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Transaviaexport Airlines passes IATA safety audit
17 November 2019

Transaviaexport Airlines passes IATA safety audit

Transaviaexport Airlines passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

Transaviaexport Airlines is a Belarus cargo airline. It started operating flights in 1992 and currently operates one Boeing 747-300F and five Ilyushin IL-76TD cargo 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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Transaviaaxport IL-76; photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt

FAA downgrades Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia to Category 2

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and therefore has received a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority.

A Category 2 International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating means that CAAM is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping, and/or inspection procedures.

In 2003, Malaysia was assigned a Category 1 rating, meaning CAAM complied with ICAO standards for aviation safety oversight. The FAA conducted an in-country reassessment of Malaysia under the IASA program in April 2019, and met with the CAAM in July 2019 to discuss the results.

This process is an assessment of CAAM and not any individual airline operating inside or outside of Malaysia. With a Category 2 rating, Malaysia’s carriers can continue existing service to the United States. They will not be allowed to establish new service to the United States.

As part of the IASA program, the FAA assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that have applied to fly to the United States, currently conduct operations to the United States, or participate in code-sharing arrangements with U.S. partner airlines, and makes that information available to the public. The assessments determine whether foreign civil aviation authorities are meeting ICAO safety standards, not FAA regulations.

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The Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) of ICAO also audits member states. Malaysia was last visited in 2016. The level of ‘Effective Implementation’ of ICAO standards by the Malaysian aviation authorities was 75% on average across all categories. Legislation had the highest score (81%), Aerodromes the lowest (49%).

Qeshm Air passes IATA safety audit

Qeshm Air passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

Qeshm Air is an Iranian airline. It started operating flights in 1996 and currently operates four Airbus A300B4-605Rs; three Airbus A320-200s; four Avro RJs; four Fokker 100s and four Fokker 50s.

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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A Qeshm Air Airbus A300B4-600R (photo: Dmitry Terekhov / CC:by-sa)

A Qeshm Air Airbus A300B4-600R (photo: Dmitry Terekhov / CC:by-sa)

ASL Airlines France passes IATA safety audit

ASL Airlines France passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

ASL Airlines France is the French subsidiary of the ASL Aviation Group. It operated as Europe Airpost until being rebranded by ASL in 2015. The airline currently uses five Boeing 737-300s; six Boeing 737-400s; six Boeing 737-700s and 2 Boeing 737-800s.

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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Swiss grounds CSeries/A220 fleet for immediate engine inspections

Swiss International Air Lines decided to ground their fleet of Bombardier CSeries/Airbus A220 fleet for immediate engine inspections following a new incident.

The first inflight shutdown occurred on July 25, 2019 and the second occurred on September 16, 2019. In both cases, the aircraft involved was a Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A220-300 with Pratt & Whitney PW1524G-3 engines. These inflight shutdowns were due to failure of the low-pressure compressor (LPC) stage 1 rotor, which resulted in the rotor disk releasing from the LPC case and damaging the engine.

A third recent incident led Swiss to decide to ground the fleet on October 15, 2019. The aircraft will “undergo an extensive examination from midday”, according to the airline.

Details of the third incident are unconfirmed at this time. It appears the aircraft involved was HB-JCC, an A220-300 that diverted to Paris-CDG Airport during flight LX359 from London to Geneva.

 

The grounding follows an FAA airworthiness directive that was issued on September 26, which requested initial and repetitive inspections of certain Pratt & Whitney PW1500G series engines.

File photo of a Bombardier CSeries CS100 (H.Ranter/ASN)

French bee passes IATA safety audit

French bee passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

French bee is a French long-haul airline based at Paris Orly Airport. It started operating flights in 2016 as “French Blue”. In 2018  it rebranded as “French Bee”. The airline currently uses three Airbus A350-900s.

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 extends conflict zone warnings for seven countries

On October 1, 2019 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) extended the validity of the conflict zone warnings of 7 countries / FIRs to 30 March 2020:

Engine Alliance to start engine inspection campaign over A380 uncontained engine failure

The French BEA issued an update on the September 2017 uncontained engine failure over Greenland involving an Air France Airbus A380.
Part from the fan hub recently recovered from Greenland has been examined by the manufacturer Engine Alliance under BEA supervision. Metallurgical examination of the recovered titanium fan hub fragment identified a subsurface fatigue crack origin. The fracture was initiated in a microtextured area approximately in the middle of the slot bottom.
Examination of the fracture is ongoing. Meanwhile, Engine Alliance announced to the concerned A380 operators that an engine inspection campaign will be launched soon.

NTSB: Cessna Caravan stalled during go-around in Bethel, Alaska, accident

FAA issues Notam prohibiting flights over parts of Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman

The U.S. FAA issued a NOTAM warning U.S. pilots that flights are not permitted in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region, Iran, until further notice, due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions.