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Last updated: 20 March 2008

02 NOV - Major U.S airports to receive ASDE-X
03 NOV - Bombardier, GE and China Eastern sued over China plane crash
14 NOV - FAA proposes rule to reduce fuel tank explosion risk
16 NOV - MD-11 cargo plane takes off on taxiway instead of runway at Anchorage
17 NOV - Parliament clears way for EU airline blacklist
22 NOV - Venezuela releases factual information on August MD-82 accident
23 NOV - New measures taken to reduce runway incursions at Boston-Logan
25 NOV - Report: Airbus A319 briefly loses most flight displays
30 NOV - Onur Air claims flight ban in May was unjust

02 NOV 2005 Major U.S airports to receive ASDE-X [to table of contents]
The FAA today announced that 15 U.S. airports will soon receive an advanced runway safety system. The new system, called Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X), helps air traffic controllers spot potential collisions by integrating data from a variety of sources, including radars and airplane transponders, to create a continuously updated map of all airport-surface operations. (FAA)
press release

03 NOV 2005 Bombardier, GE and China Eastern sued over China plane crash [to table of contents]
Relatives of 20 people killed in last year's China Eastern Airlines Canadair RJ crash in Baotou, have filed a civil suit in a U.S. court against General Electric, Bombardier, Bombardier Aerospace and China Eastern Airlines. The plaintiffs are suing the companies for unspecified compensation over alleged defects in their products, and the carrier for its alleged failure to inspect, maintain and repair the aircraft. Eighteen relatives have also signed a letter sent to the State Council's crash investigation team, urging it to release the results of its investigation. (China Economic Net)

14 NOV 2005 FAA proposes rule to reduce fuel tank explosion risk [to table of contents]
The FAA proposed a rule requiring more than 3,200 existing and certain new large passenger jets to reduce flammability levels of fuel tank vapors. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would require aircraft operators to reduce the flammability levels of fuel tank vapors on the ground and in the air to remove the likelihood of a potential explosion from an ignition source. (FAA)
press release

16 NOV 2005 MD-11 cargo plane takes off on taxiway instead of runway at Anchorage [to table of contents]
Federal aviation officials are investigating reports that an Eva Air MD-11F cargo plane took off from a taxiway instead of its assigned runway at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. In the incident on November 5th, the crew were cleared to take off from runway 32, but used the parallel taxiway Y instead. The MD-11 was heading to Taipeh, Taiwan. A similar incident happened in January 2002 when a China Airlines Airbus 340 departed from taxiway K (which runs parallel to runway 25L/R) instead of runway 32. (KTVA)

17 NOV 2005 Parliament clears way for EU airline blacklist [to table of contents]
The European Commission, Parliament and the Council have reached agreement on the proposal for a regulation on air carrier identity. The way is now clear for adopting this ambitious piece of legislation by the end of the year. The regulation introduces two innovations: an EU-wide blacklist of airlines which have been banned for safety reasons, and passenger information about the identity of the air carrier which is operating their flight. (EU)
EU press release

22 NOV 2005 Venezuela releases factual information on August MD-82 accident [to table of contents]
The Venezuelan accident investiging committee released factual information regarding the August accident involving a West Caribbean MD-82 near Machiques. The information indicates a.o. that the airplane suffered a dual engine failure and stalled at about FL250 with a minimum recorder IAS of 150 kts. (NTSB)
http://www.ntsb.gov/Pressrel/2005/051122.htm

23 NOV 2005 New measures taken to reduce runway incursions at Boston-Logan [to table of contents]
Officials at Boston-Logan Airport have announced new safety measures aimed at reducing the risk of runway collisions following a series of recent incidents. The changes include accelerated approval and construction of a taxiway designed to keep planes heading to or from gates from crossing the runways. Other measures include a three-dimensional simulator for the airport; an analysis of the airport's taxiways to reduce their complexity; and updated pilot maps and charts. (USA Today)

25 NOV 2005 Report: Airbus A319 briefly loses most flight displays [to table of contents]
The U.K. AAIB released a special bulletin regarding a October 22 incident in which a British Airways Airbus A.319 lost several instruments. Eight minutes after departure from London the A319 suffered the loss of the Captain`s and the First Officer`s Primary Flight Displays, Navigation Displays and the Upper ECAM display, leaving only the lower ECAM display available. They also lost the autopilot, autothrust, intercom and most flight deck lighting. This condition lasted for two minutes. After holding for 40 miuntes the flight continued to Budapest. (AAIB)
AAIB Special Bulletin: 2/2005

30 NOV 2005 Onur Air claims flight ban in May was unjust [to table of contents]
Turkish airline Onur Air released the findings of a safety investigation carried out by the International Bureau of Aviation (IBA). Onur Air claims that the two week flight ban in May in the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Germany was unjust. IBA concluded that Onur Air made 12 administrative errors and that the safety of was not jeopardised. The case between Onur and the Dutch authorities IVW is now in court. (Algemeen Dagblad, IVW)