CAA WARN UK, FLIGHT QUALIFICATIONS INVALID IN THE EU IF IT IS A NO DEAL BREXIT AFTER MARCH 2019


 
Students undertaking training and examinations for an EASA Part-FCL Licence. Will your commercial pilot qualifications be valid outside of the UK, if its a no deal Brexit? NO!!

In a shock announcement the UK Civil Aviation Authority today claims that 'competent authorities' training student pilots in the UK would NOT have their courses or flying qualifications recognised by the EU, should no Brexit deal be agreed between the EU and the UK, although existing training organisation approvals and/or declarations would remain valid under UK law.
Clearly to negate any uncertainty prospective pilots are advised to additionally train for and pass examinations that will be accepted under the EASA third country applications protocol.
In a terse statement the CCA said:
Where a Competent Authority other than the CAA would be the State of Licence issue, the European Commission has said that it would not recognise training courses conducted by UK-issued approved or declared training organisations where training for a licence, rating or certificate is completed after 29 March 2019.
However, EASA has said that it would accept third country applications from UK Approved Training Organisations, and such organisations may need to decide whether, in a non-negotiated withdrawal, they wish to retain both a national and also seek an EASA approval.

Therefore, students undertaking or considering commencing a course of theoretical knowledge or flight training for a pilot’s licence, rating or certificate are recommended to approach their current or potential future training provider to establish what approvals the organisation currently holds and what additional approvals it intends to seek in the event of non-negotiated withdrawal. This should assist them in determining how best to achieve their own personal training aims.

The CAA intends to continue to recognise current (and valid) EASA certificates and declarations for an initial period of up to two years, but no decision has been made about ongoing validity after this period.
Julian Bray Aviation Security Expert and broadcaster comments: There is already an acute shortage of qualified civil aviation pilots and this decision by the EU, effectively isolates the UK and in so doing, will put many flight training organisations effectively out of business from the end of March 2019




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Fwd: Hamburg announced as next host of CAPA’s Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit 2019

CAPA – Centre for Aviation, the world's most trusted source of market intelligence for the aviation and travel industry, is pleased to announce Hamburg, Germany as Host of the second annual CAPA Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit.
CAPA news release

 

CAPA – Centre for Aviation, the world's most trusted source of market intelligence for the aviation and travel industry, announces Hamburg, Germany as Host City of the second annual CAPA Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit.
 
 
The 2019 CAPA Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit will be held on 10-11 October 2019 at the Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg.
 
New aircraft technologies, evolving passenger preferences and stable fuel prices have pushed LCCs (and restructuring full service airlines) to consider new growth opportunities in longer sectors. High fare long haul markets are ripe for disruption and airports/destinations are aggressively courting new  routes. New city pairs are emerging, and secondary airports are featuring regularly in the long haul low cost networks.
 
But it's not just fuel efficient widebody equipment that are changing the game – the new long haul narrowbodies are opening up vast new opportunities for airlines – and they'll be entering the fleets of airlines around the world in large numbers in the coming years.
 
The implications are profound, touching the entire travel value chain from airports to accommodation, ground transportation, distribution/payment and technology – and even corporate travel. Come to Hamburg in 2019 and hear how your world will change as low cost long haul really takes off.
 
 
CAPA – Centre for Aviation executive chairman Peter Harbison said: "After the success of the inaugural Low Cost Long Haul Summit in Seville, we are pleased to be bringing this important discussion back for another year.
 
We are delighted to be partnering with Hamburg Convention Bureau and Hamburg Airport, the gateway to such an intriguing destination that our delegates will thoroughly enjoy".
 
Hamburg Airport chief executive officer Michael Eggenschwiler commented: "We are delighted and proud that Hamburg will be hosting the CAPA Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit in October 2019. The première in Seville demonstrated the great interest for this new event in the industry calendar.
 
The low-cost long-haul segment represents an exciting field. In conjunction with the development of more flexible and modern aircraft such as the Airbus A321neoLR and Boeing's 737MAX, it offers a great deal of potential, and we will be engaging in depth with this aspect of the future in Hamburg."
 
Hamburg Airport hosts domestic, regional and international passenger, cargo and charter services from over 60 airlines, with low lost carriers making up 46 percent of total seat capacity.
 
 
 
       

Leicester City helicopter crash: Experts analyse video - BBC News

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VIRGIN ATLANTIC DOUBLES SOUTH AFRICA CARGO CAPACITY


VIRGIN ATLANTIC DOUBLES SOUTH AFRICA CARGO CAPACITY
 
Virgin Atlantic Cargo has increased its support for South Africa’s thriving air cargo market with the start of a second daily service connecting London and Johannesburg.
 
The launch of double daily Boeing 787-9 flights is a boost to Virgin Atlantic customers in the US, who now have access to additional cargo capacity to South Africa over London.
Virgin is continuing to see strong demand for capacity to and from South Africa following on from positive revenue and tonnage gains on the route in 2017.
 
In the first eight months of this year, US-South Africa volumes have shown the biggest growth, up 8% year-on-year, while traffic from Johannesburg is 2% higher due to regular shipments of perishables – including pre-packed fruit salads, vegetables and stone fruits, as well as car parts, computer components, mining equipment and personal effects.
 
The route is also popular for courier traffic and customers moving valuable cargoes.
 
Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, commented: “We are experiencing a high level of demand for capacity to and from South Africa, so the launch of a second daily service will go some way to providing the extra space our customers in the UK, US and South Africa need.
 
"On October 28, our first day of double daily services, both flights operated with payloads totalling 34 tonnes and we expect this to continue given the broad range of goods moving to and from Johannesburg. This is one of our best-ever years on the route, now served for over 22 years.”

AAIB Leicester helicopter accident (G-VSKP) - Interim Update

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IATA calls for urgent action by both the UK and the EU: contingency plan for aviation in the event of no-deal Brexit.


 IATA is calling for urgent action by both the UK and the EU to put in place contingency planning for aviation in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
IATA is also asking for faster movement to bring certainty to the uninterrupted continuation of air connectivity, the framework for regulating safety and security, and the policies and processes needed for efficient border management.  An IATA-commissioned study of the effects of the UK leaving the EU on airlines flying to and from the UK has just been released.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director general, said, “These are the most critical areas because there are no fallback agreements such as the WTO framework available in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario.
“Without any contingency planning being made transparent to the industry, the risks of not addressing these issues could mean chaos for travelers and interrupted supply chains. With less than six months to go, we have little more certainty than we did in June 2016.”

Even in the best-case scenario – where a Brexit transition phase is agreed for the period after March 2019 – a high degree of uncertainty and risk to air services remain.
A no-deal or ‘hard’ Brexit outcome without an agreement for a transition period is likely to lead to significant disruption to air services. IATA argues the lack of transparency concerning any contingency planning for this scenario has left airlines unsure on what measures to take.

“The EU and UK have a responsibility to millions of their citizens who depend on reliable air transportation. The goal should be a comprehensive air services agreement that does not step backwards from the connectivity existing today,” De Juniac commented.
“But with the possibility of a ‘no deal’ Brexit still on the table this late in the game, it is now essential that the EU and UK civil aviation authorities plan for contingency arrangements to maintain a minimum level of connectivity, which is vital for people and for business.

“This has to be one of the most important Brexit considerations. A backstop contingency plan to keep planes flying after March must be published, and quickly.”

IATA has called for the UK to remain in the EASA possibly as a third country member. It says EASA and the UK CAA should be allowed to initiate detailed technical discussions on the future relationship between the two bodies.

Mutual recognition of professional licenses, standards for materials and parts, and other safety elements, could be put in place to come into effect immediately after March.

Aviation security could be highly affected in the case of a no deal scenario: a no-deal Brexit increases the likelihood of EU travellers being added to already long queues at UK passport control.

IATA suggests an alternative scenario would be to create a ‘third lane’, which could process EU passengers more quickly. In either scenario, investment is needed to recruit and train more staffBottom of Form

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LION AIR BOEING 737 MAX 8 MAJOR SEA RECOVERY OPERATION GATHERS PACE NO SURVIVORS first bodies recovered

+++1500hrs Monday: Reports are now coming in of the first bodies being recovered by the Indonesian rescue teams +++
+++ TUESDAY OCTOBER 30 Noon: Speculation mounts that accident prone Pitot Tube technology on the Lion Air Boeing (now dropped by Airbus in favour of a Thales detection system) caused new Boeing jet to crash. This is what Julian Bray aviation expert found during an earlier incident involving a Russian aircraft Click this link: https://julianbrayrecessionbuster07944217476.blogspot.com/2018/02/russian-aircraft-crashes-shortly.html#links +++

Rescue teams prepare to search the waters 


A combined services sea search operation has been reclassified as a recovery, and is currently underway seeking the location of recently taken into service Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed on 29 October.

At 1500hrs Monday: Reports are now coming in of the first bodies being recovered by the Indonesian rescue teams. 

The state search and rescue agency Basarnas says it deployed a team to locate the aircraft and its flight data and cockpit voice recorders.   At the time of the accident, the 737 failed to make any emergency transmissions, although the captain had requested a return to the airport.

The initial search now a recovery fleet includes one helicopter, three ships, and some 80 search personnel. Other assets will join in once the locus of the search area has been established.
The aircraft, PK-LQP, operating as flight JT610 from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang. All 189 passengers and crew aboard are believed to have died.
Based on the automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) data, the jet appears to have descended into a sharp dive 11 minutes after taking off from Jakarta's Sokarno-Hatta International airport 06.20hrs local time before disappearing off radar screens and into the sea, some 11nm north of the town of Karawang.
The Indonesia national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho reports a small amount of debris has been found. Social media images suggest that debris found so far include safety vests, as well as personal belongings.

The absence of large sections of debris some  sources are suggesting the jet broke up upon impact.

Lion Air in a news conference stated that the two pilots operating the flight had substantial flying experience. The captain, 6,000 flying hours and the co-pilot 5,000 hours. It also says the aircraft was airworthy prior to the accident and that an earlier technical report had been addressed in accordance with the aircraft manufacturers instructions. The new aircraft operation leased from CMIG leasing, was a new addition to the Lion Air Fleet only delivered on 13 August 2018, serial number 43000, configured with 180 seats.

Over the years there had been international  concerns over the safety record of the airline resulting in it being barred from European airspace, this was addressed and management changes effected, with the result the EU ban was lifted a few years ago.


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Update on Leicester helicopter accident (G-VSKP) AAIB releases a statement ..

This image from a video frame shows a burning helicopter in a parking lot outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester, shortly after a Premier League game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Pool Photo via AP)
 
The Air Accident Investigation Branch has just released this statement on matters surrounding the fatal helicopter crash in Leicester next to the King Power Football Stadium.
 

There is nothing that can be usefully added at his stage, in addition to the AAIB statement, as both the flight and voice data recorders have been recovered and returned to Farnborough for decoding.

Police meanwhile have issued a public appeal for any video or photographs of the incident to be sent to them.

We will return to this story when the 'black boxes' have been decoded.
On Saturday night, an accident involving an AW169 helicopter at King Power Stadium, Leicester, was reported to us.
12:00pm, 29 October 2018: First published.


A team of AAIB inspectors and support staff travelled to Leicester on Saturday night, with further inspectors travelling yesterday morning. Last night, the police said they believe that tragically all five people on board the aircraft died in the accident.

We have inspectors here from all four air accident investigation disciplines: engineering, operations, flight data and human factors.

We recovered the digital flight data recorder (voice and data) on Sunday afternoon and one of our inspectors travelled back to Farnborough with the recorder the same evening. Today, our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire.

Our inspectors are continuing to work with the police on site. We expect to be here until the end of the week, at which point we will transport the wreckage to our specialist facilities in Farnborough for more detailed examination. In the meantime, we are still gathering evidence as part of our investigation.

Witnesses to the accident, particularly with videos or photographs, are urged to contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 546 of 27 October 2018.



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BRITISH AIRWAYS COMPUTER HACK FAR MORE SERIOUS AS ANOTHER 185,000 MAJOR PERSONAL DATA BREACH EPISODES UNCOVERED

Has your Credit Card been used between April and July 2018 to purchase
British Airways tickets?
IF SO, YOU MAY NEED TO CANCEL
 THE CARD IMMEDIATELY
 


RNS Number : 2296F
International Cons Airlines Group
25 October 2018

 
INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES GROUP

STATEMNT TO

THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE: 

UPDATE ON

BRITISH AIRWAYS

CYBER ATTACK


Further to International Airlines Group's (IAG) announcement on September 6, 2018 regarding the theft of its subsidiary British Airways' customers' data, the airline has been working continuously with specialist cyber forensic investigators and the National Crime Agency to investigate fully the data theft.
 
It is updating customers today with further information as it concludes the internal investigation.
 
The investigation has shown the hackers may have stolen additional personal data and British Airways is notifying the holders of 77,000 payment cards, not previously notified, that:
the name,
billing address,
email address,
card payment information,
including card number,
expiry date
and CVV  [SECURITY NUMBER ON REVERSE OF CARD]
 
have potentially been compromised, and a further 108,000 without CVV.
The potentially impacted customers were only those making reward bookings between April 21 and July 28, 2018, and who used a payment card.
 
While British Airways does not have conclusive evidence that the data was removed from its systems, it is taking a prudent approach in notifying potentially affected customers, advising them to contact their bank or card provider as a precaution.
 
In addition, from the investigation British Airways knows that fewer of the customers originally identified were impacted.  Of the 380,000 payment card details identified, 244,000 were affected. 
 
Since the announcement on September 6, 2018 British Airways can confirm that it has had no verified cases of fraud.  October 25, 2018.

BREAKING NEWS

CAA WARN UK, FLIGHT QUALIFICATIONS INVALID IN THE EU IF IT IS A NO DEAL BREXIT AFTER MARCH 2019

  Students undertaking training and examinations for an EASA Part-FCL Licence. Will your commercial pilot qualifications be valid outsi...