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Julian Bray provides: Opinion, comment, forward thinking speculation on 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 of City firm Leadenhall Assoc. Founder of CNS City News Service. Included in Debretts People 2017 and in edition one of PRWeek Black Book. BBC Broadcaster since 1972.

Julian Bray adds: In addition to topical guest lectures on Uni. circuit and cruiselines, I also cover wider maritime topics, rogue operators/agents, the up-market cruise industry, long haul travel, travel and medical insurance perils, holiday organisations and leisure industries in general. Where politics has an impact, I usually have a balanced external view...

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Aviation Incidents Oct 23 2016 open cargo door, blown tyre, fuel pressure issue, nose gear collapse and deafening cockpit noise

United B763 at Newark on Oct 17th 2016, rejected takeoff due to open cargo door indication
A United Boeing 767-300, registration N657UA performing flight UA-934 from Newark,NJ (USA) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was accelerating for takeoff from Newark's runway 22R when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed reporting an open cargo door...
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GoJet CRJ7 at Greensboro on Oct 20th 2016, rejected takeoff due to blown tyre and engine problem
A GoJet Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N374CA performing flight DL-6285 from Greensboro,NC to New York La Guardia,NY (USA) with 73 people, was accelerating for takeoff from Greensboro's runway 23L when the crew rejected...
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Westjet B737 near Los Angeles on Oct 5th 2016, fuel pressure problems
A Westjet Boeing 737-700, registration C-GUWS performing flight WS-1701 from Los Angeles,CA (USA) to Vancouver,BC (Canada) with 46 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 140nm north of Los Angeles when the crew received a low fuel pressure...
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Sterna A30B at Recife on Oct 21st 2016, nose gear collapse and runway excursion on landing
A Sterna Linhas Aereas Airbus A300-B4, registration PR-STN performing postal cargo flight STR-9302 from Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP to Recife,PE (Brazil) with 3 crew, landed on Recife's runway 18 at about 06:10L (09:10Z), however, the nose gear collapsed...
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Blue B734 near Bucharest on Oct 19th 2016, deafening noise in cockpit
A Blue Air Boeing 737-400, registration YR-BAR performing flight 0B-1215 from Bucharest Otopeni (Romania) to Rome Fiumicino (Italy), was climbing through FL270 out of Bucharest when the crew decided to return to Bucharest reporting a loud deafening...
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Julian Bray Aviation Security expert writes: It is thought that some 15% of air travellers are at any one time, covertly in possession of self defence aerosol type CSGas (tear gas) or Mace sprays. If packed with say toiletries in a suitcase they would look like any normal aerosol imaged under x-ray.  Both Mace (teargas) and CS gas sprays, are illegal in the UK, but legal and openly sold on mainland Europe.

They are also on the prohibited list for carriage by airlines.

I watched the evacuation unfold, and also delivered a concise live news update for television and radio news. What struck me was the number of high viz tabards visible and what appeared to be a gentle marshalling exercise, meanwhile on social media  fronts, frequent complaints of 'no information being issued by officials' which is slightly unfair, as two detailed airport wide sweeps were in progress, to try and properly establish what had just happened.   

In the UK a number of 'legal' dye marker gas sprays for self- defence are on Internet sale .   The incident at London City airport, when at around 4pm on Friday (October 21st 2016) a 'Chemical Incident' was declared, and is thought to have been caused by a discarded tear gas canister that a passenger had forgotten to pack in his/her luggage and belatedly realised the departure x-ray security check would pick it up. So he/she just dumped it, but it 'accidentally discharged' near to the main check in area.

Two people were taken to hospital, suffering from respiratory problems, and some 500 people rapidly but safely evacuated from the Airport building, as a pre-rehearsed Major Incident Plan was put into operation by the airport management and emergency services.  Responders say it was a 'textbook, well co-ordinated' operation. 

A statement later released by first responders: “Emergency services responded to evacuation, citing a possible chemical incident. Firefighters and police officers jointly conducted sweeps of the airport building. 

“The search of the airport led to the discovery of what is believed to be a CS gas spray. Whilst the cause of the incident has yet to be confirmed, officers are investigating whether it was the result of an accidental discharge of the spray. 

“The airport was declared safe and reopened at approximately 7pm. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the latest information regarding their flights.”

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said "two complete sweeps of the airport building" were carried out jointly by firefighters and police officers wearing protective equipment.

He added: "No elevated readings were found and the building was ventilated, searched and declared safe."

Paramedics and ambulance staff trained to treat people in hazardous 'HAZCHEM' situations also attended the scene.

More than thirty British Airways flights in and out of the City Airport were cancelled, and others heavily delayed.

BA told passengers: “London City airport has been evacuated this afternoon and our flights will experience some disruption as a result.

“We are awaiting for more information from the fire service, police and the airport authorities at London City and are keeping the situation under review.

“If your flight is still operating please allow plenty of time to travel to the airport as transport to and from the terminal is heavily congested.”

Because the delays and cancellations are due to “extraordinary circumstances”, passengers are not entitled to cash compensation.

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

RMT agrees to suspend Southern strike action on 3rd November following a British Legion request.

RMT agrees to suspend Southern strike action on 3rd November following a British Legion request.

General Secretary Mick Cash said:"This decision has been made after close consideration and following a personal request from the British Legion. The union recognises the very special importance of that particular day, and as result has agreed to suspend the action planned for 3rd November. The rest of the scheduled action goes ahead‎ as planned."

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Calm AT72 at Thompson on Oct 17th 2016, both engines shut down uncommandedly
A Calm Air Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-200, registration C-GPBR performing flight MO-503 from Thompson,MB to Gillam,MB (Canada) with 31 people on board, was backtracking runway 06 for departure. While working the takeoff checklist the crew...
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Aeroflot A320 near Munich on Oct 18th 2016, lightning strike
An Aeroflot Airbus A320-200, registration VQ-BBB performing flight SU-2595 from Munich (Germany) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia), was climbing out of Munich around about 23:40L (21:40Z) when the crew reported a lightning strike with no adverse...
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Westjet B763 near Sondrestrom on Oct 18th 2016, avionics cooling failure
A Westjet Boeing 767-300, registration C-GOGN performing flight WS-4 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 250 passengers and 9 crew, was enroute at FL310 about 340nm southsouthwest of Sondrestrom (Greenland), also known as...
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BoraJet E195 near Budapest on Oct 19th 2016, cracked windshield
A BoraJet Embraer ERJ-195, registration TC-YAT performing charter flight YB-9907 from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (Turkey) to Manchester,EN (UK) with the soccer team of Fenerbahce Istanbul on board, was enroute at FL360 about 60nm north of Budapest...
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British Airways A319 at Manchester on Oct 19th 2016, nose wheel steering fault
A British Airways Airbus A319-100, registration G-EUPM performing flight BA-1370 from London Heathrow,EN to Manchester,EN (UK) with 117 passengers and 7 crew, landed on Manchester's runway 23R, slowed normally and turned off the runway onto high...
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Three former Tesco executives have appeared in court today on fraud charges and a trial date has been set for September next year according to City AM.

Former finance director for Tesco UK Carl Rogberg, 49, ex-UK managing director Christopher Bush, 50, and ex-commercial director for food John Scouler, 48, have been charged with one count of fraud by abuse of position and one count of false accounting.

They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges, which have been brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

The SFO has alleged that fraudulent activity took place between February and September 2014.
Related management
The charges relate to an accounting scandal at Tesco in which the company overstated its profits by more than £263m.

The SFO's investigation of the scandal is ongoing. It took up the case in October 2014, when the retailer revealed what had happened.

Former chief financial officer Laurie McIlwee has been cleared of any part in the scandal by the Financial Reporting Council. McIlwee resigned his position as chief financial officer in April 2014, five months before the revelations emerged.


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Air Accidents Investigation Branch: current field investigations

Air Accidents Investigation Branch: current field investigations

Current field investigations

This lists the current field investigations being undertaken by the AAIB which include both accidents and serious incidents. It does not include those that are being investigated by correspondence or AAIB involvement in overseas investigations. An investigation will be removed from the list shortly after it has been published.
DateRegistrationTypeAccident/Incident typeStatus
04 Oct 16OE-IAGBoeing 737-400 FreighterRight landing gear torque link failure on landing at Belfast Aldergrove AirportUnder investigation
02 Oct 16G-MSTGNORTH AMERICAN P-51D MUSTANGFatal accident near Hardwick Airfield, SuffolkUnder investigation
23 Sep 16G-KAXTWESTLAND WASP HAS1Hard landing at Bishopstone, Salisbury, WiltshireUnder investigation
14 Aug 2016G-ARNZDRUINE D.31 TURBULENTAircraft ditched in the sea during airshow near Herne Bay, KentUnder investigation
06 Aug 2016G-CDERPIPER PA-28-161Fatal accident, English Channel, 1 mile from WinchelseaConsultation stage
02 Aug 2016D-ETDKBREEZER B600ELoss of control at Lochnell Castle, Oban, ArgyllUnder investigation
28 Jul 2016G-MEPUROTORSPORT UK MT-03Fatal accident at Turweston Aerodrome, BuckinghamshireUnder investigation
21 Jul 2016G-VLCCSCHLEICHER ASW 27-18 EFatal accident at Southwood Farm, Bradley, HampshireUnder investigation
18 Jul 16G-AXLZPIPER L18CLoss of control on takeoff at Shoreham Airport, West SussexUnder investigation
17 Jul 2016HA-PPCSud SA-313B Alouette IIFatal accident at Breighton Aerodrome, YorkshireUnder investigation
16 Jul 2016G-MZCRPEGASUS QUANTUM 15Struck a tree during go around at East Haxted Farm Airstrip, near Edenbridge, KentUnder investigation
08 Jul 2016G-YAKBYAK-52Fatal accident near Dinton, WiltshireUnder investigation
30 Jun 2016G-EZEWAIRBUS A319-111Inadvertent flap retraction on departure from Bristol AirportUnder investigation
26 Jun 2016N276AYAIRBUS A330-300Smoke and evacuation on stand at London Heathrow AirportUnder investigation
09 Jun 2016G-OJDSIKARUS C42 FB80Aircraft missing near Cushendall, Northern IrelandUnder investigation
30 May 2016G-MYESRANS S6-ESD (MODIFIED)Fatal accident near Shifnal Aerodrome, ShropshireUnder investigation
30 Apr 2016G-BNSOSLINGSBY T67M MKIIFatal accident at Whitwell Grange cottage, Whitwell, North YorkshireUnder investigation
14 Apr 2016G-EZFJAIRBUS A319-111Incorrect takeoff performance data on departure from Malaga Airport, SpainConsultation stage
20 Mar 2016G-CDNRIKARUS C42 FB100Fatal accident near Burrows Lane, Middle Stoke, KentUnder investigation
04 Mar 2016G-COBOATR 72-212 APitch trim issue en route Manchester to Guernsey, diverted to East MidlandsConsultation stage
27 Feb 2016G-CDNIEV-97 TEAMEUROSTAR UKLoss of control during go around at Peterborough Conington Airfield, CambridgeshirePublication Scheduled - AAIB Bulletin 11/2016
30 Jan 2016G-CIVXBOEING 747-436Landing gear lever jammed on departure from London Heathrow AirportPublished - AAIB Bulletin 10/2016
29 Dec 2015G-BYRXWESTLAND SCOUT AH1Loss of control at about 30 ft near Barn Farm, Ruddington, NottinghamshireUnder investigation
14 Nov 2015N186CBPIPER PA 46-350PFatal accident at Buttles Farm, Churchinford, SomersetPublication Scheduled - AAIB Bulletin 11/2016
06 Nov 2015G-LGNRSAAB 2000Reduction in aircraft controllability on departure from Manchester AirportConsultation stage
03 Oct 2015G-BYCPBEECH B200Fatal accident near Chigwell, EssexPublished - AAIB Bulletin 10/2016
22 Aug 2015G-BXFI*HAWKER HUNTER T7Fatal accident near Shoreham Airport, SussexUnder investigation
31 Jul 2015HZ-IBNEMB505 Phenom 300Fatal accident at Blackbushe Airport, SurreyConsultation stage
06 Jul 2015YU-HETSA342 GazelleInadvertently became airborne and landed heavily at Stapleford Tawney Aerodrome, EssexPublication Scheduled - AAIB Bulletin 11/2016
*formal investigation

Current status

Under investigation – the investigation is underway and includes the drafting of the report prior to consultation.
Consultation stage - when an investigation is largely complete and a confidential draft report has been sent out for consultation under Regulation 12(1) and EU Regulation 996/2010 Article 16. The consultation process includes the time taken to consider representations and amend the draft report prior to publication.
Publication scheduled – the report has been approved for publication by the Chief Inspector of Air Accidents and is scheduled for publication.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Heathrow Runway STACKED INTERIM decision next Tuesday! BUT FINAL DECISION could now be Winter 2017/18...

Spoof Sunday Times headline from a few years back,BUT be careful what you wish for...

Julian Bray Aviation Analyst writes: The Prime Minister Theresa May has delivered a body blow to those who thought years of procrastination, structured delay and downright sabotage was over as Mrs May has effectively 'fudged' a final decision on the construction of a new runway in South East England.

Fudged for at least 12 months - possibly longer - to Winter 2017/18, as she attempts to mend (or paper over) deep divisions within the Conservative party and head off the real threat of a by-election by Zak Goldsmith resigning his Richmond Park seat and standing as an Independent. but backed by his Conservative constituency association.  

The whole deal after all, if not settled,  could spark off a snap General Election and many more Conservative MPs hostle to Mrs May may just decide if Zac Goldsmith can do it, why can't they? The prospect of Independent Conservative MP,s popping up all over the country, is possibly a runway too far...

I will be discussing the overnight developments on BBC5Live WAKE UP TO 05:45am Wednesday 19th October, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND at 7:50 am, BBC LONDON at 08:15 am also on several other premier media platforms during the day... 

The delay spelled out in stark detail, in a two page single spaced  letter, from Number 10, effectively gives Boris Johnson and other 'flightpath MPs' in the cabinet - and possibly on the back benches - who are opposed to Heathrow expansion unbridled permission to voice their opposition but 'only for a limited period' and then the whole matter will again go for 'public consultation'.

Mrs May will lift collective responsibility on airports for a "limited period" after a decision is made, ensuring Mr Johnson will be able to voice his opposition without having to quit Cabinet over the issue.

In a letter directly to Cabinet ministers she said that under a "special derogation" ministers will be allowed to "restate views that are already a matter of longstanding public record".

But there is a caveat, ministers will not allowed to "actively" campaign against Heathrow, or publicly criticise the Government, or even the way that the decision is made. 

After that Mrs May says in the letter that there will be a "full public consultation" and that is before a final decision is put to the House for a vote in the Winter of 2017/18.

Even so this final phase of this long drawn out battle will kick off next week possibly Tuesday. The Government's decision on airport capacity in the South East will be made by a Cabinet sub-committee next week, Downing Street has said.
"The PM said she will be writing to colleagues to set out those arrangements in more detail shortly."

The spokesman added that the decision would be "subject to the ministerial code in the usual way but with this limited special arrangement for a limited time". 

There is always the possibility that no matter what is decided in Westminster that Gatwick will in any case (possibly with assistance from the Sovereign Wealth Fund? ) press on with a second runway which could with private finance, be completed long before the Heathrow project is fully delivered, and at no cost to the public purse.

Then we have to consider no one has addressed the elephant in the room, that is China, the expansion could well trigger an aggressive  takeover round by China in order to secure prime time slots at both Heathrow and Gatwick as the traditional 'hand holding' hub model gives way to point to point travel whereby the individual air traveller puts together complex travel plans multi airline interlining tickets on their smart phones... 

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Transforming the air passenger journey, IATAs' vision......


Transforming the Passenger Journey
Dubai - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) laid out 'a transformative vision' for air travel that will enable aviation to successfully accommodate a near doubling in demand for air travel over the next two decades.

According to IATA’s latest passenger forecast, some 7.2 billion air trips will take place in 2035, up from 3.8 billion in 2016.

"My dream journey through the airport would offer security processes that are both effective and convenient, constant communication that makes me aware of changes to my journey or opportunities nearby, and a more efficient way of identifying myself to the airline, security staff and border management," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Speaking at the World Passenger Symposium in Dubai, de Juniac said that the roadmap to turn this dream into reality is being developed through IATA’s Simplifying the Business (StB) program.

StB looks over the passenger experience from an end-to-end perspective across all processes, from shopping for travel, to the airport experience, to arriving at the destination, with a special focus on transformation. Programs under the StB umbrella include:

  • Smart Security, a joint initiative with Airports Council International (ACI) to make airport security checkpoints more efficient and less intrusive. It is making inroads in Europe and the first US airport—Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport—just joined the program.

  • The New Distribution Capability (NDC), which will change how consumers shop for air travel by enabling travel agents to have access to products and services currently available only on airline websites owing to technology limitations. Already 26 airlines have implemented a part of the NDC standard.

  • ONE Order will build on the capabilities of NDC to enable airlines to replace the multiple rigid and paper-based booking and ticketing records by combining the contents into a single and flexible order record. It will eliminate the need for passengers to juggle different reference numbers and documents along their journeys.

  • Real-Time Interaction aims to provide customers with trusted, accurate real-time information from all travel service providers throughout their journey.

  • One Identity is a visionary concept that would allow an air traveler to assert their identity just once, eliminating repetitive ID checks at security, border control and the gate.
De Juniac called for air transport stakeholders to work together and embrace speed and innovation to meet the challenges of growth and rising passenger expectations. "How do we move these concepts forward? The answer is in partnerships.

Even as we implement today’s great ideas, we need to be looking for the next innovation that will make air travel even more compelling to the potential traveller. And we should be prepared to face a future where the cycle of innovation is continuously accelerating."

De Juniac warned, however, that "no matter how much or how quickly we innovate our processes, there is no getting around the need to be both smart and quick in growing airport and airspace capacity."

He cited rising congestion, particularly in Europe, while noting that fast growing areas including the Gulf region and China also face airspace capacity issues. "I fear that we may be headed for an infrastructure crisis that will impact air travellers," said de Juniac.

"Inadequate infrastructure negatively impacts the passenger experience in the form of flight delays, longer routes and inefficient schedules. Then there is the cost to economies of lost business opportunities, employment and social development. Remember aviation is a critical catalyst for economic and social development, supporting 63 million jobs and some $2.7 trillion in economic impact."

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How on earth do you get OFF a NO FLY List when you should not have been on it in the first place?


You may have caught up with the very popular Rip-Off Britain series on BBCTV last week during their series of five all live special broadcasts from London?

Julian Bray, an aviation security expert, was invited to contribute to the Thursday Live edition examining the strange antics of the Turkish Government who caused a holiday airline to deny boarding to a British family, because Teaching Assistant James D. (we've blocked his surname just in case the Turkish Government, the USA Department of Homeland Security and the FBI all seek to needlessly complicate matters further!) 

James D. had been mistakenly put on a NO FLY list in the USA by the Department of Homeland Security no less! To add insult to injury, the FBI then stepped in and slapped a worldwide stop order on our James D. !

Monday, 17 October 2016


Airbus A350
European planemaker Airbus is set to take to overtake its main competitor Boeing in annual aircraft output by the year 2020, according to a recent statement by the company’s CEO Fabrice Bregier issued through Reuters..

Airbus has clocked up more orders than Boeing, but the amwerican company has been highly productive in its completed delivery program for planes during the last four years.

Bregier indicated Airbus would deliver some 50 of its A350 planes by the end of 2016, despite only 26 have been delivered in the first nine months. Some of the delays were put down to supplier difficulties, and engine component glitches. 

According to the CEO, the company will focus on the A350 wide-body planes, as well as on A320neo narrow-body types..

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BREAKING NEWS:The AAIB has sent a team to investigate an aircraft accident at Bourn in Cambridgeshire. One dead another seriously injured.

UPDATE: Julian Bray has just broadcast (Tuesday 18th October) on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (during the Dotty McCloud Breakfast Programme) apparently two eye witnesses flying in another aircraft, witnessed the whole incident from start to finish,  and have given a full report to the AAIB. The aircraft is said to be a Cessna two seater, the flying conditions good, wind straight down the runway, temperature OK.

Richard Francis speaking on the BBC said ..."it was a terrible kind of slow motion...pretty certain that it was not going well right from early on...."  The pilot before his flight was " being very cautious, and I commented on it"

Bourn Airfield is an old World War II site with the main runway now home to thousands of shipping containers. The flyers now use the former taxiway ( which is over 600 metres long) as their  runway.


The Economic Affairs [Transport] sub-committee, chaired by the Prime Minister Mrs May, is set to make the final decision on whether to back Heathrow or Gatwick, possibly both. Its taken fifteen years so far, so a short additional delay is a given.

It also gives time for Zac Goldsmith MP to consider his position on resigning to kick start a by-election in his Richmond constituency and Boris to reconsider his thoughts of lying down in front of the Heathrow bulldozers... 

Westminster sources suggest the committee may be convened on Tuesday 25 October and the public announcement made shortly afterwards. Whatever is announced, the new Gatwick management say they will go still ahead with a privately financed option to build a new runway and at roughly half the price of the Heathrow deal.

Meanwhile the Heathrow third runway bid financed by public funding if approved, is set to face a barrage of legal challenges. London lawyers Bindmans are said to be among those already briefed.

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Increasingly air passengers are putting together their own interconnecting flight arrangements with several airlines involved 

Gatwick Airport is another example where self-connection matters....

We are indebted to the Centre for Aviation for this fascinating insight as the the future for hub airports. As we suspected point-to-point may be the way ahead in our post Brexit world:

It is a major plank of Gatwick’s submission to the Airports Commission that point to point travel as opposed to hub travel will predominate and as of Apr-2015 almost 64% of Gatwick’s seat capacity is on LCCs. easyJet’s base there is one of the largest in the world.

But at the same time 30% of capacity in this 35 million passengers per annum airport is on full service and regional carriers and there is formal hub activity taking place, albeit on a much smaller scale than at Heathrow.

Gatwick does have a strategy to deal with self-connection - the Gatwick Connect service in the arrivals baggage hall, which it operates itself.

It ensures that arriving passengers can quickly re-bag-drop checked items as soon as they have collected them from the reclaim belt – regardless of the airline they arrive on and then move directly to security.

The scheme was launched originally with Norwegian, and then expanded. It is now open to passengers arriving on any airline, in either terminal, and departing from either terminal – providing the onward departing flight is operated by easyJet, Norwegian, Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook, Flybe or WOW. Where a change of terminal is needed a 24-hour shuttle bus is in operation.

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Aviation Incidents October 15 2016: Goat on Runway: Whistling windshield: Hydraulic fail: Retract gear fail and Gear vibration

Bhutan A319 at Kathmandu on Oct 15th 2016, goat around
A Bhutan Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration A5-BAC performing flight B3-771 from Paro (Bhutan) to Kathmandu (Nepal) with 68 passengers and 8 crew, was on final approach to Kathmandu's runway 02 when a goat reached the runway prompting the crew...
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ANA B737 at Nagoya on Oct 15th 2016, whistling windshield
An ANA All Nippon Airways Boeing 737-700, registration JA04AN performing flight NH-875 from Nagoya to Hong Kong (China) with 89 people on board, was climbing through FL110 out of Nagoya when the crew stopped the climb due to unusual whistling sounds...
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Peach A320 at Okinawa on Oct 15th 2016, hydraulic failure
A Peach Aviation Airbus A320-200, registration JA802P performing flight MM-504 from Okinawa to Tokyo Narita (Japan) with 118 people on board, was climbing out of Okinawa's runway 36 when the crew stopped the climb at about 5500 feet due to a...
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TAROM AT42 at Bucharest on Oct 13th 2016, could not fully retract gear
A TAROM Avions de Transport Regional ATR-42-500, registration YR-ATG performing flight RO-637 from Bucharest Otopeni to Satu Mare (Romania) with 33 people on board, was climbing out of Otopeni Airport when the crew stopped the climb after the gear...
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TAROM AT72 at Bucharest on Oct 13th 2016, rejected takeoff due to gear vibration
A TAROM Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration YR-ATI performing flight RO-717 from Bucharest Otopeni to Iasi (Romania) with 34 passengers and 4 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Otopeni Airport when strong vibrations...
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Friday, 14 October 2016

AIRPROX REPORT: Battle of Britain Spitfire in near miss over Wolverhampton

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A Spitfire aircraft taking part at this year's RAF Cosford Air Show was involved in a near miss with a light aircraft after the air display.
The incident happened on June 19 after the military aircraft had taken part in a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

A report newly released by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said just 100ft separated the vintage aircraft from a Grob 115 as it led a formation that also included a Hurricane.

The Grob 115 light aircraft had taken off from Halfpenny Green airport near Wolverhampton.

Back bench MP George Osborne takes to Twitter to boost flagging Heathrow Extra Runway campaign as worried staff start job searches..

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Julian Bray writes: From time to time something jumps out of social media, and deserves wider exposure. But first, I have just finished a live broadcast on BBC Radio Berkshire on George Osborne (remember him? ) taking to Twitter in a series of tweets to big up the Heathrow bid for another runway. 

 Our George whilst in high office has been careful not to publicly support one side or another although it was widely known in media circles, that he was in favour of Heathrow expansion, if only to shore up his failing Northern Powerhouse idea.


If we claimed the worlds very first air UAV (drone) delivery service was already in operation you'd be forgiven for thinking it must be in the USA. But no, wrong continent. Would you believe the honour goes to Rwanda? The world's first commercial regular medi drone delivery service is this week up, up and away....

The service from the drone company, a US startup, Zipline uses fixed-wing electrically driven aeroplane style drones. These fly guided by GPS systems, to remotely mapped destinations.

On arrival at the target destination, the drones release cargo bay floor flaps and a package attached to a scaled down parachute slowly descends and lands. The drone stays airborne all the time, and once the 'cargo' is released, the drone returns home.

The technology promises to make deliveries much faster than had previously been possible by road.

The Airports Commission's final report: ill informed, greatly overestimates value of hubs because of misconceptions about how they work says Track11 an Australian transport engineering consultancy

London Heathrow Airport opportunistically claim the changed economic conditions stemming from Brexit mean that the economy needs a boost which they are best placed to deliver.

An Australian firm Track11 say they agree with the sentiment but the Australian firm says the conclusion is all wrong and brands existing projections as being based on illogical assumptions. They say better infrastructure is desperately needed, but efficiency is more important, and it makes sense to work with what we have.

Track11 has developed a plan for expansion of Britain's airport capacity, and a complementary plan for a variant of High Speed 2 they claim is much better integrated with the existing railway system than HS2 Ltd's version.

Although neither the airport expansion plan nor the HS2 plan is contingent upon the other, they do share the strategy of linking airports by rail, and together they could form the basis for an integrated transport plan for the entire nation. The plans are on the web at and


Aviation incidents - 14th October 2016

Tailwind B738 at Friedrichshafen on Oct 8th 2016, flaps problem
A Tailwind Boeing 737-800, registration TC-TLH performing flight TI-9227 from Antalya (Turkey) to Friedrichshafen (Germany) with 183 people on board, was on approach to Friedrichshafen when the crew aborted the approach at about 3000 feet reporting...
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Gojet CRJ7 at Austin on Oct 12th 2016, burst tyre on landing causes flap and engine damage
A Gojet Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of United, registration N157GJ performing flight UA-4540 from Denver,CO to Austin,TX (USA), landed on Austin's runway 17R when a main tyre blew. The aircraft rolled out without further incident.The FAA...
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United B739 near Portland on Oct 13th 2016, electrical smell in cabin
A United Boeing 737-900, registration N69839 performing flight UA-789 from Portland,OR to Denver,CO (USA) with 177 people on board, was climbing out of Portland's runway 10L when the crew stopped the climb at FL290 due to an electrical smell in the...
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Volaris A320 at Guadalajara on Oct 11th 2016, control problems
A Volaris Airbus A320-200, registration XA-VLL performing flight Y4-739 from Guadalajara to Mexico City (Mexico), was climbing out of Guadalajara's runway 28 when the crew stopped the climb at 12000 feet declaring PAN, PAN, PAN reporting control...
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India B788 at Mumbai on Jan 30th 2014, near collision with private aircraft
An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANE performing flight AI-116D from Mumbai to Delhi (India) with 226 passengers and 12 crew, departed Mumbai's runway 14, contacted Mumbai Approach frequency and was cleared to expeditiously climb to...
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