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Estonia Says It's Preparing to Set Up New National Airline

Estonia is ready to create a new airline should the European Union rule that the existing national flag carrier illegally received state aid, a decision that would put it out of business. Economics Ministry spokesman Mihkel Loide said Tuesday that EUR40.7 million (US$46 million) have already been earmarked as an initial capital for a new, fully state-owned carrier. Under the plan,...

Close Calls Not Common, Still Concerning for Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Pilots

Operators of unmanned aircraft may not be as reckless as data released from the Federal Aviation Administration at first seemed to portray them, according to a third-party analysis released Monday. The Academy of Model Aeronautics, an advocacy organization for model aircraft pilots, analyzed reports of unmanned aircraft incidents and found a large majority of incidents reported were simply sigh...

Airlines Can Boost Their Top and Bottom Line by Streamlining Financial Processes

The airline industry faces a number of challenges when it comes to financial management, including revenue leakage, complex income streams, and tax reporting and compliance across multiple markets. Coupled with an often-traditional approach to financial processes, it's clear that financial management remains an area for innovation. Against this backdrop, a new report published today, writte...

US, Asia-Pacific Lead Airlines' Profit Surge

The financial results posted by additional airlines further underscore a significant improvement in second-quarter profitability. A sample of 58 airlines around the world by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed a 95.6% jump in net profit and a 41.7% rise in operating profit. Those airlines made US$8.78 billion in aggregate post-tax profit in the April-June period, up fro...

Taiwan's Uni Air adds maiden A321; outlines network

Uni Air (B7, Taipei Sung Shan) has outlined its proposed A321-200 (sl) operational plans following the arrival of its maiden aircraft of the type - B-16209 (cn 6042) - last week. The former EVA Air (BR, Taipei Taoyuan) twinjet has already been deployed on flights from its Taipei Taoyuan hub to Xi'an Xianyang, Harbin, and Shenyang&n...

Skytrans secures $18mn contract; to set up Brisbane base

Skytrans (Q6, Cairns) is to open a second base in Brisbane Int'l after it secured a new three year transport contract worth AUD25 million (USD17.84 million) with natural gas producer QGC Pty Limited. Effective October 26, the carrier will provide nine weekly return flights for QGC staff and contractors from Brisbane to sites in Chinchilla (located roughly 300km west-nort...

CASA publishes new regulatory philosophy

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) director of aviation safety Mark Skidmore says a set of new key principles will make a “real, positive and lasting difference” to the regulator’s dealings with the aviation community. As part of its response to the Aviation Safety Regulatory Review (ASRR), Australia’s aviation safety watchdog has published a list of 10 key...

Inmarsat publishes results of Pacific ADS-C oceanic tracking evaluation

Inmarsat has published the results of evaluation trials conducted earlier this year with Australia’s air navigation services provider (ANSP), Airservices Australia, to demonstrate oceanic flight tracking using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) to meet ICAO’s new global standard of a minimum 15-minute reporting interval from the end of 2016. The evaluation t...

Rolls-Royce delivers 2,000th AE 2100 engine, will power USAF C-130J

Rolls-Royce has delivered its 2,000th AE 2100 engine, which was installed onto a US Air Force C-130J by Lockheed Martin. This major milestone reflects the continued success of Rolls-Royce as the world’s leading engine manufacturer formilitary transport. The AE 2100 line has proven itself in operations around the globe, accumulating more than 8 million engine flight hours of depend...

West Star Aviation's Gary Edwards retired and Mark Birmingham promoted

West Star Aviation’s Gary Edwards, with 37 years in aviation, has retired. Gary had been leading the aircraft paint programs at West Star’s Grand Junction, CO (GJT) location for 22 years. He was instrumental in developing the reputation of quality work by the company. Mark Birmingham, an employee for eight years at West Star, has been promoted as the new Paint Program Manager at...

Rep. Dina Titus to Give Official Welcome to Las Vegas at NBAA2015

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced today that U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-1-NV) will speak at the Opening General Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015) to officially welcome attendees to Las Vegas, NV, where the show runs from Nov. 17 to 19. Titus represents Nevada’s 1st Congressional District, which includes McCarran Interna...

EASA welcomes Ricardo Génova as new Flight Standards Director

EASA welcomed Ricardo Génova as the new Agency’s Flight Standards Director. In his new function, Ricardo will be responsible of the oversight of EU Member States and the approval of aviation organisations around the globe. He will also be in charge of the development and update of the regulatory material.

Fire in GE Aviation-made jet engine under investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a Sept. 8 fire that damaged a GE Aviation-made jet engine. The board is joined by the Federal Aviation Administration, The Boeing Company and GE Aviation in looking at what wrong on the British Airways flight at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The engine fire occurred during takeoff and led to 157 passengers being ev...

Too fat to fly? Air India grounds 130 flight attendants for being overweight

For years, airlines have penalized luggage for weighing too much. Now at least one carrier is applying that same logic to its flight attendants. Air India is grounding about 130 of its flight attendants — mostly women — because they are overweight, the company announced late last week. The state-owned airline said the decision was based on safety concerns and recen...

Final design of a heavy A-050 ground-effect vehicle is being developed in Russia

Central Design Bureau named after R.E. Alexeev (TsKB) has completed development of detailed design and started development of the final design of A-050 ground-effect vehicle (GEV), Voenno-promishlenniy Courier reports with reference to the TsKB Chairman of the Board of Directors, Georgy Antsev. «Development of A-050 ground-effect vehicle with a takeoff weight of 50 tons is being carried o...

ONPP Technologiya and Airbus Group signed a cooperation agreement

 Airbus Group and ONPP Technologiya signed a cooperation agreement. The signed document confirms that the parties are interested in cooperation aimed at establishing a strategic partnership, press-service of ONPP Technologiya reported. "The agreement defines major areas of cooperation. Among them are: training of ONPP Technologiya’s employees at Airbus Group’s sites;...

APIS Now Mandatory in Colombia

Before departing for Colombia, aircraft operators must now file an advanced passenger information system (APIS) manifest for all crew and passengers. The Colombian Department of Immigration (Migración Colombia) has been enforcing since April the mandatory submission of APIS following the passage of a law in January. The new regulation applies to all commercial, non-scheduled commerci...

Mubadala Takes Full Ownership of Piaggio Aerospace

Piaggio Aerospace announced today that Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Co. purchased the minority 1.95-percent share held by Piero Ferrari and it is now the Italian aircraft manufacturer’s 100-percent shareholder. Mubadala started with a 35-percent share in Piaggio Aero in April 2006, but in May last year this ballooned to 98 percent when India’s Tata Industries relinqui...

Airport Famed as Site of Berlin Airlift Has a New Role: Refugee Camp

 It was a onetime Nazi showpiece, an indelible emblem of defiance during the Cold War's Berlin airlift, and more recently, an unexpectedly beloved public space in this most postmodern of cities. Now, the old airport at Tempelhof is about to find yet another incarnation: sheltering some among the massive surge of the migrants and refugees flooding into Germany. Berlin's mayor, Micha...

Jacksonville International Airport Provides 'Lactation Suite' for Mothers

A new room at Jacksonville International Airport is designed to provide mothers nursing children or lactating more comfort and security. The Lactation Suite has been opened at JIA for mothers travelling through the airport. It is located between concourses A and C and offers seating for both the mother and a companion, a Jacksonville Aviation Authority news release said Monday. The suite is...

Air Charter Service sees summer increase by DJs

Air Charter Service has reported a record number of charters for big name DJs chartering private jets over the summer months. “With DJs being in such high demand over the summer period, we find ourselves flying, sometimes groups of them.” Andy Christie, ACS’s group executive jets director said: “With DJs being in such high demand over the summer period, we find ou...