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There are interesting aviation news on airshows, certification of business jet aircrafts and world air news round up and many other activities in the September article.


Avex Show to Highlight Aircraft Customization.

This air show will be held in Cairo in November 2010 and will highlight a growing trend in North Africa and the Middle East –the customization of aircraft-by organizing an event called “Custom Jet Show” which will focus on a wide range of aircraft customizations and innovations.

The idea behind Avex International air show is to showcase how aircraft cabins can be converted from the “ordinary “albeit luxurious into super-luxurious and right up to “flying palaces”.

“We have uncovered a high degree of enthusiasm from business jet owners and operators who want to showcase their customized aircraft and learn more about what has become an entire industry sector dedicated to refurbishing and customizing aircraft interiors as well as exteriors this were the remarks by Avex  International  air show director, Nicholas Watson. He went a head to say “Aircraft customization is becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East and Africa region, where owners want to create an aircraft that suits their personal or their client’s tastes. By using an existing aviation platform-AVEX –the Custom Jet Show taps into this growing market and provides an opportunity for participants to harness its potential”.

While the recent global economic crisis has without a doubt short-circuited growth in aviation markets across the world, the proverbial silver lining is now on the horizon.

Boeings current market outlook (CMO) which was published recently, predicts passenger traffic volumes will rise at an average rate of 5.3% in the period 2010-1029, with new aircraft demand expected to nearly double to more than 36000 in 2029.With 3050 new aircrafts added to the existing AFRICAN AND Middle East fleets during this period indeed it has contributed significantly to this recovery.

Due to demand for private aircraft increases in this region, so does the demand for aircraft interior and exterior customizations is needed for passenger comfort.

This multi-billion dollar global industry spans a range of sectors, from bespoke interiors and personalized aircraft liveries, in-flight entertainment and onboard connectivity, to fully equipped bathrooms and kitchens with the capacity to prepare restaurant quality food in-flight.

To be held concurrently with AVEX,the Custom Jet Shows format will consist of two exhibition days-November 7 and 8 –and the Custom Jet Show Awards, which will honor outstanding achievements in the categories of ‘Exteriors and Aircraft Livery’ and ‘Passenger Experience’. The awards will be held on the evening of November 8, 2010.


Falcon 900LX Gets Dual Certification.

The Falcon 900LX with a range of 4,750 nautical miles a member of the newest Falcon Family received certification from both the EASA and FAA.

The large cabin Falcon 900LX is based on the Falcon 900EX, with enhanced performance and economy. The Falcon 900LX burns 35% to 40% less fuel than other aircraft in its class thanks to advanced light weight structures, an extremely efficient wing as well as Aviation partners blended winglets.At its maximum take off weight (MTOW) ,the Falcon 900LX climbs to FL390 (39,000 feet)in just 20 minutes.

The rigorous flight test programs me, which began in October 2009, was recently completed and confirmed improvements in handling and performance.

The critical defects evaluated during the flight tests are, stalls at various speed configurations, flights in icing conditions, maximum operating speed, as well as simulated system failures and aircraft fuel consumption. In all 215 flight hours were flown on two different aircraft during the testing campaign, including 34 flights with certification authorities.

World  Air News Round  Up

(a) A 400M Wing Passes Critical Test

The highly advanced all-composite wing of the Airbus Military A40M has passed the ultimate-load up-bend test-the critical static test required for certification.

During the test the wing was subjected to a load equal to 150% of the maximum bending load(limit load) predicted to be encountered in service.

The wingtips of the full-size A40M static test specimen moved upwards 1, 41 meters (4,6feet) during the test which was completed at Airbus Military’s Getafe, Madrid facility recently.

(b) G450 Sets Speed Record

A long-range Gulfstream G450 business jet recently established a city-pair speed record between Toyo and Hong Kong.

The G450 took off from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and flew the 1694 nautical mile distance at an average cruise speed of Mach 0,85, landing three hours and 58 minutes later at Hong Kong International Airport.

( c)  Cathay  Orders 30  A350 XWBs.

Cathy Pacific Airways has selected the all-new A350 XWB to form the backbone of its future mid-size wide-body fleet, following the signature of a Letter Of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the order of 30 aircraft.

The airline has selected the A350-900 variant of the aircraft, which is capable of flying over 8000 nautical miles non-stop.

( d)  Comair Expands African Network.

Comair, operator of British Airways in South Africa and KULULA.COM, IS AGAIN EXPANDING ITS Africa route network, and from November will offer five return flights per week between Johannesburg and Daresaalam, in Tanzania.

British Airways will be operating the new route and the flights will also be integrated and sold through the distribution network.

(e) Air Ambulance in Malta

An air ambulance service, Medilink, has launched operations based on Malta with Simon Camilier as its chief executive officer.

Medilink knows the North African market very well, having been involved in medevac transport for the past 15 years. During a press conference, Camilleri explained that the air ambulance operation was a natural step for the company, since it had vast experience, operating in harsh environments.

The company has initially leased a Beech craft B200 Super King Air which has accommodation for two stretcher cases and can carry up to four passengers, including a doctor and a nurse. Twenty-four local paramedics have been trained to work on this first Medilink air ambulance.

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International News Pentagon declines to identify downed aircraft type

International News Pentagon declines to identify downed aircraft type:
Date December 07 , 2011
US officials have been tight-lipped about Iranian claims that its military downed an RQ-170. 
The unmanned US drone Iran said on Sunday it had captured was programmed to automatically return to base even if its data link was lost, one key reason that U.S. officials say the drone likely malfunctioned and was not downed by Iranian electronic warfare.
US officials have been tight-lipped about Iranian claims that its military downed an RQ-170 unmanned spy plane, a radar-evading, wedge-shaped aircraft dubbed “the Beast of Kandahar” after its initial sighting in southern Afghanistan.
The U.S.-led NATO mission in Afghanistan said the Iranians might be referring to an unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that disappeared on a flight in western Afghanistan late last week. But they declined to say what type of drone was involved.
A U.S. government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the plane was on a CIA mission. The CIA and Pentagon both declined to comment on the issue.
The incident came at a time of rising tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran s nuclear program. The United States and other Western nations tightened sanctions on Iran last week and Britain withdrew its diplomatic staff from Tehran after hard-line youths stormed two diplomatic compounds.
The United States has not ruled out military action against Iran s nuclear facilities if diplomacy fails to resolve a dispute over the program, which Washington believes is aimed at developing atomic weapons.
The RQ-170 Sentinel, built by Lockheed Martin , was first acknowledged by the US.Air Force in December 2009. It has a full-motion video sensor that was used this year by US.intelligence to monitor al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden s compound in Pakistan ahead of the raid that killed him.
Former and current military officials familiar with the
Sentinel said they were skeptical about Iranian media reports that Iran s military brought down one of the drones in eastern Iran, especially since Tehran has not released any pictures of the plane.
The aircraft is flown remotely by pilots based in the United States, but is also programmed to autonomously fly back to the base it departed from if its data link with U.S.-based pilots is lost, according to defense analyst Loren Thompson, who is a consultant for Lockheed and other companies.
Other unmanned aircraft have a similar capability, including General Atomics  Predator drone, industry sources said. The fact that the plane did not return to its base suggests a “catastrophic” technical malfunction, agreed one industry executive familiar with the operation and programming of unmanned aerial vehicles.
US officials say they always worry about the possibility of sensitive military technologies falling into the hands of other countries or terrorist groups, one reason U.S. planes quickly destroyed a stealthy helicopter that was damaged duringthe bin Laden raid in Pakistan.
Many classified weapons systems have self-destruction capabilities that can be activated if they fall into enemy hands but it was not immediately clear if that was the case this time.
In this case, the design of the plane and the fact that it had special coatings that made it nearly invisible to radar were already well documented. If it survived a crash, all on-board computer equipment was heavily encrypted.
Lockheed confirmed that it makes the RQ-170 drone, which came out of its secretive Skunk Works facility in southern California, but referred all questions about the current incident to
Thompson and several current and former defense officials said they doubted Iranian claims to have shot the aircraft down because of its stealthy features and ability to operate at relatively high altitudes.
Iran was also unlikely to have jammed its flight controls because that system is highly
“The U.S. Air Force has experienced declining attrition rates with most of its unmanned aircraft. However this is a relatively new aircraft and there aren t many in the fleet, which means that malfunctions and mistakes are more likely to occur,” Thompson said.
One former defense official familiar with the RQ-170 and other unmanned aircraft said he “absolutely” agreed that the aircraft was not lost due to any action by Iran.
Exact details about the drone remain classified but industry insiders say the plane flies at around 50,000 feet and may have a wing span of up to 90 feet. Its shape harkens back to the batwing design of the radar-evading B-2 bomber.


Flight News On Aircrafts,Airlines And African Round Up News In Air Transport

Air news for new aircrafts being manufacutered, airlines opening new rounds are all in the October 2010 article.

Aerial Surveillance Economy Package

The TECNA PT2000T four-seater was first flown in 2007 and is powered by two 100 shp Rot ax piston engines. Recently, the first PT2000T for a UK customer was delivered.

Last October, Airborne Technologies Gmbh and Tacna s.r.I announced the rollout of a multi-mission variant that has a maximum payload capability of 385 kg. It is claimed that this innovative solution for high-end airborne surveillance provides a new spectrum of possibilities for a much wider range of end-users than ever before.

Airborne Technologies is an Australian private limited company based at Wiener Neustadt Airport. It owns and operates a fleet of multi-mission aircraft/data processing systems for remote sensing applications and delivers fully certificated special service platforms.

Currently there is a growing global demand for surveillance but at a time when many budgets are constrained .The Tecnam MMA (Muti-mission aircraft) is offered as an effective and affordable entry into the world of airborne special entry into the world of airborne special services for government, intra-government and private organizations.

In July, the maximum take off weight (MTOW) was increased. This brings more flexibility to the aircraft operator and the sensor platform, with a flight endurance of more than five hours. In addition, the overhaul time for the multi-fuel Rotax engines was extended, from 1500 hours to 2000 hours.

Recently, a methane gas sensor was fitted for the first time on a fixed wing aircraft. Airborne Technologies completed the integration of the ALMA G2 (Airborne Laser Methane Assessment Gen 2) gas leak detection sensor into their fleet of multi-mission aircraft. The sensor, previously proven on helicopter applications, was installed and fully European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certificated on a fixed wing aircraft for providing pipeline surveillance in an efficient, economical, safe and accurate way. All detections are geo-referenced and recorded with a digital video camera.

Typically, the aircraft carries a retractable L-3 MX10 or FLIR Ultra force 350 electro-optic turret, together with HF comms, SATCOM and provision for belly mounted survey cameras.

Air Arabia Selects Thales

Arabia Arabia, based in Sharjah (UAE), has selected Thales to supply a large avionics package including flight management systems (FMS), and traffic, terrain and transponder collision avoidance system (T3CAS) for its 44 new A320 aircraft.

The new aircraft will be delivered with Release 1A, anew software version for the Topflight FMS certified on the Airbus A320 Family.

It brings new approach capabilities such as required navigation performance with authorization required capacity (RNP AR down to RNP 0.1) or GNSS landing system (GLS) along with unique functionality on the A320 and A330/340 families like FMS landing system.

Existing features like the multi-revision temporary flight plan with undo function and an enhanced intuitive display system remains unique to Thales on those aircraft families.

African Airlines News

New Destinations

Kenya Airways will open up seven new Southern African and international routes by year-end.

Luanda becomes the carrier’s 50th destination with feasibility studies being conducted on services to Nampula, Jeddah, Rome and Ouagadougou. The carrier has also added a single former KLM Boeing 737-300 narrow body and Boeing 767-300ER wide body to its fleet.

Twin Jet Lease

Wimbi Dira has released a single MD-83 from Spanish carrier Swift Air for passenger services.

Angolan “80”

ServisAir has added a former Alitalia operated MD82 to its fleet of aircrafts.

Gabon Airbus

Gabon Airlines has taken delivery of an Airbus A340-300 for its long haul international operations.

Arabia Egypt.

Air Arabia Egypt has taken delivery of the first of several Airbus A320 aircraft and started scheduled services to the Middle East, European and North Africa.

New Name

Air Nigeria is the new operating name for Virgin Nigeria. The company had rebranded itself as Nigerian Eagle for a while but did not have the rights to use this name prompting a name change.

Final Farewell

South African airways have announced that it would finally retire its remaining two Boeing 747-400s from the fleet during the course of this month. A third aircraft was also recently returned to its owners.

Fleet Renewal

SA Express is planning to renew its fleet with further details as to aircraft types and delivery dates likely to be made known early next year.

The fleet will include more 70-90 seat aircraft and will fit in with the carrier’s strategy of developing new routes including Dakar and Kigali. Meanwhile, the carrier recently added a third CRJ700 to its fleet to increase capacity.

Accelerated Delivery

In order to meet increased demand, EgyptAir has taken delivery of an Airbus A330-300 and will also take delivery of four Boeing 737-800s and two B777-300ERs by the end of the year.

The carrier is also looking at placing an order for either the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 for delivery as from 2014.

Whisper Jets Delivered

Africa Airline Investments has taken delivery of its fifth and last BAe-1446, a series 300, from an order placed with BAE Systems earlier this year.

Start-Up Carrier

Cronos Airlines is a newly established passenger, airline based in Equatorial Guinea. The company recently replaced its leases Embraer Brasilia turboprop with a BAE146-200 leased from Africa Airline Investments.

Chad BBJ

The Chad Government has brought a pre-owned Boeing Business Jet for its Presidential VIP flight.

Zimbabwean Fokker

Air Zimbabwe is leasing a single Fokker F28-400 from South Africa’s AirQUARIUS Aviation.

Ugandan CRJ

Air Uganda has taken delivery of an additional Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet.

Tunis Air Twinjet

Tunis Air is leasing an MD-83 narrow body jet from Spanish carrier SwifAir.

IRS Fokker

IRS Airlines continues its fleet expansion with the delivery of an additional Fokker 100.

Maputo Schedules

Low cost carrier, 1time, has started scheduled services to the Mozambican Capital Maputo. With the additional route to Maputo, it will now operate 11 routes and undertake in excess of 1300 flights in a month.

Nile Air Airborne

New Egyptian start-up passenger airline, Nile Air, has finally started operations, initially flying services on behalf of Libyan Arab airlines.

CAA Fokker 50

Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation (CAA) has taken delivery of an additional Fokker 50 turboprop as part of a fleet renewal program me.

ITAB Lease

ITAB has leased a SAB 340A to bolster its airline fleet capacity.

Daily Services

Qantas is now operating daily scheduled services between Syney and Johannesburg.


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Breaking News: Missing Airbus A330 Found in Atlantic Ocean

Two years after the mysterious missing of Air France Flight 447 – one of the safest planes on Earth, investigators from a joint Airbus- and Air France-funded sea search have found the wreckage of the plane’s fuselage at about 10,000 feet 4,000 meters deep into the sea of the Atlantic Ocean. Robot submarines discovered that the debris was scattered in “quite a compact area” underneath the surface of water. France’s Bureau of Investigations and Analysis (BEA) for civil aviation security said that some passengers’ bodies had also been found and others were still stuck to their seats.


The Air France Airbus A330-200 operating the flight AF-447 from Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) carried 216 passengers and 12 crew. The flight departed on May 31st, scheduled 11:15 hours flight time and should have landed at the Paris airport at 09:15 GMT. However, the plan was missing after four hours of flying. Brazilian officials and Air France officials said that they received the some signs of technical fault at the electric circuit from the pilots of the Airbus. The latest signal was sent when they were near the island of Fernando de Noronha which is between the city of Natal and the island of Ilha do Sal. All 228 passengers were killed in the tragic accident.


While the cause of the deadly crash remains as a mystery for investigators and airline officials, the plane’s black box (flight recorders) has not been found and located.

Robot submarines from France’s Bureau of Investigation and Analysis have captured the undersea pieces of the Airbus A330.

This is the undersea image of the plane’s engine.

The new findings have refused the theory that the plane smashed to pieces before hitting the sea.



This is the image of landing gear.

The wing is captured by the robot submarines.

The map shows the position of crushed plane in the Atlantic Ocean.

Right after the accident, search teams only found parts of the plane.



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