Category: Regulations & Safety

FAA Reauthorization: Should the FAA Be Privatized?

Reading Time: 5 minutes As time runs out on the current FAA authorization – set to expire March 31 – Congress debates the contents of the next FAA Reauthorization bill, and the FAA is under fire.  A recent spate of criticism has prompted lawmakers across the board to demand major reform in the agency. Democrats call some FAA rules […]

Need for New Aviation Datalink Tech in Europe

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) has released a study analyzing the projected use and capacity of VHF Digital Link Mode 2 (VDL Mode 2) for data communications between aircraft and ground automation systems. According to the report’s main findings, VDL Mode 2 over a single frequency has already reached its […]

A4E Call on European Commission to Address Airport Charges

Reading Time: 2 minutes The newly launched Airlines for Europe (A4E) is urging the European Commission to review its Airport Charges Directive in light of new data that shows charges at Europe’s top airports have increased 80% over the last 10 years. The data, compiled in a new Aviation Economics study, show that charges at the 21 largest European […]

New Airline Association “Airlines for Europe” (A4E)

Reading Time: < 1 minute Five major European airline groups launched a new alliance aimed at promoting their interests when dealing with national and EU regulators, today (20 January) in Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Aviation companies employ almost 2 million people in the European Union and contribute 110 billion euros to the EU economy, according to the European Commission. But competitors […]

CASA Delivers Safety Seminars for Pilots and Engineers

Reading Time: 2 minutes CASA Aviation Safety Advisors are delivering a series of AvSafety seminars – Aviation Safety – Lessons for Life in 2016 Pilot Seminars Aviation Safety – Lessons Learnt The seminar will cover a variety of topics with the main themes for this series being ‘Avoiding flight in low visibility’ and ‘The dangers of unplanned or unapproved […]

EASA: Child Restraint Systems

Reading Time: < 1 minute The safety of the youngest aircraft occupants is important to EASA. Babies under two years of age and small children are best protected when secured in a child restraint system appropriate for their weight and height in a dedicated seat. The use of child seats provides an equivalent level of safety to infants and children […]

Etihad Extends Codeshare with Swiss Partner

Reading Time: < 1 minute Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) has approved plans by Swiss carrier Darwin Airline to extend its codeshare arrangement with Etihad Airways until the end of April 2022. Lugano-based Darwin, which operates as Etihad Regional and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad has a 33.3% stake, has a network of routes between secondary and tertiary points in […]

General Aviation Leaders Air Concerns Met in Washington Town Hall

Reading Time: 2 minutes A cross-section of general aviation industry leaders aired their key policy concerns in a Washington, D.C. town hall meeting hosted this week by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). The meeting drew nearly two dozen leaders from associations, manufacturers, fixed-base operations, corporate flight departments, flight training providers, maintenance companies, educators and members of the legal community, among […]

FAA Failing To Ensure Airline Pilots Retain Flying Skills

Reading Time: 3 minutes The U.S. government is falling short in ensuring airline pilots keep up their flying skills and get full training on how to monitor sophisticated automated control systems in cockpits, according to the Transportation Department’s internal watchdog. Most modern airline flying is done through automated systems that pilots closely monitor. Pilots typically use manual flying skills […]

China Issues First “Traffic Rules” for Civilian Drones

Reading Time: 2 minutes China’s civil aviation regulator has issued its first-ever “traffic rules” for the operation of light-duty civilian unmanned aircraft. The guidelines have been issued on a trial basis, as the country has witnessed remarkable growth in the number of civilian drones. Li Bin started learning how to fly drones just three months ago. But now, he has passed […]