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PrimeraAir Nordic and Atlantic Airways pass IATA safety audit
8 November 2017

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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NordStar Airlines passes IATA safety audit

The Russian airline NordStar Airlines passed the  IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

The airline was founded as the Taimyr Air Company in 2008 and commenced operations in 2009 under the name NordStar Airlines.

The fleet currently consists of five ATR 42-500, one Boeing 737-300, and nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft with an average fleet age of 13 years.

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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EASA updates Conflict Zone Information Bulletin on Mali airspace

DRRR – Niamey FIR

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) updated their Conflict Zone Information Bulletin on Mali airspace (DRRR – Niamey Flight Information Region).

EASA updated previous information on Mali by naming in particular the Niamey FIR. The presence of terrorist groups with the necessary capabilities (including anti-aircraft weaponry) is assessed by EASA to pose a HIGH risk to operations within the portion of the Niamey FIR which is situated above Mali territory, at altitudes below 24 000 ft AGL.

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EASA updates Conflict Zone Information Bulletin on Yemen airspace

Sanaa (OYSC) FIR

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) updated their Conflict Zone Information Bulletin on Yemen airspace (OYSC – Sana’a Flight Information Region).

Considering the hazardous security situation resulting from ongoing high intensity military operations, political instability and the presence of terrorist groups with access to sophisticated anti-aviation weaponry, the risk posed to operations within the airspace of Yemen, Sana’a FIR, at all altitudes, is assessed by EASA to be HIGH, except for those portions of airways R401, UL425, UM551 and N315 that are included in the Sana’a FIR.

The bulletin is valid until 28 February 2018.

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Fuzhou Airlines passes IATA safety audit

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

The airline commenced operations in 2014 as a domestic operator, based at Fuzhou Changle International Airport. The airline is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines and currently operates a fleet of 13 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

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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Wings Air passes IATA safety audit

The Indonesian airline Wings Air passed the  IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

The airline, formally named Wings Abadi Airlines,  commenced operations in 2003 as a regional wholly owned subsidiary of Lion Air. The airline currently operates a fleet of 20 ATR 72-500 and 31 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Wings Air was added to the  EU Air Safety List  on 4 July 2007, banning it from operating in Europe. By July 2017 it has not yet been removed from that list.

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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