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July 27, 2023

Boeing Anticipates Acute Need for Planes/Pilots/Techs

Making Book

Informed by its Pilot and Technician Outlook (PTO)—an arcane work of divination that peers twenty-years into the future of the aerospace industry and portends what profits or perils lie therein—Boeing set forth the global commercial fleet will grow to north of 47,000 aircraft by 2042—nearly double its current size. To support such a multitude of machines, Boeing posits that air carriers will need hire upwards of 2.3-million new personnel, to include 649,000 pilots, 690,000 maintenance technicians, and 938,000 cabin crew members.

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UAL Pilot Labor Agreement Benefits AAL Pilots

AAL Contract Offer Increased by $9-Billion

American Airlines (AAL) agreed to raise the contract offer tendered to its pilot cadre by upwards of one-billion-dollars for purpose of approximating a tentative agreement reached by rival air-carrier United Airlines and its pilots.

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Michelin Unveils Air X Sky Light Tire at AirVenture 2023

Newer Tire Designed for Dassault Falcon 10X Sees Broad Application for Industry Hungry for Efficiency

Michelin brought out it’s newest, lightest commercial aircraft tire yet with their Air X Sky Light, a new offering that allows operators a 10 to 20% reduction in weight over existing Michelin tires. The Air X Sky Light has its roots in the Dassault Falcon 10X, signaling its design philosophy as a nice little piece of kit that offers the necessary performance at a weight target that helps operators meet increasingly stringent efficiency goals. 

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SIC Lands A320 After PIC Incapacitated

Frankfurt-Bound Eurowings Discovery Flight Arrives Safely

On 19 July 2023, the Second In Command (SIC) of a Eurowings Discover Airbus A320 took control of and landed the aircraft after the flight’s Pilot In Command (PIC) was reportedly incapacitated. At the time of the incident, the aircraft—a seven-year-old Airbus A320-200 registration D-AIUT—was operating as Eurowings Discover Flight 4Y-1205, non-stop service from Greece’s Nikos Kazantzakis Heraklion International Airport (HER) to Germany’s Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

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