Accident investigators are eyeing the failure of an oxygen cylinder as the cause of an explosion that forced an emergency landing for a Qantas Boeing 747-400 flying from Hong Kong to Melbourne, Australia on July 24. Immediately after the explosion, the pilots took the widebody down to 10,000 feet, dumped approximately 50 tons of fuel and landed safely at Manila with no injuries to the 365 people on board.
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“Kowloon City used to be the place for dinner before flying from Kai Tak Airport. Now it’s quiet,” says Victor Lau, a helicopter pilot with the Government Flying Service (GFS) of China’s Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong (HKSAR). In July 1998, the GFS was the first tenant of the abandoned Kai Tak Airport to move 45 minutes west to the new Chek Lap Kok (CLK) Airport on Lantau Island.
Australian flag-carrier Qantas last month announced it would enlist its wholly owned regional subsidiary, QantasLink, for a large-scale expansion along the country’s eastern seaboard in response from stronger demand from regional points in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
Club Airways, the European scheduled business jet service, is broadening its fleet beyond Learjet 45s and is also rethinking its planned route network. Almost six months after beginning operations on February 17, Club Airways is now offering two daily round-trip flights between Geneva and Paris Le Bourget Airport.
No sooner had the ink dried on a report by the Institute for Policy Studies and Essential Action (IPS/EA) claiming super-wealthy private jet owners are enjoying tax breaks and luxury at the public’s expense than general aviation stood up to vociferously disagree.
The 2003 Paris Air Show, held June 15 to 22, opened against a backdrop of bitter transatlantic political disputes over France’s opposition to the U.S.-led Iraq War and the future of the Middle East. It ended with carriers from that region providing the whole aerospace industry with a welcome financial shot in the arm by placing multi-billion-dollar orders for new airliners.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so optimistic about the Asian business aviation market, especially in North Asia and China,” Jason Liao, Hawker Beechcraft’s regional vice president for China and Southeast Asia, told AIN.
In commercial service for nearly nine months now, the Airbus A380 has proven itself perfectly capable of doing what its developers intended it to do–fly lots of passengers comfortably and efficiently.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is taking steps to address the looming pilot and mechanic shortage facing airlines globally. IATA’s training and qualification initiative looked at manufacturers’ market outlook studies, which predict that 17,650 new passenger aircraft will be delivered by 2018, requiring more than 200,000 new pilots, or nearly 19,000 pilots a year.
The development of a composite and metal bond component repair station is in progress in the Asia-Pacific region as a joint venture between Spirit AeroSystems and several major aviation companies.
Spirit will partner with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company and its subsidiary, TAECO, along with Oklahoma-based First Wave MRO, to establish a regional service center near TAECO’s facility in Xiamen, China.