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American Airlines Boeing 787 suffered a lightning strike during flight

American Airlines Boeing 787 suffered a lightning strike during flight

Lightning strikes can disrupt airline operations, resulting in costly delays and service disruptions. Airplane strikes are rather common, but they rarely have a significant impact on the airplane’s continued safe operation. Lightning protection is employed on Boeing flights to avoid delays and interruptions, as well as to lessen the severity of a lightning strike. Maintenance workers must be familiar with lightning protection measures, correct inspection, and repair procedures to maximise the effectiveness of repairs to lightning damage.

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The geographical area where the aircraft operates and how frequently the aircraft passes through takeoff and landing altitudes when lightning activity is most common, are two factors that have an impact on the frequency of lightning strikes that an airplane experiences.

During flight, lightning struck an American Airlines airplane. A picture of the American Airlines Dreamliner’s upper fuselage was posted by Aviation Maintenance.

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When the Boeing 787 was struck by lightning while in flight, the composite fuselage crown sustained significant damage. Summer is thunderstorm season, and flying aircraft may occasionally be struck by lightning. A lightning strike on an airplane, however, is not harmful because airplanes are made to resist lightning strikes.

The highest probability for lightning attachment to an airplane is the outer extremities, such as the wing tip, nose, or rudder. Lightning strikes occur most often during the climb and descent phases of flight at an altitude of 5,000 to 15,000 feet (1,524 to 4,572 meters). The probability of a lightning strike decreases significantly above 20,000 feet (6,096 meters).

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LIGHTNING PROTECTION

The majority of legacy airplanes’ external parts are made of metal and are thick enough to withstand a lightning strike. This metal assemblage serves as their primary defense. The thickness of the metal surface is sufficient to shield the interior of the plane from a lightning strike. The metal skin also prevents electromagnetic energy from entering the airplane’s electrical wiring. While the metal skin does not prevent all electromagnetic radiation from entering the electrical wire, it does keep it at a manageable level.

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Boeing tries to design and test its commercial airplanes for lightning-strike protection by understanding nature and the impacts of lightning strikes in order to ensure protection is supplied throughout their service lives. Important techniques for reducing lightning strike damage include material selection, finish selection, installation, and application of protective measures.

LIGHTNING-STRIKE STRUCTURAL INSPECTION PROCEDURES

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If lightning strikes an aeroplane, a lightning-strike conditional inspection is required to determine the lightning-strike entrance and exit sites. When inspecting the locations of entry and exit, maintenance professionals should carefully check the structure to find all of the damage that has happened.

Prior to returning to service, a conditional inspection is required to determine any structural or system damage. The structure may have burn holes, which can cause pressure loss or cracks. Prior to flight, the crucial system components, wire bundles, and bonding straps must be certified as airworthy. For these reasons, Boeing recommended that a comprehensive lightning-strike conditional examination be completed prior to the next trip in order to keep the plane airworthy.

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He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)gmail.com

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IndiGo beats Southwest Airlines to Become world’s largest airline by market cap

Malaysia Airlines And IndiGo Sign MoU To Boost Tourism

India’s aviation giant, IndiGo, has soared to new heights, surpassing the renowned US-based Southwest Airlines to claim the title of the world’s third most valuable airline, as per Bloomberg data released on Wednesday.

The surge in IndiGo’s market capitalization, fueled by a remarkable 4.73% jump in its share price to Rs 3,806, catapulted its market value to $17.605 billion, edging past Southwest’s $17.333 billion market cap.

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IndiGo’s strategic plans for expansion further solidify its position in the global aviation landscape. With intentions to add 10 new destinations to its network in the fiscal year 2025, the airline anticipates a substantial increase in capacity and passenger growth, aiming for a gross addition of over one aircraft per week during the same period.

Such ambitious endeavors, coupled with a burgeoning demand for travel attributed to tourism and a stable oil price environment, have contributed to the surge in IndiGo’s stock prices. Analysts at InterGlobe Securities attribute indigo partners airlines upward trajectory to several factors, including the operational challenges faced by competitor Vistara and the burgeoning appetite for travel among Indian households.

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The rise in income has elevated air travel to a lifestyle staple, with leisure holidays becoming increasingly prevalent. indigo partners As the holiday season approaches, airports across the nation are bracing for heightened activity, promising sustained momentum for IndiGo in the months ahead.

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Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India’s much-anticipated cabin crew uniforms, designed by renowned fashion icon Manish Malhotra and unveiled with ceremony last December, have encountered a setback.

The airline’s cabin crew, who initially donned the stylish attire on the carrier’s A350 aircraft, have voiced grievances regarding the quality of the fabric. Reports suggest that concerns have arisen over issues such as fast-fading colors, casting a shadow over the otherwise celebrated launch of the new uniforms.

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Despite the initial excitement surrounding their debut, the practicality and durability of the fabric have come under scrutiny. In response to the feedback received from its cabin crew members, Air India is poised to address the fabric-related issues promptly. Sources indicate that the airline is gearing up to commence production for all cabin crew uniforms, ensuring that the concerns raised are duly taken into account.

An Air India spokesperson in a statement to PTI, confirming the forthcoming measures, stated that the production program for over 8,000 cabin crew members will kick off within a week’s time. The spokesperson reassured that steps are being taken to rectify the fabric issues and ensure that the new uniforms meet the expected standards of quality and durability.

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The new uniform will subsequently be distributed to the crew, aligned with the transition of Air India’s flagship A350 to long-haul international service in the coming months,” the spokesperson added.

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British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, the airline will start the application window for its fully financed Speedbird Pilot Academy cadet programme, which will run for second year. 

This comes after an extraordinary response to its first year intake, where more than 20,000 applications were received for just 100 places. Aiming to level the playing field and remove the previously prohibitive cost barrier of individuals having to pay for their own training, the Speedbird Pilot Academy initiative is part of the airline’s £7 billion investment across the business.

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Simon Cheadle, Director of Flight Operations at British Airways, stated: “We’re quite proud to be able to give more people access to a career in aviation through this programme.”

“We are glad to provide this opportunity to many talented individuals who simply need a little assistance to fulfil their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. We know this from the tremendous response and high calibre of applications we had in the first year of Speedbird Pilot Academy.

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“Our investment in this programme will help to ensure our future generation of pilots for years to come. We want to continue attracting the best flying talent.” Candidates will be able to apply for up to 100 places on the programme – that will see the approximate £100,000 cost of their training covered entirely by the airline – through the British Airways careers site from April 16, 2024.

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