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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Campaign Continues for Secondary Cockpit Safety Barriers

Campaign Continues for Secondary Cockpit Safety Barriers


Ellen Saracini,a Pennsylvania resident and the widow of United Airlines Flight 175 pilot Victor Saracini, last week continued her push through a series of videos to convince the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure committee to support installation of secondary cockpit security barriers on airliners. The cockpit of United 175 was one of four breached on 9/11.

In a news release, Ellen Saracini singled out that committee’s chairman, Congressman Bill Shuster,for what she calls his failure to understand the real issue and act on bipartisan legislation,which she claimed is supported by more than 50 members of Congress. Representative Shuster believes cockpit security is the domain of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), not his committee, according to a statement issued by his office. He also believes the need for secondary barriers could become more apparent if the TSA conducted a full risk assessment of the situation, something that agency has failed to do.

In a video created by Saracini, Shuster can be heard explaining there hasn’t been a cockpit attack in 12 years. However, according to a 2013 paper published by the Air Canada Pilots Association, called Improving the Canadian Civil Aviation Security System, There have been 10 hijacking attempts around the world since 2007. Three of the incidents involved two or more attackers, three incidents involved the use of a firearm, one involved the use of a knife, and in three of the incidents the hijackers claimed to have an explosive device.

Saracini is continuing to release new videos aimed at Shuster’s constituents through the November election.




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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sparkling Flying Colours on a Roll

Sparkling Flying Colours on a Roll



Flying Colours Corp. has signed a multimillion dollar joint venture agreement with China’s Sparkle Roll Technik Co. Ltd.(SRT)With a hangar facility set up at Linyi City in Shangdong Province, it will focus on private jet cabin modification and aircraft maintenance. The first project, beginning this month, will see eight B Bombardier CRJ-200s converted to VIP configuration.

Work on this initial batch of Aircraft is expected to take up to eight months and will be undertaken at Flying Colours’ Peterborough, Canada, facility.Later conversions will have their interiors manufactured in Canada,with Flying Colours trained Sparkle Roll technicians completing installation in China, and the Canadian company providing on site support and handling certification.

The CRJ200s cabins will be converted into a VIP configuration that mirrors those of the Challenger 850. The aircraft will then be sold to individuals, or operated by Sparkle Roll Jet Co. Ltd., the operational subsidiary of Sparkle Roll Aviation Group. The agreement is expected to expand to include a wider range of aircraft conversions, modifications and maintenance.Both companies are looking at opportunities in the widebody sector.

Sparkle Roll Aviation management was familiar with our ExecLiner conversions and green 850 completion experience, and knew we had experience with the Civil Aviation Administration of China,said Flying Colours president John Gillespie.Our understanding of the certification paperwork, registration process, STCs and extensive modification knowledge complemented their ambitions to further develop this sector of their Aviation business. We are excited about working with them and believe we are one of the few international companies to have formed such an agreement with a Chinese Aviation company. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.Flying Colours is at Booth 675.




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Tom Appleton Appointed President of DAC Aviation

Tom Appleton Appointed President of DAC Aviation


A business Executive with strong credentials in Aerospace operations, sales and executive management, Mr.Appleton will bring to the DAC group a wide range of experience as a senior executive of Canadian and International Aerospace companies,including Bombardier Aerospace and Piaggio America.

Emmanuel Anassis,founder and Chairman of DAC Aviation, said Tom’s strong record of innovation in Aerospace business will be of value as we take the company to the next level.A skilled and effective communicator, his hands on experience encompasses many business areas of relevance to the DAC Aviation enterprise.Tom will bring excellent leadership to the executive management team and support DAC’s business development and future corporate growth initiatives in Canada and elsewhere.

Mr.Appleton said I look forward to joining with the founding team of DAC Aviation, to build on the strong base established by their 20 year record of success operating in an unusually challenging business environment. 

DAC Aviation International is a Montreal based company active in the provision of humanitarian Aviation services and specialized air transport services for the OIL, gas and petroleum industry in developing areas of the world. 





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Sunday, October 19, 2014

First Passenger Aircraft In 4 Decades


First Passenger Aircraft In 4 Decades


A Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is unveiled at the hanger for its roll out ceremony at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works
Komaki Minami Plant in Toyoyama town, Nagoya prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo.To the sound of drums and a children's choir, Mitsubishi Aircraft on Saturday rolled out Japan's first commercial jet in half a century, amid doubts it can attain an
ambition to sell more than 2,000 aircraft in a competitive MARKET segment. Developed by a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that includes Toyota Corp as a shareholder, the $42-million regional jet, with just under 100 seats, is Japan's second bid to break into the commercial Aircraft MARKET. 


The first made in Japan passenger Aircraft in nearly four decades is being unveiled Saturday as its maker pushes into the booming regional jet sector with an eye to taking on industry giants Embraer and Bombardier.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a military contractor best known for its Zero World War II fighter, is set to pull back the curtain on its new Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), a fuel efficient, next generation Aircraft that claims to offer more passenger comfort with lower operating costs.




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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Air Canada Reports September Load Factor

Air Canada Reports September Load Factor



For the month of September, Air Canada reported a system load

factor of 84.7 per cent, versus 83.2 per cent in September 2013, representing an increase of 1.5 percentage points on a system wide capacity increase of 7.3 per cent. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for September increased 9.2 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system wide basis, including Air Canada rougeTM, which began operations on July 1, 2013, and regional Airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

I am pleased to report traffic growth of 9.2 per cent and a load factor of 84.7 per cent for the month of September said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. These strong traffic results on a capacity increase of 7.3 per cent for the month are a powerful indication of the effectiveness of our commercial strategy.Load factor of 87.2 per cent for the third quarter was a record for the quarter as we continued to execute both our international growth plan and Air Canada rouge strategy.This year’s Ipsos Reid Business Traveller Survey released in September confirms that Air Canada is the preferred airline for frequent business travellers by a continuingly growing margin across the country. I would like to thank our employees for taking good care of our customers and earning their loyalty while transporting them safely to their destinations.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Russia to Conduct Observation Flights Over Canada, US: Defense Ministry

Russia to Conduct Observation Flights Over Canada, US: Defense Ministry



A team of Russian Aviation inspectors will conduct observation Flights over Canada and the United States under the Treaty on Open Skies, the head of the Russian National Center for Reducing Nuclear Threat Sergei Ryzhkov has said.

Under the International Treaty on Open Skies, a team of Russian inspectors plans to carry out two consecutive observation Flights on a Tu-154M-LK1 Aircraft over the territory of Canada and the United States,Ryzhkov said.
It will be the 32nd and 33rd Russian observation Flights over the territories of the treaty signatory states in 2014.

The Flight over Canada will take place from October 13 to 18, with the Aircraft set to cover the distance of 5,400 kilometers (some 3,355 miles). The Flight over the United States will be carried out from October 20 to 25, with the distance of 4,250 kilometers (about 2,640 miles) to cover.
The Russian aircraft will follow the routes, approved by the participating parties, with Canadian and US specialists on board of the plane monitoring the use of the surveillance equipment and ensuring the compliance with the treaty provisions.

The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in 1992 in Helsinki and currently applies to 34 countries. The treaty establishes a regime of unarmed aerial observation Flights over the entire territory of its participants. The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants a direct role in gathering information about areas of concern to them





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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Canada's WestJet offloads ten B737-700s to Southwest

Canada's WestJet offloads ten B737-700s to Southwest


WestJet has sold ten B737-700s to Southwest Airlines  Canadian Aviation News has reported. The first two Jets - C-FWAD (msn 32753) and C-FWAF (msn 32747) have already been ferried to Everett where they are undergoing conversion into the US budget carrier's configuration.

WestJet operates a fleet of sixty-nine B737-700s while Southwest operates 436 including aircraft with subsidiary AirTran Airways.

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WestJet was founded in 1996 by Clive Beddoe and a team of like minded partners, who believed that just because you pay less for your Flight, doesn't mean you should get less.

Armed with that philosophy, three Aircraft, five destinations and 220 friendly WestJetters, we began our journey a journey that would help us become a company of more than 9,700 passionate West Jetters flying one of the youngest fleets of Boeing 737 Next Generation Aircraft to more than 88 destinations across our network. Our
continued efforts toward responsible growth consider our impact to the environment, to the communities where we fly and to and the people we reach on a daily basis.




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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Encore shaking up Canadian regional flying as it prepares expansion


Encore shaking up Canadian regional flying as it prepares expansion



WestJet Encore is shaking up Canada's regional Airline market, pressuring rivals to cut fares and lower costs as it prepares to expand its presence in Eastern Canada and enter the United States.

Launched more than a year ago, the Calgary based carrier claims to be liberating Canadians from the high cost of air travel and stimulating demand.

I think we have woken the competition up absolutely, said Encore president Ferio Pugliese.

WestJet says Encore going to Toronto, Thunder Bay
Encore hopes to double its fleet of 14 Bombardier Q400 turboprops by 2016 and is already adding to its nearly 100 Flights per day to 18 destinations, mainly in Western Canada.
A route was recently added between Thunder Bay and Toronto. Eastern service will be introduced in the coming months to Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Fredericton and American destinations from both ends of Canada are set to be added by 2016.
At full maturity, Encore aims to increase its share of the Canadian regional market to more than 40 per cent, but declined to indicate its current share.
Air Canada, as the country's largest operator, and regional partner Jazz stand to feel the most heat.
Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said he is not surprised by the impact of Encore on its routes and has deployed Q400s on some western routes ahead of time to increase flights and beat the competition.

He recently described Encore's impact as de minimis but said Air Canada'sregional network must operate more competitively by lowering costs.





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Monday, October 6, 2014

Encore Shaking Up Canadian Regional Flying As It Prepares East And U.S. Expansion

Encore Shaking Up Canadian Regional Flying As It Prepares East And U.S. Expansion



WestJet Encore is shaking up Canada's regional Airline market, pressuring rivals to cut fares and lower costs as it prepares to expand its presence in Eastern Canada and enter the United States.

Launched more than a year ago, the Calgary based carrier claims to be liberating Canadians from the high cost of air travel and stimulating demand.

I think we have woken the competition up absolutely, said Encore president Ferio Pugliese.

Encore hopes to double its fleet of 14 Bombardier Q400 turboprops by 2016 and is already adding to its nearly 100 Flights per day to 18 destinations, mainly in Western Canada.
A route was recently added between Thunder Bay and Toronto. Eastern service will be introduced in the coming months to Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Fredericton and American destinations from both ends of Canada are set to be added by 2016.

At full maturity, Encore aims to increase its share of the Canadian regional market to more than 40 per cent, but declined to indicate its current share.
Air Canada (TSX:AC.B), as the country's largest operator, and regional partner Jazz stand to feel the most heat.
Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said he is not surprised by the impact of Encore on its routes and has deployed Q400s on some western routes ahead of time to increase flights and beat the competition.


He recently described Encore's impact as "de minimis" but said (Air Canada's) regional network must operate more competitively by lowering costs.

With the roll out over the next several years, we certainly expect our regional partners to increase their competitiveness,he told analysts during a conference call in August to discuss its second quarter results.

Encore's strategy is to target markets with populations of least 100,000 populations and drive at least half the passengers to WestJet's mainline network as it expands overseas with widebody planes.

Pugliese said industry passenger traffic in markets like Nanaimo and Terrace, B.C., has increased 35 to 50 per cent since Encore launched service by driving a 30 to 40 per cent reduction in airfares.

Encore says traffic in Fort St. John, B.C., has quadrupled since it started service, while fares dropped 60 to 80 per cent. Fare reductions were 29 to 30 per cent in other new markets.

People otherwise not taking the plane are now using aircraft where otherwise they would have driven or not travelled.
Airline analyst Robert Kokonis said Encore's impact on Canadian aviation will intensify as it expands east.

It's going to be great for travellers because fares are going to go down but it will affect the bottom line of carriers like Porter,said the president of airline consulting firm AirTrav.

Porter Airlines, which launched in 2006, is based at Toronto's downtown airport, flies mainly in eastern Canada and the United States, but is also planning to expand its destinations west.

Kokonis said Air Canada is adjusting to the competition by leveraging its partnership with non-unionized Sky Regional, which shuttles passengers mainly between Porter's hub at Toronto's city airport and Montreal, to pressure Jazz to cut its costs.
Sky Regional, which started in 2011, later added Air Canada's fleet of Embraer 175 jets to U.S. destinations.
Joseph Randell, CEO of Jazz parent company Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR.B), acknowledges that the increased competition is putting more pressure on Jazz.

As a large supplier in Canada we definitely feel the pressures to reduce our costs and we're doing so and have plans to continue down that road,he said in an interview.

The Halifax based company expects to spend $25 million by year end on voluntary severance packages to reduce the number of senior and higher-paid pilots. It is also replacing smaller Aircraft with Q400 turboprops. Over three years, 32 older 50 seat regional jets have been removed and replaced with 21 of its 74-seat turbos.

Randell said it can reduce costs even further by continuing to replace aircraft and changing the structure of the agreement that governs its relationship with Air Canada to reward lowering costs.
But he said the company isn't seeking to roll back pilot wages, which are higher at Jazz than startup Airlines.






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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Encore Shaking Up Canadian Regional Flying As It Prepares Expansion

Encore Shaking Up Canadian Regional Flying As It Prepares Expansion


WestJet Encore is shaking up Canada's regional Airline market, pressuring rivals to cut fares and lower costs as it prepares to expand its presence in Eastern Canada and enter the United States.
Launched more than a year ago, the Calgary based carrier claims to be liberating Canadians from the high cost of air travel and stimulating demand.


I think we've woken the competition up absolutely,said Encore president Ferio Pugliese.

WestJet says Encore going to Toronto, Thunder Bay
Encore hopes to double its fleet of 14 Bombardier Q400 turboprops by 2016 and is already adding to its nearly 100 flights per day to 18 destinations, mainly in Western Canada.
A route was recently added between Thunder Bay and Toronto. Eastern service will be introduced in the coming months to Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Fredericton and American destinations from both ends of Canada are set to be added by 2016.
At full maturity, Encore aims to increase its share of the Canadian regional market to more than 40 per cent, but declined to indicate its current share.

Air Canada (TSX:AC.B), as the country's largest operator, and regional partner Jazz stand to feel the most heat.
Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said he is not surprised by the impact of Encore on its routes and has deployed Q400s on some western routes ahead of time to increase flights and beat the competition.
He recently described Encore's impact as de minimis but said regional network must operate more competitively by lowering costs.

With the roll out over the next several years, we certainly expect our regional partners to increase their competitiveness,he told analysts during a conference call in August to discuss its second quarter results.
Encores strategy is to target markets with populations of least 100,000 populations and drive at least half the passengers to WestJet's mainline network as it expands overseas with widebody planes.
Pugliese said industry passenger traffic in markets like Nanaimo and Terrace, B.C., has increased 35 to 50 per cent since Encore launched service by driving a 30 to 40 per cent reduction in airfares.
Encore says traffic in Fort St. John, B.C., has quadrupled since it started service, while fares dropped 60 to 80 per cent. Fare reductions were 29 to 30 per cent in other new markets.

People otherwise not taking the plane are now using aircraft where otherwise they would have driven or not travelled.
Airline analyst Robert Kokonis said Encore's impact on Canadian Aviation will intensify as it expands east.






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