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NordStar Airlines passes IATA safety audit
12 September 2017

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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FAA proposes $285,800 civil penalty against Exec 1 Aviation

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $285,800 civil penalty against Exec 1 Aviation of Ankeny, Iowa, for allegedly using unqualified pilots on multiple passenger-carrying flights.

The FAA alleges that Exec 1 conducted a total of 100 flights using Cessna 500 Citation jet aircraft with 12 unqualified pilots. Seventy-nine of the flights, which occurred during a 30-day period in May and June 2015, had revenue-paying passengers on board the aircraft. The flights took place at airports throughout the U.S.

The FAA alleges the pilots were unqualified because they had failed to complete required initial or recurrent training. The training subjects included cold weather operations, engine inoperative procedures, and abnormal and emergency procedures, among other things.

Exec 1 has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

Air Cote d’Ivoire and Cambodia Angkor Air pass IATA safety audit

Air Cote d’Ivoire and Cambodia Angkor Air both passed the  IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

Air Cote d’Ivoire, the flag carrier of Ivory Coast, commenced operations in 2012. The airline currently operates a fleet of five Airbus A319, three A320 aircraft, and four DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 turboprops.

Cambodia Angkor Air, the flag carrier of  Cambodia, commenced operations in 2009. The airline currently operates a fleet of two Airbus A320, one A321 aircraft, and three ATR 72-500 turboprops.

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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China Express Airlines passes IATA safety audit

File photo of a China Express Airlines CRJ-900 (by: byeangel / CC:by-sa)

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

The airline commenced operations in 2006 as a regional operator, based at Chongqing. The airline currently operates a fleet of 31 CRJ-900LR 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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U.S. starts audit of FAA’s oversight of air carrier maintenance programs

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation began an audit of the FAA’s oversight of air carrier maintenance programs.

In 2016, the Ranking Members of the United States House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Subcommittee on Aviation requested that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) review the overall effectiveness of FAA’s oversight of air carrier maintenance programs.
The Congressmen questioned whether FAA demonstrates a sustained ability in its oversight role to account for mergers, rapid expansion, cost cutting, and other factors that could affect air carriers’ decisions about maintenance. They were particularly concerned about whether corrective actions taken by air carriers actually address root causes of maintenance lapses.

The OIG’s objectives for the audit are to assess (1) FAA’s oversight of air carrier maintenance programs and (2) whether FAA considers factors such as mergers, rapid expansion, or cost-cutting initiatives when adjusting its oversight of air carrier maintenance programs.

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Avian Líneas Aéreas passes IATA safety audit

The Argentine airline Avian Líneas Aéreas passed the  IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

Avian Líneas Aéreas is a regional airline that was founded in the March 2016 as Macair Jet. The airline was rebranded Avian Líneas Aéreas and will start operations on behalf of Avianca Argentina in Q3, 2017 using ATR 72-600 aircraft. Currently the aircraft operated a few BAe Jetstream 32 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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