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ISSUE September 2017

Using Blockchain to Reinforce Aviation Asset Management

Blockchain is one of the most discussed and intriguing technologies out there today. I will not go too deeply into the specifics of how it works since that has been covered by many other sources. Suffice to say that it is a huge, global distributed ledger or database running on many devices and open to anyone within the blockchain. In the Blockchain, information, or anything of value can be stored. Its purpose is to ensure a 100 percent secure, verifiable and traceable database protocol.

So far, most use cases have been focused on the financial sector, including transaction management where costs are reduced by keeping property ownership and records or using it to track high-value goods, such as diamonds. There is, however, a huge untapped market in asset management—specifically in the commercial aviation industry.

Aviation – A highly regulated market with complex supply chains

A modern aircraft consists of roughly 2–3 million parts. It is crucial to know the provenance of these parts, i.e. original manufacturer and exact product model and version, in order to ensure they have the right specification and that they are not counterfeit. In addition, many of these parts are so-called “tracked items.” Not only their provenance, but the entire maintenance history of these parts needs to be transparent.

Today, the many participants in an asset’s lifecycle—from manufacturers to transporters, maintainers and operators—each have their own disparate systems for managing assets. Consequently, it’s quite difficult to establish and maintain a single version of the truth when looking at that asset’s entire lifecycle. Often, these records can be incomplete or non-digitized, where communication between the different participants is often conducted on paper or even verbally. Lack of standardization leads to limited traceability and the cost for non-compliance can be high.

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ICAO Secretary General encourages Cuba’s leadership on data analysis, facilitation

Throughout an intensive series of addresses and bilateral meetings undertaken in Cuba last week, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu encouraged Cuba’s leadership to continue pursuing and leading on pragmatic and proactive approaches to sustainable aviation development for economic and social progress, particularly with regards to data analysis and aviation security and facilitation.

While opening the Caribbean and South American Aviation Data and Analysis Regional Seminar, which was organized by ICAO and hosted by Cuba, Dr. Liu stressed that as a United Nations specialized agency, ICAO is deeply committed to enabling all its member States to achieve progress on these issues through its No Country Left Behind initiative and its Regional Offices. “The stakes are considerable,” Dr. Liu remarked, “In 2016 aviation directly generated some 10 million jobs and approximately $725 billion in global GDP. Looking more closely at the Latin American and Caribbean regions, aviation generates approximately 169 billion dollars in GDP and supports the direct and indirect employment of six million people. Cuba’s leadership on these issues, and in optimizing local synergies between aviation, tourism, e-commerce and trade, provides a crucial contribution to the sustainability of local operations.” Dr. Liu also stressed the importance of data and analysis in terms of understanding emerging aviation trends and issues to ensure that these priorities and strategies are optimally crafted.

These messages were also highlighted throughout her bilateral meetings with Cuban officials, including Vice President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba and Minister of the Economy and Planning, Mr. Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Cuba’s Deputy Ministers for Transport, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Investment, and Tourism, Messrs. Eduardo Rodríguez, Abelardo Moreno Fernandez, Antonio Carricarte Corona, and Luís Miguel Díaz Sánchez, respectively.

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ICAO Secretary General promotes aviation development priorities during high-level mission to the Republic of Kazakhstan

Highlighting that only 5% of annual global development financing currently supports aviation infrastructure or related projects, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu delivered a determined message to Kazakhstan’s political leaders last week on the need to prioritize air transport development in the years ahead and optimize the tremendous opportunities for economic development inherent in projected air transport growth.

“Our Organization is striving to raise global awareness of the direct links between ICAO compliant air connectivity and States’ wider SDG objectives,” Dr. Liu stated during her high-level address to a cross-section of Kazakhstan’s Ministers, senior officials and industry representatives.

The Central Asian State is currently ranked 15th in the Asia Pacific region for total scheduled passenger traffic, a figure that increased last year along with overall Asia-Pacific air traffic growth. From a global standpoint the Asia-Pacific accounted for 32.9% of global air traffic in 2016, making it the largest air transport market in the world.

“This makes our work to support compliance and sustainability crucial in the years ahead,” Dr. Liu stressed, “especially in light of the doubling of flight and passenger volumes now projected by 2030.”

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ICAO leaders focus on aviation safety, security, capacity and emissions challenges for the Asia-Pacific at special Mongolia event

Rapid growth and continuing challenges to future system capacity were some of the key points addressed in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia this week, as ICAO’s Council President and Secretary General participated in the 54th Asia-Pacific Directors General of Civil Aviation (APAC DGCA) event.

“While the Asia-Pacific presently leads the world in terms of traffic growth, it also faces attendant challenges with respect to managing and sustaining it, safely, securely and efficiently,” stressed ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

In his keynote address to the approximately 300 delegates in attendance, President Aliu further highlighted the need to manage demand against capacity of airport and Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems, the pressing need for APAC States to implement the Safety Enhancement Initiatives (SEIs) set out by its Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG), challenges to infrastructure and other investors posed by unstable regulatory environments, and insufficient training capacity for skilled aviation professionals, amongst other priorities.

The ICAO Council President also drew attention to the region’s capacity challenges, reminding those present that “ICAO is therefore leading efforts to increase the number of new air routes, implement an Asia-Pacific Air Traffic Flow Management System, and to realize a more flexible local approach to the sharing of airspace by civil and military operators.”

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Egyptian Ministerial event drives new consensus on Africa and Middle East aviation security

A high-level Ministerial Conference on Aviation Security held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, this week has endorsed a new Africa and Middle East Aviation Security Roadmap to align future programmes and targets with ICAO’s new Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP).

In his address to the 27 attending Ministers and 35 Directors General of Civil Aviation, representing some 45 African and Middle Eastern Member States, ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stressed that ICAO’s new Global Aviation Security Plan sets out key priorities where ICAO, States, and others should now focus their urgent attention, resources and efforts, as well as corresponding actions at the global, national and local levels.

“ICAO recognized long ago that it is imperative that all States have optimized access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe, secure and reliable global connectivity,” he noted, “and more effective compliance with our global standards, policies and plans is the very first and most fundamental step on that journey.”

The main objective of the AFI and MID AVSEC Roadmap is to encourage and help guide the Africa and Middle East collaboration now needed. President Aliu therefore praised the commitments realized in Sharm El Sheikh as a critical first step which should be emulated worldwide as ICAO seeks similar commitments in aid of its coordinating efforts for global aviation security effectiveness and sustainability.

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ICAO and Nepal drive multilateral assistance effort to resolve aviation safety concerns

ICAO and Nepal have successfully partnered on resolving a Significant Safety Concern (SSC) in the Asia-Pacific State last month, following a comprehensive multilateral assistance effort coordinated under the UN agency’s No Country Left Behind initiative.

The aircraft operations SSC rectified through this cooperation was originally identified during a 2013 ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) mission. Nepal was prioritized for technical assistance by the ICAO Aviation Safety Implementation Assistance Partnership in 2015.

“By resolving this matter through coordinated capacity building, and with support from donor States and international organizations, ICAO and Nepal have helped to further improve the safety of Nepal’s operations,” remarked ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. “Our work under No Country Left Behind is specifically carried out so that States get the assistance and capacity building they need to achieve and benefit from ICAO-compliant global connectivity.”

The ICAO technical assistance project, launched in 2016, was implemented through a pre-agreed plan developed in conjunction with Nepal. Funding for the assistance programme was also collaborative, with local contributions being augmented by the ICAO Safety Fund (SAFE).

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Honeywell And Jordanian Aeronautical Systems Boost Engine Support Through Local Service Center

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has signed a license agreement with Jordanian Aeronautical Systems Co. to provide support services for Honeywell’s T53 series of engines. The turboshaft engine is best known for powering some of the world’s most iconic helicopters for over 50 years, including the Bell UH-1H Huey, Huey II and AH-1H Cobra, with a total of more than 62 million flight hours.

As the first dedicated T53 engine service center in the Middle East and Africa region, Jordanian Aeronautical Systems Co. (JAC) will provide both military and commercial operators with localized repair and maintenance options. The regional service center will provide a reliable, cost-effective and local option for operators looking for repair, maintenance and overhaul support in the Middle East and Africa region.

“As the Middle East and Africa region continues to grow, we recognize the need to offer a more accessible, regional repair and maintenance option,” said Mosab Alkubaisy, director Middle East and Africa, Honeywell Aerospace. “With the new Jordanian Aeronautical Systems service center, operators can have their T-53 engines repaired locally, which means quicker turnaround and less downtime so they can stay flying for longer.”

“In addition to the technical and practical benefits, we are investing in the local workforce and resources, which means reduced operational costs such as shipping,” said Ziad Abuain, CEO, Jordanian Aeronautical Systems Co. “By reducing operational costs, we can pass this benefit onto JAC customers, ensuring they get a better deal and can actively manage the repairs and maintenance for their T53 engine.”

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GCAA “The UAE will not only be the first country to allow operation of flying pilotless taxis, it also wants ‘the safest’

The UAE may be a small country but thanks to the vision of its leaders, the country has set its mark globally in many fields. Dubai is known as the home of the tallest building on earth. “Where is the largest shopping mall of the world” is an easy question to answer now. Some of the best-known global brands in aviation too are based in this country.

Keeping the same spirit alive, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the concept of ‘Dubai Air Taxi – a driverless flying car’ or ‘Autonomous Unmanned Air System Taxi’ in technical terms, which would fly the passengers from one place to another without needing any pilot. Dubai Air Taxi would become part of Dubai’s Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy, bringing eco-friendly and faster modes of transportation to the UAE. As expressed in the UAE newspapers in June 2017, RTA is hoping to start the trial flying by the end of the current year.

When the project is completed successfully, the operation of Dubai Air Taxi must be very safe and the level of safety required will only be achieved if robust regulations, mechanisms and systems are in place.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority says, “With the help of the adaptable and dynamic regulations, innovative mechanisms and systems from the GCAA that it provides to support its stakeholders. The UAE will not only be the first country to allow operation of flying pilotless taxis, it also will be a hub where such taxis are ‘the safest”.

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The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) reviews the role of institutional performance measurement in promoting job excellence

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) held a workshop entitled “Measuring Institutional Performance as part of the Governmental Excellence program” at the InterContinental Hotel Dubai from 6 to 8 August, in the presence of all representative groups of all the organizational units at the authority, where the number of attendance was 33 employees from all levels.

In his opening speech, Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi – GCAA Director General mentioned that excellence has become a deeply rooted culture and approach to work in all governmental and private sectors in the United Arab Emirates. The GCAA aims to further advance a culture of excellence among its employees and departments by adopting a set of measures and policies that create an integrated internal work environment that provides the best services to all customers using modern and innovative methods. This follows the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai: “in the race of excellence, there is no finish line”

Laila bin Hareb, Assistant General Manager of the Strategic and International Affairs Sector said that institutional performance is a result of both individual performance and collective performance in all parts of an organization. She also talked about the importance of periodic evaluation of this performance to set achievement standards and future goals.

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CAE launches cadet pilot training programme in partnership with European airline Volotea

CAE announced today the launch of its Madrid-based Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) pilot training programme in partnership with European low-cost carrier Volotea. Under the terms of the agreement, CAE will select, assess and train up to 50 new professional pilots over the next five years for the airline. CAE is currently recruiting cadets and aspiring pilots can apply now at www.caeoaa.com/Volotea.

Starting in the fall of 2017, the first group of Volotea's cadets will begin the EASA theoretical knowledge at CAE's training centre in Madrid, followed by flight training in Phoenix, AZ, USA and Oxford, UK, before returning to Madrid to complete Airbus A320 type-rating training. Upon successful completion of their training programme, graduates will be employed by Volotea, and will have experienced pilot training following the highest industry standards in three of CAE's global locations.

"At Volotea, we pride ourselves in delivering an outstanding and safe flight experience. We achieve this level of excellence by hiring and developing highly qualified personnel," said Carlos Muñoz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Volotea. "As we grew over the years, CAE has been an excellent partner, supporting our pilot sourcing and training needs. Mentoring a CAE cadet pilot training programme was thus the next logical step, having experienced first-hand the quality of pilots trained by CAE. As such, we are delighted to launch this new cadet pilot training programme with our training partner, and we are confident that CAE will train our future pilots in line with our mission."

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CAE grows its pilot training footprint in South East Asia with first full-flight simulator deployment in Indonesia

CAE announced today at the 2017 Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS) the expansion of its training footprint in South East Asia, through a collaboration with the Jakarta Aviation Training Centre (JATC). Through this collaboration, CAE will deploy its first-ever owned full-flight simulator (FFS) in Indonesia, supporting the growing pilot training needs of airline customers in the region, such as AirAsia Indonesia. The Airbus A320 FFS will be delivered to JATC's training facilities near Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in the Fall of 2017.

"With Asia-Pacific being one of the fastest-growing markets in commercial aviation, we are extremely proud to expand our training network with the deployment of our first-ever first full-flight simulator in Indonesia", said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "It is an honor to build on our relationship with JATC and to support the increasing pilot training needs of airline customers across the region".

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Cathay Pacific Group signs MOU for 32 A321neo aircraft

Cathay Pacific Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 32 A321neo single-aisle aircraft. The aircraft will be operated by Cathay Dragon, the regional carrier of the Group, on services linking its Hong Kong home base with destinations across Asia.

The new A321neo aircraft will replace and modernise Cathay Dragon’s current in-service fleet of 15 A320s and eight A321s, with the additional aircraft allowing the airline to capture growth opportunities in the region. The Cathay Dragon network currently covers 56 Asian destinations, including 28 in mainland China.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer and Cathay Dragon Chairman Rupert Hogg said: “The Airbus fleet has been serving Cathay Dragon well over the decades. With the A321neo we expect to benefit from a very significant increase in operating efficiency, while increasing capacity in the Cathay Dragon network in order to expand our reach to more customers.”

He added: “The intention to purchase these 32 environmentally-friendly aircraft will allow us to add new destinations to Cathay Dragon’s network, increase frequency on some of our most popular routes and expand our network in the region in order to provide more travel choices and convenience to our customers.”

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Singapore Airlines and CAE to establish flight training centre in Singapore

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture for pilot training in Singapore. The joint venture will initially focus primarily on providing simulator training for Boeing aircraft types, supporting SIA Group airlines and other operators' pilot training needs in the region.

The equally-owned joint venture centre will operate out of the Singapore Airlines Training Centre (STC) located near Changi Airport. SIA will initially transfer four of its full-flight Boeing aircraft simulators to the venture, while additional CAE-built training equipment will be acquired progressively. The training facility will provide a full range of initial type rating and recurrent training programmes for Boeing 737 MAX, 747, 777 and 787 aircraft types.

"The long-term prospects for the aviation sector are positive, and we are confident that the new flight training joint venture with CAE will further enhance Singapore's position as a leading aviation hub. With the SIA Group expanding its fleet to drive additional growth, the joint venture will help keep pace with our own training requirements as well as those of other airlines in the region. This investment with CAE, one of the world's leading civil aviation training organisations, is also in line with our push to drive revenue-generation from new adjacent businesses. Together with CAE's expertise, we are positive that it will be a leading training facility for Boeing aircraft types in the Asia-Pacific region," said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr. Goh Choon Phong.

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inter airport Europe 2017: Trend of the “interconnected airport” opens up new possibilities for the airport industry

The 21st International Exhibition for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design & Services, inter airport Europe, will take place from 10 – 13 October 2017 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. Just three months ahead of the show, with around 31,000 square metres of net exhibition space, the show has further grown in terms of stand space compared to the previous event. The trend currently driving innovation in the airport industry is the “interconnected airport”, which is therefore in the spotlight of this year’s show.

Three months ahead of the exhibition, around 620 exhibitors from 43 countries have already secured their stand space at the world’s leading airport exhibition. The most important exhibitor countries, besides Germany, are currently the USA, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, China and Switzerland. With around 31,000 square metres of net exhibition space, inter airport Europe has once again grown in terms of stand space compared to the previous event. Therefore, on even more floor space, exhibitors will present the most comprehensive range of equipment, technologies, design and services from all four exhibition categories: interRAMP (ground support equipment), interTERMINAL (technical terminal installations and services), interDATA (specialised hardware and software) and interDESIGN (architecture and furnishings). The latest solutions and equipment as well as innovative services for ground handling, terminal operations, airport IT and airport design are the main focus of inter airport Europe. This year, this is especially demonstrated through the new concept of the interconnected airport, which is currently an important topic in the airport industry.

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CADMOS successfully completes Factory Acceptance Test on Schedule

Cadmos Microsystems S.r.l. has successfully completed the Factory Acceptance Test on a large ISS Recording and Replay system that includes 177 recording units that are to be installed at the new Kuala Lumpur Area Control Centre (KL-ACC) in Malaysia.

ISS was selected by Leonardo S.p.A. which serves as the prime contractor for the delivery of a new ATC/ATM environment to the Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia (DCA). As part of that delivery Cadmos will supply its ISS to operate as the legal recording solution for both voice and “at-the-glass” display on each ATC Controller Working Position.

The Cadmos ISS is a suite of products that capture voice, data, and visual ATC information to record, store, synchronize and replay critical ATC information at the “click of a button”. ISS allows managers to request any information that has been recorded from any location on the network and play it in their own playback positions. Furthermore, investigators and 3rd party personnel can be delivered a read-only copy of the recorded data for investigation purposes. The suite is designed to meet ICAO SARPs requirements and has also been certified for ED137B protocol.

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim adds Challenger aircraft to managed fleet

Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between DC Aviation Group based in Germany and Al-Futtaim, has expanded its fleet under management with the addition of a Challenger 605 aircraft.

This brings the total number of aircraft under management to six including two Globals, three Challengers and a Falcon 7X.

The management contract will see DCAF provide a complete 360-degree service package from its facility at Al Maktoum International Airport including FBO handling, maintenance and air-conditioned hangar parking in addition to flight management, dispatch and Continued Airworthiness services.

Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim said: “Our facility offers the shortest distance from limousine drop-off to aircraft steps and the highest levels of privacy and safety all of which have been extremely appreciated and accepted by customers and operators.

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Air Arabia posts strong second quarter net profit of AED 158 million, up 21%

Air Arabia (PJSC) today announced strong financial results for the second quarter of this year ending June 30, 2017 as the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier continued to deliver robust and sustained performance.

Air Arabia’s financial results for the second quarter exceeded analysts’ expectations and registered a net profit of AED 158 million, an increase of 21 per cent compared to the AED 131 million reported for the same period last year. The company’s turnover for the second quarter of 2017 increased to AED 906 million, compared to AED 894 million in the corresponding period last year. Air Arabia served over 2.05 million passengers in the second quarter of 2017, while the average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – for the same quarter stood at an impressive 79 per cent.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia said: “Air Arabia’s strong second quarter financial performance is a testament to the carrier’s operational efficiency and robust growth strategy. Despite the continuous pressure on yield margins, which is driven by the market and the economic environment, Air Arabia managed to register a solid second quarter net profit backed by the carrier’s cost control measures, operational efficiency and combined with its momentum growth”.

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ARC Advisory Group names IFS leader in aerospace and defense EAM software for ninth consecutive year

August 4, 2017 - IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has today been confirmed as the number one vendor of enterprise asset management (EAM) software for the aerospace and defense (A&D) sector. This is the ninth consecutive year IFS has been named as the global market leader by the major research and advisory firm ARC Advisory Group.

The ARC “Enterprise Asset Management Global Market Research Study” found IFS has continued to increase its A&D market share, and now has a commanding market share lead over the next highest participant. These 2016 figures do not include the gains following the acquisition of the A&D maintenance management software provider Mxi Technologies that closed in January 2017.

IFS has a strong and growing customer base in aviation and defense that includes BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, SAAB, GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, HAL, Emirates, LATAM, Qantas, China Airlines, Air France-KLM, Southwest Airlines, and most recently PSA Airlines. The company’s partner ecosystem continues to grow in support of the A&D sector with Malaysia’s G7 Aerospace most recently joining the IFS Partner Network.

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