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December 20, 2023

SWA Pilots Announce Agreement

Contract Finally on the Way?

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) and Southwest Airlines announced today that an Agreement in Principle (AIP) on a new contract has been reached. Southwest folks may have an updated contract soon, thanks to their negotiating committee. An AIP in place allows them to move towards a Tentative Agreement, which will be voted on by the 11,000-strong pilot group before moving on to become an active contract. Before the pilots can vote, however, the agreement has to pass muster from SWAPA's 25-man board of directors.

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FAA Issues SAIB Regarding Faux Parts from AOG Technics

Bulletin Provides Guidance on Finding, Reporting Tampered ARC Documentation

The FAA issues a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin regarding the possible usage of engine and APU components sourced from AOG Technics, a recently disgraced vendor that had misrepresented its wares. The FAA issued a handful of recommendations, mostly aimed at determining the presence and validity of any equipment that passed through AOG Technics hands. When identified, the FAA wants operators to ascertain the validity of the parts' accompanying ARC documentation, a piece that was apparently falsified or tampered with by AOG Technics. As the search for bunk parts spreads, guidance should now help operators report their findings accurately.

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IFALPA Welcomes Managing Director CĂ©line Canu

Consultant, Technical Advisor Moves Up

The Executive Board of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) named its new Managing Director, Céline Canu. Apart from January 2024, Céline will lead the activities of the

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NTSB Prelim: Boeing 717-200

The Airplane Impacted The Tow Tractor With The Left Wing Collapsing The Cab Of The Tow Tractor

On November 30, 2023, about 0614 Hawaii standard time (HST), a Boeing 717-200, N494HA, sustained minor damage when it was involved in an incident after pushback and while taxiing for departure at Kahului Airport (OGG), Maui, Hawaii. The 119 passengers and crew onboard were uninjured. One ramp personnel sustained minor injuries. The flight was operating as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 scheduled domestic passenger flight from OGG to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii.

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