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14
Mar
The mental health of airline pilots needs to be better monitored and the financial impacts of losing a pilot's licence for medical reasons should be mitigated to help prevent a repeat of last year's tragic Germanwings crash, say French aviation investigators. All 150 passengers and crew on Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf died in March last year when first officer Andreas Lubitz intentionally flew the A320 into the French Alps after locking the captain out of the flight deck.

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14
Mar
U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) late last week jointly introduced a bill that would extend the FAA’s authorization through July 15 and the excise taxes through March 31, 2017. The extension, the second such stop-gap measure, has been widely expected as Congress faces a March 31 deadline to act on FAA authorization.

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14
Mar
The UN’s aviation agency has announced real-time tracking of airliners will be introduced to stop a disappearance like that of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 two years ago. The jet vanished on 8 March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.

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17
Dec
The next stop for lawmakers now that they have passed a new five-year highway bill is a new authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Lawmakers are expected to pivot quickly to the FAA bill, which is currently set to expire on March 31. The measure, which authorizes funding for air traffic controllers, is expected to contain a controversial proposal to privatize some functions of the nation's flight navigation system.

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17
Dec
The loss of AirAsia Flight 8501 on a stormy December morning a year ago, from an airline that previously had an excellent safety record, came as a shock, even in a country with one of the world’s worst aviation records.

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17
Dec
7 December 2015 – With global air transport doubling in flight and passenger volumes every 15 years, the United Nations aviation agency today called for enhanced safety and efficiency to rule the world's skies.

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17
Dec
Aviation experts meeting in Germany said they want to improve psychological and medical testing of pilots following the Germanwings crash in March that killed 144 passengers and six crewmembers.

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30
Dec
The European Commission has asked the region’s premier aviation safety body to investigate a series of near midair collisions between commercial jetliners and military aircraft.

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29
Dec
An object spotted during a sea search for an AirAsia plane was not from the aircraft, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla says.

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29
Dec
As search continues for Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 that went missing yesterday, parallels are being drawn between its disappearance amid stormy weather and that of other recent air disasters.

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15
Dec
The European Commission has updated the European list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union (EU air safety list). All airlines from Libya have now been added to the EU Air Safety List and are banned from operating in European airspace. No decisions were taken to remove countries whose carriers are on the EU Air Safety List.

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03
Dec
Australia’s government will move to implement almost all of the recommendations made in a recent review of air safety, with the aim of improving the country’s already strong safety record.

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07
Oct
U.S., European and international air-safety authorities appear to be heading in different directions when it comes to requiring real-time tracking of airliners or mandating installation of video recorders in their cockpits.

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01
Oct
Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small errors turned a state-of-the-art cockpit into a death trap.

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