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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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A-Z OF THE 2017 AIRLINE AWARD WINNERS

Aegean Airlines 
Best Regional Airline in Europe

Aeroflot Russian Airlines 
Best Airline in Eastern Europe

AirAsia 
World’s Best Low-Cost Airline
Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia

AirAsia X 
World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin
World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat

Air Astana 
Best Airline in Central Asia / India
Best Airline Staff Service in Central Asia / India

Air Canada 
Best Airline in North America

Alaska Airlines 
Best Regional Airline in North America
Best Airline Staff in North America

ANA All Nippon Airways 
World’s Best Airport Services
Best Airline Staff Service in Asia

Austrian Airlines 
Best Airline Staff Service in Europe

Avianca 
Best Airline in South America
Best Regional Airline in South America

Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras 
Best Low-Cost Airline in South America
Best Airline Staff in South America

Bangkok Airways 
World’s Best Regional Airline
Best Regional Airline in Asia

Copa Airlines 
Best Airline in Central America / Caribbean
Best Airline Staff in Central America / Caribbean

Emirates 
World’s Best Airline Inflight Entertainment
Best First Class Comfort Amenities

Ethiopian Airlines 
Best Airline in Africa

Etihad Airways 
World’s Best First Class
Best First Class Seat
Best First Class Onboard Catering

EVA Air 
World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness
Best Business Class Comfort Amenities

fastjet 
Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa

Finnair 
Best Airline in Northern Europe

flynas 
Best Low Cost Airline in the Middle East

Garuda Indonesia 
World’s Best Cabin Crew

Hainan Airlines 
Best Airline in China
Best Airline Staff Service in China

Indigo 
Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia / India

Japan Airlines 
Best Economy Class Airline Seat

Jetstar Airways 
Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia / Pacific

Lufthansa 
Best Airline in Europe
Best First Class Airline Lounge Dining
Best Airline in Western Europe

Norwegian 
World’s Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline
Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe

Oman Air 
Best Airline Staff in the Middle East

Plaza Premium 
World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge

Qantas 
World’s Best Premium Economy Class
Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat

Qatar Airways 
World’s Best Airline
World’s Best Business Class
Best First Class Airline Lounge
Best Airline in the Middle East

Royal Air Maroc 
Best Regional Airline in Africa

Saudi Arabian Airlines 
World’s Most Improved Airline

Singapore Airlines 
Best Airline in Asia
Best Business Class Airline Seat
Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering

South African Airways 
Best Airline Staff in Africa

Star Alliance 
World’s Best Airline Alliance
World’s Best Airline Alliance Lounge

Thai Airways 
World’s Best Economy Class
Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility
Best Economy Class Onboard Catering

Thomson Airways 
World’s Best Leisure Airline

Turkish Airlines 
World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge
Best Business Class Onboard Catering
Best Business Class Lounge Dining
Best Airline in Southern Europe

Virgin Australia 
Best Airline in Australia/Pacific
Best Airline Staff in Australia/Pacific

West Air 
Best Low-Cost Airline in China

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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

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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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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Certified by FAA

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Certified by FAA

By Ofonime Essien

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

During a media tour of Bell’s facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, at the end of January, Bell said it hoped to eventually be able to produce between 150 and 200 505s each year at its facility in Mirabel, Quebec. At the time, Bell had received over 400 letters of intent for the aircraft, and it has been working to convert those into firm orders. Bell Photo

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 initial type certification from Transport Canada in December 2016. This was followed by production certification in February this year, and the first customer delivery — to private operator Scott Urschel, based in Chandler, Arizona — in March at HAI Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

“This is another significant milestone in our journey to market entry for the Bell 505,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO, in a press release marking the type’s FAA certification. “This aircraft incorporates the latest advancements in safety and aviation technology and we are extremely proud of our return to the short light single class of helicopters.”


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Powered by a single Safran Helicopter Engines Arrius 2R engine, the Bell 505 fills the void in Bell’s product line that was created when the Bell 206B JetRanger ceased production in 2010. The 505 has a useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms), a range of 340 nautical miles (629 kilometers), and has been certified at a maximum cruise speed of 126 knots.

It features the Garmin G1000H integrated avionics suite with dual 10.4-inch (26.4-centimeter) displays, and uses the same rotor system as the 206L-4 LongRanger — retaining that type’s autorotational characteristics.

When it announced Canadian approval of the 505 in December 2016, Bell said it anticipated FAA certification to follow “closely in 2017,” and even in the first few months of 2017, believed it to be imminent.


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During a media call June 5 ahead of Bell’s participation in the Paris Air Show, Michael Thacker, Bell’s executive vice president of technology and innovation, said there wasn’t anything specific delaying the FAA or European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approvals.

“There’s no particular hold up,” he said. “Each of those validations is a process, and each of the agencies there is a little bit different to work with. We had great support with Transport Canada getting through initial certification, and they’ve continued to support us as we’ve worked the validations.”

Bell said it will continue to work with other certification authorities around the globe, with approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency expected to follow shortly. It said the 505 underwent rigorous certification activities throughout the flight test program, during which it achieved more than 1,000 flight test hours.


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Parallel to the aircraft’s development, Bell has worked on the 505’s training and support systems, with the Bell Helicopter Training Academy prepared for entry into service with customer training on the type, and a Level 7 flight training device and coursework “on track” according to the manufacturer.

During a media tour of Bell’s facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, at the end of January, Bell said it hoped to eventually be able to produce between 150 and 200 505s each year at its facility in Mirabel, Quebec.

At the time, Bell had received over 400 letters of intent for the aircraft, and it has been working to convert those into firm orders.

“We can’t give you the numbers, but I would say that it’s been a really healthy conversion,” Snyder said during the media call on June 5. “We’re doing extremely well getting through the list. . . . We’re very pleased with where the 505 program is right now.”

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Abu Dhabi Aviation Partners OAS to Provide Helicopter Services

Abu Dhabi Aviation Partners OAS to Provide Helicopter Services

By Ofonime Essien

Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA)

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 new Terminal at the Port Harcourt Airport last Thursday.


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Confirming the partnership to newsmen in Lagos, ADA’s Representative, Kevin Den Hertog, said the company had always wanted to invest in Nigeria but had been looking for a reliable partner which had been in helicopter operations for over a decade.

He said : “With the level of implementation on the proposed business plan so far, we are quite confident that OAS and ADA partnership will enrich the Nigeria oil and gas aviation.

“Important to our success over the years has been an ever increasing engagement with strategic partners worldwide in the formation of healthy joint ventures that support oil and gas exploration in the deepest possible offshore with impeccable safety records.”


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Also speaking, the company’s Nigeria operations Lead Pilot, Capt. Westwood James, said ADA and OAS technical partnership was structurally designed to guarantee and deliver credible, safe and stable services in Nigeria oil and gas aviation.

On his part, the Managing Director of OAS, Capt Evarest Nnaji, said the practical kick off of the partnership had started with the arrival and the physical presence of ADA crew and equipment in Nigeria.

Nnaji said : “We looked at ADA’s capacity to play at the highest echelons in the oil and gas aviation support, and their ability and willingness to build and transfer know-how in all the other international environments where they operate.

“We concluded that not only is ADA valuable to huge business profitability, but that they are equally reputable for reliable and consistent long term business relationship.


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“Their safety record, volume of investment and ability to deliver excellent services even in the most difficult environment speaks for itself.”

He added that the airline’s huge desire to provide services that meet the best possible international standard for Nigeria oil and gas aviation was the main driving force in the relationship with ADA.

 

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Sundance Helicopters Plans World Record of Most Helicopter Weddings

Sundance Helicopters Plans World Record of Most Helicopter Weddings

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Sundance Helicopters

Sundance Helicopters announces plans to break Guinness World Record® With Most Helicopter Weddings In The Air On 7.7.17

 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 be held simultaneously inside 12 state-of-the-art helicopters while flying 800 feet over the Las Vegas Strip.

“With Las Vegas known as the wedding capital of the world, we wanted to create something truly memorable on this very lucky day,” said Jim Greiner, President of Sundance Helicopters. “We can’t think of anything more exceptional then having our guests partake in a record breaking wedding day.”


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The Lucky in Love Wedding Experience starts at $777 per couple and will include seating for two inside an Airbus EC-130, an officiant, wedding flowers, photography, limousine service and a shared wedding reception. Friends and family are invited to celebrate with the record-breaking couples at a group reception held inside the Sundance Helicopters terminal after the wedding ceremonies at $25 to $45 per person.

Other weddings available at Sundance Helicopters include a City Lights wedding featuring a private helicopter for the couple that will fly over the Las Vegas Strip, limousine service, an officiant, personal cake, photos and floral for $1,099.

A Grand Canyon wedding is also an option which includes limo service, an officiant, personal cake, photos, floral, champagne and a helicopter tour that flies over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead towards the Grand Canyon. The couple will land on a private bluff at Grand Canyon West for the ceremony with an officiant and photographer. This package is $4,372.


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A Valley of Fire wedding is another perfect way to say “Forever.” This experience includes limo service, personal cake, photo, floral, champagne and a helicopter tour over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead towards the Valley of Fire where the bride and groom will say their vows on top of fiery red rocks. This wedding package is $3,890.

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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

Wifi

Photo: globalaviationresource.com

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 noticed that someone had named their WiFi: ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’. This came just hours after the Manchester Arena attack.

He informed the cabin crew immediately, and they began a probe. No one admitted to the name, so the police were called.


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The plane was delayed for two hours while police inspected the passengers’ electronics. Sniffer dogs and armed police boarded the aircraft in an attempt to find the person behind the WiFi name and to check for any suspicious items.

According to the Sun, some passengers began crying and demanded to be removed from the plane.

The man who raised the alarm told The Sun: “As I sat in my seat, I noticed one of the options for WiFi connection on my phone relating to being a jihadist. I accosted a member of cabin crew, who took my phone up to the cockpit.

“I was moved to the front of the plane but by this time whispers were spreading through the plane about it.”

Initially, the pilot told passengers that the plane would be delayed by 40 minutes as a result of ‘lax ground staff’ but then admitted the real reason behind the issue.

“Soon the pilot confessed what the problem was and people were very uneasy. There were a lot of women in tears because of what we knew had happened earlier in Manchester,” the passenger explained.


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“The Mexican security services were brought on to investigate but by then the WiFi hotspot name had been deleted. It took an hour to check devices and there was no food or water for passengers.

“Outside the plane we could see sniffer dogs and armed police circling the aircraft. It was scary.

“No-one coughed up to being the culprit and security couldn’t identify who was to blame, so there is a great sense of unease. It was terrifying coming on the same day as the horrifying Manchester attacks.”

No one admitted to being behind the WiFi name, despite several pleas from the pilot.

The pilot said: “Someone has something on their phone which had an extremely subversive title to it – Jihadists Cell London 1 – and obviously we have to take this kind of thing very, very seriously.


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“Someone has managed to do this on a hot point and it is a security issue and I’m sure you’ll understand I’m not prepared to depart with something like this on the aircraft.

“The first thing I’m going to say is that if someone on this plane has that on their phone for a laugh, it would be very advantageous to you to come forward and talk to one of the cabin crew and you could save yourself a lot of time.

“Whatever, this is utterly unacceptable. Our security people are looking into this.”

Security officials couldn’t find the person behind the WiFi name. As a result, the flight was cancelled and all the passengers were sent to a hotel overnight.

( The Sun)

 

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Chinese-Made Jet Takes Off in Maiden Flight

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Chinese-Made Jet Takes Off in Maiden Flight

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C919 Maiden Flight

A Chinese C919 passenger jet takes off on its first flight at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai (Reuters)

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 737. The plane was originally due to fly in 2014 before being delivered to buyers in 2016, but has been beset by delays blamed on manufacturing problems.


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With the maiden flight successful, the aircraft’s maker, state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd., or Comac, is seeking certification from China’s civil aviation authority and foreign regulators before making any deliveries.

“The C919 will be a game-changer for China’s aerospace industry,” Corrine Png, chief executive officer of Singapore-based research firm Crucial Perspective, told Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reported that the Chinese used at least 15 partners from the West, including companies like General Electric and Honeywell International.


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The jet’s development is a key step on the path laid out by Chinese leaders to transform the country into a creator of profitable technology.

Comac says it has 570 orders, mostly from state-owned Chinese airlines. A total of 23 domestic and foreign customers have placed orders. The handful of foreign customers includes GE Capital Aviation Services and Thailand’s City Airways.

The plane can come with 155-175 seats and has a standard flight length of 2,530 miles.

China’s first domestically made jet, the twin-engined regional ARJ-21, flew its passengers in June 2016, eight years after its first test flight.


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The Bloomberg report said Boeing predicted late last year that China will require over 6,800 aircraft valued at more than $1 trillion through 2035. Boeing, which is reportedly planning to build a facility in China,  reportedly congratulated Comac on the plane’s development.

“The real challenge is how they are going to be able to demonstrate to the customer outside of China that they can support and service the aircraft,” an expert told Bloomberg.

(Bloomberg)

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Florida Tech Launches Online Professional Doctorate in Aviation

Florida Tech launches Online Professional Doctorate in Aviation

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Florida Tech

Florid Tech’s College of Aeronautics, housed at Skurla Hall, is launching a 100-percent online, residency-free Doctor of Aviation degree in the fall.

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 100% online, residency-free aviation doctoral degree offered anywhere, according to college officials.

Starting in the Fall 2017 semester, the year-round, reseach-based program can be completed in three years.

Ten students will be admitted into the inaugural class.


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The curriculum consists of a minimum of 42 semester credit hours partitioned into two main components: A 24-hour core consisting of research design, statistics, and aviation content courses; and a minimum of 18 semester credit hours of dissertation research.

“This is a historic event for the Florida Tech College of Aeronautics,” said Dean Korhan Oyman. “The Av.D. program will enable working aviation professionals who seek a doctorate in aviation to complete the program without having to interrupt their career.”

The online Av.D. program complements the college’s current resident-only Ph.D. program in aviation sciences by offering prospective students the choice between an academic doctorate (Ph.D.) and a professional doctorate (Av.D.) in aviation.


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The primary difference between the programs is in the focus of the dissertation. Instead of being theory-driven, as is the case with the Ph.D. program, the Av.D. dissertation research will be oriented for business/industry practitioners and typically will involve a practical field problem.

 

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Comac sets Friday 5 May for C919 First Flight

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Comac sets Friday 5 May for C919 first flight

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COMAC

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 shifted to 5 May. Saturday 6 May now serves as a backup, should the aircraft be unable to fly the day earlier. Weather on both days is forecasted to be sunny.

A ceremony with about 2,000 guests will be held near Shanghai Pudong International airport’s fourth runway to witness the flight. Several of the country’s political heavyweights are also expected to be in attendance.


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Comac received a special flight permit from the Civil Aviation Administration of China on 22 April, as well as a temporary civil aircraft registration and an aircraft station licence. The flight permit and the station licence both expire on 31 May.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has also started work on certifying the C919, and it held a safety conference in Shanghai together with the CAAC on 28 April. FlightGlobal reported last November that Comac has submitted an application for type certification of the C919 with EASA, via the Chinese regulator.


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This confirms Comac’s move away from the US Federal Aviation Administration for western certification of its in-development narrowbody, and signals its intent to market the C919 internationally. The US regulator has yet to certify the ARJ21 regional jet, despite years of shadowing the CAAC.

Comac has since secured 570 commitments for the C919, with China Eastern Airlines to be its launch customer.

(Flight Global)

 

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