First 5G network for in-flight connectivity proposed by Gogo

The major provider of broadband connectivity products for aviation, Gogo, has announced its intention to create a contiguous U.S. and Canada air-to-ground (ATG) network which will be designed for use by business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets and smaller mainline jets. It is anticipated the network will be operational for business and commercial aviation by 2021. Oakleigh Thorne, CEO of Gogo, commented that: “We expect to launch Gogo 5G at the same time as the terrestrial telecommunications companies are deploying the same generation of technology on the ground – a first in the inflight connectivity industry. Gogo 5G is the Read more

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DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung and Deutsche Telekom start joint venture for drone market

©DFS and Telecom form joint venture "Droniq"

Deutsche Telekom, the integrated telecommunications company and DFS, the German air navigation service provider, have announced the founding of their joint venture Droniq on Wednesday, May 29. Droniq provides a technical platform to track drones, enabling drone flights beyond the visual line of sight of the pilot in the future. DFS and Deutsche Telekom have developed a technology that uses the mobile communications network to track unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. This puts in place one of the central preconditions to be able to safely operate drones across larger distances, and not just in close vicinity to Read more

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Boeing confirms Embraer’s name to disappear from commercial jet joint venture


Boeing has confirmed that once it takes an 80% stake in Brazil’s Embraer SA’s commercial jet division, the name Embraer is to be dropped completely and the company will be called Boeing Brasil – Commercial. This will see one of Brazil’s most iconic company names disappear from commercial jet manufacturing, despite Embraer retaining a 20% stake in the most profitable arm of the current company. However, the name will still exist as Embraer will still continue to manufacture military and executive jets from the two wholly owned divisions that are excluded from the Boeing joint venture. Additionally, nothing has yet Read more

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Training center of Lufthansa Aviation Training Austria is expanding

Lufthansa Aviation Training Austria is expanding its training facility in Vienna in the field of pilot training, creating space for additional modern training devices used in the training of pilots. Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) gave the go-ahead at the beginning of the year for the expansion of the training site of Lufthansa Aviation Training Austria in Vienna, involving investments in the double-digit million euro range. The simulator center in operation since 2006 is home to four full flight simulators (FFS) and two flat panel trainers (FPT) at present. The facility has attracted a large clientele in the field of pilot Read more

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Path cleared for foreign airlines to enter Brazil’s domestic market

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Following Brazil’s lower chamber approval, the Senate has passed legislation which will allow foreign-controlled airlines to operate domestic flights within the country, which is Latin America’s largest sir-travel market. However, as Congress has added a codicil whereby airlines are now banned from charging passengers for their first checked bag, this now means that President Jair Bolsonaro’s signature will be required before the legislation becomes law. The checked-bag restriction has not been welcomed by airlines or the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association transport group as this may restrict opportunities for low-cost airlines and may ultimately see higher fares being Read more

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WestJet Encore flight dispatchers ratify three-year agreement

WestJet Encore flight dispatchers, represented by the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), have successfully ratified a three-year agreement. This ratified agreement starts May 22, 2019 and expires on May 22, 2022. “We are pleased with today’s outcome and believe that this agreement recognizes the hard work and valuable contributions of our WestJet Encore dispatchers,” said John Aaron, WestJet Vice-President and General Manager, Encore.

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IBA Group establishes presence in Tokyo

:IBA Group, the specialist aviation consultancy, has established a representation in Tokyo, Japan.  The move is a further example of IBA’s ongoing commitment and growing presence in Asia Pacific, and an example of the continued popularity and demand for aviation investment in the region.  IBA’s main services include aviation data, appraisals, asset management and advisory.   “Introducing formal and experienced representation in Japan builds on our strategic plan for closer ties with the aviation community across the wider Asia region. In the coming months we will also be announcing representation in China to further strengthen our capability with another local team,” Read more

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TAG Aviation Macau receives IS-BAH Accreditation for ground handling operations

©TAG Aviation Macau FBO receives IS-BAH Accreditation for Ground Handling Operations at EBACE 2019

TAG Aviation Macau’s Fixed Base Operation (FBO) has been awarded the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 certificate of registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) for their unwavering commitment to safety and quality ground handling. The IS-BAH standard, which focuses on the refueling, ground handling and storing of general aviation aircraft, is a set of global industry’s best practices in safety management and risk mitigation for business aviation ground handlers. The accreditation process involves a complete audit of the FBO’s safety management systems, emergency and security procedures, organisational structure, training protocols and operating procedures. Certificates Read more

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EC signs landmark aviation agreement with China

Intended to generate growth for European business, foster innovation and enable passengers to profit from safer, cleaner and cheaper flights, in a follow-up to the April 9 EU-China summit the European Commission signed an agreement on civil aviation safety and also a horizontal aviation agreement aimed at strengthening aviation cooperation on Monday May 20. The signing of a bilateral civil aviation agreement (BASA) will support worldwide trade in aircraft and related products. It should reduce costs incurred through the previous need for duplication of evaluation and certification activities for aeronautical products by the civil aviation authorities, while also promoting cooperation Read more

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Russia’s Pobeda Airlines chooses Britannica’s Fox Training Management system

Pobeda Airlines has purchased the Fox Training Management System by Britannica Knowledge Systems as its new training management platform. In flight since December 2014, Pobeda is a new and growing low-cost airline, slated to have 108 routes across Russia and abroad by mid-June 2019. Pobeda will use Fox to manage and improve pilot qualification training and compliance, courseware delivery, online testing, and performance evaluation. Fox’s scheduling module will oversee all pilot training events and resources. Pobeda’s instructors and evaluators will use the Fox Grading app to ensure training quality and maintain standards by capturing performance data, in real-time on mobile Read more

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