Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Definitive MH17 crash report to be published October 13th

August 28, 2015 · 89 Views

The Dutch safety board has announced that a final report on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine will be released on the 13th October. For relatives and governments this news will help shed light on who is being held responsible for the attack on the plane which crashed killing all 298 passengers and crew on board. Currently investigations have led the Dutch Safety Board to believe the aircraft was hit by “high energy objects”. Governments in the West are laying blame at the doorstep of Moscow-backed separatists, believing the plane was brought down by a ground-to-air missile fired in error. Russia has contested such claims, variously attributing the crash to an unidentified Ukrainian fighter aircraft and a Ukrainian-launched anti-aircraft missile. The Dutch Safety Board has not committed itself to any one particular theory.
As two-thirds of the passengers on board the ill-fated flight were of Dutch nationality, the investigation is being carried out by Dutch authorities. However air safety investigations only concentrate on the technical circumstances of crashes and are not responsible for attributing any criminal blame, but in this case critical information about the specific nature of this event may give a clear indication as to who was responsible for firing any missile.
In July Russia vetoed an attempt by the Netherlands, Malaysia and a number of other countries affected by the crash to create an international tribunal with a view to trying those deemed responsible for the downing of the Boeing 777 flight MH17. A United Nations-backed tribunal was the preferred option of these countries as they believed it would have the required legitimacy in order to successfully demand the extradition of any alleged perpetrators. Subsequently, affected countries have decided to pursue alternative routes to prosecute those suspected of involvement.
The Dutch Safety Board also confirmed that relatives of those killed in the flight would be advised of the report’s conclusions prior to release.


Ascent Aviation Services promotes Melisa Ley to Controller

August 29, 2011 · 47 Views

Ascent Aviation Services reported the promotion of Melisa Ley to Controller. Ms Ley is directly responsible for overall operations, direction, coordination and continuous imrovement of th Accounting Department by maximizing return on financial assets while establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems.


Lao Airlines purchases two A320s

August 29, 2011 · 40 Views

Lao Airlines, the national carrier of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos), has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of two A320 aircraft, becoming a new Airbus customer. The aircraft will be operated by Lao Airlines on routes linking Vientiane to key destinations in South East Asia, including Bangkok and Singapore. Powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International, the aircraft will feature a high comfort two class layout seating 126 passengers in the main cabin and 16 in Business Class.


Air Austral takes delivery of first 777-200LR

August 29, 2011 · 38 Views

Air Austral took delivery of its first Boeing 777-200LR on August 26th. As one of the newest members of the 777 family, the 777-200LR has the capability to connect non-stop virtually any two cities in the world. Air Austral’s 777-200LR will enable the airline to fly non-stop from Mayotte, a French Department north of Madagascar, to Paris. Air Austral currently operates a fleet of six 777-300ERs and 777-200ERs. With this delivery, Air Austral becomes the second carrier in Africa to take delivery of the 777-200LR airplane.


SpiceJet of India accepts first two Q400 NextGen aircraft and signs maintenance agreement

August 29, 2011 · 36 Views

Indian carrier SpiceJet has taken delivery of the first two of 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft ordered in December 2010. SpiceJet will use its Q400 NextGen aircraft for high-frequency, point-to-point services to regional cities, complementing its larger jet aircraft that connect major Indian cities. SpiceJet currently serves 22 destinations in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. SpiceJet has also signed a 10-year agreement under Bombardier’s comprehensive SmartParts program that will provide a wide spectrum of cost-per-flight-hour maintenance for the airline’s full fleet of Q400 NextGen aircraft.


RUAG invests CHF 10 million in central Switzerland

August 29, 2011 · 38 Views

RUAG will be unveiling its newly built Hall 8 in Emmen, a multi-functional industrial hall for various product cycles. The hall offers almost 2,600 m² of flexible space for final assembly and MRO/upgrades of aircraft and helicopters. With approximately 900 m² of additional floor space, it provides a modern working environment with workshops, storage space, offices and recreation rooms spanning three floors. The hall, which measures around 54 m x 54 m and is 10 m high, has a sustainable architecture and fulfils tough process and safety standards. It is currently being used for the ongoing series upgrade program for the Swiss Air Force’s TH89 Super Puma transport helicopters.


Lufthansa Technik and SCHOTT sign agreement

August 29, 2011 · 44 Views

Lufthansa Technik and SCHOTT have agreed to work together more closely on cabin lighting for passenger planes. A contract to this effect was signed by Andrew Muirhead, Director of Innovation for Lufthansa Technik AG, and Dr. Armin Plichta, General Manager of Aviation for the Lighting and Imaging division of SCHOTT AG, in Hamburg on August 25. Conceived to be a “one-stop shop” strategy, the collaboration will cover the entire process chain, ranging from the design of lighting to manufacturing, installation and approvals, but also service over the course of the entire product lifecycle. Lufthansa Technik will concentrate on the area of lighting control, approval and validation and provide installation, maintenance, repair and upkeep services. SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging will be contributing its expertise and experience in the area of lighting systems.


Boeing strengthens global customer focus with leadership moves

August 29, 2011 · 42 Views

Boeing announced a series of executive leadership changes designed to strengthen customer-facing organizations globally. Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is named president of Boeing Germany, Northern Europe/EU and Africa. Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes has named Ray Conner to the new position of senior vice president of Sales and Customer Support. Conner was vice president and general manager, Supply Chain Management and Operations. Lou Mancini will continue to lead Commercial Aviation Services, reporting to Conner. Stan Deal was named to succeed Conner as vice president and general manager, Supply Chain Management and Operations. Lianne Stein, vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing Germany, is appointed vice president of Global Corporate Citizenship, succeeding Anne Roosevelt, who will retire August 31. Antonio De Palmas, president of Boeing European Union and NATO relations will continue the important role of representing Boeing with EU and NATO stakeholders.


3 Points Machining and Aerospace completes new facility in Charlottetown

August 30, 2011 · 37 Views

3 Points Machining and Aerospace has established a new aerospace manufacturing and repair facility in Charlottetown. This new facility will result in faster turn-around times on aircraft parts and lower the repair costs of high-quality products. The provincial government indicates that the opening of this facility will help to create as many as 22 jobs in Prince Edward Island in one of the fastest growing and strongest industries in the Atlantic region. The Government of Canada, through ACOA, invested $500,000 towards the purchase of necessary equipment at the new facility. The Government of Prince Edward Island supported this project through the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning with a $1.9 million secured, repayable loan. The company was also eligible to apply for the Innovation and Development Labour Rebate Program with support up to $531,000 based on job creation.


Jet Aviation Basel signs new refurbishment contract for A330-200

August 30, 2011 · 43 Views

Jet Aviation Basel recently signed a contract with a long-standing customer to perform cabin modifications and general refurbishment of an Airbus 330-200 aircraft. To reduce the required downtime of the aircraft and to ensure timely completion and redelivery, Jet Aviation will prepare all required parts in advance of the Airbus’s arrival at the facility, scheduled for the end of 2011. These critical requirements were identified during Jet Aviation’s “upfront” staging process.


Boeing launches 737 new engine family

August 30, 2011 · 47 Views

Boeing’s board of directors has approved the launch of the new engine variant of the market-leading 737, based on order commitments for 496 airplanes from five airlines and a strong business case. The new 737 family will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines optimized for the 737. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017.

Boeing has named Bob Feldmann vice president and general manager of the new engine 737 family. With 35 years of aerospace experience, Feldmann most recently led the Surveillance and Engagement division within Boeing Military Aircraft, a unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security that includes several commercial derivative programs based on the 737 platform. He has been instrumental in leading the successful development of complex programs such as the EA-18G Growler and the P-8A Poseidon.
Michael Teal has been named vice president, chief project engineer and deputy program manager. Teal’s most recent role was vice president and chief project engineer on the 747-8 program, where he was instrumental in managing the airplane’s configuration and integration, performance, safety, test and certification.


MAEL extends line maintenance agreement with Aer Lingus‏

August 30, 2011

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has extended its line maintenance technical handling agreement with Aer Lingus.The agreement will see MAEL continue to provide support to the Irish operator’s fleet of Airbus A320’s at their line stations in Gatwick.


Boeing introduces 737 MAX with launch of new aircraft family

August 30, 2011 · 40 Views

Boeing has unveiled the 737 MAX, the name of the new engine variant of the market-leading 737 launched on August 31. The new family of aircraft – 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 – builds on the strengths of the Next-Generation 737.
“The 737 MAX offers airlines the right solution and the best choice for creating the most successful future with improved profitability,” said Nicole Piasecki, vice president of Business Development and Strategic Integration, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX will deliver maximum efficiency, maximum reliability and the Boeing Sky Interior will continue to offer maximum passenger comfort. We call it the 737 MAX because it optimizes everything we and our customers have learned about designing, building, maintaining and operating the world’s best single-aisle airplane.”

The 737 MAX will deliver big fuel savings that airlines will need to successfully compete in the future. Airlines will benefit from a 7 percent advantage in operating costs over future competing airplanes as a result of optimized CFM International LEAP-1B engines, more efficient structural design and lower maintenance requirements.


Jet Midwest partners with Phoenix Aerosolutions on Fokker F100 Freighter conversion

August 30, 2011 · 180 Views

Kansas City based Jet Midwest and MRO Jet Midwest Technik have partnered with Phoenix Aerosolutions on a program to convert Fokker 100s to 14,000 kg freighter aircraft. A former Air France F.100 was acquired earlier in the year for design and the program is now well underway and the cargo door opening is on target to be cut in early September with certification to occur in early 2012. The program was conceived by Phoenix Aerosolutions founder and engineer Stan Mounce to achieve an aircraft capable of bridging the cargo gap between turbo-prop and larger 727 or 737 aircraft. ” The very low cost of operation, modern cockpit and the current age of the global fleet of 179 Fokker F.100 aircraft, make it an ideal candidate aircraft for cargo conversion” says Stan Mounce. The conversion will allow up to 11 LD-3 or 14 LD-2 containers. The work will be performed at Kansas City based MRO Jet Midwest Technik and has a projected price of between $1.4 million-$1.6 million.