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Issue February 2016  

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Honeywell to Inspire the next generation of Emirati Engineers with its support of Think Science Competition
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Emirates Foundation, the national foundation of the UAE established to facilitate public-private partnerships for empowering youth, has joined hands with global technology giant Honeywell which has pledged support for Emirates Foundation's efforts to nurture a new generation of UAE scientists and engineers.
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Under the agreement, Honeywell has signed up as silver partner for Emirates Foundation's 2015-2016 Think Science competition.

The initiative, which is part of Honeywell's commitment to supporting the next generation of engineers in the UAE, will see the global technology leader provide guidance and support to Think Science participants as they develop, design and build aerospace projects that aim to solve real-world problems.

Held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister and Chairman of Emirates Foundation, the Think Science competition, is part of a national programme that seeks to inspire, encourage and empower Emirati youth aged 15 to 35 to embrace careers in science-related fields and to follow their passion for science with interactive, hands-on activities in engineering, energy, aviation and other tech industries.

The nationwide contest engages UAE youth to develop, design and build science-based innovations that respond to society’s most pressing needs.

“The UAE 2021 vision outlines the need for the private and public sectors to work together to create a competitive economy that will be driven by knowledgeable and innovative Emirati talent. Delivering this vision starts here with the Emirates Foundation,” said Norm Gilsdorf, President, Honeywell High Growth Regions, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. “Honeywell is pleased to make a meaningful contribution to the Think Science program and inspire today’s students to become passionate about building innovations that create a world that’s safer and more secure, more energy efficient, and where our quality of life is always improving.
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Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2016 reveals prestigious line-up of sponsors

Abu Dhabi Air Expo, held from March 8th to 10th, as part of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has confirmed its position as a dedicated business platform for the aviation industry, bringing leading industry players and decision makers together under one roof.

Driven by its commitment to support events that play an important role in developing innovation-led, knowledge based economic sectors, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed up as Platinum sponsor for the fourth consecutive edition.

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim to expand operations at Dubai South

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim has announced the expansion of its operations at its home base at Al Maktoum International Airport following the recent announcement at the Dubai Airshow from its joint venture partner – Al-Futtaim, to lease an additional 10,000sqm of land from Dubai South.

The new plot will drastically increase the operational potential of DCAF – the first and only integrated private and business aviation operator at AMIA, enabling the company to expand its existing VIP lounge and hangar facility in order to keep up with growing demand for its services.

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Massive airport developments in Middle East to push global aviation growth

Keen on catering to the stupendous growth in its aviation sector, marked by rising passenger numbers and expanding fleet of airlines, the Middle East countries are pumping in billions of dollars toward expanding existing airports and building new ones.

The massive airport development projects and infrastructure investments will come under spotlight at the 16th edition of Airport Show, the world’s leading B2B airport industry event, taking place from May 9 to 11 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airlines & Group, the show will also see the staging of the 4th edition of Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) and Travel Catering Expo (TCE) on its sidelines.

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Ras Al Khaimah International Airport will enter 40th anniversary year with record growth and major developments ahead

As it approaches its 40thanniversary year Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has reported a highly successful 2015, during which aircraft movements of scheduled flights increased by 26% over the previous year. New charter operations from Germany, Poland, Latvia and Russia also kicked off.

In addition, Air Arabia, for whom RAK International is a growing hub, increased flight frequencies to the 10 destinations that they service from the emirate. The cumulative effect of these positive results was a 17% rise in passenger traffic over 2014.

On the cargo front the airport’s business grew by 51% year on year following some reconfigurations made early in 2015.

Moving to non-aeronautical activities RAK International made significant progress too during 2015 with new deals being signed for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul as well as aircraft decommissioning.

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Smartworld introduces Smart Ideas Management Program

In line with the United Arab Emirate’s Innovation Strategy aimed at making the UAE the world’s most innovative nation by 2020, Smartworld, an Etisalat and Dubai South joint venture company, has launched ‘Smart Ideas Management’ program.

The program, a major step toward embracing a culture of innovation across all areas of operations in the company, will encourage Smartworld’s employees to come forth with smart, creative and innovative ideas for enhancing efficiencies, reducing costs and developing an innovative and friendly work environment.

Abdulqader Obaid Ali, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Smartworld, said: “Smartworld is strongly committed to treading the path shown by the UAE’s visionary leadership and contributing toward making the UAE the world’s most innovative nation. Inspired by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, announcing 2015 as the ‘Year of Innovation’ and the National Innovation Strategy, launched by his Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE’s Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, we have launched the new ‘Smart Ideas Management’ program, through which we will encourage all employees to think creatively and innovatively. We believe employee participation is the key to develop the culture of innovation and through this program we will be able to achieve that and its impact will not be limited within the organization, it will extend to all our customers and other parties we deal with.”

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Smiths Detection Unveils Next Generation Security System for UAE’s Critical Infrastructure Assets at Intersec 2016

As part of its commitment to next generation security systems that further strengthen UAE’s homeland security infrastructure, Smiths Detection today unveiled the HS6040C, at Intersec 2016. The new advanced X-ray system has been designed specifically to screen hand-carried items at the entrance of critical infrastructure assets like government buildings, hotels, exhibition centers and sporting facilities.

Paul Baker, Regional Managing Director Middle East of Smiths Detection, said: “Security incidents in public spaces around the world demonstrate how vulnerable our society can be. Our new HI-SCAN 6040C X-ray inspection system is tailored to the security needs of areas where large numbers of people come and go every day. The upgraded electronics and software ensure that it is prepared for both current and future security requirements for critical infrastructure assets in the UAE and wider Middle East”.

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Bahrain Airport Services turn to Ideagen's Q-Pulse for controlled document management & 30% productivity increase

INFORMATION Management software developer, Ideagen, is working with Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) to improve regulatory and operational document management at Bahrain International Airport.

Ideagen’s Q-Pulse safety and quality management software is being used to control the increasing complexities of managing differing regulatory and operator document approvals, particularly those related to EASA Part 145, Part M and Part 66.

Andrew Gardner, Manager Quality Assurance - Maintenance at BAS, said: “BAS follow processes to EASA Part 145, Part M and Part 66, as well as adhere to regulations from eight different countries, all based upon EASA. We are also applying for Saudi approval which is based on FAA, and this will be incorporated into Q-Pulse in due course.”

Andrew added: “Without controlled documentation, you can’t operate effectively, so an efficient means of managing documents is essential. Auditing is becoming increasingly complex and the ability to adequately control this as well as to tightly manage findings is imperative. The Audit and CA/PA capability in Q-Pulse gives us the tools to audit to different standards, and this suits our business and operational requirements exactly.

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Lockheed Martin Partners with Advanced Electronics Company To Open New Sniper ATP Support Center in Saudi Arabia

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) recently celebrated the opening of the Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) Expanded Repair Capability center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This marks the start of operations at the first Sniper ATP support center located outside the United States.

The Sniper ATP Expanded Repair Capability center provides sustainment support for Sniper ATPs, which perform different defense operations. Due to its in-Kingdom location, the center helps expedite repair times, improving readiness. It also generates in-Kingdom employment opportunities and expands the local manufacturing base.

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Entry Point North delivers OJT and validation performed on a simulator for HFIS Surveillance

As a breakthrough in ATM training, Entry Point North is now providing Surveillance and On-the-job training (OJT) including final validation on a simulator for Helicopter Flight Information Service (HFIS) Operators.

The first course was delivered during November-December 2015 and on December 18, 3 participants from an oil production operator, were validated and graduated from the academy in Malm?. Firstly, the HFIS operators were required to successfully complete the initial Surveillance training course followed by OJT in the simulators leading to a final endorsement validation supervised by the national regulator.

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Cathay Pacific group enters new era with rebranding of Dragonair as Cathay Dragon

The Cathay Pacific Group announced a new era of growth and opportunity for its two airlines. Cathay Pacific’s wholly owned sister airline Dragonair is to be rebranded as Cathay Dragon. The two will remain as separate airlines, operating under their own licences.

By more closely aligning the two brands, this rebranding will capitalise on Cathay Pacific’s high international brand recognition and leverage on Cathay Dragon’s unique connectivity into Mainland China – one of the world’s fastest-growing business and leisure travel markets. The airlines’ customers will benefit from greater convenience and a more seamless travel experience.

Since Dragonair became a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific in 2006, it has added 23 new destinations and the number of passengers travelling across both carriers has grown five times to more than 7 million in 2015. The combined annual passenger number of the two airlines grew from 22 million to more than 34 million last year.

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