Aviation News Spotlight for August 2015

Welcome back to this semi-regular feature covering the aviation industry and notable events. This time around, we’re talking aviation training standards, missing planes, and planes that have been located.

Aviation Officials Meet to Discuss Standardized Technician Training Standards

A new initiative among leading experts in the aviation industry will attempt to create a standard by which future airplane technicians will be trained, according to a press release this week. The Committee F46 on Aerospace Personnel will begin discussing requirements, logistics, and enforcement of technical training standards by aviation technicians moving into the future.

Confronted by an aging workforce and shifting technology, aviation officials from companies like Boeing and West Star Aviation will attempt to establish a baseline by which future technicians will be introduced and progressed through the workforce. Boeing alone expects the global aviation industry to add nearly 40,000 aircraft and 600,000 technicians over the next 20 years. 

Yet Another Aircraft Goes Missing

An Indonesian aircraft went missing last week over the nation’s rugged region of Papua. Air traffic control lost contact with the plane, operated by the Trigana Air Service, during a scheduled 42-minute flight cross-country. 54 people were aboard.

Wreckage of a turboprop plane was located late Monday, but there’s no word as to the number of survivors, if any.

Wreckage of Malaysia Flight 370 Found

One of the most notorious major disappearances of a commercial aircraft may be no more. With all the mystery and speculation surrounding Malaysia Flight 370 over the last several months, it was a surprise to many that wreckage matching the description of the aircraft in question was located off the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, thousands of miles away from the last known location of the aircraft.

While it’s a near impossibility that the Boeing 777 could have flown undetected for so many miles, the more likely theory is that debris from the aircraft was carried via deep-sea currents to the island with a close proximity to Madagascar. French authorities searched the nearby area for further signs of the flight, but called off their efforts after 10 fruitless days.

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