Category: Regulations & Safety

EU Renewable Energy Directive Must Prioritize Sustainable Aviation Fuels

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the European Commission’s revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) to incentivize sustainable fuels, and urged policy-makers to go even further in prioritizing their use for air transport. The largest user of renewable fuels, the road transport sector, has increasing options to move towards electrification; however, aviation has […]

EASA Issues Airbus A340 Thrust Reverser AD

The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an airworthiness directive (AD 2016-0236) that places a life limit on CFM56-5C thrust reversers on certain Airbus A340s. The AD corresponds to the Airbus A340-78-4049 service bulletin, which introduces a 20,000 flight cycles life limit for the affected thrust reversers and instructions for those requiring replacement. This EASA AD […]

Bombardier Gains Same Type Rating for CS100 and CS300

Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have awarded both variants of the Bombardier CSeries with the Same Type Rating (STR), which Bombardier said will provide airlines with “significant cost-saving opportunities.” The STR “is a reflection of the high commonality between the CS100 and CS300 aircraft,” Bombardier said in a statement. “Customers that […]

Aviation Taxes To Be Cut By Austrian Government

Introduced in 2011, aviation taxes in Austria have become a burden for the Austrian aviation industry and are understood to have had a substantial negative impact on tourist numbers. This situation will now be partially rectified through two 25% reductions in these taxes in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Currently, passengers boarding a plane in Austria […]

Easier Access for General Aviation Pilots to IFR Flying

EASA has published a proposal opened for comments for ‘Easier access for general aviation pilots to instrument flight rules flying’ (NPA 2016-14). The objective of this so-called Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to provide a more accessible instrument rating for pilots holding non-commercial licences in general aviation. The NPA therefore proposes the introduction of […]

DOT Tentatively Denies Expansion of Qantas-American Alliance

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a Show Cause Order tentatively denying the application of American Airlines, Inc. and Qantas Airways, Ltd. to expand their existing alliance for services between the United States and Australia/New Zealand. In reaching its tentative decision, DOT analyzed traffic data, passenger bookings, and other evidence submitted in the record of […]

US Preclearance Facilities To Be Offered In Sweden

In 2015, U.S. authorities selected Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport in Sweden as one of ten foreign airports where U.S. border controls could be located. On November 4, an agreement to set up preclearance was signed in Stockholm by the US ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji, and Sweden’s interior minister, Anders Ygerman. Preclearance is a system whereby […]

How To Turn Qualified Pilots Into Competent Pilots

The European Aviation Safety Agency is working with airlines on a pilot training course that leads to an enhanced qualification. This is being done because the present system produces pilots with licences that make them legally qualified to fly, but half of whom – according to the airlines – are not good enough. The relatively […]

What Does A Trump Presidency Mean For US Air Transport?

Donald Trump was elected president of the USA on 8 November, a victory for change over status quo candidate secretary Hillary Clinton. President-elect Trump emphasised protectionist views during the campaign, repeatedly touting plans to build a wall on the US-Mexico border and reject the USA’s free trade agreements, including the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and […]

Nigeria to Release $300mn to Foreign Carriers

The Nigerian government said it has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release a total of USD300 million in unremitted revenue to foreign airlines, reports ch-aviation. The announcement comes after IATA lumped the West African petrostate into the same category as Venezuela in June this year after complaints from foreign carriers that they […]