Bek Air probe reveals safety problems

[Ref Flight International Magazine 28Jan – 3Feb 2020] A Bek Air’s Fokker 100s crashed on take-off from Almaty on 27 December, resulting in the enforced suspension of the airline’s operation. Kazakhstan’s civil aviation committee has uncovered a damning list of flaws (“a number of violations”) in Bek Air’s flight operations and maintenance processes, to justify the […]

FAA extends GE90 seal warning

[Ref Flight International Magazine 28Jan – 3Feb 2020] The US Federal Aviation Administration have just issued a second directive, which covers more serial numbers of the seals involved on Boeing 777-300ERs. Operators are being ordered urgently to remove interstage seals from GE Aviation GE90 engines, following an uncontained failure (in October 2020) involving a Thai Airways International-operated […]

Why aerodromes need to be certified?

[Ref AVIA4022 handout] Reason 1 : Requirements in ICAO Annex 14 States shall certify aerodromes to ensure safety, regularity and efficiency for international operations. Reason 2 : Requirements in Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995 The Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995 requires aircraft flying for the purpose of public transport of passengers to take off or land at […]

First flight-test Il-114-300 breaks cover

[Ref Flight International Magazine 14-20 Jan 2020] Ilyushin has rolled out the first prototype of the modernised Il-114-300 turboprop. Ground and flight tests are scheduled to take place this year. Two Il-114-300s are being built at RAC MiG facilities for the initial test work. These aircraft will be brought into the test programme at the […]