Category: Editors’ Choice

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 […]

World’s Airlines Likely To See Lower Profits In 2017

The world’s airlines will continue their streak of collective profitability in 2017, but anticipated higher costs coupled with a sluggish global economy lead IATA forecasters to believe 2017’s industry net profit will be almost $6 billion lower than 2016’s expected profit. If the global airline industry posts a net profit of $29.8 billion in 2017, […]

Half of Airline Pilots Report Fatigue Which Could Jeopardise Passenger Safety

Half of airline pilots have reported that fatigue is not taken seriously by airlines, in the first large-scale survey of pilots’ perceptions of safety within the European aviation industry. The survey was conducted by The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and EUROCONTROL, an intergovernmental organisation committed to delivering safe and efficient air […]

The Five Longest Direct Flights In The World

Airplane seats are going to keep shrinking and the thought of cramming in smaller seats over the course of more than a few hours can put off most travelers. Would Australia’s Qantas’s new route from Perth to London a game changer? The 14,498 km flight will take roughly 17 hours and is expected to begin […]