A Lao Airlines ATR 72-600 crashed in southern Laos near the Champasak provincial capital of Pakse on Wednesday. According to a statement issued by ATR, the airplane took off from the capital city Vientiane and crashed into the Mekong river. Reports from the official Laos news agency indicate the airplane hit the water some five miles short of its destination, Pakse International Airport.
Jeff Bonner Research & Development, a San Antonio-based aircraft cabin component developer and subassembly fabricator, has read the tea leaves for the Asian market and responded with a high-tech version of the ancient game of mahjong for installation in private jets.
Go Aviation Middle East has begun providing professional aircraft detailing and polishing services at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport. Marc Lelah, the company’s vice president, said, “We are here to transform the aircraft appearance industry in the Middle East and reduce the carbon footprint of the UAE. Dry washing is going to make a positive impact on the environment here in Dubai and throughout the Middle East.”
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has restricted takeoff and landing weight for all international airlines flying widebodies to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to 196 metric tons (432,102 pounds) through September 30. The decision is a result of safety concerns following repeated cracks on the 46-year-old runway.
The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) has approved Jordan as its 72nd affiliate, making it the seventh IAOPA Middle Eastern affiliate after Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Israel and Egypt. “From an IAOPA and global general aviation perspective, we are excited to see GA take root in the Middle East and for governments there to recognize its economic importance,” said IAOPA secretary general Craig Spence.
They may be thousands of miles apart but the UK’s Manchester Airport and Vietnam’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport shared in the recent commissioning of brand-new control towers. The new 197-foot-tall tower at Manchester (the UK’s second tallest after Heathrow’s) was a birthday present for itself as it went operational at the end of June on the airport’s 75th anniversary. At the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city, the new tower rises nearly 230 feet. Construction began in December 2009, and the project cost more than $19 million (U.S.).
The Gulfstream Beijing Service Center recently received authorization to service Gulfstream aircraft registered in Hong Kong and Macau. The approval was granted through a joint maintenance management (JMM) agreement among the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong and the Civil Aviation Authority of Macau SAR.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is defending its plan to establish a customs pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport staffed by its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency but mostly funded by the host UAE government. Airline industry groups contend the facility will mainly benefit Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi’s government-owned airline, and place U.S.
Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport (VVTS) returned Runways 25R/07L to normal operation July 2, two months ahead of schedule, after a four-month closure for repairs. According to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, the runway closure had significantly reduced the airport’s arrival acceptance rate, to 22 aircraft per hour from 32.
An inspector appointed by the U.S. Congress recommended that $772 million in contracts awarded by the Pentagon for 30 new aircraft to support an Afghan special aviation unit be suspended because the unit is unprepared.