Articles by Tim Hepher

Europe’s Aviation Regulator Says Flying Taxis Could Be Airborne by 2024 or 2025

PARIS – Europe could see the first flying taxis enter service as early as 2024, the region’s top aviation regulator said on Wednesday. More than half a dozen European firms have announced developments of Urban Air Mobility vehicles for passenger …

France Urges Parts Review After Airbus A380 Engine Blowout Caused by Metal Fatigue

French investigators have called for a review of the design and maintenance of titanium alloy engine parts to ensure they guard against the risks of metal fatigue following an engine blowout on an Airbus A380 exactly three years ago. France’s …

Iran Crash Victims May Need Political Backing in Fight for Damages

Families of the 176 people killed when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner face a complicated legal battle where backing from the victims’ governments may be crucial as they seek damages, legal experts said. Lawyers say many relatives will automatically …

Airbus A380s to Undergo Safety Checks After Air France Crash Probe Finds Part

Investigators probing an engine explosion on an Air France A380 in 2017 are studying a possible manufacturing flaw in a recently salvaged cracked part in a move likely to trigger urgent checks on dozens of Airbus superjumbos, people familiar with …

Insight: Problems on Doomed Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX Started Seconds After Takeoff

Minutes after take-off, the pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX were caught in a bad situation. A key sensor had been wrecked, possibly by hitting a foreign object, according to four aviation experts and two U.S. officials who were …

Europeans Join Wave of Nations Halting Boeing 737 MAX Flights; Trump Comments

The European Union’s aviation safety regulator on Tuesday suspended all flights in the bloc byBoeing 737 MAX planes in the biggest setback yet for the U.S. planemaker following a crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people. The move came after …

U.S., Europe Order Emergency Checks on 700 Engines Like One in Southwest Accident

U.S. and European airline regulators on Friday ordered emergency inspections within 20 days of nearly 700 aircraft engines similar to the one involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines engine blowout last week, citing risks of a similar mishap. The directives …

Airbus Looks to Insurers to Fill Export Trade Funding Gap After Europe’s Freeze

Airbus said on Monday it is working with private insurance firms and banks to help fill a two-year gap in trade funding left by a European freeze on government export credits, but expects limited public financing to resume soon. Airbus …

EU Adopts New, Tougher Rules for Tracking Jetliners

The European Union on Wednesday adopted new rules to make it easier to track jetliners, stepping up international efforts to prevent a repeat of the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board. The move is the …

Air Accidents at All-Time Low, Despite MH17, Germanwings Crashes

As the spotlight falls on Dutch crash investigators and their high profile probe into the downing of a Malaysian airliner, air accident detectives worldwide are waging a much more discreet daily battle to keep flying safe. The Dutch team’s findings, …