Category: Regulations & Safety

EASA Certifies Engine For Russian Ka-62 Helicopter

EASA has certified the Safran Ardiden 3G turboshaft engine intended to power the Russian Kamov Ka-s62 medium multirole helicopter. The certificate was issued on June 12, 2017, reads an EASA statement. The certification application was filed in 2007. Ground tests commenced in April 2013; flight tests started in 2016, when the first Ka-62 flying prototype […]

A320neo and A321neo Received Type Certificates in Russia

Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) and the Russian Aviation Register have completed the procedure for validating the type certificate for the A320neo family. Relevant supporting documents were transferred to Airbus. The type certificate applies to A320neo and A321neo aircraft equipped with both types of engines (Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power PW1100G-JM and CFM International’s […]

Chinese Regulator Penalises Emirates For Safety Incidents

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has fined Emirates CNY29,000 ($4,266) and banned it from adding new routes and frequencies into China for six months, due to two recent safety incidents in the Urumqi region. The regulator disclosed that an Emirates aircraft flew at the wrong altitude in the Urumqi region on 17 April, […]

Qatar Looks To U.N. To Resolve Gulf Airspace Dispute

Following the escalation of the diplomatic row between Qatar, and Egypt, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which has seen the cutting of diplomatic and transport ties, the Gulf state has turned to the United Nations (U.N.) for help. Qatar has sent a letter to the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) governing council […]

Qatar Crisis: New Opportunities Or The Dead End?

The beginning of June has matched with a serious diplomatic row that occurred between Qatar and several Arab Gulf states.  Major safety concerns that darkened the sky over Qatar’s neighbours because of its links with terrorist groups encouraged Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to cut all the diplomatic and economic ties […]

Airlines And Airports Back European Union Aviation Plans

Industry bodies representing European airlines and airports have broadly welcomed the implementing details of the European Commission’s aviation strategy. On June 8, the Commission issued a communication, named the “Open and Connected Aviation” package, which involves four measures: A regulatory proposal aimed at “safeguarding” air transport competition Guidelines on how to interpret the EU’s airline […]

Further US Airline Consolidation Unlikely For Now

Further airline industry consolidation is unlikely in the US in the near future, but carriers may seek to grow through joint ventures or investments in foreign airlines, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). “I see no signals that further consolidation is imminent,” Jonathan Kletzel, PWC principal for travel and transportation, said at the IATA AGM in Cancun. […]

Gulf Airspace Ban Set To Ground Qatar Airways Aircraft

The airspace ban by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain is likely to ground Qatar Airways aircraft, particularly its narrowbody fleet, according to analysts. Following the severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday by three Gulf countries, along with Egypt, over its relationship with Iran and support for terror groups, the CAPA Centre for […]

Strong Profits Continue – Labor, Fuel and Supplier Costs on the Rise

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its 2017 industry profitability outlook upwards. Airlines are expected to report a $31.4 billion profit (up from the previously forecast $29.8 billion) on revenues of $743 billion (up from the previously forecast $736 billion). “This will be another solid year of performance for the airline industry. Demand for […]

ICAO To Decide When Thai Safety Red Flag Will Be Lifted

ICAO has not set a firm date for removing Thailand’s red flag status, but says the country’s procedures for awarding air operator’s certificates have improved. “Working with ICAO and expert consultants, Thailand has now enhanced its AOC procedures,” says Arun Mishra, ICAO’s Bangkok-based regional director. “Its AOCs are currently being re-certified progressively, in three phases, […]