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Icelandair is on the forefront of weather forecasting with TAMDAR

Since last December, Icelandair has been operating TAMDAR airborne meteorological sensors via a four-channel Iridium-based integrated communications unit. Though this aspect of Panasonic Avionics’ business flies a little more under the proverbial radar, TAMDAR (Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting) is at the forefront of weather forecasting and forecast pro...

Delta Wants Its Tokyo Route Back From American

Delta Air Lines wants government regulators to seize American Airlines’ new route from Los Angeles to Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport, just months after the latter carrier won it. American has failed to file schedules or offer tickets for flights between Los Angeles and Haneda, Delta said Thursday in a U.S. regulatory filing. Delta said this violated the government’s requireme...

Air Methods Offers Patient Logistics Services

Getting patient information to a higher level of care might be just as important as getting the patient there quickly in an air ambulance. That’s one of the factors driving the success of Air Methods’ Omaha patient logistics call center services. The nation’s largest air medical provider established the center in 2002 with launch customer University of Kansas Medical Center at th...

Guyana Allows Chinese Company to Resume Airport Project

Guyana's government says a Chinese company expanding the main airport runway in the South American country has been allowed to resume operations after agreeing to correct numerous safety violations. The announcement Saturday follows an accident last month that killed one worker and seriously injured another. Officials said China Harbor Engineering Company must also ensure its e...

Chinese Fund Poised to Enter Bidding War for London City Airport

A secretive Chinese investment fund is understood to be poised to enter the 2 billionn bidding war for London City Airport. Gingko Tree, a division of the Chinese state's foreign exchange regulator, is believed tobe in talks with Australia's Macquarie about teaming up to make an offer for the East London airport. An agreement has not yet been reached with Macquarie. However, if Gi...

TIACA Calls for Solutions to EU Migrant Crisis and Offers Security Advice

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has called on world leaders meeting at the United Nations this week to work together to find solutions to the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe in a message to its members today. The situation has already seen more than 514,000 people cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe with almost 3,000 people perishing on the journey or reported missing. &...

Pakistani Pilots' Row with Management Grounds 51 Flights

Some 51 flights scheduled by the Pakistani flag carrier have been cancelled in three days after pilots refused to work following a dispute over conditions, an airline spokesman said Saturday. "Due to pressure from PALPA (Pakistan Airline Pilots' Association) so far 51 flights have been cancelled and it has affected 5,000 passengers since Thursday," spokesman for Pakistan...

Air NZ Passengers Stranded in Hong Kong

Unimpressed Air New Zealand passengers have expressed their disdain after spending the night stranded in Hong Kong's airport. Flight NZ80 was due to leave Hong Kong for Auckland at 7:00 p.m. local time (midnight Saturday New Zealand time) but after two hours of waiting onboard passengers were told the plane had engine failure. Passengers told NZHerald.co.nz they were fed up with a lack o...

Five-Nation Treaty for Tribunal over Downed Flight MH17 Underway

Malaysia may sign a treaty with four other nations to set up an independent tribunal to try people responsible for last year's downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said a meeting was held among leaders of the five nations on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly here to pursue the matter after R...

Heathrow CEO Says VW Scandal Will Help Fix His Pollution Problem

Heathrow Airport may benefit from the scandal at Volkswagen AG because it will prod the UK to clamp down on diesel pollution, helping bring London's busiest hub into compliance with European Union rules. That's the view of Heathrow Chief Executive Officer John Holland-Kaye, who is seeking permission to build a third runway even though emissions near the airport have exceeded E...

Hengchun Airport to Face Possible Closure Next Year

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) is to make a decision on whether to close Hengchun Airport in Pingtung County in the second half of next year, given the airport's extremely low passenger rate, CAA Director-General Lin Tyh-ming said yesterday. Lin said the Pingtung County Government has commissioned a feasibility study to assess the possibility of using the airport for i...

New contracts give Neptune Aviation a solid base for growth

Neptune Aviation is thrilled to have four new contracts to provide firefighting jets to the U.S. Forest Service, saying the new agreements mean all of their planes will be at work next fire season.  The U.S. Forest Service has been working for the past several years to upgrade its contracted stock of propeller-driven fire tankers to newer, faster jet-powered tankers with larger capaci...

Alum, ExpressJet VP talks future of aviation

For Brad Sheehan, senior vice president of operations for ExpressJet and a 1997 graduate of Auburn University, the future of aviation is promising. Sheehan spoke to a group of Auburn students Thursday about current and future opportunities in aviation following several years of downturn in the industry. “I got an invitation to come back and talk at the school that I spent four years an...

United Airlines Fails To Reach Agreement With Teamster Aviation Maintenance Technicians

United Airlines'  labor woes continue as talks with International Brotherhood of Teamsters-represented aviation maintenance technicians and related workers stalled yesterday. "Delta and American are setting the pace and United is dragging its feet," said Clacy Griswold, lead negotiator for the Teamsters. "Our hardworking aviation professionals deserve industry- lead...

Officials hope to attract business aviation to Oakland County International Airport

Officials are trying to bring more business to the county through the runways of Oakland Country International Airport in Waterford Township. An estimated $300 million in business aircraft lined the runways as officials attempted to lure new clients to the state’s second-busiest airport at an expo — believed be the first of its kind in the state — on Sept. 25. Oak...

Senate passes amendments to Civil Aviation Act

Members of the Senate, yesterday, gave their approval for amendments to the Civil Aviation Act, which seeks to increase the membership of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) Board. The Bill proposes to appoint three additional persons to serve on the board, which will bring the total to 12 up from nine. The board currently has eight appointed individuals and one ex officio member, the D...

Passenger plane carrying 10 people including three children is missing over Indonesia

Small aircraft was travelling between Masamba and Makassar on Friday  Officials confirmed contact had been lost with the DHC-6 Twin Otter plane  Plane was carrying three crew and seven passengers for one-hour flight A passenger plane carrying 10 people including three children has gone missing in Indonesia.   The country's Aviastar airline said contact had been lost...

BAE Systems shame: defense contractor walks back part of IFE claim

In a stunning last-minute walkback as the APEX Expo ended on Thursday afternoon, BAE Systems changed its tune on precisely what is to be streamed, and to what devices, under its agreement with two Hollywood studios. It would now appear that only one studio has approved streaming early window content to passengers’ personal entertainment devices (known as BYOD...

Cabin concept seeks to provoke questions about passenger desire

In the landmark Chicago Area Transportation Study of 1955-1962, urban planners defined desire lines as “the shortest line between origin and destination [expressing] the way a person would like to go, if such a way were available”. Though the basic concept behind these primal human “forces” predates cities, maps or even roads, few if any have applied the innately human...

Business or science? Choose both, urges Airbus marketing exec

Anaïs Marzo da Costa, Airbus’ newly appointed Head of Aircraft Interiors Marketing is, unusually for someone in her team, not from an engineering background. “Normally at Airbus, when you’re in marketing you’re an aeronautical engineer, and I am not,” Marzo da Costa laughed as she sat down with Runway Girl Network, fresh from presenting a Comfort and Ambienc...

The Disruptive Airline Concept That Puts Passengers First

Disruption is booming in the travel industry, with one notable exception: Air travel. Many would say, and have said, that air travel is broken, but can it be fixed? Can we tear it up and start fresh? Those are dangerous, blasphemous questions to ask, even if you’ve been helping the aviation industry imagine, design, and deliver a better self, practically from the beginning. At the A...