Tuesday, September 18th, 2018



First ICAO-EASA forum focuses on cheaper, safer and more sustainable aviation

At their first-ever forum, the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) joined forces to bring together South East Asian aviation stakeholders to discuss the future of air transport in the South East Asian region.

Travel to, from, and within South East Asia is expected to increase at an average 6.6% annually over the next 20 years. The civil aviation authorities of South East Asia are facing increased air traffic in the face of ongoing major infrastructure limitations, leading to improved requirements for safety and efficiently operation of aviation facilities and services.

Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, said “Development of the Seamless ASEAN Sky together with the ASEAN Single Aviation Market is a must. It will soon become irrelevant how many passengers the airlines carry, aircraft are bought, or freedoms of the air are agreed – if the air traffic management system cannot handle the demand, the only thing that is created is delays.”

“Besides the forecast growth here, many South East Asia governments will be confronted by a rapidly evolving sectoral environment in terms of technologies, operations, and business models,” commented ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu. “But as operations here continue to grow, and States continue to prosper from that growth, it is imperative that we continue to work continuously and cooperatively toward our shared objectives.”

Climate change was also discussed at the forum in Bangkok, Thailand, prompting the ICAO to advance environmental standards for civil aviation without traffic growth disruption, and the advanced digitalisation of aviation data to improve levels of efficiency and safety.


First ANA A380 takes to the skies

The first A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) took to the skies September 17, completing a maiden flight from the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France to the Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is now being prepared for cabin installation and painting in the airline’s special A380 livery.

ANA HOLDINGS placed a firm order for three A380s in 2016, becoming the first customer for the superjumbo in Japan. The first delivery is scheduled early 2019, and the A380 will initially be operated on the popular Tokyo-Honolulu route.

The A380 is the most efficient solution to meet growth on the world’s most heavily travelled routes, carrying more passengers with fewer flights at lower cost and with less emissions.

To date, Airbus has delivered 229 A380s, with the aircraft now in services with 14 airlines worldwide.

Qantas chooses Spatial to upgrade its Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainers

Spatial, one of the leading provider of cabin crew training simulators, will upgrade Qantas’ narrow-body and wide-body Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainers (CEETs).

The upgrades, designed to overcome obsolescence issues, will include the installation of Spatial’s state-of-the-art PLC based operating system and paired visual technologies as well as a wireless Instructor Operator Station.

Spatial Composite Solutions in an ISO9001 certified provider of cabin crew training equipment, specialising in the manufacture of cutting edge emergency evacuation, cabin service and door trainers. Additionally, the company provides consultancy services in relation to the design and fit-out of cabin crew training facilities.


AJW Group awarded PBH contract with TAP Maintenance & Engineering

AJW Group, a world-leading independent specialist in the global management of aircraft spares, has been awarded a power-by-the-hour (PBH) contract with TAP Maintenance & Engineering, a leading global MRO provider and part of the TAP Group.

The contract, which takes effect in September, builds on a long-standing relationship between AJW Group and TAP Maintenance & Engineering which includes the sale of engine parts and other rotables. AJW Group will now support TAP with the supply, repair and overhaul of rotable components on two A320neo aircraft operated by Azores Airlines.

AJW has a worldwide network of established supply chain vendor relationships, and a global base of more than 1,000 customers with over 4,000 aircraft under contract, making it the ideal partner for airlines and MRO organisations requiring fully integrated solutions and seeking to achieve competitive advantage.

Stefano Bortoli appointed CEO of ATR

ATR, with the unanimous support of its shareholders Airbus and Leonardo, has appointed Stefano Bortoli, currently President of the ATR Board and Senior Vice President Strategy, Marketing Development and Sales of Leonardo Aircraft Division, as new CEO of ATR with immediate effect. This follows the announcement last week by Airbus appointing Christian Scherer as its Chief Commercial Officer.

Stefano Bortoli has a deep knowledge and understanding of the company, the aviation industry and the regional market. He held various top management positions and has a very international background, providing the right profile and experience to continue the positive developments at ATR.

SR Technics

321 Precision Conversions selects Telair as Cargo Handling System provider for Passenger-to-Freighter Conversion of A321-200 aircraft

321 Precision Conversions (321PC), has announced Telair International as the Cargo Handling System Manufacturer for the passenger-to-freighter conversion of Airbus A321-200 aircraft.

The Telair International A321PCF main deck cargo system is the most versatile and ultra-light weight system on narrow body freighters in the industry. This system offers future customers of the Precision converted A321PCF aircraft a wide variety of configuration options allowing maximum flexibility to expand their business opportunities. Telair has added the industry wide unique capability to load R-Code (16 ft.) pallets and offers transport capability for up to 14 A-Code, 13 M-Code as well as 16 B-Code Containers on the A321PCF.

Telair’s innovative and high-quality mechanical components, guarantee longer durability of equipment resulting in significantly reduced maintenance costs. In addition, Telair provides their robust 3D-Floorpanels including innovative design features like integrated drain pans for the A321PCF.

As a customer selectable option Telair furthermore introduces a module-based cargo loading system for the lower deck, which represents a cost-effective addition of a containerized system with minimal retrofit efforts. It optionally adds two extra lower deck ULD positions for conversion aircraft.

Embraer Commercial Aviation appoints Ron Baur Senior Vice President, Global Leasing and Strategy

Embraer Commercial Aviation has named Ron Baur Senior Vice President, Global Leasing and Strategy. Effective September 15th, Baur will combine his new lessor-focused responsibilities with his current strategy role. He will report directly to Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

Baur is an experienced aviation professional who recently joined Embraer from United Airlines. During his 27 years at United and Continental, he was responsible for acquiring all new mainline and regional aircraft, managing the acquisition and return of all leased aircraft, and lessor relationships. During his tenure, Baur acquired, remarketed and sold more than 750 aircraft with lessors around the world.


Václav Havel Airport opens new stand and gate for long-haul aircraft

Václav Havel Airport Prague goes on with short-term development plans and opens a new aircraft stand and gate with a new passengers waiting area for testing operations. The new reconfigured stand can service either one long-haul aircraft with 65 meters wing-span, or two smaller ones with a wing-span of up to 36 meters. The stand with gate is located in Terminal 1 and will substantially increase the airport’s capacity and make the boarding process more comfortable and faster, especially for long-haul flights, which are becoming more and more prevalent in Prague.

The new waiting area connected to the new gate has a maximum capacity of 430 passengers and includes three departure gates: A3, A4 and A10. The first two gates leading directly to the airplane via bridge, the third gate is located on the ground floor and meant to service aircraft waiting at distant stands boarded by buses.

The new stand is a part of Prague Airport’s short-term development plans and aimed at increasing the airport’s capacity and contributing to its overall modernization. “This is the last large development project launched for our passengers this year. Nevertheless, we have already started preparations of another development project, including reconstruction of baggage sorting facilities and opening of new check-in counters in both airport terminals, which will be completed next year,” adds Vaclav Rehor.

Perhaps the most visible change from the passengers’ perspective is the interior design of the new gate area provided by the Prague office of the Chapman Taylor architect studio. Brand new boarding counters for handling companies were add to the area. The modern interior uses designer elements, such as a dropped ceiling combined with line light fixtures. The gate area also features a modern green wall. Overall, the new area means to increase passenger comfort and make the check-in and boarding process more efficient.

thyssenkrupp Aerospace rigorously implementing certification to the latest quality standards

The aerospace community has the highest standards of quality, safety, security, and reliability. Certification to EN 9100/9110/9120 plays an important role in order to fully fulfill complex customer requirements while taking into consideration the utmost quality criteria.

Among the leading supply chain specialists in this sector, thyssenkrupp Aerospace has rigorously rolled out its quality management system and organized its locations for the needs of tomorrow. "We have succeeded in converting all our units in Europe to the latest versions of EN 9100 and EN 9120. What's more, the branches in the USA, Canada, China, and India have also been certified to international standards. Following an audit, our colleagues in Brazil have likewise been awarded the coveted certification," states Torben Bunk, Quality Manager at thyssenkrupp Aerospace.

With the successful certification advances, thyssenkrupp Aeropsace is now one of the first companies to have globally progressed to the new standards. An important partner in conducting these worldwide audits is the central department Technology, Innovation und Sustainability (TIS) which has years of experience in this area.

We are delighted that this project, which we launched over two years ago together with thyssenkrupp Aerospace management, has been successfully finalized. In fact, the certifications underline that we are a reliable supplier to the aerospace industry and, in the best interests of our clients, have adopted the ultimate standards. For this reason, we will convert the remaining locations worldwide to the new standards, too," adds Thomas Reimann, Head of Quality Management in the Business Area Materials Services.

TP Aerospace

U.S. officials voice concern at forum over future need for substantial number of new pilots

At a time when Boeing is predicting the need for 127,000 new commercial pilots n North America over the next 20 years, the acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Dan Elwell is quoted as saying at a recent forum on the aviation workforce that: "We have a diminishing supply of qualified pilots, mechanics, and technicians." Current figures show that over the last ten years, the number of U.S. private pilots with active certificates decreased by 27% and the number of commercial pilots fell by 21%. Boeing has also identified a need for a further 754,000 new aircraft over the next two decades.

According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, worldwide, air passengers are expected to nearly double from 4 billion in 2017 to 7.8 billion by 2036. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said at the forum that beyond industry demand for pilots, the military also needs more pilots. She said the Air Force was 2,000 pilots short of staffing needs, including 1,300 fighter pilots, "We have to be in it together because if we continue to try to cannibalize off each other we will never solve the core problem, which is a national shortage of aviation professionals."
American Airlines President Robert Isom said at the forum that 75% of its pilots will retire over the next 15 years, including 8,000 over the next decade.

There has been mention of speeding up pilots’ training through the inclusion of simulator training counting towards pilot hours, though this idea has not been welcomed by a number of safety advocates.

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