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Scarcity of Pilots Threatens Regional Service At Four Corners Regional Airport

The Four Corners Regional Airport manager says the airport may eventually lose its last commercial airline company because of a 2013 federal regulation that significantly increased the number of hours pilots must log before they can fly as a first officer -- or co-pilot -- in most passenger airplanes. "Smaller communities are losing services," said Mike Lewis, the airport manager. &qu...

Pope Francis Gets Presidential TFR Treatment

In preparation for the visit of Pope Francis to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, the U.S.government erected a massive Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the areas where he will be greeted by millions of people. The same as those used whenever President Obama travels or goes on vacation, the TFRs affect a number of airports and flight operations and seek to ground ev...

AVIC Hebei General Aviation takes delivery of King Air 350i

China’s AVIC Hebei General Aviation has taken delivery of a brand new King Air 350i. The aircraft will be based at Shijiazhuang City in northern China’s Hebei province, and will be available for charter. Yang Hui, general manager of AVIC General Aviation Co., Ltd., said: “The King Air 350i is added to enrich the company’s fleet, the new aircraft is expected to be used...

Compass Airlines and ATP Flight School finalize an agreement to pay up to $11,000 in training costs

Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has finalized an agreement with ATP Flight School that paves the way for its participation in ATP’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. This program allows ATP graduate flight instructors to have up to $11,000 of their ATP training costs paid for by Compass, in exchange for agreeing to fly for Compass after earning the requisite number of hours. &ld...

Divert (From the Pilot’s Point Of View)

di·vert dəˈvərt, dīˈvərt/ verb: divert; 3rd person present: diverts; past tense: diverted; past participle: diverted; gerund or present participle: diverting cause (someone or something) to change course or turn from one direction to another. If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’re more than the average airline traveler. You’re interested in...

Operator, Community Involvement Can Produce Optimized Performance-Based Navigation Procedures

Communicating the benefits of performance-based navigation (PBN) is among the significant challenges in implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). However, airport and aircraft operators can facilitate wider public acceptance of NextGen by involving all stakeholders in pre-implementation planning of local ATC procedures. FAA airspace designers, and airport and air...

Lufthansa LCC Eurowings mulls cooperation with easyJet

Lufthansa Group’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings and UK low-cost carrier easyJet reportedly could become partners, Lufthansa Group chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr told German magazine Der Spiegel. A Lufthansa spokesperson in Frankfurt confirmed Spohr’s quotes to ATW. “We can cooperate with other airlines very actively. EasyJet had also shown interest in the past to...

Scorpion will not be proposed for USAF T-X competition

Textron AirLand’s Scorpion in its current form has been ruled out as a competitor for the US Air Force’s T-X next-generation trainer programme to replace the Northrop T-38, according to the joint venture’s president Bill Anderson. The requirements template for T-X has evolved considerably ahead of an anticipated competition in 2017, and Textron’s engineering analysis sug...

Liebherr wins further 777X systems package

Boeing has contracted Swiss-headquartered engineering group Liebherr to provide additional equipment for the high-lift system on the in-development 777X. The latest package comprises actuators for the twinjet's flaps at the wings' trailing edges and rigs to test the flight-control equipment. Earlier this year, the airframer selected Liebherr to provide hydraulic actuators for the sla...

Two become one in African aviation show merger

Two established African aviation events are combining into a single dedicated show targeted at the business and commercial aviation communities. The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) – which hosts an annual regional symposium on the continent – has joined forces with Times Aerospace – publisher of African Aerospace and owner of the fledgling Aviation Afri...

BBA Aviation proposes to buy Landmark Aviation for $2.07 billion

British aircraft services company BBA Aviation Plc said it proposed to buy U.S. competitor Landmark Aviation for $2.065 billion, a deal that would make the combined entity the biggest fixed-base operator in the world. The proposed deal would merge BBA Aviation's Signature Flight Support business, which has the highest number of fixed base operations (FBO) in the United States, with Landmark...

Lockheed says U.S. approves its $9 billion takeover of Sikorsky

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Thursday that U.S. officials have approved its $9 billion takeover of Black Hawk helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said authorities in Japan and South Korea had also approved the deal, but it was waiting for other regulatory approvals. Multiple sources famili...

Finnair’s pilot supplementary pension costs may increase due to Finnish employee pension reform

In autumn 2014, the Finnish labour market organisations agreed on reforms to the public pension system, involving, among other things, a gradual increase of the statutory retirement age from 63 to 65 years. The Finnish Parliament is expected to adopt the Act in late 2015, and it is expected to become effective at the beginning of 2017. Finnair’s pilot pension benefits, which exceed the ex...

Irkut Corporation was ranked first in terms of number of the best managers of Russian machine-building industry

Russian Managers Association and Kommersant newspaper named the best Russian managers following the results of Russian companies of 2014. Eight top-managers of Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corporation) have made the list – it’s the maximum number of employees of a single company in the rating’s “Machine-building” section. The corporation’s top-mana...

IATA Senior Management Appointments

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced two senior management appointments: Gilberto Lopez Meyer, Senior Vice President for Safety and Flight Operations Nick Careen, Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security Safety and Flight Operations (SFO) Gilberto Lopez Meyer will take up his role as Senior Vice President for SFO on 1...

Ryanair To Distribute €398M Aer Lingus Proceeds To Shareholders

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, held its AGM in Dublin this morning (24 Sep 2015), during which the airline briefed shareholders on the continuing success of its “Always Getting Better” (AGB) customer experience programme, which has enabled Ryanair to raise its full year traffic forecast (previously 103m) to 104m customers, and its profit guidance by 25%, (previous...

Sino-Foreign Express Air Cargo Joint Venture

During the Fourth Annual China Air Finance Development Summit held here, Okay Airlines, ATSG West Limited, Vipshop and others totaling five parties announced the establishment of an express air cargo joint venture serving multiple destinations within the Peoples Republic of China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and surrounding countries. The principal commercial partners in th...

WestJet names H. Taylor new CFO

WestJet Airlines announced the appointment of Harry Taylor to the position of Executive Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer, effective October 26, 2015. Harry brings over 20 years of senior financial, operational and strategic experience in the retail and consumer products industries. He joins WestJet from Canadian Tire Corporation where he has worked since 2010, most recently...

Hartsfield-Jackson recognized for energy efficient efforts

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials and Georgia Power leadership celebrated the completion of the latest energy efficiency upgrades at the world’s busiest and most efficient airport. At a special event in the Airport atrium, Georgia Power presented a $45,901 rebate check to Hartsfield-Jackson as part of the company’s Commercial Energy Efficiency program. Harts...

ICAO launches new aircraft tracking website

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced the launch today of its new centralized online information area for aircraft tracking developments. The new aircraft tracking information area, available on the ICAO Public Website, provides a detailed timeline and all supporting reports and documentation relating to the call for and realization of the world’s first globa...

MTU and AAR extend cooperation for PW2000 parts supply

MTU Maintenance and AAR have signed a contract that secures for MTU the supply of used material for PW2000 engines over the next five years. Within the framework of a consignment and inventory management agreement, AAR will store all PW2000 used parts at MTU’s facility in Hannover, Germany, which will significantly streamline the logistical processes and improve the turnaround time for PW200...