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Monthly Archives: June 2019

Watch How IAF Pilot Survived Bird-hit in Miraculous Escape

The young pilot assessed the situation in seconds, jettisoned two additional fuel drop tanks and CBLS Pods as per Standard Operating Procedure and safely landed the aircraft.

New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot yesterday narrowly escaped an accident, showing his professionalism and quick thinking, after the Jaguar aircraft encountered a flock of birds immediately after the take-off.

On Thursday morning, the Jaguar aircraft, loaded with two additional fuel drop tanks and Carrier Bomb Light Stores (CBLS) pods, took off from AFS Ambala for a training mission.

Immediately after the take-off, the aircraft encountered a flock of birds and the bird hit resulted in the failure of one of its engines.

Despite most serious emergencies staring in his face, the young pilot assessed the situation in seconds, jettisoned two additional fuel drop tanks and CBLS Pods as per Standard Operating Procedure and safely landed the aircraft.

The IAF tweeted the video from its official handle and said that the actions of the young pilot bear testimony to the highest professional standards of the IAF because of extensive operational training.

“The professionalism and quick thinking by the pilot not only saved a war waging asset but also the lives of many civilians in the area adjoining the airfield,” IAF said.

Hinduja-Etihad consortium gearing up for Jet Airways IBC bid; Tata’s, Qatar Airways in exploratory mode

After failed negotiations earlier with multiple suitors, the SBI-led consortium decided to take Jet Airways to the bankruptcy court on June 17 and on June 20, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) admitted the insolvency petition.

A consortium of diversified conglomerate Hinduja Group & Etihad Airways is all set to join the race for Jet Airways and bid for the debt-ridden grounded carrier under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), four independent sources with knowledge of the matter told Moneycontrol.

The Tata Group is currently exploring the possibility of a potential bid but hasn’t taken a final call yet. Qatar Airways is also in exploratory mode and may join the fray if it finds a suitable domestic partner, these sources added.

Earlier on June 28 that the employee consortium had joined hands with London-based AdiAgro Aviation to bid for 75 percent in the airline through the IBC process. AdiGro Aviation Founder Sanjay Viswanathan said the consortium will bid for 75 percent stake, of which the London-based firm will take 49 percent, and the rest will be with the employees’ consortium. There is a 49 percent cap on FDI in the aviation sector.

“The Hinduja Group & Etihad Airways are extremely keen to participate in the IBC process and have reached out to the interim resolution professional in this regard,” said one of the sources cited above. Etihad holds a 24 percent stake in Jet Airways and based on exchange filings is not classified as part of the promoter group of the airline and falls in the public shareholder category.

“The Tata group is evaluating its options currently and is working internally on a fresh business plan for the IBC process but nothing has been firmed up as yet and this may not necessarily fructify into an eventual bid. Plus, these are early days and the details of the EoI( expressions of interest) are not known.  But if Vistara, the joint venture airline of the Tata group and Singapore Airlines opts for the inorganic route as compared to the organic route, there will be a big difference in its growth prospects,” a third source told.

“Qatar Airways, the Middle East carrier is keen on the international slots of Jet Airways and may participate if it finalizes a domestic partner and once the EoIs or expressions of interest are invited by the resolution professional,” according to the fourth source.

Ashish Chhawchharia of Grant Thornton was picked by the SBI-led consortium as the resolution professional.

So what does a prospective bidder for Jet Airways get today?

“The slots of Jet Airways have been distributed temporarily on a rollover basis of 3 months to its peers and the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) can exercise its right to get the slots back. Jet Airways has physical possession of five aircraft’s left along with its DGCA registered licence, plus the brand may have eroded but still echoes strongly with flyers,” another source added.

According to a report by Elara Capital released earlier this week, SpiceJet won 43 percent of Jet Airways slots in the March-June period at Mumbai and Delhi airports, followed by IndiGo (32 percent), GoAir (13 percent), Vistara (7 percent) and AirAsia India (4 percent).

Bidders keen on stressed assets under the IBC have several advantages as compared to an M&A situation outside the code. ” An IBC process offers several advantages to a bidder. First, you do not need to individually negotiate with each stakeholder. An approved resolution plan is binding on all stakeholders. Second, you can whitewash all unknown past liabilities through the plan. Third, you can restructure the existing equity faster. And finally, de-listing a company under IBC is a much easier process,” says Sudip Mahapatra, Partner at law firm S&R Associates.

After failed negotiations earlier with multiple suitors, the SBI-led consortium decided to take Jet Airways to the bankruptcy court on June 17 and on June 20, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) admitted the insolvency petition. The tribunal also directed the interim resolution professional to submit fortnightly status reports on the account and try and complete the resolution process in three months citing “national importance”.

Jet Airways has liabilities of around Rs 25,000 crores including debt and salary arrears.

In response to email queries, an Etihad spokesperson said, ” Etihad Airways has worked consistently to find a solution which would enable Jet Airways to be reactivated as a viable entity. We will continue to constructively evaluate participation in potential solutions. “

A Tata Group spokesperson said, “we do not comment on market speculations.” Awaiting a response from Hinduja Group and Qatar Airways and has sent reminders. This article will be updated as soon as it hears from them.

DGCA likely to be digitised

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has won a mandate from India’s civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to digitise its daily operations.

As part of National Civil Aviation Policy (2017), it was planned that the aviation regulator’s daily functioning will be digitised. The project is named as E-Governance for Civil Aviation (eGCA).

The aviation regulator had called for the purpose in 2018. The project envisages online service delivery, automation of systems, processes at the back-end and implementation of required IT infrastructure and service delivery framework, DGCA said.

“TCS has won the mandate for online transformation of workings of DGCA. The scope of work is huge-basically digitising entire functioning of the DGCA so that no airlines, airport operators and other stakeholders do need to visit DGCA for their work,” said an official aware of the development.

“Currently, the stakeholders view DGCA in terms of directorates and not as a single entity. For example, an airline operator deals with Air Safety Directorate, Air Transport Directorate and Flight Standards Directorate independently and as separate entity. eGCA envisages that the platform allows stakeholders to access all services holistically as a single window rather than accessing services through multiple windows. It is envisaged that stakeholders, for any service, view DGCA as a single entity rather than directorate level view,” the official said.

The entire work will be completed in two years, which will include digitising licensing pilots and crews, surveillance, reports of safety audit.

“TCS has been asked to digitise those process first for which airlines and common people have to visit the office often. In the second step, internal office work and files will be digitised,” the official said.

“Commercial pilots complained of making multiple visits to the DGCA office in New Delhi either for renewing their licences or for any other work, resulting in unnecessary commute and stay in the national capital. Given the dissatisfaction among fliers over airline customer service, such a facility will also help in addressing their grievances,” the official added.

IAF Jaguar jet suffers bird hit, lands safely in Ambala

AMBALA: An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar jet suffered a technical glitch after one of its engines failed following bird hit on Thursday morning. The pilot jettisoned fuel tanks of the aircraft and managed to land it back safely at Ambala Air Force Station base.

Small practice bombs jettisoned by the jet has also been recovered.

Initial reports elaborated on a loud explosion near the residential area and airforce base wall. Eyewitnesses also observed something falling from the aircraft. Billows of black smoke immediately spread around the area. Ambulance, fire brigade, and Air Force officers rushed to the scene. 

A search operation has been initiated in the residential areas by Air Force officials and local police.

Calendar of Upcoming International Events Flight Safety

BlazeTech Aircraft Fire Hazards, Protection and Investigation – Course

July 9 to 11, 2019Woburn, MAwww.blazetech.com

APSCON 2019 

Omaha, NEJuly 15 – 20https://publicsafetyaviation.org/events/apscon-2019-omaha-ne

ERAU System Safety Engineering and Certification Short-Course Jul. 16-18, 2019http://proed.erau.edu/courses/system-safety-engineering-and-certification/
The U.S. Helicopter Team (USHST) annual meeting – 2019.

Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, California
14 – 15 August 2019. 

ISASI – 2009

3-5 September 2019
The Hague The Netherlands 

AViCON Aviation Insurance Conference – 2019

Hosted by RTI – co-sponsored by DRI, The Voice of The Defense BarSeptember 12-13, 2019 
Annapolis, MD

Aircraft Cabin Air Conference

17 – 18 September 2019
Imperial College London

The 3rd International Conference on Unruly Airline Passenger Behaviour, and Behavioural Analysis 2019

September 18-19, 2019
Heathrow, UK


September 22-24 2019Dubaiemail:  maya.elmerehby@emirates.com
2019 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Theme: Shining a light on safety – are we looking in the right places?October 1-3, 2019Dallas, TXwww.chcsafetyqualitysummit.com

University Aviation Association Annual Collegiate Aviation Conference & Expo

October 2-4, 2019 Memphis, TNhttps://www.uaa.aero/2019_collegiate_aviation_confe.php

ICSC-ISATECH Conference9-11 October 2019https://www.icsc-isatech.com/

14th Safeskies Aviation Safety Conference

Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Australia, 
16 and 17 October 2019


October 22-24, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Bombardier sells CRJ program to Mitsubishi

Bombardier has entered into a definitive agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries regarding the sale of the CRJ regional aircraft program for $550 million.

Under the agreement, announced on June 25, 2019, the Japanese manufacturer will acquire maintenance, support, upgrade, marketing and sales activities for the CRJ Series aircraft, also including service and support network activities located in Montreal and Toronto, as well as in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Tucson, Arizona. Mitsubishi will also take over liabilities amounting to approximately $200 million.

Bombardier will keep the CRJ production facility in Mirabel, Québec, and should continue to supply components and spare parts and build CRJ aircraft from the current order book on behalf of Mitsubishi. According to the Canadian manufacturer, CRJ production is expected to conclude in the second half of 2020, following the delivery of the current backlog of aircraft.

The sale of the CRJ program means that in a little bit more than a year, Bombardier has almost completely withdrawn from commercial aviation industry. Indeed, on June 8, 2018, the company sold the majority of its shares in the CSeries program to Airbus, which since renamed the aircraft A220. In November 2018, Viking Air, which had previously acquired Bombardier’s Amphibious Aircraft program in 2016, took over the Q400 for $300 million.

On October 19, 2018, Bombardier sued Mitsubishi Aircraft in the United States, accusing the Japanese company of illegally acquiring some secret documents by hiring former employees of the Canadian plane maker. The Japanese manufacturer counterattacked with its own legal action accusing its Canadian competitor of wanting to delay or even prevent the development and certification of its regional aircraft, the MRJ.

Indian airlines to avoid Iranian airspace, will re-route flights: DGCA

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Amid rising geopolitical tensions between the US and Iran, India’s aviation regulator DGCA Saturday said Indian airlines have decided to avoid the “affected part of the Iranian airspace” and reroute their flight “suitably”.

NEW DELHI: Amid rising geopolitical tensions between the US and Iran, India’s aviation regulator DGCA Saturday said Indian airlines have decided to avoid the “affected part of the Iranian airspace” and reroute their flight “suitably”.

On Friday, the American aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating “in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region until further notice, due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions”.

“All Indian operators in consultation with DGCA have decided to avoid the affected part of Iranian Airspace to ensure safe travel for the passengers. They will re-route flights suitably,” the DGCA said on Twitter.

On Thursday, Iran shot down a US military drone in its airspace, following which the FAA had warned that there is a possibility that commercial aircraft can be mistakenly targeted in Iranian airspace.

Consequently, major airlines around the world have already rerouted their aircraft.

Man tries to open IndiGo plane door mid-air, forces emergency landing

A Guwahati-bound IndiGo flight from Hyderabad was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday at Bhubaneswar airport this morning after a “mentally-unstable” passenger created a mid-air ruckus, officials said.

Airport officials at the Biju Patnaik airport said soon after the IndiGo flight 6E 462 left Hyderabad at 4:50 am, a 20-year-old passenger named Irshad Ali started creating a ruckus.

“Ali attempted to open the aircraft door during flight, creating a mid-air scare. With the help of a few passengers and his co-passenger Abdul Karim, he was somehow restrained. The flight was then diverted to Bhubaneswar, where it landed at 6:10 am,” said airport director SC Hota.

The man was headed to Guwahati as his mother had passed away.

Ali, who reportedly owns an ice-cream parlor in Guwahati, was handed over to the police in Bhubaneswar and later sent to Capital Hospital for a check-up.

The flight took-off for Guwahati at 7:13 am.

IndiGo says rules not followed in allocating Jet Airways’ routes

Giving permission to Indian carriers to fly abroad on routes that Jet Airways flew before it temporarily shut operations on April 17 has run into trouble with IndiGo expressing “dissatisfaction” with the allocations. The Delhi-based low-cost airline has said that proper procedures were not followed in allocating Jet’s routes to the other airlines.

Sources said that IndiGo has written to the Ministry of Civil Aviation saying that the allocations have been done in an arbitrary manner.

While many in the industry say that the allocation of Jet’s international flying rights to other airlines has been done on the basis of how many flights an airline operates in the domestic skies and how many more aircraft it is planning to induct, IndiGo has contested this point. The government is clear that international flying rights for Indian carriers should not be at the cost of domestic air connectivity.

Meanwhile, Vistara will start its international operations in September-October. The airline has been given permission to operate 28 weekly flights, including a daily service from India to Bangkok and Dubai and 14 services a week from India to Singapore. IndiGo has been allowed to operate 84 additional international flights a week and is likely to launch additional flights linking Bangkok, Dubai, Doha, Dhaka and Kuwait.

When contacted both Vistara and IndiGo declined to comment.

SpiceJet is said to have been allowed to operate an additional 77 weekly international flights while GoAir is said to have been allowed to operate over 30 more weekly international flights.

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