Monthly Archives: January 2013

New passenger terminal costing US $1.2 billion to be constructed in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The reconstruction of old and construction of a new airport terminal has
been started in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. The total cost of
modern equipment and facilities is estimated at US $1.2 billion, Business-TASS, Russia, reports.

This is almost a half of the total investment, which is provided to
invest in developing the air transport industry of the country in the next five
years. This fact was reported today by the  Turkmenistan Airlines State National Service.

Polymex Company, Turkey,  will carry out this project, as it is a
general contractor of the Turkmen capital. There will be a five-story passenger
terminal and a VIP one-story terminal in the territory of 1,200 hectares for
the airport building. The carrying capacity of the new terminal with 24 direct passages
to an aircraft cabin will be 1,600 passengers per hour, or 14 million a year. One
also provides building a new runway having a length of 3,800 meters, a flight
control tower with its height of 72 meters, a terminal designed for processing
200,000 tons of cargo annually, a station for refueling aircraft, hangars for
maintenance of aircraft and helicopters and a flight catering unit. One also
provides underground (for 2,200 cars) and outdoor (1780 cars) parking lots,
office buildings, hotels, health and fitness centers. There is a plan to put all
these facilities of the new airport building  into operation in August 2016.

The Social and Economic Development Programme for Turkmenistan for
the period of 2012-2016 provides investments into the air transport industry amounting
nearly US $ 2.5 billion.

Source – http://www.aex.ru/

Chief Transport Prosecutor announced versions of Challenger-200 plane crash

The main transport Prosecutor’s Office announced possible versions of
the Challenger CRJ-200 plane crash, the official website of the Chief Transport
Prosecutor’s Office reports.

Remind that, the Chief Transport Prosecutor initiated a criminal case on
the plane crash under the article 259 paragraph 3 of the Criminal Code of
Kazakhstan (violation of flight safety rules that caused death of two or more
people) on January 29.

The interagency investigation team consisting of special prosecutors of
Almaty and investigators of the department of internal affairs of Almaty
continues its work on investigation of the accident. The group is headed by the
special prosecutor of the Chief Transport Prosecution.

The bodies of all victims were given to the families and relatives after
the forensic examinations and identification.

“The version of outside interference in the flight of the plane is excluded,
that is someone else’s malice. There are two versions of the crash such as
human error or technical failure of the aircraft. The investigation is
underway,” the Chief Transport Prosecutor I.Tleugaleev commented at the scene
of the crash.

Investigation is being continued.

Source – http://bnews.kz/

Kharkov – Baku flight to be launched in March

Ukraine’s UTair Ukraine Airlines intends to
start regular flights on KharkovBakuKharkovair route starting from March 2013.

APA reports quoting SQ agency that, starting from March 15, 2013, the flights
from Kharkov, Ukraine,
to Baku, Azerbaijan, will be operated once a
week – on Fridays, as of May 7, 2013, the flights will be operated twice a week
– on Tuesdays and Fridays. Flights from Baku to Kharkov will be operated on
Saturdays until May 7 and then on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

We note herein that round trip ticket on this flight costs $450, one-way
ticket – $267. The flights will be operated by Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft.

Source – http://en.apa.az/

Crashed CRJ-200 got its airworthiness certificate in 2012

The CRJ-200LR aircraft belonged to the  SCAT Airline, Kazakhstan, that crashed on Tuesday
while landing at the Almaty International Airport, was tested for compliance
with safety requirements in 2012, and the crew had a flight experience on this
type of aircraft, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The aircraft belonged to the SCAT Airline JSC was operating its regional
flight #760 en route Kokshetau – Almaty, and, at about 13:00 local time, it crashed
before it reached about five kilometers from the airport of Almaty. There were five
crew members and 16 passengers on board. According
 to preliminary data, there were no survivors.

 “The Certificate of Airworthiness
was issued for this aircraft in Kazakhstanin 2012, after the confirmation of its compliance with safety requirements.
This aircraft had maintenance held in June 2011 in CopenhagenDenmark, and, by the time of
collapse, it gained 884 flight hours in Kazakhstan and there were 588
landings”, said the Ministry’s press release.

It also notes that the SCAT Airline, established in 1997, has got a
regular operator’s certificate in June 2012, according to the Rules of Certification
and Issue an Air Operator Certificate of Civil Aircraft. Its validity was
before June 14, 2014. This document is issued to the air carrier for a period
of not more than two years, after which it must again undergo the process of
certification.

According to MOE, the crew commander had 18,200 flight hours in total,
of these, about 1,000 flight hours, when being a commander of CRJ-200. The co-pilot’s
total flight hours came to 3,500, including 132 hours on CRJ-200. Both pilots had
their last training in Lithuania in November 2012.

Source – http://www.aviaport.ru/

AN-72 сrashed in Kazakhstan in December 2012 had renovations/repairs at Kiev factory

A military transport aircraft, An-72, that crashed in Kazakhstan in
December 2012 was repaired at the Plant 410 Civil Aviation, Kiev,Ukraine, in 2012, a source in the Kazakhstan’s aviation industry reported to RBC, Russia. “This
plane really had maintenance in 2012. Special Techno Export Company signed a
contract and the Plant 410 Civil Aviation was the contractor”, said the source.

Earlier, one reported that Kazakhstanhas sent an investigative mission to Ukraine in connection with the An-72’s
air crash. When investigating, one revealed a number of faults in aircraft
equipment, including ones in autopilot and radar altimeter and barometric
altitude measurement devices. The instruction sets the issues related to the aircraft
repair process, including those relating to the amount and quality of work
performed on replacing units, parts and assemblies.

The military transport aircraft, An-72, of the Kazakh State Border Service
crashed on December 25, 2012,
in
20
km
from Shymkent, south of Kazakhstan. As a result, all
27 people who were onboard were killed, including seven crew members and 20 military
men.

Source – http://www.aviaport.ru/

Foreign ministry: Commissioning of airport in Azerbaijani occupied territories is an affront to international law

Actions to be taken by Azerbaijan in connection with illegal flights to
the occupied territories of the Republic (from the Hodzhaly airport) will
coincide with recommendations of the Chicago Convention, spokesman for the
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullaev said at a briefing yesterday.

He was commenting on CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha.

Azerbaijanis a civilized country,” Abdullaev said. “We do not violate
international law. We do not make such flights in foreign territory. Azerbaijan has
always adhered to international law, including the Chicago Convention.”

Armenia‘s
actions are an affront to international law,” he said. “Azerbaijan has
sovereignty over its airspace. The Chicago Convention member-states respect the
decisions within this document.

Commissioning the airport in Hodzhaly is an open violation of the Convention
on International Civil Aviation [adopted on December 7, 1944 in Chicago], the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry
reported earlier. In this regard, Azerbaijanwill strengthen the legal level of the application of the Chicago convention.

Azerbaijan has banned the use of the airspace
of Nagorno-Karabakh occupied by Armenia,
as no one can guarantee a safe air corridor in the area, the head of the
Azerbaijani Civil Aviation Administration, Arif Mamedov said earlier.

He said Armenia‘s
steps directed towards use of Hodzhaly airport are attempts to violate
international legal norms. That air space belongs to Azerbaijan;
therefore its use by Armeniais illegal.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European
Civil Aviation Conference (ICAC) also support the position of Azerbaijan on
this issue.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 whenArmenia made territorial
claims against Azerbaijan.
Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including
the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire
agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France and the U.S. – are
currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N.
Security Council’s four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh
and the surrounding regions.

Source – http://en.trend.az/

Plane crash in Kazakhstan – aircraft’s crew was double-warned of bad weather

The crew of the passenger plane Challenger-200 crashed near Almaty, Kazakhstan,
was twice warned of bad weather conditions, a local TV channel reported.

The crew got the first so-called daily weather forecast from the Kazakh
Air Service JSC in 1.5 hours before departure. In particular, it was clearly
spelled out: horizontal visibility – 600 meters, vertical – by 10 times lower, so,
as a result, pilots could see a runway at a height of 60 meters. In addition,
forecasters gave information later that fog may thicken.

The crew got the second message about weather 15 minutes prior take-off.
It also included: freezing fog, visibility – 800 meters, and at times
– down to 200 meters.
Light snow and super cooled fog. Vertical visibility – 30 meters, specified Gulsagida
Dzhigitcheeva, Production Vice President, Kazakh Air Service JSC. The final
decision – to fly or not – was made by the aircraft commander, notes Interfax.

On Tuesday, when approaching to the Almaty International Airport in adverse weather
conditions, at the time of flying on the second attempt, the SCAT’s airline collided
with the ground. There were five crew members and 16 passengers onboard. They
all died.

Source – http://news.mail.ru/

Авиакатастрофа в Казахстане: экипаж лайнера дважды предупреждали о плохой погоде

Экипаж пассажирского самолета Challenger-200, потерпевшего
крушение близ Алматы, дважды предупреждали о плохих погодных условиях. Об этом
сообщает местный телеканал.

Первый, так называемый суточный прогноз от
синоптиков АО «Казаэросервиса» команда воздушного суда получила за полтора часа
до вылета. В частности, в нем четко было прописано: горизонтальная видимость — 600 метров, вертикальная
— в 10 раз меньше, в результате посадочную полосу летчики могли увидеть на
высоте 60 метров.
Кроме того, синоптики затем дали информацию, что туман может уплотниться.

Второе сообщение о погоде члены экипажа
получили за 15 минут до взлета. Также предусматривались: переохлажденный туман,
видимость — 800 метров,
и временами — до 200
метров
. Слабый снег и переохлажденный туман.
Вертикальная видимость — 30
метров
, уточнила вице-президент по производству АО
«Казаэросервис» Гульсагида Джигитчеева. Окончательное решение — лететь или нет
— принимал командир воздушного судна, отмечает «Интерфакс».

Во вторник при заходе на посадку в аэропорт
Алматы в сложных метеоусловиях, в момент ухода на второй круг произошло
столкновение с землей самолета авиакомпании SCAT. На борту находились 5 членов экипажа и 16 пассажиров. Все
они погибли.

Источник – http://news.mail.ru/

FL Technics Jets aims to become the largest MRO centre for business aviation in Europe

FL Technics Jets, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance,
repair and overhaul services for business aviation, unveils its expansion plans
which involve scaling the existing portfolio of capabilities and adding
Challenger 850, Bombardier CL-600-2B16, CL-600-2B19, Embraer Legacy 600,
ERJ-135/145 and Cessna types of business jets. The company intends to triple
its production rates and become the largest MRO centre for business aviation inEurope.

The strategic development plan, which covers Part 21 and Part M
products, further expansion of cabin refurbishment, aircraft conversion, base
and line maintenance as well as engine management, will be implemented in the
period of 2013-2015. Apart from the on-going capabilities enhancement program,
FL Technics Jets has drawn up plans to establish a new 2.700 sq.m.
comprehensive MRO centre in Vilnius,
Lithuania
.

‘2012 was indeed a busy year for our company, with a number of new
approvals and no less than 3 newly developed aircraft services. As a result,
during the year we have successfully carried out maintenance works for 20
various business jets and became the only Authorized Hawker Beechcraft service
centre in Eastern Europe. Our goal is to
triple the production rates during the upcoming years and secure a dominant
position in the European business aviation sector till 2015,’ said Darius Saluga,
the CEO at FL Technics Jets.

Certified as an EASA Part-145 organization, FL Technics Jets holds
maintenance approvals from the Federal Air Transportation Agency of the Russian Federation as well as Civil Aviation
Authorities of Aruba, Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
In the beginning of 2012 FL Technics Jets became the first Authorized Hawker
Beechcraft service centre in Eastern Europe.

‘We are in a unique position to understand what customers really need
and want from an MRO, drawing on our 20 years of experience in business
aviation. Our success in Europe and the CIS region is based on a well-developed
infrastructure, highly skilled multilingual team of experts, safety, short
turn-around times and high quality of services,’ said Darius Saluga.

Source – http://www.fltjets.com/

Flight recorders from CRJ 200 crashed near Almaty to be delivered to Moscow tonight

The flight recorders from the aircraft that crashed near Almaty, Kazakhstan,
yesterday will be delivered to Moscow, Russia, for decoding, RIA Novosti, Russia, reported
with reference to Bahytzhan Sagintaev, Chairperson, Governmental Commission for
Air Crash Reasons Investigation.

“All flight recorders were found. Tonight, they will be delivered to Moscow for decoding at
Interstate Aviation Committee”, he said.

According to him and preliminary information, this work might require up
to 15 days. One will be able to tell about the reasons of this air crash only
after decoding the flight recorders, he added.

Source – http://www.aex.ru/