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Indonesian investigators release Lion Air 610 final report
Indonesian investigators released their final report on the crash of Lion Air flight 610 this morning, finding that Boeing’s design of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), the FAA’s certification of the system, the airline’s maintenance of the aircraft, and the pilots’ actions during the flight all contributed to the crash.
Read the full report
Air New Zealand 787-9

Air New Zealand to launch Auckland-New York flights next year

Beginning October 2020, Air New Zealand will fly to New York (EWR) from Auckland three times per week aboard the 787-9. The 14,178 km flight will become the 5th longest flight in the world. In order to begin non-stop service to New York, Air New Zealand will cease its Los Angeles-London route at the same time.
See how Air New Zealand’s new route will place among the current longest flights
Path of TG970 engine failure rejected takeoff
Thai Airways 777 suffers uncontained engine failure 
Thai Airways Boeing 777-300ER HS-TKL operating flight TG970 from Bangkok to Zurich suffered an uncontained engine failure in one of its GE90-115B engines on its departure roll in Bangkok. The takeoff was aborted and no injuries were reported. The FAA has ordered checks on a small subset of GE90 engines.
Flight path of VT-SXD with incorrect ICAO 24 bit address
SpiceJet 737 using incorrect ICAO 24 bit address causes incident above Pakistan
On 30 August a SpiceJet 737 flying from Delhi to Kabul caused a stir in Pakistan because it was broadcasting an incorrect ICAO 24 bit address associated with an Indian Air Force An-32. Luckily the issue was resolved with a bit of holding and communication. Recent reporting revealed the code was incorrectly assigned to the aircraft by Indian aviation authorities. The aircraft, VT-SXD is now broadcasting the corrected code.
See how ICAO 24 bit errors can occur elsewhere
FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
737 MAX 7 N7201S
Boeing testing revised MCAS software
Boeing is using its 737 MAX 7 test aircraft N7201S to test the revised MCAS software. It has recently performed one test flight and FAA certification test flights could occur soon.
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Gulf Air 70th anniversary livery 787
Gulf Air takes delivery of its newest 787 in special 70th anniversary livery
The airline’s latest 787 wears a special retro jet livery with large 70th anniversary titles behind the wing.
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The Anontonv An-22
Antonov An-22 flying again soon
The An-22 was in the maintenance hangar for quite some time, but is scheduled to fly its first commercial mission again soon. This week, Antonov posted video of its recent test flight. The An-22 is the world’s largest turboprop aircraft.
Follow the An-22
AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Vietnam Airlines 100th aircraft
Vietnam Airlines 100th aircraft after delivery in Hanoi.
A TUI 737 crossing the moon
A TUI 737 crossing in front of the moon over Croatia.
Hot air balloon bear
One of the many interesting balloons at the Warstein hot air balloon festival.
AIRLINE HISTORY
An Air Berlin A330
What happened to the Air Berlin fleet?
It’s been nearly 2 years since Air Berlin operated its final flight. When Air Berlin went bankrupt in 2017, its fleet of leased aircraft were returned to their lessors and placed with new airlines. We wanted to check in on the former Air Berlin fleet to see where they’re flying now.
See where the former Air Berlin fleet is flying now
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Special episode next week
We’ll have a special episode of AvTalk next week with analysis of the Lion Air 610 final report and additional context as Boeing moves forward with getting the 737 MAX back in the air.
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