ATP Flight School opens airline pilot training center in San Antonio, Texas

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ATP Flight School’s newest Texas training center will open March 2, 2020, at the San Antonio International Airport. Part of a nationwide network of 40 locations, this new facility is ATP’s seventh in the state, including operations in Austin, Dallas and Houston. The new San Antonio training center will be solely focused on the development of future airline pilots, which ATP has specialized in for over 35 years. Starting from zero experience, students at the San Antonio location can earn their pilot certification in just nine months through the Airline Career Pilot Program. This airline career solution provides aspiring pilots Read more

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Panasonic Avionics and Nelco turn on satellite communications services for aviation over India

Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) has signed an agreement with Nelco (Nelco) to provide satellite connectivity services to customers flying into India and over Indian airspace. With this agreement, Panasonic becomes the first satellite communications provider to begin inflight connectivity (IFC) operations under Nelco’s Department of Telecommunications license for In-Flight and Maritime Connectivity (IFMC), in accordance with the Flight and Maritime Rules. As a result of this agreement, Panasonic, and its subsidiary ITC Global, now offer connectivity to both aircraft and maritime vessels operating within India. With the implementation of the agreement and subject to regulatory approvals from relevant authorities, Indian full-service Read more

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Indra revolutionises air traffic control with artificial intelligence remote tower

©Indra has developed a revolutionary remote tower solution for air control

Spanish Technology and consulting company Indra, has developed a revolutionary remote tower solution for air control, which offers unprecedented safety and efficiency levels during landing and take-off thanks to its use of artificial intelligence. The new system enables savings that can be as high as 50%, since it eliminates expenses related to construction of a physical tower and it increases efficiency and operational use, mainly through work load balancing in “multi-airport” systems. It is the first solution to incorporate artificial intelligence functions to execute critical air control processes without any need for human intervention. More specifically, the system employs advanced Read more

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U.S.-EU Trade War Escalates as Trump Increases Tariff on European-built Airbus Jets to 15%

U.S. authorities have announced that the Trump administration will be increasing the 10% tariff on imported Airbus jets imposed in October last year to 15%, commencing March 18. The increase has been approved by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a punitive and retaliatory measure imposed by the USA on Airbus as a consequence of EU subsidies given to Airbus. The move comes at a curious time and is seen as quite dangerous for US-EU relations as the WTO is also about to give permission to the EU to impose tariffs on Boeing aircraft, including the 737 Max, 787 and Read more

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AVIAA and LOFT will offer Citation and CJ training

LOFT is a simulator-based training provider for Cessna Citation and CJ pilots.

AVIAA, the expanding group purchasing organization for business aviation, has added LOFT as another strategic partner for its membership.  For the past 15 years, LOFT has provided experienced flight instruction to Cessna Citation and CJ pilots through the entire training process. Its unique Part 142 simulator training program, based in Carlsbad, California, will now be offered to the growing number of AVIAA members operating Citation C Series business jets. LOFT recently added a new Cessna 560 Level D simulator at its location in Southern California. Offering a wide variety of training courses as well as scheduling options, LOFT flight instructors Read more

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Government-funded research project, Medifly, conducted test flights over Hamburg

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The joint research project Medifly, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Transportation and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), successfully demonstrated the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for acute transportation of medical samples. A total of six drone flights were conducted between the German Armed Forces Hospital in Wandsbek-Gartenstadt and Saint Mary’s Hospital in Hohenfelde, roughly five kilometers (linear distance) apart from each other. The insight gained from these flights will lay the foundation for extended test operations over several months. The research goal of Medifly is to find out how far unmanned aircraft systems can be used to perform acute Read more

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Three dead as Pegasus Airlines 737 crashes in Istanbul, Turkey

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Three passengers onboard a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-86J which crashed after landing in atrocious conditions at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport have been killed. According to reports, the plane skidded for 50-60 meters beyond the end of the runway and then broke into three main sections as the topography dropped 30-40 meters. There were 183 passengers and crew on the plane, many who subsequently required medical attention at one of 18 nearby hospitals, according to the governor of Istanbul, Ali Yerlikaya. He also told reporters that: “The plane could not hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded Read more

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IATA: 2019 worst year for air freight demand since 2009

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IATA, the International Air Transport Association, has released full-year 2019 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight ton kilometers (FTKs), fell by 3.3% compared to 2018 while capacity (AFTK) rose by 2.1%. This was the first year of declining freight volumes since 2012, and the weakest performance since the global financial crisis in 2009 (when air freight markets contracted by 9.7%). In the month of December, cargo volumes contracted 2.7% year-on-year while capacity rose 2.8%. Air cargo’s performance in 2019 was dampened by weak growth in global trade of just 0.9%. The sector’s under-performance was Read more

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U.K. aviation industry reveals plans for net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050

Even with the building of Heathrow’s proposed third runway which will substantially increase the volume of traffic at London’s principal airport, the British aviation industry has published its plans to hit its target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Sustainable Aviation coalition, which includes industry giants such as Rolls-Royce, easyJet, AirBP (the aviation offshoot of BP) and European planemaker Airbus, published the plans on Tuesday of this week (February 4). To achieve its goals, several major changes will require adoption by the aviation industry, including greater use of sustainable aviation biofuels and use of more fuel-efficient aircraft. The aviation Read more

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AirAsia suspected of being involved in Airbus bribery deals

No sooner had Airbus admitted to bribing public officials and making hidden payments involving the U.K., USA and France, than U.K prosecutors have now accused executives of AirAsia Group and AirAsiaX of receiving bribes from Airbus to secure plane sales. According to Reuters News Agency, Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) revealed last Friday that between October 2013 and January 2015, Airbus’ then-parent business EADS paid US$50 million to sponsor a sports team that was jointly owned by two people described as AirAsia Executive 1 and Executive 2. The SFO said the executives were rewarded for an aircraft order from Airbus, Read more

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