In a bid to resuscitate “steadily fading” overseas operations, Australia’s Qantas Airways plans to make 1,000 domestic jobs redundant, defer Airbus A380 (and possibly some Boeing 787) deliveries, retire some Boeing 747-400s, and replace some long-haul services with code-sharing flights.
L-3 Communications has unveiled another ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) conversion of the Hawker Beechcraft King Air series, which will be available for export with a contractor-operated option.
Surveillance of aircraft by ground radar in proximity of wind farms is an increasing concern and Terma (Hall E E2) claims to have the answer with its Scanter 4002 radar system.
Night Flight Concepts (Booth No. 3428) has announced an online course to educate flight crews about the growing threat from laser strikes. According to the FAA, the number of laser strikes directed at aircraft cockpits continues to increase, causing loss of situational awareness, flash blindness and retinal damage.
Qantas today placed an $80 million price tag on the effect to its business of the November 4 uncontained engine failure on one of its Airbus A380s and the subsequent grounding of its superjumbo fleet.
Qantas plans to resume Airbus A380 service this Saturday (November 27) on Flight QF31 from Sydney to Singapore and onward to London. The flight, scheduled to depart Sydney at 5:30 p.m. local time, would mark the end of a 23-day suspension of service with Qantas A380s after an uncontained engine failure forced one of the airline’s six superjumbos to make an emergency landing in Singapore on November 4.
Since almost one third of helicopter accidents with fatal casualties are caused by impact with obstacles and cables, developing and improving anti-collision systems against low-visibility obstacles is clearly a key objective for avionics specialists. Finmeccanica’s Selex Communications has had success with various military users of its laser obstacle avoidance and monitoring (LOAM) system since introducing it in 2000.
Australia’s Qantas has reached a new agreement with Boeing to advance delivery of the first of eight 787-8s it has on order to mid-2012, some two years earlier than last planned. Qantas plans to use the airplanes to expand the international route network of its Jetstar low-fare subsidiary, which expects the airplanes to arrive in a two-class, 313-seat cabin configuration.
The FAA issued a safety alert for operators (Safo 01001) warning operators of aircraft with unpowered elevator controls that control forces may increase after application of Type II or IV anti-icing fluids. The Safo is the result of reports to the FAA of rejected takeoffs due to above-normal control pressure needed to achieve rotation. These rejected takeoffs were initiated at speeds above Vr or V1, according to the FAA.
A new Article 222 of UK Air Navigation Order 2009 makes it illegal “to shine any light at any aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot of the aircraft.” The country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) hopes the article, coupled with new technology used by police air support units, will increase conviction rates.