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Air China pilots warn flight safety under threat by unequal pay and lack of rest

More than 100 Air China pilots have signed an open letter alleging that they have an excessive workload, get inadequate rest and receive unequal pay.

Putin lets Russian airlines hire foreign pilots

President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday that allows Russian airlines to hire foreign pilots, a move the Kremlin said was needed to end a shortage of pilots on civilian flights as passenger numbers grow.

Airports call for EU-ASEAN open skies      

The EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit brought together 300 political, business and air transport industry leaders, exploring the rich opportunities in both aviation markets and the benefits to both the EU and ASEAN of greater market access and integration in air services.

ICAO–WCO Conference prioritises air cargo security and facilitation

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) completed a joint conference on air cargo security and facilitation held under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Interior Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa.

IATA encouraged by safety improvement in Africa

According to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), African aviation has made significant progress in safety with airlines on that continent experiencing only one Western-built jet hull loss last year.

Teen survives after flying to Hawaii in jetliner's wheel well

A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii - a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.


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Ukraine dismisses criticism over Russian flights

Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of putting lives at risk by preventing Russian pilots and crew disembarking from passenger flights but the Ukrainian authorities said the report distorted the facts.

Researchers tackle high-altitude engine icing    

Over the last 20 years, the aviation industry has documented more than 200 incidents where turbofans have lost power during high-altitude flights, according to NASA.

U.S. NTSB issues safety alert on wrong airport landings

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a safety alert on Wednesday about how airplane pilots can avoid the "potentially catastrophic mistake" of landing at the wrong airport.

Lufthansa scraps flights amid strikes at German airports

Deutsche Lufthansa (LHA) AG, Europe’s second-largest airline, has canceled 30 percent of flights scheduled for March 27 as a walkout by trade unions demanding higher pay at German airports grounds part of its fleet.

 As Assad advances, Syria launches commercial airline

A new Syrian airline plans to start flights from the war-torn country in May, a company manager told Reuters on Wednesday, following months of gains on the battlefield by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Legal loopholes on unruly passengers should be closed: IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to close legal loopholes that allow unruly passengers to escape law enforcement for serious offences committed on board aircraft.

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InterPilot: Vol 2 | No 1 | March 2014

The fourth instalment of InterPilot magazine has just been released! Use the above link to check

out our latest issue.


Conference Announcement: 4th edition

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Man sentenced to 14 years for pointing laser at police helicopter

A Central California man convicted of pointing a high-powered laser at a police helicopter was

sentenced Monday to spend 14 years in federal prison, a term prosecutors believe to be among

the region’s longest for such a crime.


India Aviation: Aviation ministry says govt in final leg of addressing air safety issues

The government is in the final leg of addressing the US Federal Aviation Agency (US FAA)

concerns on the aviation safety standards in the country, said Ashok Lavasa, secretary, civil



IATA cuts 2014 global airline profit forecast to $18.7 billion   

The Ukraine crisis and economic worries in Latin America have prompted the airline industry to

trim $1 billion off its global profit forecast for 2014, the International Air Transport Association

said on Wednesday.


Embraer rolls out more efficient E-175

Embraer has rolled out the first modified E-175 with a 6.4% improvement in fuel efficiency.


Southeast Asia low-cost airline fleet to expand by almost 20% in 2014. Are more deferrals needed?

Southeast Asia’s low-cost carrier fleet is still projected to increase by nearly 20% in 2014 despite

a recent spate of delivery deferrals and suspensions of expansion.


NATS airspace traffic: Incredible visualisation of plane filled skies      

This incredible footage has been unveiled by Britain's air traffic controller to give us a glimpse of

the sheer volume of air traffic which exists during a typical summer day above our heads.



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In line with its ongoing cooperative efforts to resolve what remains the number one priority for global aviation safety experts, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released a new Runway Safety Implementation Kit (iKit), developed in collaboration with IATA, ACI, CANSO, ICCAIA, FSF, IFALPA, IFATCA, IBAC, IAOPA, FAA, EASA and EUROCONTROL.
The new iKit consolidates many of the resources developed by ICAO and its Runway Safety Programme partners in recent years, as well as including latest guidance updates. Since its Global Runway Safety Symposium in May 2011, ICAO and these supporting agencies have delivered a range of helpful tools to assist States and operators, including updated runway safety international standards, centralized online resources, publication of the ICAO Runway Safety Team Handbook and twelve Regional Runway Safety Seminars.
“The ICAO Runway Safety Programme is one of global aviation’s best examples of how collaborative efforts on behalf of the world’s States and leading aviation organizations can deliver practical, cost-effective results on the very complex, multidisciplinary challenges facing our sector,” remarked ICAO Council President, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. “ICAO and its partners in this area remain fully committed to delivering continuous improvement on global aviation safety results and to lowering runway-associated fatalities.”
In the near-term, ICAO and its partners will also be launching a Runway Safety GO-Team programme which will help establish focused Runway Safety Teams at world airports, as well as conducting further Regional Runway Safety Seminars in Africa and the Middle East. All of this work will be coordinated under ICAO’s Regional Aviation Safety Groups which are responsible for implementation efforts and associated achievements relating to the targets in the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan.

Higher pay will help airlines attract pilots needed to comply with new rules:

A recently released report verifies what many have suspected when it comes to the supply of airline pilots: There are plenty of them. They just need to be paid a fair wage to get them into the cockpit.

Unfortunately, that fair wage isn’t on the near horizon where regional airlines are concerned, and they’re the ones complaining the loudest about a so-called pilot shortage. The solution may mean tickets cost more, but some items are worth paying for. Safety is one of them, and the knowledge that your pilot is fully trained, fully rested and fully capable of handling the aircraft in good and bad conditions should be worth something.

The subject of pilot pay came up again following a Government Accountability Office report on the pilot workforce. The upshot is that there is an ample supply of pilots. They just don’t want to work for peanuts, and who could blame them?

A draft copy of the report showed 109,465 pilots nationwide who have the qualifications to serve as a pilot or co-pilot on a commercial airline, but only 66,000 jobs for those pilots in 2012. There are another 105,000 who might be qualified once they log the 1,500 hours of flight time they need to become commercial airline pilots.

The flight time requirement is the result of a new rule Congress mandated after the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence five years ago.

As News Washington bureau chief Jerry Zremski’s article showed, there has been a significant drop in pilot salaries nationwide. Average starting salaries for pilots in a survey of 14 regional airlines are $24 an hour. Rebecca L. Shaw, co-pilot of Flight 3407, made about $16,000 in her first year at Colgan Air, the Continental contractor that operated the aircraft.

And she couldn’t afford to live near her job. As earlier News reports indicated, Shaw commuted from Seattle to her airline job in Newark. That meant a redeye flight to New Jersey before starting her day co-piloting a plane full of passengers.

It is plain to see why the victims’ families fought so hard for rules changes and so disgraceful to listen to regional airlines complain about a lack of qualified pilots. The pilots are out there. They’re willing to fly, just not for the poor wages that keep airlines profitable while risking the lives of people in the air and on the ground.

According to the GAO, “No single measure can provide definitive evidence as to whether a labor shortage exists. Rather, these data can indicate the extent to which employers may have difficulty attracting people at the current wage rate.”

Airlines have figured how to charge for everything from bags to legroom to early boarding. Seems as if they can figure out a way to ensure that properly trained, reasonably paid and well-rested pilots are in the cockpit. Few would complain.

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Commercial pilots being trained for worst-case ‘black swan’ scenarios

Airplane accidents such as the jet that ditched in New York’s Hudson River in 2009 are prompting

airlines to train pilots for extreme and unexpected worst-case scenarios — termed “black swan events” by the industry.

Egypt partners with Nigeria on aviation safety, operations

Nigeria has entered into strategic partnership with Egyptian aviation authorities on air safety and operations, presidential adviser on aviation, Captain Shehu Iyal has said.

Airlines fear backlash over crowded World Cup airports          

International airlines are worried the Brazilian government may hit them with a flurry of fines during the World Cup over delayed flights and lost bags at already overcrowded airports, IATA head Tony Tyler said.

EC adopts new aid limits for regional airports and airlines

The European Commission on Thursday adopted new guidelines for limiting state aid to regional airports and airlines, a move the EC claims will reduce competitive distortion by discouraging overcapacity at small, unprofitable facilities.

Airbus, Comac to cooperate on sustainable initiatives  

Airbus and Comac have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on initiatives aimed at sustainably growing the air transport industry.

Emirates signs agreement with Ecuadorian government

Emirates is expanding its operations into South America following the signing of a cargo and passenger agreement with Ecuadorian national airline TAME.

Batteries on planes pose 'increased fire risk'     

In June last year, police at San Diego International Airport noticed a passenger's bag was smoking as it journeyed around the carousel.

Lufthansa pilots to vote on possible strike

A German union says pilots at the country’s biggest airline, Lufthansa, will vote on whether to go on strike in a long-running pay dispute.

Tiger flights under cloud as pilots threaten action

Pilots at Tigerair Australia have threatened to take industrial action on Friday in a dispute which could disrupt flights after negotiations with the budget airline’s management over a new wage agreement stalled.

Russian Aviation Authority concerned about Superjet 100 safety

A Russian air safety regulator expressed concern Monday about the safety of the country’s new Superjet 100 regional airliner.

Lufthansa calls on EU to block Etihad, Alitalia tie-up      

Lufthansa has called on European regulators to block plans by Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways to invest in ailing Italian carrier Alitalia, saying it would amount to unfair competition.

LOT aborts 787 flight after computer malfunction

A computer malfunction on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner forced LOT to abort a scheduled transatlantic flight from Warsaw late on Monday, the Polish airline said.

Swedish police detain man who tried to enter cockpit on flight from Dubai to Stockholm

Police at Arlanda airport in Stockholm have detained a man who tried to enter the cockpit on a flight from Dubai to Stockholm.

Flight weather disruptions in January cost Americans $2.5 billion

January 2014 was the worst month for flight disruptions in recent history.


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Pilots demand to know why helicopters fall from sky

Leaders of Britain’s offshore and pilots’ unions yesterday called for a judicial review to discover why “helicopters keep falling out of the sky” in the UK sector of the North Sea.

 Reduction in tax on pilots' flying allowance hailed

Pakistan Airline Pilots' Association (Palpa) has expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Chairman PIA, and Special Assistant to PM on Aviation for revising tax on flying allowance which was imposed in the last budget.

Tiredness and ‘inadequate training’ of flight crew factors in Cork Airport crash

The final report into the Cork Airport crash that killed six people in 2011 has identified a number of “systemic deficiencies” that were significant to the fatal flight, concluding that the Spanish operator and Spain’s aviation regulator contributed to the incident.

India 1937 law stalls AirAsia’s plan to start flights

AirAsia Bhd. (AIRA), the region’s biggest budget airline, is aiming to start flights in India and bring more competition to one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

Dubai aviation safety records spotless

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) today announced that the Dubai aviation safety performance indicators have recorded zero air accident fatalities over the past ten years.

FAA announces converging runway procedures

The FAA has updated its air traffic controller handbook–JO7110.652–in an effort to prevent aircraft from flying too close together when operating on or near a busy hub airport.

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Pilots get special pay boost

Thai Airways International (THAI) has approved a special payment for pilots and co-pilots to stem a "brain drain".


India lifts ban on Airbus A380s

India will allow Airbus A380s to land at the country's four main airports, the civil aviation ministry said on Monday, lifting restrictions on the superjumbos flying into the country.


French, German ATCs postpone strikes over Single European Sky

French air traffic controllers SNCTA and German Gdf unions have postponed their strikes originally called for next week.

Lion Air may convert 787 orders, call bids for planes    

PT Lion Mentari Airlines, Indonesia's biggest carrier, may convert an order for five Boeing Co. (BA)

Dreamliners and then call new bids to buy planes with more than 250 seats amid a boom in domestic traffic.


Nigeria: Dana Air to resume operations

More than three months after it was grounded for technical and safety reasons, Dana Air may have received a go ahead to resume operations.

Venezuelan tempers flare as airlines halt sales on currency slide

Tempers flared at airline offices in Caracas on Friday as Venezuelans reacted angrily to international carriers’ refusal to sell tickets after the government devalued the bolivar for flights abroad.


Malaysia Airlines to cut last American route

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will suspend its flights to Los Angeles – its last destination in the Americas –as part of a major cost-cutting drive.

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Unions meet Flybe bosses over plans to shed 116 staff in Exeter

Union representatives are meeting Flybe management today as consultation continues over

proposals for 500 redundancies at the airline.

Russia readies rule change on foreign-pilot recruitment

Russian authorities are putting the finishing touches to legislation designed to allow domestic

carriers to hire foreign flightcrew.

Thai Air union threatens strike if protestors harmed

The union representing Thai Airways workers on Thursday threatened to ground the airline's fleet

if any harm came to protesters rallying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Boeing crash in Kazan: no signs if unauthorized personnel in cockpit - IAC

Specialists from the Interstate Aviation Committee, a body authorized to investigate civil air

incidents in the CIS, did not discover indications that unauthorized people could have been present

in the cockpit of the Boeing that crashed at the Kazan airport, the IAC said in a statement available

on its website.

Former ICAO director calls for total overhaul of aviation sector

Former director, Air Transport Bureau of International Civil  Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Mrs 

Folasade Odutola, has called for total overhaul of the entire Nigeria’s aviation industry which she

said was suffering from a  systemic failure.

Air India Dreamliners to be grounded for repairs

US aircraft major Boeing will begin repair work on its snag-prone Dreamliners from Sunday.

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Pilots union lifts industrial action after new Air Malta CEO is announced

The airline pilots association ALPA Malta has welcomed the designation of Air Malta's former

chief engineer Louis Giordimaina as chief executive for the national airline.

DGCA hires 20 pilots as inspectors to ‘save skin’

The very real threat of the US flight safety regulator downgrading Indian aviation has forced the

government to hire full-time pilots from commercial airlines for the grossly-understaffed directorate

general of civil aviation (DGCA) as flight operations inspectors (FOI).

Emissions trading row set to flare up again

US politicians are calling for the country’s airlines to be protected from being charged for their

carbon emissions by the European Union.

Belle Air suspends all flights

Albanian airline Belle Air has stopped all flights after the company’s bank accounts were frozen for

more than two weeks.

AMR seeks court approval of DOJ settlement

American Airlines' parent AMR on Monday asked a bankruptcy court to approve a settlement with

US regulators that would allow it to merge with US Airways and create the world's largest airline.

El Al launches low-cost flight brand "Up"

El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. today launched its new low-cost brand "Up", and is seeking to distinguish

itself from current routes.

Flying blind: Weather radars fail, pilots look out for clouds

Cruising at more than 30,000 feet at a speed of more than 700kmph in the middle of night a fortnight

ago, the captain and first officer of an Air India's A320 aircraft took turns to look out for patches of

clouds on the flight path as the plane's weather radar had conked off.


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Belgian court dismisses Ryanair contracts case

A Belgian court has confirmed that former Ryanair crew members who were based in the country

were employed on Irish contracts in a ruling that could have broader implications for the company.

10 ways to prevent plane bird strikes

A Southwest Airlines plane recently made an emergency return to Tennessee's Nashville

International Airport after hitting birds at take-off.

IATA: Global standards driving Middle East success

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to adopt and adhere to

global standards that are necessary for the safe, efficient and sustainable operation of the global

air transport system.

Training on ensuring aviation safety in Africa kicked off in Ethiopia

A week long training on ensuring aviation safety in Africa kicked off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on

Monday, November 4, 2013.

Flight attendant union disappointed in FAA exclusion of advanced training for cabin crew

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) expressed disappointment with the exclusion of

Flight Attendants from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) recently unveiled enhanced

training procedures, which include only Pilots, despite years of joint work by Flight Attendants and

the FAA on rules that would cover all crewmembers and dispatchers.

Boeing revises 737 max fuel-burn advantage upward

Boeing said it has completed aerodynamics, engine and weight audits that together have given it

a clearer picture of the future operating performance of the new 737 Max.

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Hundreds of flights cancelled as storm hits UK

Britain's strongest storm in a decade battered southern regions on Monday, forcing hundreds of flight

cancellations, cutting power lines and disrupting the travel plans of millions of commuters.

Pilots and passengers exposed to solar radiation due to poor space weather – NASA

The degrading space weather is increasing the exposure of airline pilots and frequent flyers to the

harmful solar radiation, as much as a nuclear plant employee, according to the reports revealed by

NASA officials.

United fined $1.1 million for tarmac delays at O'Hare: DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation said it fined United Airlines $1.1 million on Friday, the largest

fine assessed for a tarmac-delay violation since the rule limiting long delays took effect in April 2010.

Air Serbia commences operations following rebranding

On Friday, Air Serbia commenced operations under its new name, completing the carrier's rebranding


Low-cost airlines gaining ground in the Middle East

Though most airlines in the United Arab Emirates are state-run, low-cost airlines can make significant

impact on the market.

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Alitalia pilots union calls 4-hour strike Oct. 29, demands clarity on future

Alitalia's main pilots' union has announced a four-hour strike for Oct. 29 to pressure management for

details on how they intend to return the struggling carrier to health.

FAA chief vows quick action on gadgets, stall training

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday he would move "very quickly" on

whether to allow the use of personal electronics on planes below 10,000 feet.

Israel and Nigeria ink new aviation deal

Israel and Nigeria inked a new bilateral aviation deal that will provide for direct flights between the two


Malaysia announces new ATC facility

Malaysia is to replace its existing air traffic control and management system in Subang with a new

MYR700 million ringgit (USD$224 million) air traffic management facility to be built at Kuala Lumpur

International Airport.

Tigerair challenges continue as losses are recorded in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines & Singapore

Tigerair continues to face challenges, with all four of the group’s carriers reporting operating losses for

the three months ending 30 September 2013.

Boeing to boost Dreamliner production 40 percent by 2020

Boeing Co. today said it will boost production of its 787 Dreamliner by 20 percent within the next three

years and by 40 percent by 2020 as two longer versions of the jet join the lineup.

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Furloughed FAA, NTSB workers return as US government shutdown ends

FAA and other US federal agencies started the process of returning to full strength Thursday following

the end of the 16-day partial shutdown of the US government that started October 1 when funding

authority lapsed.


Airlines cancel flights ahead of Italian strike

Airlines including Easyjet and Ryanair cancelled flights to and from Italy on Friday (October 18) due to

a planned strike by air traffic controllers.

Ozoka: Nigerian Airlines are not operating to required safety status

Pioneer Commissioner and Chief Executive of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Mr. Angus Ozoka, has

explained why air accidents happen in Nigeria and what should be done to drastically reduce the

frequency of accidents.

Air France demands Alitalia overhaul before combination

Air France-KLM Group Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac said Alitalia SpA must commit to a

deeper overhaul before the French carrier considers deeper ties that would help create a pan-European


Chicago O'Hare adds runway to cut delays

Chicago's O'Hare Airport opened a new runway on Thursday, which the city hopes can cut delays by

nearly half, and allow for nearly 90,000 additional annual flights as demand grows.

EU aviation carbon charge compromise draws industry fire

Wednesday, the European Commission revived a proposal to charge foreign airlines for emissions over

European airspace, drawing the ire of airline groups who say it goes against the spirit of a recent global

aviation deal and could reignite trade tensions.

Staff crunch: AAI employees’ body seeks DGCA intervention

Complaining of "gross manpower deficiency" in air traffic management services, an AAI employees' outfit

has asked Civil Aviation Regulator DGCA not to allow commission of any new navigation facility without

deployment of adequate trained staff.

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LAN pilots in Colombia to refuse overtime

Pilots at the Colombian subsidiary of Chilean airline LAN, who are members of the Acdac union,

said they would refuse to work overtime, after a similar protest by pilots at Colombian airline

Avianca ended last week with a pay increase.

Nigeria grounds airline after accident killing 13

Nigeria's Federal Aviation Agency says authorities have grounded all aircraft belonging to Lagos-

based Associated Airline following a plane crash that killed at least 13 passengers.

ICAO reaches agreement on emissions deal

ICAO, the United Nations body in charge of civil aviation, has reached a consensus on a market-

based system to curb carbon emissions from airlines by 2020, but rejected a proposal to let Europe

apply its own plan to foreign carriers in the meantime.

Etihad to hire 1,000 pilots

At present, the airline has over 2,300 pilots and a cabin crew with more than 4,000 men and women.

JAL agrees to buy 31 Airbus A350s

Japan Airlines has ordered 31 wide-body A350 planes from Airbus in a deal worth $9.5 billion (£5.9

billion) at list prices.

World Bank to fund Pacific air safety modernisation

The Pacific Civil Aviation Safety Authority says new funding from the World Bank will help bolster the

international reputation of air travel in the region.

New air agreements with Japan, China will boost Canadian economy

Last month, top Canadian immigration and military officials spoke in Vancouver, stressing Canada’s

active push to become more of a player in the international arena — especially in the Asia-Pacific region.


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Airline pilots participate in numerous 9/11 events and ceremonies planned to honor victims of September 11

On this anniversary of 9/11, a number of events and ceremonies will be under way to honor the

fallen and the families of those lost on September 11, 2001.

Turkish FM meets families of kidnapped pilots in Lebanon

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met September 10 with the families of two Turkish pilots

kidnapped last month in Beirut in a case linked to the Syrian conflict.

PAL, Cebu Pacific cancel September 11-12 Zambo flights on CAAP order

All commercial flights to and from Zamboanga on Wednesday and Thursday were canceled as airport

operations in the beleaguered city remains suspended amid an ongoing armed conflict between

government troops and Moro gunmen the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said.

Hit by fuel hike, Nepal's airlines warn of suspending services

Nepal's air service providers have warned of suspension of services across the Himalayan country if

the government fails to roll-back the recent aviation fuel price hike.

Iraqi government closes Mosul Airport, issues arrest warrant for governor

The governor of Nineveh Province, Atheel Al-Nujaifi, criticized the central government’s decision to

close Mosul International Airport on Tuesday. No reasons for the closure were given.

Istanbul ideally positioned to be global connection point for air travel within 10 years

At a time of weak economies are hurting the aviation industry worldwide, Turkish capital city of

Istanbul is progressing by leaps and bounds. Istanbul is racing ahead with a double digit growth

thanks largely to the phenomenal success of Turkish Airlines, said Dr Temel Kotil, Chief Executive

Officer, Turkish Airlines.

Wrongly-fitted washer led A300 to veer off runway

Incorrect installation of a washer in the nose-gear torque link axle of an Airbus A300B4 freighter

caused a chain reaction that ended with the aircraft’s veering off the runway at Bratislava.

India approves controlled cockpit rest for pilots

India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced support for periods of

controlled cockpit rest for pilots.

Iraq shuts down major airport

Iraq closed the international airport in its second largest city Mosul on Tuesday, grounding all flights

without giving any explanation, air industry and security sources said.

El Al nixes flights to Eilat over safety worries

El Al announced Tuesday it was canceling all of its flights from Tel Aviv to Eilat in response to what it

called “a one-sided decision” by the Israel Airport Authority to set a new flight route for the planes.

ATSB releases training video on data input errors

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released a training video highlighting some near

catastrophes that occurred after experienced pilots incorrectly entered takeoff data in the flight

management computer aboard large airline aircraft, including a Boeing 747 and 767 and an Airbus 


DGCA warns Bihar on flight safety issues at Patna airport

Aviation regulator DGCA has warned Bihar government to take urgent steps to upgrade flight safety

at the Patna airport or else it will have only small aircraft operating from there.

Kuwait Airways may delay deal for Airbus jets

Kuwait Airways may delay a plan to buy 25 new aircraft from Airbus, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on

Monday, saying the state-owned carrier would prioritize leasing planes instead.

New OSHA cabin rules take effect this month

New work rules governing occupational safety and health conditions for cabin crew will become

effective September 26.

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Airline pilots engaged on issue of unmanned aircraft

Two years out from the September 2015 deadline the U.S. Congress established to introduce

unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) into the nation’s airspace system, airline pilots are engaged in

the process of developing standards and practices that UAS operators will follow.

FAA, NTSB, airlines at odds over release of information in airline incidents

Recent airline accidents and incidents such as the Southwest Airlines 737 that apparently landed

nose-first at New York's LaGuardia airport in July are pointing out a growing friction between airlines,

the FAA and the NTSB over how information is released to the media and the public.

Airbus steadily clocks up A350 flight hours

Airbus has completed over 150h of flight testing with its A350 prototype, having resumed the

campaign in August following a short break.

UK airline passengers worry about pilot fatigue

Nearly 90 percent of the UK public would be concerned about flying with a pilot who had been awake

for an extended period of time, according to a survey conducted for the British Air Line Pilots

Association (BALPA).

Flight attendant admits to bomb threats

A flight attendant pleaded guilty Monday to making false bomb threats against several United Airlines

flights, causing flight delays and intensive searches of passengers, authorities said.

Ryanair warns on profit, blaming weak Europe and sterling

Ryanair, Europe's biggest budget airline, could miss its annual profit target for the first time in a decade,

it said on Wednesday, blaming lower demand across the continent and a weaker currency in its largest

market, Britain.


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14POS09 – Aircraft as friction measuring device

Background: Industry research and scientific projects are currently assessing the feasibility of

determining runway friction coefficients through real-time transmission of braking efficiency data

from landing aircraft.

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Israel closes Haifa Airport due to rockets fire from Lebanon

Israel announced on Friday closure of Haifa Airport, north its lands, following firing of rockets from

Lebanon towards that area yesterday, a spokesman for Israeli army stated.

FAA issues policy to improve workplace safety for aircraft cabin crewmembers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), working with the

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), today issued a

final policy for improving workplace safety for aircraft cabin crewmembers.

Potholes on airport runway spell trouble for Nepal tourism

Nepal has asked foreign airlines not to land heavily-loaded wide-body aircraft at the Himalayan

nation's international airport, aviation authorities said on Friday, after potholes were found on the

runway before the annual influx of mountain-going tourists.

ICAO certifies Nigeria's airspace as safe

The International Civil Aviation Organization has listed Nigeria as one of the 14 countries in Africa

that have achieved effective air safety implementation above the global average of 61 per cent.

Argentina scolds LAN for stirring concern

LATAM Airlines, the biggest carrier in Latin America, is stirring popular sentiment against Argentina,

the country's airport regulator said on Thursday, in a standoff threatening operations at a key

Buenos Aires airport.

Heathrow completes southern runway upgrade

The £20million make-over of Heathrow’s southern runway is one step closer, after the completion of

the replacement of the asphalt surface, and the start of the final installation of the new lights and


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New     Hungarian airline to launch next month


Monday, 19 August 2013 10:35


New Hungarian airline Solyom will launch its first charter flights next     month and scheduled flights from early October, the company's chief     executive Jozsef Vago said on Sunday.


Japan's       big airlines vie for landing rights


Monday, 19 August 2013 10:31


Tokyo's Haneda airport is the latest battleground for Japan's two       major carriers, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, in a       politically-charged fight over USD$400 million worth of landing rights.


Boeing       issues advisory on 787 fire extinguishers


Monday, 19 August 2013 10:29


Boeing has advised all operators of 787s to inspect their airplanes       for “improperly configured” engine fire extinguisher bottles following       discoveries by Japan's All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines of a problem       in a total of four Dreamliners.


Airports       may benefit from move to block airline merger


Monday, 19 August 2013 10:26


The US government's lawsuit to block the proposed merger between US       Airways and American Airlines could be "marginally positive" for       airports if the move heralds the end of an industry-wide consolidation       trend, Fitch Ratings said on Friday.


Turkish       pilot abandons flight to protest abducted colleagues in Lebanon


Monday, 19 August 2013 10:24


A Turkish Airlines pilot abandoned an Istanbul-Beirut flight on Sunday       to protest the abduction of two Turkish pilots in Lebanon earlier this       month, private Dogan news agency reported.


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