Tuesday, August 27th, 2019


Pilot killed as Spanish military training jet crashes off Murcia coastline

A C-101 training jet has crashed off the Spanish coast near La Manga. The aircraft was believed to have been part of the Patrulla Aguila, Spain’s aerobatic display team equivalent to the U.K.’s Red Arrows. While initial reports stated that the pilot had ejected safely and that there was no-one else on board, Reuters News Agency has subsequently reported that, tragically, the pilot was killed in the accident which occurred at 0738 GMT, Monday, August 26.

Seven people were killed on Sunday when a helicopter and a small plane collided in the air above the Spanish island of Mallorca, the Balearic Islands authorities said. Five people, including two children, were in the helicopter, and two adults were in the plane when the accident happened close to Inca, an inland town on the Mediterranean island.


JetBlue to launch cargo service with Aeronex Cargo

JetBlue will partner with Aeronex Cargo to launch a new cargo offering. Aeronex Cargo, based in Miami, are specialists in delivering turnkey air cargo managed services to low-cost airlines and will focus on providing fast and reliable air cargo services to the registered freight forwarders as well as known shippers.

Cargo services will begin with a traditional air-to-air offering in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). This service will first be expanded with a drop-off point at Miami International Airport (MIA), one of the top five busiest cargo airports in America, where Aeronex Cargo will pick up and transport goods to Fort Lauderdale. By the end of this year, JetBlue and Aeronex Cargo expect to open additional cargo operations in John F. Kennedy International
Airport (JFK), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

Utair selects GE Aviation’s Avionica for wireless Quick Access Recorders

Utair has selected GE Aviation to supply wireless mini Quick Access Recorders (QAR) to assist Utair in meeting its flight data collection requirements from the State Civil Authority of Russia (SCAA).  The miniQAR will be supplied from Avionica, a joint venture of GE Aviation. Deliveries are currently taking place across Utair’s fleet of 45 Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft, adding to the nearly 16,000 unique aircraft and assets connected to GE Aviation’s digital solutions.

Avionica’s wireless QARs require minimal setup and configuration requirements and can be transitioned in the future to new aircraft if required.  More than 9,000 of Avionica’s QARs have been delivered around the world, with Supplemental Type Certification (STC) earned on more than 300 models of air transport, business and general aviation aircraft.

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Comlux gets 4th ACJ320neo completion order

Comlux's Completion division has been selected by DC Aviation Group to complete the VIP interior of an ACJ320neo aircraft. This new signing consolidates Comlux Completion’s order book with a total of 4 ACJ320neo VIP cabins contracts signed to date.

Before flying to Comlux’ Indianapolis facilities, the aircraft, belonging to an undisclosed customer of DC Aviation Group, is to be delivered green by Airbus in November 2019.

DC Aviation emerged in 2007 from the former DaimlerChrysler Aviation, a DaimlerChrysler AG subsidiary that was founded in 1998. With branches in Dubai, Malta and additional locations in Moscow and Paris, its international presence keeps growing steadily. During its 20-year corporate history, DC Aviation has acquired comprehensive experience in aircraft management.

DOT announces appointees to safety oversight and certification advisory committee

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced the appointment of 22 members to DOT’s new Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee (SOCAC).

“The committee’s input will help the Department ensure that the FAA remains the world’s leader in aviation safety,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The SOCAC was created by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Reauthorization Act of 2018. The committee will provide advice to the Secretary of Transportation regarding issues facing the aviation community related to FAA safety oversight and certification programs. These include aircraft and flight standards certification processes, oversight of safety management systems, risk-based oversight efforts, and utilization of delegation and designation authorities.

The SOCAC consists of twenty voting members representing stakeholders across the aviation field and two non-voting FAA members. Members are appointed to 2-year terms. The FAA Administrator will also serve on the committee as a voting member.

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Air Canada’s takeover of Transat now in the hands of regulators

With 94.77 percent of shareholders voting in favour of the sale of Transat to Air Canada at a special meeting, the future of the deal now rests firmly in the hands of regulators. The bid of CA$720 million equates to a figure of CA$17.00 per share for Transat, while the company’s share price dropped 3 percent to CA$16.19 at market close. If successful, Air Canada’s takeover of Transat will see Canada’s largest carrier secure a 60 percent share of the country’s transatlantic market, while maintaining a firm hold on air travel to and from Montreal.

It is anticipated the takeover will be closely scrutinized, not only from the Competition Bureau, but other regulatory bodies, including those in Europe. “Today, we are very confident that we will get the approval of these different regulatory authorities,” Transat board member Jean-Yves Leblanc said at a news conference. (US$1.00 = CA$1.33 at time of publication.)

SkyWest Airlines names new Vice President, Airport Operations

SkyWest Airlines has appointed Greg Wooley to the new position of Vice President – Airport Operations, effective September 6, 2019. In this position, Wooley will be responsible for airport ground operations at all SkyWest and vendor-handled locations, as well as the development and implementation of their respective operational procedures and policies.

He will oversee ground equipment, corporate real estate, ground personnel training, and will work with our partners to support a reliable and positive customer experience. As Vice President – Airport Operations, Wooley will report to Mike Thompson, SkyWest Airlines Chief Operating. Wooley assumes the role as Steve Black retires after 28 years with the airline.


Gulfstream expands MRO operations in Appleton, Wisconsin

Gulfstream Aerospace has officially expanded its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport with the opening of a newly built aircraft maintenance facility. The facility has been operational since Aug. 10.

The nearly 190,000 ft² building, northeast of the airport terminal, was constructed with an investment of approximately US$40 million. The expansion to the Appleton service center includes 101,853 sq ft² of hangar space, which will accommodate 12 Gulfstream G650ER or G650 aircraft. In addition to offices, back shops and general support space, the expansion adds a new sales and design center and increased customer access to Gulfstream’s design portfolio.

The project, announced in February 2018, has resulted in nearly 100 new jobs at Gulfstream Appleton, with the potential for more in the next few years.


Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter applies for IATA membership

Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter (LGW) has successfully passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). On this basis it will apply for membership in the IATA.

The IOSA is the worldwide industry standard for operational quality and safety procedures in air traffic. During certification, all operational departments such as organisation, flight operations, aircraft maintenance and cabin crew are checked for the course of established procedures. IATA is an international association representing some 290 airlines or 82% of all air traffic. Its members play a major role in shaping industrial policy issues in aviation.

This means that both airlines of the Zeitfracht Group are certified with the IOSA. In addition to LGW, WDL Aviation, which already has been successfully audited in the past, is also part of the Berlin family business.

Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter mbH (LGW) is an airline founded in 1980 and active in regional and feeder traffic.It has its headquarters at Dortmund Airport and further locations in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. The company is a leading provider in the wet lease business. LGW was taken over by the Berlin-based Zeitfracht Group in April 2019.

NAC delivers one leased Embraer E190 to HOP!

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered one new Embraer E190, MSN 19000768, to HOP! on lease. This is the third aircraft to deliver as part of a seven aircraft lease agreement.

HOP! is a subsidiary airline of the AIR FRANCE Group and operates flights for Air France, in several regions of France and Europe.

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