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United Airlines fined record US$1.9 million over unacceptable tarmac delays

United Airlines has been fined a total of US$1.9 million by the U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) for a total of 25 specific incidents where federal rules were violated as its aircraft were left on the tarmac, with passenger on board, for longer than three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international flights before allowing them to disembark. The occurrences happened between 2016 and February of this year and involved a total of 3,218 passengers.

According to United Airlines, the majority of incidences occurred as a result of bad weather and involved flights which had been diverted from their original destination. United was keen to point out that the 25 flights in question were out of a total of eight million in the six-year period. As United Airlines had already compensated passengers to the tune of US$750,000 this was credited against the fine, while a further US$200,000 was to be credited to the carrier to help it develop "a diversion management tool which improves United’s Network Operations Center overall situational awareness of system-wide diversions and better allows United to avoid the oversaturation of airports with diversion flights."

Consequently, the level of fine that United will have to pay is US$950,000. United said Friday it remains "committed to fully meeting all DOT rules and will continue identifying and implementing improvements in how we manage difficult operating conditions," adding that it "believes there is also a tension between the rules and operational decisions to position flights to take advantage of windows of opportunity to get the passengers to their ultimate destination." The carrier also let it be known that it had made considerable improvements to and investment in its management of diversions.

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BAA Training launches new Boeing 737 MAX type rating program

BAA Training will launch a new Boeing 737 MAX type rating program, fully authorized by the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA). The program delivered in BAA Training Spain’s training facilities encompasses theoretical knowledge instruction and training in the brand-new full flight simulator (FFS) Boeing 737 MAX that is expected to be ready for training (RFT) in October 2021.

The Boeing 737 MAX type rating will be offered to corporate and individual clients looking to gain competence in flying the Boeing 737 MAX. The aircraft is currently allowed to fly in the U.S., Europe, and other countries except for China.

The theoretical part consists of 110 training hours, and the flight training in a simulator takes 40 training hours to complete. The theory hours further break down into 90 hours of ground school training and 20 hours of Cockpit Procedures Training (CPT). The 40 training hours devoted to flight training represent nine FFS sessions of 36 hours (four hours each) and a skill test of four hours.

Volo Aero MRO now AS9110:C certified repair facility

Volo Aero MRO has passed its audit and is now an AS9110:C certified  repair facility. This audit was completed  over multiple days by an independent DNV auditor with zero nonconformances. This is a continuation of the drive by Volo Aero MRO to be a  supplier to the aerospace military and civil markets of the highest quality. As one of only two globally approved Rolls Royce ARF (Authorized Repair Facility) on the T56, as well as a supplier to major OEM’s  it is providing a range of capabilities on the CFM56, PW4000 and CF6-80C2.

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Volotea, Air Nostrum and Dante Aeronautical unveil plans for first 100% electric aircraft

The 100% electric aircraft project led by Volotea, Air Nostrum and Dante Aeronautical will mean an important step towards a future with emission-free aviation. This aircraft will play a crucial role in establishing zero-emission regional air transport, enabling connections to be made between small population centers, thanks to its reduced operating costs compared to much larger aircraft. The consortium expects this initial prototype to be certified for flight in three years' time, representing a major milestone for the aviation industry.

The collaboration involves the two major aircraft operators, Dante Aeronautical, artificial intelligence companies such as DataBeaco, engineering and technology innovation companies in the aviation sector, including the Spanish multinational CT, as well as public research organizations such as CIDAUT (the Foundation for Transport and Energy Research and Development - Fundación para la Investigación y Desarrollo en Transporte y Energía) and CIDETEC (The Specialized Energy-Storage Research Center - Centro de Investigación Especializado en el Almacenamiento de Energía). The project is a clear example of commitment to technological innovation and sustainability.

“We started our collaboration with Dante Aeronautical back in 2019 and are very proud to see how the project has grown and gained momentum with the support of new partners, including several Spanish technology companies. The development of an electric aircraft using hydrogen battery technology will reduce carbon emissions. It makes complete sense for Volotea to support this project since it’s completely in line with our goal of connecting underserviced cities and doing so in ways that are more sustainable,” stated Carlos Muñoz, Volotea’s founder and CEO.

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India orders 56 Airbus C295 aircraft to replace AVRO fleet

India has formalized the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 aircraft to replace the Indian Air Force (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet. It is the first ‘Make in India’ aerospace program in the private sector, involving the full development of a complete industrial ecosystem: from the manufacture to assembly, test and qualification, to delivery and maintenance of the complete lifecycle of the aircraft.

Under the contractual agreement, Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in ‘fly-away’ condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain. The subsequent 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by the Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) in India as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies.

The first 16 aircraft will be delivered over four years after the contract implementation. All the IAF C295s will be handed over in transport configuration and equipped with an indigenous electronic warfare suite.

Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tata Advanced Systems Limited, said, “This is a moment of pride for Tatas and a milestone for the Indian military manufacturing ecosystem. For the first time, an Indian private company will be wholly manufacturing an aircraft in India. This endeavour demonstrates Tata Advanced Systems’ capabilities as a defense manufacturer to build globally competitive complex platforms in India."

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Joramco appoints Fraser Currie as Chief Executive Officer

Joramco, the Amman-based maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider and the engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), has announced the appointment of Fraser Currie as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2021.

Currie joined Joramco in April 2018 as Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to joining Joramco, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Texel Air, a Bahrain based cargo airline. Currie has 38 years of industry experience, the last 17 years of which at senior executive levels.

Currie succeeds Jeff Wilkinson, who is taking an expanded role at DAE Engineering to grow the engineering division’s footprint.

Astronics signs cooperative agreement with Aerotec Concept

Astronics Corporation has signed a cooperative agreement with Aerotec Concept of Toulouse, France. The agreement will provide both companies the opportunity to offer a greater breadth of new technologies, applications, and/or modifications requiring EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) certifications to the marketplace. More specifically, the cooperative agreement provides Astronics the means to expand its comprehensive design, development, analysis, substantiation, certification, kitting and manufacturing capabilities further into the aerospace market in Europe.

Astronics and Aerotec have a rich history of successful collaborative efforts including qualification of The Edge, Astronics’ newly launched fully scalable cabin network IFE platform, certification of large radome installations, and power solutions for portable electronic devices.
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