Cracks near the wing strut attachment were found in several Cessna 207s belonging to a single operator, leading the FAA to request information from owners and operators to determine how many aircraft have similar damage. The cracks could cause wing deformation leading to unflattering changes in flight characteristics, and, although unlikely, could cause wing failure in aircraft with extremely advanced cracks, according to the FAA. Cessnas with wing struts produced up to 1986 are potentially affected.
Controversial budget carrier Norwegian Air will launch transatlantic service with its new Boeing 737MAX aircraft this summer with promotional one-way fares as low as $65 from secondary airports in the U.S. Northeast to airports in Ireland and Scotland.
Pilots continue to report increasing numbers of suspected in-flight sightings of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to air traffic control, says data released Thursday by the FAA. Pilots reported 1,274 sightings of sUAS in areas where those systems are not authorized to operate for the February 2016 through September 2016 reporting period. Those figures are up from 874 for the same period in 2016—an increase of more than 45%.