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Airline Mechanic Spends 75 years in Same Job

Airline Mechanic Spends 75 years in Same Job

By Ofonime Essien

91 Year Old Celebrates 75 Years Anniversary Working for American Airlines Azriel Blackman Celebrates 75 Years Anniversary Working for American Airlines Azriel Blackman holds the world record for having the longest airline mechanic career Azriel Blackman Celebrates 75 Years Anniversary Working for American Airlines An aircraft dedicated to Azriel Blackman
Azriel Blackman holds the world record for having the longest airline mechanic career

Azriel Blackman started out as a 16-year-old apprentice on 50 cents an hour. Seventy-five years later Azriel Blackman holds the world record for having the longest airline mechanic career.

He may not be as hands on as he once was, but the 91-year-old New Yorker defies his advancing years to work five days a week as aviation maintenance technician crew chief for American Airlines at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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His shift starts at 5am and last until 1pm, but so great is his enthusiasm that he arrives at the hangar more than two hours early each morning.

From the flying boats of the 1940s to the Boeing 777, he has worked on more than 50 types of aircraft during his three-quarter-of-a-century career.

Nor is he ready to hang up his boots just yet.

“Don’t think for a second that this is a retirement letter,” he wrote in a column for the company website to mark the 75-year milestone. “It’s never really felt like a job because it’s a craft I love and take great pride in.”

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On Tuesday the airline unveiled a Boeing 777 dedicated to Blackman that sports his name and signature on the fuselage behind the cockpit.


A representative from Guinness World Records also presented Blackman with the title of “longest career as an airline mechanic.” A spokeswoman dated the record at 74 years, 355 days on July 7.

In 2015, AP asked Blackman was he was still working, and he replied: “If you love what you do, it’s not work.”

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He first started working for the company in the sheet metal shop fresh out of Aviation High School in Manhattan. But his days of heavy lifting are now over, and his primary role now is coordinating team members.

“You might find this hard to believe, but I still see every day as a new challenge,” he said. Blackman turns 92 next month.

(Gulf News)

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85-year-old Pilot Enjoys Birthday Flight with Her Son

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85-year-old Pilot Enjoys Birthday Flight with Her Son

By Ofonime Essien

Marguerite Moncrieff-Buck

Former pilot Marguerite Moncrieff-Buck celebrated her 85th birthday on Friday by taking a flight with her son and pilot, Glyn Buck, at Windsor airport.

Marguerite Moncrieff-Buck thought she should do something memorable to mark her 85th birthday.

Dinner out with family and friends or maybe a second piece of cake just wasn’t going to cut it.

“It’s a significant year,” Moncrieff-Buck reasoned. “A lot of people don’t make it to 85. I did and I thought I have to do something special.”

So Moncrieff-Buck decided to dust off the pilot’s licence she earned back in 1960 and made plans to take a birthday flight with her son, Glyn Buck, on July 7.

Seeing how more than 50 years had passed since she last climbed into a cockpit, Moncrieff-Buck scheduled a session at Windsor Airport earlier in the week with flight instructor Dayne Morrison.

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“I hated every second of it,” Moncrieff-Buck said, adding it had nothing to do with Morrison.

Rather, the instrument panel was totally foreign to her as was the technique used for landing. And the arm strength required to pull on the yoke used to steer the plane was simply too much.

“Everything was foreign, it was like you’re used to driving a Model T and they’re putting you in a 747,” she said.

“Give me a tail dragger,” she said referring to an older style of plane and how you landed it.

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With the birthday flight already scheduled and looming just two days away, like any good pilot, Moncrieff-Buck charted another course of action.

“I had a brilliant notion,” she said of asking Morrison if he could give her son Glyn the controls and let him fly while she took it all in from the back seat.

“I loved every second of it,” she said. “I enjoyed watching my son fly. I can’t think of anything more important than flying in the back seat for his first flight.”

Of course, the new flight plan caught Glyn off guard.

“I’ve logged a lot of commercial miles as a passenger and I’ve been in a small plane a couple of times but at the back,” the 52-year-old said. “It’s very different in the front. It was thrilling but slightly terrifying at the same time.”

With Morrison at his side, Glyn steered the plane along the riverfront, through LaSalle, Amherstburg and out to Leamington before heading back to Windsor.

His wife, Tracie, and son, Carter, took pictures and video from the tarmac.

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“It was quite a day,” Glyn said.

Mother and son walked arm-in-arm out to the airplane signing a 1959 tune written about the atomic bomb titled “We will all go together when we go.”

It was another war song that inspired Moncrieff-Buck’s life-long love of flight.

She was a child when the 1942 film Captains of the Clouds came out, chronicling the story of two Canadian pilots in the Second World War. Moncrieff-Buck loved the title song of the same name.

She knew all the lyrics and their wonderful tale of flying made her wish she was old enough to join the air force.

Later, as an adult, a friend suggested she take flying lessons.

She flew for several years until she started raising children.

Moncrieff-Buck tells a hair-raising story about her solo flight which entailed flying from Windsor to London to St. Thomas and back. Having missed her first checkpoint she had to guestimate her way to the London airport. Then on the next leg, she misread the windsock in St. Thomas and wound up executing a tricky manoeuvre in order to land the plane downwind instead of the preferable method of into the wind.

A group of men watched in amazement outside the St. Thomas hangar.

“When I climbed out of the plane they were lined up with their hands on their hips and said ‘Do you know you just landed your plane downwind?’ I said yes, can you please sign my logbook I’ve got to get back home.”

Fortunately, last Friday’s flight was much more routine.

“He did well,” she said of Glyn. “I was very proud of him.”



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British Airways Cabin Crew Begin 16-Day Strike Over Wages

British Airways Cabin Crew Begin 16-Day Strike Over Wages

By Ofonime Essien

British Airways Cabin Crew

British Airways cabin crew

After 26 days of strike action taken already this year in connection with a protracted pay dispute, British Airways cabin crew began a further 16-day strike at 00:01hrs on July 1, which will last until 23:59hrs on July 16.

The strike is being held by members of the Unite union who work on both long-haul and short-haul flights out of London’s Heathrow Airport. Additionally, the union is voicing objections over the threat of sanctions against cabin crew who strike.

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According to Unite, British Airways has a blacklist of cabin crew who have gone on strike.

According to the union’s national officer, Oliver Richardson, “Vindictive threats from British Airways amount to corporate bullying from an airline more interested in punishing workers on poverty pay than addressing why cabin crew have been striking.” Richardson added that: “Unite believes it is tantamount to a blacklisting operation and that it is unlawful. We will fight both industrially and legally to defend our members’ fundamental human right to stand up to bullying and for decent pay.”

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Unite is maintaining that “despite promises that pay would be 10 percent above the market rate, basic pay starts at just GBP£12,192 with £3.00 an hour flying pay.” Unite also claims that the average mixed-fleet crew member earns £16,000, which includes allowances, per annum.

Amid protestations from Unite that it breaches international labor standards and regulations concerning wet-leasing aircraft from outside the EU, BA has sought the help of its oneworld airlines fellow member, Qatar Airways, to fly some short-haul routes. BA will lease nine aircraft and crew on a temporary basis.

BA has confirmed that all flights to and from London Gatwick, London City and Stansted airports will operate as normal, and that it will still operate 99.5 percent of its normal schedule.




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Father-and-Son Set Forth on Round-the-World Helicopter Flight

Father-and-Son Set Forth on Round-the-World Helicopter Flight

By Ofonime Essien

C150 Global Odyssey

Bob and Steven Dengler are a father-and-son team who take off from Ottawa on July 1 in their bid to be the first Canadians to fly around the world by helicopter. C150GO

Bob Dengler and his son, Steven, took off in their Bell helicopter from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on the first day of a 40-day, 38,000-kilometre flight around the world.

If successful, the Denglers will be the first Canadians to fly around the world by helicopter and the first father-and-son team to accomplish the feat. The Citizen caught up with Steven Dengler to talk about the C150 Global Odyssey.

The Flight

C150 Start

C150 Global Odyssey starting their global journey

Starting Saturday morning from their home base in Vaughan, north of Toronto, the Denglers will fly to Ottawa for a 9:30 a.m. ceremony before heading east on a journey that will pass through 14 countries and 103 airports. They’ll visit every provincial and territorial capital.

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“We’re extremely fortunate to be at a place in our lives where we have the time and resources to do this trip,” said Dengler. “Canada 150 is a wonderful time to do the trip, but the idea had been kicking around for a while. But Canada 150 came around and we said, ‘Let’s give it a shot. We’ll raise some money for charity. We’ll celebrate Canadian history and culture and innovation around the world. We’ll make it one for the history books.’ ”

The Pilots

Bob Dengler, 77, is an engineer who founded his own mining company and took up helicopter flying 10 years ago. Steve Dengler, 48, is also an engineer and co-founder of the world currency website, He’s been a fixed wing pilot for a decade and learned to fly helicopters in preparation for the C150GO flight. A third pilot, retired Bell Helicopter test pilot Rob MacDuff, will also be on board. Ask Steve Dengler what he’s most looking forward to and he has two answers:

“The inside the helicopter answer is I’m just looking forward to spending time with my father. He started a business that he ran for 25 years. I started a business that I ran for 20-plus years. We’ve been busy our adult lives, and when you’re that busy you don’t get a lot of quality time to spend with each other. I’m very aware of how fortunate I am to, not just have this monumental journey, but to re-engage with my father on something we both love, which is aviation.”

The ‘Guests’

Retired Canadian astronaut Dave Williams will join the team for the first leg from Vaughan to Ottawa. Williams, a physician who twice flew on the Space Shuttle, is now president and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, one of two charities the C150GO team is backing.

In addition to winning five Stanley Cup rings, former NHL great Guy Lafleur is also a pilot who will fly several legs with the Denglers.

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“He is an outstanding helicopter pilot and he has a long-standing relationship with Bell Helicopters,” Dengler said. “If you’re getting a Bell helicopter delivered, you never know if you’re going to get a surprise visit from Guy Lafleur. He loves to fly.”

Award-winning photographer Peter Bregg will fly about two-thirds of the journey, too, documenting the flight and the landscape. Bronwen Evans, the director of True Patriot Love, the second charity the flight will support, will also take part in some of the events.

Bell 429

Bob and Steven Dengler are a father-and-son team who take off from Ottawa on July 1 in their bid to be the first Canadians to fly around the world by helicopter. C150GO

The Helicopter

“The helicopter is every bit as Canadian as we are,” Steven Dengler says. “It was designed and built at the Bell plant in Mirabel, and it’s really the first brand new Bell design in 40 years. It’s legacy free. They basically said, ‘Let’s start over.’ ”

The twin-engine Bell 429 Global Ranger is one of the most advanced helicopters in the world, with a cruising speed of 150 knots and a range of 411 nautical miles. That doesn’t give much room for error on the Denglers’ longest leg — the 398-nautical mile flight from Pangnirtung, Baffin Island, to Nuuk, Greenland — so they’ll carry an extra fuel bladder on board and wait for favourable winds before taking off. The Bell 429 doesn’t come cheap. It’s worth about $7.5 million.

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The helicopter is also equipped with Honeywell’s Aspire 200 satellite Internet broadband system, which will let the Denglers upload photos and video in real time. You can follow C150GO on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

“It’s not just going to be me and my father in a tin can for 40 days,” Dengler said. “It’s going to be us sharing our journey with the world.”

The ‘outside the helicopter’ answer

So what was the second thing that Dengler is looking forward to?

“Outside the helicopter — Canada is a giant beautiful country and very few people get to see it like we’ll see it,” he says. “We’re going to fly through  Gros Morne Park. In Labrador, we’re going to fly up Saglek Fiord. These are some of the natural wonders of the world — not just Canada — the world. And we’re going to fly through them in a helicopter and we’re going to be sharing them with Canadians. What an opportunity and what delight to be able to share that.”

(Ottawa Citizen)






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Colombian Low-cost Airline Wants ‘Standing Seats’ on Flights

Colombian Low-cost Airline Wants ‘Standing Seats’ on Flights

By Ofonime Essien


A budget airline in Colombia has renewed calls for “standing seats” to be permitted on aircraft to further drive down the cost of flying.

VivaColombia is the latest budget carrier to express interest in so-called vertical seating, akin to perching on a bar stool, which would enable airlines to cram more passengers onto flights.

“There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up,” VivaColombia’s founder and CEO William Shaw said. “We’re very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive.”

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VivaColombia is not the first airline to consider stand-up flights.

In 2010, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary expressed interest – and even doubted whether seat belts were necessary.

A plane is “just a b****** bus with wings”, he said at the time. “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seatbelt won’t save you. You don’t need a seatbelt on the London Underground. You don’t need a seatbelt on trains which are travelling at 120mph and if they crash you’re all dead…”

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) disagrees with O’Leary. It claims seatbelts are essential for passenger safety and said there would be many hurdles to jump through before carriers could launch “stand-up” flights.

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The SkyRider was showcased at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in 2010 Credit: GETTY

“First the airline would have to ask the manufacturer of the aircraft to fit them in, then the manufacturer would have to get those seats approved,” said Richard Taylor, a spokesperson for the CAA. “Unless they can make it 100 per cent safe, it won’t be viable.”

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Vertical seating – or “bar stools with seat belts”, as Ryanair dubbed them – was originally touted by Airbus in 2003. The idea has since been developed by the Italian firm Aviointeriors, which claimed its SkyRider perch could reduce space on an aircraft by 25 per cent.

So far no such seat has been approved by regulators. The quest for stand-up flights continues.






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Air Senegal to Launch Operations with Two ATR 72-600s

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Air Senegal to Launch Operations with Two ATR 72-600s

By Ofonime Essien

Air Senegal

ATR 72-600 | ATR

Air Senegal SA, the new Senegalese national airline, has signed a contract for a firm order of two ATR 72-600s at the Paris Air Show.

With an estimated value of approximately 50 million euros at catalogue price, the contract was formalised today in the presence of Maimouna Ndoye Seck, Senegal’s Minister for Tourism and Air Transport and Elisabeth Borne, French Minister for Transport.

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Delivery of these two turboprop aircraft, which will constitute the initial fleet of the airline, will be made in November 2017. Air Senegal SA’s inauguration ceremony will be held on December 7, 2017, in conjunction with the inauguration of the new Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass, located some 50 kilometers from Dakar.

The reinstatement of a national airline is part of the wider scope of a government plan called Plan for an Emerging Senegal (PES), aimed at establishing new economic and social policies in the medium to long term, to revitalise the economic growth of the country and to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.

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“Since the liquidation of Senegal Airlines, domestic air services have been disrupted within the country,” commented Mamadou Lamine Sow, Chief Executive Officer of Air Senegal SA. “Our ambition is for this new airline to play a major role in Senegal, and in all of West Africa. After a year of assessment, conducted by a team of experts assisted by a consulting firm, and on the basis of the airline’s business plan, the choice of the initial fleet focused on the ATR 72-600s. It is Air Senegal SA’s wish to offer its passengers a pleasant and affordable experience aboard a modern aircraft. We are confident that ATR is the best choice to meet the requirements of the market.”

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Christian Scherer, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “We are delighted to welcome both a new airline and a new country into the ATR family. According to our market forecasts, Africa and the Middle East should need 300 turboprop aircraft by 2035, and 400 new routes should be created. With the ATRs, Senegalese passengers will benefit from a transport offer that will generate many business opportunities, thereby helping to boost the local economy.”

As part of its development, Air Senegal SA next plans to acquire single-aisle aircraft, followed by high-capacity aircraft, which should enable it to operate the famous Paris–Dakar route.

(Aviation Tribune)




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JetWest to Make Maiden Voyage in December

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JetWest to Make Maiden Voyage in December

By Ofonime Essien



Nigeria’s aviation industry has suffered a prolonged spell of violent turbulence.

The nation’s leading carrier was recently taken over by the government to prevent it collapsing. A crumbling runway closed the capital’s international airport for six weeks. The whole sector has been battered by Nigeria’s recession that has driven up costs and made foreign currency scarce.

But despite the gloomy conditions, a new and ambitious airline is being cleared for take-off.

JetWest could make its maiden voyage in December, and the team behind it is aiming high.

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The venture’s founder is Dikko Nwachukwu, a serial entrepreneur with a background in aviation. His mission statement is simple.

“The guiding vision for JetWest is to make air travel accessible for more people,” says Nwachukwu. “We are about democratizing the skies.”

Just 15.2 million passengers passed through Nigerian airports in 2016, according to official statistics.

Nwachukwu sees opportunity in the vast market unserved by existing airlines. Nigeria has by far the largest population in Africa, and the entrepreneur draws inspiration from rapid progress in another technology field.

“We want to do for travel what cell phones did for telecoms,” he says bullishly. “Fifteen years ago there were less than one million phone lines in Nigeria and now there are 100 million…We could have 100 million (air) travelers, and I know jetWest will be in the middle of the revolution.”

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JetWest aims to project a fresh and vibrant image. The company’s social media accounts are already trailing colorful cocktails and memes ahead of launch, aimed at youthful, savvy consumers.

Such consumers may also be attracted to the airline’s core selling point: value. JetWest will offer a pared down service “more Easyjet than Etihad” at rock-bottom prices.

“We will cut out everything not core to the business and focus on getting fliers from A to B,” says Nwachukwu. “Beyond that, we will have unbundled services so customers can pick and choose what they want.”

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Given the high cost and risk involved with launching a fleet in Nigeria’s current economic climate, the entrepreneur is mindful of the need to find efficiencies. He suggests the company might pool resources with other airlines.

More ambitiously, the business model will rely on innovation. JetWest is developing its own proprietary technologies in-house, drawing on the best talent from Nigeria’s renowned start-up scene, in a conscious effort to boost local industry as well to avoid costly rental equipment. The company intends to eventually supply technology to other airlines.

The new airline’s strategy is for rapid expansion.

If all goes to plan, jetWest will launch this year with 100 employees and a fleet of three Airbus A320 jets flying local routes in Nigeria.

That could expand to 15 planes within three years, and 40 within five, carrying over 10 million passengers a year. The company hopes this will cover neighboring countries in the region.

But not all analysts are convinced that such a smooth ascent will materialize.

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“Nigeria looks like a low-cost operator’s dream with massive population density,” says Ivan Nadalet, vice president at industry analysts’ CH Aviation. “But Nigeria is a very difficult operating environment…the economy has collapsed and there is no foreign exchange, so it is very difficult to get revenue out of the country for leases.”

Nadalet adds that jetWest may struggle to secure access to the airspace of neighboring countries, where governments might fear competition that undercuts their own fleets.

Nwachukwu is aware of the scale of the challenge. He lists several other industries that would be easier to turn a profit in.

But difficulty is part of the motivation, and he believes that aviation is key to dragging Nigeria out of its malaise.

“We know for sure that economic development is tied to transport,” he says. “If we don’t have the transport for business, for friends and family to see each other, we will remain stagnant and we will not see growth.”

The entrepreneur is confident that if jetWest can make gains it will lead to wider progress in the industry, and more support from the government in areas such as access to airspace. He gives the example of AirAsia in Malaysia, which helped the country boom with help from politicians.

But even without support, Nwachukwu is confident in his concept, his team, and his reading of the region.

“I do an enormous amount of travel across the country and I know how important it is for me,” he says. “If other people could, they would. West Africans travel more than anyone else for business, friends and family.”

The bet is high-risk. The payoff could be spectacular.



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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

Qatar Airways

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 comes as the Doha-based airline struggles to deal with an attempt by Qatar’s neighbors to isolate the country.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have severed diplomatic relations and closed their airspace to Qatari flights, forcing the cancellation of 52 routes and adding hours of flying time to others, according to Qatar Airways’ chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

The airline has become a global player in aviation by aggressively opening long and ultra long routes with a new fleet of airliners. It also offers fliers extravagant lounges and state-of-the-art business seating.

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Qatar Airways serves worldwide routes with a fleet of 174 planes, according to its website. The fleet includes a mix of Boeing and Airbus planes, including the superjumbo A380, the world’s largest airliner.

The carrier’s fast growing fleet is contributing heavily to the economies in Europe and the U.S. It is the largest customer for the Airbus A350 and one of the biggest buyers of U.S.-made Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Qatar Airways has gained attention for its first class facilities. The A380 flights include 26-inch entertainment screens, seats nearly 2-feet wide and privacy partitions. It has just rolled out a new business class seat called the Q Suite designed for privacy or in-flight business meetings.

There were dozens of other Skytrax awards announced Tuesday, including one for Air Canada, which took the award for “Best Airline in North America.” Ben Smith, Air Canada president of passenger airlines, said the honor “reinforces and validates what we’ve been working for for so long.”

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Smith said he believed Air Canada’s large route network may have contributed to the victory. “Our network is strong enough to cover 200 destinations around the world,” Smith said. He added that it also helps to have hubs relatively close to the U.S.

“The amount of customers we fly internationally is more than airlines in the U.S.,” Smith said. “That, I think, gives us an edge.”

Air Canada’s diverse fleet includes the Airbus A320 series, Embraer regional jets and 29 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Its transcontinental business class offers executive pod seats that recline to flat beds, and 21-inch inflight entertainment screens.

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In 2016, Emirates won “Airline of the Year” and Qatar snagged the Skytrax award for “Best Business Class.”

Skytrax’s annual World Airline Awards — based on surveys filled out by millions of airline passengers — are described as “the Oscars of the aviation industry.”

The show has become a regular event during the Paris Air Show, which is held every two years at Le Bourget Airport, and at the Farnborough International Air Show in the U.K.


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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

FAAN Safety Scanner

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 the country’s airports.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma said his interest is to make sure the airports are safe and secure, protect lives and provide machines of immense benefits to airlines and all our stakeholders.

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This scanner is intended to complement the Executive Order recently issued, by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. And also assist the operations of other agencies at the airport, making them more efficient.

Our intent is to deploy these scanners to our international airports but this depends on the outcome of its performance in Lagos.

According to the supplier of the machine, Engr. Akin Mustapha, “This is an Astrophysics Baggage Scanner which is manufactured in California, USA. It will identify hidden threats in carry-on items and checked-in baggages at airports. It has high penetration steel and it can detect explosives and narcotics. It has six colour generation and that enables it to do a proper analysis of objects that go into it, better than others. It is highly reliable and very sensitive. In other airports around the world, they are taking away other machines and replacing them with this machine (Astrophysics) for upgrade and efficiency”.

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“With Superior image quality and innovative features including Six Color Imaging for increased object identification and Screener Assist for automatic programmable detection, Astrophysics provides operators with the advanced tools required for quick and reliable airport screening.”

FAAN is committed to put all necessary measures in place in line with international aviation standards and recommended best practices to enhance safety and security at the airports.




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Leonardo Opens AW101 Training Center in Norway

By Ofonime Essien

AW101 Training Centre

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 also be available to other AW101 customers.

The first training course at the centre, for Royal Norwegian Air Force pilots, also started yesterday prior to delivery of the first two of 16 aircraft ordered by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for search and rescue.

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Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security, said at the opening ceremony:

“I’m delighted to officially open the AW101 Norway Training Centre which enables advanced training courses to be delivered to our search and rescue aircrew here in Norway, utilising the very latest simulation and training technologies. This facility, will not only help reduce the cost of training but most importantly will enhance safety and enable aircrew to exploit the new capabilities the AW101 helicopter and its systems will provide in service.”

Daniele Romiti, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters, added: “This AW101 simulator represents the very latest in simulator technology and will enable us to deliver the very best quality training to Norwegian pilots. The AW101s being built for Norway are undoubtedly the most advanced and capable search and rescue helicopters in the world today and we look forward to the aircraft entering service and serving the people of Norway for many years to come.”

“This AW101 simulator represents the very latest in simulator technology and will enable us to deliver the very best quality training to Norwegian pilots. The AW101s being built for Norway are undoubtedly the most advanced and capable search and rescue helicopters in the world today and we look forward to the aircraft entering service and serving the people of Norway for many years to come.”

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The AW101 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE to Level D, the highest qualification for commercial flight simulators, is a CAE Series 3000 device. Located in a new annex to the Thales Flight Training Centre, the simulator is operated and managed by Leonardo Helicopters to deliver its wide range of OEM training courses. The centre will also house a Royal Norwegian Air Force owned AW101 SAR console training device that is linked to the FFS to provide rear crew training.

The facility is conveniently located just 800m from Stavanger Sola Airport, making it easily accessible for aircrew from around the world to attend type conversion courses, refresher training and specialised operational training for the AW101 helicopter.

The AW101 FFS features unprecedented realism for helicopter-specific mission training, including search and rescue (SAR), offshore transport, combat SAR and naval operations. The simulator will enable pilots to practice challenging procedures, without risk, such as low-level flight, confined area operations, autorotations and landing on platforms at sea.

The AW101 FFS combines a Leonardo Helicopters developed flight dynamic model, avionics and aircraft software modelling, with CAE’s core simulation technologies, including: CAE True six degree-of-freedom (DOF) electric motion system and high-performance vibration platform to replicate vibration cues critical to helicopter pilots; a high-fidelity CAE Medallion-6000 visual system; and a direct projection 210 degree by 80 degree extreme field-of-view dome display system.

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This new AW101 FFS also includes important mission systems such as SAR autopilot modes, digital map, radar, aircraft mission management computer, multipurpose control and display units, cockpit display system and flotation system.

The new AW101 service in Sola will be a dedicated satellite of Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil Training Academy, marking a further expansion of its Regional Training Centres.

In December 2013 Leonardo Helicopters signed a contract with the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for 16 SAR-configured AW101 helicopters plus support and training services for the initial 15 years.

Through its training academies in Italy, UK, USA and Malaysia, Leonardo Helicopters enjoys an enviable track record in successfully training both commercial and military helicopter pilots and maintainers from all over the world. Training programmes are tailored to meet a customer’s individual needs and operational requirements using established analytical processes. Training solutions and services are designed, developed and delivered through the entire lifecycle of the product to meet the demands of long-term operational support. Extensive use is made of multi-media tools and an expanding range of synthetic training devices ranging from e-learning, part-task maintenance and procedures trainers through to full mission and flight simulators.

Training solutions and services are designed, developed and delivered through the entire lifecycle of the product to meet the demands of long-term operational support. Extensive use is made of multi-media tools and an expanding range of synthetic training devices ranging from e-learning, part-task maintenance and procedures trainers through to full mission and flight simulators.

(Aviation Tribune)






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