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A 737 MAX 8 test aircraft departing Boeing Field.
How concerning is Boeing’s latest production issue on the 737 MAX? 

Boeing asked operators of certain recently delivered 737 MAX—including American, United, Alaska, and Southwest—to inspect the aircraft for a production defect before flying the airplane again. We put the issue in context and see what’s at stake.

Expanding on that as part of his series of essays on aviation trends on LinkedIn, Gabriel Leigh ponders how concerned Boeing should be about their future. 
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Photo of an Air Canada A320 cabin taken from the rear of the main cabin facing forward showing passengers seated and a flight attendant standing at the front of the cabin.
New CDC study indicates blocking middle seats reduces COVID-19 exposure 23%-57% compared to full flights 

A new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that a blocked middle seat reduces COVID-19 exposure during flight by 23%-57% compared to full aircraft occupancy. Airlines almost immediately rejected the study and said that they'll not move to block seats.
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The German Aerospace Centre’s electric flight demonstrator
EASA publishes electric/hybrid certification requirements 

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published final requirements for electric and hybrid aircraft propulsion, moving a step toward the certification of aircraft not powered by traditional fuel. 
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An Air France A318 landing in Paris
France bans short flights, but impact uncertain

French lawmakers recently voted to enact a ban on flights within France that can be served by rail in less than 2.5 hours. Proponents of the ban had wanted the limit to be set at 4 hours, which would have impacted a wider array of domestic flights. The ban also excludes connecting flights. As Seth Miller at PaxEx.aero points out, as the ban stands now, the impact to flight routes is likely minimal.
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FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
Aero K’s A320
South Korea’s new LCC — Aero K 

South Korean low-cost carrier Aero K began operations with its first A320 this week, operating three times daily between Cheongju and Jeju.
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Turkish Airlines 737 MAX
Turkish Airlines returns the 737 MAX to service 

Turkish Airlines became the latest airline to bring the 737 MAX this week, operating a few short domestic flights to start.
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AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
A Kalitta Air 747 departing East Midlands
A Kalitta Air 747 lifting off from East Midlands
An ANA 777 at the gate in Tokyo
An ANA 777 at the gate in Tokyo.
The first 777-300ER to be converted to a freighter participating in Israel’s 73rd independence day flypast
The 73rd Israel Independence Day flypast included this 777-300ER, which will be the first of the type converted from passenger configuration to full freighter.
FROM THE BOTTOM UP
Chart showing commercial flights tracked by Flightradar24 from January 2019 to April 12, 2021
From the bottom up, one year on

This week marks one year from the bottom of commercial flying as pandemic travel restrictions took hold. A year later the industry is recovering, but it has been uneven and haphazard—and there’s still a long way to go.
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Why was a human-sized squirrel walking around Boeing during the mid-1970s? 
 
Why did a human-sized squirrel in traditional Scottish attire join Boeing in the 1970s? Strange but true aviation history on the latest episode of AvTalk
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