The Federal Aviation Administration issued a new Notice to Airmen (Notam) on Friday prohibiting U.S. carriers from operating in the airspace above Iraq because of fighting there between Iraqi security forces and militants associated with the Islamic State. The sweeping prohibition came after the Obama administration began humanitarian air drops to relieve refugees in northern Iraq and warned of air strikes against the advancing militants.
Airlines should not expect to see unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying regularly in U.S. airspace “anytime soon,” a senior official with the Federal Aviation Administration told pilots August 7. The assurance came amid continuing reports of unauthorized UAS flights near airliners.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will host a high-level meeting on July 29 that will consider plans to more effectively mitigate potential risks to civil aviation of operating in conflict zones. The meeting, which was prompted by the apparent shooting down on July 17 of Malaysian Airlines’ Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, will be attended by ICAO Council president Dr.
In less than two months from now, the Aircraft Tracking Task Force (AATF), set up in May under the auspices of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is due present an interim report widely regarded by the industry as a key first step to avoid a repeat of a situation that continues to baffle and gravely concern the industry, namely: how on earth could a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 completely vanish on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association have jointly released the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH), a set of global best practices for business aviation ground handlers. The standards, released July 7, feature a safety management system designed to meet future International Civil Aviation Organization requirements. IBAC’s first workshop on the fundamentals of and auditing for IS-BAH is scheduled for August 27, at Paris Le Bourget Airport.
The FAA used International Civil Aviation Organization standards during a recent inspection to determine that Serbia’s aviation safety rating should be upgraded to Category 1 from Category 2. Serbia’s safety rating had been at Category 2 since 2006, indicating the country either lacked laws or regulations to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or that its civil aviation authority was deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping or inspection procedures.
Sustained investment in airport infrastructure and a continuing view of all airports as part of a national aviation-transportation network are paramount to maintaining America’s world-leading aviation system, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told U.S. lawmakers yesterday at a House aviation subcommittee hearing on airport financing and development.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) last week announced a set of regulatory reforms intended to streamline governing aviation through improved continuity in the areas of engineering, pilot licensing, flight training and operations, maintenance and fatigue risk management, as well as improving standards for navigation, sport aviation and aerial work.
Nearly 200 people attended the first day of a five-day aviation safety conference last Wednesday in Nepal focused on reducing aviation risks in that country. Nepal’s airlines are currently banned from operating in European Union airspace because of safety concerns. The conference was jointly organized by the United Nations’ World Food Program Aviation Safety unit, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and Airlines Operators Association of Nepal.
Last week’s conference on aircraft tracking in Kuala Lumpur came just two months after the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia requested help to determine the best methods for watching commercial aircraft in real time following the March 8 disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. The preliminary report on the accident, issued last month, recommended that the International Civil Aviation Organization examine the safety benefits of introducing a standard for real-time tracking of commercial aircraft.
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