Category: Regulations & Safety

Terror Threat – Philippines Tightens Security

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Philippines is increasing security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport after the Department of Foreign Affairs received intelligence that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are allegedly preparing to mount an attack against a Saudi Arabian aircraft. The intelligence was sent to the Philippine government by the Saudi Arabian embassy in Manila, indicating that the threat of […]

FAA Proposes $275,000 Civil Penalty Against Atlas Airlines

Reading Time: < 1 minute FAA said it has proposed a $275,000 civil penalty against New York-based Atlas Airlines for allegedly operating a Boeing 747 after performing improper maintenance on the aircraft. In a statement, FAA said it “alleges that Atlas maintenance workers improperly repaired the plane’s landing gear after it would not retract on departure from Sydney, Australia. Atlas […]

U.S. Aviation Regulator Starts Rule-Making Process For Public Drone Flights

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it would develop drone regulations allowing some unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to fly over people, an authorization eagerly sought by a range of industries including real estate and agriculture. The U.S. aviation regulatory agency, under pressure from Congress and industry to accommodate commercial drones, said it established a […]

EU and China Launch Aviation Cooperation Project

Reading Time: < 1 minute The European Union and China have launched a €10 million ($11 million) aviation cooperation project, which will be managed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and partners, to link technical cooperation with policy dialogue between the European and Chinese aviation authorities. The five-year EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP) is being jointly implemented by EASA […]

Russia Wants To Fly Hi-Tech Spy Planes Over U.S.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Russia will ask permission on Monday to start flying surveillance planes equipped with high-powered digital cameras amid warnings from U.S. intelligence and military officials that such overflights help Moscow collect intelligence on the United States. Russia and the United States are signatories to the Open Skies Treaty, which allows unarmed observation flights over the entire […]

Is The Valkyrie Co50 a Test Case For The FAA’s Willingness to Innovate?

Reading Time: 4 minutes You wouldn’t think that an iPad in an airplane is a big deal, but when it’s used as part of flight control, it’s not only big, it’s verboten. Three months ago, Cobalt aircraft made a big splash when it introduced the Valkyrie Co50, a Canard-style five seater, with great looks and record-shattering speed. The Valkyrie […]

BALPA Calls for ‘More Action’ Following Laser Incident

Reading Time: 2 minutes The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has called for more to be done to tackle the growing use of lasers against aircraft, following an incident when a New York-bound aircraft was forced to turn back to London Heathrow Airport after a laser beam hit the cockpit after take off, causing a “medical issue” for one […]

Cessna Citation Latitude Achieves EASA Certification

Reading Time: < 1 minute Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., company, today announced its Cessna Citation Latitude midsize business jet has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with deliveries underway in the region. “This aircraft is ideally suited for this market and can provide customers non-stop access to key destinations throughout the continent […]

EASA and Ukraine Extend Cooperation On Air Traffic Management

Reading Time: < 1 minute EASA and the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine (SAAU) concluded a new Working Arrangement (WA) on 18 January 2016. While being a step forward in EASA-SAAU relations, the new WA will also facilitate preparations for the implementation of the envisaged EU-Ukraine Common Aviation Area Agreement. The WA ensures the facilitated certification of EU and Ukrainian […]

Indonesia Introduces Aging Aircraft Ban

Reading Time: 4 minutes A new Indonesian Ministry of Transportation (MOT) rule banning the import of any commercial passenger aircraft more than 10 years old and freighters more than 15 years old amounts to merely a cosmetic exercise, according to a senior aviation technical executive, while a ban on any aircraft more than 30 years old appeared likely to […]