Category: Regulations & Safety

U.S. – Brazil Open Skies Agreement Moves Closer

Brazil Congress’ lower house has approved an Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Brazil, which in turn means that the way has been further cleared for an intended partnership between American Airlines Group and LATAM Group SA (LATAM). The agreement still requires ratification from the Brazil Senate. Having been signed in 2011, the agreement […]

European Union Sounds Alarm on Brexit Aviation Crisis

With every ticking minute towards the day when the UK exits the European Union (EU), anxiety is growing among those in the airline industry about when replacement agreements will be secured to ensure uninterrupted commercial air traffic in and out of the UK. Anxiety levels ratcheted up several more notches in mid-December when the European […]

US and EU Expand Cooperation on ATC Modernization and Pilot Training

The US and the European Union (EU) are amending two joint agreements expanding cooperation on aviation safety and air traffic management (ATC) modernization. Officials from FAA, the EU and the European Commission co-signed the amendments in Brussels Dec. 13. The amendment to the US-EU Safety Agreement, which originally took effect May 1, 2011, enables the […]

Lufthansa Acquisition of Niki Collapses After EC Blocks Deal

Air Berlin subsidiary Niki is closing its flight operations, after the take-over by Lufthansa has failed. Niki has filed for insolvency and as of December 14, flights will no longer take off. The European Commission has refused to authorize the airlines’ acquisition by Germany’s largest carrier, Lufthansa. Despite offering to give up a number of […]

Pilatus Obtains PC-24 Type Certificates

On 7 December 2017 Pilatus obtained type certificates from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US-American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for […]

ATR 72-600 Flight Simulator in Paris Receives EASA Certification

ATR has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its new ATR 72-600 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) based at ATR’s Paris Training Center. The brand new FFS was manufactured by TRU Simulation + Training and is conveniently located close to Charles de Gaulle airport, which provides connections to any worldwide destination. With […]

October Passenger Demand Rebounds from Weather-Impacted September

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.2% compared to the same month last year. Capacity grew 6.2% and load factor climbed 0.8 percentage points to 80.8%, which was a record for the month. October’s performance was a […]

US Supreme Court Lifts US Travel Ban Restrictions

The US Supreme Court issued stays Dec. 4 on two preliminary injunctions related to the Trump Administration’s third travel ban issued Sept. 24. The court’s orders effectively allow enforcement of the ban on individuals from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen—countries the US government had deemed uncooperative with stringent US entry security requirements announced […]

Avior Airlines Joins EU Blacklist in Latest Update

Venezuelan carrier Avior Airlines has been added to the list of airlines that are banned from the European Union (EU) in the latest update of the EU Air Safety List, which is more commonly known as the EU blacklist. Revealing the changes on Nov. 30, the European Commission said Avior Airlines has been blacklisted because […]

ATR-72 Veered Off Runway After Captain’s Seat Moved Fully Backwards

On Nov 30th 2017 Ghana’s Civil Aviation Authority reported the aircraft was accelerating for takeoff from Accra when at about 70 KIAS the captain’s seat moved fully backwards violently and shifted to the left. As the captain was still controlling nose wheel steering via the steering tiller, this caused the aircraft to veer left and […]