LHT develops first cockpit panel test robot

Robot Controlled Cockpit Electronics Testing, RoCCET ©LHT

Lufthansa Technik AG has developed the first robot for fully automated tests of cockpit controls. The test procedure is called RoCCET, which stands for Robot Controlled Cockpit Electronics Testing. In the future, RoCCET will be used to check the functionality of LED lights and switches on the basis of concrete, standardized measurement data. The robot-based procedure is currently in the integration phase. The robot has integrated sensors to measure the forces that occur when switches are activated. In addition, it is equipped with several industrial cameras with which it captures all display instruments and any outer damage. With another camera, Read more

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FAA approval of routes and aircraft suspended because of U.S. government shut down

With President Trump’s refusal to back down over funding for his US$5.7bn U.S.-Mexico border wall resulting in a partial government shutdown, airplane manufacturers and commercial airlines are beginning to suffer from the knock-on effect of the enforced furlough being taken by FAA groups responsible for the oversight of aircraft approval and new routes. Southwest Airlines has confirmed its plans to launch its service to Hawaii are now on hold until such time as it receives the necessary authorization. According to a Gulfstream Aerospace spokesperson, certification of its new G600 corporate jet has been adversely affected along with other “facets of Read more

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Prague Airport continues to grow

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Václav Havel Airport Prague has continued to grow without interruption since 2013. In 2018, as per the latest operating results, Prague Airport handled a total of 16,797,006 passengers, which represents a 9% year-on-year growth. Routes to Great Britain were the busiest last year with the greatest number of passengers traditionally heading to London. Barcelona recorded the highest year-on-year increase in the number of handled passengers on the route. Long-haul routes also significantly enhanced their performance, with nearly quarter of a million more passengers compared to the previous year. Nearly 16.8 million passengers passed through the gates of Václav Havel Airport Read more

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15 killed as Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashes in Iran

According to the semi-official Fars news agency, an Iranian Boeing 707 military plane carrying meat has crashed at Fath Airport, Iran after attempting to make an emergency landing. 15 out of the 16 crew on board were killed, while the only survivor, the flight engineer, has been hospitalized. Fath Airport belongs to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps and is located near Karaj in the central Iranian province of Alborz. The aircraft’s black box voice recorder (CVR) has been recovered. According to a statement issued by the Iranian army: “A Boeing cargo 707 place carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan had Read more

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Germany’s Frankfurt Airport braces itself for strike action

Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s largest, is set to become the next victim of a round of strikes organised by ver.di, the country’s second-largest union after IG Metall, which has over two million members and which represents 23,000 airport security workers. The union has organised a swathe of strikes that have hit airports across Germany, including Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart. The action is being taken in support of a current wage demand being made for all workers conducting security checks at airports across the country for a minimum basic hourly rate of €20.00 (US23.10). According to BDLS, who is acting on behalf Read more

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Brazilian Government approves strategic partnership between Embraer and Boeing

The Government of Brazil has approved the strategic partnership between Embraer and Boeing, that will position both companies to accelerate growth in global aerospace markets. The government’s approval comes after the two companies last month approved terms for the joint venture that will be made up of the commercial aircraft and services operations of Embraer. Boeing will hold an 80% ownership stake in the new company and Embraer will hold the remaining 20%. The companies have also agreed to the terms of another joint venture to promote and develop new markets for the multi-mission medium airlift KC-390. Under the terms Read more

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640 flights canceled as security staff strike again at German airports

Following Monday’s four-hour strike at Berlin’s Tegel and Schönefeld airports which saw 80 flights delayed, union-backed strikes on Thursday, January 10, at Cologne, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart have seen nearly 640 flights canceled. Verdi, Germany’s largest trade union, is seeking an across-the-board wage increase to €20.00/hr (US$22.79) for all security staff checking passengers, freight, goods and other airport employees at all hubs, and is in negotiation with BDSL, the organisation representing Germany’s airport security companies. The strike at Stuttgart airport began at 3:00 a.m. local time (2:00 UTC) on Thursday while the strikes at the Cologne/Bonn and Dusseldorf airports began at Read more

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Comlux announces organization changes within Comlux Completion

Daron Dryer

With the upcoming delivery of its first Wide Body completion and the arrival of the first Boeing BBJ MAX and Airbus ACJ neo in Indianapolis this winter, Comlux Completion has announced the following organizational and operational changes. Daron Dryer is promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Comlux Completion as of January 1st, 2019, taking over Scott Meyer’s duties. Dryer has over 20 years’ experience within the aviation industry. He joined Comlux in 2009 as Director of Engineering and was promoted Chief Operating Officer in 2017. He has successfully integrated a technology and research center within Comlux, developing in-house innovative solutions Read more

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Airbus Americas posts first manufacturing jobs for newest Mobile assembly line

Airbus, in conjunction with its hiring partner AIDT, is seeking its first candidates to fill manufacturing positions for its newest assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. The positions are the first wave of production jobs announced for the company’s A220 aircraft assembly line. The open positions include Aircraft Structure/Installation Mechanics, Installers for Aircraft Cabin Furnishings and Aircraft Electricians. Successful candidates for all positions will participate in several weeks of training at AIDT in a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Some candidates will also have the opportunity for on-the-job training with the company’s manufacturing team in Mirabel, Canada before returning to Read more

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Atlas Air Worldwide expands 747-400F service for Nippon Cargo Airlines

Atlas Air has expanded its strategic agreement with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) to add three NCA-owned Boeing 747-400 Freighters to the existing operation, bringing the total number of 747-400Fs operated on behalf of NCA to five. The incremental aircraft will be operated on key routes across the fast-growing transpacific market, and are scheduled to enter service in April, July and September 2019. Hitoshi Oshika, President and Chief Executive Officer, NCA, said “The partnership with Atlas has enabled NCA to expand our network to capture growth opportunities throughout Asia. The addition of these three aircraft will allow NCA to provide our Read more

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