Category: Asia & Pacific

Passenger Carrying UAS Launched by Chinese Company

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) this week in Las Vegas, a Chinese company named EHang introduced the first publicly announced unmanned aircraft designed to carry a passenger. The company calls its Ehang 184 an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, or AAV for short, and it is designed for short hops at low altitudes. The all-electric […]

Philippines Looks to Arm Its New Fighter Jets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manila is moving forward with purchasing ammunition for its new jets from South Korea. The Philippine military will look to purchase more than 100 million pesos ($5.77 million) worth of ammunition for two of its new fighter aircraft from South Korea, defense officials confirmed this week. As I reported for The Diplomat in December, the […]

dnata Receives 7th Certification for IATA’s Safety Audit of Ground Operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Another milestone in dnata’s continual focus on safety and security has been achieved with the air services provider’s Sydney headquarters and station receiving registration for IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) in December. This is the seventh key station in dnata’s ground handling operations to receive this prestigious certification. The other ground operations which […]

Canada and Australia Expand Agreement

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada and Australia are doubling the number of seats airlines can fly per week between the two countries under an expanded air transport agreement, effective immediately, the Canadian government has said. With the new deal, airlines from Canada and Australia each have been allotted 6,000 weekly seats for flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth […]

MRJ’s First Delivery Delayed

Reading Time: < 1 minute Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today announced that the companies will change the first delivery schedule of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), their next-generation regional jet, from the second quarter of 2017 to approximately one year later. The first flight and the subsequent flight tests have confirmed the basic characteristics to […]

Hainan Airlines to Fly the Los Angeles – Changsha, China Route

Reading Time: < 1 minute Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) has announced it will launch the only nonstop service from Los Angeles (LAX) to inland China on January 21, 2016. Hainan will connect passengers to Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, a metropolis of over 7 million people famous for its world-renowned cuisine and rich history. The new route is part […]

Extended Time for Some Cessna SIDs in Australia

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has provided an extension to the deadline for the completion of Cessna Supplemental Inspection Documents – or SIDs – on two groups of aircraft. The extension applies to Cessna 100 series aircraft used in charter and aerial work and Cessna 200 series aircraft used in private operations. SIDs compliance dates […]

Is It Time to Change Australian Aviation Rules?

Reading Time: 3 minutes CASA harmonizes aviation rules to ICAO The new pilot licensing regulations commence was approved in order to harmonize Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) rules step by step with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) standards. Improving safety standards is a top priority of these changes as safety is one of the core ICAO’s objectives. […]

Drone Regulations Come into Effect in Japan

Reading Time: < 1 minute Japan’s revised civil aviation law that regulates the use of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles came into effect on Thursday. The new regulations require operators to get government approval to fly such aircraft in areas designated as densely populated, at events, and near airports, public broadcaster NHK reported. Permission is also required for flying […]

Virgin Australia Signs With Delta TechOps for CFM56 Maintenance

Reading Time: < 1 minute Delta TechOps maintenance division—will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services for Virgin Australia’s fleet of CFM56-7B engines through a 13-year exclusive agreement. The new 13-year engine maintenance contract provides the opportunity for both carriers to collaborate on aircraft engineering, reliability and other maintenance-related activities. “Delta TechOps provides a unique value proposition as the maintenance arm […]