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From all of us at African Pilot we wish you a blessed festive season and a safe New Year
This is the final edition of APAnews in 2019 and what a year this has been! We would like to thank all our readers and advertisers for your wonderful support this past year, one in which African Pilot grew substantially in market importance within the African continent and abroad:
- African Pilot prints more monthly magazines than any other African aviation magazine
- APAnews reaches more than 100 thousand people every month
- Our digital footprint continues to grow so that African Pilot is reaching international markets
- Recently we introduced APAcom as an international blog on which any person can post their views about aviation matters
- African Pilot’s video and photographic capability has been substantially enhanced over the past 12 months.
- Recently African Pilot and APAnews together were jointly recognised as one of the top ten aviation publications in the world.
African Pilot’s January 2019 edition
The January 2019 magazine was the final edition that the African Pilot team prepared in 2018 and this edition has started its distribution phase well before the middle of December to be ready for the end of year holidays. This also means that African Pilot has entered its 18th year of uninterrupted publishing for a magazine that I started from scratch all those years ago. This edition contains our annual drones in South Africa feature as well as a report on the EAA Sun ‘n Fun weekend in Brits, Aero Club awards, the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) awards and the first South African Civil Authority (SACAA) awards as well as many other interesting articles. In fact significantly more interesting articles than any other African aviation magazine.
African Pilot’s February 2019 edition
The February 2019 edition will feature business at Grand Central Airport as well as our annual Piston Engine aircraft over 650Kg feature. The closing date for this edition is Wednesday 9 January 2019. For advertising positions please contact Lara Bayliss at Tel: 0861 001130 Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: email@example.com
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Video of the week - Santa’s check flight: Just having some fun!
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
What happened in aviation over the past week?
SA Civil Aviation Authority issues CemAir with an Air Operator Certificate prohibition order
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has issued CemAir (Pty) Ltd with Air Operator Certificates (AOCs) prohibition order for a period of 24 hours, which lapses at 13h30 on Thursday, 13 December 2018. The effect of this decision is that CemAir is precluded from exercising any of the privileges that relate to its Air Operator Certificates. The operator is required to submit proof of compliance before the expiry of the stated 24 hours, or to make a representation and state reasons as to why their Air Operator Certificates should not be revoked. The decision to curtail CemAir’s AOCs privileges follows the raising of two level one findings against the operator by SACAA inspectors during an annual permit renewal audit.
A level 1 finding can be described as a severe non-compliance or non-conformance that poses a very serious safety risk to the public and necessitates immediate enforcement action by the SACAA and its authorised officers. The non-compliances that were uncovered during the audit not only contravene the Civil Aviation Act, 2009 (Act No. 13 of 2009), but also contravene five other South African Civil Aviation regulations. Moreover, the non-compliance goes against the prescripts outlined in the Air Services Licensing Act (Act 115 of 1990).
In summary, at the time of the audit, CemAir could neither produce nor demonstrate the appointment of an approved and qualified person for a critical position as required by the Civil Aviation Regulations, i.e. the position of Responsible Person: Flight Operations and this is subsequent to the lapse of the 30-day period requested by the operator for the appointment of an interim Responsible Person: Flight Operations, which in turn would have afforded them an opportunity to recruit a permanent employee for the said position.
It was subsequently found that CemAir continued to utilise an employee in the position of Responsible Person: Flight Operations despite being formally notified of the SACAA’s decision to decline the request to have this particular employee appointed to occupy this very critical position as he did not meet the stipulated requirements. This malpractice demonstrates that CemAir is intentionally violating applicable Civil Aviation Regulations. This non-compliance violates the prescribed regulatory provisions applicable to a holder of both the Air Services Licence Permit, and Air Operator Certificate.
The findings of the inspection by the SACAA have determined that CemAir, as the AOCs holder, in the exercise of its permit privileges, had failed to comply with the prescribed requirements. Their actions in this regard therefore pose an immediate and serious safety hazard and risk to the public at large as well as other airspace users and its crew and passengers. This decision, which regrettably affects travellers, is made in the interests of advancing aviation safety. It is the SACAA’s wish that effective and prompt resolution of the issues raised will be found and hence the Authority will provide any assistance possible to the operator and within the Regulator’s mandate, in order to ensure that the matter is resolved as soon as possible.
What a sad situation where neither side can be a winner! Whatever the reason, surely the two parties could have sat down and sorted out the situation before it exploded into the media. The reputational damage to CemAir is extortionary, whilst the Regulator’s motives are also called into question. Please understand that I am certainly not taking sides in this matter, but whatever happens this is a bad situation for South African aviation.
Boeing selects two South African students for its International business internship programme
Still in their 20s, Robert Clark and Makhosazana Ncube, have already managed to oversee a project to improve nature conservation using quadcopter drones, co-direct the conversion of an aircraft to paratrooper transport and redesign factory layouts to improve production. So it’s no wonder the two South African students caught the attention of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and they were selected for its six month International Business Internship Program (IBIP) in Seattle, USA. IBIP gives students valuable exposure to the latest technological and business advances and thinking in a variety of disciplines relating to business operations, finance, marketing, strategy and the aviation industry.
J. Miguel Santos, Boeing Managing Director – Sub-Sahara Africa and Director of Commercial Airplane Sales for Africa said: “We are very impressed with the calibre of students that applied. I am excited for them to start in January, it’s a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience, not only in a new country but also at the world’s largest aerospace company.”
The students will be exposed to a range of business activities and work alongside Boeing employees in various fields. They will also have an opportunity to spend time with Boeing leaders, visit several Boeing factories and share their experience with other IBIP interns from around the world. They will be provided mentors and the support they need to succeed.
Seventeen new SAAF pilots
The South African Air Force (SAAF) has 17 new pilots in its ranks, along with 10 new navigators and flight engineers. They were presented with their brevets and half brevets on Friday 7 December at the annual SAAF wings parade at AFB Langebaanweg. The SAAF’s complement of loadmasters was boosted by two with half brevets presented to corporals MG Cindi and MJ Matsoku at the same parade.
The new pilots, first lieutenants after being candidate officers for the flying training at the west coast base, are A Bunsi, MD Cant, AJ du Toit, K Fisher, S Gabela, SEF Gumede, KKT Kekana, MP Kekana, MW Kheleli, P Mahlakwana, TA Mathonsi, GI Mavuso, LSS Menze, D Mulomoni, L Ntsilimbela, R Radzuma and d TA Shingira.
They are joined at the lower officer rank by navigators LT Khumalo, H Makhado, DR Mogano, IM Nkadimeng and AR Theron. Sergeants MC Mazibuko, SC Mudzunga, AM Nevhorwa, RTN Sokhwivhilu and X Tshefu are now entitled to wear the navigator half brevet.
This sees the airborne service of the SANDF maintain and continually enhance air capability through education, training and development. The 100% pass rate achieved by pilot wings course 126 was against the ‘drawback on an underfunded air force’.
We will publish the aviation calendar within APAnews four months ahead, but you can always visit African Pilot’s website: www.africanpilot.co.za if you would like to obtain the full calendar for the entire year.
African Pilot’s 2019 calendar
19 & 20 January
SAC Gauteng Regionals at Vereeniging airfield
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPFA Rand Airport Challenge – Rand Airport
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: email@example.com
SAPFA Cape Speed Rally – hosted by the Morningstar Flying Club
Contact Hans Potgieter e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BARSA Aviation Summit Venue TBA
Contact Phushaza Sibiya Cell: 072 870 7085
7 to 10 March
Aero Club Air Week and mini airshow at Middelburg
Contact Richardt Lovett Cell 082 771 8775 e-mail: email@example.com
Aero Club Alan Evan Hanes Tel: 011 082 1100
9 and 10 March
Swellendam Flying Club host Sport Aerobatic Club Regional Championships
Contact Pieter Venter e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 to 14 March
Saudi Airshow Thumah Airport, Riyadh
13 to 15 March
Ageing Aircraft & Aircraft Corrosion seminar at OR Tambo International Airport
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
FASHKOSK at Stellenbosch airfield
Contact Anton Theart Cell: 079 873 4567 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPFA Virginia Fun Rally – Virginia Airport
Contact Mary de Klerk cell: 084 880 9000
4 to 6 April
SAPFA Rally Nationals & Fun Rally – Stellenbosch Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: email@example.com
Robertson Annual Breakfast fly in
Contact Alwyn du Plessis Cell: 083 270 5888
Pilot Career Show venue TBA
Contact Greta Senkevie e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Lourens Kruger E-mail: email@example.com
Cell: 082 320 2615
4 to 14 April
Stars of Sandstone Ficksburg, Eastern Free State
10 to 13 April
AERO Friedrichshafen, Germany Global show for General Aviation
Contact Stephan E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rand Airport Easter fly-in
Contact Carolle Olivier Tel: 011 827 8884
SAPFA EAA Convention Adventure Rally – Vryheid
Contact Rob Jonkers cell: 082 804 7032 e-mail: email@example.com
26 to 28 April
EAA National Convention in Vryheid
Contact EAA National Committee Marie Reddy
27 & 28 April
SAC Judges Trophy venue TBA
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
29 April to 1 May
Airport Show 2019
Grab this opportunity to take part in Airport Show, the world’s largest annual gathering for the airport community on 29 April – 1 May 2019 Dubai. BOOK YOUR STAND (https://bit.ly/2P2PyVZ or contact email@example.com or via mobile at +971 50 662 6371
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Nigeria receives additional AW109s
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will be taking delivery of six AW109 helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo.
According to Nigerian Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who revealed the acquisition on 8 December during a visit to Kano Air Base, where he examined the capabilities of the 403 Flying Training School (403 FTS) and 465 Nigerian Air Force Hospital (465 NAFH). Speaking the day before in Kaduna at the graduation of 769 Nigerian Air Force personnel who were drawn from the regiment, Air Police and Intelligence specialties, Abubakar said the helicopters from Italy were AW109 Power models.
The Nigerian government has already budgeted for two AW109s but more are likely to be ordered as the government allocates more money in future budgets. According to the 2018 Federal Appropriation Bill that was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on 20 June, the government has set aside nearly N6 billion ($19 million) for the procurement of two new AW109 helicopters from Leonardo Helicopters. These will join the AW109 LUHs already in service with the Nigerian Air Force and the A109Es in service with the Nigerian Navy.
Moroccan Navy to receive two King Air 350s
The Royal Moroccan Navy is taking delivery of two King Air 350ER aircraft configured for maritime surveillance. The aircraft were manufactured in the United States in 2016 and subsequently transferred to France in 2017/18 to have their special mission equipment fitted. They are distinguishable by ventral fins and bubble observation windows. Equipment for the maritime surveillance role includes the Leonardo ATOS (Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance) system, Seaspray 7300 radar, identification friend or foe system, Link 11 data link and EOST23 electro-optical sensor. With an endurance, or time on station, of more than five hours, the Beechcraft 350ERs will be used for a number of roles including maritime surveillance, search and rescue and marine pollution detection.
The Royal Moroccan Air Force already operates several Beechcraft 100/200/300/350 aircraft, which will make maintenance easier, whilst the navy operates two King Airs. In July 2016 Leonardo announced it had been contracted to supply two King Air 350ER aircraft equipped with its ATOS mission system to an undisclosed African customer. At the time, Leonardo said it was the third customer to have been provided with an ATOS system fitted to a Beechcraft King Air which has previously been selected by nations including Ecuador.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Airbus orderbook variations: 100 planes in, 50 out?
This has been an interesting week for Airbus. Two days after the plane maker announced signing a deal for 100 aircraft, another of the company’s clients, already holding same size deal, opened up about having second thoughts. Back in 2015, Avianca signed an order for 100 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. At the time, it was the largest single order ever made in Latin America’s aviation history. However, the company’s CEO opened up about plans to notably downscale the deal to 50-80 airliners. On 9 December 2018, Avianca Holdings CEO Hernan Rincon said the company is looking to cut the deal with Airbus by half, keeping around 50 aircraft of the 100 A319neo, A320neo and A321neo aircraft currently on order.
However, an aircraft order, especially the one that involves 100 planes, is also a serious financial commitment. Rincon admits that this another part of reasoning behind the decision to cut the deal.
Avianca Holding is the second largest airline holding company in Latin America. It has partnered with Airbus on its fleet modernisation and expansion programmes for years. In 2012, Avianca ordered 51 A320 Family aircraft. Across its subsidiaries, the Latin American holding currently has a fleet of 224 aircraft and only 38 of them are non-Airbus. Its biggest airline, also named Avianca (based in Colombia) operates a fleet of 104 aircraft, of which 82 are Airbus, including A320neo and A321neo types.
Boeing KC-46 Tanker programme completes phase II receiver certification testing
Boeing and US Air Force KC-46 crews kicked off receiver certification testing with F-16 aircraft in April 2018. Since then the joint team also completed testing with KC-135, C-17, A-10, KC-46, B-52 and F/A-18 aircraft. Six test aircraft have now completed more than 3,700 flight hours and supplied more than four million pounds of fuel in flight to receiver aircraft. Phase III receiver certification testing will be conducted by the Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base in 2019. That testing will include additional receiver aircraft. The KC-46, derived from Boeing’s commercial 767 airframe, is built in the company’s Everett, WA facility. Boeing is currently on contract for the first 52 of an expected 179 tankers for the US Air Force. The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refuelling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.
Boeing launches longest-range business jet ever, the BBJ 777X
Boeing Business Jets is launching the BBJ 777X, a new Boeing Business Jet model that can fly more than halfway around the world without stopping, farther than any business jet ever built. Customers can choose between two models: the BBJ 777-8 and BBJ 777-9. The BBJ 777-8 offers the longest range of 11,645 nautical miles. The BBJ 777-9 provides a larger cabin, while still offering ultra-long range of 11,000 nautical miles (20,370 km). This model opens up almost unlimited interior design options to ensure ultimate comfort for long distance travel. To demonstrate the versatility of the airplane’s spacious cabin, BBJ unveiled interior concepts from three leading design firms: Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation and Unique Aircraft Design. Each concept shows how the BBJ 777X can be transformed to suit the tastes of any VIP customer.
The strength of the BBJ fleet of airplanes was highlighted at the airshow as Boeing announced it recently booked another order for its BBJ MAX family. The order from an unidentified customer brings total orders for the BBJ MAX to 21. Based on Boeing’s best-selling 737 MAX airplane, the BBJ MAX offers more than three times the cabin space as most of its competitors, a lower cabin altitude and the ability to fly 7,000 nautical miles.
New C-27J Spartan baseline configuration performs first flight
The new C-27J Spartan baseline configuration; characterised by a new avionics system, new cockpit control panels and LED aircraft lights completed its first flight on Monday at Leonardo’s Aircraft Division Turin plant. The C-27J new avionic system is designed to comply with Next Generation Air Traffic Control requirements, like SESAR and NextGen and provides TCAS 7.1 (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) capability. It features many major upgrades such as a new FMS (Flight Management System) with RNP (Required Navigation Performances) and LPV (Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance) approach capabilities. The IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) Mode 5 has been updated at the latest standard. New cockpit displays, new weather radar, new radio navigation, enhanced satellite communications and radio communication capabilities, new intercommunication system, new cockpit and cargo panels and lighting system with led technology have been also included. Moreover, former avionics and general systems interface boxes have been replaced with new equipment made by Leonardo’s Airborne and Space Systems Division. The new baseline configuration is also offered in retrofit to Current Operators willing to upgrade the capabilities of their C-27J fleet. The C-27J Spartan has already been ordered by the Air Forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, United States, Mexico, Australia, Peru, Kenya, Morocco, Chad and another African country for a total of 85 aircraft.
From Amsterdam to Sydney in three hours
A hypersonic aircraft can travel at velocities up to eight times the speed of sound (i.e. Mach 8) and up to ten times faster than a present-day standard airliner. At those speeds, it would take only three hours to fly from the Netherlands to Australia. Hypersonic aircraft fly in the stratosphere, which results in less air resistance and therefore lower fuel consumption. Another advantage is that there is still ‘space’ in the stratosphere to handle increases in air traffic. Which propulsion system would be required for this type of aircraft, how do we ensure sustainable flights and how can we safeguard passenger comfort on-board?
These and other questions are being investigated in the Stratofly project, which is coordinated by Politecnico di Torino. The project is financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The researchers are also studying whether a hypersonic test aircraft can be developed by 2035. The technologies being examined Stratofly are currently at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2 to 3 and will reach TRL4 by the end of the project, which runs from June 1st 2018 to year-end 2020. NLR is a participant in the Stratofly project, which focuses on innovative hydrogen-based hybrid propulsion systems. The environmental impact will also be analysed, including the effects of emissions on climate and the ozone layer. In addition, research will be conducted into the well-being of passengers, looking at factors such as comfort, biorhythm and safety.
One of the challenges is to reduce the noise produced by the propulsion system. NLR will conduct research into the noise generated by the so-called ‘air turborocket’ engines, which are integrated into the fuselage and eject their exhaust flow in a single joint nozzle. These engines will be used during the subsonic take-off and landing phase. At high altitudes, air turborocket engines accelerate the aircraft to speeds up to Mach 4. Propulsion is then taken over by a dual-mode ramjet or supersonic combustion ramjet (‘scramjet’) engine.
NLR will predict jet noise levels using semi-empirical models, based on data obtained from experiments with scaled engines integrated into the fuselage (without a combustion chamber). NLR assembles these engines in its in-house model workshop and also tests them in-house. NLR research will also focus on ways to reduce the noise produced by the propulsion system. Unlike in present-day aircraft, the propulsion system of a hypersonic aircraft is not attached to a wing, but integrated into the fuselage. Using absorbent materials and installing the system in a specific location within the fuselage can theoretically make a contribution to reducing engine noise. The Stratofly project is a first step in exploring potential new aviation routes at altitudes currently inaccessible to passenger aircraft. This will help accommodate the expected six-fold increase in global air traffic by 2050. The ultimate goal is to realize a revolutionary form of aviation that is much faster and more efficient than current modes of air travel, while simultaneously delivering better sustainability performance.
Southwest 737 overruns runway
Southwest Airlines Flight 278 slid off the end of the runway while landing at California’s Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) on Thursday morning. According to a statement issued by the FAA, the Boeing 737 came to rest in the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of Runway 8. No injuries have been reported among the 112 passengers and five crew members onboard.
Although the cause of the overrun has yet to be determined, the airport was reporting inclement weather conditions at the time of the event. METAR reports for BUR from immediately before and after the incident indicate the airport was experiencing heavy rains and mist. Reported visibility was about one mile with a ceiling of 1,300 feet. Winds were from the west (280-290-degrees) at between 13 and 9 mph. The aircraft was landing on Runway 8, suggesting it likely had a nearly direct tailwind.
Flight 278 was inbound from Oakland International Airport (OAK). BUR authorities reported that although the airport remained open, some flights were cancelled or delayed due to the incident.
According to the FAA, EMAS is designed to provide additional safety margins for runways where the standard 1,000-foot overrun safety area is not possible. The system, which the FAA credits with 13 prior saves, is designed to stop aircraft travelling up to 80 miles per hour. BUR’s EMAS was installed in 2002 as a result of an overrun at the airport in 2000. It was widened in 2008 and replaced in its entirety in 2017.
Lion Air may cancel US$22 billion in Boeing orders, as airline’s co-founder Rusdi Kirana rages over US plane maker’s bid to avoid blame for the crash
Kirana is examining the possibility of cancelling remaining orders of Boeing jets ‘from the next delivery’, according to a person familiar with his thinking. Another source close to the airline said it was looking at cancelling orders. A former group CEO who now serves as Indonesia’s ambassador to Malaysia, Kirana remains closely involved with Lion Air and hosts a monthly meeting in Kuala Lumpur with the heads of the group’s airlines based in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
No final decision has been made, but discussion over the fate of billions’ worth of remaining orders highlights the stakes surrounding an investigation involving Boeing’s fastest-ever selling jet, the 737 MAX, which entered service last year. Lion Air has 190 Boeing jets worth US$22 billion at list prices waiting to be delivered, on top of 197 already taken, making it one of the largest US export customers. Any request to cancel could be designed to put pressure on Boeing and would likely trigger extensive negotiations. Many airlines defer orders, but industry sources say aerospace suppliers rarely allow much scope for unilateral cancellations.
Lion Air declined to comment. It was also not immediately clear how much of the airline is owned by Kirana. A Boeing spokesman said: “We are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident and are working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved. We are also supporting our valued customer through this very tough time.”
Boeing released the statement focusing on maintenance actions spread over four flights in the run-up to the fatal flight on 29 October 2018, after investigators issued an interim report that did not give a cause for the crash. Boeing is also examining software changes in the wake of the crash, while insisting long-standing procedures exist for pilots to cancel automated nose-down movements experienced by the 737 MAX in response to erroneous sensor readings. It has come under fire from US pilots for not mentioning the MCAS system (a modification of existing anti-stall systems) in the manual for the 737 MAX, which began service last year.
“Why are they changing software if there was nothing wrong?” the person familiar with Kirana’s thinking said. Boeing has said all information needed to fly the 737 safely is available to pilots and that its workhorse model is safe. The row highlights an unusually polarised dispute over the causes of the crash. Experts say most accidents are caused by a cocktail of factors and parties rarely comment in detail before the final report, which often follows a year of analysis.
In its statement, Boeing recapped the interim report and listed questions on maintenance and pilot behaviour that it said remained unanswered in the 78-page document, but did not mention the MCAS modification covered in an earlier safety bulletin.
It is not the first time an airline has crossed swords with its supplier after a crash. Lion Air’s rival AirAsia Group clashed with Airbus after its Indonesian subsidiary lost an A320 in 2014. It continued to take deliveries, but relations never fully recovered and it later toyed with buying 787s from Boeing. Some financial sources say Lion Air and southeast Asian rivals over-expanded and would be comfortable with fewer orders.
Lockheed Martin and Airbus sign aerial refuelling memorandum of agreement
Lockheed Martin and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly explore opportunities to meet the growing demand for aerial refuelling for US defence customers. The companies will seek to provide aerial-refuelling services to address any identified capacity shortfall and to meet requirements for the next generation of tankers capable of operating in the challenging environments of the future battlespace.
The companies are taking a cooperative approach, with the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) at its heart, to examine a broad spectrum of opportunities. These may range from ways to support critical near-term air-refuelling needs, such as a fee-for-service structure to conceptualising the tanker of the future.
Airbus Defence and Space Head of Military Aircraft Fernando Alonso said: “The A330 MRTT has been selected by a dozen nations around the world. It is extensively proven in live operations and has been repeatedly praised by major air forces. We are convinced that the combination of Airbus’ tanker expertise with Lockheed Martin’s extensive US presence, has the potential to provide highly effective solutions for current and future US military aerial-refuelling requirements.”
Lockheed Martin has a long and successful history of systems integration, manufacturing and MRO operations with large airlift and tanker aircraft. When combined with Airbus’ expertise, the two companies will field a strong team to address future air refuelling needs. “Airbus is an industry leader in the aerial refuelling area and Lockheed Martin is known for cutting-edge defensive technologies and capabilities,” said Michele Evans, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “This is a great opportunity for our two companies to combine our expertise – cooperating to develop world-class solutions for critical needs around the world.”
UK Civil Aviation Authority begins enforcement action against Ryanair
Last week the UK Civil Aviation Authority started enforcement action against Ryanair, following the airline’s decision that financial compensation is not payable under European Commission Regulation 261/2004 for flight disruption resulting from industrial action by the airline’s staff this past summer.
Ryanair passengers have made claims for compensation directly to the airline, but these have been rejected. Passengers have then been able to escalate their complaints to AviationADR, a body approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, to provide alternative dispute resolution for passenger complaints.
Ryanair has now informed the Civil Aviation Authority that it has terminated its agreement with AviationADR. As the Civil Aviation Authority said at the time of the industrial action, in its view, the strikes were not ‘extraordinary circumstances’ and were not exempt, meaning consumers should be compensated in accordance with Regulation EC261/2004. As a result of Ryanair’s action, passengers with an existing claim will now have to await the outcome of the Civil Aviation Authority’s enforcement action. Passengers who have made strike-related compensation claims via AviationADR are advised that these claims are currently on hold and will have to await the outcome of the Civil Aviation Authority’s enforcement action. Passengers with new claims who are not satisfied with the outcome or who have not received a reply from the airline within eight weeks, should contact the Civil Aviation Authority’s Passenger Advice and Complaints Team (PACT).
Intoxicated Florida woman crashes airport gate and rams airplane
A woman has been arrested for allegedly crashing through an airport gate at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in south Florida, ramming an airplane and then exiting the airfield through a different gate. Television station WFLA reports that the woman has been identified as 40-year-old Mary Dostal. Airport police say that Dostal was on the grounds of the airport for about two minutes before she drove through the second gate. She stuck the wing of an aircraft that belongs to a flight training business based at the airport.
Dostal was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office about five minutes after she exited the airport grounds. The arrest report indicates that Dostal smelled of alcohol when she was pulled over, and an open box of wine was found on the floorboard of the passenger’s side of her car. Dostal reportedly told deputies that she had only had one glass of wine and she thought she was in Ohio. She was given a breathalyser test, which recorded a blood-alcohol level of between 0.149 and 0.140.
According to company representative Jacob Kyser, the plane, which belongs to Universal Flight Services, sustained between $10,00 and $15,000 worth of damage. The impact damaged the flap on the port wing of the airplane, which is ‘pretty minor’ Kyser said.
Morgan Stanley predicts $1.5 Trillion eVTOL market by 2040
A report released by Morgan Stanley to its clients predicts a $1.5 trillion worldwide market for eVTOL flying taxis and personal air vehicles by 2040. The research team said in the report that the financial giant sees ‘The development of the UAM (urban air mobility) ecosystem as extremely long-dated and requiring up-front capital allocation, testing and development in the short term, with increasing visibility.’
The report indicates that such eVTOL aircraft would compliment delivery drones from companies such as Amazon and Google spinoff Wing. “Shipping is Amazon’s second-largest cost and flying cars could reduce delivery costs in both rural and traffic-congested urban areas,” the report said. However, the real money is in the passenger market, according to the report, amounting to $851 billion by 2040. “We see the market beginning as an ultra-niche add-on to existing transportation infrastructure, similar to how helicopters operate today,” the analysts said. “It eventually transforms into a cost-effective, time-efficient method of traveling short to medium distances, eventually taking share from car and airline companies,” the report says. There are technological and regulatory hurdles to be overcome, the report cautions. Fully functional autonomous aviation may need to improve to a level significantly greater than that of conventional EVs / AVs (electric vehicles / autonomous vehicles) for road transport over the next 10 years,” the report said
WORLD DRONE NEWS
FAA: Reports of drones seen near airplanes exceeds 100 per month
Reports of unmanned aircraft (UAS) sightings from pilots, citizens and law enforcement have increased dramatically over the past two years. The FAA says it now receives more than 100 such reports each month and the agency wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes, helicopters and airports is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorised operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.
The FAA continues to work closely with its industry partners through the ‘Know Before You Fly’ campaign to educate unmanned aircraft users about where they can operate within the rules. The agency also is working closely with the law enforcement community to identify and investigate unauthorised unmanned aircraft operations. The FAA has levied civil penalties for a number of unauthorised flights in various parts of the US and has many open enforcement cases. The FAA encourages the public to report unauthorised drone operations to local law enforcement and to help discourage this dangerous, illegal activity. The most recent data available from the FAA covers the period of April through June 2018.
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