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ISSUE June 2017

ICAO to seek global traffic management solutions for drone operations

In the near future, an overhead drone delivery or even a flying taxi may enter your daily life. To make these services safe and efficient, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced today that it will begin establishing low-altitude traffic management guidance for domestic unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and that industry, academia and other innovators will have a chance to further explore these issues later this year, when ICAO convenes its ‘Drone Enable’ Symposium in September at its Headquarters in Montréal, Canada.

“Today we’re seeing many new proposals and innovations emerging in terms of both unmanned aircraft and operations at lower altitudes,” commented ICAO Air Navigation Bureau Director, Mr. Stephen Creamer. “ICAO recognizes that it’s the natural agency to be gathering together the best and brightest from government and industry to define how these craft can be safely integrated into 21st century airspace, and in a way that optimizes their benefits globally for the wide range of public and private sector operators now exploring their potential.”

Because of their size and operational profiles, unmanned aircraft and prototypes generally do not fit the definitions for normal aircraft operations established under the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). To address that fact, and better accommodate the speed being seen in UAS innovations today, ICAO will be employing a more responsive Request for Information process focused on specific problem statements relating to low-altitude UAS operations.

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Airport Show-2017 a resounding success, concludes with over 7,200 attendees

The 17th edition of the Airport Show concluded with resounding success with more than 7,200 attendees from aviation industry worldwide. Reflecting a strong confidence in Middle East’s aviation sector and the Airport Show, more than 50 per cent of the exhibitors confirmed their participation for the next year.

Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organisers of the Airport Show, announced that Airport Show 2018 will be held from May 8-10, 2018 in Dubai.

“The aviation industry expansion in the Middle East continues to surpass average global growth rates. Future projections are equally promising and are behind the ongoing and considerable investment in aircraft, technology and infrastructure. The Airport Show brings together solution providers from around the world giving them the opportunity to explore the latest trends and bring forward innovative products and services designed to support ongoing industry growth and service enhancements,” His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said during the opening of the show.

The 3-day world’s largest annual airport event, which concluded today, witnessed participation of over 300 exhibitors from over 50 countries.

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ICAO welcomes recent aviation safety progress in Georgia

The President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, expressed the UN agency’s deep appreciation for the proactive actions being taken by the Government of Georgia to mitigate recent safety concerns identified under the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP).

“Today the overall situation in Georgia is more stable, with positive trends prevailing,” Dr. Aliu commented. “In order to sustain this momentum, ICAO encourages Georgia to continue working closely with our European and North Atlantic Regional Office and to strengthen its Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is a priority for ICAO throughout this Region.”

During his mission to Georgia, which took place from 25 to 27 May 2017, Dr. Aliu held discussions with Georgia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, where he underlined how the State’s commitments to ICAO compliance would be instrumental to the socio-economic benefits which Georgia could look forward to due to enhanced global connectivity.

Dr. Aliu also met with the country’s Minister and Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Gakharia and Mr. Giorgi Cherkezishvili, respectively, and the Director of the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency, Mr. Guram Jalaghonia. He was further introduced to the most recently appointed Permanent Representative of Georgia to ICAO, Mr. Konstantin Kavtaradze.

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ICAO Council President highlights need for cooperation supporting safe airspace management during mission to Ukraine

The President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, highlighted the need for determined cooperation supporting international airspace safety while on mission in the Ukraine earlier this week.

The Council President was accompanied on his visit by ICAO’s European and North Atlantic Regional Director Mr. Luis Fonseca de Almeida, and his points were stressed during a series of high-level bilateral meetings held with the Vice-Prime-Minister of Ukraine, Mr. Volodymyr Kistion, the State’s Minister of Infrastructure, Mr. Volodymyr Omelyan, the Chairman of the State Aviation Authority of Ukraine (SAAU) Mr. Oleksandr Bilchuk, and Director of the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise, Mr. Dmytro Babeichuk.

“The roles and responsibilities of ICAO Member States are clearly delineated in the Convention on International Civil Aviation and its Annexes,” President Aliu remarked, “and have served to help ensure the safety and security of international civil aviation for many decades. ICAO is presently reviewing some associated regional concerns through its Black Sea Task Force, and we look forward to the collaboration of our Member States in resolving the current challenges of civil operations over the Black Sea.”

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ICAO Secretary General stresses synergies of aviation and digital connectivity at ninth China Civil Aviation Development Forum

The Secretary General of ICAO, Dr. Fang Liu, highlighted the important synergies and challenges arising from international aviation and digital connectivity during her presentation to the 2017 China Civil Aviation Development Forum.

Hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) on 25 and 26 May, the 2017 Forum’s first session focused on “New Opportunities for Aviation Development in the Internet Era”. Dr. Liu used the opportunity to remark upon the mutually reinforcing aspects of aviation’s unique capability to physically connect and unite us, as well as the internet era’s new and profound digital connectivity impacts on human culture and communications.

“A major challenge for all of us is the incredible growth of e-commerce,” Dr. Liu began. “ICAO’s data has shown that the air cargo share of items purchased online is projected to grow to a remarkable 91% by 2025. These numbers support how many of the expectations now instilled in modern consumers, whether for access to global products or for next-day delivery, are wholly dependent on international air transport to move the goods they purchase online rapidly and reliably.”

Another important consideration which Dr. Liu elaborated was the expanding middle class in the Asia-Pacific’s emerging economies, which is producing many new first-time flyers and making the region home to the world’s largest urban population.

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Honeywell’s Airport Innovations Take Flight At The Airport Show 2017

Honeywell (NYSE:HON), a trusted provider of intelligent airport solutions worldwide, will demonstrate that the sky is not the limit at The Airport Show 2017, being held from May 15-17 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

“Honeywell provides technologies for every touchpoint in an airport – an end-to-end solution for landside, terminal and airside operations that help achieve smoother traffic flow and enable efficient operations that ultimately enhance passenger experience,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president, Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Central Asia. “With more than 100 years of global experience in the aviation and airports sectors, Honeywell is uniquely qualified to support the growth and development of the Middle East’s airports.”

According to the latest industry reports, the smart airports market is expected to be worth more than US$19 billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of more than 10% over the next eight years*. In the Middle East, the smart airports market will be worth $850 million by 2019**. Investments in IT continue to be made to enhance the passenger experience through achieving operational efficiency while reducing costs.

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Honeywell Explains Why ADS-B Updates Today Will Save You a Headache in 2020

It’s hard to imagine where you’ll be next year, much less three years from now, but give it a try. The world is a big place, and global business operates at a fast pace. In 2020, will you need to be in Tokyo, Dubai, London or New York? More importantly, how will you get there?

Your answer could be a business aircraft. Of course, how you’ll get to where you want to be in 2020 depends on whether your aircraft has completed its ADS-B Out compliance.

Three years may seem like plenty of time, but the window for meeting the Federal Aviation Administration’s mandate for ADS-B Out compliance is closing fast. In reality, the three-year time span is short considering the thousands of aircraft that need to be upgraded by a small network of business jet maintenance, repair and overhaul centers; the challenges faced in servicing so many aircraft; and the uncertainty felt by owners and operators that can bring upgrade decision-making to a halt.

The best way to avoid the headaches associated with this mandate is to plan early and start today. By getting ahead of the 2020 deadline, you won’t have to deal with installation facility backlogs, component shortages and installation price increases. This means you won’t risk having a grounded aircraft or be unable to fly in optimal airspace in 2020, and you can continue to focus on flying to your destinations of choice.

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Connected Aircraft: EMBRAER JETS TO FLY WITH HONEYWELL’S JETWAVE SYSTEM FOR HIGH-SPEED WI-FI

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been selected by Embraer to upgrade its Lineage 1000E Executive Jets with the company’s JetWaveTM satellite communications hardware to provide global, high-speed Wi-Fi via Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX service. Whether accessing work networks, staying connected to friends and family on social media, or streaming movies, passengers will experience a new level of consistent high-speed wireless connectivity over land or sea virtually everywhere around the world at speeds similar to those found in their home.

Honeywell’s JetWave system will receive initial aircraft installation certification at the beginning of 2018 that will boost Embraer’s Lineage 1000E platform to provide passengers with reliable, high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi. Available as forward-fit and retrofit options, JetWave hardware enables a global Ka-band connection from Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX service. With Inmarsat’s global satellite coverage passengers can experience a seamless connected experience.

“Since entering the market, Embraer Executive Jets has been committed to rethinking convention in business aviation by introducing innovative technologies, higher performance standards, and premium comfort for a superior flight experience,” said Luciano Castro, vice president Ppograms, Embraer Executive Jets. “This is just one more way that the Lineage 1000E delivers on its promise of enhancing every customer’s experience.”

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A350-1000 Early Long Flight proves its exclusive cabin comfort and maturity

The A350-1000completed successfully its first and unique “Early Long Flight” with 310 passengers on board, including 10 Airbus Flight Test crew members and 13 Virgin Atlantic cabin crew. Test aircraft MSN065 took off from and landed in Toulouse on May 11th after a 12 hours flight.

During the long-haul flight the passengers, comprising Airbus employees and cabin crew personnel from Virgin Atlantic Airways - one of the 12 A350-1000 customers - were first to experience the Xtra wide comfort of the A350-1000. The early passengers were invited to try out and test the cabin systems, including air conditioning, lighting, acoustics, in-flight entertainment (IFE), galleys, electrics, washrooms and water waste systems.

Though not part of the technical certification programme, the Early Long Flight allows Airbus to assess cabin environment and systems in-flight and optimise cabin procedures to ensure full maturity at Entry Into Service for its customers.

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First Air Mauritius A350 XWB takes shape in Airbus’ Final Assembly Line

Assembly of the first A350 XWB for Air Mauritius is advancing well at Airbus’ Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.

The wing-fuselage junction, the installation of the tailplane and also the tailcone have been completed. The aircraft is in the next assembly station for structural completion such as the installation of winglets, ground testing of mechanical, electrical and avionics systems. Next steps will include in particular cabin completion, engine installation, painting and flight tests. This will lead to the delivery scheduled in Q4 2017, of the first A350-900 to Air Mauritius.

Air Mauritius will acquire a total of six A350-900 twin engine widebodies comprising four directly purchased from Airbus and two on lease from AerCap. At entry into service, the A350 XWB will be deployed on the carrier's long-haul, mainly the Mauritius-Paris route. Air Mauritius currently operates a fleet of 13 aircraft of which 10 Airbus aircraft including six A340-300, two A330-200 and two A319 on regional and long haul services.

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SITA’s Robotic Kiosks to the Rescue in Busy Check-In Areas

SITA Lab, which explores the future of technology in air travel, has unveiled KATE, an intelligent check-in kiosk that will autonomously move to busy or congested areas in the airport as needed, promising to relegate check-in queues to the past.

Using various data sources – including flight and passenger flow information – KATE can identify where additional check-in kiosks are required to reduce passenger queue times at check-in. KATE uses existing SITA data systems such as Day of Operations Business Intelligence and FlightInfo API.

Multiple robotic kiosks can be automatically or manually deployed simultaneously and in formation to assist passengers, providing airports and airlines greater flexibility in managing peaks in passenger flow. The kiosks can also communicate through a Cloud service to ensure that the right number of kiosks are at the right position when needed, making them highly responsive to changes in the airport. A design patent application for the kiosks is currently underway.

Renaud Irminger, Director of SITA Lab, said: “The peak and troughs in the flow of passengers presents a challenge to many airlines and airports and we have been approached by many customers requesting a solution. They want kiosks which can be easily deployed when and where they are needed. Building on SITA’s successful AirportConnect® Open platform, and our previous work with robotics, KATE leverages new technologies to provide operators much more flexibility and efficiency in the way they will use their kiosks in future.”

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Air France Airbus performance powering ahead with SITAONAIR’s e-Aircraft® DataCapture

Air France (AF) and SITAONAIR today announce a new deal to deliver seamless aircraft data to AF’s top-flight operations and maintenance optimization programs.

Under the partnership, SITAONAIR’s new e-Aircraft® DataCapture solution will capture, dissect and deliver high-quality, immediate aircraft data, significantly bolstering performance monitoring across Air France Airbus aircraft. SITAONAIR’s deployment of DataCapture across AF’s Airbus fleet began in January 2017.

The e-Aircraft® DataCapture system works by collecting, compressing and encrypting an aircraft’s Quick Access Recorder (QAR) or Digital ACMS Recorder (DAR) data, and ensures it is automatically and immediately transmitted after landing, using 3G, to a ground server provided by SITAONAIR. The complete data is then sent to Air France’s data analysis system for instant analysis and response.

Many airlines manually collect aircraft post-flight and health data as part of an overnight maintenance regime, meaning a delay of hours after a flight has landed before data is retrieved.

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Lufthansa Technik Middle East: New facility is fully operational at Dubai South

The new facility of Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME) has become fully operational in the Aviation District at Dubai South. In the presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and chairman of the Emirates Group, H.E .Khalifa Al Zaffin Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South and H.E. Guenter Rauer, consul general of Germany in Dubai.

Before, the new facility was successfully audited by the Federal Aviation Office of Germany and different customers from the region. In the last weeks, different parts have already been repaired on-site, e.g. thrust reversers, inlet cowls and radomes.

H.E. Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation said: “The Aviation District is pleased to engage with a leading global player like Lufthansa Technik. Within the 7.2 sq. km. district, we are progressively building an aviation ecosystem that will match the best in the world, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed. I am certain that Lufthansa Technik will become a powerful player on the aviation landscape at Dubai South.”

Ziad Al Hazmi, CEO Lufthansa Technik Middle East, said: “The official inauguration of our new site is a major milestone within our business strategy for this important region. Over the past weeks we have received high interest regarding our new capabilities from different commercial operators based in the Middle East. It makes us very proud to be the first company to run operations at the Aerospace Supply Chain in the Dubai South Aviation District. On this occasion I would like to thank the local authorities and especially our partners from Dubai South for their comprehensive support over the past months. Having a key presence in the Aviation District has put us in a prime position as a leader in the regional maintenance, repair and overhaul business.”

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Smiths Detection Unveils Checkpoint.Evoplus at Airport Show 2017 in Dubai

As part of its commitment to the continuous advancement of airport infrastructure security, Smiths Detection today announced the launch of its Checkpoint.Evoplus solution at the 17th edition of the Airport Show taking place from 15-17 May 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

Checkpoint.Evoplus is an advanced screening and management platform - a networking software which integrates independent components and sensors into a single, intelligent solution, produces valuable operational data and supports new functions such as centralised remote screening and directed search for focused secondary inspections. By integrating the various checkpoint components, Checkpoint.Evoplus can help increase passenger throughput; optimise resource allocation; reduce operational costs; and raise security levels. It not only streamlines the screening process, but also generates valuable management data.

“With global annual spend on airport security estimated to increase from $8.22 billion in 2014 to $12.67 billion in 2023, and passenger traffic at Dubai Airports climbing more than 7% during the first quarter of 2017 to over 22 million, it has never been more important to protect each country’s borders,” explained Paul Baker, Regional Managing Director Middle East of Smiths Detection.

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CAE expands cadet training network to Spain

CAE announced today at the 2017 Pilots Career Live (PCL) Madrid the expansion of its cadet training network to Spain, supporting European commercial airlines' increasing need for more professional pilots in the region. CAE is now accepting applications for the Madrid-based integrated ATPL program. Classes are scheduled to begin in July at CAE's training centre in Madrid.

As part of the ab-initio pilot training program, aspiring captains will begin the EASA theoretical knowledge training at CAE's training centre in Madrid, followed by flight training in Phoenix, AZ, USA and Oxford, UK.

"We are very proud to help cadets achieve their professional pilot careers, while supporting our commercial airline partners' increasing need for more pilots worldwide," said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "We are delighted to build on our cadet to captain training offering in Spain and are committed to continue recruiting and training our airline customers' future captains and developing their professional pilots' competencies".

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CAE maintains its leadership in Business Aviation Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) announces today at the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) that it has completed the instructor station updates on all 36 of its EASA approved full-flight simulators in 5 different training locations with the necessary instructor tools for the next phase of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT). CAE's full-flight simulators have been updated with instructor tools to monitor pilots' technique and ability to recover from upsets at high altitude within the aircraft's performance envelope.

"The customer feedback on our UPRT program has been tremendous," said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "With this next phase of recovery training, we felt it was important to give our instructors optimized tools to continue to provide the best training in the world to our customers. In fact, we received excellent reviews by some of our key large fleet operator customers, such as TAG Aviation, Luxaviation, Gama Aviation, Global Jet and Elit'Avia".

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