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Thursday, 20 July 2017

LONDON STANSTED DIRECT FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK AND BOSTON fares on sale from £149 inclusive


 
Primera Air Airbus A321 NEO.  
NEO? New Engine Option...

Stansted to New York and Boston £149 INCLUSIVE !!

Well President Donald Trump must be doing something right, as we hear that the good old USA is back on the arrivals board at London Stansted, now owned by the Manchester Airport Group.  It has been confirmed that daily direct flights using the new narrow bodied Airbus A321NEO from Stansted to New York and Boston will start from April 2018 through the Danish carrier Primera Air. Flight time is 8 hours 25 minutes. Non-stop.  Julian Bray Aviation expert writes.

Flights to both destinations first went on sale this morning  (July 20th 2017) with inclusive fares starting from £149 one-way (inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges)

Visit www.primeraair.com for more information.

The service links the Cambridge UK-Stansted-London science & technology corridor with Newark Airport for New York and Boston’s Logan Airport. If that isn't good enough Primera Air also plans to announce additional  transatlantic routes from Stansted by the end of this summer.

Flights will be operated using the new Airbus A321NEO aircraft, a choice of two cabins, full-service premium and low-fare economy, free Wi-Fi complete with onboard charging points.  Danish Primera Air will be the first airline for nine years to fly scheduled services to the USA from Stansted.

Primera Air president and chairman Andri Ingolfsson said: “We are very proud to announce our new base at London Stansted and routes to the US. With our brand new Airbus A321NEO aircraft, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircraft.

“With unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft, we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to our passengers from London Stansted to the USA. At the same time, we are very proud to be offering a low-fare/high quality product and service concept, that will be perfect both for leisure and business travellers.”

Andrew Cowan, Stansted’s chief executive added: “We’re thrilled Primera Air has chosen London Stansted as its UK base for these exciting and innovative new long-haul services to the USA.

“We know from our customers that there is enormous demand for flights to New York and Boston from London and the East of England, so the arrival of Primera Air is fantastic news for both business and leisure passengers wanting great value, excellent service and the convenience of flying transatlantic from their local airport.”

Flights to both destinations went on sale today (July 20) with prices starting from £149 one-way inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges.

Visit www.primeraair.com for more information.



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IATA and Airlines for America Launch Baggage Tracking Campaign

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IATA and Airlines for America Launch Baggage Tracking Campaign     

 
                  
Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America (A4A), have launched a year-long global campaign related to baggage tracking with the goal of reducing mishandled bags in addition to increasing efficiency in baggage operations.

Annually, more than 4 billion bags are carried by airlines globally. Less than 0.43 percent do not arrive with their owners.

The industry is determined to do even better and has agreed to Resolution 753 (R753) .

By June 2018, airlines have committed to being able to track a bag when it is accepted at the airport, loaded onto the aircraft, transferred to the arrival system or put into the transfer system for carriage by another airline. Airlines should also be able to share this tracking information with interline carriers as needed.

"Arriving without a bag is a very frustrating experience for our customers. Over the last decade we have reduced mishandled baggage by 54% with improved processes. The next step is to realize the full benefits of baggage tracking to further improve performance. In the rare cases when a bag does not arrive with the passenger there will be much more information available to facilitate a quicker reunion. And the benefits don’t stop there. Tracking bags will, enable proactive reporting, speed up aircraft readiness for departure, facilitate the automation of baggage processes and also reduce fraud," said Andrew Price, IATA’s Global Head of Baggage.
 
"Implementation of baggage tracking is a collaborative effort between airlines and airports to improve the passenger experience," said Managing Director of Passenger Services at A4A Patty Edwards. "Airlines and airports are working together to ensure the infrastructure is available to provide this enhanced service to our customers."

The baggage tracking campaign will help airlines prepare for the R753 June 2018 implementation deadline with a series of initiatives tailored to various stakeholders. These include regional workshops for key aviation entities and an awareness campaign for travellers.

An implementation guide developed by industry partners is also available. In addition, IATA is offering member airlines a readiness certificate to recognize them when they develop their implementation plan for R753.
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

'Wide bodied' Emirates and 'single aisled' Flydubai forming a 'broad partnership, to leverage both networks and codeshare



Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is entering what is termed 'a broad partnership' with low-cost airline Flydubai, which will including codeshare and an integration of both airlines' networks reports FlightGlobal.

The moves sees the two state-owned carriers working closer together, eliminating duplication and unproductive competition, it will also enable Emirates to profit from the  single-aisle operation favoured by Flydubai. Most new aircraft leases are favouring single-aisle next generation aircraft types. Operational resource reductions and fuel saving will all be factored into the new schedules and codeshares.

Although both airlines will keep their independent managements the new deal will help leverage" both networks to "scale-up operations" and speed expansion.



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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $290.6 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 105 Airports




U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $290.6 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 105 Airports

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $ 290.6 million in airport infrastructure grants to 105 airports in 38 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings which help to create thousands of jobs.
“AIP grants will allow airports to complete critical airport infrastructure projects that will help maintain the safety of the nation’s airports,” said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta.
Airports are entitled to a certain amount of AIP funding each year, based on passenger volume. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, then the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.  At this time, the FAA is providing discretionary funding to 26 airports based on their high-priority project needs.
Those receiving discretionary grants are listed here, while the entitlement grant recipients can be found at the link below:
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, AK, $8.2 million – to repair the aircraft parking area also known as the apron.
 
Fairbanks International Airport in Fairbanks, AK, $3.8 million – funds will be used to make repairs to Taxiway Bravo.
 
Tucson International Airport in Tucson, AZ, $17.3 million the grant will fund the repair of Runway 11L/29R.
 
Meadows Field in Bakersfield, CA, $12.7 million the grant will fund the repair of Runway 12L/30R.
 
Long Beach/Daugherty Field in Long Beach, CA, $14.9 million grant funds will be used to reconstruct Runway 07R/25L.
 
Sacramento Mather Airport in Sacramento, CA, $3.7 million the grant will fund the repair of the aircraft parking area called the apron.
 
San Diego International Airport in San Diego, CA, $16.7 million the grant will fund the repair of Runway 09/27.
 
San Luis Valley Regional/Bergman Field in Alamosa, CO, $5.5 million the grant will fund repairs to Runway 02/20.
 
Key West International Airport in Key West, FL, $9 million funds will be used to repair Runway 09/27.
 
Orlando International Airport in Orlando, FL, $16 million the grant will fund the repair of Taxiway J, used by aircraft to enter and exit the runway.
 
Tampa International Airport in Tampa, FL, $9.3 million the grant will fund the repair of the taxiway.
 
Zephyrhills Municipal Airport in Zephyrhills, FL, $1.6 million funds will be used to repair Taxiway B pavement and lighting.
 
Joslin Field-Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls, ID, $3.1 million funds will be used for the east parallel Taxiway A repairs.
 
Princeton Municipal Airport in Princeton, ME, $5 million funds will be used for repairs to Runway 15/33.
 
Stennis International Airport in Bay St. Louis, MS, $4.8 million the grant will fund repairs to Runway 18/36.
 
Ocean County Airport in Toms River, NJ, $4.4 million funds will be used to repair Runway 06/24. 
 
Yerington Municipal Airport in Yerington, NV, $2.3 million the grant will fund repairs to Runway 01/19.
 
Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford, OR, $10.4 million funds will be used to repair the taxiway.
 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca, PA, $7.5 million  the grant will fund Taxiway B repairs.
 
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, PA, $2.5 million – the grant will fund repairs to Runway 05/23.
 
Williamsport Regional Airport in Williamsport, PA, $3.8 million the grant will fund the repair of Runway 09/27.
 
Anderson Regional Airport in Anderson, SC, $5.4 million – grants funds will be used to repair Runway 05/23.
 
Logan-Cache Airport in Logan, UT, $1.1 million – funds will be used to repair the taxiway.
 
Walla Walla Regional Airport in Walla Walla, WA, $5.9 million the grant will fund the repair of the parallel taxiway.
 
Tri-State/Milton J. Ferguson Field in Huntington, WVA, $9.3 million grant funds will be used to reconstruct Taxiway A and the lighting system for that taxiway.
 
Casper/Natrona County International Airport in Casper, WY, $10.5 million 
grant funds will be used to repair Runway 03/21.
 
See a full listing of all grant recipients at:
 
 
The FAA will issue AIP grants to the airports over the next several weeks in time to take advantage of the spring and summer construction season.
 
The grants will ensure the projects at these airports are either under construction or completed prior to the onset of the winter season, which comes in late fall in some parts of the country.
 
 

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Monday, 17 July 2017

FARNBOROUGH REPORTS HOTTEST JUNE ON RECORD

 
Farnborough International, organisers of the world-famous Airshow, today announced that record bookings were made during the month of June 2017.
 
With Farnborough International Airshow 2018 exactly one year away, participation is already tracking way above previous editions of the Airshow, which has been held in Farnborough since 1948.

In June, 76 companies confirmed their participation at the Airshow next summer comprising 25 first-time exhibitors. The team also saw 17 returning exhibitors increasing their space, bringing the June total to 17,138sqm and 39 chalets confirmed.

June is a notoriously busy month for the Farnborough International team. This year, as well as officially launching the 2018 show, the team were out exhibiting at both the UK Space Conference and Paris Airshow as well as attending AP&M Europe.
 
During the week in Paris, many new exhibitors were signed up for FIA18 including Boom Supersonic, Moog and GE Additive. Many returning clients also saw their visit to Paris as an opportunity to confirm their FIA18 participation including ATI, Constellium and Tekever. Five new international pavilions from UK, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, and Austria were also confirmed. Farnborough International also announced that ten companies had signed multi-show agreements committing them to the Airshow for 2018 and beyond.

Farnborough International Airshow 2018 runs under the headline of ‘The Future Starts Here’. It is the meeting place for the aerospace industry, and the team continually strives to develop the content of the show in line with key trends.
 
As such the show is looking to attract exhibitors from more sectors including Aerospace 4.0 – the term coined to represent the growing digitalisation of aerospace manufacturing. The show will also see expanded presence in business aviation, space and cargo sectors alongside the more traditional sectors of commercial, defence, rotary and MRO.

Other new key highlights for FIA18 include FINN – Farnborough International News Network - a video-led news channel. During the show, FINN Live will broadcast news, interviews and commentary across the site-wide screen network and, under the title of FINN Sessions, host a conference programme within two on-floor theatres in Hall 3 and 4 covering key industry topics.

Speaking about the show, Farnborough International Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer said, “We are delighted to be reporting such terrific figures one year out from the next Airshow.  
We are performing well ahead of target and have sold 75% of our chalets and hall space. We are also pleased to see International participation increasing show on show. The Delegations Programme and other networking features such as Meet The Buyer continuing to grow and promote business networking opportunities for all participants.”

She also added “The biggest change our exhibitors and visitors will see in 2018 will be the new permanent Hall 1. A huge investment in the show and the venue, the new hall will offer a major advancement in facilities at the show for years to come.”


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Air France Boeing 777-200 passenger jet aircraft made an emergency landing at Prestwick Airport in West Scotland after 'the smell of burning' was detected



An Air France Boeing 777-200 passenger jet aircraft made an emergency landing at Prestwick Airport in West Scotland after 'the smell of burning' was detected whilst in flight, reports BBC Scotland.
 
The aircraft with 294 passengers from Paris (departing Paris at 10:57 Saturday) to Vancouver, was diverted to Glasgow Prestwick.

The airline said The plane made a normal approach and landing arriving at 13:20
Air France sent a replacement aircraft to Scotland to fly the passengers back to Charles de Gaulle Airport on Saturday.

A statement, released in Paris stated: "Air France confirms that flight AF374 operating from Paris CDG to Vancouver on 15 July, 2017, was diverted to Glasgow Prestwick where it landed normally. "Following the appearance of a slight smell of burning on board, the cabin crew, trained for this kind of situation, took the necessary precaution and diverted to the closest airport."


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Friday, 14 July 2017

The AAIB has sent a team to investigate a light aircraft accident in Wiltshire

#ALERT The AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Board) has this morning sent a investigation team to Wiltshire, following reports of a light aircraft involved in an accident

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MRS MAYS POSEIDON ADVENTURE: TOO FEW ORDERED AND THE OPERATIONAL RANGE IS WAY TOO SHORT SAY RAF GRANDEES...

P-8A Poseidon - too short a range : 'We need at least three more' says RAF bigwigs...
 
BBC Scotland are reporting the 'numbers' of two squadrons that will operate a total of nine new maritime patrol aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth have been announced. 120 Sqn was originally an anti-submarine unit in World War Two, while the origins of 201 Sqn can be traced back to 1914.

The first of the new US-sourced P-8A Poseidon aircraft are to arrive at the Moray station in 2020, but  not everyone is happy. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph ( July 13 2017) Air Marshall Sir John Harris (retd), Air V-M Andrew Roberts (retd), Air V-M David Emmerson (retd) and Air Commodore Andrew Neal claim that nine of the new P-8A Poseidon aircraft will not offer the protection needed, and that at least three more are urgently needed if the UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth 'is not to go straight to the bottom if the sea as soon as hostilities break out - as Russia' s President Putin predicts.'

The retired aviators point out that the scrapped Nimrod MRA4s ( 10 hours on task at 1,000 nautical miles from base) could have provided the cover for the UK and the aircraft carrier.

However the writers claim the new P-8A can only provide LESS than 7 hours on task, and that at least three more P-8A need to be immediately ordered, or as a stopgap air-to- air refuelling booms need to be fitted to the existing A330 Voyager tankers, which might impact on their dual use as  'MAYFORCE 1' a prestige VIP people carrier!

The UK's last dedicated maritime patrol planes flew out of RAF Kinloss in 2010.

The UK government said the key role of the P-8A Poseidon would be to protect submarines and two new aircraft carriers.

Its £3bn investment in maritime patrol aircraft capability over 10 years will include strengthening the runway at Lossiemouth and improving other infrastructure.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: "Our nine new Poseidon aircraft are part of our plan to monitor and deal with increased threats to our country.

"They can operate at long range without refuelling and have the endurance to carry out high and low-level airborne maritime and overland surveillance for extended periods, helping keep us safe. [NOTE: This view is not held by many former RAF chiefs: Ed]

"The P-8A aircraft will allow us to work more closely with our allies, improve our surveillance coverage and will provide value for taxpayers' money."
Source BBC Scotland, Daily Telegraph


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easyJet Europe a step nearer as Luton based airline sets up new European operating company in Austria to beat Brexit restrictions....

Is this the post Brexit EU map?


EasyJet has now formally applied for a new air operator certificate in Austria which will allow the airline to continue flying in the European Union after Brexit. Julian Bray aviation expert talks about this on BBC News.

The Luton based airline confirmed today it had applied to Austria's Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology for an airline operating licence, and to Austro Control for an air operator certificate earlier this year.

These protocols will allow the carrier to establish a new airline, easyJet Europe, which will be headquartered in Vienna and accordingly circumvents any restrictions that the imposition of 'Brexit' might bring.

The airline clearly and rightly 'hedging its bets' in the event of a UK brexit bail out and in the event its a 'no deal'.  A situation possibly not helped by the news from the London Evening Standard this morning that failed Conservative ex-MP for Peterborough Stewart Jackson - not known for his people handling skills - allegedly has a new well paid job as Head of Staff for David Davis' Brexit Department....... 

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GOVERNMENT TO AXE NIGHT FLIGHTS FROM EXPANDED HEATHROW AND OTHER SOUTH EAST AIRPORTS

 
 
 
 
The Government as expected has announced restrictions on noise from night flights at London's airports as they try to counter growing concerns over the expansion of London Heathrow. Plans to build a third Heathrow runway have been met with opposition from local groups. 
 
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling claims the new restrictions will have a marked effect on noise pollution.
 
Aircraft movements will be banned from landing or departing from any expanded Heathrow from 11.30pm until 6am, he said.

Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are all affected by new, lower noise limits, with residents offered a five year noise reduction guarantee.

Grayling also suggested ministers are considering new laws  to compel the aviation industry to invest in new, quieter planes. However the industry is already well down this route with a series of new 'hushed' aircraft variants entering service.

Announcing the changes in a written ministerial statement today, Mr Grayling said: 'This decision strikes a balance between managing the impacts on local communities by locking in the benefits offered by recent technological developments, with the economic benefits of night flights.'


 'Strong international links are critical to the future prosperity of our country, with a world-class hub airport and thriving aviation sector central to this. 
 
'We are committed to realising the economic and social benefits aviation has to offer, while taking seriously the need to balance this with managing the local and environmental impacts of aviation.

'We are committed to realising the economic and social benefits aviation has to offer, while taking seriously the need to balance this with managing the local and environmental impacts of aviation'.

The minister also confirmed that he anticipated a parliamentary vote on a new runway at Heathrow in the first half of next year.

Source CNS, CAA, Aeronet, DailyMail,
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The A350-1000 test aircraft, MSN065, successfully completes hot weather tests at Al Ain International airport.



The A350-1000 test aircraft, MSN065, has successfully completed 'hot weather' tests at the Al Ain International airport.


The tests (4 to 7 July), involved the aircraft undergoing  extreme weather conditions at temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

The objective is to check systems behaviour with a focus on the cabin, including cooling performance on the ground. The aircraft successfully cleared all the set parameters.

Airbus has been using the Al Ain International Airport as its base for hot weather testing for a number of years now.

The A350-1000 is the new member of the A350 XWB family,  Airbus’ all-new mid-size long-range aircraft family, together with the A330neo, offering unprecedented levels of operating efficiency, low noise and true long-range capability. 

The A350-1000 features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.

The A350-1000 embodies all of the fuel efficiency and ‘Airspace’ cabin comfort of the original A350-900 – but with extra size perfectly tailored for customers on some of their busiest long-haul routes.

Scheduled to enter into service in the fourth quarter of 2017, the aircraft currently has a total of 211 confirmed orders from 12 global customers.




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Thursday, 13 July 2017

UK AND EUROPE FLIGHT BAN IF UK FAILS TO AGREE BREXIT DEAL SAYS RYANAIR BOSS


Michael O'Leary, Chief Executive of Irish low-fare airline Ryanair makes a face while protesting after a news conference in Brussels
Mr O'Leary smiles for the camera...
 
 
Michael O'Leary of Ryanair has seemingly dropped his be nice to everyone stance and is now indulging in a bit of euro brexit stirring. He's issued dire warnings that all flights between Britain and the rest of Europe will be grounded if no deal is reached on Brexit

Simply to qualify as an EU airline, shareholders must be made up of a majority of European Union holders at the company and establish an operational company within Europe. 
 
Ryanair says it can compel non-EU shareholders to offload their shares in order to ensure that EU investors retain the majority.  In addition, the airline could speed up share buybacks to comply with European ownership laws as a result of Britain leaving the EU.

The carrier has already been carrying out share buybacks to return cash to shareholders.

'Ownership post Brexit is a real issue,' O'Leary told a hearing in the European Parliament. 
 
'It might help me to accelerate the share buyback if UK shareholders are forced to sell.'
 
'There is not a legal mechanism on which airlines can operate in a 'hard Brexit, no deal' outcome. There will simply be no flights,' he said, adding that Ryanair would start cancelling flights six months before the March 2019 date when Britain is due to leave the EU with or without a deal.

Aviation is outside World Trade Organisation rules which would apply to other industries should Britain fail to agree a deal by March 2019.
 
Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways parent IAG, based in Spain, said he did not agree with O'Leary's assessment and believed there would be a solution. He called on the UK to agree a liberal air transport agreement with the EU.

One suggestion is that in the absence of a deal on aviation by March 2019 EU national governments could revert to the old bilateral agreements with the UK governing air traffic rights.  O'Leary said, however, that individual EU member states were unlikely to be allowed to negotiate bilaterals independently.

Source CNS, Daily Mail, Reuters


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IATA AIRLINE FINANCIAL MONITOR FOR JUNE PUBLISHED AIRLINE SHARES UP 20PERCENT OVER 12 MONTHS

IATA
IATA Airlines Financial Monitor  

JUNE 2017      

Key points: 
     
Global airline share prices increased, and in June outperformed the global equity index, for the third month in a row.

Airline shares have risen by more than 20percent since January 2017, and are currently around 44percent higher than a year ago.

The recent gains in airline share prices indicate that investors are continuing to look beyond the impact that squeezed profit margins, and has had on airline financial performance in Q1 2017,

Investors focusing instead on signs that the upward pressure on the breakeven load factor is easing.

The resilience of US crude oil supply has continued to put downward pressure on oil prices.

Brent crude oil prices fell back below US$50/bbl during June, and are currently broadly unchanged from levels seen a year ago.

Although passenger yields remain around 4.5percent lower in year-on-year terms, the latest monthly data point to signs that the downward trend in yields has bottomed out.

Passenger and freight demand have both continued their strong start in 2017.  Passenger load factor remains close to an all-time high, while the freight load factor recently recovered to its highest level since July 2014.

The pick-up in global trade is helping to support premium passenger demand, particularly to, from and within Asia Pacific.

Premium revenues have risen in year-on-year terms on key routes to and from the region so far in 2017.
View June 2017 report (pdf).


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Monday, 10 July 2017

AIRLINE LAPTOP BAN EASES WITH OTHERS SET TO FOLLOW



No sooner that we learn laptop computers are fast becoming a must have gizmo of yesteryear, we learn that the ban on these small computers is being lifted following widespread disquiet about the origins and purposes of the Etihad, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways became exempt last week of the Tump inspired ban.
 
Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian have joined earlier Middle Eastern airlines Etihad, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways. They had restrictions lifted last week, permitting passengers take laptops into the passenger cabins on US-bound flights.
 
The latest carriers had consulted with US officials and tightened security procedures on flights specifically from Kuwait and Jordan.
 

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CAA CHIRP REPORT: Aircraft pushback while passengers still standing



PUSHBACK WITH PASSENGERS STANDING

CHIRP Report Text: We were boarding a really busy flight. People were standing in the aisle as they were struggling to find space to put their bags in the lockers when the dispatcher decided to close the aircraft door. The Captain then pushed back with people still standing and bags in the aisle.


Lessons Learned - They should wait until everybody is seated and the bags safely put away. We shouldn't put punctuality ahead of safety. In the event of an evacuation all those bags in the aisle are a hazard.



CHIRP Comment: The CAA issued Safety Notice SN2011/05 in June 2011 due to an increasing number of reports on excess cabin baggage and its storage in non-approved stowages. The purpose of the notice was to remind operators of the need to ensure that baggage was secured safely in a manner which did not endanger aircraft safety.


The decision to pushback could have been made because the flight crew were unaware of the situation in the cabin. Proactive communication between the cabin crew, flight crew and ground staff is essential in managing situations with excess cabin baggage. Cabin crew should refer to their Operations Manual for the specific company procedure.


However the SCCM, if at all possible, should not permit the aircraft door(s) to be closed until they are satisfied that cabin baggage has been stowed and that they are content with the safety of the situation within the cabin, with all passengers seated.

They need to relay the problems with cabin baggage to the flight crew and confirm that the doors should not be closed until rectified. If, for any reason, the doors are closed without the SCCM’s agreement, the Captain should be advised that passengers are still standing, some cabin baggage needs to be stowed and request that pushback is not started until these issues are resolved.

The ground staff will be aware of how busy the flight is and they should be keeping track of what the passengers are carrying onto the aircraft and whether it is too large to stow in the cabin.


Once boarding has been completed, it would be beneficial to advise the ground staff that the baggage has been too large or hard to stow as a reminder that it needs to be checked before the passengers board the aircraft.

Reporting these types of concerns to the CAA and the operator is very important so that the operator can keep track of incidents and investigate why they have happened.


If they are not reported, they will be unaware of the issues faced on a daily basis.


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'CRASH' SUPER PUMAS HELICOPTER BANS TO BE LIFTED SAYS CAA



  • UK and Norwegian regulators announce their intention for removal of restrictions that prevent operators using the helicopters
  • The move follows extensive investigation, testing and changes to the helicopter and its maintenance
  • Flights will not resume immediately
  • Helicopter had already been cleared to fly by the European Aviation Safety Agency in October 2016
The UK and Norwegian aviation authorities have today set out plans for the lifting of operating restrictions on H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters. The restrictions were imposed following the fatal accident of a H225 near Turøy in Norway in April 2016.

The two helicopter types, popularly known as Super Pumas, were restricted from being used commercially by UK and Norwegian operators.

Both the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of Norway have remained in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA); UK and Norwegian operators; and with the manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters which has developed the modifications and enhanced safety measures for the type.

Despite the helicopter being released back in to service by EASA in October 2016, the restrictions remain in place in the UK and Norway until these further enhancements have been made.

Changes and modifications made to the helicopter and its maintenance by Airbus Helicopters include:
  • Change in the design by removal of the components that were susceptible to premature deterioration.
  • Earlier replacement of components
  • Design change to introduce an improved maintenance inspection method to detect any deterioration at an early stage.
  • More frequent inspections
  • Reduction in the thresholds for rejecting components based upon early signs of any deterioration. 
The UK CAA said that helicopters will not begin flying immediately. A plan of checks, modifications and inspections needs to be undertaken before any flights take place.

It will also be for operators and their customers to decide whether they wish to re-introduce the helicopters to service. In order to resume operations individual operators will need to supply safety cases to ensure that they have all the necessary measures (procedures, processes, tooling and training) in place for a return to service.

Explaining the decision John McColl, Head of Airworthiness at the UK CAA, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly. It has only been made after receiving extensive information from the Norwegian accident investigators and being satisfied with the subsequent changes introduced by Airbus Helicopters through detailed assessment and analysis.

“The safety of those who travel on offshore helicopter flights is a key priority for both the UK and Norwegian aviation authorities. We would not have made this decision unless we were convinced that the changes to the helicopters and their maintenance restore the required airworthiness standards.

“We continue to work with the helicopter operators, the offshore industries, international regulators, unions and pilot representatives to enhance offshore safety standards still further and all these parties are actively involved in ongoing discussions.”

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RESTORATION WARTIME P51 MUSTANG AIRCRAFT CRASH LANDS IN FIELD ADJACENT TO THE DUXFORD FLYING LEGENDS AIR SHOW

 Julian Bray, an aviation expert, commented on Air Show safety live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning (Monday) at 07:00 am. Listen again on the BBC IPlayer

North American P51 Mustang Miss Velma thought to be the aircraft involved in an emergency landing during Duxford Flying Legends Airshow


An audience of over 15,000 watched as a vintage fighter, a North American P51 Mustang, made an emergency landing whilst performing with other vintage aircraft in the mass closing aerial display simulating a wartime 'dog fight'  at Duxford Imperial War Museum 'Flying Legends' Summer Air Show on Sunday July 9.
Three P51 Mustangs were taking part, two landed safely as planned, but the third Mustang says a spectator - speaking on BBC Cambridgeshire - 'appeared to be on the wrong flight line' .

As the drama unfolded, air show spectators were told the car parks were in temporary lockdown, and no one could leave as the fire crews crossed the M11 to the field beyond.

A formal air accident investigation has already been opened, and investigators from the Air Accident Investigation Board are already at the locus of the incident.  
 
The aircraft, thought to be an air show favourite the P51d Mustang Miss Velma, - and owned by the IWM Duxford -  landed unexpectedly in a field adjacent to the Duxford Aerodrome. It was attended by the Duxford fire crew.

Gail Parker speaking to the Cambridge News said she had goosebumps as she watched the pilot fly towards them. She said: “We were on the M11 and we saw a group of vintage planes circling out over the area and breaking off individually and going round and round. At that point we were about half a mile away.
 
“The pilot was banking hard and appeared to be coming right at us. His wheels came down and he levelled up and then did a slight wobble and dropped below the hedge.
 
"There was a hollow ‘crump’ sound. I have to say, in my mind’s eye, I was picturing Shoreham as the plane came over."
 
A spokeswoman for IWM Duxford later confirmed that one of the planes was forced to make an emergency landing and  
that no one had been hurt in the incident.

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