Airbus prepared on Wednesday to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a private flypast for staff at its Toulouse base and low-key publicity as a new management seeks a break with the company’s turbulent and theatrical past. Europe’s jetmaker was launched at a meeting between French and West German ministers on May 29, 1969, in a bid to revive struggling aircraft industries and seal post-war reconciliation. After battling to overcome American domination of the commercial market with its A300 twin-aisle jet, which first flew in 1972, Airbuseventually became a globally recognised symbol of European ambition, despite chronic in-fighting. But as it turns 50, Airbus is embroiled in soul-searching and management upheaval amid an ongoing corruption investigation and an austerity drive that has seen the budget for the birthday celebrations slashed and perks like executive dining reduced. Airbus invited Toulouse staff to a “special celebration” on … [Read more...] about Airbus cheers 50th anniversary with flypast but little swagger
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Chris Woodyard USA TODAY Published 9:23 AM EDT Apr 20, 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration has for years allowed many aerospace companies to use their own workers in place of FAA inspectors, a system that is coming under scrutiny after two Boeing 737 Max jetliners crashed, killing the crews and passengers. A total of 79 companies are allowed under federal policies to let engineers or other workers considered qualified report on safety to the FAA on systems deemed not to be the most critical rather than leaving all inspections to the government agency. To critics, it's a regulatory blind spot. "The FAA decided to do safety on the cheap -- which is neither safe nor cheap, and put the fox in charge of the henhouse," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in a statement. He's vowed to introduce legislation "so that the FAA is put back in charge of safety." The safety inspection program operates widely under the … [Read more...] about Did the FAA outsource air safety to Boeing and other companies?
Ed Sheeran found himself caught up in the Stansted Airport chaos last night when his private jet was forced to divert from Stansted airport to Norwich. Flights at Stansted were grounded for more than two hours after an aborted take off, which left eight people with minor injuries. The runway closure meant a crew at Norwich airport had to be scrambled to meet the Thinking of You singer after his plane was unable to land as planned. Jordan Smith, a helicopter sales and operations officer at SaxonAir, was part of the team called in to help. Alongside a selfie with the singer, he wrote on Facebook : "So a runway closure in Stansted results in the three of us scrambling to work at 2100 (me in my shorts and hoody) to meet a diverting business jet. "You would never guess who was on it..." He added: "He was so down to earth, just up for a chat, kept saying how grateful he was we came in haha!" The incident at Stansted involved a Laudamotion flight to Vienna, which had attempted take-off … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran caught in Stansted Airport chaos after ‘bang’ on plane closes runway