Falcon gains industry first post-Brexit UK CAA approval with Aerodynamics Academy

©The Falcon Flight Training Academy has become the first UK ATO in the post-Brexit era to gain UK CAA approval to operate in Europe, partnering with Spanish flight school Aerodynamics Academy

The Falcon Flight Training Academy – part of Falcon Group – has become the first UK approved training organisation (ATO) in the post-Brexit era to gain UK CAA approval to operate in Europe. It will work in partnership with Spanish flight school Aerodynamics Academy, delivering UK commercial pilot training courses from the company’s satellite base in Malaga. Headquartered at London Biggin Hill Airport, Falcon Group’s 45 years in the industry has seen it grow into a full-service general aviation operation, with a fleet of 40 Piper aircraft, approved and declared training organisations and its own MRO facility. With the new Read more

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Further trouble looms at Lufthansa – this time it’s the pilots who may strike

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On Wednesday last Week, Germany’s flag carrying airline Lufthansa was forced to cancel over 1,000 flights as a consequence of one-day strike action taken in protest at ongoing wage negotiations relating to a 9.5% wage hike for 20,000 ground crew. Now pilots with Germany’s leading airline have voted in favour of considering the option of strike action according to their Vereinigung Cockpit union. Pilots are not just looking for an immediate 5.5% pay increase, but they also want an adjustment made for inflation to start next year. The union is claiming that after six rounds of talks, Lufthansa is yet Read more

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Boeing to open research and development centre in Japan to focus on SAF, electric/hydrogen propulsion, robotics, digitisation and composites

Boeing will strengthen its partnership with Japan by opening a new Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) centre. The facility will focus on sustainability and support a newly expanded cooperation agreement with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Boeing and METI have agreed to broaden their 2019 cooperation agreement to now include a focus on sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), electric and hydrogen powertrain technologies and future flight concepts that will promote zero-climate-impact aviation. This is in addition to exploring electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, batteries and composite manufacturing that will enable new forms of urban mobility. The BR&T – Japan research centre will be Read more

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FAA wants all new planes fitted with second barrier to flight deck entry

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Since the hijacking of four American planes on September 11, 2001, subsequent regulations have made access to the flight deck on commercial passenger aircraft resistant to intrusion and forceable entry. By 2007 regulations demanded that there be a set of rules in place for when the cockpit door was opened, whist also stipulating that the door must remain locked while a plane was in operation unless to allow access for an authorised person. In 2019 the FAA was supposed to have adopted new rules under a 2018 federal law, but the implementation of these regulations has been delayed by what Read more

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Frontier Airlines launches cadet programme to create pathway for new pilots

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Ultra-low fare carrier Frontier Airlines is launching a cadet programme to train the next generation of Frontier pilots. The programme, operated in partnership with ATP Flight School, will welcome up to 35 individuals per month who seek to become commercial airline pilots. No prior flying experience is required. Cadets will receive assistance in applying for financial aid to help offset training and living expenses with the programme lasting approximately 24 months. During the programme period participants will receive certain Frontier benefits. “This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who has ever dreamed of becoming a commercial airline pilot,” said Brad Read more

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Spirit Airlines bringing hundreds of jobs to Houston with new crew base cleared for launch

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Three months after announcing the addition of an aircraft maintenance facility and 50 new jobs in Houston, Spirit Airlines announced the addition of a new pilot and flight attendant crew base at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Spirit expects to locate about 150 pilots and about 300 flight attendants in Houston starting this fall, with additional crew, supervisors and support functions to follow. The two investments aim to support the many exciting new destinations coming soon to Spirit’s route map and support the airline’s growing Fit Fleet®, which is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry. Read more

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SAS reaches agreements with SAS Scandinavia pilots’ unions, ending pilot strike

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After 15 days of striking, SAS and the SAS Scandinavia pilots’ unions have concluded mediation. The parties have agreed on new 5.5-year collective bargaining agreements and flights operated by SAS Scandinavia will resume according to its regular traffic programme as soon as possible. The 5.5-year agreements between SAS and the SAS Scandinavia pilots’ unions are a key element of SAS’ comprehensive business transformation plan SAS FORWARD, as they provide the stability and predictability required by potential investors. The agreements include cost savings in line with the set targets in the SAS FORWARD plan relating to the pilots’ terms and conditions, Read more

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Embraer and Raízen sign LoI with commitment to stimulate development of SAF

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Embraer and Raízen have signed a Letter of Intent with a commitment to stimulate the development of the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production eco-system, reinforcing the sustainability agenda of both companies. Among all intentions, Embraer will become the first aircraft manufacturer to use (SAF) that may be distributed by Raízen, a global leader in bio-energy. This initiative benefits the air transport industry worldwide and the use of this technology is a fundamental part of Embraer’s strategy to neutralize the carbon footprint of its operations by 2040 as more than 60% of emissions in the company’s operations (scope 1) arise from Read more

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Turkey looks to protect domestic airlines by restricting rules for pilots to work abroad

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The Turkish government has taken relatively draconian steps to stop an exodus of its home-grown pilots from working for foreign carriers as demand for travel ramps up worldwide. Turkish pilots are especially sought after by Gulf state carriers and North American airlines. Last month, Germany said it will fast-track work permits and visas for several thousand foreign airport workers, mainly from Turkey, to help to ease summer travel chaos. The Turkish government has now made it impossible for pilots to leave their employment with a Turkish carrier unless the carrier provides them with a consent letter. While pilots will still Read more

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IATA: premature return to pre-pandemic slot rules risks continued passenger disruption

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed concern that a premature return to pre-pandemic slot use rules in the EU this winter risks continuing disruption to passengers. The European Commission has announced it intends to return to the longstanding 80-20 slot use rule, which requires airlines to operate at least 80% of every planned slot sequence. Global slot rules are an effective system for managing access to and the use of scarce capacity at airports. The system has stood the test of time and while airlines are keen to restart services, the failure of several key airports to accommodate demand, Read more

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