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EASA issues Conflict Zone bulletin containing warning for part of Jeddah FIR, Saudi Arabia
10 January 2018

EASA issues Conflict Zone bulletin containing warning for part of Jeddah FIR, Saudi Arabia

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a Conflict Zone Information Bulletin (CZIB) on the Jeddah Flight Information Region (FIR), Saudi Arabia.

The bulletin refers to German Notam B0486/17 (issued August 28, 2017!). This Notam advises German operators not to plan and conduct flights within south west sector of FIR jeddah (OEJD)
including take off and landings at OEAB due to ongoing mil operations and ballistic missile assaults.

OEAB is the Abha International Airport, located 105 km from the border with Yemen.

This German Notam is valid until: Feb 28, 2018 while the EASA CZIB is valid until July 9, 2018.

 

Transport Canada suspends West Wind Aviation’s Air Operator Certificate over safety issues

West Wind Aviation ATR 42 following the Dec. 13, 2017 accident at Fond-du-Lac, Canada (TSB)

Transport Canada suspended West Wind Aviation’s Air Operator Certificate on December 22, which prohibits the company from providing commercial air services.

The department took this serious action in the interest of public safety because the department identified deficiencies in the company’s Operational Control System. An Operational Control System ensures that a company’s day-to-day actions are compliant with safety requirements for things such as, for example, the dispatching of personnel and aircraft.

On December 13, 2017, a West Wind Aviation aircraft, with 25 people onboard, crashed in Fond-du-Lac, Saskatchewan. Transport Canada identified deficiencies during a post-accident inspection of West Wind Aviation from December 18 to 20, 2017. As a result, in the interest of public safety, Transport Canada suspended West Wind Aviation’s Air Operator Certificate and will not allow the company to resume its commercial air service until it demonstrates compliance with aviation safety regulations.

 

MAP Linhas Aéreas passes IATA safety audit

The Brazilian airline MAP Linhas Aéreas passed the  IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

The airline was founded in Manaus, Brazil in 2011 and started operating domestic passenger services as of 2012.

The airline currently operates a fleet of three ATR 42-300 aircraft, and two ATR 72-202’s.

The IOSA programme is an evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised quality audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. It was created in 2003 by IATA.  All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership.

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FAA and EASA amend conflict zone warning for Iraqi airspace

The Baghdad FIR roughly follows the Iraqi border

The U.S. FAA and European EASA both issued amended and differing warnings on Iraqi airspace.
On December 6, EASA issued Conflict Zone Information Bulletin CZIB 2017-04R1. The risk is described as:

Due to the hazardous security situation, with the presence of terrorist organisations and ongoing 
high intensity military operations, there is a risk of both intentional targeting and misidentification of civil aircraft.
The risk is identified as higher in Western Iraq, because of the proximity with the Syrian border. 
Due to the presence of various weaponry including MANPADS, it is advised to be cautious with the risk associated to civil aviation. 
The risk to operations at altitudes below 24 000 ft. Above Ground Level is assessed to be HIGH.

On December 9, the FAA issued Notam KICZ A0025/17 In this Notam the FAA lifts the full prohibition for the Baghdad FIR and allows operations of U.S. aircraft above FL260:

"DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE POTENTIAL FOR FIGHTING IN CERTAIN AREAS OF IRAQ AND ONGOING CONCERNS 
ABOUT THE EXTREMIST/MILITANT THREAT TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE BAGHDAD (ORBB) 
FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) AT ALTITUDES BELOW FLIGHT LEVEL 260 (FL260) BY THE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN 
PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABILITY) ARE PROHIBITED."

 

 

Hebei Airlines passes IATA safety audit

The Chinese airline Hebei Airlines passed the  IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

The airline was founded as Northeast Airlines in Shenyang, China in 2006. In 2010 it was rebranded as Hebei Airlines. After initially operating domestic flights, the airline began international flights in March 2017.

The airline currently operates a fleet of 2 Boeing 737-700 aircraft, 14 Boeing 737-800’s and six Embraer ERJ-190’s.

The IOSA programme is an evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised quality audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. It was created in 2003 by IATA.  All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership.

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PrimeraAir Nordic and Atlantic Airways pass IATA safety audit

The Latvian airline PrimeraAir Nordic and Atlantic Airways of the Faroe Islands both passed the  IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

Atlantic Airways, the national airline of the Faroe Islands, was founded in 1987. The fleet currently consists of two Airbus A319’s, one Airbus A320 and two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters.

PrimeraAir Nordic is a Latvian subsidiary of Primera Air, founded in 2014. It operates two Boeing 737-700’s and five Boeing 737-800’s.

 

The IOSA programme is an evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised quality audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. It was created in 2003 by IATA.  All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership.

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FAA proposes $869,125 civil penalty against Compass Airlines

The U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes an $869,125 civil penalty against Compass Airlines for allegedly failing to provide flight crews with complete weather information.

The FAA alleges the company, which does business as Delta Connection, operated 47 flights between May 18, 2015, and June 19, 2015, without correctly using an approved system for obtaining weather forecasts and reports of adverse weather. Compass flew to and from Monterrey, Mexico, without the required Mexican Significant Meteorological Information in its flight weather packages, the agency alleges. The FAA further alleges that Compass did not notify its operations personnel about potentially hazardous meteorological conditions.

Compass has 30 days from receiving the FAA’s civil penalty letter to respond to the agency.

 

Cobalt Air passes IATA safety audit

The Cypriot airline Cobalt Air passed the  IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

The airline was founded in 2015 and began operating in July 2016 out of Larnaca, Cyprus.

The fleet currently consists of two Airbus A319’s and four Airbus A320’s.

The IOSA programme is an evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised quality audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. It was created in 2003 by IATA.  All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership.

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ICAO lifts Thailand Significant Safety Concern

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), has removed Thailand’s Significant Safety Concern on its website, following a recent visit by ICAO auditors.

In 2015, Thailand was penalized by ICAO over the inadequate safety oversight of Thai registered carriers. Afterwards, the US aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Agency, downgraded Thailand to Category II status, restricting all Thai carriers from flying into the United States.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s technical cooperation arm, CAA International (CAAi), has been supporting CAA Thailand (CAAT) since April 2016 to help lift the safety red flag.  CAAi experts have been on the ground in Thailand, providing expert assistance to help CAAT recertify all 20 airlines to the international standards of ICAO. Additionally,

Additionally, CAAi has supported CAAT on the preparation for the ICAO visit, resulting in the Significant Safety Concern being successfully removed by ICAO.

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Vistara passes IATA safety audit

The Indian airline Vistara passed the  IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

The airline was founded as a a joint venture between the Indian company Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines It commenced operations in 2015.

The fleet currently consists of thirteen Airbus A320’s and three Airbus A320neo’s, used to serve 21 cities in India.

The IOSA programme is an evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised quality audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. It was created in 2003 by IATA.  All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership.

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