Four people have been killed after a calibration plane crashed near Dubai International Airport

Three Britons and a South African were aboard the UK-registered DA42 plane, UAE authorities said. The four-seat plane flies around the world to inspect and calibrate navigation aids – which include radars and landing systems for airports and airfields. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says an investigation is under way. According to local media…

ALERT Boeing says the update of the 737MAX software is complete and will work with the FAA to schedule the certification test flight

Boeing has completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and the company’s engineering test flight. To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights. Boeing is now providing additional information to address Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)…

ILS is insecure and can be hacked

These instrument landing systems (ILS) are considered precision approach systems, because unlike GPS and other navigation systems, they provide crucial real-time guidance about both the plane’s horizontal alignment with a runway and its vertical angle of descent. In many settings—particularly during foggy or rainy night-time landings—this radio-based navigation is the primary means for ensuring planes…

ALERT Transport Canada issued an airworthiness directive ordering Airbus A220 operators to inspect the fuel feed tubes

According to an Airbus A220 airworthiness directive issued by Transport Canada on May 13, the fuel flowing to engines could be blocked due to fuel tubes eroded by a clamp. The directive says that operators have reported damages on multiple aircraft caused by bonding clamps that are touching the tubes. Transport Canada mandated Airbus A220…

US Department of Transportation orders the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country. In a letter to the Transportation Department requesting the halt, the Department of Homeland Security said “conditions in Venezuela…

A woman has accidentally crashed a van into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane at Dortmund Airport, forcing her to delay her return to Berlin

A German airport worker accidentally crashed a van into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane, forcing her to delay her return to Berlin. The woman was driving at Dortmund Airport when she stopped to take a picture of Ms Merkel’s aircraft. But she had not put the handbrake on and the van rolled into the aircraft’s fuselage,…

INCIDENT A Delta flight to New York LGA was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman tried to open the plane’s door

 A Delta flight, going from Raleigh to New York, was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman tried to open the plane’s door. “5935, like to declare an emergency, forward entry door’s open. We’ll need crash, fire, rescue,” the pilot said over dispatch. Passengers said the woman was in hysterics and was…

INCIDENT Ryanair passenger detained after he tried to open a plane door midflight and threatened to “kill every one of you”

 Passengers on a recent Ryanair flight had a scary time when a man allegedly tried to open a plane door midflight and threatened to “kill every one of you.” The disruption happened May 4 on a flight from Manchester, England, to Gran Canaria, Spain. According to passengers, the man started throwing things and yelling…