off fuel tanks in the horizontal stabilizer due to a flutter issue. [Flight Global]

• Work has begun on a new $16.4 million control tower for Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. [AvStop]

• With less than two weeks until FAA funding expires again, the aviation industry is hoping Congress does a better job this time than when they allowed the agency to shut down last summer.

About the Author




OPINION: The Issues Behind Air Traffic Control Reform

Air Traffic Control privatization is being considered by Congress. Let's take a close look at the process, the prospects, and some of the top issues.
by Tom Rainey


Stratolaunch: The Next Evolution of Consumer Space Travel

Introducing the new largest aircraft in the world! The massive Stratolaunch aircraft rolled out of the hangar for the first time last week.
by Stephanie Gehman



The FAA and President Trump’s Order on Regulations

The President wants two regulations removed for every new regulation enacted. Here's a first step for the FAA in making that happen.
by David J. Williams


OPINION: The Investigator Most Qualified

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and not those of NYCAviation In recent months, there has been a wave of fresh speculation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Boeing 777-200ER lost mor...
by Stephen Carbone


FRIDAY PHOTOS: The 787-10 Takes Flight

For this week's Friday Photos, we take a look at the brand new Boeing 787-10 with photos from both North Charleston and Seattle.
by NYCAviation Staff