Category: Regulations & Safety

DOT Proposes New Baggage Fee Disclosure Rules

In the last week of the Obama Administration, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed that airlines and ticket agents be required to disclose specific baggage fees when providing airfare information. In a supplemental notice Jan. 17, DOT is proposing that airlines and ticket agents must disclose — while customers are researching airline fares — […]

IATA: November Air Freight Demand Reflects Strong Peak Season

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.8% in November 2016 compared to the year-earlier period. This was a slight slowdown from the 8.4% annual growth recorded in October 2016 – which was a 20-month high – but was […]

UK Pilots Urge Action Over Increasing Drone Encounters

Pilots’ representatives in the UK believe the risk of a drone collision with aircraft is increasing, after claiming a doubling of reported encounters. The UK cockpit union BALPA says 69 airprox incidents involving drones were reported in UK airspace last year. BALPA points out that this is more than double the figure of 29 for […]

Six Interjet SSJ100s Resume Flights Following Inspections

Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) has completed repairs on six Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) grounded by Mexican airline Interjet, the only SSJ100 operator in the Americas. The aircraft resumed operations in the first week in January, the manufacturer said in a statement. “The troubleshooting procedure was agreed with the Russian aviation authorities [Federal Air Transport […]

Fort Lauderdale Shooter Was Passenger Who Legally Checked Handgun

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (Florida) International Airport (FLL) shooter was an arriving passenger who used a handgun from his checked baggage. The suspect flew on two Delta Air Lines flights Jan. 6, originating in Anchorage (ANC) and connecting at Minneapolis (MSP) for a flight to FLL, according […]

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), […]

New FAA Ruling Allows For Visibility Commercial Landings

A recently updated US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruling will allow airlines to operate in almost all visibility conditions with the assistance of Elbit Systems’ Clear Vision Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS). Elbit explains that its EFVS is aligned with the most updated ruling released by the FAA, enabling the pilot to perform a full […]

ICAO Proposals Could Ease MRO Oversight Headaches

ICAO is developing a series of regulatory changes aimed at reducing the plethora of duplicative oversight and certifications required by approved maintenance organizations (AMOs). The agency is working toward improving and harmonizing global standards for AMOs, ICAO technical officer for airworthiness Maimuna Taal-Ndure said during the second annual meeting of the Asia MRO League Expert […]

Sukhoi Superjet 100 Fleet Inspection Completed

JSC “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft”(SCA), together with operators, have completed the Sukhoi Superjet 100 fleet inspection. Aircraft which have successfully passed the inspection have resumed flights. The reason for the inspection was the previously detected defect in the stabilizer attachment bands on one aircraft. As of today, all aircraft have now undergone the inspection, performed by […]

Russia Grounds the Sukhoi Superjet

Russia’s civil aviation authority Rosaviatsia has grounded the country’s fleet of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, citing concerns over metal fatigue. The grounding of Russia’s nearly 50-strong fleet of SSJ100s came after inspections by Rosaviatsia found metal fatigue in the tail of one SSJ100 operated by Irkutsk-based regional airline IrAero. Metal fatigue is a common problem […]