TOPCAST and ECT sign distribution agreement for delivering augmented engine wash technologies

Topcast Aviation Supplies (TOPCAST) and Engine Cleaning Technology (ECT) have signed a distribution agreement in May 2021, delivering biodegradable, non-toxic and non-flammable compressor cleaner for aviation jet engines.  Aircraft engines are the most complicated part that powers an aircraft to fly. To endure the best performance of aircraft operations, washing the jet engine with utmost care on a regular basis offers better fuel efficiency, extends lifecycle and secure aviation safety. ECT R-MC’s patented formula is eco-friendly, easy to rinse chemicals that meet the stringent needs for MIL85704 and all OEM specifications. The revolutionary technology for washing engines entails a quick Read more

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Five-year truce reached over Boeing-Airbus aid dispute

A five year truce has been negotiated between the U.S and EU concerning the 17-year spat over aircraft subsidies provided to Boeing and Airbus that were seen as unfair. As a consequence, many of the Trump-era retaliatory subsidies have also been suspended. Since 2004 both planemakers have taken their case to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in which they have both argued that subsidies received by either company resulted in unfair competition against the other. In March this year a four-month suspension of tit-for-tat tariffs by both sides were suspended, which included those placed on EU cheese and wine, and Read more

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Rex acquires Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator

The Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator ©Rex

Rex has announced the acquisition of a Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator (B737 FFS) from Boeing U.S. Training & Flight Services. The B737 FFS satisfies the qualification Level D requirements promulgated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and will be used for type ratings, recurrent training, and proficiency checks. It is also certified for Upset Recovery Training (UPRT) and can be configured for a number of variants of the B737, including the B737-800, B737-700, and the B737 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). The B737 FFS will continue to be housed at and maintained by Ansett Aviation Training (AAT) in Brisbane. Read more

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Ryanair wins case against Condor as EU court rules against state aid for German airline

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Having challenged financial aid provided to KLM and TAP, Ryanair has successfully challenged the EU’s approval of a €550 million state loan package for struggling German vacation carrier Condor. However, while the top European court’s ruling has annulled the EU’s approval of the loan, it has also suspended the application of the ruling in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Luxembourg-based General Court’s decision was similar to rulings last month in which it annulled EU approval of €3.4 billion in state aid for the Netherlands’ KLM and a potential total of €1.2 billion for Portugal’s TAP. The Court has requested Read more

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U.S. and U.K. aviation heads meet ahead of G7 for transatlantic travel corridor reopening

Heads of major airlines in both the U.S. and U.K. have convened a meeting to discuss the potential for reopening the transatlantic travel corridor ©BA

Ahead of the G7 meeting in Cornwall, U.K. later this month, the heads of major airlines in both the U.S. and U.K. have convened a meeting to discuss the potential for reopening the transatlantic travel corridor between the two countries. The driver behind the push to lift restrictions on travel lies in the fact that both countries have substantially reduced the number of COVID-19 cases and vaccination programs are progressing well with 63.5% of U.S. citizens having received at least one dose of the vaccine, while that figure stands at around 75% for the U.K. Those attending the meeting hosted Read more

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Ryanair objects to state funding of ‘new Alitalia’

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Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair is to appeal the injection of state funds into new Italian carrier currently referred to as ‘newco’ but which will be named Italia Trasporto Aero (ITA). The objection is being made on the grounds that, to all intents and purposes, the new carrier is simply a rebranding of the now defunct flag-carrying airline Alitalia. ITA will be a state-owned airline and will be taking over all the assets of Alitalia, while also injecting €3 billion (US$3.65 billion) in capital. “As soon as this money will be injected in the newco we will take the (due) steps,” Read more

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Bristow invests in next generation of pilots with latest sponsored U.K. cadet program

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Bristow Group is investing in the next generation of offshore helicopter pilots with its latest sponsored U.K. cadet program in partnership with Helicentre Aviation, designed to attract, train, and retain the professional pilots of the future. Applications are now open for the program, which will see four cadets chosen through a rigorous joint selection process. Successful applicants’ training, from ab-initio to commercial pilot on an Integrated CPL(H) course, ultimately obtaining a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating, will be fully funded by Bristow. Established in 2018, the program provides a pathway to enable cadets to graduate and transition from training straight into employment Read more

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Air traffic control students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia graduate in New Zealand

Graduation of the eighth cohort of GACA students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ©Airways International

The eighth cohort of General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has graduated from air traffic control (ATC) training with Airways International (Airways), 11 years after the first group to arrive in New Zealand completed their training. GACA and Airways celebrated this milestone on Thursday June 3, as 34 students attended their graduation ceremony in Palmerston North following two years of study in New Zealand. Almost 200 students from Saudi Arabia have completed ATC training with Airways since the first cohort landed in New Zealand in 2009. The graduates included four female students – Read more

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British Airways to trial IATA travel pass

©BA is trialing IATA Travel Pass, the digital travel solution

British Airways is now trialing its digital travel solution, IATA Travel Pass, on flights from Heathrow to Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland, as of June 1. The app can be downloaded onto a mobile device directly from the app store. Once downloaded, customers will create a secure account and will be presented with the entry requirements for their destination. British Airways’ customers can then book a Covid-19 test with an approved provider and the results will be automatically uploaded into the app by the laboratory. The app then checks that a customer meets the entry requirements for their destination and Read more

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Delta takes US$350 million gamble on renewable fuel obligations

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Having reported an overall adjusted net loss of US$2.26 billion for the quarter ended March 31, a loss for the fifth quarter in a row, Delta Air Lines (Delta) has run up a debt of US$346 million in unpurchased credits through Monroe Energy, a 185,000-barrel-a-day Delta-owned refinery. In the meantime, Delta is looking to convince the White House to remove the obligations to comply with the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Refiners like Monroe Energy are required, by law, to blend billions of dollars in biofuel with their own fuel, or buy credits from other refineries, though this can be Read more

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