IATA requests global suspension of slot rules due to Coronavirus

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is contacting aviation regulators worldwide to request that the rules governing use of airport slots be suspended immediately and for the 2020 season, due to the impact of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus). Around 43% of all passengers depart from over 200 slot coordinated airports worldwide. At present, the rules for slot allocation mean that airlines must operate at least 80% of their allocated slots under normal circumstances. Failure to comply with this means the airline loses its right to the slot the next equivalent season. In exceptional circumstances, regulators can relax this requirement. The COVID-19 Read more

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Magnetic MRO and OSM Aviation launch joint apprenticeship program

Magnetic MRO and OSM Aviation (OSM) have signed an MoU to engage in a strategic partnership by generating an apprenticeship program aimed at OSM recruits and employees. The first group of qualified technical apprentices from Norway and Sweden has been selected and will start their 24-months practical studies program at the Magnetic MRO in Tallinn, Estonia, from early September 2020.  Globally, the aircraft technical trade has undergone dramatic changes and shifts in manpower requirements over the past decades. At a regional-level, there has been a steady reduction and a slow-down of maintenance activities carried out in Scandinavia. As a consequence, Read more

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BAA Training Vietnam introduces second A320 FFS

©BAA Training Vietnam introduces its second FFS, an Airbus A320neo

BAA Training Vietnam, a brand-new aviation training center located in Ho Chi Minh, has expanded its training equipment. A state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo full-flight simulator has been assembled and approved by Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) to provide pilot training in Vietnam. A modern 3000-m² training center opened doors in September of 2019 and with its first Airbus A320ceo full-flight simulator started to provide pilot training both for airlines and independent pilots. As the first training device has already reached its full utilization, the second, this time an Airbus A320neo full-flight simulator, is being introduced to the market. In addition Read more

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BAA Training opts for unleaded aviation fuel

©BAA Training will use unleaded Avgas

BAA Training, one of the three largest European aviation training centers in Europe, has signed an agreement with Air BP to expand their cooperation with Air BP supplying BAA Training with Avgas 100LL, unleaded aviation fuel. The fuel will be used at all BAA Training flight bases as well as for the company’s aircraft at Llieda-Alguaire and other Spanish airports where training activities are carried out. Consequently, BAA Training becomes one of the first aviation training academies in southern Europe to use unleaded Avgas. According to BAA Training, the deal includes the bulk supply of UL91 – an approved colorless, Read more

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IATA releases COVID-19 impact on demand and revenue

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its initial assessment of the impact of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 outbreak (COVID-19), revealing a potential 13% full-year loss of passenger demand for carriers in the Asia-Pacific region. As it had originally been forecast at 4.8%, the net impact will be an 8.2% full-year contraction compared to 2019 demand levels. Financially, this will equate to a US$27.8 billion revenue loss in 2020 for carriers in the Asia-Pacific region—principally China, with US$12.8 billion lost in the China domestic market alone. Carriers outside Asia-Pacific will likely see a revenue loss of US$1.5 billion, on Read more

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MTU Maintenance opens office in Dubai

MTU Maintenance has announced at the MRO Middle East today that it has opened an office in close vicinity of Dubai International Airport (DXB). While MTU has always been present in the region now the company will be even closer to its customers. It is part of its global growth strategy and enables immediate proximity to the commercial engine maintenance and leasing scene in the region – and in turn, to meet their needs better and faster. This opening follows on from the recently opened MTU Maintenance Lease Services office in Singapore and Dublin. 

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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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