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Great Australian Air Rally 2020: WestWind is Co-Sponsoring

Once again Westwind Airlines will co-host The Great Australian Air Rally with Bluegrass Airlines. This year's rally will officially kick off at Darwin International with a predawn launch on March 1ST and cover over 1960 miles across Central Australia. It will finishing up at Adelaide International in South Central Australia on the 28th.

In The GAAR you are competing against yourself. After you fly the test/registration flight your time will be used to calculate a predicted time for each of the 10 legs of the rally. It is your job to reach each destination as closely as possible to the predicted time. Your score is a ratio of actual time and predicted time. So 100 is perfect and the score will decrease for each second you are off from the predicted time. You are encouraged to fly each leg several times to get a consistent time. Just click on the title to go to the web page and sign up. The test flight is already up and the routes will be available later this month.

(Posted 2/16/2020)

American Extends 737-MAX Grounding to 1st Quarter of 2020

American Airlines (AA) announced and indicated today that their return to operation of the B737-MAX is being extended until August as opposed to June as was originally planned and intended. The FAA stated that the process continues but still maintains it's prohibition for the aircraft, in a letter to Civil Aviation Authorities as of March 20,2019. The reason was that the investigations of both the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines had developed new information indicating some similarities between the two accidents. The order still remains in effect.

Santa Ana, CA -- 14 November 2019 .... Boeing, the FAA, and EASA are looking at returning the MAX to service in the first quarter of 2020. Boeing also received news about wing cracks in the 737 NGX series. Inspections of the NGX have unearthed the problem in the wings. Aircraft are being inspected and grounded as the problem is found in each aircraft.

Santa Ana, CA -- 18 December 2019 .... The FAA has pushed back against Boeing and it's move to return the MAX to service. There are serious questions at the FAA with the role that Boeing played in the certification of the MAX. In a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, FAA's administrator testified to the House oversight committee that the process used to certify the MAX was the process used for many years, but that there were deep concerns and issues with the process based on what transpired with the MAX and the two aircraft accidents with the aircraft. The FAA is striving to ensure that the aircraft is safe to return to flight, before they reissue the air worthiness certification.

(Posted 11/14/2019)

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