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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bombardier To Launch Honeywell’s Ka Band Satcom System


Bombardier To Launch Honeywell’s Ka Band Satcom System


Bombardier will be the first manufacturer to OFFER high speed Ka band in Flight Internet conductivity in a business Aircraft, with Honeywell’s new JetWave satcom system to be available for delivery aboard the Canadian Aircraft manufacturer’s Global series starting in 2016, the companies announced this morning. In 2012, Honeywell signed an exclusive agreement with satellite operator Inmarsat for its Global Xpress (GX) Aviation communication network and developed hardware, now known as JetWave, to support it. For business aviation applications, Global Xpress is now known as Jet ConneX (JX).

In addition to providing the hardware, Honeywell will also serve as the master distributor of Airtime for the business Aviation market, working with channel partners Satcom1, Aircell, Arinc Direct, Satcom Direct and OnAir. The system will OFFERvirtual global coverage with a range of service packages, each covered by an industry-first minimum service guarantee.

It’s not surprising how important it would be to our customer base to have a home like experience as it relates to connectivity on the aircraft,Bombardier Business Aircraft director of product planning Brad Nolen told AIN. he least expensive package will offer connectivity speeds faster than any satellite based communication system today.

The data speeds of JetWave running Jet ConneX were not specified in today’s announcement, but Inmarsat advertises its Global Xpress Ka band satcom as delivering speeds of up to 50 Mbps for downloads and 5 Mbps for uploads. JetWave will also be available for retrofit Installation on existing Globals, Bombardier said.




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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ALPA Hails Government Action to Update Canadian Pilot Fatigue Rules

ALPA Hails Government Action to Update Canadian Pilot Fatigue Rules


ALPA commends the Canadian Government for making the process for modernizing Pilot Flight and duty time rules a priority,said Capt. Dan Adamus, president of ALPA's Canada Board. The NPA marks a significant step forward in advancing ALPA's goals for combating Pilot fatigue and further improving Air Safety throughout Canada.

For many years, ALPA has strongly advocated for science based fatigue rules that would apply to all Pilots in Canada. Updated regulations, combined with fatigue risk management systems, are essential to ensuring the highest safety standards,Capt. Adamus said.

The NPA comes nearly two years after Transport Canada's Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) Technical Committee unanimously recommended that the CARAC Flight Crew Fatigue Management Working Group report to update Flight and duty time regulations and rest requirements be reviewed by the Civil Aviation Regulatory Committee.

ALPA participated as a member of the working group, which, in its report, recommended numerous changes to the current Flight duty time limitations and rest periods that would bring Canadian regulations in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization's standards and recommended practices on fatigue management, as well as changes recently implemented by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

As a leading proponent of modernizing Flight and duty time regulations, ALPA will thoroughly review the NPA to ensure ALPA members' perspectives are addressed,Capt. Adamus said.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world's largest pilot union, representing more than 51,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the more than 2,600 Canadian Flightcrew members who fly for Air Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Canadian North, CanJet, First Air, Jazz Aviation, Kelowna Flightcraft, and Wasaya.



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Aviation Enthusiasts Get Another Chance To fly with one of the world's last two remaining Canadian Lancaster bombers


Aviation Enthusiasts Get Another Chance To fly with one of the world's last two remaining Canadian Lancaster bombers


Two weeks after an Air show appearance was canceled due to engine problem, one of the last two remaining A
irworthy Canadian World War Two Lancaster bombers is up and running and set to make further appearances, starting from today.
The Lancaster, currently on a UK tour, suffered mechanical issues ahead of the Bournemouth Air Festival in August and engineers had to replace an engine, incurring huge costs and cancellations of appearances around the country.

But now, Action Stations, the company who arrange for Flight fans to fly along side the Lancaster and with the Canadian Warplane Museum will run extra Flights, allowing Aviation enthusiasts the chance to see her fly from the sky once more.

The first of these Flights will take place today from Bournemouth Airport and more Flights will be announced in the coming days due to demand.
The repaired Lancaster bomber arrived at Bournemouth Airport yesterday, along with the last remaining Airworthy RAF Lancaster.

The two planes will be stationed in Bournemouth while they take part in scheduled appearances at the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire and the Goodwood Revival event in West Sussex. 
After successful Flights with the Lancaster at Humberside, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) the owners and operators of Vera, agreed to organise further Flights today and potentially other dates according to demand.



The first of these Flights will take place today from Bournemouth Airport and more Flights will be announced in the coming days due to demand.
The repaired Lancaster bomber arrived at Bournemouth Airport yesterday, along with the last remaining Airworthy RAF Lancaster.
The two planes will be stationed in Bournemouth while they take part in scheduled appearances at the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire and the Goodwood Revival event in West Sussex. 
After Successful Flights with the Lancaster at Humberside, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) the owners and operators of Vera, agreed to organise further Flights today and potentially other dates according to demand.


These Flights, which take place in an Action Stations Aircraft not only give enthusiasts the chance of a lifetime to photograph the Lancaster in Flight they give a real Financial boost contributing towards running costs.
Flights alongside the Canadian bomber cost £2,150 and include a 40 minute Flight flying alongside the Lancaster for about 30 minutes as well as a tour of the plane and a photo opportunity.




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Friday, September 12, 2014

Alaska Aviation Legends Ron Sheardown, Polar Adventurer


Alaska Aviation Legends Ron Sheardown, Polar Adventurer


Ron Sheardown was just 16 years old in 1953 when he WORKED TO EARN his private Pilot’s license at a Toronto Airport. Today, Sheardown has amassed 19,000 hours of Flight time as Pilot in command, including more than 10,000 hours in countries located in the polar region of the Far North.  

Sheardown has flown in all 50 states and all the provinces and territories of Canada, as well as in Greenland, Iceland, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Midway, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Saipan, Japan, Korea and Russia.  

In 1967, Sheardown and mechanic Glen Stevens were flying to a mining camp after being delayed due to a mechanical issue with their Aircraft. It was approaching sunset when they passed Samandré Lake in Canada and Stevens happened to catch a reflection of the sinking sun off something that seemed unusual.

after 58 long days on the frozen lake, Robert Gauchie was crawling back into his sleeping bag when he heard the sound of an Aircraft. Gauchie had been stranded on the lake since February, after he became lost in a storm and forced down because he was low on fuel.

Sheardown and Stevens rescued Gauchie in what became one of the most famous rescues and the longest time between a downed Aircraft and a rescue in recent Arctic history.

Sheardown has flown eight times to the Geographic North Pole seeking information about historic routes, flightseeing over the ice pack or just flying abroad to Europe and Russia.  

From 1997-2000, Sheardown flew an Antonov AN-2 annually to search at Camden Bay on the North Slope for the aircraft of Russian pilot Sigizmund Levanevsky, lost in 1936.  In 2013 a group of Russian investigators, including the grandson of a radio operator on Levanevsky’s plane, joined Sheardown in a search of the area.  

On a  trip in 2000 from the North Pole ice pack in his Polish-built AN-2 biplane, Sheardown and co-pilot Dick Rutan encountered unexpectedly thin ice conditions while landing and the airplane went through the ice up to its wings.

Sheardown and his wife Karin had two children, Greg and Michelle. Greg was killed in a skiing accident in British Columbia in 2011.

Sheardown is a member of The Explorers Club, a life member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, recipient of a 50-year member certificate from the U.S. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a life member of the Alaska Airmen Association, and a 60-year member of the Canadian Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association.


Sheardown also received the Order of the Smashed Brick from the Canadian Consul General in 2002 and was on the ADS-B Capstone Team that won the Robert J. Collier Trophy in 2007.

Besides aviation and world travel, his other interests include exploring, skiing, photography, camping, hunting and fishing.

Ron Sheardown is one of 13 men and women selected to represent the next class of Alaska Aviation Legends, an annual project that recognizes the pioneers who made Alaska's aviation industry and culture what it is today. For more on the legends, consider attending the Nov. 7 banquet in their honor. More information is available at the Alaska Air Carriers Association website.





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Thursday, September 11, 2014

XCED Aviation Services Announces Expansion into Canada

XCED Aviation Services Announces Expansion into Canada





Xcēd Aviation Services, a subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. is mounting an expansion of its service offerings into the Canadian MARKET. Xcēd Aviation Services now offers leasing and single investor equipment financing solutions and life cycle management of all Aircraft ground support equipment throughout North America.
We are already experiencing a thriving U.S. MARKET and will soon be servicing all the major airports throughout Canada,said William Long, Managing Director.It was part of our global expansion effort to have a presence outside the U.S. in 2014. Going forward, we will continue to evaluate other global markets.
Xcēd brings a wide range of customer-focused services including asset management, leasing, financing, trade-in of used ground support equipment, buy/sell services, and refurbishment services to the GSE industry.

Xcēd is one of six subsidiary companies of Sasser Family Holdings (SFH), a 4th generation company with roots dating back to 1928. SFH includes two other North American businesses focused on asset management. These are Chicago Freight Car Leasing (CFCL), a leading lessor of rolling STOCK, and Union Leasing, which offers flexible automotive fleet lease financing and value-added services.

“The life cycle of ground transportation equipment gives Sasser’s family of businesses an asset with a strategic life cycle falling between CFCL’s rail cars and Union Leasing’s automobiles,said Long.
Xcēd Aviation Services is located at 425 North Martingale Road, 6th Floor, Schaumburg, IL 60173, and can be reached at 844-213-9233 or by visiting http://www.xcedaviation.com.
About Xcēd Aviation Services and Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. 

Xcēd Aviation Services was launched in 2014 as an aviation ground support equipment finance and asset management subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. Sasser Family Holdings is a 4th generation, family-held transportation asset services and management company with roots dating back to 1928. Other subsidiary business units include Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co., Union Leasing Inc., CF Rail Services LLC, CF Asia Pacific Group PTY Ltd, and NxGen Rail Services LLC. The subsidiary units are leaders in providing commercial and Industrial focused rail and vehicle transportation equipment solutions including asset leasing, fleet administration management, asset repair and maintenance, and innovative technology services throughout North America, and Australia. For more information about Xcēd Aviation.



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Air Canada Reports Record August Load Factor, All Time Record for Any Month in Corporation's History

Air Canada Reports Record August Load Factor, All Time Record for Any Month in Corporation's History


For the month of August, Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 89.8 per cent, versus 89.5 per cent in August 2013, an all time record for any month in the Corporation's history, representing an increase of 0.3 percentage points on a system wide capacity increase of 10.4 per cent. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for August increased 10.8 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system wide basis, including Air Canada rougeTM, which began operations on July, and regional Airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

I am extremely pleased to report a record load factor of 89.8 per cent for the month of August during which we served more than four million customers, more than in any month in Air Canada's 77 year history, said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.Air Canada generated greater traffic for the month of August in all markets served with system wide growth of 10.8 per cent on a capacity increase of 10.4 per cent year over year, led by significant increases in traffic in Atlantic and U.S. transborder markets. This is the fifth consecutive month Air Canada has set new records for system wide passenger load factor. These strong traffic results demonstrate that we continue to effectively execute both our international growth plan and Air Canada rouge leisure strategy.  I would like to thank our customers and travel trade partners for choosing Air Canada in such strong numbers, and our employees for their continued focus on taking good care of our customers and transporting them safely to their destination during this peak travel season.



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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Airbus Group declines comment on Dassault stake sale report



Airbus Group declines comment on Dassault stake sale report


Airbus Group declined comment on Friday on a report that it planned to sell 10 percent of Dassault Aviation back to the French Aerospace firm.
Bloomberg News reported that Airbus Group planned to carry out the Transaction as a first step toward exiting its 46 percent stake in the maker of business Jets and Fighter planes.
We have no comment,a spokesman for Airbus Group said.

Airbus Group Chief Executive Tom Enders said in July it was a not a question of if but when it would sell its holding in Dassault, ending an increasingly uncomfortable arrangement to warehouse the stake on behalf of the French state.

Activist hedge fund TCI last year called the holding, inherited from a predecessor company, a poor use of capital and urged Airbus to sell it due to a lack of synergies.
Dassault makes the Rafale combat jet, a rival to the Airbus affiliated Eurofighter Typhoon, as well as Falcon business Jets.
A 10 percent stake in Dassault is worth some 1.1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) at current prices.

Dassault Aviation shareholders will meanwhile vote on Sept 24 on a proposal to allow the company buy back up to 10 percent of its stock, subject to adjustment for other capital operations, according to documents published for the meeting.




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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ottawa Says number of people on Canadian No Fly list must stay Secret


Ottawa Says number of people on Canadian No Fly list must stay Secret


Federal security officials are resisting pressure to reveal how many people are on Canada's no fly list, arguing the information could help terrorists plot a catastrophic attack on an Airliner.
In newly filed court documents, the government also contends that divulging the figure might damage relations with key allies, especially the United States.
Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault is challenging the government's refusal to disclose the data to a Montreal journalist who requested it under the Access to Information Act.

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La Presse reporter Daphne Cameron filed two requests for figures from 2006 through 2010 one for the total number of people on the list, the second for the number of Canadian citizens.

Legault's office investigated Cameron's complaint against Transport Canada and recommended last year that the agency release the figures.
Transport Canada refused to comply, prompting Legault to take the case to the Federal Court of Canada.
Under the no fly program in place since June 2007, Airlines rely on a list of individuals considered an immediate threat to civil aviation should they board an Aircraft.
Candidates for the no fly roster formally known as the Specified Persons List are put forward by the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
Members of these agencies, along with representatives of Transport, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Justice Department, sit on an advisory panel that formally recommends names for inclusion. The public safety minister has the final say.
In withholding the numbers, Transport Canada invoked a section of the access law shielding information whose release could interfere with the conduct of international affairs as well as the detection, prevention or suppression of hostile activities.

In her May 2013 letter to then transport minister Denis Lebel, filed with the court, Legault said she was not satisfied the exemption had been properly applied.
Disclosing an aggregate number of people on the no-fly list would not allow an individual to determine whether he or she is on the list,She wrote.
The roster is only one of a number of lists used by airlines to ensure aviation security, Legault added. Therefore, even if someone could conclude they were on the list, this fact would not transform Canadian or Canadian-bound aircraft into soft targets, as claimed by.

Christopher Free, a senior Transport Canada intelligence official, was consulted by Transport's Access to Information division in March 2010 on whether the figures could be disclosed. Free concluded the number of names was valuable information for terrorist operational planning and that its release would harm national security, he says in an affidavit filed recently with the court.
This determination is based on my understanding of how terrorist groups operate,says Free, chief of operational and intelligence support within the aviation security operations branch of Transport.
"In order to plan and execute a successful attack and minimize risk, terrorist organizations must first solve the 'intelligence problem' of knowing and understanding the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities available with respect to their target.
Portions of Free's filing have been blacked out, with the court's permission, in keeping with federal concerns about maintaining secrecy.

The United States has revealed there are about 16,000 people including fewer than 500 Americans on its no fly list.
Still, Free says disclosure of the Canadian numbers could adversely affect our relations with key allies, and especially the U.S.




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