Brilliant MATT Cartoon from earlier this week. Courtesy of The Daily Telegraph. How on earth did he know?


Saturday, 25 June 2016

LORD HILL QUITS EU as European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union...

Jonathan Hill, Lord Hill quits his EU role....

Lord Hill quits his EU financial regulatory post.

Lord Hill, a former political lobbyist and PR consultant, was special adviser to Cabinet Minister Kenneth Clarke and an adviser to the Conservative Prime Minister John Major before being appointed a Government Minister in 2010 and appointed European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

This how the EU describes the role: The post is responsible for the ensuring that financial markets are properly regulated and supervised so that they are stable, competitive and transparent, at the service of jobs and growth.

This includes the full implementation of the Banking Union. They are also responsible for establishing a Capital Markets Union by 2019, for all 28 Member States of the EU, and maximising the benefits of capital markets and non-bank financial institutions for the rest of the economy, and in particular SMEs.

In addition, the post is responsible for proposing measures to make financial services work better for consumers and retail investors, and promoting global consistency in regulation and the implementation of agreed standards and principles in cooperation with international partners.  

Well none of that is going to happen, as the former PR man has quit, the second former PR man to quit, as David Cameron did so yesterday... 

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Aviation Incidents: Burst Tyre on take-off, Cabin Pressure, Captain Ill, June24th 2016

Atlasglobal A321 at Izmir on Jun 23rd 2016, rejected takeoff due to engine problem
An Atlasglobal Airbus A321-200, registration TC-ETN performing flight KK-1024 from Izmir (Turkey) to Ercan (Cyprus) with 180 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Izmir's runway 34R when the crew rejected takeoff due to an engine...
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Spirit A319 near Lubbock on Jun 23rd 2016, loss of cabin pressure
A Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N532NK performing flight NK-875 from Dallas Ft. Worth,TX to Portland,OR (USA) with 149 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 80nm northeast of Lubbock,TX (USA) when the crew initiated an...
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THY B739 near Antalya on Jun 24th 2016, captain incapacitated
A THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900, registration TC-JYG performing flight TK-604 from Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) to Istanbul (Turkey), was enroute at FL360 south of Antalya when the captain became ill and was unable to continue duties. The first...
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Delta B744 near Seattle on May 30th 2016, dual FMS failure
A Delta Airlines Boeing 747-400, registration N662US performing flight DL-167 from Seattle,WA (USA) to Tokyo Narita (Japan) with 364 people on board, was enroute at FL320 about 220nm northwest of Seattle in Canadian Airspace, when the crew declared...
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Allegiant B752 at Las Vegas on Jun 22nd 2016, burst tyre on takeoff
An Allegiant Boeing 757-200, registration N902NV performing flight G4-500 from Las Vegas,NV to Indianapolis,IN (USA) with 202 passengers and 7 crew, was in the initial climb out of Las Vegas' runway 25R when the crew requested a runway inspection of...
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 '.....communication with Europe appears to have broken down ,Prime Minister'

This is probably why the British Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to go so quickly, have a look at this research document, written in 2013.

The full paper is on this link:

.....and this should be considered along with this extract from the ever excellent Jack of Kent Blog, writing on Article 50 ...

SWP Research Paper

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik German

Institute for International  and Security Affairs

Europe without Britain

Assessing the Impact on the European Union of a British Withdrawal

By Tim Oliver

" A UK withdrawal would have profound implications and costs for the UK, far greater than for the EU. Nevertheless, the rest of the EU would face both the unprecedented event of a withdrawal of a member state and, in the case of the UK, the withdrawal of one of its largest members. This could bring about significant changes to the EU. For some, the loss of one of the most economically liberal members could tip the EU towards protectionism, or perhaps trigger a crisis in European integration leading to the EU’s unravelling. Others see the potential for the EU to free itself of its most awkward member, making the EU easier to lead, aiding a solution to the Eurozone’s crises, in turn strengthening the foundations for an ever closer union among the people of Europe."

Article 50 Treaty on European Union

1.  Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements. 

2.  A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union.

That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament. 

3.  The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period. 

4.  For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.

A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. 

5.  If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.


As should be clear, the potential implications for the EU of a UK withdrawal are unclear and open to much speculation.

This is thanks in part to a lack of discussion of the topic. Indeed, the very idea of discussing a member state withdrawing from the EU remains a taboo subject.

This remains the case despite the inclusion of Article 50 TEU and the growing possibility of a British withdrawal. This taboo should be broken.

Shying away from discussing it only adds to uncertainty which those seeking the UK’s withdrawal benefit from. More importantly, if the EU is to reach a calculated decision about whether or not to press ahead with a renegotiation then it needs to assess whether or not it is worth making the effort to keep the UK inside on renegotiated terms, or whether it might be better to seek a new arrangement altogether with the UK on the outside.

The possibility then of a UK withdrawal presents the EU with a series of questions: 

1. Should the EU refuse to discuss the idea of a British withdrawal until a vote to withdraw actually happens? 

2. Should the issue of withdrawal be discussed as part of any renegotiation of Britain’s relationship inside the EU? 

3. What red-lines should the EU set down for any discussion of withdrawal, either in any renegotiation or during a withdrawal negotiation? 

4. How is Britain’s part in European integration – both positive and negative – to be assessed? 

5. To what extent would a UK withdrawal help solve the problems with the Eurozone and make possible further progress towards “ever closer union”? 

6. What would a UK withdrawal mean for the EU’s international standing and security? 

7. What type of relationship would the EU like to have with a UK that has left the EU, and how would this fit with, or change, the EU’s relationships with other non-EU parts of Europe? 

8. Should further written clarification be prepared about Article 50 TEU, and if so who is to do this? 

9. What processes should the EU follow to manage the internal changes to the EU brought about by a UK withdrawal? 

10. How would a UK withdrawal shift the balance of power in the EU and direction of European integration?

Initial answers to these questions should point to how neither the UK nor EU should savour the idea of a British withdrawal. It could be traumatic for both the UK and the EU. This could be especially so for the UK, as it would mean withdrawing from its most important and comprehensive international relationship.

The EU, however, should be under no illusions that the impact on it [the EU] could also be significant.


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Friday, 24 June 2016


Strike up the Band, but repair our UK defences first... 

Julian Bray writes: OVER 72% of the British voting population ( 17,410,742 ) has endorsed the axing of  its 40+ year membership of the EU / European Commission. The UK has voted: 51.9% to leave the EU (48.1% to remain), and as the exit campaign put it 'to take back control'  - and to be fair we have always thought Camerons departure was firmly on the cards, say within a few weeks certainly not hours - as the increasing references to family, holidays and his private life have been a feature of David Camerons speeches recently, and returning from his failed mission to win any significant concessions from European leaders. 

So the British Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned,  this is part of his resignation speech.....

David Cameron: "I held nothing back, I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union and I made clear the referendum was about this and this alone - not the future of any single politician including myself.

"But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.

"I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.

"This is not a decision I've taken lightly but I do believe it's in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.

"There is no need for a precise timetable today but in my view we should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative Party conference in October.

"Delivering stability will be important and I will continue in post as Prime Minister with my Cabinet for the next three months.

"The Cabinet will meet on Monday, the Governor of the Bank of England is making a statement about the steps that the Bank and the Treasury are taking to reassure financial markets.

"We will also continue taking forward the important legislation that we set before Parliament in the Queen's Speech.

"And I have spoken to Her Majesty the Queen this morning to advise her of the steps that I am taking.

"A negotiation with the European Union will need to begin under a new prime minister and I think it's right that this new prime minister takes the decision about when to trigger Article 50 and start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU.

"I will attend the European Council next week to explain the decision the British people have taken...."   Best of luck with that Mr Cameron!

The immediate reaction by the City was interesting last night they clearly backed the wrong horse, the pound soared to £1:50/US$1 but immediately it became clear from early morning television the pound fell off a cliff. 

Sterling however recovered half of it losses  following a robust TV speech directly to camera by the Governor of the Bank of England committing immediately, wait for it.....  £250Billion of reserves to support liquidity and counter volatility in the City over the next few weeks.

To set the EU withdrawal  process in train Article 50 has to be invoked but David Cameron says he'll not be doing it, so it will be at least 3 months until a new prime minister is appointed by the Conservative Party (Boris Johnson MP would seem to be in pole position) or they could opt for a snap General Election!

Meanwhile EU/EC leaders says Article 50 has to be invoked, and quickly to prevent 'contagion.' What is also clear is that few of the leaders have a 'Plan B' to put into operation. Few inside Brussels expected the UK would leave

But this also calls into question the quality of the current Labour Party leadership after Mr Corbyns seemingly lack lustre approach to the campaigning over the last month and his earlier rocky start to his term in office.  

STOP PRESS: The BBC reports Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey have tabled a no confidence motion in Jeremy Corbyn, which could be voted on Tuesday night.

The PLP might be able to topple him but how will they win round the membership?

The problem with Blairites organising a putsch against Jez is they were the ones out of touch with […] The post Corbyn No Confidence Motion Tabled appeared first on Guido Fawkes  

So how does this affect travel and aviation? As much of the business is conducted in US dollars, linking Sterling to the Dollar might be an option, in the short term everyone will suffer as exchange rates encounter wide swings.

The British holidaymaker will immediately notice a marked change in spending power as holiday money rates are effectively surcharged on City rates so, expect a sharp drop in US holidays, a cut back on US Cruise ships (the onboard hotel and retail trade and gratuities are all negotiated in greenbacks!)  Possibly extra Visa and entry restrictions in mainland Europe, Canaries, and as for Gibraltar, expect Spain to rattle a few sabres... We live in interesting times. Tin Hats all round...

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EgyptAir Flight MS804 black boxes now being sent to Paris for 'repairs'

Wreckage from EgyptAirSource: Egyptian Armed Forces photograph                           

Julian Bray writes: As frequently and strongly suggested by my Aviation security blog, the two damaged flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the EgyptAir aircraft that crashed last month will be sent to France for 'repairs' according to Egyptian investigators.

In what is seen as an official face saving operation. They claim memory chips from Flight MS804 which contain vital information will be shipped to French experts early next week.

In a statement, the Egyptian investigative committee said the two recorders would be sent to France's BEA accident experts to remove salt deposits from the memory chips. Clearly the BEA Centre in France has the most sophisticated equipment to deal with the black boxes, far in excess of that held in Cairo.

But the Egyptians claim the 'repaired' units will then be to Egypt for analysis. We and many well-placed aviation sources believe the Egyptians will covertly ask the French to carry out all the work, then pass the findings in confidence back to Cairo, so the 'credit' can be claimed by the Egyptian officials.

The recorders contain the pilots' conversations and technical parameters of the flight - could help determine the cause of the crash.

The Egyptair Airbus A320 was flying from Paris to Cairo when it vanished from Greek and Egyptian radar screens, apparently without having sent a distress call.

Wreckage was later found some 290km (180 miles) north of the Egyptian port city of Alexandria and just inside the 'Egyptian Area of Responsibility.'

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Originally posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016  13:20pm

SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO? First and last word on the European Referendum... IS THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR THE UK?


04:53 AM    
52% Vote Leave
48% Vote Remain

52% Vote Leave
48% Vote Remain



SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO? First and last word on the European Referendum... IS THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR THE UK?

It correctively identified a few key issues ignored by the Remain Camp.


Julian Bray writes: Many people have already voted either in or out of Europe, some two / three weeks back when their postal vote arrived. Leaving aside all the campaigning and the relentless lobby activity by big business, just remember big business does not have a vote, its really NOTHING to do with them, it is just you and the ballot box.

IF you are registered to vote, then please use it. Your single vote will impact on the UK for generations, not just the term of a parliament...  

If we voted to leave the current EU set up, we do regain some of our national self-respect, all the funding ( and who really cares what the numbers are, just consider, they are truly eye-watering amounts and 'foreigners' will no longer decide how its spent and how much may eventually filter back to  the UK.  

Simply the money allocated to Europe or regularly allocated to European matters  will stay firmly within this country, to be used as we see fit, rather than prop up the amazing excesses of MEPs and the European Parliament.

Like you, I can only name a handful of European MEPs and frankly why should they look after the UK when 27 or so other countries  can black, veto or vote against anything we dare to propose?  

Most of the progress or points our small band of MEPs try to promote will come back to the UK Parliament. Immediately we are out, if that is the result, will see David Cameron considering his position and looking for his next adventure. probably with a bank like J P Morgan perhaps?

Almost immediately with the shackles of the moribund EU off our backs, we can see that our own borders are secure. The only way this can be done is to build up the Royal Navy and coastguard, this alone will create jobs in the UK, as we have shipyards hanging on by a thread.

An order book of 100 coastal defence vessels  (France has 300 ....) but most importantly this overcrowded island can protect its fishing rights and prevent French and Spanish fleet from plundering our fishing stocks.

It cannot be right that some London Billingsgate Fish market agents have to buy British fish from Spanish and French sources. .....

 Importantly our domestic MPs will finally have a proper job to do, as they can no longer rely on the EU to do their work for them. They won't have time for second jobs and lucrative consultancy work on the side. Bringing democracy back to the UK. Its as simple as that. OUR OWN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

On trade, the 'remainers' claim that tariff barriers will disadvantage  UK firms. Its rubbish of course as UK imports outweigh what we sell to the EU. Our traditional World markets created through Empire and the Commonwealth have been neglected by our politicians, blinded by the idea that the EU Club is an easy market to crack.

The truth is ENGLISH is the worldwide international language of business, not French, German, Pongolian or Italian. So I've voted to leave, so future British generations can trade without any constraints or petty rules and regulations from the fat-cat unknowns from many nations who are actually running and pulling the strings in Brussels - liberally using and spending our money!

For example the Indian TATA company is now asset stripping selling off small parts of what remains of the UK steel industry.

Meanwhile India is launching multiple International satellites from their own establish space industry, rather than install even basic sanitation  and clean water for millions of Indians..... 

Our energy costs  are almost double that of Europe and we have by a European Union diktat we have to apply VAT IN FULL to electricity costs... plain daft.

Another thing, vote 'out' and just watch the 'hot money' leave the country, rapidly putting their empty investment property on the market, sooner or later that will trickle down, and our children and their children might actually be able to buy their own mortgaged home... 

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Thursday, 23 June 2016


The very day the UK decides if it is to stay or leave Europe; the latest in a long line of French ATC strikes is now in operation. Thousands of British holidaymakers are set for a day of travel chaos as airlines cancelled hundreds of flights due to the ATC strikes in France. 

British Airways, easyJet, and Ryanair are among the major airlines forced to cancel routes across Europe as French air traffic controllers take part in another day of industrial action.

Julian Bray writes: Passengers affected were notified on Wedesday afternoon, however some still claimed they were not given a reason for the disruption.

The strikes however have been well covered in the UK media, all over the BBC, on CNN and even RT. Because I, have broadcast live on several programmes over the last few months ... 

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Julian Bray writes: It is hard to believe that just a year a go, holidaymakers sunbathing and blissfully enjoying North African sunshine and Tunisian hospitality in the resort city of Sousse, were subjected to a shock terrorist machine gun attack, which left over 37 dead, and many more severely injured.

Tunisia still remains a no go area, and unless The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK changes its advice to travellers; holidaymakers own medical and travel insurance will not be valid, and no emergency repatriations or medical evacuations are available under CAA bonding arrangements. 

The influx of tourists is down by 90 %, but unbelievably that leaves a misguided 10 % who are defiantly (we say pig-headedly) ignoring all the professional advice to give Tunisia a miss, and making their own arrangements to return to Tunisia.

Many holiday airlines say they are keeping matters under review, but essentially there is little hope in the short to medium term of these charter aircraft returning, as they are also unable to get insurance cover at realistic premiums to cover their own operations. Its not just a problem for Tunisia but the whole of North Africa, which is still one extended conflict or war zone.  

This is what we said shortly after the beach massacre just over a year ago, much of the information is still valid and should be carefully considered if holidaymakers are in fact ignoring advice. 

Julian Brays current advice (in June 2016) is that the whole North African coastline is still highly unstable and frankly not worth the risk to a family and children.

Independent business travellers may take a different commercial view, but are advise to take blood plasma products and sterile medical sets with them as directed by their firms security advisers.

TUNISIA JUNE 2015 (One year ago)...

 Thousands of fatigued Britons are spending their first few days back in the UK after returning from the warlike conditions of Tunisia where gun fights have broken out between the Army and street gangs. Tunisia is located just 200 miles from Sicily, Italy. Many of these long term holidaymakers are short of funds and ready cash, they were enjoying extended low cost winter sun breaks in the north African country, before being flown home by their tour operators over the weekend on Foreign Office advice for UK nationals to leave the country.

On Saturday, Thomson and First Choice evacuated 1,437 passengers on seven flights to airports around the country - and Thomas Cook repatriated some 1,800 passengers .

Further evacuation flights scheduled for later this week have been cancelled and some 800 independent travellers remain stranded in Tunisia, some are short of cash as credit card ATMs are not working and Banks either looted or closed.

The position of ferry companies servicing the port of Tunis is also uncertain and local marine agents Genmar who act for the Italian Grimaldi Group (00216 71 46907000216 71 469070) are unable to confirm if foot passenger space is available on ferries to Italy or even if the scheduled services will operate.

The position  is expected to be come clearer on Monday morning, as the ferry company reviews operations in and out of Tunisia.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK has advised UK citizens against all but essential travel to Tunisia. This was following a complete breakdown of law and order, although the military have regained control in most areas and evening/overnight curfews are in place.

Violent demonstrations, widespread looting and guns being let off have erupted in multiple locations across the country, including Tunis, Sousse, Sfax, Nabul, Hammamet, Douze, Kasserine, Requeb and Thia, among other areas.

The deposed President of Tunisia and his family fled to Saudi Arabia, all residences and businesses connected to the former president have been looted or destroyed. Tellingly the Army didn't stop the demonstrators.

Airports are under military control, flights in and out are suspended from time to time and armed guards are preventing either entry or exit from the airports in the country.

The extremely volatile situation means those travelling within Tunisia will risk being caught up in street fighting and demonstrations. Female holidaymakers are strongly advised to fully cover up and always be accompanied by male members of thier party for protection. Western females are at the best of times always vulnerable to unwelcome attention. There are continuing police roadblocks at major intersections.

Travellers and holidaymakers are strongly advised not to attempt to cross the border into Algeria, if travelling independently. Strong caution is advised to those intending to travel to the southeastern Algerian provinces of Tamanrasset, Djanet and Illizi and recommended that visitors consider the advice of a reputable tour company or an approved local guide.

Friends and family members outside of Tunisia who are in contact with people currently within Tunisia should try to establish contact using mobile phones, skype or the internet and pass on this information as news channels within the country are heavily censored, most people are getting their information from the internet, facebook and twitter.

Travellers are also advised to register with their Embassy (Irish nationals to register with the Spanish Embassy) and seek local advice. The British Embassy has issued an emergency information line (from UK) 00216 71 108 70000216 71 108 700. But the strong advice is leave the country as soon as possible, and be prepared to dump luggage if so advised. Embassy sources suggest that approximately 1,000 expats living across Tunisia.

The Foreign Office said that so far 200 plus independent travellers in the country had registered on its website to let the British authorities know where they were. Sources suggest that in many areas internet and broadband services have either been closed down or there is sporadic local and international service.

Evacuated holidaymakers sais that banks and all the big shops had been looted or ransacked, '"like a little war zone and the military is all over the place." Over the last four days more than 1,000 prisoners have escaped from Mahdia jail and 42 inmates were killed in a prison fire in Monastir. On Saturday, the nation swore in a new interim president, Fouad Mebazaa, with former President Ben Ali fleeing to Saudi Arabia, his former hairdresser wife having already left the country. Full presidential elections are however promised within 60 days.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016


United B763 at Athens on Jun 20th 2016, slat asymmetry
A United Boeing 767-300, registration N677UA performing flight UA-2088 from Athens (Greece) to Newark,NJ (USA), was climbing out of Athens' runway 03R when the crew stopped the climb at FL080 again reporting a leading edge slat asymmetry. The crew...
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American A321 near New York on Jun 19th 2016, smoke in cockpit as result of engine stall
An American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N142AN performing flight AA-1086 from Boston,MA to Miami,FL (USA) with 189 people, was climbing through FL330 out of Boston about 50nm east of New York JFK,NY (USA) when the crew reported smoke in...
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Endeavor CRJ9 at Toronto on Jun 13th 2016, runway incursion
An Endeavor Canadair CRJ-900 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N935XJ performing flight 9E-4068/DL-4068 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Toronto,ON (Canada), landed on Toronto's runway 06R and was instructed to hold short of runway 06L, the...
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American MD83 at Newark on Jun 19th 2016, bird strike damages pitot tube
An American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registration N972TW performing flight AA-1051 from Newark,NJ to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA), was climbing out of Newark's runway 22R when a bird impacted the aircraft prompting the crew to level off at 6000...
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Monday, 20 June 2016


Reuters are reporting tonight that Sir Philip Green is understood to have taken delivery of a new private jet, adding a £46m Gulfstream G650ER to a transport collection that currently includes a speedboat, a helicopter and three yachts. Mazel tov !!! 

“The G650ER provides our customers with greater mission flexibility and the longest range of any business jet,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “It’s the only business aircraft in the world capable of traveling 7,500 nm. This opens up significant nonstop city pairs, including New York to Hong Kong, Dallas to Dubai and San Francisco to Delhi. G650ER owners in Dubai will be able to reach most of the contiguous United States. From Hong Kong, operators can connect with the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Thanks to the G650ER, the world just got a little smaller.” So that's all right then!

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The American FAA together with government partners is expanding research on ways of detecting “rogue” drones flying close and around airports.

The American FAA together with government partners is  expanding research on ways of detecting “rogue” drones flying close and around airports.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US government, industry and academia have joined forces to evaluate drone detection technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.  Over the last two years, the FAA claims to have received numerous reports from pilots and residents relating to unmanned aircraft systems – UAS, or “drones” –  detected around some of the nation’s busiest airports, including JFK.

“We face many difficult challenges as we integrate rapidly evolving UAS technology into our complex and highly regulated airspace,” said Mark Gibson, FAA Senior Advisor on UAS Integration. “This effort at JFK reflects everyone’s commitment to safety.”

Form  May 2016, the FAA conducted a series of evaluations at JFK to study 'the effectiveness of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) UAS detection system in a commercial airport environment'.  Five different rotorcraft and fixed wing UAS [drones] participated in the evaluations, and some forty separate tests took place.

The New York JFK Airport evaluation involved extensive government inter-agency collaboration. The tests expanded on research performed earlier this year at Atlantic City International Airport.

In addition to the FAA and the FBI, the agencies combining forces in this research included the Department of Homeland Security (DofHS), Department of Justice, Queens District Attorney’s Office and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

DofHS and the FBI want to identify unauthorized UAS operators for law enforcement purposes, and the FAA’s mission is to provide a safe and efficient airport environment for both manned and unmanned air traffic.

“We applaud the FBI and FAA for their efforts to detect and track unmanned aerial systems (UAS),” said Thomas Bosco, Port Authority Aviation Director.  “We look forward to supporting continued U.S. Government efforts to identify and deploy countermeasures to neutralize the threat posed by rogue UASs.”

The team evaluating the FBI’s detection system also included contributions from one of the six FAA-designated UAS test sites.

The Griffiss International Airport test site in Rome, NY, provided expertise in planning the individual tests as well as the flight commander for the tests and two of the UAS used.

The FY 2016 Appropriations law mandates that the FAA continue research into detection of UAS in airport environments. The agency is continuing to formulate an inter-agency strategy to evaluate detection systems in a variety of airport environments.

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Sunday, 19 June 2016


A clampdown on 'Ryanair style' hidden fees, charges and not clearly explained extra costs imposed on passengers by all types of airlines is being launched by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Ryanair is apparently at the top of the CAA list for investigation.   Every airline offering tickets and deals for sale in the UK will be examined by the CAA to assess if the tariff is presented in an 'open and clear' manner to prevent airline passengers being confronted with unexpected and unbudgeted for extra charges.

The CAA's Strategic Plan 2016-2021 and also under a new management regime is now flexing and extending its regulatory muscles, having recently introduced swingeing charges for its services in 'policing' airshows, introduced after the Shoreham disaster, when many spectators, who had not paid an admission fee, but simply standing on a roadside outside of the airshow grounds and/or driving along a major route in their vehicles, were killed.  

Now the authority is tuning its regulatory spotlight on a raft of airline charges:

These include:

* charges for basic services such as name changes,
* checking in at the airport rather than online,
* re-issuing boarding passes, will all be audited by the CAA.

At present, changing the name or correcting a spelling on a flight ticket or voucher  can cost £110 with Ryanair, some £50 with easyJet and even Thomas Cook charges £35 for short-haul flights or £50 for long-haul flights.

Opting for an airport check in for a Ryanair flight instead of a website process  creates an extra charge of £45.

A re-issued Ryanair boarding pass at the airport terminal? That'll be £15 for each pass.....

The CAA says its  'about making sure airlines are open and clear so that people understand what they are actually paying for'.

A spokesman commented: 'You've been given the headline price of the ticket, but are there any additional items that people should  be aware of. Extra items they will have to pay for?'

Robert Goodwill MP the aviation minister faced calls to challenge Ryanair over the costs associated with amending travel documents.

He said: 'The Government and the CAA continue to emphasise to airlines the importance of compliance, with ticket transparency obligations, ensuring terms and conditions - including any administration fees and charges - are made clear to passengers.

'To enhance consumer protection in this area, the CAA will start work on unfair contract terms with the airlines this Summer, in accordance with the CAA's Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

'The work will include a review of the airlines' terms and conditions with the aim of ensuring the rights and obligations of the consumers and businesses are fair and balanced and consumers are not being penalised by unfair contract terms.

Source: BBC News, Mail ONLINE, CNS, Ryanair,

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