IFALPA Daily News – 26 April 2013


Dear Colleagues,
The IFALPA Daily News is now available online.
Here are today’s top headlines. To read more, click on the title:
FAA clears 787 battery fix, ends flight ban
The US Federal Aviation Administration gave formal approval on Thursday for a new lithium-ion
battery system for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ending a three-month ban and clearing airlines to
fly the plane with passengers again.
China’s self-developed biofuel test flight successful
Sinopec, China’s top oil refiner, announced the success of the first test flight powered by the
company’s newly developed aviation biofuel product on Wednesday.
Protected airspace for circling approaches to expand
The FAA will begin publishing instrument approaches that use larger circling-approach airspace
dimensions on May 2, addressing industry safety groups’ assertions that the radii were “insufficient
to contain large, jet transport airplanes during the circle-to-land maneuver,” according to NBAA.
Angolan plane fall man ‘wanted better life’
A man found dead in west London after falling from the undercarriage of an airplane wanted to
come to Europe for a better life, an inquest has heard.
US Senate passes bill to end ATC furloughs
The US Senate moved quickly late on Thursday to end air traffic controller furloughs that were
causing widespread airline flight delays related to last month’s automatic federal spending cuts.
Philippine Airlines in major route expansion
Philippine Airlines announced a major route expansion on Friday to better serve the army of
Filipino expatriate workers in the Middle East.