Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Boeing's 787 quality issues persist

As the supply chain came off a 24-manufacturing day hold in early June to allow supply partners to catch up on design changes and part shortages, workmanship issues on key structural areas of the aircraft again reared its head.
On 24 June Boeing had to disclose that it was forced to undertake inspections on the entire fleet of the horizontal stabilisers built by Alenia Aeronautica in Foggia, Italy, following the discovery of over-torqued fasteners and improperly installed shims in the rear spar.
Programme sources say the gaps, which the shims are intended to fill, range between 0.25cm and almost 0.5cm, and the ones used to fill gaps in the horizontal stabiliser became compressed after fasteners were over-torqued as a means of pulling the surfaces together, causing a "pre-load" condition that can undermine the fatigue life of the structure.
While Boeing maintains that the fleet had not been "grounded", the company decided not to fly each aircraft until it underwent two-day inspections before returning to flight-test operations.

The company insists that quality "escapes" such as the one found in the horizontal stabiliser is not uncommon during the early part of a programme, the episode was another in a series of workmanship issues that prompted an internal inquiry as to how 25 horizontal stabilisers could have been shipped to Everett over three years without notice.
Nearly a year ago, Boeing ordered a work stoppage at Alenia after wrinkles in the skin of the composite fuselage barrels exceeded tolerances.
"It turns out [the issue] is fairly deeply imbedded in the assembly," says Scott Fancher, vice-president and 787 programme general manager, referring to the issue with the horizontal stabiliser. "So we're in the process of auditing the records associated with that to understand whether or not there's a systemic issue with the escape or whether it's a one-off."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Third 787 returns home for additional inspections

Boeing's third 787 flight test aircraft has returned home to Seattle for additional inspections on its horizontal stabiliser, following weekend inspections.

ZA003, which has been based at Pinal Air Park in Marana, Arizona since 22 June for high-intensity radio frequency (HIRF) testing, returned home to Boeing Field in Seattle.

Programme sources indicate that following the aircraft's Sunday return to Boeing Field, ZA003 was set to continue horizontal stabilizer inspections which began 25 June, potentially indicating a discovery and further diagnosis of scope of the improperly installed shims and over-torqued fasteners.

Boeing declined to comment on ZA003's return from Marana, citing a policy not to discuss flight test operations.

ZA002 returned to flying on 27 June to conduct autopilot functional tests.

Programme sources also indicate that flight tests that were previously assigned to ZA003 late last week have been reassigned to ZA002 for testing on Monday. ZA005, the GEnx-1B-powered 787, is expected to make its second flight Monday as well.

The inspections were prompted following the discovery of workmanship issues that included improper installation of shims and fastener over-torquing in the horizontal stabiliser manufactured by Alenia Aeronautica in Foggia, Italy.

If left unaddressed the fasteners and shims, or engineered fillers, can create a long-term fatigue issue on the structure.

ZA003 is slated to be the first aircraft to make its international debut at the Farnborough air show in mid-July.

The aircraft is outfitted with a partial interior along with racks of instrumentation to test the aircraft's cabin systems.

Boeing aims to certify and deliver the 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways by years end.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New F-16s touch down in Pakistan

Pakistan’s first batch of three new Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52 fighters touched down at its air force’s Shahbaz (Jacobabad) air base on 26 June.

Ferried from the USA by Pakistan air force pilots, the trio included two twin-seat examples, registered 10804 and 10805. The other was a single-seat aircraft marked as 902.

They represent the first shipment from a 2006 contract for 12 C-model fighters and six F-16Ds.
“The delivery of all 18 aircraft will complete by the end of this year,” the air force says. “Pakistan attaches great significance to its air defence needs,” the service adds, while describing the new arrivals as “much superior” to its legacy fleet of F-16A/Bs.

Pakistan has 25 F-16As and 21 F-16Bs in active use, as listed in Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database. These were delivered between 1982 and 1994, it says.

Islamabad’s first Pratt & Whitney F100-229-engined F-16D, registered as 10801, was delivered in late 2009 to support development and training activities in the USA.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A 380 first test flight

Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules (L-382)

VIP A340-500 pictured in Toulouse ahead of delivery to Kuwait

An Airbus A340-500 belonging to Kuwait was pictured earlier this month at Airbus's Toulouse-based facility. Flightglobal's ACAS database shows that this VIP-configured aircraft is the first of two widebodies scheduled for delivery to the Middle Eastern country - the second is serial number 1102.

This A340 appears to have had two test registrations - F-WJKH and F-WWTE - although ACAS says it is likely to be designated 9K-GBA

Emirates to recruit 700 pilots in next 18 months

After largely closing its doors to new recruits during the 2009 downturn, Emirates plans to hire more than 700 pilots over the next 18 months to support new routes and aircraft.

The airline has embarked on a recruitment roadshow that will take in much of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. It kicked off on 4 June in Madrid, one of six new destinations this year. It has already begun services from Dubai to Tokyo and Amsterdam, with Prague, Baghdad and Dakar to follow.

Emirates - which has a 147-strong fleet with six aircraft due to arrive this year, part of 144 on order - traditionally recruits only first officers.

Capt Alan Stealey, divisional senior vice-president flight operations, says Emirates is recruiting at a time when much of the industry is cutting back. The airline recently took delivery of its ninth Airbus A380 and will accept number 10 within days.
"That's two giant aircraft to staff in the space of a fortnight," he says. "By the end of the year we will have recruited more than 250 pilots. Next year, we're looking to double that figure and recruit 500."

Emirates hungry for even more A380s

Emirates Airline president Tim Clark says the carrier is likely to need even more A380s than the 90 it has ordered so far.
Speaking to Flight International in the wake of the recent order for 32 more A380s for delivery between 2015 and 2017, Clark said that deal was “simply an extension of the growth strategy which have been doing successfully for quite a number of years”.
He adds: “When the going gets good again, if we haven’t placed our orders and bagged the positions for the aircraft that we want to do the job then we’ll be behind the curve when everybody else is doing it.”

And while the Dubai carrier’s huge A380 backlog has raised many eyebrows, Clark indicates that it may still have an appetite for more: “The mapping of the airline actually sees a lot more A380s needed than even that number, and I know that’s difficult for a lot of people to stomach.”
Emirates is flying 10 A380s configured with either 489 or 517 seats, and the type is popular, says Clark. “Whenever we fly the aircraft it fills up,” he says

Emirates talks to Boeing about 777 successor and hints at more big orders

Emirates is continuing dialogue with Boeing about its plans to develop a 777 replacement, as the airline hints that more big twinjet orders could be in the offing.
The Dubai carrier’s all-widebody fleet totals more than 140 aircraft, with a further 168 on order. Its backlog comprises 18 777-300ERs, which make the balance of its orders and leases for 71 aircraft, as well as 70 A350 XWBs (50 -900s/20 -1000s) and 80 A380s.
A rollover will begin in February 2011 when Emirates starts phasing out 68 older widebodies – A330-200s, A340-300/500s and 777 “Classics
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark says that the new A380 deal has no impact on its current orders for smaller widebodies, adding: “There’s plenty more out there, I can tell you.”

This has fuelled speculation that more large-twinjet orders are being discussed, and industry sources indicate that Emirates may be negotiating a big Boeing deal for Farnborough.
Phase-out of the airline’s 777-300ERs begins in 2017, and while its A350-1000s are potential replacements, Clark confirms solutions from Seattle are in the mix.
“We’ve told Boeing we need to look at something that has the legs, the lift and economics of today’s -300ER but with the A350-1000’s predicted fuel burn.”
Clark concedes there is no guarantee Boeing will decide to develop such a new big twin, but says that “if they do it somewhere between 2017 and 2020” the airline would consider it, “otherwise we’ll have to think again about the -300ER replacement”.
The airline aborted a planned deal for 30 A330-300s and 30 more A350-1000s announced in July 2008 at the time of its first A380 delivery.
Although Clark revealed last year that he was considering reviving

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How the teams flew to the 2010 World Cup

In an effort to find a way to combine World Cup soccer/football into my professional life (as well as my obsession with aviation) I've put together an - almost complete - table of how 31 of 32 national teams traveled to South Africa. With the help of Apture, I've linked to details about each team and photos of the specific aircraft (if known). So there's no confusion, the teams are listed in order of their respective pots for the tournament.

A very special thanks to Gavin Werbeloff for his assistance in putting this list together. If anyone has additional details or updates to this chart, feel free to leave a comment and I'll make the change.

Airline Aircraft Route
South Africa HOST

Brazil TAM A330-200 (PT-MVN) CWB-BSB-JNB
Spain Iberia A340-600 MAD-JNB
Netherlands Air France
A380-800 AMS-CDG-JNB
Italy Alitalia 777-200ER MXP-JNB AZ8080
Germany Lufthansa A380-800 (D-AIMA) FRA-JNB LH2010
Argentina SAA A340-200 or 300
England Virgin Atlantic A340-600 (G-VRED) LHR-JNB
Australia Qantas 747-400 (VH-OJS) MEL-JNB
Japan JAL 747-400 NRT-GVA-CPT
Korea DPR SAA A340-300
Korea Republic SAA A340-600 ICN-NRT-VIE-JNB
Honduras TACA / TAM

Mexico Lufthansa B747-400 FRA-JNB
United States SAA A340-600 IAD-JNB
New Zealand Emirates GRZ-FRA-DXB-JNB
Algeria Air Algerie A330-200 (7T-VJW) ALG-JNB
Cameroon MD-80?
Côte d'Ivoire
Ghana SAA A340-600
Nigeria Arik Air A340-500 LHR-DUR
Chile LAN
767-300ER (CC-CWG) SCL-MQP (LAN1356)

Paraguay SAA

Uruguay Hi Fly A340-300 (CS-TQM) MVD-EZE-JNB
Denmark Swiss A340-300 (HB-JMO)
France Blue Line A310-300 (F-HBOY) RUN-JNB
Greece Hellenic Imperial Airways B747-200B
Portugal TAP Portugal A340-300 (CS-TOC) LIS-JNB
Serbia SAA A340-600
Switzerland SWISS A340-300 (HB-JMN) ZRH-JNB LX288

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Bombardier's Asian bombshell
By Leithen Francis on June 16, 2010 3:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
It looks like Bombardier has finally realised that it needs to do more with product support in Asia.

The Canadian aircraft-maker announced yesterday that it plans to get Fokker Services to support its Dash 8 and Q-series aircraft around the globe. The only exception is that Bombardier will continue to keep Q400 product support because this aircraft - unlike the others - is still in production.Bombardier says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Fokker Services and plans to sign a firm deal later this year.

This is a global deal but it has particular significance in Asia, where Bombardier's major turboprop competitor ATR has pretty much been capturing the market. But having Fokker in its camp gives Bombardier a huge boost in Asia.

Fokker may have stopped making aircraft more than a decade ago, but there are still heaps of Fokker aircraft operating in this part of the world and, as a consequence, Fokker has strong relationships with many of the region's carriers.

Fokker also has a maintenance, repair and overhaul centre in Singapore - Fokker Services Asia - that serves the entire region. And it is staffed by a team of product support and sales people, some of which - such as Fokker Services Asia regional director Michael Cole - formerly worked for Bombardier.

Another step that Bombardier is taking to boost its presence in Asia is - and I'm surprised they didn't do it earlier - is to actually have commercial aircraft sales people based in Asia. It already has a few in China but Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott says they plan to station commercial aircraft sales people in other parts of Asia starting later this year or next year. "We are living in a global economy and it is hard to manage everything out of Toronto or Montreal," says Scott.
IATA AGM: Japan Airlines looks for mindset change
By Siva Govindasamy on June 6, 2010 10:47 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
I just interviewed Japan Airlines' new president and COO Masaru Onishi (above), a very interesting man, at the IATA annual general meeting in Berlin.

He was talking about how, above almost everything else, JAL needs a change in mindset - moving away from its traditional bureaucratic perspectives towards running the company towards an approach that befits a proper airline.

It will be tough - the "mindset" that he talks about has been entrenched for years, and changing corporate cultures is always a big ask in Japan. Yet, they have no choice. Sure, the government could step in and keep bailing it out. That, however, is becoming increasingly unpalatable in Japan.

As Onishi puts it, only a business and mindset transformation will lead to the emergence of a leaner, profitable and successful Japan Airlines. He may not say it, but the only other option is failure. IATA AGM: Industry will closely watch ANA's 787s
By Siva Govindasamy on June 5, 2010 9:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
There will be a lot of attention focused on Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) when it introduces the 787 into service early next year.

It has been a long wait for the aircraft, and it will be a big deal for the airline industry especially if Boeing's promised cost savings come through.

ANA will initially deploy the aircraft on its high yield routes (my best is on the first international flights going to China, although the carrier is saying that the west coast of the USA and Europe are on the cards).

Recovery is underway in the industry, but the new-age aircraft like the 787 will be needed as the airlines restructure their business and get rid of older generation aircraft like the Boeing 767s and Airbus A330s.

The 787 will be a welcome addition to the global airline industry. Jetstar to roll out iPad on board
By Ghim-Lay Yeo on June 1, 2010 6:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)

Why use any old portable media player, when you can have the iPad?

Qantas Airways' low-cost subsidiary Jetstar announced today it will trial the iPad on board as in-flight entertainment on selected domestic services from later this month.

Pay A$10 ($8) to rent the iPad, and you get movies, music, e-books, all at your fingertips throughout the flight.

Jetstar's CEO Bruce Buchanan expects the device to have "strong appeal" among passengers, going by the demand for the gadget so far.

Jetstar passengers currently pay A$10 to rent a portable media player on board with limited entertainment options on short-haul flights, or A$15 for a full selection of entertainment on long-haul services.

The airline is conducting the trial with BlueBox Avionics and Stellar Inflight. BlueBox is behind the first iPad in-flight entertainment system.

Depending on how the trial goes, Jetstar might roll out the iPad on all domestic and international services later this year, says Buchanan

Indonesia's new 19-seater entering crowded market

Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) is developing a new 19-seat aircraft, the N219. I spoke with the aircraft-maker's director of aero-structure Andi Alisjahbana, who sent me these pictures of the aircraft.

IAe already makes the CASA 212-200 under licence from Spain but the Indonesians are developing the N219 independently of CASA and argue that the Indonesian aircraft will not compete against the 212 because it is a slightly smaller aircraft and is a Part 23 rather than a Part 25 aircraft.

The Indonesians claim that the N219 will have a technologically-advanced tapered wing. Another selling point is that the cabin has three-abreast seating.

The product specs show the aircraft will have a maximum take-off weight of around 7t and its maximum payload will be 2.5t.

IAe will design the aircraft to take off from runways shorter than 600m-long.

It looks like the N219 will be competing for sales in the developing world against the Chinese-built Harbin Y12, which is also a 19-seat Part 23 aircraft. Although IAe is saying initially it will focus its sales efforts in Indonesia.

I've never really understood why China failed to pay more attention to developing its Y12 to capture the global market for 19-seat aircraft.

The competition in this segment had been pretty minimal and the Y12 is a good product. But now with IAe, Ruag (Dornier 228NG) and Viking Air (Twin Otter Series 400) coming into the market, things are going to get pretty crowded.

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Embraer reveals vision for single-pilot airliners

Embraer is preparing for the possible introduction of airliners designed for single-pilot operation by as early as 2020, following the roll-out of next-generation air traffic management systems in Europe and the USA.
Vice-president for airline market intelligence Luiz Sergio Chiessi says the Brazilian manufacturer is looking to provide "single-pilot capability, at least" in the 2020-25 timeframe.
He cautions, however, that much work needs to be done to persuade the travelling public, regulatory authorities and unions that the concept is feasible.
"It's very difficult to predict that this is going to happen, but I believe that we will have to provide capability for eventual implementation into the real world," says Chiessi.
Embraer is the first airliner manufacturer to publicly acknowledge it is in the early stages of studying single-pilot airliners
"Airlines are not coming to us with the idea - this is more a vision that we have. We believe that it is technically possible, but we don't know if it is going to be accepted by the public and the authrorities," says Chiessi.

"We believe that by 2020-25 the technology will be available, mainly due to the evolution of the air traffic management systems: NextGen in the USA and SESAR in Europe. We believe that the functions that will come with these new ATM systems will create the possibility of single-pilot "We haven't moved that far in terms of how to implement the concept. This is more a vision of the future than something that was fully analysed in terms of bits and bytes."
Allowing single-crew operation of airliners would provide substantial savings for airlines and help to alleviate forecast pilot shortages once the industry returns to sustained growth.
Some lower-end business jets such as Embraer's Phenom family are already certificated in certain states for single-pilot operation under Part 91 rules, but customers sometimes demand a two-pilot crew even if it is not required.
"With the electronics you can make a lot of the [cockpit] functions automatic," says Chiessi. "If you take the checklist of a conventional aircraft, for every 10 items you have, there are one or two on the Phenom. Every other action is being taken care of by the electronics."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Callsign :THAI
Country :Thailand
Airline Founded 1960
Fleet Size 95 Aircraft (+ 3 On Order/Planned)
Average Fleet Age * 11.3 Years
Official Website

Fleet Information

Aircraft Type Current
Airbus A300-600 :16
Airbus A330-300 :15
Airbus A340-500 :4
Airbus A340-600 :6
ATR 42/72 :1
Boeing 737 :7
Boeing 737-400 :7
Boeing 747 :18
Boeing 777-200 :16
Boeing 777-300 :6

Total =89

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Callsign :CEDAR JET
Country :Lebanon
Airline Founded :31-05-1945
Fleet Size :14 Aircraft (+ 1 On Order/Planned)
Average Fleet Age * 3.8 Years
Official Website

Aircraft Type Current Future Historic Total
Active Stored On Order Due To other Operator Stored Scrapped Written-Off

Airbus A320 :4
Airbus A320-200 :4
Airbus A321 :6
Airbus A321-200 :6
Airbus A330 :4
Airbus A330-200 :4

Total =14


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Friday, June 11, 2010

Meteorological Product Operations

Job Role: Medical Services, Airport and Ground Staff, Flight Operations, Air Traffic Control, Flight Crew, Flight Operations Specialist, Environment, Health and Safety
Job Hours: Full-Time
Location: Hamburg
Job Position: Contract
Company: Bishop GMBH
Salary: Top money, for top people
Job reference: Werner
Posted Date: 08 June 2010 19:29:47

Meteorological Product Operations Engineer (in Darmstadt, Germany)

Extracting relevant information from the ATOVS/AVHRR EPS processing chains and Cal /Val Facility (CVF) to perform regular production and quality monitoring reports. The main regular reporting intervals are daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly;
Monitoring a subset of the MSG MPEF products, namely Clear Sky Radiances, Tropospheric Humidity, and Layer Precipitable Water;
Performing off-line analysis of product quality;
Implementing new products into the operational product processing chains;
Working on improvement of existing product quality;
Maintaining contact with users to obtain their feedback on product service quality;
Elaborating, tracking and publishing service level quality indicators;
Reporting anomalies in product services, contribute to their diagnosis and track their resolution;
Supporting validation of new and improved products, and the compilation of the relevant product validation reports.

University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.
Minimum of 3 years experience of the operational use and quality control of satellite or meteorological data.
Experience in:
Quality control of satellite data and products,
Utilisation of satellite or meteorological products,
Configuration control of software and data,
Production monitoring and reporting,
Operational product processing environments.
The following areas of expertise would be an advantage:
Use of image processing software such as IDL or ENVI in a UNIX workstation /server environment;
Calibration and validation of satellite products;
Quality control of NOAA polar satellite data, meteorological observations and Numerical Weather Prediction data;
Knowledge of MSG and EPS missions and instruments.
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Able to work calmly and correctly under stress.
Able to work with the minimum of supervision.
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A320 Line Captains - Middle East. June Assessments

Job Role: Captain, Captain & Instructor, Pilot
Job Hours: Full-Time
Location: Saudi Arabia
Job Position: Contract
Company: Sigma Aviation Services
Job reference: NAS A320
Posted Date: 27 May 2010 12:14:03
Sigma Aviation Services on behalf of our client airline based in the Middle East is seeking applications from qualified A320 Line Captains.

Our client shall be conducting assessments for suitably qualified candidates on 20th/21st June in Amman, Jordan.

All candidates shall be responsible for their own travel and hotel accommodation arrangements to attend the assessment.

This assignment offers candidates excellent terms and conditions including:

- Attractive tax free base salary
- Commuting Schedule Options
- Accommodation allowances
- Long term contract opportunities 1-5 years
- Yearly service bonus
- Relocation allowance
- Education allowances available

Candidates should meet the following minimum requirements:

- Current and valid licence - JAA/FAA/ICAO
- Current and valid First Class Medical
- A320 type rating endorsement
- Minimum of 5000 hours of which 2000 hours must be command on Jet Aircraft
- Minimum of 500 PIC hours should be on type
- Recency on type within the last 6 months
- Age limit of 55 years

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747-8F engine damaged in Victorville

Boeing disclosed late last week that 747-8F - RC521 - had sustained damage to its number four General Electric GEnx engine while the aircraft was being towed at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California. The aircraft was loaded with fuel as it was being prepared for nautical air miles testing and weighed an estimated 835,000lbs at the time of the collision. Additional details have emerged about the collision, as well as several photographs that illustrate the incident.
Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident and the damage, while significant, was only superficial and did not damage the GEnx-2B's internal engine components. As you can see, the tug, which was parked at the time, sustained the brunt of the damage. The inlet cowl lip damaged measured 35 inches across and 17 inches wide, as well as a 17 inch gash on the underside of the cowling.
A big tip of the hat to the person who submitted these photos.

Matt Hall's amazing recovery

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Saturday, June 5, 2010

(job) Flight Schedule Manager

Job Role: Aviation
Job Hours: Full-Time
Location: Afghanistan
Job Position: Permanent
Company: Aviation Recruiting
Posted Date: 25 May 2010 14:08:16
Citizenship Requirement: Western Applicants Only

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

• Ensure Aviation customers’ cargo is scheduled in the most efficient manner possible, within aircraft capabilities, maintenance constraints and required delivery timelines
• Coordinate the departure and arrival of all aircraft
• Ensure aircraft capabilities are maximized to decrease operational costs
• Coordinate with Logistics Manager to ensure all necessary permissions and paperwork are arranged for scheduled flights
• Obtains aircraft Prior Permission Required (PPRs) when necessary
• Create and distribute tentative and final flight schedules
• Monitor, record and report actual flight details to all necessary personnel, e.g., administrative personnel, logistics personnel, operations personnel, etc.
• Create truck loading diagrams for warehouse personnel
• Ensure all contractual obligations towards aircraft suppliers are fulfilled, i.e. minimum guaranteed hours

Essential Skills and Qualifications:

• Prior experience living and working in a conflict or war zone
• Prior technical or supervisory role in logistics
• Extremely well organized
• Ability to multi-task
• Prior US/UK/AUS (or equivalent) Military Flight Ops Specialist
• Understanding of NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) and SPINS (Special Instructions)
• Proven experience working within a multicultural environment
• Excellent written and spoken English
• Well developed computer skills

Preferable Skills and Qualifications:

• Russian language abilities
• Expert ability to run QRCs (Quick Reaction Checklists)
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• Experience in an aviation related field


Emirates to recruit 700 pilots in next 18 months

After largely closing its doors to new recruits during the 2009 downturn, Emirates plans to hire more than 700 pilots over the next 18 months to support new routes and aircraft.
The airline has embarked on a recruitment roadshow that will take in much of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. It kicked off on 4 June in Madrid, one of six new destinations this year. It has already begun services from Dubai to Tokyo and Amsterdam, with Prague, Baghdad and Dakar to follow.
Emirates - which has a 147-strong fleet with six aircraft due to arrive this year, part of 144 on order - traditionally recruits only first officers.
Capt Alan Stealey, divisional senior vice-president flight operations, says Emirates is recruiting at a time when much of the industry is cutting back. The airline recently took delivery of its ninth Airbus A380 and will accept number 10 within days

"That's two giant aircraft to staff in the space of a fortnight," he says. "By the end of the year we will have recruited more than 250 pilots. Next year, we're looking to double that figure and recruit 500."

SpaceX Falcon 9 makes orbit on first attempt

SpaceX launched its first Falcon 9 booster from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1445 EDT today, reporting that the vehicle successfully delivered its payload, a qualification version of the company's Dragon capsule, into low-Earth orbit.
The Falcon 9 is one of two vehicles NASA is funding as part of its commercial orbital transportation system (COTS) program for hauling cargo to and from the International Space Station. The other booster is the Taurus II and its Cygnus capsule, built by Orbital Sciences. Orbital plans its first launch next year.

Today's Falcon 9 launch followed one abort earlier in the four-hour launch window, when the countdown was halted just seconds before launch due to a computer problem. The launch team recycled the procedure at launch minus 15 minutes.

Onboard video shows the full 3 minute burn of the nine-engine first stage, followed by separation and ignition of the single-engine second stage, which was expected to burn for five minutes before reaching orbit altitude of 250km (135nm).

Friday, June 4, 2010

saudi airlines fleet

Callsign :SAUDIA
Country :Saudi Arabia
Airline Founded :09-1946
Main Hub / Base Jeddah - King Abdulaziz International (JED / OEJN)
Secondary Hub(s) Riyadh - King Khaled International (RUH / OERK)
Dammam - King Fahd International (DMM / OEDF)

Fleet Size 129 Aircraft (+ 22 On Order/Planned)
Average Fleet Age * 14.1 Years
Official Website


Aircraft Type Current Active
Airbus A300 :10
Airbus A300-600 :6
Airbus A300B2 :1
Airbus A300B4 :3
Airbus A320 :10
Airbus A320-200 :10
Airbus A321 :1
Airbus A321-200 :1
Airbus A330 :3
Airbus A330-200 :2
Airbus A330-300 :1
Airbus A340 :1
Airbus A340-300 :1
Boeing 747 :27
Boeing 747-100 :4
Boeing 747-200 :2
Boeing 747-300 :11
Boeing 747-400 :9
Boeing 747SP :1
Boeing 757 :5
Boeing 757-200 :5
Boeing 777 :23
Boeing 777-200 :23
Embraer ERJ-170 :15
Embraer ERJ-170 :15
McDonnell-Douglas MD-11:4
McDonnell-Douglas MD-11:4
McDonnell-Douglas MD-90:29
McDonnell-Douglas MD-90 29

Total :127