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Dubai Signs Volocopter for Autonomous Air Taxi Trials

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Dubai Signs Volocopter for Autonomous Air Taxi Trials By Ofonime Essien German start-up Volocopter has signed an agreement with the Dubai government to begin testing its pilotless, electric multicopter in the emirate from the fourth quarter. The appointment forms part of Dubai’s strategy to shift 25% of all passenger travel to autonomous transport by 2030.

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Qatar Airways Named Best Airline of 2017

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Qatar Airways Named Best Airline of 2017 By Ofonime Essien For Qatar Airways, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times. During a glitzy awards ceremony Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, Qatar Airways was named “Airline of the Year,” by the international air transport ratings group, Skytrax. The award

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FAAN Test-Run Upgraded Safety Scanner At Lagos Airport

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FAAN Test-Run Upgraded Safety Scanner At Lagos Airport By Ofonime Essien The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has carried out a test-run on an upgraded baggage scanner machine that can detect explosives, narcotics and other prohibited items at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. This is to boost her safety and security programs around

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Leonardo Opens AW101 Training Center in Norway

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Leonardo Opens AW101 Training Center in Norway By Ofonime Essien Leonardo announced the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security. The training centre includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of Norwegian aircrew and will

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Certified by FAA

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Certified by FAA By Ofonime Essien The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Bell Helicopter has announced. The five-seat aircraft, which aims to builds off the legacy of success established by the Bell 206B JetRanger in the light single-engine market segment, received

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Abu Dhabi Aviation Partners OAS to Provide Helicopter Services

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Abu Dhabi Aviation Partners OAS to Provide Helicopter Services By Ofonime Essien United Arab Emirates helicopter company, Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has completed steps to invest in the Nigerian economy by joining forces with indigenous aircraft charter operator, OAS Helicopters. ADA’s 15-seater full offshore equipped helicopter, AW-139, with registration number A6-AWH, arrived at the OAS

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Sundance Helicopters Plans World Record of Most Helicopter Weddings

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Sundance Helicopters Plans World Record of Most Helicopter Weddings Ofonime Essien  Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the most experienced and highest-rated experiential tourism company in Las Vegas, plans to break the Guinness World Record® for most helicopter weddings in the air on July 7, 2017 with 12 EC130 flying simultaneously. The Lucky in Love Wedding Experience will

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Pilot Refuses to Fly Due to An ISIS Related Wifi Name

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Pilot Refuses to Fly Due to An ISIS Related Wifi Name By Ofonime Essien A pilot refused to fly a plane after a tourist spotted someone’s shocking WiFi name. The incident took place as passengers were preparing to take-off from Cancun, Mexico, to the UK on a Thomson flight. As one male tourist boarded, he

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Chinese-Made Jet Takes Off in Maiden Flight

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Chinese-Made Jet Takes Off in Maiden Flight By Ofonime Essien The first large Chinese-made passenger jetliner made its maiden test flight Friday from Shanghai in a symbolic milestone in China’s long-term goal to break into the Western-dominated aircraft market. China is touting the C919 as a rival to single-aisle jets the Airbus A320 and Boeing

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Florida Tech Launches Online Professional Doctorate in Aviation

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Florida Tech launches Online Professional Doctorate in Aviation By Ofonime Essien Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Aeronautics has launched a doctorate in aviation degree. Designed for aviation professionals, aviation academics looking for a professional terminal degree, and aviation professionals who want to advance their careers, Florida Tech’s Doctor of Aviation, or Av.D., is the first

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Comac sets Friday 5 May for C919 First Flight

Comac sets Friday 5 May for C919 first flight By Ofonime Essien Comac has set Friday 5 May for the first flight of its C919 narrowbody, with foreign guests already flying into Shanghai for the event. The Chinese manufacturer had previously planned the flight for 6 May, but sources say that this has since been

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My South Korea Travel Experience

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My South Korea Travel Experience By Ofonime Essien The best education you will ever get is travelling. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences. In both business and personal life, I’ve always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do. Travel makes a wise man better. Samuel Johnson, an English

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Nigerian Pilot Fails Marijuana Test

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Nigerian Pilot Fails Marijuana Test By Ofonime Essien A pilot employed by one of the domestic airlines in Nigeria has tested positive for marijuana in a test randomly conducted for technical personnel in the country’s aviation industry. This was disclosed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in a statement on Monday. The unnamed pilot, the

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Diamond enters helicopter market with DART 280 unveiling

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Diamond enters helicopter market with DART 280 unveiling By Ofonime Essien Austrian manufacturer Diamond Aircraft is making its first foray into the helicopter market, with the unveiling at Aero of the DART 280 light-single piston-engined rotorcraft concept. The programme – also known as the Diamond Aircraft Rotary Trainer – will provide a stepping-stone to a

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EASA Issues Fire Safety Warning on Personal Electronics in Cargo Hold

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EASA Issues Fire Safety Warning on Personal Electronics in Cargo Hold By Ofonime Essien In a bulletin that seems to directly question the wisdom of the new US and UK bans on large electronic devices in carry-on luggage, Europe’s aviation safety authority yesterday warns that such devices are “dangerous goods” in the cargo hold. The

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Qatar Airways to offer free laptops on US flights

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Qatar Airways to offer free laptops on US flights By Ofonime Essien Qatar Airways said on Thursday that it would offer free laptops to business class passengers flying to the United States, in an effort to get round an American ban on electronics. The carrier said it would begin offering a “laptop loan service” to

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NCAA Issues AOC to Genesis Helicopters

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NCAA Issues AOC to Genesis Helicopters By Ofonime Essien The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to Genesis Global Aviation to operate full charter helicopter services. The certificate was issued after the company had satisfied all the regulatory requirements and gone through thorough screening. Speaking in Lagos after receiving the

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IHFS Launches Discovery Flights in Robinson 66 Helicopter

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IHFS Launches Discovery Flights in Robinson 66 Helicopter By Ofonime Essien Have you ever wondered what it is like to pilot a helicopter or fly in one? Wonder no more. Either as a gift to a friend or a treat to yourself, International Helicopter Flying School (IHFS), Enugu – Nigeria, the first helicopter pilot training

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Russian Helicopters Announces Specs of New Light Single

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Russian Helicopters Announces Specs of New Light Single By Ofonime Essien Russian Helicopters is making another attempt at breaking into the light rotorcraft segment, one of the most popular on the commercial helicopter market. The helicopter design and manufacturing company announced the specifications of a currently under-development new light helicopter that was unveiled to the

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9 NCAA Inspectors Qualify As ICAO Instructors

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9 NCAA Inspectors Qualify As ICAO Instructors By Ofonime Essien Nine Inspectors of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have qualified and duly certified as International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Instructors. The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, said this in Lagos on Sunday. Adurogboye said the Certified Instructors are: Dr W.T. Haggai

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Loss of Engine Power Proves Fatal for Piper Pilot

Loss of Engine Power Proves Fatal for Piper Pilot By Ofonime Essien The pilot was departing on a cross-country flight in the twin-engine Piper PA-23-160. A witness stated that before takeoff, he spent about 20 minutes in the run-up area at the airport in Port Clinton, Ohio. As the airplane left the runway, witnesses heard a

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NAMA Reviews Aeronautical Information Procedure

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NAMA Reviews Aeronautical Information Procedure By Ofonime Essien Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has set up a committee to commence the immediate review of the nation’s Aeronautical Information Procedure (AIP). The Nigerian AIP is a state document that contains all aeronautical information that relates to the services, procedures, facilities and personnel at all Nigerian airports

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Airlines Phasing Out In-Flight Screens

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Airlines Phasing Out In-Flight Screens   By OFONIME ESSIEN Those seat-back screens that have long been part of in-flight entertainment systems are preparing to depart from many airplanes, experts say, and will gradually be replaced by content streamed to passengers’ electronic devices through improved wireless service. But as with a delayed flight, don’t expect the changes

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Senegal’s International Airport to open in December 2017

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Senegal’s International Airport to open in December 2017 BY OFONIME ESSIEN Initially planned to open in December 2015, the launch of Senegal’s Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) is now scheduled for Q4 2017. One of the West African country’s most ambitious projects, Senegal’s AIBD is designed to become a major hub for the region. “The

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Boeing Unveils First Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

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Boeing Unveils First Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner By Ofonime Essien The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut yesterday at Boeing South Carolina. Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. Boeing Begins

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Bo.105 celebrates 50th birthday

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Bo.105 celebrates 50th birthday By Ofonime Essien This month marks 50 years since the Bo.105 embarked on its maiden flight, on Feb. 16, 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a two-ton-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the Bo.105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made

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Nigerian Government Takes Over Arik Airline

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Nigerian Government Takes Over Arik Airline By Ofonime Essien The Federal Government has taken over the operations of troubled Arik Air to save it from total collapse. Arik Air has been immersed in heavy financial debt that has threatened to permanently ground the airline, SundiataPost reports. The Airline, which carries about 55 percent of the

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Flight Attendant Rescues Teen Girl From Human Trafficking

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Flight Attendant Rescues Teen Girl From Human Trafficking By Ofonime Essien “I left a note in one of the bathrooms,” Fedrick (pictured) told NBC News. An eagle-eyed flight attendant saved a teen girl from human trafficking by leaving a secret message for the victim in a cabin bathroom during a flight. Alaska Airlines vet Shelia

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Qatar Airways Launches World’s Longest Flight

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Qatar Airways Launches World’s Longest Flight By Ofonime Essien Qatar Airways launched the world’s longest scheduled commercial service with its inaugural flight from Doha to Auckland taking off eight minutes early on Sunday, a company spokeswoman said. Flight QR920 left the Qatari capital at 05:02 (0202 GMT) and is set to land in New Zealand

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Nigeria’s Aviation Sector Hits Turbulence

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Nigeria’s Aviation Sector Hits Turbulence By Ofonime Essien Nigeria may consider itself a regional aviation hub but years of mismanagement and now recession have blighted domestic airline operations, making delays and cancellations the norm. Industry experts say the sector needs a fundamental overhaul, pointing to opaque management practices, rampant corruption and risks for passengers from

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Nigerian Government Sacks Heads of Aviation Agencies

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Nigerian Government Sacks Heads of Aviation Agencies By Ofonime Essien Four heads of parastatal agencies and college in the nation’s aviation industry have been sacked, according to a government statement. Those relieved of their jobs are the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr Emma Anasi, and the Director General of the Nigerian

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Poor Navigational Aids Responsible for Landing Problems

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Poor Navigational Aids Responsible for Landing Problems By Ofonime Essien The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) on Wednesday decried the deplorable state of navigational aids at the nation’s airports. AON Chairman Capt. Nogie Meggisson, stated this in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Meggisson said the situation had made

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FG to upgrade Airports’ Instrument Landing Systems

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FG to upgrade Airports’ Instrument Landing Systems By Ofonime Essien The Federal Government on Thursday said plans were underway to upgrade the Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) at the country’s major airports to ensure that they are working better. This is with a view to minimising the sort of flight disruptions that had featured every harmattan

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Missed Approach Proves Fatal

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Missed Approach Proves Fatal By Ofonime Essien The private pilot was conducting a business flight in the Piper PA-34-200T. He had obtained weather briefings on the day before and the day of the flight, which indicated marginal visual flight rules conditions. However, upon arrival in the vicinity of the airport in Port Huron, Michigan, instrument

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Open Skies Flight Diverted to Shannon Airport So Passengers Could Use Toilet Facilities

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Open  Skies Flight Diverted to Shannon Airport So Passengers Could Use Toilet Facilities By Ofonime Essien A transatlantic jet diverted to Shannon Airport early yesterday so that passengers could use the toilet facilities there. The crew of the 26-year-old Boeing 767-300 jet reported that the toilets on board were “unserviceable” and that passengers had an

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Trump extracts pledge from Boeing on Air Force One costs

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Trump extracts pledge from Boeing on Air Force One costs By Ofonime Essien U.S. President-elect Donald Trump extracted a promise from Boeing Co’s chief executive on Wednesday that the cost of replacing Air Force One would not exceed $4 billion, his latest move to use the bully pulpit to pressure companies to help advance his

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Pilot Crashes After Six Unsuccessful Approaches

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Pilot Crashes After Six Unsuccessful Approaches By Ofonime Essien After a 90-minute instrument flight rules flight, the pilot descended toward his home airport in Seagoville, Texas, and attempted six unsuccessful instrument approaches in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). The controller terminated three GPS approaches and one instrument landing system approach because the pilot flew through the

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Aero Contractors to Resume Flight Operations Wednesday

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Aero Contractors to Resume Flight Operations Wednesday By Ofonime Essien Aero Contractors Airlines will resume flights this week after shutting down for nearly four months. The airline has said it has concluded plans to resume flights on Wednesday. The airline, which stopped scheduled services on September 1, 2016, due to lack of funds and its

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Boeing Begins Final Assembly on First 787-10 Dreamliner

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Boeing Begins Final Assembly on First 787-10 Dreamliner By Ofonime Essien Boeing said Thursday it has begun the final assembly of the first 787-10 in North Charleston, South Carolina, a production milestone for the third and largest member of the Dreamliner family aircraft. “As we enter the next phase of the 787-10’s development, we eagerly watch

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Bolivia Arrests LaMia Airline Boss

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Bolivia Arrests LaMia Airline Boss By Ofonime Essien The authorities in Bolivia have arrested the head of the airline involved in a crash last week that killed 71 people, including most of the Brazilian football team, Chapecoense. Gustavo Vargas, a retired air force general, has been detained as part of an investigation into the crash.

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Nigerian Customs seeks buyers for 2 Airplanes, 1 Helicopter

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Nigerian Customs seeks buyers for 2 Airplanes, 1 Helicopter By Ofonime Essien   Nigerian Customs Service Helicopter AS 355-F2 with registration 5N-ABP The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has announced that it seeks buyers from members of the public to bid for two of its airplanes and one helicopter. In a published tender notice from its

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Etihad Airways on the lookout for new pilots in Europe

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Etihad Airways on the lookout for new pilots in Europe By Ofonime Essien If you know your way around the flight deck of the world’s biggest passenger plane, among others, Etihad Airways would probably like to hear from you. The national airline of the UAE has announced it will shortly launch a pilot recruitment drive

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FAA Declares No-Fly Zone Above Trump Tower

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FAA Declares No-Fly Zone Above Trump Tower By Ofonime Essien In another demonstration of the repercussions of Trump’s victory, the Federal Aviation Administration has now banned flights over midtown Manhattan—where Trump Tower is located—until Trump moves into the White House in January. Read more: US airlines plan appeal to Donald Trump for protection The temporary

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US airlines plan appeal to Donald Trump for protection against foreign competition

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US airlines plan appeal to Donald Trump for protection against foreign competition By Ofonime Essien Buoyed by Donald Trump’s protectionist campaign rhetoric, US airlines who believe they are in an unfair competition with heavily-subsidised Gulf carriers say they will ask the president-elect to intercede on their behalf. The three big US international carriers — Delta,

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Arik Air gets certification to fly to Europe

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Arik Air gets certification to fly to Europe By Ofonime Essien The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted Arik Air Third Country Operator (TCO) authorisation, which allows it to operate to any European country. The airline made the announcement in a statement by its Communications Manager, Ola Adebanji, which was obtained by the News

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GE alerts airlines about engine part after American Airlines fire

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GE alerts airlines about engine part after American Airlines fire By Ofonime Essien General Electric Co is seeking to remove an engine part from service after an American Airlines jet erupted in flames last week, it told air carriers in a letter seen by Reuters on Saturday. The manufacturer has identified a “limited number” of

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NTSB blames American Airlines fire on engine failure

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NTSB blames American Airlines fire on engine failure By Ofonime Essien A fire on an American Airlines passenger plane as it was taking off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last week was sparked by the uncontained failure of the right engine, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday. Pilots applied the brakes to

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Caverton Helicopters orders additional Series 400 Twin Otter

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Caverton Helicopters orders additional Series 400 Twin Otter By Ofonime Essien Viking Air and Caverton Helicopters, based in Lagos, Nigeria, have signed an agreement for the purchase of a second Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft to add to Caverton’s existing fleet currently operating in western Africa. Caverton’s second Twin Otter Series 400 is scheduled for

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Nigeria commences process to kick-start new national airline

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Nigeria commences process to kick-start new national airline By Ofonime Essien The Federal Government will appoint a transaction adviser next week as part of efforts to establish a new national carrier, an official has said. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the new national carrier will ensure competition, cut in ticket costs

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China Reopens World’s Highest Glass Bridge to Tourists

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China Reopens World’s Highest Glass Bridge to Tourists By Ofonime Essien The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon glass bridge in China was closed earlier last month for safety upgrades, after tourists flooded its span. But the popular and terrifying tourist spot has now reopened and it’s got everyone acting like they’re kids again, reports CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz.

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ICAO Honors Black Box Inventor

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ICAO Honors Black Box Inventor By Ofonime Essien The ICAO Council has recognized the inventor of the first-ever aircraft flight data recorder, David Ronald de Mey Warren, with its 41st Edward Warner Award. Warren was honored posthumously during the opening day of ICAO’s 39th triennial Assembly last week. Three of his children attended the ceremony to

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Morocco signs deal with Boeing

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Morocco signs deal with Boeing to attract suppliers By Ofonime Essien The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in Chicago. Photo:Jim Young/Reuters Morocco has signed an agreement that Boeing will seek to attract its suppliers to boost the kingdom’s aeronautics industry. The “Boeing ecosystem” project aims to bring around 120 suppliers of the company

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New transit visa rules makes visiting Qatar easier

New transit visa rules makes visiting Qatar easier By Ofonime Essien Qatar Airways, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has announced a revised tourism visa scheme available to passengers transiting through Doha in a move to promote Qatar as a world-class stopover destination. The new transit visa structure now allows passengers with a

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ICAO, IATA and ACI to Host AVSEC World

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ICAO, IATA and ACI to Host AVSEC World By Ofonime Essien The International Air Transport Association (IATA), The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airports Council International (ACI) have joined forces to address evolving aviation security risks with integrated solutions. IATA represents some 265 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic. Key topics such as

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ICAO announces 2017 opportunities for young aviation professionals

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ICAO announces 2017 opportunities for young aviation professionals By Ofonime Essien The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has launched the recruitment campaign for the 2017 Young Aviation Professionals Programme (YAPP). The programme, which is managed under ICAO’s leadership, is a joint initiative with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI). Read

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Vanishing jetliners should soon be a thing of the past

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Vanishing jetliners should soon be a thing of the past By Ofonime Essien Possible debris from the missing passenger jet MH370. Two US companies say their satellite-based tracking systems would prevent planes from vanishing over international waters. AFP Two US companies have developed an airline tracking system designed to prevent planes disappearing in the manner

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Vacancies For Pilots & Air Hostesses

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Vacancies For Pilots & Air Hostesses By Ofonime Essien Vacancies exist in a leading privately owned multinational company with Headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria and presence in some other West African countries for Pilots and Air Hostesses. They are seeking to recruit personable, result-oriented and high pedigree Pilots and Air Hostesses with demonstrable track record of

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Airline Pilot Raises False Alarm For Hijacking

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Airline Pilot Raises False Alarm For Hijacking By Ofonime Essien Passengers disembark from a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane at Manila’s international airport in Manila, Philippines, on Sept. 20, 2016. (Photo: Francis R. Malasig, EPA) A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight was temporarily isolated in Manila on Tuesday morning after one of the plane’s pilots mistakenly pressed a hijack-warning

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FAA Foresees Millions of Drones Filling the Skies

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FAA Foresees Millions of Drones Filling the Skies By Ofonime Essien So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials say they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation’s skies in the not-too-distant future. In the nine months since the Federal Aviation Administration

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FirstNation Airways Resumes Flight Operations

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FirstNation Airways Resumes Flight Operations By Ofonime Essien FirstNation Airways, on Sunday, resumed flight operations after weeks of suspending its flight operations due to inability to meet the minimum fleet size, as prescribed by the regulatory authority, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA. Read more: CALLY AIR, a New Nigerian Airline Emerges Confirming the resumption

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CALLY AIR, A New Nigerian Airline Emerges

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CALLY AIR, A New Nigerian Airline Emerges By Ofonime Essien The Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria, Senator Ben Ayade says his government is set to establish an airline called Cally Air, under a partnership arrangement with Dana Air, a Nigerian registered airline. Ayade said in a press conference held in Calabar that Cally Air

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Dutch Police Fight Drones with Eagles

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Dutch Police Fight Drones with Eagles By Ofonime Essien Dutch police are employing eagles to take down illegal drones following successful trials. The force has become the first in the world to recruit birds to tackle the increasing number of drones invading the Dutch skies. “It’s a low-tech solution to a hi-tech problem,” police spokesman

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Arik Air to resume operations Wednesday

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Arik Air to resume operations Wednesday By Ofonime Essien Arik Air will resume normal flights operations on Wednesday, the airline has said, hours after announcing the suspension of its services. The company’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, Olabanji Ola, said on Tuesday night that the airline will notify passengers and customers that flight services will

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UAE Airlines ban use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on aircraft

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UAE Airlines ban use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on aircraft By Ofonime Essien Travellers who own Samsung’s fire-prone Note 7 smartphone will no longer be able to use or charge them while on board UAE airlines, officials said. Etihad and Flydubai issued statements on Saturday barring in-flight use of the phone, which was recalled

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Aero Contractors Suspends Flight Operations Over Financial Crisis

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Aero Contractors Suspends Flight Operations Over Financial Crisis By Ofonime Essien Aero Contractors Airlines, Nigeria’s second largest commercial carrier, has announced the suspension of its scheduled services beginning from Thursday September 1, 2016. On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, we exclusively reported that the airline was set to lay off some of its workers due to

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Swiss jet wreckage found in Alps

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Swiss jet wreckage found in Alps By Ofonime Essien The wreckage of an F/A-18 fighter jet that went missing over the Swiss Alps yesterday has been found in the mountains near the Susten Pass, army officials have said. Searches for the missing pilot were suspended overnight because of dangerous conditions. “[The crash site] is located

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United pilots suspected of being drunk arrested in Glasgow

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United pilots suspected of being drunk arrested in Glasgow By Ofonime Essien Two pilots from United Airlines were released on bail Monday after being charged by authorities in Scotland of being under the influence of alcohol prior to a flight from Glasgow to Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday. The Boeing 757 flight took off later

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Swiss Fighter Jet and Pilot Missing

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Swiss Fighter Jet and Pilot Missing By Ofonime Essien A Swiss F/A-18C fighter jet has gone missing, with no word from the pilot. The jet had been flying over the Susten Pass area when it disappeared, reported the Federal Department of Defence on Monday. The single-seat aircraft had been participating in a training mission with

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Delta Airlines introduces new baggage system

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Delta Airlines introduces new baggage system By Ofonime Essien Delta Airlines said it will use Radio Frequency Identification chips In April the airline unveiled a $50 million investment to its system Airlines spend thousands of pounds yearly replacing lost luggage  Delta is deploying Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) baggage tracking technology, a first for U.S. carriers,

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South African Airways is on the Brink

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South African Airways is on the Brink By Ofonime Essien South African Airways (SAA) is in dire straits. Africa’s second largest airline and one of its most historic is in danger of liquidation, according to a report from Business Day Live, a daily South African newspaper. The report comes in the wake of a series of financial

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World’s largest aircraft damaged in crash landing

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World’s largest aircraft damaged in crash landing By Ofonime Essien The world’s longest aircraft – the Airlander 10 – has been damaged after nosediving on landing during its second test flight. The 302ft (92m) long aircraft – which is part plane and part airship – was damaged during the flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

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World’s biggest aircraft’s maiden flight piques Russian interest

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World’s biggest aircraft’s maiden flight piques Russian interest By Ofonime Essien Russia has its eye on developments in the UK airship industry following the successful maiden flight of what is billed as the world’s biggest aircraft. The Airlander 10 is a true giant of the skies; it would take the Olympic triple sprint gold medallist

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Boeing Delivers AH-64E Apache Training System to South Korea

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Boeing Delivers AH-64E Apache Training System to South Korea By Ofonime Essien Boeing has delivered to the Republic of Korea an Apache Longbow Crew Trainer that the country’s Army air crews will use to prepare for the AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters that Boeing begins delivering later this year. The system uses the Apache’s flight software

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Baby Born on Plane Given One Million Mile Birthday Gift

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Baby Born on Plane Given One Million Mile Birthday Gift By Ofonime Essien When a baby named Haven grows up and is asked “Where were you born?” she’ll have a great story to tell. And, given that one of her first birthday presents is one million frequent-flier points, she’ll likely be telling that story to her

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Aero crisis worsens, may sack workers

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Aero crisis worsens, may sack workers By Ofonime Essien Aero Contractors, one of Nigeria’s largest domestic airlines, is set to lay off some of its workers as its financial crisis becomes worsened. Already, the airline is in talks with aviation unions on how to cut down on the number of workers in its employ. It

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Sexy Mariah Carey billboard sparks airport drama

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Sexy Mariah Carey billboard sparks airport drama By Ofonime Essien Two California airports find themselves tangled up in a story about Mariah Carey’s body parts. On Monday, celebrity gossip and entertainment site TMZ reported that Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport and John Wayne Airport in Orange County were nixing the installation of billboards scheduled to go up near

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Night flight fatal for four

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Night flight fatal for four By Ofonime Essien The pilot and three passengers boarded the Cessna 172 for a flight at night near Willoughby Hills, Ohio. The controller cleared the flight for takeoff and observed the airplane lift off about 2,000 feet down the runway. Shortly after liftoff, the pilot contacted the controller and reported that

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CNN Announces ‘CNN Air’ Dedicated Drone Unit

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CNN Announces ‘CNN Air’ Dedicated Drone Unit By Ofonime Essien Cable television news organization CNN has launched CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN Air), its first dedicated drone unit. CNN Air will employ two full-time unmanned aircraft systems operators “to fully integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all CNN networks and platforms, along with Turner

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Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

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Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system By Ofonime Essien In summer 2015 a research team led by Jayant Sirohi, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, tested an experimental helicopter rotor design in a wind tunnel, generating the first publicly available performance data on a cutting-edge, dual-rotor design.

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EASA Strengthens Medical requirements for Pilots

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EASA Strengthens Medical Requirements for Pilots By Ofonime Essien EASA published a set of proposals to the European Commission for an update of the rules concerning pilots’ medical fitness, as part of its Action Plan following the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident. These rules are contained in so-called Part-MED, which covers aviation safety rules related to

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Atlas Air Worldwide commences air transport service for Amazon

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Atlas Air Worldwide commences air transport service for Amazon By Ofonime Essien Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings announced the inaugural flight of the first of 20 B767-300 converted freighters to be provided to Amazon to support the continuing expansion of Amazon’s e-commerce business and to enhance its customer delivery capabilities. The aircraft, the first in Amazon’s

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Over 150,000 passengers affected by Air France strike

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Over 150,000 passengers affected by Air France strike By Ofonime Essien The Air France cabin crew strike was still running on Monday, with around 5 percent of all long haul flights cancelled and around 20 percent of domestic and medium-haul flights also grounded. The airline warned that last-minute cancellations and delays were also possible. “Difficulties

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Air France Cabin Crew Start Week-Long Strike

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Air France Cabin Crew Start Week-Long Strike By Ofonime Essien A week-long strike by cabin crew at Air France has caused the cancellation of around 13 percent of the carrier’s flights planned for Wednesday. For Thursday, the airline will cancel around 30 percent of short and medium-haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle, while keeping

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Three dead in Indonesian military chopper crash

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Three dead in Indonesian military chopper crash By Ofonime Essien   An Indonesian military helicopter crashed into a home in Central Java Friday, an official said, killing three people in the latest air accident for the country’s armed forces. The helicopter crashed into a suburban area just north of Yogyakarta, a major city on the

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The 20 US vacation spots photographed the most on Instagram

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The 20 US vacation spots photographed the most on Instagram By Ofonime Essien TIME magazine has compiled a list of the most popular locations around America based on Instagram travel posts  It logged all images tagged with words like ‘vacation’ and ‘travelgram’ on the site over July 4 weekend New York was the most popular, with

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NIGERIAN PILOTS LOST AT SEA

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NIGERIAN PILOTS LOST AT SEA By Kelechi Eze & Ofonime Essien   This is a missive to address the issues that have confronted me as an unemployed pilot with no job experience in Nigeria. I will delve into matters only within my scope of experience and reach even though I am no expert in the aviation industry,

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American Airlines Passengers Evacuated at Heathrow Airport after smoke fills cabin

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American Airlines Passengers Evacuated at Heathrow Airport after smoke fills cabin By Ofonime Essien Incident happened at 12.30pm at Heathrow and emergency services arrived A dozen people having to use the emergency slides to get out of the plane Smoke could be seen coming from the rear of the aircraft at the airport Passengers were

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Bristow Nigeria Introduces New Helicopter Rescue and Recovery Services

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Bristow Nigeria Introduces New Helicopter Rescue and Recovery Services By Ofonime Essien New rescue and recovery service to launch from Port Harcourt Advanced Leonardo AW139 dedicated to the operation Crews are highly skilled, trained and certified First of its kind helicopter rescue and recovery service in Nigeria Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited yesterday announced a new

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The Shocking Moment An Airline Passenger Was Tied to His Seat

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The Shocking Moment An Airline Passenger Was Tied to His Seat By Ofonime Essien Man was travelling on China Southern Airlines flight from Wuhan to Harbin  He reportedly started behaving erratically before shouting ‘I want to fly’  Flight was forced to divert and the man removed following the incident A man had to be restrained

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Russia to purchase 20 AgustaWestland AW189 Helicopters

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Russia to purchase 20 AgustaWestland AW189 Helicopters By Ofonime Essien Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Russian Helicopters and Rosneft have signed an agreement for the future sale of additional twenty AgustaWestland AW189 commercial helicopters to RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of the oil company Rosneft. The new helicopters will be used for transportation purposes. Read also: Help Is On The Way

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24-Year Old Attempted Stealing a Life Flight Chopper

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24-Year Old Attempted Stealing a Life Flight Chopper By Ofonime Essien Longview police say a suspected car prowler wasn’t satisfied just targeting cars, so he broke into a Life Flight helicopter and tried to start it up. The attempted theft happened at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, where a Life Flight helicopter rests on the helipad on

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Chinese jet makes ‘unsafe’ intercept of Air Force plane

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Chinese jet makes ‘unsafe’ intercept of Air Force plane By Ofonime Essien A U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft flying Tuesday in international airspace over the East China Sea was intercepted in an “unsafe manner” by a Chinese J-10 fighter jet, several defense officials tell CNN. The Chinese jet was never closer than 100 feet

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2012 Dana Plane Crash Report Will Be Ready Soon – AIB

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2012 Dana Plane Crash Report Will Be Ready Soon – AIB By Ofonime Essien Accident Investigation Bureau has issued an Interim Statement on investigations into the crash of Dana Airlines MD 83 aircraft with registration 5N-RAM, which occurred at Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State, Nigeria on 3rd June, 2012. According to the press statement issued

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Help Is On the Way

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Help Is On the Way By Ofonime Essien If you pray for a miracle and God doesn’t give you one, you can be a miracle to other people. On 21st August, 2012, I left Abuja, Nigeria for a US $97,700.00 (N16,132,050.00) helicopter flight training with US $1,212.00 (N200,000.00) in my bank account believing that help

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Why you should ALWAYS Bolt Your Hotel Door

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Why you should ALWAYS Bolt Your Hotel Door By Ofonime Essien Men who filmed the video were staying at a Rodeway Inn in New Mexico Calling it a ‘hotel key fail’, they used their card to unlock multiple rooms Hotel’s owner said a ‘malfunction’ in the key system has been addressed Hotel guests may lose

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Autonomous Helicopter Completes 30 Mile Journey

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Autonomous Helicopter Completes 30 Mile Journey By Ofonime Essien A Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter flew using MATRIX technology The flight was monitored, and executed by an operator using only a tablet This could reduce aircrew size, and change the type and length of training Most people have heard about self-driving cars, with companies from Google

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Passenger kicked off plane for ‘taking pictures of flight attendant’s buttocks’

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Passenger kicked off plane for ‘taking pictures of flight attendant’s buttocks’ By Ofonime Essien Man snapped photos as cabin crew delivered safety demo at Dublin Airport A female flight attendant claimed the man was taking pictures of her He was told to delete the images but claimed he was unable to do so Police officers

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This Too, Shall Pass

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This Too, Shall Pass By Ofonime Essien Training in International Helicopter Flying School (IHFS), Enugu – Nigeria was very challenging. We were the pioneer students of the school and originally thirty (30) students. Two (2) students didn’t make the course after ground school because they lacked the knowledge required for the course. Another two (2)

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EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo crashed – Hollande

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EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo crashed – Hollande By Ofonime Essien An EgyptAir flight reported missing between Paris and Cairo has crashed, French President Francois Hollande confirmed. The Airbus A320 with 66 people on board disappeared from radar at 02:30 Cairo time (00:30 GMT), soon after leaving Greek airspace. Greece’s defence minister says

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New Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations takes effect July

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New Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations takes effect July By Ofonime Essien The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has revealed that the new Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) promulgated in December, 2015, will take effect from 1st July, 2016. This revelation was contained in a Circular Ref: NCAA/DG/AOL/21/16/01 sent to all Airline Operators last month with

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Packed Lufthansa plane bursts FOUR of its eight tyres during ‘scary’ landing

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Packed Lufthansa plane bursts FOUR of its eight tyres during ‘scary’ landing By Ofonime Essien Airbus A330 was travelling from Munich to Mumbai when its tyres burst A small fire was reported. There was also landing gear and brake damage  All 163 passengers on board were safe. Lack of staff caused repair delay A Lufthansa Airbus

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Flight Diverts Following Suicide Attempt by Crew Member

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Flight Diverts Following Suicide Attempt by Crew Member By Ofonime Essien The cabin crew member is said to have tried to slit his wrists after locking himself into the toilets aboard the London bound flight © Alamy It is not known what he used to cut himself. He was found slumped on the toilet seat

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How 11 persons survived Bristow helicopter crash

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How 11 persons survived Bristow helicopter crash By Ofonime Essien   Helicopter turned in readiness to be loaded on the rescue ship         Photo: AIB More facts have emerged on how 11 occupants of Sikorsky S-76C++ Helicopter, belonging to Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited, survived the February 3 crash in Lagos. The crash, of which cause is still

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New turbine engine to restore helicopter lift capability

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New turbine engine to restore helicopter lift capability By Ofonime Essien Attendees of the Army Aviation Association of America-sponsored 2016 Army Aviation Mission Solution Summit in Atlanta, April 29, 2016, view a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter in the aircraft exposition area. The helicopter could get an ITEP replacement engine in the future. David Vergun Photo

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Customs Officer Destroys Arik Air’s Equipment over delayed flight

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Customs Officer Destroys Arik Air’s Equipment over delayed flight By Ofonime Essien A Senior Officer of the Nigerian Customs Service (NSC) who could not control his temper turned violent when his flight was delayed because he felt he was extorted by the airline and destroyed equipment belonging to Arik Air and after the destruction offered

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FAA certifies Robinson R44 Cadet helicopter

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FAA certifies Robinson R44 Cadet helicopter By Ofonime Essien The two-place R44 Cadet, designed to appeal to the training market, has the same airframe, rotor system, and powerplant as the R44 Raven I. Skip Robinson Photo On May 6, 2016, Robinson Helicopter Company received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its two-place R44 Cadet helicopter.

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Third AW609 prototype begins ground run testing

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Third AW609 prototype begins ground run testing By Ofonime Essien The aircraft began restrained ground run testing with all engines and systems operating. Leonardo Helicopters Photo Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced the third prototype (A/C3) of the AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor has completed its first ground run at the company’s facilities in Cascina Costa, Italy, marking a critical milestone

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Aero Contractors Sacks 100 Workers Outsourced by Skyborne

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Aero Contractors Sacks 100 Workers Outsourced by Skyborne By Ofonime Essien Some Nigerians working with Aero Contractors have lost their jobs following a structural process that took place in the establishment. Not fewer than 100 workers outsourced to Aero Contractors by Skyborne Ltd have been sacked following the airline’s decision to review its relationship with

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NCAA bans unauthorized launching of Drones in Nigerian Airspace

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NCAA bans unauthorized launching of Drones in Nigerian Airspace By Ofonime Essien The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has banned the launching of Remotely Piloted Aircraft  (RPA) in the Nigerian airspace without the permit of the authority and the Office of National Security Adviser. This is contained in a statement issued by the General Manager,

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Syria conflict: Russian helicopter crashes, killing two crew

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Syria conflict: Russian helicopter crashes, killing two crew By Ofonime Essien Two Russian military pilots have died after their helicopter crashed near the central Syrian city of Homs. The aircraft, an M-28H attack helicopter, was not shot at, Russia’s defence ministry said. Read also: Searchers Find 4 of 6 Crewmwn on Missing Japan Military Jet

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Searchers Find 4 of 6 Crewmen on Missing Japan Military Jet

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Searchers Find 4 of 6 Crewmen on Missing Japan Military Jet By Ofonime Essien Searchers on Thursday found four of the six crew members from a Japanese military jet that disappeared two days earlier while flying over southern mountains. Rescue workers will resume searching for the jet and the two other crew members Friday morning.

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Japanese military jet missing with crew of 6

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Japanese military jet missing with crew of 6 By Ofonime  Essien A Japanese military jet carrying six airmen has disappeared from radar over southern Japan. The Defense Ministry said the plane disappeared Wednesday afternoon about an hour after takeoff from Kanoya base for what was supposed to be a three-hour flight. Read also: San Francisco

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San Francisco to Become KLM’s First U.S. Boeing 787 Destination

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San Francisco to Become KLM’s First U.S. Boeing 787 Destination By Ofonime Essien KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will operate its Boeing 787-9 in a summer seasonal service from Amsterdam to San Francisco, starting from May 4. The seasonal service will be in addition to KLM’s daily scheduled flight operated by 747-400s, and it will mark

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Brussels Attacks Draw World Attention to Airport Security

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Brussels Attacks Draw World Attention to Airport Security By Ofonime Essien The suicide bomb attack at the departure hall of Brussels’ Zaventem Airport on Tuesday has prompted several countries worldwide to review or tighten airport security and raised questions about when passengers should be screened when entering airport or train terminals. In Nigeria, the management

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Flydubai Boeing crash in Rostov-on-Don kills all 62 on board

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Flydubai Boeing crash in Rostov-on-Don kills all 62 on board By Ofonime Essien Flydubai flight FZ981 has crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don killing all 62 passengers and crew on board. The flight was en route from Dubai and crashed during its second landing approach amid poor weather conditions. Air-traffic control and local

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Cabin Crew Recruitment at Arik Air

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Cabin Crew Recruitment at Arik Air By Ofonime Essien Job summary Reports to the SCCM during flight duties. To ensure the safety and security of passengers on board the aircraft. To deliver product and service to the highest standards and deal professionally with all matters relating to passenger queries and needs in-flight. Working relationship Flight

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The Kung Fu Cabin Crew

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The Kung Fu Cabin Crew By Ofonime Essien Flight attendants perform martial arts on a 6,560ft mountain ledge as part of their aviation school ‘bravery training’ The young women followed the instructions of a Taoist kung fu master ‘Bravery training’ was organised on the peaks of China’s Laojun Mountain Feat was part of a promotion for

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Royal Brunei Airlines Makes History with All Female Crews

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Royal Brunei Airlines Makes History with All Female Crews Flying into the history books: All-female Dreamliner pilot crew touches down in Saudi Arabia… where women aren’t even allowed to drive a car Captain Sharifah Czarena was in charge on flight from Brunei to Jeddah She was joined in the cockpit by senior first officers Sariana

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WHO Advises Pregnant Women To Avoid Zika-affected Areas

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WHO Advises Pregnant Women To Avoid Zika-affected Areas By Ofonime Essien The WHO advised pregnant women not to travel to areas with ongoing outbreaks of Zika virus due to the potential risk of birth defects. Sexual transmission is “relatively common” and health services in Zika-affected areas should be ready for potential increases in cases of

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ICAO adopts new measures to avoid recurrence of MH370 disappearance

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ICAO adopts new measures to avoid recurrence of MH370 disappearance By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=52 position=center] Nearly two years after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has announced in Montréal that it will be adopting new provisions to avoid the total disappearance of commercial aircraft that are

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Pilot Dies at 34,000 Feet While Flying 220 Passengers

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Pilot Dies at 34,000 Feet While Flying 220 Passengers By Ofonime Essien   Captain Walid bin Mohammed al-Mohammed was flying the Airbus A321 during a two-hour flight to Riyadh, when he had a heart attack and was pronounced dead on arrival. According to Arabian news reports, the captain died mid-journey after departing Bisha airport in

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Nigerian Air Force DSSC 2016

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Nigerian Air Force DSSC 2016 By Ofonime Essien Application for Nigerian Air Force Direct Short Service Course 2016 is now open. This is a good opportunity for those that have dreaming of joining the Nigerian Air Force as an Officer. Application Guidelines GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS All interested candidates can only submit one application. Any applicant who

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NCAA lifts suspension on Bristow Helicopter

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NCAA lifts suspension on Bristow Helicopter By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=62 position=center] The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has lifted the temporary suspension on the operation of the Bristow Helicopter Sirkorsky S-76 aircrafts in the country. This is contained in a statement signed by its External Communications Manager, Julie King, which was obtained by News

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Ex-NCAA boss slams Nigeria-Qatar BASA

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Ex-NCAA boss slams Nigeria-Qatar BASA By Ofonime Essien The former Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, has described the recent Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) signed by the Federal Government with Qatar as good politics but bad economics. He said this at the quarterly breakfast meeting with the topic, “Nigeria

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Switchblade flying car development advances

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Switchblade flying car development advances By Ofonime Essien Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Motors and designer of the Switchblade flying sports car, recently unveiled the latest advances in the company’s multi-year program to establish a viable flying car. “The idea of landing at an airport, pushing a button to stow wings and tail, and drive

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Emirates overtakes Qantas for world’s longest flight

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Emirates overtakes Qantas for world’s longest flight By Ofonime Essien An Emirates Airline Boeing 777-200LR at a gate at Boston Logan International Airport on March 10, 2014. (Photo: Michael Dwyer, AP) Emirates has bumped Qantas Airways out of the top spot for the world’s longest flight. Emirates took over the title Tuesday with the launch of its

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The world’s most powerful passports revealed

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The world’s most powerful passports revealed By Ofonime Essien Germany has claimed bragging rights in an annual ranking of the world’s most powerful passports, while the UK and US each fell multiple spots. All three countries shared first place in last year’s study, but the UK and US have dropped to third and fourth, respectively,

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EFCC seizes assets of NAMA top officials

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EFCC seizes assets of NAMA top officials By Ofonime Essien   The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun the seizure of assets of some top officials of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), some of who are still being questioned over N5 billion alleged sleaze. This is coming after New Telegraph exclusively reported

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Airlines differ over scarcity of aviation fuel, scores stranded

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Airlines differ over scarcity of aviation fuel, scores stranded By Ofonime Essien Scores of passengers on Arik Air were left stranded at virtually all the airports across the country yesterday. The stranding of passengers at aerodromes had been on for close to one week but came to a head on Monday and yesterday when passengers

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2016 Recruitment at NCAT

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2016 Recruitment at NCAT By Ofonime Essien The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria is the foremost Approved Aviation Training Institution in Africa. It was established in 1964 with the mandate to produce highly skilled Aviation Professionals such as Pilots, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Air Traffic Safety Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Airline Cabin Crew Personnel, Flight

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Bristow issues statement in response to call for termination of its Nigeria Contracts

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Bristow issues statement in response to call for termination of its Nigeria Contracts By Ofonime Essien Nigeria’s National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a corporate services unit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, has called for the termination of Bristow Helicopters contracts in the country following the emergency landing of a Bristow-operated Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter

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NAPIMS Terminates Bristow Helicopter Services Contracts

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NAPIMS Terminates Bristow Helicopter Services Contracts By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=’46’ position=’center’] The National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has terminated all Bristow helicopter services contracts with its joint partners. This followed the accident involving Sikorsky helicopter with registration 5B-BJQ owned and operated by Bristow Helicopters

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AIB Gather Stakeholders to Amend Accident Investigation Regulations

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AIB Gathers Stakeholders to Amend Accident Investigation Regulations By Ofonime Essien The Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) on Tuesday gather stakeholders on proposed amendment to Accident Investigation Regulations. The Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Dr. Felix Abali called for restraint from the public on issues bordering on aircraft accident or incident in the aviation

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ICAO council prohibits lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft

ICAO council prohibits lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=’52’ position=’center’] ICAO said its 36-State Governing Council has adopted a new aviation safety measure prohibiting, on an interim basis, all shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Read also: IATA says Bangkok Airport a Safety Risk The council’s decision is

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IATA says Bangkok Airport a Safety Risk

IATA says Bangkok Airport a Safety Risk By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=57 position=center] Chinese tourists receive souvenirs from airport officers as part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand, February 5, 2016. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that Bangkok’s main Suvarnabhumi Airport is a safety risk, with

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As Indians Line Up To Fly, Airports Are In Distress, But Pilots Are King

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As Indians Line Up To Fly, Airports Are In Distress, But Pilots Are King By Ofonime Essien Lightson Ngashangva still remembers the long train journeys followed by interminable bus rides each summer when he went from Delhi to his village in Manipur. Now, when the 26-year-old biotechnology student visits his home in Manipur, his nearly

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Pregnant Woman Dies On Board Arik Flight

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Pregnant Woman Dies On Board Arik Flight By Ofonime Essien A 39-year​-​old pregnant woman was on Friday confirmed dead on board an Arik Air flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos. The deceased, identified as Ijeoma Nwokedi, was confirmed dead on arrival by the medical personnel at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Domestic Terminal One, Lagos. Read

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The Airport of the Future

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The Airport of the Future By Ofonime Essien Istanbul New Airport, the name given to the project so far, will have four phases and be fully operational by 2028 Phase 1a is scheduled to wrap up by the end of 2018 and includes the world’s largest airport terminal under one roof Nervous tourists are skipping

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Nigerian Begins Africa’s First Solo Flight Round the World

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Nigerian Begins Africa’s First Solo Flight Round the World By Ofonime Essien           PROJECT Transcend (1Man, 1Plane, 1 World) ‎the first ever solo flight round the world by an African originating and terminating in Africa is set to kick off in ‎April in Lagos.‎ ‎‎ Transcend is a project powered by

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US Plane Impounded in Zimbabwe; Body and Cash Found

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US Plane Impounded in Zimbabwe; Body and Cash Found By Ofonime Essien A body discovered by horrified ground staff who noticed blood dripping from a US plane which was carrying suitcases of cash may have been a stowaway from a previous flight, it has been claimed. The Western Global Airlines charter flight had been hired

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The bodies of two helicopter crew members located on Kineros

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The bodies of two helicopter crew members located on Kineros By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=53 position=center] The bodies of two out of the three crew members of the Greek Navy helicopter that crashed early on Thursday off the small island of Kineros in the eastern Aegean Sea were found, according to information. The bodies were

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ICAO to end rift on new aircraft emission rules

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ICAO to end rift on new aircraft emission rules By Ofonime Essien Europe and the United States tried to bridge differences over emissions standards for aircraft on Sunday as global aviation leaders prepared to adopt new rules that could affect Boeing Co and Airbus Group‘s production of the largest jetliners and freighters. Proposals being debated

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National Carrier coming soon – Minister

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National Carrier coming soon – Minister By Ofonime Essien The Federal Government has said that it will soon commence the process of establishing a national carrier for the country. The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, gave the assurance in Abuja while inaugurating the Ministerial Committee on Assessment of Security Situation in Nigeria’s

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Jayeola, the Captain who ‘saved’ 11 lives in Bristow crash

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Jayeola, the Captain who ‘saved’ 11 lives in Bristow crash By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=51 position=center] In a world where evil is far easier to remember than good, Abimbola Jayeola’s landmark achievement in December 2014 largely escaped the notice of mainstream media. That month, she became Nigeria’s first female helicopter captain. But it does seem

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The worst days to fly in 2016 revealed

The worst days to fly in 2016 revealed By Ofonime Essien A British holiday firm has analysed data and listed 10 days to avoid Research identified holidays or major events that caused prices to spike First date on the calendar is 12 February ahead of half-term holidays [supsystic-gallery id=50 position=center] Passengers are constantly bombarded with

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NCAA suspends Bristow Helicopters’ Aircraft Type

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NCAA suspends Bristow Helicopters’ Aircraft Type By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=48 position=center] CONSIDERING the frequency of air crashes involving Bristow Helicopter, two in less than six months, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday suspended the use of the brand of the ditched aircraft by the airline. According to NCAA, the suspension will enable the

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How our helicopter landed on water – Bristow Helicopters

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How our helicopter landed on water – Bristow Helicopters By Ofonime Essien Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited has confirmed the water-landing of one of its helicopters near Lagos on Wednesday morning. A statement issued by Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, said that one of its helicopters was involved in a “water landing” near Lagos at about 10.25

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11 people survive Bristow helicopter crash in Lagos

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11 people survive Bristow helicopter crash in Lagos By Ofonime Essien Eleven people have survived a Bristow helicopter crash that occurred around the Murtala Mohammed International  Airport, eyewitnesses have said. Read also:Crashed Bristow S-76 Recorder in DC for Review The crash has also been confirmed by the Public Relations Officer, South-West National Emergency Management Agency,

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Cimber cancels flights due to Pilot shortage

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Cimber cancels flights due to Pilot shortage By Ofonime Essien SAS Scandinavian Airline’s Danish subsidiary Cimber will cancel 760 services through mid-May as it fights to overcome a shortage of pilots. SAS acquired Cimber in December 2014 to handle regional and short-haul flights on thinner European routes, using a fleet of 12 Bombardier CRJ900s. The

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Chinese Carriers to Blacklist Unruly Passengers

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Chinese Carriers to Blacklist Unruly Passengers By Ofonime Essien China’s biggest airlines have joined forces to blacklist rowdy passengers who have become an increasing problem as the number of passengers grows. Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Spring Air said they would share the names of passengers who misbehave and ban them

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Boeing wins contract to build new Air Force One Presidential Jets

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Boeing wins contract to build new Air Force One presidential jets By Ofonime Essien Boeing Co (BA.N) has won a contract to start preliminary work on a new fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft based on its 747-8 jumbo jet, the Pentagon said on Friday. Read also:Emirates offers special deals for world’s longest flight

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Falling Naira will not Compromise Air Safety, says NCAA

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Falling Naira will not Compromise Air Safety, says NCAA By Ofonime Essien             The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has assured the flying public that the depreciating value of the Naira in the foreign exchange market would not compromise standard and safety in the sector, particularly in flight operations by

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Jet Airways Passenger Opens Emergency Exit Door for Fun

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Jet Airways Passenger Opens Emergency Exit Door for Fun Incident occurred on board a Jet Airways plane at Mumbai’s airport Boeing 737 had just landed after a near three-hour flight from Abu Dhabi Tourist was arrested and barred from boarding a connecting flight  By Ofonime Essien A German tourist created a scare on board a

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7 injured on flight diverted to St John’s after hitting heavy turbulence

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7 injured on flight diverted to St John’s after hitting heavy turbulence By Ofonime Essien Seven people were taken to hospital after an American Airlines passenger jet made an emergency landing in St. John’s, NL, Sunday night following severe turbulence. “I thought we were going down,” said passenger Jordan Case of Plano, Texas. American Airlines

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Human remains found at site of F-16 fighter jet crash in Arizona

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Human remains found at site of F-16 fighter jet crash in Arizona By Ofonime Essien A spokesman for Luke Air Force Base confirmed late Thursday night that search crews have located human remains at the site of an F-16 fighter jet crash near Bagdad. Flown by a student pilot from Taiwan, the jet from Luke Air

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Ukraine To Review Cyber Security After Airport Targeted

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Ukraine To Review Cyber Security After Airport Targeted By Ofonime Essien Ukrainian authorities will review the security of government computer systems, including at airports and train stations, after a cyber attack on Kiev’s main airport was launched from a server in Russia. Malware similar to that which attacked three Ukrainian power firms in late December

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Bristow launches jet service between Lagos and Port Harcourt

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Bristow launches jet service between Lagos and Port Harcourt By Ofonime Essien Bristow Africa’s new jet charter service between Lagos and Port Harcourt has grown steadily since its launch in November 2015, with passengers praising the reliability, convenience and comfort of the new flights. Regular clients include oil and gas, logistics, shipping and infrastructure development

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Arik Air connects Libreville with Lagos

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Arik Air connects Libreville with Lagos By Ofonime Essien                 Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest carrier, is introducing a new service between Nigeria and Gabon as part of the airline’s expansion programme. Commencing February 12, 2016, Arik Air will be flying from both Nigerian cities of

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The 20 Safest Airlines in the World

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The 20 Safest Airlines in the World By Ofonime Essien One thing businesspeople do is travel, and much of this travel takes place via airlines. In fact, Americans log more than 452 million business trips each year, a significant number of which involve air travel. Read more:Dare to Dream While low prices are always a

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Lufthansa to increase e-journal options

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Lufthansa to increase e-journal options By Ofonime Essien Lufthansa is to expand its inflight entertainment options with a new e-journal download service at the end of January. The new offering allows passengers to access and download from a digital library direct to their phones, tablets and readers. Read more:Dare to Dream The eJournal service enables

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Russian authority claims MH17 inquiry findings ‘unsubstantiated’

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Russian authority claims MH17 inquiry findings ‘unsubstantiated’ By Ofonime Essien Russian authorities have formally communicated to Dutch investigators concerns that the inquiry into the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 contains several contradictions and discrepancies. The Dutch Safety Board concluded that the Boeing 777-200ER was shot down by a Russian-built Buk surface-to-air missile over eastern

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Researchers Advance Propulsion Toward Low-Carbon Aircraft

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Researchers Advance Propulsion Toward Low-Carbon Aircraft By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=42 position=center] When Orville Wright traveled to Cleveland for the dedication of the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in the 1940s, he had already witnessed the advancement of aircraft from his Kitty Hawk model to the winged machines that fought in World War II. Today, the

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Dare to Dream

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Dare to Dream By Ofonime Essien “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ― Helen Keller Dream is not what you see at night when you sleep but that which will not let you sleep. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.

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Kenya Hopes For Direct US Flights By May

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Kenya Hopes For Direct US Flights By May By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=39 position=center] Kenya hopes to start direct commercial flights to the United States by May after it met most of the requirements set by ICAO. The East African nation wants to boost exports to the US and increase visits by American tourists. Launching

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Blue Air plane slips off the runway at Romania Cluj airport

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Blue Air plane slips off the runway at Romania’s Cluj airport By Ofonime Essien A plane operated by Romanian low-cost carrier Blue Air went 10 meters off the runway when making a landing at the Avram Iancu International Airport in Cluj-Napoca on Thursday morning, January 7. None of the plane’s 106 passengers and crew members

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Pilotless drone to transport humans, on display

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Pilotless drone to transport humans, on display By Ofonime Essien     Chinese drone maker Ehang has unveiled what it calls the world’s first drone capable of carrying a human passenger. The Guangzhou, China-based company pulled the cloth off the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES gadget show. In a

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Open door forces passenger plane to turn back

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Open door forces passenger plane to turn back By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=37 position=center] A passenger plane carrying 163 people was forced to turn back 40 minutes into the flight after it was discovered one of the plane’s doors was not completely shut. The flight, operated by low-cost Korean Air subsidiary Jin Air, left Cebu

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How to Make New Year Resolutions Work for You

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How to Make New Year Resolutions Work for You By Ofonime Essien                     Welcome to 2016! New Year brings new dreams, new hopes, new visions, new passions and new opportunities to make new starts. New Year is the time to take stock of the past year,

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Bird strike forces Southampton plane emergency landing

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Bird strike forces Southampton plane emergency landing By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=36 position=center] An aircraft full of passengers bound for Spain was forced to turn around when a bird damaged one of its engines. The Flybe flight from Southampton Airport to Alicante had just taken off at 10:00 GMT yesterday when it suffered a bird

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Family Survives Uhuru Gardens Plane Crash

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Family Survives Uhuru Gardens Plane Crash By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=35 position=center] A family escaped death narrowly on Saturday when their private aircraft crashed at the Uhuru Gardens as it was about to land at the Wilson Airport. The pilot, Captain Simon Herd, was flying with his family from Kijipwa in Kilifi County when it

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Schiphol Terminal Evacuated After Bomb Threat

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Schiphol Terminal Evacuated After Bomb Threat By Ofonime Essien A British man was arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after shouting to other passengers that he had a bomb, Dutch police have said. Several check in desks were shut and passengers evacuated yesterday morning after the man, 29, who has not been named, made the bomb threat.

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year By Ofonime Essien May the New Year bring joy, peace and happiness to you and your entire family. In this New Year, may all your dreams turn into reality and all your efforts into great achievements. Read more:Germany Plans Spot Drug Tests on Pilots Write it on your heart that every day

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Zimbabwe Flyafrica’s AOC reinstated

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Zimbabwe Flyafrica’s AOC reinstated By Ofonime Essien The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) has reinstated Zimbabwe flyafrica’s Air Operators Certificate (AOC) following a near two-month long suspension, reports ch-aviation. The Low Cost Carrier (LCC) planned to resume commercial operations on Tuesday, December 29. We are yet to confirm whether the airline started operations yesterday.

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Finmeccanica launches One Company

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Finmeccanica launches One Company By Ofonime Essien                 Finmeccanica, the leading Italian industrial group operating in the high-technology marketplace, is becoming a single entity, the result of a divisionalization process that was launched by the CEO and general manager Mauro Moretti in June 2014. From Jan. 1, 2016

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EgyptAir fined $140,000 for Sudan Airways leases

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EgyptAir fined $140,000 for Sudan Airways leases By Ofonime Essien EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int’l) has been fined USD140,000 by the US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for violating a US trade embargo against Sudan between 2010 and 2011. Read more:Germany Plans Spot Drug Tests on Pilots The BIS said in a statement that Egyptair

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Germany Plans Spot Drug Tests On Pilots

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Germany Plans Spot Drug Tests On Pilots By Ofonime Essien Germany plans legislation requiring random drug and alcohol testing of pilots, hoping to reduce the risk of a repeat of the Germanwings crash in March. The plans follow the recommendation of a task-force set up by the Transport Ministry, after a pilot barricaded himself inside

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Nigeria suspends top airport officials over Turkish Airlines fiasco

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Nigeria suspends top airport officials over Turkish Airlines fiasco By Ofonime Essien Following the Turkish Airline fiasco, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has ordered the suspension of three top officials of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, over the recent incident involving Turkish Airlines at the airport. Mr. Sirika disclosed this on Sunday

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Happy Holidays

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Happy Holidays By Ofonime Essien We at Ofonime Essien Aviation, wish you happy holidays. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2016!                                               See also: Happy New Year  

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NCAA Sanctions Aero over Bauchi Airport Ladder Saga

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NCAA Sanctions Aero over Bauchi Airport Ladder Saga By Ofonime Essien                       The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Tuesday imposed what it called an applicable sanction on Aero Contractors Airlines in line with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) though, the specific sanction was not

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FG Probes Aero’s Use of Ladder to Disembark Passengers

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FG Probes Aero’s Use of Ladder to Disembark Passengers By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=29 position=center] The Minister of State for  Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika yesterday directed an immediate investigation into the use of ladder by Aero Contractors Airline to disembark passengers on its chartered flight at the Bauchi Airport on Saturday. This was disclosed yesterday

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Air France Emergency A ‘False Alarm’

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Air France Emergency A ‘False Alarm’ By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=28 position=center] A suspicious device found on an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris that prompted an emergency landing was harmless and caused a “false alarm”, the airline’s chief executive said. Air France staff decided to land the Boeing 777 at the nearest airport,

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Trial to cut Heathrow Holding Times enters Operational Service

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Trial to cut Heathrow Holding Times enters Operational Service By Ofonime Essien A trial project to cut aircraft holding times at Heathrow Airport has been so successful it has now entered permanent operational service. Known as cross-border arrivals management – or XMAN – the procedure sees NATS air traffic controllers in the UK working with those

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Amazon to Launch Own Air Service

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Amazon to Launch Own Air Service By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=26 position=center] Amazon.com is negotiating to lease 20 Boeing 767 Freighter aircraft to use as part of a US air domestic service, according to reports in the US. Media outlets claim the online retail giant wants to build its own cargo operations to avoid delays from

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Don’t Lobby for What God Has Not Given You

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Don’t Lobby for What God Has Not Given You By Ofonime Essien Recently, I applied to join the Nigeria Police Force as a Helicopter Pilot. I passed the written examination and was interviewed for the job by the Police Service Commission. People who were in the know,  congratulated me even when the list was not

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Police Service Commission Employs Pilots and Engineers

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Police Service Commission Employs Pilots and Engineers By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=24 position=center] Police Service Commission, Nigeria has employed twenty five (25) Pilots and twenty (20) Engineers for the Air Wing Unit of the Nigeria Police Force. The Commission on Monday, 14th December, 2015 in its office at the Federal Secretariat, Maitama – Abuja, issued

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Nigeria’s Medview Airline to start Saudi Arabia flights shortly

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Nigeria’s Medview Airline to start Saudi Arabia flights shortly By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=25 position=center] Nigeria’s Medview Airline (VL, Kano) is planning to use its most recent arrival – a B737-800 on wet-lease from Slovakia’s Air Explore (ED, Bratislava) – to open up flights to Saudi Arabia later this month. Read more:Intrepid Travel’s 365-day Trip

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Emirates offers special deals for world’s longest flight

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Emirates offers special deals for world’s longest flight By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=23 position=center] Emirates is offering special pre-launch fares for its Dubai to Panama route, which will start from February 1. The route, operated by a Boeing 777-200 LR, will take a whopping 17 hours and 35 minutes, making it the longest in the

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Air Astana cleared from European blacklist

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Air Astana cleared from European blacklist By Ofonime Essien The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has removed Kazakhstan’s national carrier, Air Astana, from the European Union (EU) Air Safety List. Air Astana has faced restrictions on flying into the EU since 2009, but is now free to operate. However, other Kazakh carriers remain on the

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CHC Helicopter Lands Safely after Emergency Light Warning

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CHC Helicopter Lands Safely after Emergency Light Warning By Ofonime Essien   [supsystic-gallery id=22 position=center] A CHC helicopter made an emergency landing after a warning light went on in the aircraft’s cockpit. The emergency services were called out at about 10:00, and the CHC helicopter landed at about 10:15. Read more:When Opportunity Knocks, Will You

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JetBlue To Test Ab Initio Training Program

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JetBlue To Test Ab Initio Training Program By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=21 position=center] JetBlue Airways is considering a new training program to get pilots ready for the Co-Pilot and Captain’s seats. The program would take pilot candidates with no previous experience and train them to become competent airline pilots. Rather than training in smaller, cost-effecting

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The Day I Cried in Flying School

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The Day I Cried in Flying School By Ofonime Essien For those of you that have been following my blog, you already know How I Became a Helicopter Pilot and what I went through to achieve it. Towards the end of the course, an incident happened that made me cry. The Incident The incident happened

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Robinson R66 Passes Long-Awaited Snow Test

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Robinson R66 Passes Long-Awaited Snow Test By Ofonime Essien                           On Nov. 13, in Spray Lakes, Canada, Robinson’s R66 Turbine passed the FAA‘s and Transport Canada‘s test to allow flight in snow conditions. The stringent test requires extended flight in weather conditions that

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Man dies aboard Arik Air’s Owerri-Lagos flight

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Man dies aboard Arik Air’s Owerri-Lagos flight By Ofonime Essien           A 57-year-old man, Albert Nnadi, was on Wednesday confirmed dead on board an Arik Air flight from Owerri to Lagos. The passenger was said to have been found dead at the point when passengers were disembarking the flight at the

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Airbus Receives Patent Approval for Detachable Plane Cabins

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Airbus Receives Patent Approval for Detachable Plane Cabins By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=20 position=center] The designs, filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, demonstrate how the idea would work in order to cut down on boarding times meaning planes spending less time on the ground. Read more:When Opportunity Knocks, Will You Be Ready?

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FAA downgrades Thailand to Category 2

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FAA downgrades Thailand to Category 2 By Ofonime Essien     FAA has downgraded Thailand’s aviation safety rating, a move widely expected following audits of the Thai regulator by the US agency and ICAO. The downgrade means Thailand is rated as Category 2 instead of Category 1 under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment program.

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When Opportunity Knocks, Will You Be Ready?

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When Opportunity Knocks, Will You Be Ready? By Ofonime Essien While growing up in my small village, Mbiabam Ibiono, Uyo – Nigeria, I flew kite a lot. I used to wave at airplanes flying at 20,000 – 30,000 feet above mean sea level over my village and begged them, “Please, come and take me to

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Delta Executives Are Open To Ideas From 8-Year-Olds, Send Cool Airline Swag

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Delta Executives Are Open To Ideas From 8-Year-Olds, Send Cool Airline Swag By Ofonime Essien AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson doesn’t want to hear customers’ suggestions, referring customer mail containing actual suggestions to his legal team. That’s fair, we suppose: he wouldn’t want a customer to sue later on if a suggestion became a multimillion-dollar idea. Maybe

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Ten people, including Rosneft workers, killed in helicopter crash in Siberia

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Ten people, including Rosneft workers, killed in helicopter crash in Siberia By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=17 position=center] Ten people on board a Mi-8 helicopter, including employees of Russia’s state oil company Rosneft, died when the aircraft crashed in the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia on Thursday, regional transport prosecutors said. Read more: First Flights Landed in

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Burt Rutan’s SkiGull Takes to the Skies

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Burt Rutan’s SkiGull Takes to the Skies By Ofonime Essien   Burt Rutan’s SkiGull successfully took to the skies this week from the Coeur d’Alene Airport. The unusual airplane, which is designed to take off and land from water, snow and land, flew for 1.8 hours with test pilot Glenn Smith at the controls. Read

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UK Government Deports 500 Nigerians

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UK Government Deports 500 Nigerians By Ofonime Essien A plane carrying about 500 Nigerians deported from the UK has landed in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos. Most of the deportees say they are not happy to come back. Read more: Overcoming Setbacks and Difficulties One person told me BBC reporter that he was arrested by

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Turkish jets shoot down Russian warplane violating airspace

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Turkish jets shoot down Russian warplane violating airspace By Ofonime Essien Military says plane of ‘unknown nationality’ ignored repeated warnings before being shot down in line with engagement rules Turkish jets Tuesday morning shot down a warplane believed to be a Russian-type SU-24 after it violated the Turkish air space. The incident happened Tuesday near Turkey’s

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NASA First Steps Toward Drone Traffic Management

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NASA First Steps Toward Drone Traffic Management By Ofonime Essien NASA recently successfully demonstrated rural operations of its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) concept, integrating operator platforms, vehicle performance and ground infrastructure. The next steps involve further validation through Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test sites. Read more: How I Became a Helicopter Pilot

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AW139 operators help Honeywell launch high-speed broadband for helicopters

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AW139 operators help Honeywell launch high-speed broadband for helicopters [supsystic-gallery id=14 position=center] Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) will now offer AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter owners its Aspire 200 satellite communications system, marking the first high-speed wireless broadband solution enabling reliable and fast data services aboard helicopters. Read more:Travel Gear to Keep Your Money And Documents Safe Awarded

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How I Became a Helicopter Pilot

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How I Became a Helicopter Pilot By Ofonime Essien Johann Wolfgang van Goethe said “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”. Becoming a Pilot is not something I dreamt of. It came through a vision I received in my office in Cotonou, Benin Republic

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No bomb found on Turkish Airlines plane diverted to Canada, resumes journey

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No bomb found on Turkish Airlines plane diverted to Canada, resumes journey By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=13 position=center] No explosives were found on a Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) flight diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat and the plane was cleared to continue its journey, Canadian police and the airline said on Sunday. Read more:Heathrow

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Intrepid Travel’s 365-day trip will take you to 34 countries for $75,000

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Intrepid Travel’s 365-day trip will take you to 34 countries for $75,000 By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=11 position=center] What will your resolution be for 2016? Maybe to travel more? If traveling is high on your priorities, Intrepid Travel wants to help, with a 365-day tour beginning in Bangkok and ending in Buenos Aires. For this

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Heathrow Wants to be World’s First Imaginary Friend Friendly Airport

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Heathrow Wants to be World’s First Imaginary Friend Friendly Airport By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=10 position=center] Kids can now take their imaginary pals through Heathrow, which I guess they could do before but.. Read more: 10 Best Kid-Friendly Airports in USA Heathrow Airport has decided to go the extra mile and start catering for children’s

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Robinson Helicopters Introduces Two-Seats R44 Cadet

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Robinson Helicopters Introduces Two-Seats R44 Cadet By Ofonime Essien         The R44 Cadet retains the same basic airframe, rotor system, and engine as the R44 Raven I, but not the rear seats. Robinson Image Robinson Helicopter Company plans to debut the R44 Cadet, a two-place R44, in the first quarter of 2016.

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Emirates Airlines adds 98 seats to largest passenger plane for record of 615

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Emirates Airlines adds 98 seats to largest passenger plane for record of 615 By Ofonime Essien Emirates airlines has built a reputation for luxury. Now it’s also set a record: for most seats in the largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380-800. Read more:Airliner Tragedy Crushes Egypt Hopes Of Tourism Revival By doing away with first

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Dana Air Plane makes emergency landing over Fuel leakage

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Dana Air Plane makes emergency landing over Fuel leakage By Ofonime Essien A Lagos bound Dana Air aircraft which took off at about 3.10pm Tuesday from the Ibom Airport in Uyo was forced to make an emergency landing at the Port Harcourt Airport as pilots and crew detected a massive fuel leakage from the fuel

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FAAN gets nod to employ 720 workers

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FAAN gets nod to employ 720 workers By Ofonime Essien               FEDERAL Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has disclosed it has received the federal government’s permission to boost its workforce with additional 720 staff. The agency said the new intake would be mostly deployed in critical areas around the

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FAAN Workers Linked to Theft of Airports Runway Lighting Facilities

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FAAN Workers Linked to Theft of Airports Runway Lighting Facilities By Ofonime Essien The Director of Airport Operations of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Henry Omeogu, has alleged that staff of the agency who work at the runways and airsides (restricted areas of aircraft movement) may have aided the stealing of cables

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Kazakhstan suspends tourist flights to Egypt after Russian plane crash

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Kazakhstan suspends tourist flights to Egypt after Russian plane crash By Ofonime Essien Kazakhstan has suspended tourist flights to Egypt due to safety concerns after a Russian passenger plane crashed there killing all 224 people onboard, Kazakh tourist companies and an airline said on Friday. Read more:Russian Airliner Crashes in Egypt’s Sina Peninsula Tez Tour

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Indian Professor develops tail rotor health monitoring system

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Indian Professor develops tail rotor health monitoring system By Ofonime Essien                       An Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here has developed a real-time online health monitoring system for tail rotor flexbeams that can “greatly reduce

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Airliner Tragedy Crushes Egypt Hopes Of Tourism Revival

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Airliner Tragedy Crushes Egypt Hopes Of Tourism Revival By Ofonime Essien  Normally busy, the sun loungers of Sharm el-Sheikh now lie empty. Tourism in Sharm al-Sheikh was picking up again after years of political turmoil, with so many Russians enjoying the sun and fun that local beach aerobics instructors used the visitors’ own language rather

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Lufthansa Cabin Crew Strike Continues

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Lufthansa Cabin Crew Strike Continues By Ofonime Essien   Hundreds more flights were grounded on Thursday as the strike by Lufthansa’s main cabin crew union entered its sixth day with no sign of compromise. Cabin crew staff started a series of strikes at Lufthansa last Friday to fight for an improved pension offer for employees.

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Hurt by accusations, Airport Security Seek Divine Intervention

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Hurt by accusations, Airport Security Seek Divine Intervention By Ofonime Essien OTS personnel wear pink armbands, hear Mass in show of unity They are hurt by ‘laglag-bala accusations and are asking the public for understanding Even their families have been hit by the scandal, they say Hurting over being implicated in the ‘laglag-bala’ scam, members

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First Flights Landed in Nigeria 90 Years Ago

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First Flights Landed in Nigeria 90 Years Ago By Ofonime Essien November 1, 1925 will not go in the history of aviation in Nigeria without referring to the epoch making event that took place exactly 90 years ago in the city of Kano, Nigeria. Three wooden aircraft (DE HAVILLAND DH.9A) made their first landings early

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90 Years of Aviation in Nigeria

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90 Years of Aviation in Nigeria By Ofonime Essien Capt. Roland Iyayi, a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), on Friday said airlines operating in the country were in destructive competition. NAN reports that Iyayi made the assertion while speaking at a conference on “90 Years of Aviation in Nigeria” in

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Travel Safety Tips: The Risk Free Wifi Hotspots Pose To Travellers

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Travel Safety Tips: The Risk Free Wifi Hotspots Pose To Travellers By Ofonime Essien                           Just like the destination itself, logging onto a foreign free wifi hotspot can be a journey into the unknown and one that could be full of unpleasant surprises.

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Ex-Wal-Mart CEO Makes Emergency Landing with help of Parachute

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Ex-Wal-Mart CEO Makes Emergency Landing with help of Parachute By Ofonime Essien   Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused Tuesday’s dramatic scene in the sky over Arkansas. Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon was piloting a plane, heading from Bentonville, Arkansas to Waco, Texas, when he ran into engine trouble shortly after takeoff. The

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Medview airplane makes emergency landing after developing fault

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Medview airplane makes emergency landing after developing fault By Ofonime Essien Medview airplane makes emergency landing after developing fault A Medview Airline aircraft en route to Abuja on Thursday morning returned to the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2, Lagos, some minutes after take-off. Read more:China Unveils First Commercial Aircraft A source told the News Agency of

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Internet Security for Travelers

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Internet Security for Travelers By Ofonime Essien The joys of widespread Wi-Fi availability come with the responsibility to take some protective precautions. Take extra care if using a public terminal — if you must log in to any account, use an incognito window, and be absolutely sure you’ve logged out. While you shouldn’t be freaked

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The Real Reason Airplane Windows Have a Tiny Hole

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The Real Reason Airplane Windows Have a Tiny Hole By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”48″ gal_title=”Airplane Window”] If you’re a fan of the window seat, you’ve probably noticed a small hole at the bottom of airplane windows — and wondered why on earth that tiny thing is there. This tiny hole is called a breather hole

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South Sudan plane crash kills at least 41 on board and on ground

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South Sudan plane crash kills at least 41 on board and on ground By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”47″ gal_title=”South Sudan Crash”] A Russian-built cargo plane with passengers on board crashed on Wednesday after taking off from the airport in South Sudan’s capital, killing at least 41 people on the flight and on the ground, an

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China unveils first commercial aircraft to challenge Boeing and Airbus

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China unveils first commercial aircraft to challenge Boeing and Airbus By Ofonime Essien China has unveiled its first large passenger aircraft in decades, in an effort to mount a challenge to planemakers Boeing and Airbus. The C919, with 168 seats and range of 3,444 miles, was displayed at a ceremony attended by 4,000 guests. Read

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Lufthansa cabin crew threaten to start week-long strike on Friday

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Lufthansa cabin crew threaten to start week-long strike on Friday By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”46″ gal_title=”Luft”] German airline Lufthansa’s cabin crew members on Monday threatened to start a week-long strike on Friday if the company failed to meet their demands over a labour dispute. Read more:Arik Air increases frequency on Lagos – Douala Route UFO,

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AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident

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AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident By Ofonime Essien                   Ofonimeessien.com are sad to report the fatal test flight accident in Italy of AgustaWestland AW609 prototype N609AG, killing test pilots Pietro Venanzi and Herb Moran.  The pair are being praised in the Italian media for bringing

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Arik Air increases frequency on Lagos, Douala route

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Arik Air increases frequency on Lagos, Douala route By Ofonime Essien           Arik Air has increased frequency on the Lagos to Douala via Cotonou route from four to six weekly flights. The new schedule which took effect on October 11, 2015 is aimed at further enhancing connectivity in the West Coast.

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NAMA IMPLEMENTS PBN IN 15 AIRPORTS

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NAMA IMPLEMENTS PBN IN 15 AIRPORTS By Ofonime Essien               Efforts by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to implement Performance Based Navigation (PBN) in the country have received a major boost with the publication of PBN Area Navigation (RNAV) Approaches for 15 Nigerian Airports as well as the

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Russian Passenger Plane crashes in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people on board

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Russian Passenger Plane crashes in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people on board By Ofonime Essien Russian airliner crashed in Sinai desert, killing all 224 people on board Black boxes located but cause of crash still unconfirmed Islamic State-affiliated group claim responsibility, but Russia says claim “can’t be considered accurate” [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”42″ gal_title=”Egypt PM”]

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NAMA Set to Implement ADS-C / CPDLC in Nigeria

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NAMA Set to Implement ADS-C / CPDLC in Nigeria By Ofonime Essien               Preparatory to the full  implementation date of 12th November, 2015, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has achieved nationwide success in the ongoing test run of the deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract/ Controller Pilot Data Link

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Fat Dog Flies First Class

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Fat Dog Flies First Class By Ofonime Essien Shocked traveller pictures enormous dog boarding first class in giant bed. Hank is a Los Angeles woman’s service dog weighing in at 165 pounds. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”41″ gal_title=”Fat Dog”] A photo of a giant dog at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) went viral Tuesday after a fellow passenger snapped

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10 Best Kid-Friendly Airports in USA

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10 Best Kid-Friendly Airports in USA By Ofonime Essien             Travel is often a wonderful, broadening experience, but delays and long layovers can taint it with frustration. Families often handle it the worst, with impatient, cranky children and parents who are quickly nearing their last straw. This is no secret

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EASA approved Gama Aviation landing trainings for 7 types of aircraft

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EASA approved Gama Aviation landing trainings for 7 types of aircraft By Ofonime Essien         Gama Aviation announced Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Approved Training Organisation (ATO) approval to conduct the landing training required for the issue of aircraft type ratings. This enables Gama to carry out training programmes under the new interpretation

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Travel Tip: Travel Gear to Keep Your Money And Documents Safe

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Travel Tip: Travel Gear to Keep Your Money And Documents Safe By Ofonime Essien           Pickpocketing is one of the oldest crimes around, and while you can’t protect yourself 100 percent of the time, there are ways to keep your valuables a little safer. Read more: Risky Places to Use Free

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10 Kid-Friendly Airports

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10 Kid-Friendly Airports By Ofonime Essien We’ve all been there. While family vacations are wonderful, there is that moment on route where you are just not positive the entire family will make it there in once piece. Whether it is because one sibling seems intent on torture, one child has gotten hungry or – worst of all

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Travel Tip: Risky Places to Use Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Travel Tip: Risky Places to Use Free Wi-Fi Hotspots By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”29″ gal_title=”Risky Places”] Just about everywhere we travel, many of us are usually looking for an available—and free—Wi-Fi hotspot. But these hotspots may be too hot. Some of them are run by networks that aren’t there to help you connect, but to

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Travel Tip: How to Prevent Lost Luggage

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Travel Tip: How to Prevent Lost Luggage By Ofonime Essien                   A new report says that more than 24 million bags were delayed, damaged, lost, or stolen last year by airlines. About five percent of those bags were never seen again. So, how can you avoid being the

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10 Shocking Secrets of Flight Attendants

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10 Shocking Secrets of Flight Attendants By Ofonime Essien   Next time you order Diet Coke and see your flight attendant looking glum – don’t worry, it is not you, it’s the drink. In a tell-all book, former flight attendant Heather Poole talks about the competitive role of a cabin crew and revealed shocking secrets

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10 Things You Need to Know About Turbulence

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10 Things You Need to Know About Turbulence By Ofonime Essien                         Recent reports of critical, turbulence-related injuries are enough to whip travelers into a panic, but don’t cancel your next flight just yet. We spoke to a number of pilots and aviation experts

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Dutch Investigators Release MH17 Crash Report

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Dutch Investigators Release MH17 Crash Report By Ofonime Essien Story highlights Ukranian president says international tribunal should reveal “criminals” responsible for shooting down jet MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was downed in July 2014 All 298 people on board were killed. 196 of the victims were from the Netherlands. Ukrainian

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FAA Expands Unmanned Aircraft Pathfinder Efforts

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FAA Expands Unmanned Aircraft Pathfinder Efforts By Ofonime Essien                 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has entered into a Pathfinder agreement with CACI International Inc. to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the vicinity of airports. In testimony today before the

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Ethiopian Airlines Chief pushes for progress on African open skies

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Ethiopian Airlines Chief pushes for progress on African open skies By Ofonime Essien                         Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam is urging the African union to maintain its drive to liberalise the continent’s air transport system and adopt a Europe-style approach to bilateral negotiations.

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Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 collapses at Changi Airport

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Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 collapses at Changi Airport By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”23″ gal_title=”Singapore Airlines”] A Singapore Airlines plane has collapsed with no passengers or crew on board as an engineer conducted routine landing checks before a scheduled flight from Singapore to Hong Kong. The airline said in a statement the nose gear of an

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Computer outage creating travel delays for Southwest passengers

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Computer outage creating travel delays for Southwest passengers By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”22″ gal_title=”Southwest Airlines”] Passengers traveling on Southwest Airlines, USA Sunday are being told to expect long waits and lines at the airport because of a computer issue. In a statement on their website the airline is asking passengers to arrive at the airport

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Finnair becomes 1st airline in Europe, third in the world to fly Airbus’ A350

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Finnair becomes 1st airline in Europe, third in the world to fly Airbus’ A350 By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”19″ gal_title=”Finnair Crew”] Finnair became the first airline in Europe and the third in the world to begin flying Airbus’ new-age A350 jet. The carrier made its first regular passenger flight on the jet Friday on a

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Southern African airlines face crisis

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Southern African airlines face crisis By Ofonime Essien                       The Southern African airline industry is facing a crisis as demand for flights decreases and profits drop. The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has warned that the airlines ability to create jobs and stimulate economic

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How to Prevent Your Ears From Popping During Flights

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How to Prevent Your Ears From Popping During Flights By Ofonime Essien                       Flying can be a real pain in the neck, but for some it can also cause a huge pain in the ear. We’re talking about excruciating, stabbing pain that can lead to

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easyJet Captain blacks out during flight from Gatwick to Crete

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easyJet Captain blacks out during flight from Gatwick to Crete By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”17″ gal_title=”easyJet”] Plane forced to divert after captain fell ill at controls after leaving London  Aircraft landed safely by the co-pilot and paramedics met it on the runway   Comes days after American Airlines pilot suffered fatal heart attack mid-flight  An easyJet

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Overcoming Setbacks and Difficulties

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Overcoming Setbacks and Difficulties By Ofonime Essien                             Lou Holtz, a former American football player, coach, and analyst said “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”. In life, things don’t always work out the way

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Japanese Flight Attendants Are Allegedly Selling Sex to Pilots

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Japanese Flight Attendants Are Allegedly Selling Sex to Pilots By Ofonime Essien               Japanese magazine alleges stewardesses are engaging in prostitution with pilots to make up for reduced wages. Are Japanese stewardesses serving more than coffee? According to the Daily Mail, a magazine printed in Japan alleges that prostitution

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NTSB: BA 777 Suffered Uncontained Engine Failure

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NTSB: BA 777 Suffered Uncontained Engine Failure By Ofonime Essien                       The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board confirmed on Tuesday that the British Airways Boeing 777-200ER that caught fire during its takeoff roll at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport on September 8 suffered an uncontained

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Plane diverted after Co-pilot Falls Unconscious

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Plane diverted after Co-pilot Falls Unconscious By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”15″ gal_title=”United Airline”] A United Airlines flight en route from Houston to San Francisco was diverted to an Albuquerque airport Tuesday after a Co-Pilot became ill during the flight and lost consciousness. Airport spokesman Dan Jiron told NBC affiliate KOB in New Mexico that the

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Air hostess sacked for having sex with passengers in plane toilet

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Air hostess sacked for having sex with passengers in plane toilet By Ofonime Essien The airline has not been named, but woman made £1,500 every flight Said to have preferred trips between the Gulf and the United States Saudi Arabian sources say she was immediately sacked and deported One travel expert says there are ‘always

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Air Serbia officially launches inflight internet and mobile connectivity services

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Air Serbia officially launches inflight internet and mobile connectivity services By Ofonime Essien                 Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, on 1st October, 2015 achieved a major milestone by initiating the gradual deployment of mobile and internet connectivity across its entire fleet of Airbus

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American Airlines pilot who died mid-flight identified

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American Airlines pilot who died mid-flight identified By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”12″ gal_title=”Capt. Michael Johnston”] An American Airlines captain who became gravely ill and incapacitated while flying from Phoenix to Boston and later died, has been identified. American Airlines released a statement late Monday night saying the 57-year-old pilot has been identified as Phoenix-based Captain

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My First Helicopter Flight Experience

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My First Helicopter Flight Experience By Ofonime Essien                       I had flown in commercial airplanes a number of times but never in a helicopter. I had seen some helicopters parked at some airports and heliports and had seen helicopters fly but never had the luxury

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Your Destiny Is In Your Hands

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Your Destiny Is In Your Hands By Ofonime Essien Albert Ellis, an American psychologist, said,  “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny”. A

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Ways to Overcome the Fear of Flying

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Ways to Overcome the Fear of Flying By Ofonime Essien             Travellers can overcome a fear of flying. There is no crash, no flames, no pilot and not even a plane. You’re just sitting at your departure gate imagining what will happen on the aircraft you’re scheduled to take. Fear

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Tips and Warnings on Surviving a Plane Crash

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Tips and Warnings on Surviving a Plane Crash By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”9″ gal_title=”Tips for Plane Crash”] Despite a spate of deadly airplane crashes in the past year, including an Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget line that crashed in Southern France, the odds of surviving a plane crash are actually quite high. Above,

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How to Survive a Plane Crash: 10 Tips That Could Save Your Life

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How to Survive a Plane Crash: 10 Tips That Could Save Your Life By Ofonime Essien         We often think that plane crashes are catastrophic and unsurvivable events. Thanks to movies and 24/7 news channels, the enduring image of a plane crash usually involves an aircraft plummeting to the ground from 30,000

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Aerial Power Lines Patrol / Inspection

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Aerial Power Lines Patrol / Inspection By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”8″ gal_title=”Power Line”] Photo: Hayward Helicopters History and Purpose Helicopters have been in use to support the utility industry since 1947 when the first civilian certified aircraft became available in the United States (US). As the aircraft became more capable and reliable, their use expanded

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Vacancies at Smile Air

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Vacancies at Smile Air Smile Air, a new service taking to the skies in the fourth quarter of 2015 is looking for talented and experienced people to join their team. If you’ve worked in an airline before or dreamt of working in the clouds, you can apply for many of the opportunities in their company:

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CL604 Engineer B1/B2 Month ON Month OFF Africa 6 Months

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CL604 Engineer B1/B2 Month ON Month OFF Africa 6 Months Company : Aeroprofessional Contract type : Full Time Duration: 6 months Aircraft type : Challenger 604 Job published date : 21-09-2015 Job expiry date : 30-10-2015 Job location : Africa Job Description An established operator in Africa seeks rated and current CL604 B1 or B2

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CL604 Captain Month ON Month OFF Africa 6 Months

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CL604 Captain Month ON Month OFF Africa 6 Months Company: Aeroprofessional Contract type : Full Time Duration: 6 months Aircraft type : Challenger 604 Job published date : 21-09-2015 Job expiry date : 30-10-2015 Job location : Africa Job Description  An established operator in Africa seeks rated and current CL604 Captains with 4000 hours total

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DORNIER 228 Captain and First Officer (Africa)

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DORNIER 228 Captain and First Officer (Africa) Company : THEMMA Contract type : Full Time Aircraft type : No Type Rating Job location : Africa Job published date : 2015-09-21 Job expiry date : 2015-10-21 Monthly salary : TBD Job Description RATED Captain and First Officer ON Dornier 228 required for an established operator in

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Vacancies at Arik Air

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Vacancies at Arik Air Arik Air offers numerous opportunities to professionals of all nationalities. On their site you will find vacancies for positions being offered. The recruitment process will generally take place in the country where the position is located.  Visit Careers on Arik Air site for detailed description on individual job. VICE PRESIDENT (VP),

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Cargo Sales Manager

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Current Opportunities QR7855 – Cargo Sales Manager | Qatar Airways | Accra Organisation: Qatar Airways Job Function: Cargo Division: Cargo Employment Type: Full Time – Permanent City: Africa | Ghana | Accra Last date of application: 30-Sep-2015 Qatar Airways Welcome to a world where ambitions fly high From experienced pilots to dynamic professionals embarking on

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Lufthansa plans broadband on short/medium-haul flights

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Lufthansa plans broadband on short/medium-haul flights By Ofonime Essien   Lufthansa plans to offer broadband wifi access on its short and medium-haul flights in Europe, starting in summer 2016 with about 180 planes. The German national carrier is adopting technology that uses a mix of ground-based and satellite-based receivers from Deutsche Telekom and satellite firm

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VVIP CABIN CREW REQUIRED FOR NIGERIA

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  VVIP CABIN CREW REQUIRED FOR NIGERIA EMPIRE AVIATION Full-time Permanent LAGOS & ABUJA 16 Sep 2015 Empire Aviation Group is looking to hire VIP Flight Attendants to work on a Global XRS and a Challenger 605 aircraft based in Lagos and Abuja. 5 weeks on 5 weeks off rotation with all flights back to

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Sterile Cockpit

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Sterile Cockpit By Ofonime Essien               Six minutes before touchdown, Eastern Air Lines Flight 212, a McDonnell Douglas DC9 with 78 passengers and four crew members on board, was descending toward runway 36 at Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A. Because patchy dense fog hid the runway from view, a very

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Sky Whale

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Sky Whale The future of air travel? Three-storey Sky Whale fits 755 passengers, has virtual reality windows and self-healing wings By Ofonime Essien [supsystic-gallery id=’2′ position=’center’] Concept vehicle would have wingspan of 88m and seat 755 passengers Designer Oscar Viñals said it would split passengers into three classes Each would have their own deck in

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FG to Deliver N100bn New Int’l Airport Terminals in April 2016

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FG to Deliver N100bn New Int’l Airport Terminals in April 2016 By Ofonime Essien         The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hajia Binta Bello, has said the federal government will complete and deliver five international airport terminals across the country, concurrently being remodeled and built to meet international standards at a total

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Waiting For National Carrier

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Waiting For National Carrier By Ofonime Essien When the news broke that, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Aviation to as a matter of urgency expedite action for the establishment of national airline, otherwise called National Carrier; I was hesitant and wondered why the sudden volte-face. It was with this emotion that

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Flying without Arms

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Flying without Arms By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”4″ gal_title=”Jessica Cox”] Jessica Cox (born 1983 in Arizona) is the world’s first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association. She was born without arms due to a rare birth defect. At the age of 10 Cox began training in

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Randy passengers caught having sex in plane’s toilet

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‘Best wishes of happy reproduction!’: Randy passengers caught having sex in plane’s toilet are mocked by flight attendant with sarcastic announcement over loudspeaker Couple allegedly had sex on Norwegian Air flight from Paris to Stockholm Passengers had no clue about the sky-high romp until the announcement Flight attendant ‘congratulated’ the lovebirds after the plane had

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Flight Attendant Publicly Shames Passengers Having Sex in Plane Bathroom

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Flight Attendant Publicly Shames Passengers Having Sex in Plane Bathroom By Ofonime Essien                                     Two passengers were publicly humiliated after getting frisky in the airplane bathroom. (Photo: Thinkstock) There are plenty of reasons not to join the Mile-high

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Helicopter crash-landed into Powerlines

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Helicopter crash-landed into powerlines By Ofonime Essien [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”2″ gal_title=”Helicopter Crash”] A pilot walked away with just cuts and bruises after a helicopter crash-landed in a field Wednesday afternoon (Wednesday, September 9). Read more: Power Lines Are Deadly Emergency services were called to the field behind Church Farm on Station Road in Aldbury, near Tring,

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British Airways B772 probable cause of engine fire identified

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                  A British Airways Boeing 777-200, registration G-VIIO (recently, this aircraft has been featured in zero other accidents or incidents so far while the airline, British Airways, has been reported on a total of 106 times) performing flight BA-2276 from Las Vegas,NV (USA) to London Gatwick,EN (UK)

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British Airways Plane Catches Fire on Las Vegas Runway

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British Airways Plane Catches Fire on Las Vegas Runway By Ofonime Essien An engine on a London-bound British Airways jet caught fire Tuesday while the plane was preparing to take off from Las Vegas, shooting flames from the side of the jet and forcing passengers to escape on emergency slides. Billowing black smoke and orange

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NCAA Begins Amendment of Civil Aviation Regulations

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NCAA Begins Amendment of Civil Aviation Regulations By Ofonime Essien               The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Monday gathered stakeholders to consult on the proposed amendment to Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2009 and 2012. READ: The World’s Top 10 Airports of 2015 Declaring open the three day

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Under the sea — You’ve never seen a hotel lobby like this

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Under the sea — You’ve never seen a hotel lobby like this By Ofonime Essien This hotel gives the phrase “sleeping with the fishes” a whole new meaning. The Radisson Blu hotel in Berlin is home to the AquaDom, an 82-foot high aquarium that holds more than one million liters of water. The tank is

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You’re Not My Flight Instructor?

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You’re Not My Flight Instructor? By Ofonime Essien                     A photographer for CNN was assigned to cover southern California’s wildfires last year. He wanted pictures of the heroic work the firefighters were doing as they battled the blazes. READ: New Flight Instructor Resource from EHeST When

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Travelers most annoyed by flight delays and uncomfortable seats

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Travelers most annoyed by flight delays and uncomfortable seats By Ofonime Essien What do you like the most about air travel? If the thrill of getting to a new destination is high on your list, then you are among the majority of TripAdvisor’s recent air travel survey respondents — up to 68 percent — who

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The World’s Top 10 Airports of 2015

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The World’s Top 10 Airports of 2015 By Ofonime Essien Changi Airport in Singapore has been named the World’s Best Airport by air travelers at the 2015 World Airport Awards, the third consecutive year that the airport has scooped the prize. READ:The world’s 10 busiest airports (2014) Announced on March 11 at Passenger Terminal EXPO

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The world’s 10 busiest airports (2014)

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The world’s 10 busiest airports (2014) By Ofonime Essien (Photo: David Goldman, AP) Airport trade group Airports Council International released its official figures for 2014 on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Here are the world’s ten busiest airports as determined by the group. By passengers Atlanta (96.2 million; up 1.9% from 2013) Beijing Capital (86.1 million;

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5 Tips for Fighting Jet Lag

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5 Tips for Fighting Jet Lag Image Gallery: Sleep Jet lag can leave you feeling worn out and disoriented. iStockphoto/Thinkstock If you’ve ever experienced jet lag, you know how much of a drag it can be. Jet lag occurs as a result of air travel, when traveling between two or more time zones. Your body

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20 Ultimate Ways to Keep Kids Comfortable on Planes

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20 Ultimate Ways to Keep Kids Comfortable on Planes By Ofonime Essien 1. Kids find it difficult to sit on a plane because they are used to being active and it is hard for them to cope with sitting still for long periods. 2. Bring toys that will keep your kids entertained for as long

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Transition to Glass Cockpit

Transition to Glass Cockpit By Ofonime Essien As a pilot in transition training from the traditional world of “steam gauges” to the new all-glass generation of aircraft, I thought I would start a thread here to discuss this with others. If you have experience with learning any of the new systems, please post here what

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NASA Researcher Develops Model that Could Quiet Down Noisy Helicopters

NASA Researcher Develops Model that Could Quiet Down Noisy Helicopters By Ofonime Essien If you live in a relatively well-populated area, you’ve probably experienced it — the noisy whop-whop-whop of a helicopter flying overhead, adding unwelcome racket to a family dinner or peaceful walk in the park. Eric Greenwood, a research aerospace engineer at NASA

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Cockpit InfoSecurity Threats

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Cockpit InfoSecurity Threats Cellphones used to be a stretch. But now the airlines are reaching for the Internet as an on-board productivity tool. Securing cockpit systems from hackers and other threats will be a challenge. And the advent of multicore processors raises the bar. By Ofonime Essien Aircraft systems are becoming ever more connected to

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How to Get Airline Upgrade Free

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How to Get  an Airline Upgrade Free By Ofonime Essien Everyone wants to buy a cheap economy ticket and get an upgrade to business class for free. Every so often airlines will give out free upgrades for operational reasons. Are there any tricks to getting that free upgrade? Not really. Free upgrades go to passengers

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Flying VFR in the Mountains

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Flying VFR in the Mountains By Ofonime Essien Flying VFR in the mountains calls for a few extras… Flightplan for reduced power, prop efficiency and lift at the higher altitudes you’ll meet in the mountains: the density altitude is the key a lightly-loaded aircraft is best—but carry enough fuel Carefully study the terrain beforehand so

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Leading Causes of Air Crashes and Aviation Incidents

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  The relevant statistics were obtained by analyzing air crashes and aviation incidents in 1997-2012 Source:Sputnik News Save (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)

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Runway Incursions

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Runway Incursions By Ofonime Essien It is very difficult for pilots and controllers to see and track the many different-sized airplanes and vehicles moving on the airport surface on clear days. Add weather and/or darkness and the problem can explode. READ: Travelers most annoyed by flight delays and uncomfortable seats: Survey So, start your own

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Pilot’s Most Prized Asset: Logbook

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Pilot’s Most Prized Asset: Logbook By Ofonime Essien Picture: ASA  Introduction Pilot logbook (Paper or Electronic) is the most important book a Pilot has. It is one of a pilot’s most prized possessions. It provides pilots with a complete way to record their flight experience from the beginning of their flight training through to advanced

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Robinson introduces new R44 and R66 autopilot and Aspen Primary Flight Display package

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Robinson introduces new R44 and R66 autopilot and Aspen Primary Flight Display package By Ofonime Essien The Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS/autopilot is now available on R44 and R66 helicopters equipped with the Aspen EFD 1000H Primary Flight Display. Robinson Helicopter Photo The same Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS (Helicopter Stability Augmentation System) and autopilot that was FAA approved

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Principles of Helicopter Flight now available as eBundle

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Principles of Helicopter Flight now available as eBundle By Ofonime Essien Picture: ASA The second edition of Principles of Helicopter Flight from ASA is now available in eBook format as well as in a money-saving eBundle (print book and eBook). Previously only available in print, this book by Walter J. Wagtendonk is one of the

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Fastest Helicopter In The World 2013 Eurocopter X3 302mph

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Fastest Helicopter In The World 2013 Eurocopter X3 302mph By Ofonime Essien   The fastest helicopter in the world 2013 Eurocopter X3 reaches 302mph. A revolutionary new “hybrid tilt-rotor” aircraft has set a new record for the fastest helicopter – an epically swift 302mph. The feat eclipses the previous record of 287.7mph set by a

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Living with Vortices

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Living with Vortices By Ofonime Essien Aeroplanes and helicopters trail violent spirals of air from their wingtip or rotor The Vortex As a wing or rotor generates more lift, pressure differences above and below increase, putting more energy into the vortices. So…for each aircraft, increased weight means stronger vortices. READ:You’re Not My Flight Instructor? As

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New Flight Instructor Resource from EHeST

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New Flight Instructor Resource from EHeST By Ofonime Essien Like a good pilot, a good flight instructor is always learning. Now the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHeST) has prepared a helicopter-specific manual that can benefit instructors worldwide. READ: Leading Causes of Air Crashes and Aviation Incidents “Even though there are some regulatory differences, this new

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Distraction = Danger

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Distraction = Danger By Ofonime Essien Already in ancient times, Homer described the devastating effects of distraction in the Odyssey. To prevent his mariners from being distracted by the song of the Sirens and putting their boat in danger, Odysseus blocked their ears with wax. Nowadays, bus drivers use other strategies to avoid distraction. As

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Crash of the Century – Tenerife Airport Disaster

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Crash of the Century – Tenerife Airport Disaster By Ofonime Essien Accident Summary; Date – March 27, 1977 Type – Pilot error, runway incursion, poor weather conditions, limitations and failures in communication Site – Los Rodeos Airport (now Tenerife North Airport) Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain Total fatalities – 583 Total survivors – 61 The Tenerife Airport Disaster occurred at just before

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Crashed Bristow S-76 Recorder in DC for Review

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Crashed Bristow S-76 Recorder in DC for Review By Ofonime Essien Nigerian and U.S. accident investigators are at NTSB Washington headquarters to review flight recorder data from a Bristow S-76C+ that crashed Aug. 12 on approach to Lagos. Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau asked the NTSB to assist it in reviewing data from the cockpit voice

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AW169 Achieves EASA Certification

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AW169 Achieves EASA Certification By Ofonime Essien First all new helicopter type in its category in over 30 years set to enter service Marks operational readiness of the whole AW Family of new generation helicopters Outstanding capabilities and innovation made available in less than five years Over 150 aircraft already sold to customers worldwide for

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AW139 Helicopter Delivered to Ivory Coast

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AW139 Helicopter Delivered to Ivory Coast By Ofonime Essien Government to use it for passenger transport duties across the nation First AW139 in Ivory Coast Over 60 AW139s sold to customers across Africa Finmeccanica–AgustaWestland announced on 03/06/2015 the delivery of an AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter to the Government of Ivory Coast for passenger transport missions.

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Hotelicopter – The World’s First Flying Hotel

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Hotelicopter – The World’s First Flying Hotel By Ofonime Essien Hotelicopter is an April Fools’ Day video produced as a viral marketing campaign by Hotelicopter, a now defunct hotel search site, in 2009. It showed a craft based on the Soviet giant Mil V-12 military helicopter, leading millions to believe the world’s first luxury hotel/helicopter

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Power Lines Are Deadly

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Power Lines Are Deadly By Ofonime Essien Flying into wires, cables and other objects is by far the number one cause of fatal accidents in helicopter. Pilots must constantly be on the alert for this very real hazard. Watch for the towers, you will not see the wires in time. READ: Flying Near Power Lines

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Flying Near Power Lines

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Flying Near Power Lines By Ofonime Essien   Main power lines are easy to see, but when flying in their vicinity you must take the time to look for what is really there and then use safe procedures. Remember, the human eye is limited, so if the background landscape does not provide sufficient contrast then

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