Thursday, June 25, 2015

US to manage Afghan Airspace till Mid-September

The United States will continue to manage Afghan Airspace and Air-Traffic control for another two-and-a-half months after its current contract expires at the end of June, according to an Afghan official.

The Airspace, a key air corridor between Europe and Asia, has been managed by the U.S.-led international military coalition or foreign companies paid by donor countries since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban regime.
But with the pullout from Afghanistan of international combat troops, responsibility and control of the Airspace was to transition to the Kabul government — a task authorities were unprepared for. That stirred fears that International Airlines would have to cancel flights both into the country and over its territory.

Now, a solution has been found, Mohammad Qassim Wafayezada, the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority's deputy director general on policy and planning, told The Associated Press late Tuesday.

The U.S. would continue to manage Afghan airspace till Sept. 16, which will allow for a smooth transition until a well-experienced international company takes over, Wafayezada said.

That company, which he declined to name, won the contract after a tender for the next two years. Paperwork is underway and the contract is to be signed soon, following negotiations over some more details.

"There is nothing to be worried over for now or the next two years," he said.

Qasim Rahimi, Civil Aviation Authority spokesman, said the company will work under Afghan government supervision. It will hire foreign experts, but also train and employ Afghan staff, something authorities had set as a condition during negotiations, Rahimi added.

There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials over the extension.

Air Traffic over Afghanistan, as well as to and from the Central Asian country, generates about $33 million a year, Wafayezada said in May. International Airlines that fly into the Afghan capital include the Dubai-based Emirates, Air India and Turkish Airlines. Many other Airlines fly over Afghanistan.

There are no flights to and from the European Union because the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority is not recognized by the bloc, which cannot certify it due to safety deficiencies.

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Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WWII Aviation buffs to honor Montana-Siberian Route

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, a group of Aviation enthusiasts are re-creating a key plane route.

Before the U.S. officially entered the war after the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Congress passed the Lend Lease Act of 1941. The law allowed the U.S. to supply allies with military Aircraft, ships and other equipment needed to fight Nazi Germany.

Great Falls became a hub for the route to Siberia, which supplied the Soviet Union with nearly 8,000 planes. The Alaska-Siberia Air Route operated from 1942-45 and planes were delivered to Great Falls, largely by Women's Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.

WWII vets gather for rare flyover of vintage planes celebrating V-E day Male Pilots of the 7th Ferrying Group and Male Military Pilots ferried the planes to Ladd Field in Air banks, where Soviet pilots met them and delivered the planes to the battlefront. The journey was 6,000 miles over rough terrain.
The route to Fairbanks is a challenging one, Mike Hunt told the Tribune last summer.

Hunt arrived in Great Falls in 1942 for his first assignment as a Military Pilot with the 7th.
C-47 Skytrains were among the Aircraft processed at Great Falls Army Air Base during the Lend-Lease program from 1942 to 


Hunt will be featured in a documentary about the route. The team making the documentary are retracing the flight route this summer in vintage WWII planes.

During the 1940s, Pilots used what's known as the four-course range navigation. If they were too far on one side of the flight path, they'd hear Morse code for A, if they were on the other side of the line, they'd hear Morse code for N, and if they were on course, they'd hear an even tone, Hunt said.

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Mostly, the pilots used visual navigation and dealt with treacherous terrain and rapidly changing weather conditions.

During the winter, Pilots had limited daylight hours to make their trip, and, if they had to stop, the Airplanes would sit 

overnight in sub-zero temperatures.

A processed P-63 Kingcobra undergoes a tire and brake inspection in the final processing hanger at Great Falls Army Air 

Base June 1945 during the Lend-Lease program. 

"It takes a long time to get a cold Airplane warmed up so it will fly again," Hunt said. "But it was enjoyable in the 


Bravo 369 Flight Foundation was in Great Falls last summer on a test run of the route with a vintage T-6 Texan, one of the 

types of planes ferried to the Soviets.

Bravo 369 is partnering with RUSAVIA, a Russian Aviation Company, to re-create the route and arrive in Russia for 

celebrations related to the end of WWII.

During the weekend of July 17-19, Bravo 369 is bringing three T-6s and has, in part, sponsored a Bell P-63 Kingcobra to 

appear. More than 2,000 P-63s were sent to Russia and formed the backbone of Soviet air defense.

The event will also include two Douglas C-47 Skytrains, a P-51 Mustang and a C-130 from the Montana Air National Guard.

Some of the planes will fly in formation over Great Falls and will be photographed in front of the two WWII hangars still 

intact at the Great Falls International Airport.

Attendees to the events will be able to see the historic planes, visit with the flight crews, view the historic hangars, 

and attend discussions by experts on the history of lend-lease. There will also be dignitaries from the U.S., Canada and 



Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

USA Flirts with Privatised Air Traffic Control(ATC)

The USA appears to be moving toward separating Air Traffic Control from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after a US senator said legislation to create a separate ATC organisation could be presented to congress as early as July.

According to reports coming out of the US, the legislation would create a not-for-profit federally-charted organisation, similar to Australia's Airservices and Canada's NavCanada.
The new ATC system would have a corporate structure responsible for its own revenue, expected to be a user-pays system, an idea that the General Aviation Industry rejected when tied to IFR fees under an Obama Administration plan.

Jim Coon Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said that AOPA was 

still opposed to any form of fee-for-service system.

"Although we have yet to see details of the proposed legislation, AOPA believes the current method of collecting revenues 

through a tax on Aviation fuel is not broken,” he told “Moreover, we believe any Air Traffic system must 

preserve GA access to Airports and Airspace on a first-come, first-served basis, like we enjoy today.

"There is no doubt that the FAA has spent billions over the years on efforts to modernize our Air Traffic Control System, 

and we recognize that change is needed to ensure continued US leadership in Aviation, but we must avoid any unintended 

consequences for General Aviation.

"We’ve seen issues in other countries where General Aviation has been put aside and we can’t allow that to happen in this 


ATC service providers separate from the National Aviation Authority are already in place in several countries including  Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Middle East Airline Executives Set to Clash with U.S., European Counterparts

MIAMI—Airline executives from the Middle East, who are poised to clash face-to-face with their U.S. and European counterparts in Miami this week in the multibillion-dollar battle over subsidy claims and market access, began by arguing over how widespread the dispute has become.

At stake are traffic rights into the U.S. and Europe and billion of dollars in Aircraft orders to Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE as well as wider global trade issues, said John Strickland, director of Aviation Advisory JLS Consulting.

The three major U.S. carriers—Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines—and Europe's Air France-KLM and Deutsche Lufthansa, have urged their governments to block further market access to a trio of Middle East carriers they accuse of receiving $42 billion in government backing. The subsidies allow them to compete unfairly, the critics charge. 
Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways deny they are subsidized and say their rivals have received hefty handouts.

Airline representatives from around 150 carriers are gathering Monday and Tuesday in Miami for the annual meeting of the  International Air Transport Association, the Airline industry's biggest trade group, amid intensifying acrimony between  the Persian Gulf carriers and their critics.

"This has now become a global debate," said Carsten Spohr, chief executive of Lufthansa, which has long argued for curbs on growth of the Persian Gulf rival. Having the U.S. Airlines join the German carrier's argument "makes our discussion more credible," he told reporters on the eve of the gathering.

Mr. Spohr said competition isn't fair because the Gulf carriers are state backed. He suggested that Airlines look at World Trade Organization dispute-resolution models as a way to create a level playing field. "There needs to be a rebalancing mechanism," he said.

James Hogan, chief executive of Etihad Airways argues opponents of the Mideast carriers are a minority. "It is two Airlines in Europe and it is three Airlines in the U.S.A. Does that represent the world of Aviation?," he said in an interview on Sunday.

The Abu Dhabi-based last month responded to a U.S. government request for comment on the issue of traffic rights. Mr. Hogan dismissed the challenge from the U.S. as a "narrow attack" aimed at protecting their trans-Atlantic traffic. "We have certainly not in any way damaged the U.S. carriers," he said.
Middle East carriers are trying to navigate the political minefield with a carrot-and-stick approach, highlighting the economic returns they generate for Europe and the U.S. through large jetliner purchases and by offering flight connections not provided by their rivals, while warning of consequences if they are shut out from growing.

Rather than costing the U.S. jobs, Etihad has created them, Mr. Hogan said.

Emirates Airline President Tim Clark, in a letter to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—who is backing the U.S. carriers—said the Dubai-based Airline generated $200 million annually in economic benefits for the city and was buying lots of planes from Chicago-based Boeing.

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said last month in Amsterdam that Dutch companies could face repercussions after the Netherlands moved to temporarily stop granting additional slots to carriers from the Persian Gulf. Dutch companies may be shut out from $150 billion in planned infrastructure contracts planned by the Qatari government, the boss of the state-owned Doha-based Airline said.

The Dutch government said it has stopped granting new travel rights to the Middle East Airlines as it waits on the European Union to negotiate a broader Aviation accord with Persian Gulf states.

How the U.S. and European governments proceed is uncertain. Mr. Strickland said "There are so many potential ramifications. It is hard to predict the outcome."

Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor


Monday, June 1, 2015

Ms Eesha Rohida appointed as New Editor-in-Chief of

Ms Eesha Rohida  appointed as New Editor-in-Chief  of

Eesha Rohida  will become the Second woman to be editor in chief of the  in its 5 Year history when she takes over from incumbent Mohini Porwal
The has appointed Eesha Rohida  as its new editor, the Second woman to take the role in its  history.

Eesha Rohida , who has won a staff ballot earlier this month, has been selected by the  Trust board to take over  later this year.
She will be the 3rd Editor in the history, the first female in the position and the first state school-educated person in the post since 

Eesha Rohida  joined the in 2001,  becoming a Blogger and Link Builder Indian edition of from 2011 until 2012.