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Rouhani wants direct flights to U.S. from Iran

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

After 34 years of an embargo that prevents direct flights from Iran to the United States, the President of the Iran Republic wants to reinstate direct flights.

The problem with this is that the embargo prevents Iran from buying American-built aircraft unless it does so through a third party. European Airbus is also banned from selling to Iran. The newest planes that Iran currently has are the Boeing 747SP jets owned since the embargo took effect.

In the late ‘70s, these SP (special performance) jets flew the farthest of any other aircraft. Iran bought a bunch of them and used them to fly a non-stop trip to New York from Tehran. The trip was around 6,100 miles.

If Iran does start offering non-stop Iran-to-U.S. flights, it will probably be to JFK.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Petronas provides fuel to Sudanese military aircraft

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

The Malaysian gas and oil producer Petronas has confirmed that despite a UN embargo, it provides fuel to Sudanese military aircraft. The Sudanese military is known for bombing civilians in Darfur.

Petronas is now facing criticism for its actions; the company is one of the largest investors in the Western Canada energy boom. It has planned investments to the tune of $36 billion.

The company says its behavior is not “questionable” as accused: it has been providing fuel at Nyala Airport to the Sudan military since 2007. The UN embargo has been in place since 2004. The conflict in Darfur has killed approximately 300,000 and close to 1.5 million people homeless.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Heavy fog caused flight delays and cancelations across B.C.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

For the past two days travelers in British Columbia were advised to check the status of their flights before heading off to the airport. Heavy fog covered the province for most of Friday and Saturday, causing flight delays and cancelations.

Some of the airlines affected were Hawkair, Central Mountain Air, and Air Canada. Flights within Canada as well as to Seattle have been cancelled.

Environment Canada says the fog may persist for several more days depending on wind patterns. The areas affected the most are Greater Victoria, Fraser Valley west, the Sunshine Coast, East Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, and the Southern Gulf Islands.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Memo leaked from the U.S. Airlines Pilots Association warns of possible terrorist “dry runs”

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

If you’ve recently been through security at a U.S. airport, don’t complain; an internal memo leaked has reported possible terrorist activity on American flights. One event, which took place on September 2, 2013, occurred on a U.S. Airways flight from Washington to Florida.

A memo from the U.S. Airline Pilots Association leaked the information; the memo outlined the suspicious activity of four men. It has been determined that the incident doesn’t require further investigation but it’s possible this was one of several dry runs that terrorists will take before an attack.

Of course, this could all be chalked up to paranoia at some strange behavior, but it doesn’t hurt to be cautious.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Cable theft at OR Tambo airport affects flights

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Early on Sunday morning, a suspected theft of power cables at OR Tambo International Airport affected most domestic and international flights. All three power cables were damaged, according to Airports Company South Africa. The spokesperson said flights were expected to resume later Sunday.

The thefts affected the airport’s ability to refuel the larger planes but some of the smaller planes were able to connect for fuel. Unathi Batyashe, the spokeswoman for Acsa, said engineers were working to repair the cables but it would take some time to clear the backlog of flights once all repairs were finished. She said flights would likely resume around 4 pm.

The South African Police Service are investigating.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Air Canada to expand international services

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Air Canada will expand its international services from Montreal, Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver to Europe in the summer of 2014. By that time, the airline will have acquired five new B777-300ER aircraft and three B787 aircraft with plans for another 40 more new planes by 2019.

Some of the new international flights include non-stop Air Canada rouge flights between Toronto and Lisbon, Montreal and Nice, Montreal and Barcelona, and Toronto and Manchester. The company will also use larger planes used for flights from Montreal to Geneva and Brussels and Calgary to Frankfurt and London. Finally, Air Canada will introduce premium economy seats on the Vancouver to London year-round and Montreal to London flights in the summer.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

 

Three British Airways crafts affected by fatal crash glitch

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The Sunday Express has obtained a document that says that the same tubes that caused a fatal crash as four years ago are being used in the larger Airbuses. Three British Airways planes have been affected so far, with two having to make emergency landings.

The tubes provide air speed data to the aircraft’s computers and pilots but are prone to freezing in bad weather. This can lead to a computer shutdown of autopilot. This, in turn, results in the crew being forced to fly the aircraft in the poor weather conditions.

In 2009, an Air France Airbus went down into the Atlantic due to this issue, killing 228 people.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

U.S. aviation regulators discussing allowing tablet and e-readers on flights

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

On Monday, United States aviation regulators started discussing how to let travelers use laptops, e-readers, and tablets while on planes, without compromising safety of flights.

There is some concern that portable electronic devices can interfere with takeoff and landing instrumentation, which is why current rules require them to be turned off at these times. Some passengers don’t believe this to be true, however, and leave them on.

According to the report by an industry-government committee, which was given to the FAA just recently, smaller devices can be left on, particularly on newer planes, while larger things like DVD players and laptops must be turned off and stowed. Older aircraft might need to be inspected to make sure they are not affected by interference coming from the smaller devices as well.

Cell phones were not part of the considerations and will remain banned during flights.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

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