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Julian Bray provides: Opinion, comment, forward thinking speculation on Travel, Cruise & Aviation: conflict zones, terrorist impact, drone (UAV) issues, safety (black boxes, emergencies), airline operations, aviation finance, political implications, and all forms of incident risk. Worked at board level with several airline and aviation groups, including Alitalia, British Island Airways, British Airways, Galileo, British Aerospace, Skyways, former CEO City firm Leadenhall Assoc. Founder CNS City News Service. Director NTN Television News (joint co. with ITV Wales TWW) Debretts People 2017 and in premier edition of PRWeek Black Book.

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Monday, 27 March 2017

An air ambulance dubbed ANGLIA TWO regularly piloted by the Duke of Cambridge was involved in a Category A incident

Typical UAV 'drone' Library shot


An air ambulance dubbed ANGLIA TWO regularly piloted by the Duke of Cambridge was involved in a Category A incident "narrowly avoided" a mid-air collision and " was averted by pure chance"with a drone, an Airprox UK Board report has revealed .

Julian Bray, a Peterborough based broadcaster and aviation expert, speaking on the BBC Cambridgeshire Breakfast Show very early this morning said the report was highly disturbing. "Pilots in charge and flying a drone, risk a 5 year prison term, if convicted for a Category A offence under the Air Navigation Rules. Parents who buy these drones in High Street retail shops, must properly supervise the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)  also known as drones, a new app developed jointly by the CAA and NATS is available for free download from http://dronesafe.uk/ "   

UK Airprox investigators said the Eurocopter 145, used by the East Anglian Air Ambulance, missed the remote-controlled machine "by chance".

The incident occurred at 1,900ft (579m) well above the 400ft limit set by the CAA Dronecode, above London in August last year.

Prince William was not in the aircraft at the time but the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) said it had been piloted repeatedly by the Prince during his work for the service.

The UK Airprox Board, which examines such incidents to improve air safety, said the drone had passed within 98ft (30m) of the air ambulance, which was carrying three paramedics and 2 pilots.

The drone was flying above its permitted altitude and the near-miss was the highest category of risk, the report stated.

It said: "This was a situation where a collision had only been narrowly avoided and chance had played a major part."

The near-miss happened at 19:45 BST on 26 August.
The ambulance control room was contacted by the pilot telling them to inform the police, the report said.
The drone pilot was never found.

An EAAA spokeswoman added: "There are strict rules that drone operators must follow and it is important they are aware of their responsibilities for safe operations at all times."

Source: BBCNEWS, CNS, Julian Bray

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

AVIATION INCIDENTS MARCH 22 2017

Total AT42 at Coari on Mar 20th 2017, runway excursion
A Total Linhas Aereas Avions de Transport Regional ATR-42-500, registration PR-TTH performing a flight from Coari,AM to Coari Urucu,AM (Brazil) with 4 people on board, landed at Urucu Airport in Coari in night conditions and during heavy rain at...
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Virgin Atlantic B744 at London on Mar 22nd 2017, lightning strike
A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400, registration G-VLIP performing flight VS-65 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Montego Bay (Jamaica), was climbing out of Gatwick's runway 26L when the crew suspected a lightning strike and stopped the climb at FL130....
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Virgin Australia B738 at Christchurch on Mar 19th 2017, bird strike
A Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800, registration VH-YIO performing flight VA-101 from Christchurch (New Zealand) to Melbourne,VI (Australia), departed Christchurch's runway 02 when an engine (CFM56) ingested a bird and began to vibrate. The crew...
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Airblue A320 at Multan on Mar 21st 2017, rejected takeoff due to bird strike
An Airblue Airbus A320-200, registration AP-EDH performing flight PA-872 from Multan (Pakistan) to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), was accelerating for takeoff from runway 36 when the left hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird prompting the crew to reject...
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British Airways B772 near Delhi on Mar 19th 2017, lonely oven seeks attention
A British Airways Boeing 777-200, registration G-YMMP performing flight BA-143 (dep Mar 18th) from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Delhi (India), was nearing the top of descent into Delhi when smoke emanated from the aft galley prompting the crew to...
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

WESTMINSTER MAJOR TERROR INCIDENT IN LONDON FIVE FATALITIES, MULTIPLE CATASTROPHIC INJURIES. Earlier USA and UK enact ban on electronic devices in carry-on cabin baggage on flights

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By Justin Parkinson

Shock over 'sick and depraved' attack at Westminster



"He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift, and he had every right to expect that would happen." Those are the words used by the Metropolitan Police's head of counter-terrorism to describe the sense of shock at the death of 48-year-old husband and father Keith Palmer, the unarmed PC who gave his life protecting Parliament.

The
attack at Westminster, which left five people dead - including the attacker himself - was described by Theresa May as "sick and depraved". A car ploughed into people on Westminster Bridge, many of them students and schoolchildren, before the driver got out and ran into the grounds of the Palace of Westminster, stabbing Mr Palmer.

Police and security services are working out whether the attacker, who seems to have been inspired by international and Islamist-related terrorism, worked alone.

The
prime minister, who spoke in Downing Street last night, is expected to make a statement in the Commons later, while the UK remains in a state of "severe" terror alert. Extra armed and unarmed police are on duty on the streets of the capital.

The
leaders of France and Germany, whose countries have also suffered terror attacks involving vehicles being driven into crowds in recent months, have expressed their solidarity with the UK.



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+++ THE UNARMED MET POLICE OFFICER KEITH PALMER PROTECTING PARLIAMENT AT THE CARRIAGE GATES HAS LOST HIS LIFE  +++

+++ PRIME MINISTER Mrs. MAY TO CHAIR TOP LEVEL 'COBRA' MEETING +++ 

+++ LONDON MAJOR INCIDENT PLAN DECLARED AND ENACTED AFTER TERRORIST INCIDENT +++

+++ MULTIPLE POLICE OFFICERS INJURED AND ONE OFFICER STABBED +++


+++ POLICE CLEAR WHOLE OF WESTMINSTER AND WEHITEHALL CENTRAL LONDON AREA +++

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+++ LONDON WESTMINSTER'LOW-TECH'TERRORIST ATTACK +++ 

+++ MAJOR INCIDENT PLAN ENACTED +++ 

+++ MANY 'CATASTROPHIC INJURIES' SAYS ST. THOMAS' HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTORS +++

+++'MULTIPLE' FATALITIES AS VEHICLE DRIVEN INTO OVER A DOZEN PEDESTRIANS NEAR WESTMINSTER BRIDGE +++ 

+++ SUSPECT WITH KNIFE SAID TO HAVE STABBED SEVERAL PEOPLE +++

+++ WOMAN FACE DOWN IN RIVER THAMES, PULLED OUT ALIVE, BUT WITH SERIOUS INJURIES +++


+++ VEHICLE RAMMED INTO HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT ENTRANCE +++ 

 +++ POLICE REPORT SUSPECT ARRESTED HAVING BEEN SHOT BY ARMED POLICE +++

+++MP'S 'LOCKED INSIDE' BY POLICE +++




The London terrorist major incident plan which is still at 18:00 BS 22nd March 2017 in operation is likely to continue for the rest of today and rolled out through out the UK over the next week or so.

Already 6 Birmingham addresses linked to the hire car used by the seemingly lone attacker (armed with two large knives), have been raided overnight and 7 arrests made. All UK police leave has been cancelled and a greater physical police presence will be noticed throughout the land.

Police have not ruled out more 'copycat incidents; all this follows on from the Trump Administration in the USA banning electronic devices from cabin carry-on baggage on flights from eight mainly Middle Eastern and North African countries

USA Fox News (who are negotiating to take over SkyNews in the UK put its own spin on UK events > http://video.foxnews.com/v/5369240578001/

The UK announced an almost identical type of ban with a few minor variations, simply anyone (including UK subjects) returning to the UK will now have to go through the same security screening process, and have their banned electronics consigned to the aircraft hold and later recovered from the airport baggage carousel.  

A US government source says the measure would affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports:

  1. Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
  2. Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
  3. Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  4. Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
  5. King Abdul Aziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  6. King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  7. Kuwait International Airport
  8. Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
  9. Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
  10. Dubai International, United Arab Emirates

US media reported the order was sparked by intelligence gathered overseas which suggested 'a terrorist event was likely to happen within the next few days.'


Julian Bray Aviation Expert speaking live on BBC World  Service and on BBC local radio stations throughout the UK  said: "It was only a matter of time, there has also been widespread disquiet over the carriage of lithium metal batteries, as they are prone to electronic  runaway and liable to combustion, by contagion unless securely packaged.  In addition, what has caught out security services is the power and reach of new generation in-flight satellite based on-board Wi-Fi systems, extending the effective range of laptops and computer games consoles in the process making them harder to immediately track as the aircraft is moving so quickly.

This latest terrorist threat intelligence is thought to have originated in Australia and suggested a variety of consumer electronics such as  laptops and games consoles although still operational might be additionally cavity packed with explosives and then detonated (possibly remotely) whilst in flight.

US United Airlines alone has spent over $550 million developing their in-cabin passenger w-fi systems. 


The British government has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops on direct passenger flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The ban, which also applies to tablets and DVD players, follows a similar US move affecting eight countries.

Downing Street said it followed talks on air security and was "necessary, effective and proportionate".


US officials said bombs could be hidden in a series of devices, not just laptops.



The ban applies to any device larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep essentially the size of a postcard. It includes smaller smart phones, only some fall within the new limits.

Another major concern is that airport security systems in some parts of the world are known and continue to be of very low quality, despite state-of-the-art scanning systems being installed and expert tuition in their use initially given. Investigators found that when airport systems and throughput is put under pressure, vast quantities of carry-on luggage are routinely waved through.

All that will now be frustrated under the new system as airlines and  airports will be held jointly liable.  

The new in flight cabin ban will extend to Lithium-ion. It will include all large electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, and large phones but not small thin pocket smart phones.

All will have to be bagged and held in the aircraft hold throughout the entire flight, and then recovered from the airport carousel on arrival, along with regular hold luggage.

This is likely to cause extreme delays at peak holiday periods as the new security systems are worked through. It will also create a field day for petty criminals, to easily acquire a new computer... 






http://talkradio.co.uk/news/electronics-ban-uk-will-ban-flights-these-airports-completely-if-they-dont-comply-17032211647

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Hardline Former IRA Commander and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness dies.



Martin McGuinness, a former 'hardline' Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander turned politician, has died aged 66, after a short illness allied to a rare heart disease.

McGuinness become deputy first minister of Northern Ireland after turning peace-maker and took a prominent role in bringing peace to N. Ireland.

He never once apologised for his terrorist past, and was never charged with some 18 murders, the authorities are said to have evidence of, indeed towards the end of  'the troubles' McGuiness was briefly captured by a British Army unit in Belfast but his release was ordered by Whitehall due to 'a peace negotiation' that was underway. This information came from a Major Napier, (now deceased) a former D-Day beach Commander, and later with the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Martin McGuinness was a hard line IRA commander who was responsible for, and ordered hundreds of killings, but then it has to be acknowledged, used his skills and hardline influence to broker a peace within Northern Ireland. He never ever, apologised for his terrorist activities and never set foot inside the House of Commons, as he was later entitled to. as an MP.  HM The Queen later shook hands with Mc Guinness.  

His partnership at the top of Stormont's power-sharing administration with fundamentalist unionist leader the Rev Ian Paisley would have been unthinkable in the days when republican bombs were ripping Northern Ireland and Great Britain's major cities to shreds and in the process costing thousands of lives.

Mr McGuinness was the extremist who once defended the slaughter of police and soldiers for a united Ireland but finally offered the hand of friendship to Britain and to unionists and toasted the Queen.

His partnership with the DUP leader as deputy first minister at Stormont was an example of peacemaking - of turning swords into ploughshares - and in 2009 he dubbed dissident republicans who killed a police officer as traitors to Ireland.


The Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday in 1972 fudged the issue by suggesting McGuinness "probably" carried a sub-machine gun during the massacre of 13 unarmed civil rights protesters by soldiers in Londonderry. He admitted to being second-in-command of the Provisionals that day.

The bluntly-spoken young man was a ruthless proponent of republican violence, which caused more than half of the 3,600 killings between 1969 and 1998, in opposition to British rule in Northern Ireland but became a senior member of Sinn Fein as the conflict neared its end.

He was integral to nearly every major decision taken by the republican movement over the last 30 years, promising to lead it to a united Ireland. He did not succeed.

The former butcher from the Bogside in Derry, who was a man of action during the street fighting of the 1970s
Mr McGuinness negotiated the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement, secured IRA arms decommissioning in 2005 and shared government with former enemies in Belfast as deputy first minister.

But critics argued that just as the IRA should have halted the violence a lot sooner, Mr McGuinness could have met the British head of state earlier.

His final significant act was to resign as deputy first minister and take first minister Arlene Foster with him, ending a decade of testy coalition government with the DUP.

Mr McGuinness was born in 1950 in a terraced house in Londonderry's Bogside housing estate, a one-time no-go area for soldiers and hotbed of IRA planning and activity.
He was educated at the local Christian Brothers school.

Unlike Gerry Adams, who came from a traditional hard-line republican family, Mr McGuinness showed little interest in politics before the start of the Troubles.

Nor did he join the IRA until after the British Army had been sent to Northern Ireland in August 1969 to restore order after a pitched battle between the RUC and inhabitants of the Bogside.

He was sufficiently highly regarded to be one of the IRA delegation flown to London to talk to Willie Whitelaw, the first-ever Northern Ireland secretary.

The republican was sentenced to six months in prison in the Republic of Ireland after being caught in a car containing large quantities of explosives and ammunition.

Mr McGuinness has said he left the IRA in 1974.
Other accounts suggested he was made chief of staff of the organisation in 1978 and streamlined it into an urban guerrilla force based on small, tightly-controlled cells.

Former Irish justice minister Michael McDowell said he was a member of its ruling Army Council.

In 1997 he was elected Mid Ulster MP but did not take his seat as he would not swear an oath to the Queen, but he did bank the allowances that came with the position....

As Sinn Fein's chief negotiator of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement he helped establish the powersharing institutions and renounced violence.

In 1999 he became education minister at the Assembly who was to scrap the transfer test at age 11, part of a power-sharing coalition of unionists and Irish nationalists at Stormont.

The DUP refused to work with him because of his chequered past.

By 2005 the Provisionals decommissioned arms after Mr McGuinness led negotiations - a process which started with the armed group vowing to volunteer not an ounce of explosives.

By 2007 Sinn Fein had pledged support for the police force and Ian Paisley, the fiery preacher of "never", was prepared as leader of the largest party to enter government with Sinn Fein.

When the Queen visited Dublin that year the veteran republican was absent but by June 2012 he was ready to meet her.  They shook hands at a Belfast theatre and Mr McGuinness said the encounter was "a result of decades of work constructing the Irish peace process".

In 2014 he attended a banquet at Windsor Castle as part of a state visit by the Irish president and joined in a toast to the monarch.

In 2013 he travelled to Warrington to speak at the invitation of Colin and Wendy Parry, whose son Tim was killed by an IRA bomb, to acknowledge their pain.

But he enjoyed more strained relationships with Mr Paisley's successor as First Minister at Stormont, Peter Robinson, as the joint office was embroiled in controversy over property dealings.

Difficulties also surfaced over welfare reform, investigating thousands of conflict deaths and a green energy scheme which is predicted to be £490 million overspent.

After Mr McGuinness gave first minister Arlene Foster an ultimatum to step aside, which was ignored, he announced his resignation in January 2017.

He is survived by his wife Bernie and four children


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Monday, 20 March 2017

DEVON AND CORNWALL SET TO LAUNCH THE 24-HOUR FLYING DRONE PATROL

Dubbed The Flying Pasty, the new £3k Police UAV  

Devon and Cornwall Police are to launch the very first 24-hour drone unit in the UK. The 'flying pasty patrol' as its been dubbed, will assist ground patrol police officers with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) equipped with cameras both still and live HD video streaming from this summer. Helping with investigations, by aerial rapid sweep searching for missing people and collecting photographic evidence by taking photographs of crime scenes. It could also at a stretch pick up essential supplies for distant search teams, and relay real-time images.    

Devon and Cornwall Police,  started trialling UAV's with a small number of DJI Inspire 1 drones costing less than £3,000 each in November 2015, and will share the unit with neighbouring Dorset. They are currently looking to recruit a “drone team manager” to handle operations across nine stations in the three counties. 

“I would not be at all surprised if other forces follow in due course – the question is not whether they will, it's when,” Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, National Police Chiefs' Council lead for drones, told the Daily Mail

“There may be an opportunity at some point in the future to rationalise what we need our cops to do because we find drones can do it more effectively and more cost-efficiently… an example of that would be looking for missing people.”

Other police forces across the UK are said to be planning to make more use of UAV's, which has led to speculation about potential job cuts.

“I think it's a brave senior officer who will make that step that is going to cut cops because they have now got drones,” continued Mr Barry. 

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Air show, county show, beer festival and village fete season is now well underway BUT hire units in short supply as organisers dither over Brexit impact.

A typical BTFS Production Office inside a box chassis on wheels ...


With the major CAA clampdown on flying display aerobatics in the UK plus health and safety issues being a major headache and the primary item on this years show agenda for both big and small show organisers; word reaches us from BADA that the all important pre-season national conference for air show organisers later this month is already fully subscribed and no further bookings are being accepted.

Our own industry soundings, reveal that many show and event  organisers are in 2017, increasingly leaving matters to the last moment, with the result that major hire elements, stands, honey wagons (loos), show staff, PA systems and show commentators - the backbone of any county or outside show - may run into difficulties as the essential kit and personnel to run it are in short supply, and may already be fully booked or have work visa complications, ensuring they give the UK a miss this year. 

Many other stalwarts of the show and event business, have simply decided there isn't sufficient margin left and have left the industry, heading for greater financial security and pastures new.

Show organisers who may, or fear they may be in difficulty can contact our office on 01733 345581, as we might be able to assist, even at this late stage. 

Certainly for those still without resources booked and in place, replacement mobile show exhibition units can still be hired in from Europe, but with the timing of 'brexit' complicating matters, the usual 85% transit and travel premium may well top 150% with a corresponding uplift in insurance liability.



In addition, TV and Film production companies, (thanks to the regional success of  'Bake Off' and 'X-Factor') are making more of their programmes outside of London and the South East, on location, the knock on effect is that television has belately discovered the versatility, cost effectiveness and flexibility of clear space mobile pop-up exhibition units, in addition to bespoke film location units to house their travelling production resources.  Regional Cities - with switched on Planning Departments - faced with empty warehouse shed space to let, are also cashing in short term rentals for TV production, putting pressure on hire units such as toilets and catering dining buses.  

Guest overseas commentators who thought they  don't need a working visa for the UK, are now also finding the UK immigration authorities are taking a much closer interest in their current UK visa status at the arrival airport, and could find they are on the next flight back home, especially if a fee or any payment for services or facilities are involved. Equally technology has rendered some roles redundant as it is possible to provide descriptive commentary over ISDN and SKYPE live links.


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Willie Walsh seeks a 'LEVEL' playing field for new airline adventure

An Airbus A330,  in its somewhat bland LEVEL livery,  


International Airlines Group (IAG)  owner of the British Airways brand is set to launch a new long-haul budget airline based in Barcelona. IAG said the new airline, named 'Level,' would initially fly to Los Angeles, Oakland, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from June.

The airline will utilise Iberia crew and have the exclusive use of  two new Airbus A330 planes.   Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said Level would become its fifth airline brand alongside Aer Lingus, BA, Iberia and Vueling.

"Barcelona is Vueling's home base and this will allow customers to connect from Vueling's extensive European network onto Level's long-haul flights," he said.
The company will look to offer Level flights from other European cities. "We're really excited about the opportunities for expansion," Mr Walsh added.

Fares start from 99 euros/$149 each way.

 

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2 AIRCRAFT COLLIDE OVER A BUSY MONTREAL SHOPPING MALL

 
 
In Canada, Two small planes collided mid-air immediately over a large shopping located centre south of Montreal.
 
Three people were injured during the air incident, over the Promenades Saint-Bruno.

One of the aircraft crashed into the mall's roof, whilst the other ploughed into a car park. One pilot died on site and the other is now in hospital, two bystanders had minor stress-related injuries, say local police reports.

The aircraft carried only one pilot each, and no passengers.

A shopping mall employee Neil Martinez,  told local media that he 'saw the shadow of a plane and heard its motor before hearing a loud boom and pieces of the plane falling out of the sky.'


Sources; Reuters, CNS, BBCNews

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Passengers evacuated as Monarch flight from Birmingham to Malaga aborted take-off because of 'engine over-heating'


A Monarch Airlines flight ZB970 from Birmingham Airport had to abort on take-off as one of its engines was overheating.   The plane, destined for Malaga, had to turn around when the fault was flagged up.
 
A passenger speaking to agencies, said the aborted landing was 'scary' adding she was 'feeling lucky'. 
 
Passengers all disembarked safely and put on another later flight, scheduled to depart later this morning.  
 
A Monarch spokesman said:  'Monarch flight ZB970 operating from Birmingham to Malaga today experienced a technical issue during take off at Birmingham Airport.
 
'The aircraft returned to the stand without incident, and all passengers transferred to another aircraft to continue their journey.'

Source CNS, PA, AVNET,


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AVIATION INCIDENTS AND AIR ACCIDENTS ROUND UP

Delta A333 at Amsterdam on Mar 14th 2017, rejected takeoff due to hydraulic failure
A Delta Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration N808NW performing flight DL-73 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Atlanta,GA (USA), was accelerating for takeoff from Amsterdam's runway 24 at low speed (about 70 knots over ground) due to the failure of...
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Silkair B738 near Singapore on Mar 14th 2017, lightning strike
A Silkair Boeing 737-800, registration 9V-MGM performing flight MI-749 from Phuket (Thailand) to Singapore (Singapore), was descending towards Singapore when the aircraft received a lightning strike. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on...
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American B738 near Jacksonville on Mar 14th 2017, IFE wasn't thirsty
An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N955NN performing flight AA-1090 from Miami,FL to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA), was enroute at FL370 about 60nm northnorthwest of Jacksonville,FL (USA) when a flight attendant was serving a can of soda to...
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Jetblue A320 at Fort Lauderdale on Mar 15th 2017, brakes fault
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N520JB performing flight B6-1675 from Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA) to Kingston (Jamaica), was climbing out of Fort Lauderdale when the crew stopped the climb at FL295 after receiving a auto brakes fault. The...
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Westjet B737 near Salt Lake City on Mar 11th 2017, smoke in cockpit
A Westjet Boeing 737-700, registration C-FBWS performing flight WS-1402 from Calgary,AB (Canada) to Phoenix,AZ (USA) with 135 people on board, was enroute at FL390 about 100nm south of Salt Lake City,UT (USA) when the crew declared emergency...
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

VOLGA-DNEPR AN-124-100 RACES FOUR FIRE-FIGHTING HELICOPTERS ON SINGLE 25 TONNE PAYLOAD TO CHILE




Georgia-based Helicopter Express chartered Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ expertise in fast response transportation services for an urgent delivery of helicopters to fight the outbreak of wildfires that are plaguing the Chilean countryside.

 


Helicopter Express, contractors to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of Interior (DOI),  experts in fire-fighting operations and provide services such as aerial water delivery, prescribed burning, rappelling operations, and personnel delivery. For this contract, they were hired by the Chilean government.

 
With safety and speed the highest priorities, one of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 freighters touched down at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport three hours after the consignment of helicopters arrived at the airport for an 11-hour flight to Santiago. The cargo carrying capabilities of the An-124-100 meant it was able to transport all three Bell 205 helicopters, a
K-MAX 1200 helicopter, a flatbed truck and a trailer. All on-board a single flight as one 25 tonne payload.

 Volga-Dnepr has 26 years’ experience of carrying helicopters for customers all over the world. The knowledge the airline has accumulated over this period, combined with the unique heavy lift loading characteristics of the An-124-100, means the airline is able to safely transport most helicopters without them requiring dismantling, other than removing the rotor blades. Enabling helicopters to commence operations almost immediately on arrival at their destination.

 The total weight of the payload onboard the An-124-100, which took up the entire floor of the cargo hold, was 25 tonnes.

 
Peter Baldauf, Aerospace Directorate at Volga-Dnepr, Houston, Texas, said: “This was a case of two companies joining forces to provide a fast solution to help the Chilean government tackle the wildfires in central and southern Chile. Although we regularly carry helicopters, including those to fight wildfires, this was the first time we have worked  with the team at Helicopter Express so it provided us with an opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities. We expect to be working together again in the future in support of their full range of heavy lifting, disaster relief and helicopter charter services.”


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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Aviation Incidents March 12/14th 2017

Wizz A320 at Stockholm on Mar 12th 2017, bird strike
A Wizzair Airbus A320-200, registration HA-LPL performing flight W6-4201 from Belgrade (Serbia) to Stockholm Skavsta (Sweden), departed Belgrade's runway 30 and landed on Skavsta Airport's runway 26.After landing bird feathers were found...
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Egypt Cargo A306 at Cairo on Mar 12th 2016, smoke in cockpit
An Egypt Air Cargo Airbus A300-600, registration SU-GAC performing flight MS-521 from Ostend (Belgium) to Cairo (Egypt), landed on Cairo's runway 23C when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit originating from one of the panels in the cockpit....
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Germania B737 enroute on Mar 14th 2017, hydraulic failure
A Germania Boeing 737-700, registration D-ABLA performing flight ST-8536 from Dresden (Germany) to Hurghada (Egypt), was enroute at FL370 about 15nm north of Kavala (Greece) when the crew decided to return to Dresden due to a hydraulic failure. The...
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Jazz DH8C near Regina on Mar 11th 2017, smoke in cockpit
A Jazz de Havilland Dash 8-300, registration C-FADF performing ferry flight QK-7090 from Winnipeg,MB to Regina,SK (Canada) with 2 crew, was enroute about 50nm east of Regina when smoke was detected in the cockpit prompting both crew to don their...
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Jazz DH8C at Winnipeg on Mar 10th 2017, fumes in cabin
A Jazz de Havilland Dash 8-300, registration C-FADF performing flight QK-8297 from Winnipeg,MB to Saskatoon,SK (Canada) with 50 passengers and 3 crew, was climbing out of Winnipeg when the lavatory smoke alarm sounded followed by the smell of fumes....
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Endeavor CRJ9 at Boston on Mar 13th 2017, engine ingested foreign object on landing
An Endeavor Air Canadair CRJ-900 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N302PQ performing flight 9E-4007/DL-4007 from New York JFK,NY to Boston,MA (USA), landed on Boston's runway 27 and taxied to the apron maintaining routine...
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Jetblue A320 near Fort Lauderdale on Mar 11th 2017, turbulence injures passenger
A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N658JB performing flight B6-1020 from Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA), was descending towards Fort Lauderdale temporarily maintaining FL240 about 80nm eastsoutheast of Fort...
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Delta B712 at Atlanta on Mar 13th 2017, flight control problems
A Delta Airlines Boeing 717-200, registration N965AT performing flight DL-1752 from Atlanta,GA to Savannah,GA (USA) with 116 people on board, was climbing out of Atlanta's runway 09L when the crew stopped the climb at 5000 feet advising they were...
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Delta B712 at Gulfport on Mar 12th 2017, flight control problem
A Delta Airlines Boeing 717-200, registration N965AT performing flight DL-2312 from Atlanta,GA to Gulfport,MS (USA) with 98 people on board, was descending towards Gulfport when the crew reported flight control problems. Without interrupting descent...
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Swiss A343 near Dakar on Mar 13th 2017, emergency descent, airline reports fuel pump failure
A Swiss International Airlines Airbus A340-300, registration HB-JMA performing flight LX-92 (dep Mar 12th) from Zurich (Switzerland) to Sao Paulo,SP (Brazil) with 215 passengers, was enroute at FL340 about 380nm northeast of Dakar (Senegal) in...
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