Daily Archives: 05.03.2016

Employees of Manas International Airport went to work today in their national headgear – kalpaks

Сотрудники аэропорта «Манас» вышли на работу в национальных головных уборах – калпаках

Kyrgyzstan celebrates the National White Kalpak
Day – a traditional male headdress for Kyrgyz people made of felt. In this
regard, almost all employees of the Manas International Airport Open Joint
Stock Company went to work today in their national headgear – kalpaks, the
Manas International Airport (MIA) informed.

Emir Chukuev,
Chairperson of the Board, MIA OJSC, congratulated all employees with this
momentous day. He called on the workers to support national traditions and
develop a sense of pride among the Kyrgyz people for their national culture.

This
unofficial holiday has been celebrated in Kyrgyzstan since 2011. On this day,
many males dress kalpaks on their heads. Across the country, there are
different events and activities including hiking parades on squares with people
wearing white kalpaks, concerts, exhibitions, etc.

The
number of people, organizations and institutions that support action to promote
kalpaks is increasing every year.

Source – http://www.kabar.kg/

Air Astana tells about medical examination of pilots

Фото Турара Казангапова

Air
Astana told about its medical examinations of pilots after the scandal with
drugs, according to Tengrinews. kz.

“As
regards the issue of revealing the fact of smoking of illicit substances by the
airline pilot, we explain there are three types of check-up of crews carried
out by the airline. All flight attendants and pilots have the annual and
semi-annual medical examination conducted by a medical flight expert committee.
As a measure of strengthening, we have addressed to the Civil Aviation Committee
under the Ministry of Investment and Development with a proposal to allow Air
Astana to carry out a medical examination of crews in the best foreign medical
centers, certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards”, the
Air Company explained.

Pre-medical
examination of crews is performed before each flight”, Air Astana says. It is
held in the following scope: a survey, inspection appearance, inspection of the
mouth and throat, the study of heart rate, according to testimony – measurement
of blood pressure, body temperature, and test for alcohol in exhaled air. In
the case of absence of external signs, the pre-flight inspection does not
reveal using of banned substances. In world practice, pre-flight inspection of crews
is not carried out. “Thus, foreign airlines’ crews do not pass pre-flight
inspection when departing from Kazakhstan”,
the Press Service said.

Normative
legal acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan do not
provide tests for the presence of drugs during the annual, semi-annual and
preflight medical examination.

“However,
Air Astana on its own initiative and in accordance with international best
practices implemented an internal procedure for random checks (collecting tests)
in order to detect the use of alcohol and drugs. Spot checks are subject to the
entire staff of the company, which is in some way connected with safe flight
operations, namely, engineering maintenance department, ground passenger
services, flight operations, on-board service department to ensure compliance
with corporate security and aviation security standards. In connection with the
case of the use of banned substances by the former pilot, the airline is
reviewing a spot check procedure and plans to conduct it more often. The Air
Company applies zero tolerance for staff to use alcohol or drugs. Immediately
after detection of this fact, the pilot was dismissed”, the Press Service said.

Source – http://tengrinews.kz/

Bell Helicopter announces 2015 performance

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT)
company, announces global deliveries as part of its 2015 performance results.

In
2015, Bell Helicopter delivered 175 aircraft, a combination of its current
production products as follows:

· 52 xBell 429

· 12 xBell 412
(EP/EPI)

· 99 xBell 407
(GX/GXP)

· 12 xBell 206L4

Regional
deliveries include:

· 28
commercial helicopters to countries in the Pacific Rim

· 69
civil aircraft in North America

· 31
deliveries in Latin America, and

· 47
helicopters across Europe, the Middle East and Africa

The
company also launched the
Bell 407GXP and announced the largest helicopter order in
Bell Helicopter history for 200 407GXPs to Air Methods Corporation. The first
of those aircraft were delivered in January 2016.

“2015
was a challenging year for the helicopter industry with ongoing impacts of the
decline in oil and gas, continued geopolitical unrest and global economic
uncertainty,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO. “Despite
tough market conditions, Bell Helicopter expanded market presence and secured a
number of key wins.”

Bell
Helicopter’s development programs made significant progress and received
impressive customer response. The Bell525 achieved first flight in July 2015 and has accumulated nearly 80 letters of
intent. The Bell505 continued its flight test program and now has letters of intent for more
than 350 aircraft.

Bell Helicopter also added support, service and
training capabilities at its Prague and Singapore locations as well as opening regional
offices in Japan and Mexico, the new Bell Helicopter Training Academy in Fort
Worth
, Texas, and the Lafayette Assembly Center in Louisiana.

The
Bell V-280 Valor program hit a major milestone last year with the delivery of
the first fuselage to the Bell Helicopter facility in Amarillo, Texas.
The V-280 is currently undergoing systems integration and major assemblies. First
flight of the V-280 is anticipated in the second half of 2017.

“Our customers are looking for differentiation
that expands the scope of their operations,” said Snyder. “Bell Helicopter’s
success last year is a testament to the value our products add to our
customers’ missions. We look forward to continue working with our customers to
advance existing technologies and further the future of rotorcraft.”

Source – http://investor.textron.com/

Commander of the presidential crew: Out of propeller!

Командир президентского экипажа: От винта!

“Ladies
and gentlemen, you are greeted by the commander of the ship Turar Ismailov.
Listen to the information on our flight…” Many times, people hear this phrase
during the standard working trips on the plane #1, and there is traditional
cheering to the crew after landing. I attribute the profession of pilot to the
category of the most difficult ones, and people from the aviation sector are courageous
and brave.

Personally
we met with Turar Ismailov in Brusselsa year ago. The work schedule turned off, and my colleague joined the crew
members who went on a trip to Luxembourg.
The trip was a series of “Unforgettable”: at first, we boarded the wrong train,
then chilled by the piercing wind and rain on the way back, the train was stuck
for repairs. We returned late at night, and late on the subway, but as the day
it was a laugh! And it is not scary, that somewhere lost. “With our commander we
can safely go in exploration”, the attendants assured.

Probably
so, and to be the commander of the aircraft on board which carries the
President of the country. He became a pilot of the aircraft #1 in 2007. He
operates Boeing-737 and Tu-154.

– Of
course, it feels high level of responsibility. Generally every flight requires
it, because for you, passengers, and it does not matter, it’s the President or
an ordinary person. But the status of the President’s flight, of course, is higher,
Turar Ismailov says.

Our
hero was born in Frunze(Bishkek) in a large family on September 11, 1981. His mother is an English
teacher, his father is a navigator. The father was the one who influenced the
choice of his son:

– At
school, looking at my father in the uniform, I dreamed of becoming a pilot. He
often brought home plastic models of aircraft, and we collected them together.
My father spent 45 years in the profession, and he is still flying.

In
2015, the senior navigator Taalaibek Ismailov was awarded the title of honorary
citizen of Bishkek, is the honoured worker of aviation. Turar’s father has
received many different awards and titles for his entire flight activity. But only
one son went in the footsteps of his father, the second one is a financier, the
third one is a musician, and his daughter, like her mother, is an English
teacher. Often Sr. and Jr. Ismailovs fly together.

– It
so happened that my father and I are working in the same airline. We have a lot
of aviation dynasties. I think that any father would like to see the children
continued his professional career. I grow two sons. Everything will depend on
their desires and interests.


Where did you learn the basics of the profession?

 –
First, I graduated from the Bishkek Aviation College,
then the Academy of Civil Aviation in Almaty, Kazakhstan,
to receive engineer and pilot professions. This year, I graduated the University of Civil Aviationin St. Petersburg, Russia, Faculty of Management at Airlines.

 –
Do you remember your first flight?

– Of
course! It has been never forgotten, even ask a pensioner. The real plane. It
landed behind the wheel, the effect is awesome, 6×9 eyes (he laughs). The first
flight was in 2001 to Dzhalal-Abad,
Kyrgyzstan
, fresh
out of college at UC-40. I even remember with whom I flew: commander/
instructor Eugene Dikushnikov, flight engineer Shavkat Alaev and copilot Bakyt
Abdykalykov. By now, I have flown more than 10,000 hours, it turns out that I
spent about 460 days in the air. On average, flying at an altitude of 10-11
thousand meters. Around, there is endless sky, clouds, mountains and night with
stars. This is good visibility of indescribable beauty scenery. I like to look
at the earth from a height.

– Did
you have any difficult flights?

– Not
to say that it was particularly difficult. Distilled plane from America, three
days of flying (take-off, landing, refueling, continue to fly). In principle,
an ordinary business, not the Chkalov’s  flight over the North Pole. In the spring,
especially in May, there are frequent thunderstorms, and we have to go through
them. It happens that, and you fly into a storm front, then you feel the sweaty
back.

– Do
you often find brawlers among the passengers?

– In
general, you can not fly being drunk. But often passengers are checked-in being
sober, go to the duty-free waiting for a flight, they drink a couple of
glasses, and then go onboard. But people are different, someone once reckless
and begins to kick up a row, spit, smoke in the toilet. The pilots are  sitting in the cockpit, but the flight
attendants have hard times. Passport of such passengers are collected and at
the destination airport, we transfer them to law enforcement. There were no any
serious cases in my practice, fortunately.

– What
countries did you visit?


Almost everywhere except Latin America and Australia. In Europe and the United States, I
was in almost all major cities. In Africa, we had
worked for four months. There was such a contract. It’s hard out there, it’s
hot, there is no civilization and it is dirty. We, of course, waste too short,
but much better. And ordinary water from the tap tastes better than bottled one
there. Just a week later appeared incomprehensible rash, acne on the skin.
Specific smell is everywhere. Meat of rubber…  I had worked in Dubai,
UAE, for four months, and six months in Kazakhstan.

– And
yet you returned to Kyrgyzstan


There is still a mother house. I went everywhere when I was young and single.

– And
if you are called somewhere, will you leave?

-…Depending
on the terms of the contract and airlines. But probably not, I would like to
work at home.

– Is there
a dream to work with a particular company?

– I
think that each pilot has a dream to fly more on such planes, as Airbus A380 or
Boeing 777.

– And what
planes do we have?


Boeing-737s. Our full air fleet is Western. In Kyrgyzstan,
there are no courses, so we go on training to Lithuania.

– Do you
trust this technique, do you feel safe yourself?

– Each
aircraft maintenance takes place, and prior to departure, and beyond. And
flight hours. Air transport is considered to be the safest. If the flight is in
the normal mode, the good weather and equipment is in excellent condition, it is not scary.

– In
light of recent events, what about frequent terrorist attacks? Almost
immediately after the attacks at the end of 2015, you were flying to Paris

– Yes,
the security measures have been strengthened. Before departure all people were warned,
they urged to be careful not to walk anywhere, to keep in groups. By plane, we
put a metal detector. All passengers were inspected. Now, too, we have increased
vigilance. Each airport has taken to improve aviation security measures.

– Have
you ever got lost in the sky?

– No!
To avoid this, you have special preparation. You can, of course, be lost if all
the navigation equipment has been denied. There are two on-board computers, as
well as there is backup equipment in the cockpit.

– What
do you think, why was lost Malaysian Airlines’ Boeing 777 that disappeared from
radars on March 8, 2014?

– It can’t
happen that such a liner is simply lost! 
This is
unrealistic
. Some other forces were
involved in this.

– Do pilots
have some signs and traditions?

– It
is believed that it is impossible to be photographed before the flight, or sew
a button, if pulled away. I collect model airplanes, I already have 20-25
pieces. There is no any particular excitement to bring something from each
flight. Sometimes, there is an opportunity to walk and buy a souvenir magnet
pierce for memory. There is a good tradition among passengers to cheer to the crew.
When I fly as a passenger, I always support it.

Source – http://www.24.kg/

ICAO auditors check Kyrgyz civil aviation system and make more than 120 comments

The auditors of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have
checked the state of the Kyrgyz civil aviation system and made more than 120
observations.

The Press Service of the Ministry of Transport and Communications provided
preliminary results of the mission that visited the country from January 25thto February 5, 2016.

“The audit team consisted of five people, four of them were from the
head office of ICAO (Headquarters) located in Montreal, Canada, and one – from
the ICAO office in Paris, France. Of the existing eight sections, the ICAO mission
decided to cover five test sections at this time including air legislation,
organizational structure of the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA), flight operation
of aircraft, personnel licensing and airworthiness of aircraft. The remaining
three sections, namely airfield security, air navigation services and aircraft
accident investigation will be considered during the next mission”, the
Ministry reported.

According to preliminary results of this audit, the number of comments are
as follows:

Description

Total number of protocol questions (PQ)
considered by auditors

Of these, total number of comments /
discrepancies

Effective realization rating

LEG: air transport legislation

24

3

87%

ORG: Civil Aviation Agency’s organizational structure

16

3

75%

OPS: Flight operation of aircraft

152

53

62%

PEL: Personnel licensing

101

42

56%

AIR: Airworthiness of aircraft

136

27

78%

TOTAL:

 

128

 

 “In general, as regards three
sections, our results are higher than 75 per cent and two sections (OPS and
PEL) have average ones. In addition to some technical flight observations
identified during the ICAO audit, the average scores for the two sections are
connected mainly with the problem of weak financing. Especially, this regards in
the part of the state’s inability to ensure the availability of qualified
inspectors in the CAA, having admissions for Western aircraft, such as Boeings
and Airbuses, plus ongoing training for inspectors”, the Ministry of Transport added.

“Currently, the CAA is working to eliminate certain aircraft performance
observations and develops a plan of actions and operations (PAO). In parallel,
the Ministry of Transport raises the issue of increasing funding for the CAA
and, respectively, for the civil aviation sector through contributions by the industry
entities at government level. These are just the preliminary results of the
audit. The CAA after the PAO development will forward it to ICAO and provide
the necessary evidence base. After examination by the Kyrgyz side of documents the
ICAO will approve the final report. As regards the terms, this procedure will
take approximately 5-6 months. The final report will approximately be ready by July2016”, one
said in a statement.

We note herein that Kyrgyz air companies were included to the “black”
list” of the European Union in 2006. Because of this, they are prohibited from
flying to European cities.

Source – http://www.24.kg/

 

Despite heavy fog Baku Airport operates normally

Saturday’s
heavy early morning fog did not affect the activity of the Heydar Aliyev International Airport,
in particular, arrival and departure, in Bakutoday, the airport told Trend Mar. 5.

All
flights are made on schedule.

“There
are no delays in arrival and departure,” the airport said.
“The airport
is operating in a usual mode.”

Source – http://en.trend.az/