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16.04.2009 E-Jets on five continents part of airframer's lightning study

A batch of Embraer E-Jets in operation at 10 airlines from around the world are the focus of a 10-year simultaneous study by the airframer to determine the effects of aging and environment on the high intensity radiated fields (HIRF) and lightning protection features of the aircraft.
The programme, which began last year and is expected to be concluded by 2017, involves inspections and regular checks on a sampling of ten aircraft - five E-170s and five E-190s, reveals Embraer.

15.04.2009 The 'great airport race' tests Edmonton's two airports

EDMONTON - Time is money and shutting down the City Centre Airport will cost Edmonton businesses and taxpayers several million dollars each year, says an organization fighting to keep the downtown airport open.
To prove its point, the Alberta Enterprise Group organized a media event called The Great Airport Race, which critics said did little to provide facts for the debate over the municipal airport's future.
The AEG sent two groups of reporters on two different round-trips meant to simulate typical business trips. 

15.04.2009 Brazilian Air Force signs deal launching Embraer KC-390 tanker-transport

Embraer today launched a jet-powered military tanker-transport with a new contract from the Brazilian Air Force signed on the opening day of the Latin American Aerospace and Defense (LAAD) exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.
The new aircraft, designated the KC-390, is derived from the E-190 passenger jet, but is substantially different. The military configuration include such major design changes as a high-wing, T-tail and aft ramp.  

14.04.2009 Should The Government Intervene More In The Airline Business?


Given the recession and continuing economic woes of the airline industry, is House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar, D-Minn., going in the wrong direction as he seeks to tighten foreign ownership limits and increase antitrust scrutiny of global airline alliances? Or can the airline industry be profitable and serve the interests of the traveling public without greater government intervention? 

14.04.2009 To Save Money, Airlines Grounding More Aircraft


The airline industry has always been a tough place to make money. Famed investor Warren Buffett has been quoted as saying that the industry as a whole hasn't made a profit in its 120-year history.

Aviation industry consultant Mo Garfinkle puts it this way: "How do you make $10 million in the airline business? You start out with a hundred million." 

14.04.2009 US Airlines May Cancel More Aircraft Orders


US airlines, which have already downsized, may be forced to defer or cancel more aircraft orders if the prolonged recession further erodes travel demand and continues to choke credit markets.

Experts say the possibility for more order modifications in the near future is growing. That's bad news for airlines in need of modern aircraft, and also for plane makers. 

10.04.2009 Aviation chiefs have launched a campaign against "laser louts" after a huge rise in incidents of pilots being distracted in flight.


Last Updated: 6:33PM BST 09 Apr 2009

The number of reported cases of lasers being maliciously directed at planes and helicopters rose from just 29 in 2007 to 206 last year, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said. 

08.04.2009 Private Sky predicts further growth for managed fleet

April 1, 2009:

Ireland's Private Sky, which has added a Hawker 800XP based at Belfast's Aldergrove airport and a Hawker 900XP to its managed fleet, believes its traditionally competitive pricing is standing it in good stead. The company, formerly Airlink Airways, anticipates its management fleet will expand despite the economic downturn. "However," Andrew Shubotham points out, "this will depend on our clients' decisions." 

08.04.2009 DC Aviation negotiates with airline to develop vip charter operation

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08.04.2009 Luton Airport is to become the first UK airport to charge drivers for dropping passengers off at the terminal.


By David Millward, Transport Editor
Last Updated: 7:11AM BST 08 Apr 2009

Motorists will have to pay £1, which will allow them to spend just 10 minutes in the refurbished drop off zone.