FAA changes flight-hour policy for pilots in training, challenges lie ahead

Last week, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made changes to the “Omnibus” final training rule, and will now allow pilots pursuing their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certifications to count second-in-command (SIC) hours toward the 1,500-hour in-flight requirement.  Until this point, only passenger-flying trainees were allowed to apply their SIC hours toward their ATP certs. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 5, 2018

Kalitta Air’s implements CHAMP’s weight & balance software

U.S.-based cargo carrier Kalitta Air has implemented CHAMP Cargosystems’ Weight & Balance application, which manages load planning.  Kalitta operates a fleet of sixteen 747 freighters, and has obtained FAA approval for the usage of CHAMP’s technology for its freighter fleet. CHAMP’s software is a Java-based web application, enabling carriers and forwarders to drag, drop and […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 31, 2017

U.S. bans direct flights from Turkey following failed coup

Following last week’s failed coup in Turkey, the Federal Aviation Administration FAA has imposed a ban on all direct flights, regardless of carrier, from Turkish airports, including Istanbul and Ankara, the country’s two largest cities. Both cities were epicenters of conflict as the uprising broke out on Friday and carried on into the weekend. The […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 18, 2016

Atlas Air to integrate Southern Air under single AOC

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ president and CEO William Flynn has confirmed plans to integrate Southern Air under a single air operator’s certificate (AOC) with Atlas Air. The announcement comes just months after Atlas acquired the Southern’s parent Southern Air Holdings. Gaining a single AOC from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is expected to take between […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 22, 2016

New FAA drone regulations may permit increased commercial applications

An expanded set of rules for drone operators released today by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) raised hopes that the government is moving forwards in its efforts to regulate this uncharted area of aviation in the United States. The 624-page set of rules, known as “Part 107,” is the most comprehensive body of regulation […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 21, 2016

AirMap, Lufthansa Systems partner to enhance drone safety

As the skies grow increasingly congested and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers continue to advance drone technology for potential commercial uses, ensuring safety has become an increasingly difficult challenge in the industry. These conditions prompted AirMap, a provider of airspace information and services for UAVs, and international airline IT provider Lufthansa Systems to partner in […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 21, 2016

Amazon feels a $350,000 burning sensation

Who’d have thought a product called “Amazing Liquid Fire” could be dangerous air cargo? Apparently, not Amazon. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) didn’t think carrying the product, sold as a drain cleaner, was such a hot idea and is looking to slap Amazon with a US$350,000 fine for allegedly shipping prohibited and dangerous goods by […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 17, 2016

FAA: Air cargo to grow 3.5 percent annually through 2036

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a bright outlook in its annual market review and forecast, noting that it expects total air cargo traffic, measured in revenue tonne kilometers (RTKs), to grow by 4.5 percent in 2016, followed by stable growth averaging 3.5 percent over the next 20 years. Its projections are based on […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 29, 2016

Cargo Chat: PRBA’s Kerchner defends lithium battery transport in U.S. Congress

Safety rulings come and go regarding the transport of lithium batteries as air cargo, but the debate seems to never really end. After what seemed like a compromise was being reached in the middle of last year, a series of conflicting rulings from the fall of 2015 through the first two months of this year […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 10, 2016

UN reignites lithium battery debate

A few months after the International Civilian Aviation Organization (ICAO) gave conflicting recommendations about a proposed industry-wide ban on the transport of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger flights, the debated has roared back to life after a United Nations panel recommended the same kind of ban on shipments of the rechargeable batteries, the AP […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 29, 2016

Could this be Amazon’s drone of the future?

Amazon is excited, even if the U.S. government is, so far, unmoved. Last weekend, just in time for Cyber Monday, the e-retailer released this video below of a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, which could be part of its future delivery system to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. In […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 4, 2015

To the rescue: Can lithium batteries be made safe for flight?

On Sept. 3, 2010, a UPS 747-400 cargo aircraft took off from Dubai, headed to the UPS hub in Cologne-Bonn. It crashed shortly after taking off, killing the two crew members on board. Three years later, the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) concluded that the cause of the crash, a fire on board […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 4, 2015

Lithium battery forces early landing for Alaska flight

Just days after the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) issued a strong warning about the risk of unstoppable fires from lithium battery shipments, an Alaska Airlines passenger flight from Newark to Seattle made an emergency landing in Buffalo after a credit card reader, used as the point-of-sale for onboard purchases of food and beverages, began […]
  • Staff Reports
  • October 14, 2015

FAA approves AA Cargo for cool-chain container use

American Airlines Cargo has become the first U.S. passenger carrier to receive approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for use the RAP e2 cargo containers, made by Envirotainer. The RAP e2 can fit a maximum of five European pallets or four U.S. pallets. The airline can begin using the e2 containers for temperature-controlled cargo […]
  • Staff Reports
  • October 6, 2015
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