Politics

August 26, 2013 - 3:40pm

The fate of two Turkish Airlines pilots, Murat Akpınar and Murat Ağca, who were kidnapped August 9 as they left Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (OLBA), is still unknown. The pair was abducted shortly after the completion of a flight to the Lebanese capital.

The only communication has been from a group that claims to be aligned with Syrian rebels demanding that Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu use his influence to obtain the release of a number of Lebanese Shiites who were themselves kidnapped in Syria in May last year.

August 19, 2013 - 1:00pm
Heathrow Airport

The world’s three leading airline alliances have signaled their unwillingness to relocate from London Heathrow Airport in the event that a government-appointed commission proposes the development of a second hub airport for the UK capital.

August 16, 2013 - 12:30pm

Brazilian air taxi operators association ABTAer is to hold its fifth annual convention at São Paulo’s Campo de Marte Airport on August 30 and 31. The event is expected to draw more than 60 companies, as well as government officials and members of Brazil’s congress. Among the issues of concern to ABTAer’s members are ongoing airport access problems and the threats posed by illegal charter activity.

August 16, 2013 - 11:10am

Brazil’s Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) plans to retire its fleet of Mirage 2000 fighters at the end of this year. The announcement has brought new focus on Brazil’s longstanding but deferred FX-2 new fighter requirement. In testimony to the Brazilian Senate on August 13, FAB Commander Lt. Gen. Juniti Saito defended the need for new fighters to maintain an adequate air defense, as well as for the benefits any purchase would bring to Brazil’s own aerospace sector.

August 16, 2013 - 10:55am

Eurocopter reported “an important new milestone” in the Tiger combat helicopter program with the first flight of a Spanish-assembled HAD version. It will be the first to enter service with the Spanish army, by year-end. A prototype HAD/E that was assembled and flown in France has been performing the certification and qualification flight campaign in Spain since 2010. The French Army also ordered the HAD; Eurocopter delivered the first of 40 HAD/Fs last April for operational evaluation. Spain has ordered 24 HADs; six will be upgraded from HAP versions already delivered to that country.

August 15, 2013 - 3:10pm

As part of a grass-roots effort to promote business aviation interests, NBAA representatives are meeting with U.S. congressional leaders who are currently spending time in their home states during an annual recess.

The latest such effort was on Tuesday at a roundtable held in Sioux Falls, S.D. There, NBAA director of legislative affairs Dick Doubrava joined Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and other industry stakeholders to discuss the economic importance of general aviation, including business aviation, to the state.

August 12, 2013 - 11:55am

The South Korean government launched a special inspection of the country’s largest flag carrier, Korean Air Lines, on August 6, one day after one of the airline’s 737-900s overran a runway upon arrival at Japan’s Niigata Prefecture Airport (RJSN). The special safety inspection is expected to last three weeks.

August 11, 2013 - 3:00pm
Brian Foley.

According to noted industry observer Brian Foley, despite the recent weak economic performance of Brazil and Mexico, other countries such as Argentina are performing better and this is being reflected in demand for business aircraft.

August 9, 2013 - 11:10am

The French Air Force accepted its first A400M airlifter on August 2, when an all-military crew flew the first production aircraft–MSN7–from Seville to its operational base at Orleans. The flight followed a July 31 declaration by the pan-European procurement agency OCCAR that Airbus Military had achieved the contracted specifications for the initial operating capability of the new airlifter.

August 2, 2013 - 6:00pm

Less than three years after it was renamed Cassidian, the defense and security business of EADS is being rebranded again. In fact, the EADS name will disappear in a reorganization that includes application of the “globally recognized Airbus brand” to all the group’s activities. “We affirm the predominance of commercial aeronautics in our group,” said CEO Tom Enders.

 
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