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Brussels Attacks, Facts So Far

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This has been a heartbreaking morning in Europe with news of the attacks on Brussels Airport and the Brussels Metro Station.

I only have words to express solidarity with the people of Belgium, and my deepest condolences to all affected.

ESA Picks Inmarsat to Develop New ATM Infrastructure in EU, Alitalia First Airline Partner

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Through a joint initiative, Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) will optimise the airspace and airport capacity in Europe, reducing flight times, aircraft fuel burn, and associated CO2 emissions.

Dubbed the Iris Service Evolution program, Inmarsat will head a consortium of more than 30 companies across the aviation industry who will collaborate to develop a technical, commercial and operational roadmap for Europe’s long-term air traffic communications demand.

Alitalia is the official airline partner of the newly created Iris consortium.

Put Those E-Cigarettes Out and Forget About Vaping Says DOT

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The Department of Transportation has now issued a formal ban on the usage and carriage of e-cigarettes on commercial and some chartered flights.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the final rule today which will apply “to all scheduled flights of U.S. and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to, and from the U.S.,” the USDOT writes.

29 Leaps in Aviation Over the Past Year

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Aviation works every day at getting better. Sometimes it succeeds and other times, well..it takes a leap backwards.

In honour of leap-day, I thought we could review some of the many leaps aviation has taken over the past year.

Perhaps these will inspire and encourage more innovation and improvement in future.

Thailand Must “Address Critical Safety” and “Shore-Up Competitiveness”, IATA Warns

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the Thai government to address critical issues of safety, capacity and costs. “Aviation is critical to Thailand’s economic success. It is the backbone of the tourism industry and provides critical global business links,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “We… 

Alitalia Reports Laser Strike on Pontiff’s Plane

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Alitalia has issued a statement of an incident of laser interference with flight crew on the aircraft carrying Pope Francis during his mission to Mexico.

Crew on flight AZ4000 reported on Friday 12 February, that during the landing phase of flight at Mexico City Airport, they were flashed by a laser light pointed at the aircraft. The Airbus A330 was transporting the Pontiff Havana to Mexico City.

FAA Signs Milestone Collaborative Agreement with CAAS at Singapore Air Show

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In a meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) aviation leaders during the Singapore Airshow, FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, has signed a milestone Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP) agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). This is a first of its kind agreement in Asia and, the FAA states, “will set the standard… 

How S7 Helped OK Go Make Maybe the Best Safety Video in the History of Ever

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Like nearly everyone else on the planet connected to the internet (actually nearly 33 Million out of over 3 Billion, but who’s doing the maths?), I was tossed for a spin by the wonderful new OK Go “Upside Down & Inside Out” music video filmed with help from Russian carrier S7 Airlines. When I… 

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