Category: Editors’ Choice

Another Approach To Monitoring Engine Health?

High-tech sensors and systems may not be the only way to monitor engine health. Pratt & Whitney Canada has embarked on a project called Oil Analysis Technology, applying it first to the PT6A engine. But Program Manager Frederique Richard says the approach may have much wider applications. “P&WC’s Oil Analysis Technology is in the final […]

Do You Know What Basic Economy Class Entails?

After the three major U.S. legacy airlines have introduced basic economy fare classes in order to attract more fliers by offering less expensive tickets, a great confusion among American economy class travellers has arisen. Although „basic economy“ is the term that has already entered the daily lexicon of air travellers, this concept still seems to […]

Airbus Will Test Flying Cars By The End Of 2017

Rush-hour traffic is unbearable for many commuters today – and the problem is growing. By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, which is 10% more than today. To address this rising concern, Airbus is harnessing its experience to make the dream of all commuters and travellers come true one day: to […]

Accident Reports Published in the Second Half of 2016

Georgian Airways Bombardier CRJ100ER (4L-GAE) On 4 April 2011 a Georgian Airways Bombardier CRJ100ER (4L-GAE) crashed following a sudden loss of height on final approach to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The official investigation believes it encountered a severe microburst associated with a thunderstorm squall line. The aircraft had been cleared to conduct a […]

Three Trends Taking Off in Civil Aviation MRO in 2017

The civil aviation industry is one of the most asset-intensive industries in the world. With parts that are high-cost and low in numbers, even the slightest of improvements in asset functionality and maintenance can yield significant cost and efficiency advantages. Espen Olsen, Business Development and Sales for Aerospace & Defense at IFS explains how two […]

World Airline Accident Review 2016

Airline fatal accident figures rose significantly in 2016 compared with the previous year, but the comparison is somewhat misleading because 2015 was the safest year in history by a considerable margin. Among the 2016 fatal accidents recorded are two which may, when the final reports are published, be confirmed as being caused by deliberate hostile […]

Aviation in 2016: Traffic Growth and Airline Profitability

Preliminary figures of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) indicated that the total number of passengers carried on scheduled services reached 3.7 billion in 2016, a 6.0 per cent increase over last year. The number of departures rose to approximately 35 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed in terms of total scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), […]

Low-Cost Carriers Boost Global Air Traffic in 2016

Worldwide passenger air traffic grew again last year, albeit at a slightly slower pace, led by the dynamic growth of low-cost air carriers, the International Civil Aviation Organisation reported. A total of 3.7 billion passengers were transported by the world’s airlines last year, a 6 per cent increase from 2015. That was just under the […]

2017 – the Year of Drones

Drones are being seriously considered for use in a number of important applications from military functions, like bomb disposal, to energy applications, like remote pipeline monitoring and inspection. But as the Federal government works to finalize rules on the use of drones in commercial applications, the drones are increasingly finding their way into more and […]

Helicopter Industry Battling Back

The helicopter industry is having a torrid time with sales and deliveries down, mainly because of the low oil price stifling demand from the energy sector.  There has also been a spate of crashes, with three major manufacturers all affected. But, despite the issues, helicopter original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are all pushing ahead with new […]