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Hello Mull, have you been following all the news over the last 5 years?

 

Delta Airlines have already installed CVM kits on 19 x B737-NG aircraft on the AFT application in 2019.

 

How about that for "Never" installing CVM kits on aircraft without FAA approval?

 

How about the CVM sensor kits Delta Airlines fitted on at least 3 x B757 aircraft in 2019?

 

It's all in the application as they say.

 

 

 

 

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Whatever Delta have installed on existing aircraft have either had FAA approval, or were deemed to be a minor change that does not affect the performance, handling characteristics, loading etc of an already certified aircraft.

The fact that Delta have already installed 19 CVM kits does not preclude them having had FAA approval prior to installation.

The original 19 may have been done by field approval whereby a single serial number is approved.

This is often the approach taken by manufacturers to effectively put a single aircraft into testing phase before a blanket approval, namely an STC is issued.

Dr Daz is quoting an STC, which must be approved by the FAA before the aircraft can fly as RPT.

Depending on who owns the STC (Boeing, Delta or even AEM), will determine whether it is rolled out to all 737 aircraft.

Any other organisation (namely other airlines if Delta owns the STC) must negotiate with the holder of STC to get approval to quote it when installing something that was not part of original equipment list.

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Hi All,I see that AEM Business Development VP, Ray Lewis, has retired after 39 years in the industry.Well done, and congratulations to him!

Dr_Dazmo

https://www.skiesmag.com/press-releases/aem...space-industry/

<h1 class="entry-title" id="#content" tabindex="-1">AEMâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s Ray Lewis retires after 39 years in aerospace industry</h1> Posted on January 23, 2020; Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Press Release

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations Mr Lewis on a great career. I have personally followed your career since AEM & SMN united as one.

 

It must be one big disappointment from your perspective in the Aviation Industry slowness towards implementing "Safety"

 

Since December 2015, Boeing and Delta with the backing of FAA, recognised CVM sensor technology as an alternative measure in aircraft fuselage crack testing monitoring maintenance tool for safety.

 

After nearly five long years of further testing by Sandia Labs, CVM technology is still sitting at the gate, with so much promise and with aircraft falling out of the sky, it must be seen by many in the aviation industry in whether "Safety" is FAA number one focus?

 

Unfortunately for you and I, 99% of the worlds population are sheep, and cannot think for themselves. They rely on the 1% to implement the right decisions. Unfortunately for us, FAA are not implementing anything towards safety, as far as I can see.

 

To not implement new technologies is the "Better Way" forward to more tragedies!

 

GLTA

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Hi All,

Thought this provides some interesting perspective.

 

Cheers

Dr_Dazmo

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculati...s/#2be135092653

 

Warren Buffett Bets Big On Airlines

 

Ever on the hunt for a great bargain, billionaire investor Warren Buffett boosted his companyâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s stake in Delta Air Lines once again. Berkshire Hathaway acquired some 976,000 Delta shares in February for roughly $45.3 million, according to a filing last Monday, raising its total holdings to 17.9 million shares. This was enough to bring Buffettâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s ownership of the U.S. long-haul carrier up to more than 11 percent.

 

Once a critic of airline stocks, Buffett has become one of their greatest champions, noting the industryâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s strong fundamentals and the fact that itâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s protected by an economic moat.

 

Accumulating shares now appears to be a strategic move to capitalize on lower fuel costsâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Brent crude oil is in freefall so far this yearâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚as well as coronavirus-impacted travel, which has depressed airline stock prices. Fuel is one of the biggest expenses for airlines, and those not already hedged to prices could see benefits from lower prices due to the Russia-Saudi Arabia production dispute.

 

Buffett isnâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢t alone in thinking airlines look like a steal right now. In a note to clients last week, Citigroup analyst Stephen Trent maintained his Buy ratings on Delta, United Airlines and Spirit Airlines, writing that âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“if coronavirus concerns fade in the coming weeks and the U.S. is able to avoid recession, this scenario could see a recovery in ex-Asia demand, which could lead airline stock prices and earnings streams to stabilize.âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ÂÂ

 

Whatâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s more, the domestic airline industry could soon receive fiscal stimulus in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic. Speaking to various business news networks on Friday, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow hinted that the U.S. government is considering âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“timely and targeted micro-measuresâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ for certain industries, including airlines, hospitality and agricultural. Itâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s unclear at the moment what those measures might look like.

 

 

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Delta slashes flights by 40%

 

Delta Air Lines will cut passenger-carrying capacity by 40% to deal with a nosedive in travel demand, and it is talking to the White House and Congress about assistance to get through a downturn caused by the new coronavirus.

 

The 40% cut in capacity is the largest in Deltaâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s history, surpassing reductions that were made after the September 2001 terror attacks.

 

And the outlook for airlines is still getting worse.

 

âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“The speed of the demand fall-off is unlike anything weâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢ve seen âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“ and weâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢ve seen a lot in our business,âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ CEO Ed Bastian said in a memo to Deltaâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s 90,000 employees Friday.

 

âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“We are in discussions with the White House and Congress regarding the support they can provide to help us through this period. Iâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢m optimistic we will receive their support,âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ he said, adding, however, that the airline âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“canâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢t put our companyâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s future at risk waiting on aid from our government.âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ÂÂ

 

Shares of Delta were up 14% in midday trading Friday amid a broader market rally.

 

Even before Deltaâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s announcement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin signaled that Washington wants to provide aid to the airline industry.

 

âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“We will be coming very quickly back on issues dealing with the airline industry,âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ Mnuchin told CNBC on Friday. âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“Just as after Sept. 11, we are very committed to make sure that our U.S. airlines have the ability and have the liquidity to get through this.âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ÂÂ

 

Delta is the worldâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s largest airline by revenue, and it has consistently been the most profitable U.S. carrier over the past decade.

 

Just over a week ago, airline CEOs who emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump said they did not ask for help from Washington.

 

However, the combination of fewer bookings and more cancellations has picked up speed since then, and the airlinesâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢ problems were made even more dire by Trumpâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢s decision this week to ban most foreigners from flying from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days, beginning at midnight Friday.

Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines announced fresh rounds of flight cutbacks soon after Trump announced the ban.

 

With bookings plunging because of the coronavirus and travel restrictions imposed by governments, airlines have cut thousands of flights, frozen hiring and increased borrowing to shore up their liquidity.ost in its history âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ as virus cripples global travel

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/13/coronavirus...bal-travel.html

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FAA Considers Enhanced Inspections After Southwest Jet Suffers Structural Problem

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/faa-considers-...lem-11584130012

 

U.S. air-safety officials are investigating potential structural problems affecting hundreds of Boeing 737 jets following an in-flight incident that left a 12-inch rupture in the aluminum skin of a Southwest Airlines plane.

 

 

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