Wednesday, March 13th, 2019


Five judicial reviews begin on plans for London Heathrow’s third runway

While U.K. transport Minister Chris Grayling has approved the latest proposals for the creation of a much-needed third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, the plans are now subject to five legal reviews which began this week, and which are likely to last for a fortnight before judges retire to consider their decision.

Of principal concern is the effect on air quality in the area surrounding the airport as passenger numbers are likely to increase some 60% to 132 million per annum. Not only will this see an increase of 700 extra flights per day, and an increase of 42,000 cars using the location each day, with no sign of any additional rail infrastructure.

One of the legal actions is being taken by a coalition of Greenpeace, The Mayor of London and local councils that will be directly affected by the airport’s expansion. Friends of the Earth is looking
to challenge the expansion on the grounds that plans have failed to consider the need to mitigate climate change under the Paris Agreement.

The go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow was made through the NPS, the policy framework for expansion at the airport devised by Grayling. The legal firm Leigh Day, which is representing Friends of the Earth, alleges the policy is unlawful because it amounts to a breach of the UK’s climate change commitments and its duties towards sustainable development.

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “Expansion at Heathrow is a critical programme which will boost the economy, increase our international connections and create tens of
thousands of new jobs.

“As with any major infrastructure project, the government has been anticipating legal challenges and will robustly defend our position. We recognize the local impact of any expansion, which is why a world class package of mitigations would need to be delivered.”

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Domingo Ureña Raso named Executive President of Comlux Completion

Comlux has appointed Domingo Ureña Raso as Executive President of Comlux Completion, its center of excellence in VIP completions and services based in Indianapolis.

“After ten years, Comlux Completion is moving one step ahead, becoming the new reference in cabin completion and services for Airbus Corporate Jets, Boeing Business Jets and Bombardier Business Aircraft. With his industrial knowledge and leading experience in aviation, Domingo has been selected by the Board of Directors of Comlux to lead Comlux Completion together with our new CEO Daron Dryer, “says Richard Gaona Executive Chairman & CEO of Comlux.

Icelandair Group enters into US$80 million loan agreement

Icelandair Group has entered into a US$80 million loan agreement with an Icelandic financial institution. Ten of the company’s Boeing 757 aircraft will be encumbered as a security for the repayment of the loan.

The maturity date of the loan will be based on a 5-year term. The company expects that the loan amount will be used as a partial redemption of Icelandair Group’s issued bonds.


airBaltic orders Airbus A220 full-flight simulator

airBaltic, the Latvian airline, has ordered an Airbus A220 Level D full flight simulator from global aviation training leader CAE. The new CAE 7000XR Series simulator is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2019.

The simulator will be based at the airBaltic Trainining facilities at Riga International Airport. The business plan for its purchase and utilization has been approved by the airBaltic Supervisory board.

AIM Norway, Lockheed Martin to Establish F-16 Sustainment Hub in Norway

AIM Norway and Lockheed Martin have signed a historic agreement to jointly establish the world’s first Lockheed Martin-licensed F-16 ‘Falcon Depot’ center for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) and other regional F-16 customers. The facility will be located in Kjeller, Norway, at an existing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility used by the RNoAF.

AIM Norway offers decades of F-16 sustainment knowledge that can benefit F-16 customers across the globe by leveraging AIM’s extensive technical expertise and capabilities. Lockheed Martin, the original equipment manufacturer and design authority of the F-16, is leveraging AIM’s extensive technical expertise and MRO experience to support the Royal Norwegian Air Force, regional customers and the global F-16 fleet.

Lockheed Martin continues to grow its F-16 customer base and sees new F-16 production opportunities totaling more than 400 aircraft. There are approximately 3,000 operational F-16s in service today with 25 countries.

AIM Norway is also expanding its footprint and capabilities in Norway. The F-35 Joint Program Office selected Rygge Air Base, Norway, as an F135 engine MRO&U center. The RNoAF currently has nine F-35s in country and Norway’s F-35 fleet is expected to grow to 52 aircraft.


First A320neo for Uzbekistan Airways

Uzbekistan Airways, the flagship airline of Uzbekistan has taken delivery of its first A320neo.

The aircraft, acquired through a leasing contract with BOC is part of an order for two aircraft, featuring a two class cabin with 12 premium and 138 economy seats. The aircraft is powered by CFM Leap 1A engines.

Uzbekistan Airways became the first airline in 1996 in a CIS country to operate a Western built aircraft. The A320neo will join the airline’s fleet of ten A320ceo operated since 2010, across a network in Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.

Air Arabia Selects Honeywell Maintenance Services

Air Arabia has selected Honeywell to extend maintenance services and supply APUs for the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320ceo aircraft. The selection will see the two companies extend their decade long working relationship, and includes an agreement for Honeywell to continue to supply repair services to the airline.

Alongside the APU upgrade to its A320ceo fleet, Air Arabia also upgraded two of its A320s with Honeywell’s 131-9A APU, ensuring greater reliability and commonality with the rest of its fleet.

The Honeywell 131-9A APU supplies compressed air to start the main engine, as well as air conditioning and electrical power on the ground and in flight. It is known for its reliability and lower maintenance costs over the course of the entire life cycle, resulting in significant fuel savings. The APUs are also fitted with the Predictive Trend Monitoring and Diagnostics Program, which reduces unscheduled removals due to unforeseen faults.


Don Milum Joins Universal Avionics as Regional Sales Manager for Midwestern U.S.

Don Milum has joined Universal Avionics as Regional Sales Manager for Midwestern U.S. In his new position, he will support UA Authorized Dealers and Integrators in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Milum is based in Kansas City, Missouri U.S. and joins UA with over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and prior to joining UA, Don held various positions at Honeywell, Textron, StandardAero, and Spirit Aeronautics. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA).

Hawaiian selects TRAX eMobility apps

Hawaiian Airlines (HA) plans to deploy the full suite of eMobility solutions using a phased approach. The suite includes the LineControl, AeroDox, QuickTurn, TaskControl, EZstock, VisualCheck, CabinLog and PilotLog iOS apps easily accessible using iPads.

These apps are supplemented by the web-based interactive dashboard apps used by Crew Chiefs, Controllers and others to view production and manpower data, tasks, deadlines and non-routine issues, as well as make job assignments.

Hawaiian Airlines currently has a fleet of 65 Airbus and Boeing aircraft and 10 each of Airbus A321neo and Boeing 787-9 aircraft on order.


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