Category: Regulations & Safety

Global Standards, Cooperation & Data Key to Keeping Aviation Safe

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. “Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviation is the safest form of long-distance travel. Last year there were over 40 million […]

Flight Data Recorder Evolution: Where Next?

Flight data recorder technology has evolved considerably over time. It began in the 1950s and 1960s with devices that relied on metal foil and recorded just a few flight parameters. Next came the addition of cockpit voice recording and, in time, the introduction of magnetic tape, followed by digital solid-state flight recorders in the 1980s […]

Airports Could Do Better At Runway Safety, Say Experts

Airports lack consistency in the way signs and instructions at airport runways are displayed which is critical in the conversation on airfield safety is kept to the highest standards, according to aviation officials gathered at the World Aviation Safety Summit, held in Dubai. “In order to keep airfields safe, flight crews needs a clear, safe […]

EASA About the Safe Transport of PED Containing Lithium Batteries

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a Safety Information Bulletin to remind airlines and aircraft operators of important principles for the safe transport of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) containing lithium batteries. These principles should be taken into account by the airlines when they perform their safety risk assessment. PEDs containing lithium batteries are considered […]

Emirates Introduces Tablet Loan Service to US-Bound Customers

Emirates has introduced another service to mitigate the inconvenience of the recent ban on electronic devices on board US-bound flights. First and Business Class passengers will be able to borrow tablets on board Emirates’ US-bound flights allowing them to continue working during their flight. The new service is in response to the US Transportation Security […]

Gulf Airlines Swift to Prove Workaround for Electronic Device Ban

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has announced it is to provide business-class and first-class passengers with iPads. At the same time, Doha-based Qatar airways has decided to offer the use of laptops for business-class passengers. Meanwhile, Dubai-based Emirates is to provide all passengers with a specialist handling service whereby passengers can keep their large electronic devices […]

Air Transport Generates 1.1 Million Jobs in Brazil

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced new data showing that aviation and aviation-induced tourism support 1.1 million jobs and contribute $32.9 billion to Brazil’s GDP, an amount equivalent to 1.4% of the country’s GDP. These findings are among the highlights of ‘The Importance of Air Transport in Brazil’ study conducted by Oxford Economics on […]

UK’s Flybe Fined For Marketing E-Mails

flybe. has been fined GBP70,000 (USD87,000) by the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for sending more than 3.3 million emails to customers who had opted out of marketing messages. In August 2016, flybe sent an e-mail with the title “Are your details correct?” to encourage recipients to update their marketing preferences. Steve Eckersley, ICO […]

Urgent Call for Alternatives to Large Electronic Restrictions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to urgently find alternatives to recently announced measures by the United States and the United Kingdom to restrict the carry-on of large electronic items on certain flights departing the Middle East and North Africa. The Case for Alternative Measures “The current measures are not an acceptable […]

Russia Requests 747 Autopilot Changes After Bishkek Crash

Russian investigators are advising Boeing to consider amending autopilot logic to avoid the possibility of an aircraft’s automatically following a descent path incompatible with runway position. The recommendation has emerged from the inquiry into the landing accident involving a MyCargo Airlines Boeing 747-400F at Bishkek on 16 January. It resulted in 39 fatalities, most of […]