ATP Flight School signs for Boeing’s Jeppesen and ForeFlight Solutions

Boeing is supporting flight schools and aviation training organizations by offering its advanced Jeppesen and ForeFlight solutions including flight planning, charts, navigation data and dispatch training to help enhance student learning. One of these agreements is with U.S.-based ATP Flight School, the nation’s largest flight school and a leading supplier of airline pilots. ATP operates a flight training fleet of 375 aircraft, flying over 31,000 hours per month to provide more than 7,600 pilot certifications annually at 37 flight training centers nationwide. More ATP graduates fly for airlines than from any other academy, with over 620 hired in just the Read more

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Alaska Airlines and aircraft technicians ratify final Transition Agreement in Virgin America merger

Alaska Airlines’ 900 Airbus and Boeing aircraft technicians, who are represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), have ratified a Transition Agreement and an Integrated Seniority List.   This ratification vote will combine the Boeing and Airbus technicians into a single group, a crucial step in the Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger. The agreement includes wage increases, retirement enhancements, and job protections, among other improvements.

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Héroux-Devtek and Longueuil facility employees ratify new three-year collective agreement

Landing gear manufacturer Héroux-Devtek has released that the unionized employees at its Longueuil, Québec, facility have voted in favour of the early renewal of a three-year collective agreement, which now extends through April 30, 2023. The renewal concerns approximately 210 employees who are members of Unifor, Local Section 1956. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our employees that will allow our teams to fully dedicate time and resources to delivering the record backlog of our Longueuil facility. This also demonstrates the dedication of our personnel to meeting customers’ expectations.  Our employees are the main force of our Read more

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Leonardo and Northrop Grumman to update ENAV equipment to manage Italian airspace

Vitrociset, has been awarded a radio replacement contract by ENAV, the Italian air navigation services provider ©Leonardo

Leonardo, through its subsidiary Vitrociset, has been awarded a radio replacement contract by ENAV, the Italian air navigation services provider.  The agreement is a 5-year contract to replace ground-to-air communications equipment for airports and the supporting en-route infrastructure. Vitrociset has chosen the products of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) U.K.-based air traffic communications subsidiary, Park Air Systems Limited.  The provision will update existing products to meet the 8.33 kHz channel spacing using the market leading Park Air T6 radio and other products from the Sapphire portfolio. The modernisation will incorporate the requirement to move to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Read more

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Vienna Airport to invest €500 million in terminal renovation

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July 11, saw the ground-breaking ceremony for a large-scale terminal modernisation at Vienna Airport. A major investment of about €500 million is for the renovation of Terminal 2 and the Pier East and construction of a large additional building, the “T3 Southern Enlargement” with 70.000 m². It is expected that Vienna Airport will be a construction site for four years. The advantages for passengers will be greater comfort in travelling, a new central security checkpoint, an additional baggage claim area, more space at the gates and attractive new shopping and food and beverage offerings.

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Indonesia’s domestic airfares soar – KPPU may investigate claims of price setting

Domestic travelers are feeling the pinch in Indonesia, the world’s fifth-largest domestic aviation market. Over the last year, despite government intervention to cap prices, the cost of airfares has virtually doubled on many domestic routes. The situation has been exacerbated by the fact that the country’s two principal airlines, Lion Air and Garuda, hold a 47% and 48% share of the Indonesian market, respectively, operating a virtual duopoly, with Air Indonesia only holding a 2.4% share of the market. Garuda also took over operational control of Sriwijaya Air last November. According to Reuters news agency, since the cap on pricing, Read more

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CAE to open new flight training location in Norway

CAE is expanding its training capability in Europe with a new flight training location based in Oslo, Norway. “This expansion of our global training network will support the impressive pilot demand of airlines and operators based in the region – we estimate that there will be a need for more than 90,000 new professional pilots in Europe, Middle East, and Africa over the next decade,’’ said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. With this expansion, CAE will now be delivering pilot creation programs at CAE Oslo, adding to its existing cadet training capability in Brussels, Belgium; Madrid, Read more

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Mackay named second site in Queensland for Qantas Group Pilot Academy

With the first Qantas Group Pilot Academy due to become operational this September at Toowoomba, Southern Queensland, Australia, Qantas Group has announced that a second pilot training academy is to be built at Mackay, Queensland. The location was chosen primarily for its high proportion of clear-weather days, access to uncongested airspace, good support infrastructure and its appealing location to attract both students and training staff. This now draws to a conclusion the choice for the two pilot academies from an initial list of 60 potential sites. The creation of the two academies is part of Qantas Group’s strategy to create Read more

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Mitsubishi Corporation participates in new airport operation project in Mongolia

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA), Japan Airport Terminal Co., (JATCO), and JALUX Inc. (JALUX) have established a joint venture with the Government of Mongolia: New Ulaanbaatar International Airport (NUBIA). NUBIA has entered into a 15-year concession agreement with the National Development Agency of Mongolia concerning the operation of the New Ulaanbaatar International Airport, which is expected to open in the first half of 2020 upon completion of pre-operation work and relocation from the existing airport. Demand for air transport in Mongolia is rising, with Ulaanbaatar, its capital and thus most important political, economic and commercial hub, at Read more

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Thales joins forces with Micro-X to revolutionize airport checkpoint technologies

From airport checkpoints to counter terrorism to future medical imaging devices, the use of x-ray 3D imaging is the cornerstone of many of the applications that are critical to security and medical markets.  Notably, airport checkpoint technology is facing an immediate challenge, with global passenger numbers on track to double by 2030 (source: IATA). The evolving technology requirement for checkpoints is to process far more passengers per hour than the current industry average of 200. Faster screening with improved threat detection are the holy grail. Similarly, compact and agile systems with 3D imaging are major technology advancements the medical market can Read more

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