The U.S. government will begin screening arriving travelers from West Africa for the Ebola virus at five major airports beginning this weekend. New layers of screening will be conducted at New York JFK International Airport on October 11, followed by Washington-Dulles, Newark Liberty, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta international airports, which combined receive 94 percent of travelers from Ebola-affected nations.
The Federal Aviation Administration will not relent from requiring operators in the U.S. to equip their aircraft for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) by 2020, the agency’s deputy administrator Michael Whitaker told an industry-government committee. The ADS-B equipage mandate is the next major milestone of the agency’s NextGen ATC modernization effort.
Sagem has revealed more details of its Patroller UAV, as the French army prepares to issue a request for proposal for the Système de Drone Tactique (SDT), for which it is a contender. The program is expected to be worth €200 to €250 million (up to $310 million), for the acquisition of 8-10 systems, with three UAVs per system. The other contenders are likely to be the Thales Watchkeeper, and a version of the Textron Shadow M2 that Airbus Defence & Space will propose.
Despite ambitious plans to expand its international network and notwithstanding a high-profile launch of Jakarta-London services on September 8, Garuda Indonesia has decided to take a more conservative approach this year after posting a group operating loss of $234 million in the first half of the year, compared with a $10.92 million loss in the same period in 2013.
The U.S. Air Force contested an audit report by the Pentagon’s inspector general which found that the service has not justified its plan to buy 401 General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft by 2019. The audit report is based on outdated information, responded the Air Force, which said that it plans to buy 55 fewer Reapers.
Airbus has acknowledged it will require “two or three months” to obtain a realistic understanding of the A320neo's performance, following the September 25 first flight of the re-engined single-aisle twinjet. “It's not just measuring cruise and climb performance, but also engine-out behavior [and everything else] and then asking 'What does it all mean?” commented flight and integration tests senior vice-president Fernando Alonso.
Speakers at this week’s European Regions Airline Association general assembly in Barcelona once again sent a clear message to legislators and regulators that the continent’s regional airlines cannot continue to absorb the costs of what they consider ill conceived and misguided rules. Highlighting his association’s close ties and mostly aligned positions on issues such as passenger rights legislation, International Air Transport Association director general Tony Tyler perhaps best reflected the collective sentiment when he told attendees that he has grown tired of even trying to fight for reform of foreign ownership rules, for example.
The Federal Aviation Administration is processing more than 50 requests from applicants seeking to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by exemption under a provision of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. The number of applicants exceeds what the FAA reported one week ago when it announced the first authorizations.
Europe’s regional airlines need to achieve further consolidation and move to a U.S.-style business model of cooperating directly with mainline carriers if they are ever to expect to return consistent profits. That was the assessment delivered to this week’s European Regions Airline Association general assembly in Barcelona by Braathens Aviation Group chairman Per Braathen. But he didn’t seem too confident that this change will come.
The FAA today adopted an airworthiness directive requiring the replacement of Honeywell phase 3 display units (DUs) on 1,326 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 and 777 airliners. The AD, which takes effect November 5, is based on concerns that the data such as airspeed, altitude, pitch and roll, attitude and heading could disappear from the displays due to interference from wireless devices.