Daily Archives: 26.08.2014

Baltic Aviation Academy and Avia Solutions Group news overview

Baltic Aviation Academy, aviation training centre, has
been approved by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) of Malaysia. Training centre has been
audited, and received approval as Approved Training Organization (ATO) to
provide Boeing 737-600/900 Type Rating training and Base training.

For the first time in history, Baltic Aviation Academy joined Finland
International Airshow that took place on August 16 – 17th in order to expand
Finns’ pilot study opportunities. Academy had a great success at the show:
attendees showed interest in pilot studies and how they can become one.

On the 23rd of August Baltic Aviation Academy once again opened its
doors to all who are interested in a career in aviation field. Baltic Aviation Academy took advantage of the perfect
weather and held the last Open Door Day event this summer at Kaunasflight training base (Lithuania).

Air X grows its capacity and expands the fleet. The European standard
flight crew training is entrusted to Baltic Aviation Academy,
based in Lithuania.

ASG News Overview:

FL Technics Training, a global provider of aviation technical training
services, continues to successfully expand the range of its services by launching
Online Training™, an Internet-based platform providing online EASA-compliant
courses. The platform covers a set of specialized continuing and re-current
courses, supplemented by the issuance of relevant certificates upon successful
completion of the courses.

Avia Solutions Group, a WSE listed global provider of one-stop-shop
aviation business solutions, is further strengthening its presence in the
global travel industry by launching a new Duty Free operator Globus
Distribution. The new company will be operating duty-free retail shops across
Europe and Asia.

Source – http://www.balticaa.com/

Review: Q1 and Q2 aviation results

Time is flying fast and already half a year passed so it is time to look
at the aviation industry performance during the two quarters of 2014. We have
looked into the consumer information, regional industry growth or decline, as
well as any aircraft type changes by region that happened during the first half
of the year.

According to IATA and AviaAM Leasing quarterly reports that were
released in June, airlines are experiencing the seasonal summer growth in
passenger traffic, particularly in international destinations. Overall
passenger traffic growth in the world is increasing at an average of 4,7%.
Current expectation is for air transport to reach 1% of world’s GDP in 2014 and
be valued at $750 billion.

Regions that are showing slight increase in passenger traffic, despite
still rather fragile global economy, are North America and Europethat experienced 4,4% and 6,1% increase respectively. Regions that are
currently experiencing the most exciting time are Middle East and Latin America, with 14,66% and 6,12% increase in
passenger traffic respectively. Latin America’s major driving forces in the
first half of 2014 are progressing local economies of Chile, Colombia,Mexico, Peru and Uruguay,
as well as Brazilwhich hosted 2014 FIFA World Cup. Despite this seasonal event, Brazilis one of the largest, however weakest economies of Latin
America
, which was hurt even more by the decline in U.S economy
that dropped by 2,9% in Q1 of 2014 (the largest decline since 2009).

China’s passenger traffic market is
experiencing slower growth than forecasted and is increasing at 7,5% rate. This
is causing the entire Asia Pacific region growth to slow down. However Africa is the most concerning region with under 2% growth
and a lot of unrest. All the regions of the world have been negatively
influenced by the distress caused by the conflicts in Ukraine, Palestineand Israel, Iran, political distress in Turkey and
African countries. Therefore, the expected and forecasted regional growth in
passenger traffic and airline development will be a lot slower due to the
negative factors that are impacting the global economy.

In order to be able to serve all the passengers that desire to travel,
airlines are making a number of new aircraft purchases and leases. This year,
commercial airlines will receive 1400 new aircraft which totals up to $150
billion in industry investments. These significantly large numbers are caused
by the ever rising fuel prices which forces airlines to invest in more fuel
efficient and newer airplanes. Therefore, more than half of this year’s new
aircraft deliveries will replace and retire old aircraft. This year Airbus
received 195 orders for A320 and 123 order for A321 models. Boeing is right
there with Airbus, receiving 221 orders for Boeing 737-MAX and 91 orders for
Boeing 737-800 models. To sum up the aircraft transactions (sales, delivery,
lease and retirement) in the second quarter of 2014, the global aircraft fleet
dropped by 4,1% which totals up to 399 less aircraft in the market. The drop is
most significant in Asia Pacific with 175, Europe – 186, and Middle
East
– 38 less operating aircraft.

To sum up the passenger traffic and aircraft manufacturing and
transaction numbers it is apparent that world distress events and fragile economic
development and growth are having a big impact on aviation market. As
short-term numbers are showing satisfactory results, however if the significant
world events that are happening today will continue, world economy will
subsequently impact the long-term aviation industry development.

Source – http://www.balticaa.com/

Special service vehicle for disabled starts services at Dushanbe International Airport, Tajikistan

One has started operating an ambulift, a special service vehicle for disabled,
at Dushanbe International Airport, Mahmadyusuf Shodiev, Spokesperson,Dushanbe International Airport, reported to the Asia Plus
News Agency, Tajikistan.

According to him, this special vehicle was first tested on the eve after
finishing a forum in Dushanbe organized by women
with disabilities to see off their guests to Almaty, Kazakhstan.

“A special vehicle, which has been recently acquired by the Airport, will
serve people with disabilities for their delivery on board the aircraft”, the
source noted.

Source – http://asiaplus.tj/

Airbus tests A350’s ability to fly farther from emergency landing sites

Airbus Group NV intends to ramp up flight tests this week to demonstrate
that its newest jet model eventually should be allowed to fly routes taking it
as many as seven hours from an emergency landing strip.

If European regulators grant approval in coming years, the wide-body
jets would be able to take more direct routes to slash flight times, save fuel
and give Airbus a potential marketing advantage connecting a limited number of
destinations.

More broadly, the issue also highlights the reliability of the latest
generation of engines, along with electrical, fuel and fire-suppression
systems. Many UScommercial pilots can fly for an entire career without ever having to shut down
a damaged or malfunctioning engine.

“Engine failure long ago stopped being a common cause of major airline
accidents,” said industry consultant Bob Matthews, a former senior safety
analyst in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Accident
Investigations. “The latest safety issues aren’t substantially greater than the
thresholds we’ve already passed.”

By some measures, according to Mr. Matthews, US carriers on average
experience one extreme jet-engine failure every 16 million flights. Some
engine-plane combinations currently avoid in-flight engine shutdowns for years.
As recently as the 1990s, the FAA’s safety yardstick focused on one engine
shutdown per 100,000 flight hours.

Source – http://www.mb.com.ph/

Special control for passengers at Atyrau International Airport because of Ebola

Passengers pass special control at Atyrau
International Airport
, Kazakhstan
,
due to Ebola, the Airport’s Sanitary-Quarantine Station said.

“A sanitary and quarantine station has been established at the Atyrau International Airport, as it is equipped
with a TI-25 FLUR thermal imager and contact-less pyrometers. All passengers
arriving on international flights are necessarily physically inspected by
health officers. This is due to the outbreak of Ebola, which does not stop the
epidemic in African countries, and there have already been cases on other
continents”, said Ainagul Orynbassarova, head of the Sanitary and Quarantine Station.

According to her, a lot of foreign nationals working in the oil
companies, including those from Africa, arrive
in Atyrau.

“Since the beginning of the year, 257 international flights have arrived
in the city delivering almost 22,000 passengers. The passenger traffic is especially
increased in August: just during a week,  1,256 people have arrived in the region. Our
task is to check that no any person sick with Ebola or Dengue cases would be
admitted to visit the region. These cases are reported to be registered in Thailand and Vietnam”, Mrs. Orynbassarova summarized.

Source – http://www.kazinform.kz/

Airplanes to be covered with “smart skin”

Engineers at BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Centre are investigating
the possibility of covering a plane in thousands of micro-sensors, effectively
enabling it to sense the world around it.

Concept would see planes coated in layer of micro-sensors and able to
sense wear and tear

Could aeroplanes of the future have feelings? Scientists working on a
revolutionary concept to coat craft in an outer layer, close to that of human
skin in function, are hoping so. They claim the “smart skin” would be able to
feel temperature changes and monitor wear and tear, the advantage being that
problems are spotted before they become more serious.

If successful it is expected the smart skin would reduce the need for
regular ground check-ups, enable the plane to remain airborne for longer and
improve the safety of on-board crew.

Senior Research Scientist Lydia Hyde said she came up with the idea when
doing her washing and saw that her tumble dryer used a sensor to prevent it
from overheating. She said: “Observing how a simple sensor can be used to stop
a domestic appliance overheating got me thinking about how this could be
applied to my work and how we could replace bulky, expensive sensors with
cheap, miniature, multi-functional ones.

“This in turn led to the idea that aircraft, or indeed cars and ships,
could be covered by thousands of these motes creating a ‘smart skin’ that can
sense the world around them and monitor their condition by detecting stress,
heat or damage. The idea is to make platforms ‘feel’ using a skin of sensors in
the same way humans or animals do.”

Tiny sensors – known as motes – which can be as small as dust particles
at less than 0.05mm squared could be used to create the skin.

They are so small engineers are looking into the possibility of spraying
them on like paint, which would also allow existing aircraft to be retrofitted
with the smart skin.

When given with their own power source and matched to appropriate
software they will be able to communicate in much the same way that human skin
sends signals to the brain.

Ms Hyde said the technology was a potential “game-changer” for the UK aviation industry
and could be applied to other vehicles such as ships and cars.

Source – http://www.independent.co.uk/

Ukraine International Airlines not to operate Kiev – Dushanbe flight

The Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has not launched its flights toTajikistan.

The UIA reported to the Asia Plus News Agency, Tajikistan, the Airline
is not going to carry out flights to Dushanbe in the near future, as one planned
at the beginning of this year.

UIA did not explain why this Airline has not launched flights to the
Tajik capital, perhaps, the reason is concluded in instability in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the Planning Department, Dushanbe International Airport reported to Asia
Plus that the Ukrainian Airline did not start its flights because the contract
with the Tajik side has not yet been signed.

“At present, no any direct flights are operated from Dushanbe, Tajikistan,
to the Ukrainian capital. The only experience included the DushanbeKiev flight operated
by Tajik Air, which was operated just once in 2012. The flight was closed due
to economic inefficiency”, the capital’s airport said.

We remind herein the UIA previously reported that KievDushanbeKiev flights would be operated  twice a week since April 1, 2014, through October
25, 2014. The Airline identified the air tickets’ prices for KievDushanbeKiev roundtrip air services amounting US $593.
The UIA was supposed to operate its flights to Tajikistan on an equal basis in
accordance with the intergovernmental Air Traffic Treaty.

At present, one operates flights from Dushanbeto 10 capitals in the CIS and other foreign countries including such
destinations, as Dubai, Istanbul,Urumqi, Tehran,
Mashhad, Frankfurt am Main, Guangzhou and New Delhi, as well as Bishkek, Osh and Almaty.

Also, there are offers for the flights to such Russian cities, as St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk,Krasnoyarsk, Kazan,
Yakutia, Samara, Mineral Waters, Ufa, Perm, Volgograd,
Nizhnekamsk, Irkutsk, Surgut,Chelyabinsk, Rostov,Omsk and Sochi.

Source – http://news.tj/