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Tuesday 14th August 2018
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CAAC stats show the level of Chinese aviation expansion
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has confirmed that 93 new general aviation airports were licensed in the first half of 2018, more than doubling the number of total general aviation airports in the country. China now has a total of 404 airports, including 231 civil airports, which support the take-off and landing of general aviation aircraft.

In the first half of the year, the CAAC registered 118 new general aviation aircraft, a 9.5-percent year-on-year increase, to bring the country’s total to 2,415.

Meanwhile, China has signed bilateral intergovernmental air transport accords with 125 countries and regions, 62 of which lie along the Belt and Road, according to an announcement from the CAAC. The country also signed the first regional air transport agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and held bilateral aviation conferences and expanded freedoms of the air — rights to enter and land in each other’s airspace — with Russia, Armenia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Israel, Mongolia, Malaysia and Egypt and other countries straddling the route.

China has direct air routes with 45 countries alongside the route with around 5,100 flights per week. CAAC also signed documents to secure civil aviation cooperation with the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and Australia.

Global Aviation Aftermarket State of the Industry Survey 2018
Airline Economics is researching the current state of the aviation aftermarket. Comments are sought from airlines, lessors, OEMs, MROs and suppliers to determine current market trends. The results will be aggregated by region – Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), Americas and Asia-Pacific – and will be delivered in a series of reports to be published throughout 2018, with a global report released at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Hong Kong conference in early November.

All participants, who provide their contact details, will be sent a PDF copy of the reports and entered into a prize draw to win one food hamper worth £150 or one of five annual subscriptions to Airline Economics (worth £265 each). [See below for the prize draw terms and conditions].

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Technology News
SITAONAIR pilot weather solution certified to deliver real-time weather information on Inmarsat’s SB-S
SITAONAIR’s EFB Weather Awareness Solution (eWAS) is the latest application certified by Inmarsat for use across its next-generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) communications platform for the flight deck, allowing airlines to now receive the latest weather view in real-time during flights.

Following its certification under Inmarsat’s Aviation Certified Application Provider (CAP) Programme, eWAS users will now be able to seamlessly utilize SITAONAIR’s technology for pilots using real-time SB-S datalink connectivity.

The pilot weather solution offers up-to-date views of severe weather, which can then enable a smoother, more efficient inflight experience for passengers and crew – and avoid related cost implications that were once deemed unavoidable. Severe turbulence, lightning, ice crystallization and other volatile weather phenomena can significantly impact an airline’s bottom line, with a single weather event sometimes costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, in addition to negatively impacting on-time performance targets. Such weather phenomena can rapidly appear, shift location, and grow in intensity, posing an increasing problem for airlines that traditional weather briefing packages cannot deal with.

According to a recent study published by the London School of Economics, optimising flight routes in real time, through IP-enabled communications that provide better weather information to the cockpit, yields an estimated 1% fuel reduction per flight. This equates to 3.39 billion litres of fuel, 8.3 million tonnes of CO2 and $1.3 billion in fuel savings annually, based on current fuel costs.

SB-S entered commercial service in April this year. Utilising aviation applications, SB-S can improve delay management and scheduling, maintenance capability, fleet and flight crew management, efficiency and predictability, and can reduce aircraft turnaround time. In the future, through its use with modernisation programmes such as the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR), it will enable enhanced air traffic management, allowing reduced separation standards and enabling dynamic rerouting and tailored arrivals.

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Airline News
Bombardier places three Q400s with PassionAir
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party.

“Bombardier has sold about 3,500 new regional aircraft to date, and we continue to be very active on the used aircraft market.” said David Speirs, Vice President, Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our recent momentum on the pre-owned aircraft market worldwide is a clear indication that our products are addressing a growing need for regional air transportation, especially in emerging markets.”

“Our market penetration in Africa continues to intensify, and we are pleased to welcome Passion Air as the first commercial airline operating a Bombardier regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Africa is the youngest and fastest growing region in the world, and regional aircraft like the Q400 will play a key role in helping advancing Africa’s economic growth.”

The airline will operate the three Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.

“This is a first step, and we look forward to expanding our fleet with more Bombardier aircraft,” said Edward Annan, Chief Executive Officer, PassionAir. “The Q400 offers the performance and flexibility that we need to further develop our network. With a range that unlocks great opportunities for us, we are confident that we will capitalize on a larger market, which extends to 12 countries and over 180 million potential passengers out of Accra.”

Technology News
Dnata acquires German tour operator Tropo
Global air services provider dnata has acquired Tropo, a German tour operator previously managed by the ProSiebenSat.1 Group.

Iain Andrew, Divisional Senior Vice President, Travel Services, dnata, said: “We are delighted with this opportunity to have Tropo become part of dnata travel. This acquisition enables us to enter the important and valuable German travel market and enhances our portfolio of travel services in Europe.

“We see a potential for significant synergies between Tropo and our other travel businesses around the world to provide very attractive and unique offerings to inbound and outbound travellers to and from Germany.”

Dr Jan Kemper, Chief Financial Officer ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and Executive Board Member Commerce, said: “We’re pleased to have found dnata as a very experienced buyer for Tropo which will operate on the further development of Tropo close to the own business model. At the same time, with this disposal, we successfully complete the strategic review of our travel segment. We will henceforth concentrate on the further expansion of our activities with the NuCom Group in the Commerce segment.”

Black Hat hacker says he has accessed hundreds of operational aircraft
At the annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas, Ruben Santamara of IOActive, claims to have been able to access aircraft from the ground by hacking into the satellite communications network which provides aircraft with passenger Wi-Fi through to weather forecasts. He claims that he could have accessed every connected phone, tablet or laptop on planes streaming overhead but he said commercial airliner on-board systems remained out of his direct reach. However, Santamara warns the access he gained gave him the hypothetical power to damage specific parts of an aircraft as satellite communications technology allowed the transfer of energy via radio frequencies, which could potentially cause burns or damage sensitive equipment, reports Forbes.

Santamara says he’s reported his findings to relevant airlines, satellite operators and government agencies.

People News
Catherine Razzano appointed chief compliance officer at Panasonic Avionics
Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has appointed Catherine L. Razzano as Chief Compliance Officer.

Razzano will be responsible for overseeing Panasonic’s compliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures, and will report directly to the General Counsel of Panasonic Corporation of North America (PNA) with a dotted line reporting structure to Panasonic’s Chief Executive Officer, Hideo Nakano.

She joins Panasonic from General Dynamics Corporation where she held the position of Assistant General Counsel and Director from 2010. Her responsibilities included counsel on business and legal strategies, budget management for the legal department and serving as lead counsel to the company’s Government Relations Department.

At General Dynamics, she also focused on the company’s compliance with anti-bribery laws, export controls, economic sanctions and other trade embargoes, anti-boycott regulations, anti-money laundering laws, and third-party intermediary agreements and due diligence requirements.

Prior to General Dynamics, Razzano served in a number of senior legal roles including at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft where she was a senior attorney for six years, and Clifford Chance LLP where she was an associate.

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Maintenance News
Universal Aviation Mexico opens fifth hangar at MMTO
Universal Aviation Mexico, a joint venture between Avemex, and Universal Weather and Aviation to provide ground support throughout Mexico, has officially opened its new $3.5 million, 50,000 square-foot hangar on the property of their FBO at Toluca International Airport (MMTO).

“Both based and transient, non-based operators at Toluca have struggled to find parking and hangarage due to shortages in recent years at this already congested airport. That challenge is only exacerbated during high-traffic periods like the annual Mexico City F1 race and American Football games in Mexico City, so we made this investment in this fifth Universal Aviation Mexico hangar at Toluca to meet that growing demand,” said Greg Evans, Chairman, Universal. “Along with the multi-million-dollar renovation of our state-of-the-art FBO two years ago, our new hangar is recognition of our commitment to supporting our clients’ critical missions at this important destination for business aviation.”

The new hangar, which will predominantly be used use for locally-based operators outside of peak periods or for large-body aircraft arrivals, includes 32,000 square feet built-in office space and 17,200 square feet of storage space. Universal Aviation’s ramp also offers three direct taxiway access points, the most of any FBO at Toluca.

“We built this ‘low-movement hangar’ to meet the parking and hangarage shortages at Toluca without compromising safety by either positioning aircraft extremely close together or having to make excessive movements to get in and out,” said Agustin Lanzagorta, President of Grupo Avemex. “We’ve seen tremendous interest in the new hangar and have already secured many base tenants. We’re excited to now have more capacity to protect our customers’ aircraft and ensure our customers have a safe place to protect them from the extreme Toluca weather.”

Helicopters
mba Releases helicopter values on its REDBOOK valuation platform
Morten Beyer & Agnew (mba) has released a new Helicopter Module on its online valuation tool, REDBOOK. The new section provides vintage specific half time and full life helicopter values with the option to adjust for configuration.

This platform will allow those who track rotary aircraft to see mba’s opinion on a range of models and assist in understanding the value of their assets. The release marks the first stage for helicopter valuations as the mba team continues improving the module with the addition of new types and advancement of functionality.
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Technology News
American Airlines partners with Amadeus in NDC-X program
American Airlines is partnering with Amadeus as it joins the NDC-X program. This program is a collaboration of multiple industry players to bring NDC- enabled benefits to travelers through Amadeus’ platforms.

Through the program, both American Airlines and Amadeus aim to ensure that NDC content is easy to access and compare, so that all industry players can serve travellers efficiently. This move is a natural evolution of their partnership, as the two companies have been working together on NDC for several years, including bringing American’s seat products to Amadeus subscribers.

“NDC technology brings the same great content and product offerings available to customers on AA.com to travel professionals and their customers,” says Alison Taylor, SVP Global Sales and Distribution at American Airlines. “Amadeus’s NDC-X program represents a great opportunity to work with leaders across the travel industry, including corporate managed travel, to bring American’s NDC content to Amadeus. It’s exciting to be working with long-term partner Amadeus on this strategic project to take NDC to the next level.”

“Formally welcoming American Airlines to our NDC-X program is yet another great milestone, as more industry leaders come on board to make NDC a reality,” says Gianni Pisanello, VP, NDC-X program, Amadeus. “Through our program, we are working together with American and partner airlines and travel sellers to enable a full end-to-end workflow using the IATA NDC standard. We have a busy pipeline ahead as we work towards full industrialization.”

Amadeus’s dedicated program unites all NDC initiatives across the company — as an IT provider and an aggregator — to drive NDC adoption across the industry.

People News
Boeing names aerospace industry leader to head Boeing AvionX
Boeing has named Brendan Curran president of Boeing AvionX, an organization formed last year to pursue the development and production of avionics and electronics systems.

Brendan Curran will lead Boeing AvionX, an organization formed last year to pursue the development and production of avionics and electronics systems.

Curran, who has more than 20 years of aerospace industry leadership, joins Boeing from Crane Co., where he served as president of the Aerospace & Electronics Group.

In this newly-created position, Curran will work across Boeing’s commercial, defense and services businesses to further mature the company’s aftermarket strategy. He will help advance overall capabilities of the Boeing AvionX organization to provide greater value to customers while driving long-term services growth.

Curran will report to Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services.

“The success of Boeing AvionX depends on aftermarket technologies and innovations that exceed our customers’ needs, as well as developing avionics products that add value to our commercial and government platforms,” said Deal. “Brendan’s extensive expertise, especially as it relates to aftermarket strategies, will enable us to harness incredible opportunities so we can provide our customers more value throughout the lifecycle of their investments.”

Prior to Crane Co., Curran was vice president of Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships for commercial engines at Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Company. Before that, Curran was vice president and general manager of Repair and Supply Chain for Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Company.

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Airport News
China sees 93 new general aviation airports in H1
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has confirmed that 93 new general aviation airports were licensed in the first half of 2018, more than doubling the number of total general aviation airports in the country. China now has a total of 404 airports, including 231 civil airports, which support the take-off and landing of general aviation aircraft.

In the first half of the year, the CAAC registered 118 new general aviation aircraft, a 9.5-percent year-on-year increase, to bring the country’s total to 2,415.

Regulatory News
China expands air transport agreements with Belt and Road countries
Meanwhile, China has signed bilateral intergovernmental air transport accords with 125 countries and regions, 62 of which lie along the Belt and Road, according to an announcement from the CAAC. The country also signed the first regional air transport agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and held bilateral aviation conferences and expanded freedoms of the air — rights to enter and land in each other’s airspace — with Russia, Armenia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Israel, Mongolia, Malaysia and Egypt and other countries straddling the route.

China has direct air routes with 45 countries alongside the route with around 5,100 flights per week. CAAC also signed documents to cement civil aviation cooperation with the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and Australia.