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How Air Traffic Control Works To Keep Aircraft Flying Safely

 Controllers are in touch with pilots at all times, with communication between the ground and the pilot absolutely essential. Trained pilots rely on this information to a significant extent, even though they are also trained to fly aircraft off instruments alone as a failsafe mechanism. Nonetheless, this is significantly trickier than flying via collaboration with air traffic control. In order to ensure that aircraft behave predictably, the flight paths of aircraft are filed with air traffic control. This enables the controllers to follow aircraft more easily, and pilots will rapidly be contacted if a plane veers off its expected flight path, or is seen to be behaving erratically. Every aspect of a flight is already decided before the plane takes off; for example, commercial flights are all assigned designated runways ahead of their destination. All flight plans held by air traffic controllers and the computerized system include: *Airline name and flight number *Type of aircraft and eq
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IATA welcomes G20 Push to restart tourism

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the agreement by the G20 Tourism Ministers to support the safe restoration of mobility by following the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism. IATA has urged G20 governments to quickly follow up their endorsement of the guidelines with actions, particularly the five-point agenda to safely restore mobility: 1. Sharing information among industry and governments to inform policies and decisions to ensure safe mobility. 2. Agreeing common international approaches to Covid-19 testing, vaccination, certification and information. 3. Promoting digital traveller identity, biometrics and contactless transactions for safe and seamless travel. 4. Providing accessible, consistent, clear and updated information to travellers to encourage and facilitate travel planning and journeys. 5. Maintaining and improving the connectivity, safety and sustainability of transport systems. The G20 has the right focus and agenda to restart trav

Rolls-Royce starts building the world’s largest engine

Rolls-Royce has officially started building the world’s largest engine, UltraFan, which it says will redefine sustainable travel for decades to come. The engine is the basis for a potential new family of UltraFan engines able to power both narrowbody and widebody aircraft and deliver a 25 per cent fuel efficiency improvement compared with the first generation of Trent engine. That performance improvement is crucial to aviation sustainability. Gas turbines will continue to be the bedrock of long-haul aviation, and UltraFan’s efficiency will help improve the economics of an industry transition to more sustainable fuels, which are likely to be more expensive in the short-term than traditional jet fuel. The first test run of the engine will be conducted on 100 per cent Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Aircraft Accident Investigators

 The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requires that a civil aircraft accident be investigated by an independent body belonging to the country where the accident took place. Each country has its own organization taking responsibility for this. An aviation accident investigator may also be called an air safety investigator. They investigate, study and report on airplane crashes to figure out how and why they happened. Aviation accident investigators cover a myriad of areas and try to discover the cause of accidents. This is done through various means including interviewing survivors, reviewing and analyzing flight and maintenance records, studying human performance issues and operations, examining engines, systems, instruments and other airplane parts, Including operations, flight recorders, structures, cabin safety, aircraft performance (engineering), airports, air traffic services, and power plant (engines). to try and figure out what caused an accident. Analysis of dat

EASA Extends The Ban On Pakistan International Airlines

 EASA is still not ready to lift the ban on Pakistan International Airlines to perform flights in the EU member states. The restriction that came into effect in July and was meant to last until January is extended by another three months, as reported by EASA. Air Marshal Arshad Malik, PIA’s CEO, wrote a letter to the European aviation bodies asking them to give provisional permission to resume flights to Europe. In response to the letter, EASA explained that the preconditions for lifting the ban had not been met yet. The EASA’s move to ban PIA flights in Europe followed over concerns that many PIA pilots had fake pilot licences. The next review of the decision will only occur after a safety audit by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

What will be the first commercial flight of the Boeing 737 MAX since recertification?

 The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday, 20 months after the aircraft was grounded following two crashes within five months that killed 346 people. The action means the FAA is satisfied that software and other fixes, and new pilot training, make the plane safe to fly again. Following recertification of the 737 MAX by the FAA, airlines in the US plan to resume flight operations. AmericanAirlines said on Wednesday it would make good on its plan to return Boeing’s 737 MAX jets to passenger flights by the end of 2020. A number of airlines may attempt to downplay the “MAX” branding on their fleets, although American Airlines disputes that they are attempting to do so. Instead, the airline reiterated that information regarding the type of aircraft will be made available to passengers upon booking. The ban is being lifted in a significantly changed environment, with the airline industry decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. Passenger numbers rem

Swissport is ready for COVID vaccines

  Swissport is busy establishing operational readiness for the handling of highly temperature-sensitive vaccines. Vaccines and indeed many pharmaceuticals require rigorous temperature control throughout the entire supply chain. While some types COVID-19 vaccines might only call for temperatures around -20°C or in a range from 2°-8°C, others will likely require extremely low temperatures in the range of -70°C. In collaboration with Brussels Airport, Air Cargo Belgium and Hazgo, Swissport demonstrated its ability to handle highly temperature-sensitive air cargo at its state-of-the-art 3,620 sqm Pharma Center in Brussels. Two separate shipments were delivered to the facility, which is part of an end-to-end cool chain. One shipment arrived in a container cooled to -70°C, while the other shipment was transported in a more conventional 2°-8°C temperature range. Swissport’s top-notch infrastructure, combined with know how regarding dry-ice handling allows for a seamless temperature-control th