Monthly Archives: November 2010

EU representative supported idea to form the Center for Training Experts on Aviation Safety in Kazakhstan

During the meeting in Brussels, Belgium, between the Kazakhstan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Belgium and Luxemburg and the Leader of the Mission under the NATO and European Union, Erik Utembaev and Chief of the Board of Directors on Air Transport under the European Committee, Daniel Calleha, the European official supported an idea to form a regional center in Kazakhstan to train and improve qualifications for aviation safety experts.
During the meeting, the Ambassador noted the Kazakhstan’s transit potential and paid Calleha’s attention to the opportunity to form the similar center that would promote to further development and strengthen the civil aviation systems in Central Asia. Having supported this initiative, Calleha paid attention to specific territorial attractiveness of Kazakhstan for forming such center and stressed the leading role of our country in the region. In this relation, the parties agreed that such organization will promote to harmonize Kazakh and European standards in the aviation safety sector especially if European and international civil aviation experts are attracted to its formation.
During the meeting, the issues related with quick exclusion of Kazakh air companies from so-called EU blacklist. Thus, Utembaev and Callaha agreed the decision of the regular conference of the EU’s Aviation Safety Committee to exclude nine Kazakhstan’s air companies, namely, Kazakhstan Amateur Pilots Association, Aeropract KZ, BeKazakhstanout ZK, ITJ Aviation, Navigator, Phoenix, Salem, Sky Service, and Tien Shan Flight from the blacklist is the first step to develop reliability of the systematic provision of safety, as it will allow removing all Kazakh air companies from the blacklist in future.
The European Committee’s (EC’s) representative noted significant progress in reforming the Kazakhstan’s civil aviation system, as well as our country’s efficient work on implementing the Action Plan on Improving Control over the Kazakhstan’s Aviation Market approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
In turn, the Kazakh Ambassador stressed Kazakhstan undertook steps towards systematic resolution of the issue related with developing and improving the civil aviation market. In this relation, the Government of Kazakhstan worked out specific measures including approval of the new Law, On Using Air Space and Aviation’s Activities, as it is in compliance with international standards’ requirements, and forming a state enterprise, Flight Safety Center, in 2009 where qualified flight safety control inspectors work.
Besides, some issues were touched during the meeting regarding harmonization of the Kazakhstan’s aviation standards to European requirements on safety of flights.
One should note, in the light of transferring the European Union to the EC’s unified standards and requirements one offers changing regulations of the Air Communication Agreement towards their liberalization, as regards the conditions that air carriers govern and control over their activities. In this relation, the European party expressed its hope to sign the Agreement on Certain Aspects of Air Services between Kazakhstan and European Union as soon as possible.

Passengers of the aircraft that had emergency landing in Karaganda sent to Hong Kong

The passengers of the aircraft that operated a flight from Amsterdam to Hong Kong and had emergency landing in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, were sent to Hong Kong yesterday evening, the Kazakhstan Today News Agency reported with the reference to the Press Service of the Karaganda’s Sary Arka Airport.
According to the Press Service, the passengers passed through the state border control and afterwards, they were in the airport building. “At 7:20PM, (local time) one expected arrival of the airplane with a technical group on board in the Karaganda’s airport. This air vessel should deliver passengers to Hong Kong. The departure was planned at 8:50PM. Meanwhile, the technical group will be involved in airplane repairs and after this the air vessel will fly to Amsterdam”, the airport’s Press Service noted.
We remind herein that on November 29, 2010, the passenger airplane, Boeing 747 belonged to the Cathay Pacific Airlines, China, had emergency landing at 01:57AM (local time) in the Karaganda’s international airport, as this aircraft was operating the flight on the Amsterdam – Hong Kong route. There were 311 passengers and 20 aircrew members on board. The cockpit’s depressurization was the reason of this emergency landing. The landing was successful and there were no any victims.

Vice Minister of Healthcare – Kazakhstan to buy 14 medical helicopters next year

According to the Kazakhstan Today News Agency, Kazakhstan has already planned to buy 14 medical helicopters in 2011, the Vice Minister of the Kazakhstan’s Healthcare Sector, Erik Baizhunusov reported when talking at the seminar/conference in Kostanai, Kazakhstan.
“Next year, there are plans to buy 14 helicopters and each region will be provided with medical aviation. 2.3 billion tenge are allocated for provision with medical aviation”, Baizhunusov reported.
According to him, the Unified Control Centre will coordinate the medical aviation’s activities. Specialist of needy profile and qualification may be delivered to any place of the country due to this system.
“At your call, we will deliver any expert of the republican level for providing with medical aid at any time. At present, we prepare a legislative base and form a group. We will hire professional workers to form this group”, Baizhunusov noted.

Passenger Boeing 747 crash landed in Karaganda airport

The passenger Boeing 747 belonged to the Cathay Pacific Airlines, China, crash landed, as it was operating its flight on the Amsterdam – Hong Kong route, the Press Service of the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergencies reported.
“On the night of Monday, November 29, 2010, the Boeing 747 aircraft belonged to the Cathay Pacific Airlines, China, crash landed in the Sary Arka Airport, Karaganda, as a result of the aircraft’s cockpit depressurization. This aircraft operated the flight #270 on the Amsterdam – Hong Kong route”, the report states.
There were 331 passengers and aircrew members on the board.
According to the News Agency, the emergency landing was successful and there were no any victims.

Number of flights cancelled due to fog in Almaty

The Air Astana Air Company cancelled and postponed a number of flights to Almaty, Kazakhstan, due to fog, the Air Company’s Press Service reported.
“Because of worsening weather conditions in the airport, 11 flights of the Air Astana Airlines were cancelled on November 26, 2010, and seven more flights were postponed to be operated on November 27, 2010”, the report states.
According to the Air Company, the weather forecast for the Air Company’s Flight Control Department is submitted in every three hours and, according to the forecast on November 27, 2010, the wind was 2m/sec, horizontal visibility was 200 meters, vertical visibility was 30 meters; there was under cooled fog with the maximal air temperature +3ºC, and minimal air temperature -5ºC.
“All aircrafts of the Air Company are ready to operate their flights and, when possible, they will start doing it”, the reports stresses.
The News Kazakhstan News Agency was unable to get comments in the Almaty International Airport. There is no official information from other air companies on cancelling and postponing flights to Almaty.

Ministry of Transport and Communications: Astana International Airport is ready to meet OSCE Summit participants

On November 26, 2010, the Kazakhstan’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Abelgazy Kusainov conducted a final conference in the capital city’s airport for the work group on transport provision of the OSCE Summit that will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on December 1-2, 2010.
The representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Mayor’s Office of the city, as well as transport and communication enterprises that are involved to serve the participants of this forum took part in this conference, the Press Service of the Kazakh Ministry of Transport and Communications reported.
When summarizing the results of the preliminary work the work group noted full readiness of the transport services to the forthcoming Summit. In particular, when taking into account the large number of air vessels the ramp of the airport was expanded by 22 places for aircrafts’ stands. Special engineering was procured and delivered in counting 113 machines; in addition, 29 machines were mobilized from other airports of the country. To avoid snowdrifts 41 snow-removing machines were prepared and an agreement was achieved with the city’s utilities to provide additional engineering, if necessary.
Additional personnel are attracted in compliance with increasing the number of servicing air vessels and opening additional services. In particular, 65 engineers and technical workers on servicing air vessels from other airports and air companies and 42 volunteers including those from the number of the capital city’s students from higher educational institutions with good knowledge of English are involved. Besides, 80 people from the Air Astana Airline are attracted. At present, all involved employees passed through the instructions and additional trainings, as well as they received information on the airport’s work mode and safety measures.
Four additional boxes with eight work places, as well as three workplaces for the Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were installed in the hall for international flights and arrival of domestic flights for organizing timely passage of the state border control in the capital city’s airport.
According to previous reports, in the case if weather conditions probably change the analogous preparatory work is conducted in the airports and railway stations of Almaty and Karaganda. In the case if flights are moved to these cities one provides delivering guests to the capital city by the railway and motor-car transport.

Air Astana – new flight, Almaty – Dushanbe

On November 21, 2010, the Air Astana Airline launched new regular flights, KC-131/132, on the Almaty – Dushanbe – Almaty route. The flights are operated by Fokker-50s three times per week, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
The flight schedule is as follows (time is local):
Almaty – 2:00PM Dushanbe – 4:00PM /5:00PM Almaty – 9:00PM
Almaty – 8:25AM Dushanbe – 10:30AM / 11:30AM Almaty – 3:15PM
Almaty – 3:00PM Dushanbe – 5:00PM / 6:00PM Almaty – 9:40PM

Air Astana discontinues its flights to Petropavlovsk because of non-observing fire safety by airport

The national air carrier reports on discontinuing its flights from the Kazakhstan’s capital city to Petropavlovsk starting from December 8, 2010, in view of serious weaknesses in fire protection and emergency rescue provision of flights in the city airport, the Air Company reported.
“According to the audit results conducted for the Air Astana’s department in November 2010 the fire protection service and emergency rescue medical equipment in the Petropavlovsk airport were not in compliance with regulatory legal statements of the country”, one says in the report distributed on November 25, 2010.
Previously, the Air Company insistently recommended the airport’s leadership to eliminate the identified defects, however, the situation has not been improved, Air Astana affirms. “Insufficient number of fire machines and shortage of medical equipment, as well as other variances indicated in the report handed over both to the airport’s leadership and the Civil Aviation Committee under the Ministry of Transport and Communications resulted to the decision to discontinue flights to Petropavlovsk”, the Air Company declares.
“The priority of our airline, first of all, is a safety of flights that is why the Air Company with all its seriousness concerns the issues regarding the airports’ readiness to emergencies. We bring our apologies to our passengers and hope that the leadership of the Petropavlovsk airport will undertake all necessary measures and we will be able to continue our flights from Astana to Petropavlovsk”, these words said by the President of the Air Astana Opened JSC, Peter Foster, were mentioned in the report.
The report also mentions the Air Company will consider the decision to renew its flights on the Astana – Petropavlovsk route on March 31, 2011, on the assumption of eliminating all existing variances in the airport.
The Astana – Petropavlovsk route was launched in November 2004. Since launching this direction, over 72,000 passengers have been transported. The flights were operated four times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays by the turbo-prop aircraft, Fokker-50.

9 airlines from Kazakhstan removed from the European Union’s black list

9 airlines from Kazakhstan were removed from the European Union’s black list of the Flight Safety Committee, as there were hearings on them on November 10-11, 2010, The Press Service of the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport and Communications reported on November 24, 2010.
“As a result of these hearings, a decision was made to remove nine air companies of Kazakhstan from the black list of airlines that have limitations on operating flights to the European Union. The European Committee supports reforms in the civil aviation sector conducted by the Kazakhstan’s aviation authorities so it calls upon to continue this process”.
We remind herein that the European Union entered all 70 airlines from Kazakhstan with the exception of the national air carrier, Air Astana, to the black list of non-reliable air carriers in July 2009. When conducting an audit check of the Kazakh aviation sector organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) the country was laid down a number of claims including the fact that the country’s aviation legislation was not in compliance with the ICAO requirements, there were no due control over the aviation sector from the authorized structure.
Since the moment of entering the Kazakh airlines to the EU’s black list, a new law, “On Using Air Space and Civil Aviation’s Activities” has been developed and approved in the country in the shortest possible time. It is in compliance with all requirements and international standards; a number of sub-legislative acts have been approved, as they restrict requirements to airlines; the Flight Safety Center (governmental enterprise) was formed with hired qualified inspectors to control over the safety of flights and so on.
“In future, the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport and Communications will continue its work to transfer the civil aviation sector to the international standards, as well as stage-by stage bringing-out other airlines of the country from this black list”.

OSCE Summit: Astana prepares reserved aerodrome to meet VIP guests

The reserved aerodrome in the case of non-flying weather conditions or other force-majeure circumstances are being prepared to meet VIP guests who will arrive in Astana for the Summit, the Press Service of the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport and Communications reported.
According to this source, the Sary-Arka International Airport, Karaganda, is almost ready by 100% now to accept aircrafts with VIP guests.
At present, the additional personnel of workers are being formed in the airport to work during the Summit period. 16 new drivers and 10 agents with English knowledge will be hired and involved in organizing on-land transportations.
Reference: The Sary-Arka International Airport is equipped with navigation equipment that is in accordance with international standards. It is able to accept all types of air vessels, up to 11 airplanes per hour. (By N.Sultanbaev)