Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The $40 billion jet buying spree IndiGo's big bet

The $40 billion jet buying spree IndiGo's big bet

Almost four years ago a handful of people gathered in Airbus sales chief John Leahy's spacious country house outside Toulouse and argued long into the evening over curry and cigars.

Last weekend they met up again at a Parisian HOTEL FORmore haggling, with breaks taken at a nearby cafe where the informality of old business friendships mingled with hard nosed negotiations typical of the Aircraft industry.

The sum total of money discussed over these meals? About $40 billion at catalogue prices, and the bill was for 430 jets, all sold to the same Indian AIRLINE IndiGo, the low cost carrier which has grown to become the country's biggest airline in eight years of operating.

Represented according to insiders by co founder Rakesh Gangwal and President Aditya Ghosh, IndiGo has now made aircraft industry history twice in four years each time by placing record orders for Airbus planes, including last Wednesday's announcement that it will buy 250 A320neo jets.

and that the MODEL that made it the nation's only profitable carrier will keep working as competition intensifies.

IndiGo is showing us the level of confidence it has in its own SUSTAINABILITY, in the long-term growth of aviation and in the future performance of the Indian economy said Harsh Vardhan, chairman at Delhi based Starair Consulting.

AIRLINE industry executives are hoping India's weak economy will rebound under new Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the government will press for cuts to jet fuel tax and build more Airports, slashing costs and opening up new MARKETS.

Higher disposable incomes, an expanding middle class and rapid urbanisation have made India one of the world's fastest growing domestic aviation markets, where passenger numbers are expected to grow by more than 75 percent in the next six years to exceed 217 million.

According to Airbus executive vice-president and the president of its India operations Kiran Rao, optimism about growth in Indian aircraft demand is rising.

But few AIRLINES have translated that optimism into new orders on the scale of IndiGo's since most are losing money.

People are too focused on India’s negatives. IndiGo is aware of the challenges and it is adept at steering itself around them. That is how it became India's largest carrier,said one source familiar with the AIRLINE'S thinking.

There is, however, a great deal of optimism about the future within the airline and that comes right from the top.
Ghosh told Reuters last week India was a highly underpenetrated MARKET" and that a lot of the new planes would be for growth rather than replacing older aircraft.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MH370 May Not Be In Indian Ocean

MH370 May Not Be In Indian Ocean

There have been plenty of conspiracy theories about what happened to missing jet MH370 but now the respected head of one of the world's leading airlines says he believes the plane was not on autopilot at the end and may not even be in the Indian Ocean.

Emirates Airlines boss Sir Tim Clark made the controversial comments in an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel.

MH370 was, in my opinion, under control, probably until the very end,he said.

His theory goes against current thinking that the Aircraft was on auto Pilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

Our experience tells us that in water incidents, where the Aircraft has gone down, there is always something.

We have not seen a single thing that suggests categorically that this aircraft is where they say it is, apart from this so called electronic satellite handshake, which I question as well.

The plane that disappeared was a Boeing 777 and Emirates operates 127 such Aircraft, more than any other Airline.
Sir Tim said he was suspicious of the fact that no one seems to know where the plane ended up.
There hasn't been one over-water incident in the history of civil aviation apart from Amelia Earhart in 1939 that has not been at least 5 or 10% trackable.

But MH370 has simply disappeared. For me, that raises a degree of suspicion. I am totally dissatisfied with what has been coming out of all of this,he told the magazine.
Sir Tim called for more transparency in the investigation.

There is plenty of information out there, which we need to be far more forthright, transparent and candid about.
Every single second of that Flight needs to be examined up until it, theoretically, ended up in the Indian Ocean for which they still haven't found a trace, not even a seat cushion.
Australian Danica Weeks lost her husband Paul on the Flight.
In response to the comments from the respected airline chief she told Channel 9 news He's the man in the know so why aren't they talking to us? And what is all the silence about?

Earlier this week the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) said latest analysis suggested the Malaysia Airlines flight went into a slow left turn and spiralled into the Indian Ocean when its fuel ran out.
An interim report pointed investigators towards the southern section the current search zone.

"MH370 remains one of the great aviation mysteries. Personally, I have the concern that we will treat it as such and move on," the airline chief told Der Spiegel.
"At the most, it might then make an appearance on National Geographic as one of aviation's great mysteries," he said.
"We mustn't allow this to happen. We must know what caused that airplane to disappear."
The next phase of the operation to locate the plane has now begun following an extensive mapping process of the ocean floor.
It is seven months since the aircraft went missing with 239 people on board.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AIB Awaits Detailed Investigation on Crashed Associated Aviation Flight

AIB Awaits Detailed Investigation on Crashed Associated Aviation Flight

The Accident Investigation Bureau,Friday said that it was still waiting for more detailed Investigation on the engine of the crashed Embraer 120 operated by Associated Aviation Limited.

The Aircraft with registration number, 5N-BJY‎ Crashed on October 3, 2013 on take off at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos on its way to deliver the remains of  former Minister of Aviation and former Governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Agagu, to Akure, Ondo State.

The crash which killed 16 people was caused by pilot error, according to initial report by the Accident Investigation Bureau.

Commissioner of AIB, Dr. Felix Abali, said although Investigations into the crash had reached an advanced stage, the bureau was still waiting for the outcome of the engine teardown, including the Aircraft  propeller systems to be able to reach certain conclusions on the Investigations.

Abali who spoke at the one year anniversary of the crash in Abuja stated that the Aircraft components were sent to Canada and the United States of America to determine why the propeller went into auto feather during take off.

He said the Aircraft with 20 passengers on board experienced a power loss on the right engine propeller resulting in auto feathering Activation on takeoff from runway 19L of the Airport.

He stated that the purpose of the Investigation was to prevent Aviation Accident and incident, noting that it was not to apportion blame or liability.

In accordance with Annex 13 to the convention on International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident Investigation Regulations 2006, this is an interim statement being issued at the 1st anniversary of the accident to provide an update on the status of the investigation. The purpose of this investigation is to prevent aviation accident and incident, It is not to apportion blame or liability.

The Investigation has examined available factual, operational, and technical evidences to identify causal and contributory factors involved in the accident.

Investigative reviews of the engine tear down, especially the aircraft propeller systems are still ongoing in the USA to determine why the propeller of the right engine auto feathered on takeoff. Further test and research on selected components is still being carried out with engine and aircraft manufacturers. Safety issues associated with operations of the Airline at the time of the accident are being evaluated.

The draft final report is currently in progress in accordance with ICAO annex 13 and will be released as soon as the Investigation report is completed.

Abali recalled that the bureau had earlier released a preliminary report based on the initial readout and analysis of Flight 361’s Flight recorders recovered from the crashed Aircraft, which revealed loss of thrust on the right engine on take off.

He said investigations had also been examining areas of focus highlighted in the preliminary report stating that it included mechanical and electronic engine control issues related to the Right engine and Right engine propeller systems, aural warnings related to auto feather and the flap settings required for takeoff and take off configuration issues with respect to flap settings.
He stated that Airline management’s safety culture fostered throughout the Airline is also being Investigated.

Investigation has also been examining areas of focus highlighted in the preliminary report. These include mechanical and electronic engine control issues related to the Right engine and Right engine propeller systems, aural warnings related to auto feather and the flap settings required for takeoff and take off configuration issues with respect to flap settings.

Others are crew decision making and training with respect to proceeding with the flight despite concerns regarding the aircraft’s suitability for flight, when and how the number two engine fire handle was pulled, standard operating procedures with respect to continuing the take-off roll despite continuous automated voice warnings of both take off flaps and auto feather when there was ample time to abort the take off, he said.

Also being examined is the airline management’s safety culture fostered throughout the Airline.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Security Expert Raises Issues of Satcom Vulnerabilities

Security Expert Raises Issues of Satcom Vulnerabilities

Satellite communications systems have security vulnerabilities that may allow hackers to gain access to Aircraft systems, according to cyber security expert Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant at IOActive Security Services, speaking at the Black Hat USA conference early last month. Santamarta and IOActive published a white paper that discusses security vulnerabilities in Air, sea and land satcom systems, including systems made by Cobham (formerly Thrane & Thrane) and Iridium. Today we are disclosing those details to help people verify those findings Santamarta explained.

Santamarta showed how he was able to gain access to satellite data units (SDU) and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcoms through so called backdoors and hard coded credentials in firmware. If we can compromise the SDU,he said, we can access the MCDU multipurpose control display unit through the Arinc 429 bus. We can finally reach a critical device in the cockpit.

While everyone in Aviation should take security seriously, this particular situation is not a concern, according to Ken Bantoft, v p of satcom technology and development at service provider Satcom Direct. A satcom connected to the 429 bus has read only access to the bus, to provide position information to steer the satcom antenna. You cannot inject data, he said. Transmit and receive [functions] are on independent buses. At worst you know where you are.

There are two parts to security,he added. There’s the security of the equipment. We make recommendations. We educate our customers and make sure they’re informed about good security practices. But they’re ultimately responsible. Second, we are responsible for our infrastructure. 

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