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AvTalk Episode 116: WTO look there’s China

On this episode of AvTalk, the US and EU close the book on their aviation subsidies fight and turn their attention to China. CFM debuts its new RISE engine platform. And Airbus and Cathay Pacific are working on single pilot operations for the A350 in cruise.

The EU and US make nice, turn their attention to China

After nearly two decades of acrimony and countless back-and-forth legal challenges the European Union and United States have agreed to halt their fight over commercial aircraft subsidies at the World Trade Organization, and instead turn their attention to what they call “non-market economies,” e.g., China, as the competition to design and build the next commercial airliner expands.

Airbus and Cathay Pacific working on A350 single pilot operations

We explain Airbus’ proposal for single pilot operations on the A350 during cruise periods and some of the challenges that Airbus and any airline will have implementing single-pilot operations

CFM RISEs to the occasion

CFM, the joint venture between General Electric Aviation and Safran announced its new RISE program (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines), an engine platform build on open-rotor technology that targets a 20% reduction in emissions from current engines.

US DOT wants $25.5 million from Air Canada

Air Canada is facing a proposed $25.5 million fine from the US Department of Transportation for not refunding passengers for canceled flights during the pandemic. We break down what the DOT is saying and why Air Canada says it shouldn’t have to pay.

Other aviation news

Yes, other things happened! Ryanair got its first MAX, PLAY got its first aircraft, Lufthansa is sending big planes to small places, and South African Airways might soon be in private hands.

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