Heathrow braces itself for climate change drone protest this Friday

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London’s Heathrow Airport is on high alert as climate change protestors look to fly drones in proximity to the airport’s runways this Friday. The protesters, Heathrow Pause, are an offshoot of the larger Extinction Rebellion climate change group. They are protesting principally against the proposed third runway necessary for Heathrow’s expansion. Extinction Rebellion’s co-founder, Roger Hammond commented on the Heathrow plans, saying it would be the: “biggest carbon-intensive infrastructure project in Europe”. Recent changes to drone flight laws, introduced after the chaos caused by drones at Gatwick Airport prior to Christmas 2108 which saw over 100,000 passengers’ flight affected, now Read more

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IAMA welcomes first Advisory Member to the alliance


IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has announced that aviation supplier EURO-COMPOSITES® has signed a Letter of Intent to join as IAMA’s first Advisory Member. EURO-COMPOSITES, a leading parts supplier and EASA 21J Design Organization in the aviation aftermarket, has operations in Luxembourg, Germany and the United States. IAMA, which was launched in early April by EAD Aerospace, Envoy Aerospace, Etihad Airways Engineering and Lufthansa Technik, advocates for trustworthy STCs (Supplemental Type Certificates) in the aviation retrofit market. “Our recent achievement as a Design Organization (EASA Part 21J Certification) was an important milestone for us, and becoming an Advisory Member Read more

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Demand for aviation workforce fuels AAR and WSU Tech partnership

AAR, a leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments worldwide, and WSU Tech have announced their new aviation maintenance education and training partnership to further enhance instruction, as well as student job experiences and career prospects at AAR upon graduation.  AAR’s EAGLE Career Pathway program will expand the curriculum of WSU Tech’s aviation maintenance technology program to include job shadowing and mentoring, as well as academic support and monitoring. WSU Tech students who pursue the FAA-certified aircraft mechanic’s certificate are eligible for up to US$15,000 in tuition reimbursements from AAR.  AAR’s partnership with WSU Tech is one Read more

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Astronics to provide USB-C in-seat power system for EL AL Airline’s Boeing 737-800 fleet

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EL AL Airlines, Israel’s national carrier, has successfully completed the first of 15 installations of Astronics’ newest EmPower® in-seat power system. Astronics was selected to provide the modern and high-power passenger electronic device (PED) charging technology available for EL Al’s Boeing 737-800 fleet. EL AL is installing a combination EmPower outlets unit featuring both USB Type-A and USB Type-C connectors in the economy-class cabin seating. With power delivery capability of up to 60W, the USB-C connector will power and charge the latest PEDs, including smartphones, tablets and USB-C equipped laptops. Additionally, EL AL is installing Astronics’ 110VAC and USB outlets Read more

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APOC Aviation re-locates to campus-style facility between Schiphol and Rotterdam

Innovative aircraft and engines leasing, trading and part-out specialist APOC Aviation has re-located to extensive new warehouse and office premises between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.  The business is preparing for an influx of stock from recent narrow body aircraft part-outs, and the IT, sales and warehousing teams are all expanding. The Company has appointed Robert Ymker to the new position of Repair Manager.  Ymker has been with APOC Aviation since its beginnings in 2015 in a sales capacity, but he will now transition to repairs in line with the growth trajectory of the business.  The role of Read more

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IATA: trade war impacts air freight demand


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), contracted by 3.2% in July 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the ninth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes. Air cargo continues to suffer from weak global trade and the intensifying trade dispute between the US and China. Global trade volumes are 1.4% lower than a year ago and trade volumes between the US and China have fallen by 14% year-to-date compared to the same period in 2018. The global Purchasing Read more

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CAE to open new training centres in Bangkok and New Delhi

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CAE it’s expanding its training capacity in Asia with a brand-new training centre in Bangkok, Thailand, to support Thai AirAsia’s growth in the region. In addition, CAE will open a brand-new training centre in Gurugram, National Capital Region (NCR) to support pilot training needs in India. As part of CAE’s existing long-term agreement with Thai AirAsia, the brand-new CAE Bangkok training centre will be located minutes away from Don Mueang International Airport and will provide a local solution to Thai AirAsia and support third party regional airline operators. CAE will begin with the deployment of two new CAE 7000XR Series Read more

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TRU Simulation + Training signs agreements with Cathay Pacific Airways

TRU Simulation + Training has signed an agreement with Cathay Pacific Airways, flag carrier of Hong Kong, to provide three new flight simulation training devices. As part of the agreement, TRU will provide a Boeing 777-9 full flight simulator, a 777-9 flight training device, and an A320neo FFS. The 777-9 FFS will be one of the first in the world provided to an airline. TRU was selected in 2016 by Boeing as the exclusive simulator supplier on the 777-9 program, which is the world’s largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet. Shortly after Boeing’s selection of TRU, two 777-9 full flight Read more

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Alcoa and United Steelworkers reach tentative labor agreement for five U.S. locations

Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, has reached a tentative agreement with United Steelworkers on a new four-year labor agreement for approximately 1,700 active employees at five U.S. locations. The union members will now schedule a vote on the proposed contract, the result of extensive negotiations between the Company and the United Steelworkers. On May 15, the parties agreed to honor the existing contract, which was set to expire at midnight on that day, so negotiations for a new contract could continue without a work stoppage. United Steelworkers will now set the date for its Read more

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AeroGuard Flight Training Center signs training agreement with Phoenix Police Department

AeroGuard Flight Training Center (FTC) will be serving as the exclusive fixed-wing flight training contractor for the Phoenix Police Department’s Air Support Unit. A Phoenix institution since 2000, AeroGuard FTC has long been committed to community involvement. For AeroGuard, the newly announced training agreement with the Phoenix Police Department represents an exciting opportunity to have a positive impact on the city that they have called home for almost 20 years.  Regarded as one of the premier flight schools in the nation, AeroGuard FTC offers the Phoenix Police Department a dependable way for their pilots to receive high-quality, safe, fixed-wing training. Read more

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