FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called for increased cooperation between the US and China on runway safety, airworthiness, aircraft emissions and next-generation air traffic control. In remarks prepared for the China Civil Aviation Development Forum in Beijing, Babbitt said the two countries with the largest aviation systems, the US and China, need to be world leaders on these important issues. He noted that measures taken in the US to improve runway safety contributed to a 63% drop in the number of runway incursion incidents between 2000 and 2008.
A nearly new A330-200 operated by Afriqiyah Airways crashed on final approach to Tripoli early Wednesday, killing 103 of the 104 people aboard, including 11 crewmembers.
The accident was the deadliest so far in 2010. A boy from the Netherlands reportedly was the lone survivor. The crash occurred as Flight 8U771, en route from Johannesburg, was attempting to land at Tripoli International at about 6 a.m. local time. All but 11 of the passengers were continuing onward to European destinations, according to a statement from the airline.
US-based Metron Aviation, which is part of Airbus ProSky, has won a contract from Aerocivil Colombia Air Navigation Services to deploy its Harmony Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) system to improve the operational efficiency of Colombia’s national airspace....More
Europe’s A6 alliance of air navigation service providers (ANSPs) will bid for European Commission Trans European Network-Transport (TEN-T) funding to define the best model for common services provision to support deployment of future network and datalink infrastructures....More
UK air navigation services provider NATS has signed a data services agreement (DSA) with satellite based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) provider Aireon for ADS-B surveillance data across the North Atlantic....More
The airline industry is calling for a greater role in the deployment of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) project because it is ultimately responsible for footing the investment bill....More