Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:52:03 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Greenpeace Vandalized Air France 777 by Painting It Green https://aviationvoice.com/greenpeace-vandalized-air-france-777-by-painting-it-green-202103051649/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 14:49:26 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211682 Reading Time: < 1 minute Today, Greenpeace protesters sprayed green paint at an Air France 777 at Charles de Gaulle Airport. They bypassed the security and got onto the tarmac to paint the aircraft green while wearing vests with a written „greenwashing in progress.“ The organization believes that a substantial reduction in air traffic is needed to stop climate change. […]

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Today, Greenpeace protesters sprayed green paint at an Air France 777 at Charles de Gaulle Airport. They bypassed the security and got onto the tarmac to paint the aircraft green while wearing vests with a written „greenwashing in progress.“

The organization believes that a substantial reduction in air traffic is needed to stop climate change. Some key points it is advocating sound as follows:

  • All airport expansion projects in France have to be stopped
  • Flights for regions with train service that takes less than six hours should be banned
  • More investment should be made into train service
  • Carbo offsetting by airlines should not free them from their environmental obligations

Greenpeace France Tweeted at French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, asking: “So with all these elements @Djebbari_JB: when do you really start reducing air traffic, to bring the sector into line with the climate emergency?”

Djebbari reacted to the Tweet by saying: “Criminal proceedings?”

The environmental protest comes a few days before France’s government reviews a climate bill.

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Student Candidate Assessment: Prepare and Pass https://aviationvoice.com/student-candidate-assessment-prepare-and-pass-202103041713/ Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:13:36 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211674 Reading Time: 4 minutes Having the right prerequisites for joining an aviation academy can only be effective once combined with good assessment results demonstrated during the test. But what is the assessment all about, and how to prepare for it? Keep reading to find out the essential tips and tricks. Assessment structure The assessment procedure in BAA Training aviation […]

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Having the right prerequisites for joining an aviation academy can only be effective once combined with good assessment results demonstrated during the test. But what is the assessment all about, and how to prepare for it? Keep reading to find out the essential tips and tricks.

Assessment structure

The assessment procedure in BAA Training aviation academy is compulsory and consists of multiple stages. First and foremost, the training center performs document screening and evaluation. After the documents are checked, candidates take an assessment using the Aviation Suite, a part of Aon Solutions online testing system. Aviation Suite is aimed at facilitating the aviation sector-specific selection process. Finally, the prospective pilots take an individual interview, followed by another interview at an airline in case of applying for a cadet program. The stages might seem relatively straightforward, but in reality, it is hardly possible to score well at each of them without due preparation.

Taking a test in Aviation Suite

Aon’s innovative online measurement instruments provide a strong basis for the selection. Precisely Aviation Suite offers short, meaningful, and user-friendly tests which help measure the abilities, skills, behaviors, and competencies essential for a pilot. It allows a training provider to quickly and accurately recognize the applicants’ potential to become successful pilots in the future.

The test comprises three parts that have to be taken in one sitting and last around three hours. For the first one, you only have to provide honest and sincere answers to the questions seeking to reveal your personality traits and competencies. They include operational, interactive, and motivational ones and are of significant importance for a pilot. You would not need to study or prepare in advance for this part of the assessment. The second part evaluates candidates’ skills and cognitive abilities and consists of the following skill tests, each with a strict time limit:

–       Complex control

–       Spatial Orientation

–       Monitoring ability

–       Response speed

–       Applied numeracy

–       Non-verbal logical reasoning

–       Multitasking

–       Mechanical reasoning

This stage explicitly examines your readiness for taking and succeeding in pilot training. Therefore, we highly recommend you prepare for it. It is important to note that you can take almost all traits and competencies questionnaires and cognitive abilities tests in your native language. The last piece of assessment in Aviation Suite, the English language proficiency test, will help determine your English level separately. Be ready for listening and grammar exercises.

Student Candidate Assessment: Prepare and Pass

Sample exercises

Different types of questions will aim to disclose to what extent specific cognitive abilities highlighted above are developed.

For instance, to have your mechanical reasoning tested, you might need to read some information on how to operate machinery accompanied by a statement. Your task would be to decide whether the statement is true or false based on what you understood from the abstract.

To have your multitasking abilities tested, you will be given a task similar to the below one. Can you guess what you have to do here? In fact, you need to be quick enough to manage to direct the plane on the left to the grey area in the middle while at the same time deciding whether the statements on the right are correct or not.

Student Candidate Assessment: Prepare and Pass

Please note that the example exercises overviewed in this article were randomly chosen and represent neither the most difficult nor the most common or most important questions appearing on a real test.

How to prepare for the assessment

As you already know what type of tasks are waiting for you, you can adapt “doing your homework” accordingly.

Repeating mathematical operations and principles, updating your knowledge of physics, and training your short-term memory will be useful. The math test might cover speed, time, distance, ratios, quantity, and interpretation of tables and graphs. The estimations in the math test reflect the real calculations pilots perform at work. Therefore, practicing to make quick solutions for problems like that is essential.

To sharpen your spatial control and complex orientation skills, you could consider playing games simulating flights. For your general knowledge, make sure you know the basic aircraft instruments. They are speed, altitude, radar, artificial horizon, compass, heading, and radiofrequency.

It is also advisable to find and take practice tests for the subsections that you feel you need to get better at. Browse the Internet for online testing products and aptitude testing packs. Besides, reading articles, blogs and using trustworthy resources that look into the topic will be extremely beneficial.

Interview and personal motivations

An individual interview will be another chance for an applicant to demonstrate their ambitions and personal motivations. However, before you proceed to talk with an assessor from BAA Training academy, ask yourself whether you are indeed ready to invest time, effort, and money to pursue a pilot career and imagine how demanding this path is. If your answer is a confident “yes,” you will easily pass this step, which will resemble a job interview.

Stay calm, prepare as much as you can and pass the assessment – you will thank yourself later!

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Boeing Raises Concerns Over Airbus A321XLR Safety https://aviationvoice.com/boeing-raises-concerns-over-airbus-a321xlr-safety-202103041419/ Thu, 04 Mar 2021 12:19:53 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211664 Reading Time: < 1 minute Boeing raises concerns over Airbus’s newest narrow-body design, the A321XLR, responding to a consultation document regarding Special conditions proposed by EASA for the type. Airbus A321XLR is expected to be a gamechanger in aviation. Due to its rear central fuel tank (RCT), positioned beneath passengers at the back of the aircraft, it can fly on […]

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Boeing raises concerns over Airbus’s newest narrow-body design, the A321XLR, responding to a consultation document regarding Special conditions proposed by EASA for the type.

Airbus A321XLR is expected to be a gamechanger in aviation. Due to its rear central fuel tank (RCT), positioned beneath passengers at the back of the aircraft, it can fly on very long routes. However, Boeing believes the architecture of the fuel tank “presents many potential hazards.”

Two of the three comments on the consultation document have come from Mildred Troegeler, Director of Global Regulatory Strategy at the Boeing Company.

“Fuel tanks integral to the airframe structure inherently provide less redundancy than structurally separate fuel tanks. Such integral fuel tanks located within the fuselage volume can foreseeably result in more hazardous outcomes when exposed to threats such as an external pool-fed fire.”

“The inclusion of an auxiliary fuel tank integral to the fuselage presents many potential hazards, particularly the protection against structural disruption due to an otherwise survivable off-runway or landing gear failure event,” she added.

Responding to her concerns in regards to crashworthiness, EASA claimed: “The RCT design is being thoroughly reviewed with regards structural crashworthiness, taking into consideration the level of safety provided by the FAA AC25-8. Appropriate means of compliance will be defined.”

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Norwegian Will No Longer Fly Boeing 737 MAX https://aviationvoice.com/norwegian-will-no-longer-fly-boeing-737-max-202103041325/ Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:25:02 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211658 Reading Time: < 1 minute According to an interview with Norwegian’s CFO Geir Karlsen published by E24, Norwegian chooses to drop Boeing 737 MAX and keep Boeing 737NG in its fleet instead. Before the regulators grounded Boeing 737 MAX, Norwegian had already received 18 aircraft of the type. In July 2020, Norwegian reached out to Boeing to cancel the rest […]

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According to an interview with Norwegian’s CFO Geir Karlsen published by E24, Norwegian chooses to drop Boeing 737 MAX and keep Boeing 737NG in its fleet instead.

Before the regulators grounded Boeing 737 MAX, Norwegian had already received 18 aircraft of the type. In July 2020, Norwegian reached out to Boeing to cancel the rest of the order, which initially was for 100 aircraft. However, the parties still have not concluded this. As a result of the decision to refuse Boeing 737 MAX, Norwegian will be left with all Boeing 737NG fleet of 53 airplanes.

Norwegian has been deciding internally which of the two different types to give preference to as they both have their pros and cons. They must have done the calculation of the aircraft type itself and decided to focus on Boeing 737NG. The restructuring process in Ireland and dialogues with the creditors also must have impacted the final decision.

The airline remains in bankruptcy protection. Besides the fleet reorganization, the operator is shifting away from long-haul services to short-haul flights. Therefore, this Boeing 737 MAX move is just another attempt to help the company deal with its financial burden.

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The Norwegian Startup Airline Flyr Raised $70 Million in Its IPO https://aviationvoice.com/the-norwegian-startup-airline-flyr-raised-70-million-in-its-ipo-202103031516/ Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:16:41 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211649 Reading Time: < 1 minute Norwegian startup airline Flyr has raised $70 in an initial public offering (IPO) in Norway. The shares of the startup rose 28% after the IPO. The startup carrier, who will compete with Norwegian Air and SAS, is looking to buy or lease a small fleet, recruit staff and prepare for the airline industry recovery. Flyr […]

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Norwegian startup airline Flyr has raised $70 in an initial public offering (IPO) in Norway. The shares of the startup rose 28% after the IPO.

The startup carrier, who will compete with Norwegian Air and SAS, is looking to buy or lease a small fleet, recruit staff and prepare for the airline industry recovery. Flyr is positioning itself as a kind of a post-COVID airline, without any earlier legacy and infrastructure. The founder is a well-known Norwegian aviation insider Erik Braathens, and the CEO is Tonje Wikstroem Frislid, a former Norwegian Air executive.

“This will enable us to pursue opportunities in a changing market and a recovering airline industry,” said Tonje Wikstroem Frislid following the IPO.

The carrier plans to have its maiden flight in mid-2021 as it expects the rise in travel demand by then. Its service will cover domestic Norwegian routes and trips to major European destinations.

“Flyr was created for the Norwegian market after the corona pandemic. Norway is an elongated country with fjords and mountains which means that we need to fly in the years ahead, but probably a little less than we have done before,” Flyr’s website says. “Therefore, we build an airline from scratch, based on many years of experience, with a size, organization, and business model that is adapted to this future.”

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United Orders 25 More Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes https://aviationvoice.com/united-orders-25-more-boeing-737-max-airplanes-202103021317/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 11:17:04 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211640 Reading Time: < 1 minute United Airlines is buying 25 additional Boeing 737 Max planes as it prepares for a sustained recovery in air travel. “As we plan for the future and the return of demand, we’ve been looking at ways to best position our fleet for the recovery and be in a position to best take advantage of people’s […]

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United Airlines is buying 25 additional Boeing 737 Max planes as it prepares for a sustained recovery in air travel.

“As we plan for the future and the return of demand, we’ve been looking at ways to best position our fleet for the recovery and be in a position to best take advantage of people’s desire to travel,” Andrew Nocella, United’s chief commercial officer, said in a note to the employees.

With the additional order of 25 more Boeing 737 MAX planes, the total airline’s commitments reach 188 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. As the carrier anticipates a recovery in travel demand, it has moved the delivery of 40 of the ordered jets to 2022 and 54 others to 2023, all of which were due to be delivered later. That means that the carrier will have 94 new aircraft in its fleet in the upcoming two years. At least 100 of United Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX jets will be the MAX 10.

The step is a vote of confidence in Boeing after two fatal 737 MAX crashes which resulted in a 20-month safety ban.

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TUI is the First European Airline to Receive Boeing 737 MAX Delivery https://aviationvoice.com/tui-is-the-first-european-airline-to-receive-boeing-737-max-delivery-202103011229/ Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:29:02 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211631 Reading Time: < 1 minute After Boeing 737 MAX ungrounding and recertification in Europe, the British carrier TUI becomes the first to receive a new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft delivery. The plane flew from Boeing Field at King Country International Airport to the airline’s operating base in Gatwick. According to RadarBox, the flight was operated on February 27th. It departed […]

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After Boeing 737 MAX ungrounding and recertification in Europe, the British carrier TUI becomes the first to receive a new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft delivery. The plane flew from Boeing Field at King Country International Airport to the airline’s operating base in Gatwick.

According to RadarBox, the flight was operated on February 27th. It departed at 15:48 Washington time and landed at 09:09 local time at London Gatwick Airport. The aircraft in question is named Naples and is registered as G-TUMJ. The aircraft will have an all-economy 189-seat configuration. As SeatGuru reports, it is the same capacity as TUI’s older 737-800 aircraft.

This flight is considered especially important since it is the first delivery after the European regulator lifted the ban on Boeing 737 MAX flights. As the UK has recently separated from the EU, the British CAA had to recertify the type independently. In the end, the British authority approved the type to fly on the same day as EASA did – the 27th of January.

According to Boeing’s orders and deliveries, the TUI Group has acquired 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in total and, therefore, it can rightly be called a key European Boeing 737 MAX operator. So far, only a fraction of those has been delivered.

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FAA Fines Boeing $6.6 Million Over Compliance Failure https://aviationvoice.com/faa-fines-boeing-6-6-million-over-compliance-failure-202102261416/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:16:07 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211624 Reading Time: < 1 minute On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it had fined Boeing $5.4 million because the manufacturer had not met the terms and conditions of a 2015 settlement. Boeing also agreed to pay $1.21 million to settle two other safety-related cases. The 2015 agreement is a 29-page document outlining quality and safety oversight issues the […]

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On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it had fined Boeing $5.4 million because the manufacturer had not met the terms and conditions of a 2015 settlement. Boeing also agreed to pay $1.21 million to settle two other safety-related cases.

The 2015 agreement is a 29-page document outlining quality and safety oversight issues the regulator wanted to be improved. The FAA believes Boeing has not met all the terms of that agreement, which resulted in the $5.4 million fine. That is in addition to the $12 million Boeing paid in 2015.

The smaller $1.21 million fine occurred because FAA claims some of Boeing’s employees doing certification activities on the agency’s behalf between November 2017 and July 2019 were not authorized to perform the job. To make matters worse, the staff asked to do the certification work for its 787 Dreamliner were put “undue pressure.”

“Boeing failed to meet all of its obligations under the settlement agreement, and the FAA is holding Boeing accountable by imposing additional penalties,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement. “I have reiterated to Boeing’s leadership time and again that the company must prioritize safety and regulatory compliance and that the FAA will always put safety first in all its decisions.”

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Australia Lifts the Ban to Operate Boeing 737 MAX https://aviationvoice.com/australia-lifts-the-ban-to-operate-boeing-737-max-202102261316/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 11:16:04 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211620 Reading Time: < 1 minute On Friday, Australia said it would lift the ban on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft flights, becoming one of the first in the Asia-Pacific region to take this step. “We … are confident that the aircraft are safe,” Graeme Crawford, acting chief of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, claimed in a statement. No Australian airline operates […]

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On Friday, Australia said it would lift the ban on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft flights, becoming one of the first in the Asia-Pacific region to take this step.

“We … are confident that the aircraft are safe,” Graeme Crawford, acting chief of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, claimed in a statement.

No Australian airline operates the type, but Virgin Australia has a pending order of 25 Boeing 737 MAX 10s aircraft. Singapore Airlines Ltd and Fiji Airways will likely operate Boeing 737 MAX to Australia once they gain approval from their local authorities to resume the flights.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest-growing aviation market, and Boeing has been working hard to rebuild trust in such regions as China, India, Singapore, and more. According to the manufacturer’s estimations, Southeast Asia will need 4,400 new aircraft within the upcoming 20 years, with passenger traffic growing 5.7% per annum. Therefore, recertifying Boeing 737 MAX as soon as possible plays a significant role in penetrating the new prosperous markets.

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BAA Training is One of the First in Europe to Implement Area 100 KSA https://aviationvoice.com/baa-training-is-one-of-the-first-in-europe-to-implement-area-100-ksa-202102261114/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 09:14:36 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211613 Reading Time: 3 minutes Highlights: BAA Training is one of the first European aviation training providers to start Ab Initio pilot training with integrated Area 100 KSA. BAA Training launches the first group under a revised ATPL program with Area 100 KSA included already in February 2021. Integration of Area 100 KSA concept is mandatory, and ATOs must comply […]

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Highlights:

  • BAA Training is one of the first European aviation training providers to start Ab Initio pilot training with integrated Area 100 KSA.
  • BAA Training launches the first group under a revised ATPL program with Area 100 KSA included already in February 2021.
  • Integration of Area 100 KSA concept is mandatory, and ATOs must comply with this EASA provision by January 31, 2022.

BAA Training is one of the first European aviation training centers in Europe to start Ab Initio pilot training with integrated Area 100 KSA.

The acronym stands for „Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes“ and represents a philosophy in initial pilot training focusing on competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) instead of factual knowledge training. While gaining particular importance in the aviation field, this paradigm allows students to develop appropriate ICAO core competencies during the ground training and apply theoretical knowledge through practical exercises.

Egle Vaitkeviciute, CEO at BAA Training, says: „Despite the challenges posed by the virus, BAA Training has strategically reinforced focus on quality to embrace competency-based training and assessment approach and has done so one of the first in Europe. We have set up our own in-house enhanced training scheme under Area 100 KSA for student pilots. From day one at ground school, they will be getting intense and coherent preparation for their future work at an airline. An ability to quickly apply relevant skills and competencies is vital for different situations, including emergencies, to avoid critical mistakes during the flight.“

The first ATPL group with Area 100 KSA embedded into the training begins in February 2021. Other Ab Initio programs available at BAA Training – CPL and MPL – will also encompass the new approach in the nearest future.

The benefit of Area 100 KSA

Airlines will be choosing from the pool of licenced pilots who possess and demonstrate vital competencies, such as communication, leadership and teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, situation awareness, workload management and application of knowledge.

Pilots will receive relevant and useful courses that meet industry needs and utilize best practices, improving their credibility to get employed by leading airlines. Their knowledge will come from understanding but not rote learning.

Finally, the ATO, which timely embodies the Area 100 KSA concept, proves its ability to adapt quickly to the changing industry trends and train the instructors with no issues.

Arunas Miezanskas, Head of Training at BAA Training, comments: „As an ATO, we have committed to mastering the new training approach. Our instructors with years of experience in the aviation field are fully prepared and certified to execute Area 100 KSA. They will be guiding, monitoring, and evaluating students against the core ICAO competencies throughout the whole theoretical knowledge training system, starting from their day one at ground school.“

The streamlined learning process

BAA Training will holistically integrate Area 100 KSA into the entire training syllabus. A particular emphasis will be on training through real-world situations, dealing with emergency events, stimulating resilience, and more. The rational and consistent CBTA will allow students to develop higher cognitive skill levels and pilot core competencies.

The training structure will meet EASA requirements and include one formative assessment, two summative ones, and a mental math test. Instructors will also duly brief students about Area 100 KSA background in an introductory course.

During the assessments, the preference will be given to group exercises as collaborative and interactive activities facilitate disclosure of the core competencies. The mental math test will include calculations and estimations during which the use of any tools, such as calculators or rulers, will be prohibited.

All BAA Training Ab Initio students will be affected by the significant change and get introduced to Area 100 KSA in due course.

Area 100 KSA background

The need for modernized aviation discipline training has arisen over safety concerns as multiple statistics show over 70% of commercial aircraft accidents happen due to pilot error.

EASA observes: “Current teaching and learning tools are not sufficiently developed to encourage future pilots to use analytic and synthetic thinking or to challenge student pilots to enhance their decision-making skills, their problem-solving ability, and their level of understanding of assimilated knowledge.”

Responding to the alarming statistics, EASA has mandated ATOs to reorganize their initial pilot training system and include the KSA philosophy consolidating knowledge, skills, and understanding through scenario-based learning by January 31, 2022.

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