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Many Prospects For New UAS Use

To those researching potential commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems, the possibilities seem endless, according to participants in a panel discussion Monday. Six men who have worked with the technology in different capacities gathered onstage Monday at the UAS Summit & Expo to talk about the future of the industry as it wades into commercial applications. While consumers may have...

Conference to Examine UAV Opportunities for Rotorcraft Businesses

The ever expanding role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) across a spectrum of operations raises crucially important questions for the rotorcraft sector. There might be situations where it is safer or more practical to deploy an unmanned platform, but how far can this go? What are the areas where the two sectors can work together to deliver greater effectiveness and what opportunities do these pr...

Paint: What is Important to the Aircraft Maintenance Industry?

AMT conducted a survey in December seeking information on the use of paints and coatings to know what products you use and why. Of the respondents, 41 percent said they paint aircraft, while 33 percent said they paint aircraft parts and components. Breaking it into industry segments, general aviation was 42 percent; business jets 18 percent, helicopters 18 percent, military 11 percent, and...

Transgender Woman Says TSA Detained, Humiliated Her over Body "Anomaly"

A transgender woman said she was detained and harassed at an Orlando, Fla., airport security checkpoint Monday by Transportation Safety Administration agents after a body scanner detected an "anomaly" on her. Shadi Petosky, who runs a Los Angeles interactive entertainment studio, said she was trying to fly out of Orlando International Airport but was stopped after entering t...

Airline Staff Reveal Passengers' Dumbest Comments

Airline staff have revealed the dumbest -- and most hilarious -- questions they have been asked by passengers. Budget British airline Jet2 handles millions of holidaymakers and staff take pride in providing stellar customer service to all passengers. However, as Daily Mail reports, passengers' queries and requests verge on the ridiculous. Bizarre comments fielded by Jet2 staff include...

Southwest Airlines Anxiously Awaits Contract Ratification Vote by Thousands of Its Pilots

The fate of Southwest Airlines' tentative agreement with its pilots union now is in the hands of more than 8,000 pilots who are members of the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA), the union that represents the low fare behemoth's pilots. The SWAPA rank and file include some 1,100 Southwest Airlines pilots domiciled in Chicago, the largest of 10 Southwest pilot d...

Nigeria Releases Grounded British Aircraft After Payment of Fine

Nigeria on Tuesday said it had released one of the two grounded foreign registered aircrafts after its owners paid a 7 million naira (US$35,131) fine to the country. Spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Sam Adurogboye made the disclosure while briefing the media in Lagos, the nation's commercial hub. The aircraft, a Bombardier 700-100 with registration...

Oman Air's Sindbad offers online duty free

Oman Air's Sindbad loyalty programme has launched an online duty free store in partnership with Muscat duty free. The new online store with give Sindbad members the chance to spend their miles online, buying duty free products, as opposed to spending them on flights or upgrades.   “Oman Air believes that its members should have a good selection of Reward options to choose f...

Website launched for Aviation Investment Summit.

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has launched the official website for the Aviation Investment Summit. The summit will take place in November during the Dubai Airshow, and has been organised by the patronage of UAE Minister of Economy and Chairman of GCAA, H.E Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri.   “Aviation Investment Summit website is the go-to source for investors and bu...

Europe's Airlines Increasing Jet Fuel Hedges

European airlines are exploiting a collapse in oil prices by hedging more of their fuel needs further into the future, but those that kept their powder dry before the rout are emerging as clear winners. At a time of heightened price volatility, carriers are also considering using more options contracts to access lower prices should they fall further. Many airlines, however, lack the flexibil...

ICAO Urges Delay In Compulsory Airliner Tracking

Global aviation regulators are urged to delay by two years plans to require automated tracking of passenger planes to avoid a repeat of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014, according to an ICAO report. The plan to require all aircraft flying in remote areas to report their position every 15 minutes is the first stage in a broader plan under discussion at the ICAO. The...

BBA Aviation Eyes Acquisition Of Landmark

British aircraft services company BBA Aviation is reported to be in talks to acquire US competitor Landmark Aviation, which could be valued at more than USD$2 billion including debt. BBA is participating in a sale process for Landmark Aviation, which is owned by private equity firm Carlyle and has attracted several bidders, including buyout firms. Landmark Aviation has been exploring a sale...

Proflight to phase out Jetstream 32s by end of next year

Proflight Air Services (P0, Lusaka ) commercial director Keira Irwin has told Flightglobal on the sidelines of the World Routes conference in Durban King Shaka that the Zambian carrier is planning to retire its fleet of four Jetstream 32  turboprops by the end of 2016. Proflight currently dry-leases a single CRJ-100 from South Africa's CemAir (5Z, Johannesburg...

Ukraine International postpones launch of Ashgabat route

Ukraine International Airlines (PS, Kiev Borispol) has been forced to indefinitely postpone the resumption of scheduled services linking its Kiev Borispol hub with Ashgabat, originally scheduled for September 21. Turkmenistan and Ukraine have been arguing about their bilateral air service agreement for several months with Ukraine barring Turkmenistan Airlines (T5, ...

Virgin Australia director Joshua Bayliss steps down

The Virgin Group’s representative on the Virgin Australia board Joshua Bayliss has stepped down from the airline’s board after almost four and a half years as a director. Virgin Australia said on Wednesday Bayliss has been replaced as the Virgin Group’s representative by John Patrick Moorhead, who is chief financial officer at the Virgin Group and had been Bayliss’s alte...

Boeing May Set First Overseas Factory in Zhoushan, China

A scheme to build Boeing's assembly plant in East China's Zhoushan city, Zhejiang province has been reported to the State Council recently, and new progress will be made this week at the soonest, Shanghai Securities News reported. To win over this Boeing program, Zhoushan city has prepared for over two years, planning an aviation industrial park. What's more, president of Boeing Chi...

World Routes 2016 to Take Place in Chengdu, China

As another successful World Routes draws to a close on the African continent, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, has officially handed the event over to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, China for 2016. Speaking at the close of the 21st World Route Development Forum in Durban today, Mr Huang Ping, Minister of Chengdu Municipal Government, says: "Hostin...

ICBC Leasing Orders 30 Boeing 737-800NG Aircraft

Chinese lessor ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. placed an order for 30 Boeing 737-800NG aircraft on the first day of President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States, which is the first aircraft deal signed during this visit. President Xi arrived in Seattle on Tuesday morning for his first state visit to the United States. Chinese airlines and aircraft leasing firms will order up...

Lufthansa to Trial Inflight High-Speed Internet for Passengers

High-speed internet access via smartphones could become a feature on European airline flights following a deal involving the German carrier Lufthansa - but voice calls will be blocked at first. Lufthansa will offer Wi-Fi on its short- and medium-haul flights from 2017, provided by the satellite firm Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom. The companies claim their venture, which combin...

Tigerair, Cebu Pacific Get Green Light for Collaboration on Flight Routes

Airlines Cebu Pacific and Tigerair have received the green light for a collaboration on flight routes, following changes to their proposed alliance, said the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) on Tuesday (Sep. 22). In the revised agreement, the budget carriers will coordinate connecting times in their booking systems for interline journeys, where passengers need to travel on multipl...

Boeing Machinists in U.S. Fear Job Loss from China Factory

The head of Boeing Co's largest union said on Tuesday that his members fear a Boeing factory in China will cause job losses in the Seattle area, and he said the union would use legal and legislative means to try to stem losses. Boeing said Tuesday it is negotiating to put a 737 finishing factory in China, to gain airplane orders. Chinese state media reported earlier in the day that Boeing h...