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Thursday, 11 February 2016

recent Aviation Incidents

Canada E190 at Winnipeg on Jan 17th 2016, could not retract landing gear
An Air Canada Embraer ERJ-190, registration C-FHNW performing flight AC-295 from Winnipeg,MB to Vancouver,BC (Canada) with 89 passengers and 5 crew, was in the initial climb out of Winnipeg when the landing gear would not retract but remained down...
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Porter DH8D near Toronto on Jan 14th 2016, hydraulic leak
A Porter Airlines de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration C-GLQQ performing flight PD-384 from Chicago Midway,IL (USA) to Toronto City,ON (Canada) with 27 people on board, was climbing out of Chicago Midway when the crew noticed the #2 hydraulic...
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Airbus A359 at Limoges on Feb 9th 2016, runway excursion during backtrack
An Airbus Airbus A350-900, registration F-WXWB performing a demonstration flight AIB-8WB from Chateauroux to Limoges (France), landed on Limoges' runway 21 and slowed safely. While turning around at the turn pad at the threshold runway 03 the nose...
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Skywest CRJ7 at Tucson on Feb 7th 2016, smoke on board
A Skywest Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of United Airlines, registration N705SK performing flight UA-6517 from Tucson,AZ to Los Angeles,CA (USA) with 73 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Tucson's runway 11L when the crew, still on tower...
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Mount Cook AT72 near Nelson on Feb 9th 2016, haze and odour of burning rubber on board
A Mount Cook Airlines Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A on behalf of Air New Zealand, registration ZK-MVE performing flight NZ-5308 from Christchurch to Hamilton (New Zealand) with 58 people on board, was enroute at FL170 about 20nm southeast...
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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

World media executives are urging governments to stop looking at journalists as the enemy, and to better protect reporters covering wars, crime and corruption.




World media executives are urging governments to stop looking at journalists as the enemy, and to better protect reporters covering wars, crime and corruption.

 
Freelancers are under extra risk, they warned, especially local reporters in countries where journalists have little recourse against violence or government pressure.
 
"Whether by murder, violence, arrest or intimidation, the crimes taking place against journalists have become far too common. In fact, they've become normalized," John Daniszewski, vice president of international news at The Associated Press, said at a conference on journalist safety at the headquarters of UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency.
 
CNN special correspondent Christiane Amanpour urged UNESCO's member governments to uphold freedom of expression. "It's time for all of our leaders to stop looking at us at the enemy," she said. "Then we can deal with the bad guys."
 
In the last 25 years, at least 2,297 journalists and media staff have been killed, according to a new report from the International Federation of Journalists. Last year, 112 journalists were killed around the world, and last month seven media workers were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
 
Diane Foley, whose son James was kidnapped in Syria and beheaded by Islamic State militants while working as a freelancer, described feeling alone in fighting for his freedom, and decried the use of freelancers as what she called "cannon fodder."
 
Major news organizations, struggling to cover Syria's civil war safely and trying to keep up with fast evolution in the industry, described new efforts to ensure protection of freelancers. Among them are projects to share information about security in conflict zones, and to create insurance options for international and local stringers.
 
Daniszewski stressed that what The AP and other media organizations are doing to help freelancers "is not enough."
 
"We need to recommit governments to the importance of free media. Because it's slipping away," he said.
 
He also urged media organizations to not shy away from reporting on colleagues who are attacked or abused. "Every day, in every part of the world, some journalist somewhere is being harassed, or put in prison, or injured," he said.
 
Zaffar Abbas, editor of Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, said any attack on a journalist "should be seen as an attack on all of us."

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/media-leaders-urge-tougher-protection-journalists-36735654

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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta Statement on Global Carbon Emissions Standards Agreement

 

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta Statement on Global Carbon Emissions Standards Agreement


"I am pleased that ICAO reached an international consensus on a meaningful standard to foster reduction in CO2 emissions from aircraft. We are encouraged by this success and believe it puts us on a promising path to secure a robust market-based measure later this year. This is another example of the administration's deep commitment to  working with the international community on policies that will reduce harmful carbon pollution worldwide."
 
Background:
 
The U.S. prides itself on making progress in all areas of ICAO’s agreed-upon “basket of measures” to address aviation greenhouse gas emissions. This includes the development of new airframe and engine technologies, aircraft operational improvements, sustainable, alternative fuels, and a global market-based measure [Global MBM] as a gap-filler.
 
For example, through our Continuous Lower Energy Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program, we work closely with industry on accelerating the maturation of new aircraft and engine technologies to reduce fuel burn.
 
The FAA is well under way with a broad set of initiatives under our modernization of U.S. air transportation system. We have put in more than 7,000 GPS-based NextGen procedures so far, the majority of which result in more efficient routing. This reduces both fuel consumption and emissions.
 
Moreover, we partner with academia and industry in efforts to develop, test and approve sustainable alternative jet fuels.  We also collaborate with other civil aviation authorities to leverage progress being made in this vital area internationally.
 
The final element in the “basket” is a global market-based measure, which we view as a gap-filler to ensure our airlines can keep their international aviation emissions at 2020 levels.
 
Since the 2013 ICAO Assembly, we have continued to work within ICAO to take a holistic approach to addressing aviation’s contribution to climate change.
 
We, along with other Member States, continue to believe that addressing the entire basket of measures is the most effective way for international aviation to reduce its carbon footprint.
 

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Latest Aviation Incidents:

Southwest B737 at Orlando on Feb 6th 2016, engine shut down in flight
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N711HK performing flight WN-5252 from Orlando,FL to Chicago Midway,IL (USA) with 151 people on board, was climbing out of Orlando's runway 36R when the crew declared emergency reporting the left hand...
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Saratov YK42 at Saratov on Feb 7th 2016, smoke detector indication
A Saratov Airlines Yakovlev Yak-42D, flight 6W-768 from Saratov to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia) with 79 passengers and 9 crew, was climbing out of Saratov when the crew received a smoke indication and returned to Saratov for a safe...
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Aeroflot A320 near Moscow on Feb 8th 2016, hydraulic failure
An Aeroflot Airbus A320-200, registration VP-BWF performing flight SU-1184 (scheduled dep Feb 7th) from Moscow Sheremtyevo to Volgograd (Russia), was enroute at FL350 about 170nm south of Moscow when the crew decided to return to Moscow Sheremetyevo...
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Airlinair AT42 at Toulouse on Feb 8th 2016, smoke in cabin and engine failure
An Airlinair Avions de Transport Regional ATR-42-500 on behalf of Hop!, registration F-GVZD performing flight A5-3341/AF-5591 from Nice to Toulouse (France) with 35 passengers, was on approach to Toulouse's runway 32L when smoke developed in the...
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Southwest B737 near El Paso on Feb 6th 2016, turbulence injures flight attendant
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N745SW performing flight WN-3817 from San Antonio,TX to San Diego,CA (USA), was enroute climbing from FL300 to FL340 about 190nm eastsoutheast of El Paso,TX (USA) at about 14:20Z, when the aircraft...
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GERMANY TRAIN CRASH: BAVARIAN HEAD ON SINGLE LINE TRAIN CRASH, MANY DEAD, OVER 150 INJURED,

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Julian Bray Security Expert writes: An early Ash Tuesday morning 'Meridian' commuter train crash in Bavaria, South Germany has left many dead and over 100 injured. 10 air ambulances/ helicopters are at the crash site, the hard to access locality is alongside a single line railway.

Ash Wednesday is significant, as its Carnival or 'Fashing' so schools are closed, few children would be on the train, many parents on holiday and overall passenger numbers slightly lower.  



The two trains collided head on, near an effluent treatment plant, and from images at the debris field, both trains were travelling at speed. Known by railway experts, as a high energy impact.

Crash investigators are already on site. Carriages are overturned, and scattered all around the impact zone. Speeds of 120 km are possible although commuter train speeds generally much less.

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 For relatives: German authorities have opened up an information line:
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Clearly with single line working, signals have either been ignored or were not working properly . A police spokesman told the AFP agency,that more than 150 are injured and confirmed that four people were killed in the crash. Fifteen people are critically  injured.

"The current toll is four dead, but this is expected to rise, 15 critically injured, 40 severely injured and a total of 100 injured,"
Southern Germany Regional rail company Meridian said in a statement that "a tragic accident occurred on the single-track route between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen this morning shortly after 7am CET (6am GMT)".

Holzkirchen is a market town in Bavaria, Germany. It has a population of over 17,000 and is the largest town in the Miesbach district. Holzkirchen is situated at Alpenvorland, in the county of Miesbach.


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Monday, 8 February 2016

Essex man rams Stansted Airport security barrier...





An Essex man has been arrested and detained at Stansted Airport after driving his car into a security barrier, near an office building close to the terminal.

Armed Police attended a car park at the Essex airport just after 4.30pm on Monday following a high level security alert.

Essex Police reported that a 21-year-old Enfield male was in custody, and being questioned at the airport police detention centre, on suspicion of public order offences. Officers evacuated the area while they searched the suspects vehicle. The incident caused delays on Stansted Express trains, which terminated at Bishop Stortford. 

A spokesman for Stansted airport commented: "While police investigate, there is an automatic exclusion zone around the vehicle. Flights are still coming and going but the incident is having a detrimental effect on our trains."




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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Aviation Incidents Log

Vietnam A359 near Hanoi on Feb 5th 2016, loss of cabin pressure
A Vietnam Airlines Airbus A350-900, registration VN-A887 performing flight VN-227 from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) with 137 passengers and 7 crew, was enroute about 40 minutes into the flight when the cabin pressure was lost, the passenger...
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Croatia DH8D at Zadar on Feb 5th 2016, bird strike
A Croatia Airlines de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration 9A-CQD performing flight OU-631 from Pula to Zadar (Croatia) with 23 passengers, was on approach to Zadar when a bird impacted the aircraft. The aircraft continued for a safe landing in Zadar,...
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American A321 near Jacksonville on Feb 4th 2016, smoke in cockpit
An American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N912UY performing flight AA-608 from Orlando,FL to Charlotte,NC (USA) with 126 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL290 about 50nm north of Jacksonville,FL (USA) when the crew reported smoke in...
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Philippine A332 at Manila on Oct 7th 2013, aft cargo fire
A Philippine Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration RP-C3336 performing flight PR-512 from Singapore (Singapore) to Manila (Philippines) with 203 passengers and 11 crew, completed what appeared to be an uneventful flight and arrived safely at the...
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TAM A320 near Brasilia on Jan 18th 2016, lack of oxygen
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320-200, registration PR-MAA performing flight JJ-3538 from Brasilia,DF to Aracaju,SE (Brazil), was climbing through FL250 when the crew stopped the climb and decided to return to Brasilia for a safe landing about 50...
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Light Planes collide in clear mid air over Los Angeles Port


A US Coast Guard search is underway in the waters off the Port of Los Angeles, looking for 3 people missing after two light planes collided in mid air. 

Local media are reporting the crash happened Friday afternoon when the two aircraft apparently collided at an altitude of about 3,100 feet before vanishing from radar screens. A fishing boat reportedly saw a small plane plunge into the water and the L.A. Fire Department says rescuers are finding small debris scattered about a mile off shore. 

A small flotilla of rescue boats and divers helped in an overnight search, but no survivors were found... 
            
A US Coastguard captain Jennifer Williams said: "We found log book of one of the pilots and helped us ascertain that there would be two people in one of the aircraft, we've since learned that there was one aircraft was overdue" 

The Coast Guard report the 3 people believed to be involved in the crash were two men ages 61 and 81, and one female, age 72. 
            
Authorities have created a safety zone around the crash site to keep the area clear of other traffic while they do their search and recovery.

Sources: US Coastguard, Reuters, ABC, LAFD,




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Airbus 321 departing Somalia survived laptop computer bomb, and saved by bombers own body mass, 'blocking' hole

Picture: Harun Maruf
 
Julian Bray Aviation Security expert writes: On reviewing the televised images and agency photographs, it is fair to suggest that a bomb caused the blast that blew outwards resulting in a hole in the side fuselage of a passenger plane at Somalia's Mogadishu airport on Tuesday.  Crash investigators will find that it was probably caused by a device being worn or possibly inside a laptop computer placed next to a window seat by the suicide bomber. A

The device was clearly designed to kill all on board but as the detonation seems to have been confined to a window area, although very serious, with one passenger being sucked out and killed (possibly the bomber) and two others seriously injured, the alleged bombers own body mass probably saved all on board, by temporarily plugging the fuselage hole, and crucially slowing down the rate of cabin depressurisation. The blast pattern would also have been channelled and partially contained by the upright seat backs. 

 This enabled the undamaged Airbus 321 aircraft multiple fly by wire (computer controlled) avionic systems to rapidly compensate, and trim the flight programs.

It also helped that the Airbus 321 was still climbing and had not reached its ultimate flight level. Admittedly this is all pure speculation and we have to await the outcome of any official investigation.

"It was a bomb that exploded in the Daallo Airlines flight. It was meant to kill all aboard," Transport Minister Ali Ahmed Jamac said. One passenger was sucked out of the plane and died, and two other passengers were injured.   

The Djibouti-bound Airbus 321 was forced to make an emergency landing.  No militant or terrorist group has so far claimed it was behind the explosion.

Daallo Airlines said an investigation was launched by Somalia's Civil Aviation Authority, as well as a technical team from the leased aircraft's owners and the manufacturers, Airbus Industries.

The Serbian captain Vlatko Vodopivec reported in a BBC interview that he was told the explosion was caused by a bomb.  "It was my first bomb; I hope it will be the last,'' Mr Vodopivec said.

He said the blast happened when the plane was at around 11,000ft (3,350m).  "It would have been much worse if we were higher," he added..




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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Will the deadly Zika Virus cause the Brazilian Olympics to be cancelled?


Young Zika victim.. note small disproportionate head...


Julian Bray Aviation Security expert writes:  Before booking that long-haul exotic holiday or even Brazil Olympics tickets, the news that all aircraft visiting Zika infected countries are to be sprayed, might cause you to rethink your future plans. It brings back dim distant memories, of flying on an East African Airways Comet 4C jetliner, in 1966, sitting on the runway at Kenyas' Nairobi Airport, and a man with a backpack mechanical pump spray walking through the cabin, with us still tightly strapped into our  now damp and smelly aircraft seats....

Perhaps it is just coincidence but the AIDS virus in the early 80's was traced back to Vervet monkeys in Uganda, East Africa.

But when Uganda was a British Protectorate, back in 1949, Zika was first discovered, infecting colonies of Ugandan rhesus  monkeys.. ...

Bringing it right up to date Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading in the Americas and could infect up to 4 million people.

But there is no known vaccine or available cure and little is really known about the transmission of the disease. They say a race is on to develop a Zika vaccine, but its with both arms tied behind backs as the virus seems to transmute almost daily.  In our view, the Brazil Olympics due to be held later this year should be cancelled or at least deferred, until a region wide all clear can be established.

Consider how do people become infected? Current thinking is the virus is transmitted to people through the bite and sting transmission of an infected female Aedes mosquitoes, the same varient of mosquito that spreads dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. 

Health Authorities admit the super strong Aedes mosquitoes are found in all countries in the Americas except Canada and continental Chile, and that the ZIKA virus will likely reach all countries and territories of the region, where Aedes mosquitoes are found. 

Everyone including Olympics and athletics Organisations should clearly understand there is no treatment or vaccine available for Zika infection. Companies and scientists are currently developing  a safe and effective vaccine for Zika, but clearly not expected to be ready for years.

When you start at the very beginning of a research cycle it is impossible to give an accurate idea of the development timescale.  Some health authorities claim there is no evidence that Zika causes death, but then some cases have been reported ,with more serious complications in patients with pre-existing medical conditions, and as such a death has become the outcome. so the question of a killer disease is still in the balance.

The virus has certainly been linked to microcephaly, a terrible heart breaking condition in new born babies causing abnormally small heads and brains that simply cannot develop properly.

To make matters worse Zika has also has been associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body's own immune system, then attacks part of the nervous system. Scientists are not confirming it, but are still studying whether there is a causal link between Zika and these two disorders.

But how does this  Zika disease relate to microcephaly?  Much remains undiscovered about Zika, but some international sports associations would have their intending Brazil Athletes believe this is a containable condition and even question whether the virus actually causes microcephaly?

Third world sanitation, some open sewerage ditches and infected water supplies, the real prospect that Olympics Villages 'clean water' supplies will not be fully completed by the start of the Olympics, as there are already contractual disputes holding up construction.

Brazil due to host the Olympics in August, this year is frantically investigating the potential link between Zika infections and more than 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly, a condition marked by abnormally small head size that can result in developmental problems.

Researchers have already identified evidence of Zika in some 17 cases, either in the baby or in the mother, but have not conclusively confirmed that Zika can cause microcephaly, it is only a matter of time before the outcome is known.
 
It is also uncertain whether in pregnant women, the virus crosses the placenta and causes microcephaly. Brazilian research suggests the greatest microcephaly risk appears to be associated with infection during the first trimester of pregnancy.

So objectively how do you recognise the symptoms of Zika infection? The Zika virus disease typically shows a mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain and fatigue, this lasts for 2 to 7 days.  

The good news (if you can call it that)  is that only twenty percent of those experiencing the initial flu like symptoms days never develop the full Zika set of conditions, which are  similar to those of dengue or chikungunya, transmitted by mosquito bite and fluid injection.

There has been much talk of control systems;  efforts to control the virus populating major on eliminating the mosquito breeding grounds - essentially any area of standing water or cool dark places.

The Authorities also suggest taking detailed precautions against mosquito bites, using insect repellent and mosquito nets at night and covering up bare skin.  U.S. health officials have gone a step further and advised pregnant women to avoid travel to Latin American and Caribbean countries where they may be exposed to Zika.

Health officials report  Zika outbreaks  in at least some thirty three  countries in the Americas. Olympics host Brazil has been the nation most affected. 

Other nations, territories and popular long-haul holiday destinations  include Barbados, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Colombia, CuraƧao, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Vanuatu, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).


But how did this all happen what is the history?  Zika virus is contracted in tropical regions, usually synonymous with large mosquito populations. Outbreaks of the Zika virus disease have been reported in Africa, the Americas, Southern Asia and the Western Pacific.

The virus was first identified in Uganda, East Africa in 1947 in rhesus monkeys then in the general population in 1952 in Uganda and Tanzania, again according to the WHO.

Is the Zika virus transmitted through sex? Two cases of possible person-to-person sexual transmission has been described, but authorities still seek  more evidence to confirm whether sexual contact is a means of Zika transmission.

There is also a suggestion that saliva can become infected, so the simple act of kissing ( and LOTS of that goes on during Carnival....)  Zika can be transmitted through blood, but this is an infrequent transmission mechanism. There is no evidence the virus can be transmitted to babies through breast milk.

If that isn't bad enough the WHO maintain that  because no major Zika outbreaks were recorded prior to 2007, little is currently known about onging complications caused by infection. An outbreak of Zika from 2013-2014 in French Polynesia, doctors reported an unusual increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Health authorities in Brazil have also reported an increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome. Clearly the Brazil Olympics Association and International Sports Associations need to seriously consider if the risk is worth  it for their competitors, there is also now  the added layer of possible legal action, if the advice given is wrong. In the UK it's called the Corporate Manslaughter Act, if found guilty, the officials will be jailed......

Sources: CNS, WHO, BBC, CBS, CBC, Reuters, UN, Red Cross,
 


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Friday, 5 February 2016

AIR INCIDENTS : LATEST CROP OF AVIATION INCIDENTS

Despite the incidents listed below, flying is still safer than taking a bus ride....
 
American B772 at Miami on Jan 28th 2016, could not retract gear
An American Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration N791AN performing flight AA-901 from Miami,FL (USA) to Rio de Janeiro,RJ (Brazil) with 254 people on board, was climbing out of Miami's runway 27 when the crew reported a technical problem, stopped...
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Westjet B738 at Vancouver on Feb 1st 2016, rejected takeoff due to blown tyres
A Westjet Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration C-GVWA performing flight WS-1876 from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Kahului,HI (USA) with 163 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Vancouver's runway 08R when at about 120 KIAS one of the left...
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Allegiant MD83 at Allentown on Feb 3rd 2016, burst both left main tyres on landing
An Allegiant Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registration N877GA performing flight G4-624 from Orlando Sanford,FL to Allentown,PA (USA) with 152 passengers and 6 crew, landed on Allentown's runway 24 but came to a stop with both left hand main tyres...
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Emirates B773 near Trabzon on Feb 4th 2016, smoke in cockpit
An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration A6-EBZ performing flight EK-35 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Newcastle,EN (UK), was enroute at FL340 about 60nm southwest of Trabzon (Turkey) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and...
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Tunis A320 near Marseille on Feb 3rd 2016, engine shut down in flight
A Tunis Air Airbus A320-200, registration TS-IML performing flight TU-724 from Tunis (Tunisia) to Paris Orly (France) with 86 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 90nm northeast of Marseille (France) when the crew shut the left hand engine...
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS AIRPORTS FUELLING A SCOTTISH AVIATION BOOM ....

Inverness Airport - on a roll!
Julian Bray reports: It not true that Scots are deserting their revered homeland as Scotland's regional airports group reported 2015 was its busiest year ever in a 30-year history.
 
Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) saw a total of nearly 1.5 million passengers through its gates (1,451,793) covering some 11 sites, representing a 3.2% rise on 2014.
 
Inverness was busiest airport thanks to its connections to Amsterdam, Dublin, Geneva and Zurich.

Dundee, Islay, Barra, Benbecula and Tiree also had increased passenger figures, other sites including Sumburgh, Kirkwall, Campbeltown, Wick, John O'Groats and Stornoway were slightly down
Inglis Lyon, managing director of Hial,said:  "This growth illustrates the enormous importance of our regional airports to Scotland's economy."

"We will continue to invest in our airports, with major developments planned or underway at Inverness and Sumburgh this year, and continued efforts to improve our customer service and attract more business across the group.

"Notwithstanding the welcome arrival of British Airways and KLM at Inverness we have more work to do to attract new business and improve our financial outlook."


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TOUGH NOISE CONTROL AT BELFAST CITY AIRPORT FOR 'UNLIMITED' SEAT SALE BID



A Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) report  recommends tough noise controls at the aptly named George Best Belfast City Airport as a condition as a contra for the removal of a 'seat sale capacity planning restriction' first set in 2004. A 2015 public inquiry into the airport's attempt to remove a cap on the number of seats (currently set at two million seats) it can sell each year on departing flights.

The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) report has no objections, but suggests a beefed up noise control regime
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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan wants views on the move by March, before making a decision.

Residents' groups in the surrounding areas have been opposing the idea, arguing it will mean many more flights and possibly bigger new generation aircraft.

The George Best Belfast City Airport said in a statement: "We welcome the recommendation by the Planning Appeals Commission to remove the seats for sale limit, which has been a long standing barrier to our business. We'll consider in greater ,the findings of the report and will submit our views to the department."  Ironic really as Mr Best was quite a noisemaker in his own way, and one of our greatest footballers...


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IAG (BA) to resume scheduled flights to Iran, as post sanctions cash begins to flow...



IAG owned British Airways are to resume direct flights from London to Tehran from July, re-establishing links with the Iranian capital after sanctions were recently lifted. BA will initially run six flights a week then increasing to a daily flights rotation from winter 2016, all centred on London Heathrow Airport.

The airline is following in the footsteps of Air France-KLM restarting flights to Tehran after Iran agreed to ditch its nuclear programme in return for lifting of United Nations sanctions in January.

Iran is looking to secure substantial foreign investment after President Hassan Rouhani visited Europe last week.

BA had a long history of flying to Tehran, its first scheduled flights to the city was in 1946. It curtailed regular flights in 2012 , due ,thety say, 'to a combination of commercial and political reasons'.

Now post sanctions and re-untied with its previously frozen overseas financial assets, Iran agreed last week to buy 118 Airbus jets worth $27 billion at list prices, including a dozen A380 superjumbos.


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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

SHOREHAM AIR SHOW CRASH PILOT IN EARLIER AIR INCIDENT AT SOUTHPORT A YEAR EARLIER SAYS CAA




The Civil Aviation Authority are confirming an air incident during the Southport Airshow on 20 September, 2014, formed part of Sussex Police's on-going investigation into the Shoreham vintage jet air crash which took place almost a year later on 22 August 2015.

It has been suggested the jet Pilot Andrew Hill was flying that day was considered to be low to sustain the manoeuvre.

A spectator at the earlier show said:"Last minute, as he was approaching, he banked off to one side to avoid colliding into the crowd, and it frightened many people.

"Spectators were talking about it immediately afterwards, about how close it had got, and how fast and low the plane was.

"I remember at the time feeling, 'this is worrying, this is concerning, I need to move out the way', but luckily he managed to bank last minute."

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is investigating what caused the 'cold war'  Hawker Hunter jet to crash on the A27 in West Sussex, during the Shoreham Airshow.

The pilot Mr Hill, 51, from Hertfordshire, was thrown clear from the jet and survived the crash. He was later voluntarily interviewed under caution by police officers. 

A CAA  spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident that took place at the Southport Airshow in 2014 following which the CAA took appropriate action in conjunction with the show's organisers.

"We have been informed that this incident currently forms part of an on-going investigation by Sussex Police."

The CAA, which had an inspector at the event, said it had spoken to Mr Hill about the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz said families of the victims of the Shoreham disaster had been informed officers were also looking at the 2014 incident.

He added: "This incident forms a line of inquiry in our wider investigation. All the families are aware of our interest in this incident."

The Shoreham crash was the worst seen at a British air show since the 1952 Farnborough crash when a de Havilland DH.110 fell into the crowd, killing 31 spectators.

The Civil Aviation Authority has since brought in new rules covering vintage aircraft flights, but these only relate to air displays.

This year's Shoreham Airshow has been cancelled out of respect for the families of the victims. A full inquest is expected to take place in June.

Sources: CAA, Sky, BBC, CNS, ABC

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

TALLY HO! RECORD 762% HOLIDAY FLIGHT SPOT PRICE INCREASES TO BE APPLIED THIS WEEKEND....


 
 
 
Julian Bray Aviation Security Expert writes: It was a bit rich of the High street travel agents lobby association 'suit' on ITVs' Good Morning Breakfast Telly programme - aka ABTA,  to try and defend an astonishing widespread hike in holiday air fares by suggesting customers and families should stagger their holidays and travel at other cheaper times, the concept of customer care just flies out of the window...  
 
This year, Saturday, February 13, marks a double hit for flight price hikes as it coincides with the start of half-term holidays and Valentine's Day. The scramble for available air seats has soared creating some huge peak season price rises. Families are being presented with tickets priced at up to eight times more expensive than normal scheduled flights.
 
Parents who play by the rules and only take holidays during the official half-term in February - particularly those on a skiing break - could easily add up to hundreds of pounds. 
 
You could call it a perfect storm as governments have taken an increasingly tough line on parents who take their children out of school during term time, with  fixed penalty fines of £60 per child, rising to a £2,500 award if the case goes to court.
 
Simply families are at the mercy of airlines, travel companies and even British holiday parks who hike prices as soon as the schools break up.

A study of the cost of return flights to seventy-five holiday destinations from twelve  UK regions revealed the average flight price increases by nearly two hundred per cent compared with those departing two weeks later.
 
The biggest change was found at Manchester Airport where a flight to Verona, Italy, clocked in at seven hundred and sixty two per cent more expensive departing on February 13 compared to February 27 - taking the price up from £55 per person to £474.

The second biggest school holiday mark-up was found to be flying from London to the popular skiing destination of Salzburg, Austria, costing 739 per cent more. The return flight for half-term is priced at £470 per person but just two weeks later, it drops back down to just £56.

Meanwhile, those flying from London to Grenoble in France face a 609 per cent mark-up, with prices on February 13 standing at £326 per person, and at just £46 per person two weeks later.
 
It's not just those in the capital who face higher air fares though. Those living in the Midlands also face an increase to flights of more than 200 per cent.
 
Flights from Birmingham to Geneva in Switzerland cost around 576 per cent more during half-term compared to other times of the month. On February 13, flights to the Swiss resort cost £399 per person, but just two weeks later on February 27, they cost just £59 per person.

Holidaymakers flying from London will be the worst off this half term, paying an average of 272 per cent more for their flights, followed by Nottingham (East Midlands) at 266 per cent and Leeds at 253 per cent.

At the other end of the scale, holidaymakers in Glasgow are less likely to be ripped off, but still face average price increases of 131 per cent more for half-term flights, followed by Newcastle and Edinburgh where flight costs are increased by 146 per cent.
 
And don't think its any cheaper to cruise or take a ferry. Those tickets also magically increase!

Source: Daily Mail, BBC, CNS, CapitalFX
 


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Monday, 1 February 2016

BOEING 737MAX SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED FIRST THREE HOUR TEST FLIGHT.



Boeing has announced that 737MAX has successfully completed its first flight lasting around three hours. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.



"First flight of the 737 MAX carries us across the threshold of a new century of innovation – one driven by the same passion and ingenuity that have made this company great for 100 years," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner. "We are tremendously proud to begin testing an airplane that will deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market for our customers" commented Ray Conner,  Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer.

During the flight, 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson with Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bomben, departed to the north, reaching a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) and an airspeed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometres) per hour typical of a first flight sequence.

Meanwhile Capts. Wilson and Bomben tested the airplane's systems and structures, using on board equipment transmitting real-time data to a flight-test team on the ground in Seattle.


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