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Malaysia Airlines selling off its entrie fleet of Airbus A380s AND its four Boeing 777-200 extended range aircraft. Cargo fleet pric ed for sale too.

In what many are seeing as the final chapter for Malaysia Airlines, the board has put its entire fleet of six Airbus A380s up for sale, along with four Boeing 777-200ER jets, in a last - ditch attempt to wipe out a debt mountain of millions of dollars.

Sources are saying the airlines is open to outright sale or lease, of its flying assets.  

The sale also includes six MAS freight aircraft – two Boeing 747 - 400s and four Airbus A330-200s  and effectively sees  MAS CARGO no longer a serious contender in the air freight business

The first A380 arrived less than three years ago, in May 2012, the airline was nationalised 2014 by Malaysian government, in an attempt to stem the debt  which is around  1.5 billion.

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IAG the British Airways parent chalks up first ever profit....

The Spanish based British Airways parent IAG has for the first time reported a first-quarter profit thanks to  increased trans-Atlantic business, and a continued restructured recovery of its Iberian airline.  The operating profit was €25m ($27.7m), compared with a loss of €150m a year earlier Europe’s third-largest carrier said in a statement Thursday.

Sales rose 12pc to €4.7bn, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Chief executive Willie Walsh, who is looking to expand trans-Atlantic business by acquiring Ireland’s Aer Lingus, said cost discipline at all three of its airlines - British Airways, Spain’s Iberia and discounter Vueling - helped drive productivity and keep expenses down, even as the group increased capacity by 5pc.

“There was a strong improvement both at a group level and with all three airlines,” Mr Walsh said in the statement, adding that the North American market in particular produced “consistent positive performance".

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EasyJet flight EZY8626 from Palma, Mallorca to London Gatwick was diverted earlier today as a passenger was in need of "urgent medical assistance". The flight is set to land at Orly airport on the outskirts of Paris.

An easyJet spokesperson  said: "easyJet confirms flight EZY8626 from Palma to London Gatwick is diverting to Orly as a result of a passenger onboard requiring urgent medical assistance.
“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority. The flight will continue to London Gatwick after the passenger is transferred to hospital.

“We apologise for any inconvenience experienced due to the diversion and resulting delay.”
The airline refused to provide further details on the nature of the medical emergency.

The plane is now scheduled to depart Paris Orly at 3:35pm and will arrive in Gatwick at 3:45pm. It had originally been scheduled to arrive at 1:35pm. 
The plane diverted at around 1:20pm,  having squawked 7700, the air control code for an emergency. The plane descended rapidly, according to various tracking sites including AirLive.net, before holding steady at around 11,000 ft as it entered the Paris airport.

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Air Incidents Round Up ....

Rouge B763 enroute on Apr 7th 2015, food got flambeed
An Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300, registration C-FMWU performing flight RV-1809/AC-1809 from Sint Maarten (Dutch Antilles) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 241 people on board, was enroute when cabin crew noticed a burning smell in the aft galley. Upon...
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Air Canada B773 over Atlantic on Apr 24th 2015, climbed above cleared flight level
An Air Canada Boeing 777-300, registration C-FIUV performing flight AC-869 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Toronto,ON (Canada), was enroute at FL340 over the Atlantic Ocean near Position N56W40 when the crew requested to step climb to FL360 via...
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Ryanair B738 at Malaga on Apr 27th 2015, possible brakes problem
A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EMM performing flight FR-8162 from London Stansted,EN (UK) to Malaga,SP (Spain), was descending towards Malaga when the crew requested emergency services on stand inicating a possible brakes problem. The...
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Arkia E195 at Tel Aviv on Apr 26th 2015, bird strike
A Arkia Embraer ERJ-195, registration 4X-EMB performing flight IZ-803 from Tel Aviv Sde-Dov to Eilat (Israel), was climbing out of Sde-Dov Airport's runway 03 when the aircraft was struck by a bird prompting the crew to level off at 2500 feet and...
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Nordstar B738 near Krasnojarsk on Apr 27th 2015, hydraulic failure
A Nordstar Boeing 737-800, registration VQ-BDZ performing flight Y7-248 from Norilsk to Krasnojarsk (Russia) with 56 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute when the crew received indication of a hydraulic failure. The aircraft continued to Krasnojarsk...
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Courtesy: AeroInside.com,

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THY Airbus A320 at Istanbul on Apr 25th 2015, hard landing,wing and engine ground contact, pilot lifts off for a go-around, engine problem, gear problem, gear collapse, runway excursion

On April 25th 2015, a Turkish Airlines Airbus A320-200, (registration TC-JPE) on flight TK-1878 from Milan Malpensa (Italy) to Istanbul (Turkey) with 97 passengers, landed on Istanbul Ataturk Airport's runway 05 at 10:22L (07:22Z) but rolled right just before touchdown, causing the right engine and wing to contact the runway and a hard touch down, reports www. Aeroinside.com

The crew initiated a go-around, then declared emergency due to an engine (V2527) being inoperative. The crew subsequently reported an unsafe gear indication.

The aircraft positioned for an emergency landing on runway 35L, touched down about 20 minutes after the go around, but with the right main gear collapsed the aircraft skidded on its right engine, with sparks and smoke trailing the engine, and veered right off the runway spinning nearly 180 degrees.

The aircraft was evacuated via slides while emergency services started to spray the aircraft. There were no injuries, the aircraft received substantial damage to the right hand main gear, right hand engine and its pylon as well as to leading and trailing edge high lift devices at the right hand wing.

The airline confirmed the aircraft went off the runway during an emergency landing, the 97 passenges have been safely evacuated, there are no injuries.

A passenger later reported the aircraft was on its first approach to Ataturk's Airport uneventfully until about 100 feet AGL when the aircraft suddenly rolled heavily to the right and fell down onto the runway, while on the ground the aircraft was still tilted to the right, the engines accelerated and the aircraft became airborne again, the passenger thought the right main gear had collapsed at that point already.

While positioning for the second approach another passenger yelled "Fire".

Cabin crew instructed the passengers to brace for landing. The second touchdown was smooth, however, there were scraping sounds from the right, the passenger did not notice a gear collapse during roll out, only after the aircraft had slowed significantly the aircraft began to veer to the right.

 The doors were opened, passengers directed to the left forward and right rear doors for evacuation, when the right hand overwing exits were opened foam from the fire engines entered the cabin. About 5 minutes after landing buses arrived and took the passengers to the terminal.

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They say statistics can prove everything or nothing. If you've been following the number of aviation incidents over the last few years you could be forgiven for thinking the world of aviation is going mad but you'd be wrong. Those who know say  2014 actually set a new record for the least  number of commercial aviation accidents since the start of the airline age, with just 21 recorded.

That’s down from 29 in 2013, 23 in 2012 and 36 in 2011. Recent tragic events cast a shadow on some of the aviation safety related procedures, particularly relating to pilot mental health evaluation.  It boils down to the simple fact that pilots themselves that are responsible for assessing their own mental health.  The Aerotime website usually has its finger on the trigger and this time its just so what everyone is thinking but dare not give it publicity.

Listen to Skaiste Knyzaite, CEO of AviationCV.com:
Therapists or pilots – why aircrew is left to evaluate their own mind?
“During the primary training, pilots are subject to thorough examination. However, the main focus usually remains on physical, not mental issues. Even though airlines perform thorough background checks and seek reference letters, all of that is done only at the start of pilot’s career. Later on, yearly checks, containing couple of tick-boxes regarding mental illness is all that’s done to evaluate overall capability of an aircraft pilot, leaving him the sole authority to decide whether his mind is set for the job,”

"It is thought that one of four people around the globe are affected by mental or neurological disorder according to World Health Organization, such an attitude rightfully becomes the reason for public concern, all eyes quickly turn to the person manning the aircraft in case of an accident.

Not surprisingly, in order to ensure the utmost safety of the most popular way of travelling the world, airline pilots have to undergo a highly specific and extremely detailed training, which sometimes can exceed to years of learning and testing. Even in the line with FAA and EASA regulation, pilots around the globe are left on their own when it comes to monitoring something as important as their mental health.

Although most of regional CAA’s are reviewing their relevant procedures in the light of recent tragic events, most of them state that the current practice of assessing mental health is sufficient. Moreover, they claim that no matter the changes, it is impossible to ensure that accidents caused by pilot’s mental stability are eliminated altogether.

In addition to that, even with tightening of the screening process, there is no potential way to eliminate pilot dishonesty. In fact, according to the rules of the FAA, pilots can be fined up to $250 000 if they try to falsify information or lie about their health. Despite that, clearly understanding that recognition of mental illness would definitely mean hurting ones career, it is not surprising many would be inclined to mention nothing that could raise suspicions.

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Migrants sneaking under the flimsy detention centre perimeter in Lampedusa


Julian Bray writes: What can be done about the rapidly deteriorating situation in North Africa? The media have cottoned onto the fact that over a million souls are camped all around the North African Mediterranean facing ports, but they overlook the fact that its only a staging post in a long, long line, there  are as I write some 2 - 4million others slowly making their way to Libya, and they have already paid over a $1,000 dollars a head to the traffickers agents.

Simple maths suggests this is a major international criminal enterprise and with the latest arrests in Italy, the mafia or even worse Russian criminals would seem to be connected. But that is for someone else to tackle.  

Turning back to the current situation, its clear UK politicians are treading water as the election looms and frankly nothing substantive will be done in the UK  until after May 7th. (Sending one Royal Navy ship in is hardly substantive, we'd normally send in an aircraft carrier and support ships. Oh we don't have one! But the French do....)  It needs a massive international humanitarian effort and clearly the Europeans won't be agreeing anything soon.  If the migrants are denied boarding, they will still continue to arrive in lawless Libya. The tap in effect needs to be turned off. Turned off at source.

True we in the UK contributed to the current situation, but that is history. For what its worth here are my suggestions based on rescue operations I've been involved in, with organisations such as Europ Assistance and medevac rescue services.

1. Formally declare a major international emergency.

2. Reception Centres, no point in putting the centres onshore in Libya unless a UN or OAU controlled areas can be established, then quickly set up flat pack emergency centres with the express intention of returning the migrants to their point of origin but again into UN patrolled secure areas, fully supported by Europe and America. THIS IS THE START OF THE MIGRANT SEASON!

2.  Set up feeding and medical centres. All countries have mothballed fleets, press them into service and clear out the Reserve warehouses. Where did all the kit from Afghanistan go? Not all of it has been sold off yet. See for yourself at www.mod-sales.com/auction/

3. Self help. Plots of land, seed, clean water and within a couple of years many migrants will stay put, but it will need continuing support. Establishing International communities all along the region should be the aim.

4. The UK international aid budget is a joke and has been so for decades, its costs the UK billions but only a fraction of the aid ever reaches those who need it. Its syphoned off by local politicians etc.  India for example can send rockets to the moon but we still pour money into the sub-continent. Pull all this direct aid just offer support in terms of grants to UK companies operating in India.  A good analogy is giving them a pre-loaded credit card, all transactions clearly transparent and no cash or negotiable bills involved. A presidential Mercedes, like the two in Uganda, would be quickly spotted.

5. Concentrate on areas of extreme urgent need. Sound harsh but many Indian enterprises own key chunks of former UK industries. Certainly a vacuum will be created but immediately filled by something else.

6. The Italian community in the UK is fully equipped to help their country, supported temporary repatriation of Italian nationals with specialist skills. IE If they sign up for a 3 year tour, their links, jobs etc will be financially supported in the UK. It is better to keep this continuing sea of migrants close to the departure point rather than see them mass at Calais. Simply the relentless chain of humanity making its way through Europe will arrive on our shores within12 months, and these battle hardened individuals won't be in the mood to be turned around.

7. Physically there are hundreds of thousands of half completed apartments in Spain. Whole towns and districts mothballed, again aid well placed will open up these districts and give the migrants a place to stay in safety.

8.  If nothing is done? Expect the situation to rapidly deteriorate and expect bloated corpses to start washing up on elite Mediterranean sun kissed beaches. When the tourists desert the Med, you can then expect some immediate action.

9. And the dilapidated boats and ships? To be towed to a designated area and scuttled forming a new underwater reef. The ones that cannot be towed, sunk just outside international waters. creating a line of breakwaters.

10.Not ideal, but the conversation has to start somewhere and some of these ideas will works as I have seen them in action...

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 EXCLUSIVE Peterborough Tribune PICTURE

Postal Votes issued under the authority of Gillian Beasley, have been thudding onto doormats all over the Unitary Authority of Peterborough but the WRONG GENERAL ELECTION coded voting slips have been sent out!

Peterborough postal vote packages have been wrongly sent to NW Cambridgeshire voters who live within the Unitary Authority and have requested a postal vote.  And we now hear that Peterborough voters in Park & North Ward have the wrong postal votes as well - the candidates for NW Cambridgeshire appear on their coded voting slips.

These are wrongly coded, contain the names and boxes for thr wrong candidates and therefore INVALID. 

This alone could ensure that any party reliant on postal votes will be hugely disadvantaged.

Anyone immediately innocently filling in one of these slips and posting off the postal voting package will find their RECORDED VOTES are invalid, as each individual slip is security numbered and barcoded.

 The postal votes are checked off against the electoral roll, and if the two do not match up will be declared spoiled. 

The Council is not responding to our telephone calls, but in response to our tweet claimed the error was with the unnamed security printer.

The  PBROTRIB view is like secure City financial documents,  the process should have been physically witnessed and the process signed off AT EVERY STAGE as correct by the Returning Officer Gillian Beasley.  

This opens up the possibility of massive fraud and many thousands of voters being disenfranchised and denied a lawful vote.

You just had one job.....

The only way is to cancel ALL POSTAL VOTES. Reprint all on a different WATERMARKED security paper and possibly halt or delay the General Election (Best of luck with that one Gillian! Better get the CV up to date and the Headhunters briefed..)

A significant number of voters will have ALREADY innocently already filled in and posted their documents, before departing on holiday. The envelope instructs Open and Return Immediately.

Airlines and Cruise Ship Lines report massive numbers will be leaving the UK ahead of the General Election having cast their postal votes..

Peterborough City Council has form for this, they recently messed up the sticky labels for paid for Brown bin collections and this is the sordid history of postal vote abuse in Peterborough:


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Election writs may fly over candidates off message remarks........................

Chamali Fernando 'wristband' tiff.....

We don't know Chamali Fernando, as being incarcerated in the Peoples Unitary Authority of Peterborough, the regal Ms Fernando is hardly likely to marvel at our self inflicted  traffic jams or be fascinated by the dear leaders memorial on/ off /on /off fountains,  but she is apparently the official Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge (Toff alert) and according to local hacks, a licensed attorney in the State of New York.  Which of course will be very handy for the coachloads of American tourists visiting Cambridge, should they stub a toe on the pavement, break a fingernail in the local Nandos or feel the need to consult a friendly Lawyer.

What is confusing is the suggestion that Ms Fernando has started legal action through Manleys Solicitors  against another parliamentary candidate, this time for the Lib Dems:  Julian Huppert. Curiously Manleys are known for the work they do, for a host of high powered clients and entertainers such as Kerry Katona.

The timing is interesting, at a critical time when Ms Fernandos political campaign would seem to require that she devote all her energies to winning over the hearts and minds of those who might have previously voted for Mr Huppert, it all seems a trifle odd. Its all over some alleged remarks concerning an idea that distinctive wrist bands for people with mental illnesses would be a good idea. Possibly compulsory.

We think it stinks as an idea, but a possible for consideration as part of the hustings chatter and  something new to shout about on doorsteps. In fact anything to give this election some kind of buzz as its in danger of being one of the most boring campaigns any of us are likely to experience or endure..

The riddle isn't helped by the student paper Varsity running banner headlines stating Ms Fernando is suing Julian Huppert. Its clearly at the preliminary stage, a long way to go before its up in Court and frankly potential politicians need very thick skins following recent directions, and politicians being just a few rungs above hacks and estate agents, in the great scheme of things.  

No one seems to have seen any documents or legal bundles destined for the High Court, but just one of those pre-action format catch-all letters cranked off the office Gestetner ( being Cambridge we've taken some artistic licence, if you don't know what a Gestetner is or was,  we suggest ask your grandparents...)       

Next week we will consider the distress caused by people standing on doorsteps wearing garish rosettes, or peering through letterboxes...

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Huge plumes of thick black smoke seen over two of London's busiest motorways near Heathrow Airport today. The smoke appeared after a fire in West Drayton, near the airport, at around 11.30am.

Witnesses described seeing thick black smoke above the M4 and the M25 in west London.

Upto 700 boat people drowned in the Mediterranean overnight as vessel capsizes... Many thousands more expected, as seas now calm...

Leaving Tunisia

The prospect of bloated floating corpses washing up on Mediterranean shores and swirling in the wake of inter island ferry boats and visiting cruise ships is now a distinct daily possibility as another 700 would be migrants from North Africa, Eritrea, Somalia and Ghana are overnight feared drowned. 

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News Agency ANSA showing first images from the tragedy unfolding in the Mediterranean

Sky correspondent Enda Brady reporting live suggests there are 1000's more boarding boats and ships ready to embark as the seas are getting calmer.

Coastguard boats and helicopters are searching the sea off the Italian island of Lampedusa for hundreds of missing people, earlier a boat carrying African migrants sank killing at least 127.

Mayor of Lampedusa, Giusy Nicolini, said the death toll from the sinking on Thursday was likely to rise. "It's horrific, like a cemetery, they are still bringing them out," she said.

More than 150 people were rescued but several hundred others are still unaccounted for, according to the Associated Press agency.

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Four coastguard and police vessels and two helicopters were in the area of the accident. A submerged vessel of about 20m in length had been identified in the water, officials said.

Floriana Segreto, a coast guard official, said rescue operations were continuing.
The boat is believed to have set off from Libya on Tuesday. A fishing boat raised the alarm at about 7:20am on Thursday (05:20GMT) and began pulling people out of the water before coastguard vessels arrived.

Pope Francis on Friday mourned the death of the migrants in the latest tragedy. "Today is a day of tears," he said.

Maurizio Lupi, Italy's transport minister, said more needed to be done to combat people-traffickers who put migrants in crowded and unsafe vessels.

Thousands of migrants from Africa arrive in Italy on unsafe, overcrowded vessels every year, with most coming to Lampedusa, a tiny island just 113km from the coast of Tunisia. 

Numbers have been boosted this year by thousands of refugees from the civil war in Syria, most of whom have arrived on the eastern coast of Sicily from Egypt.

The life expired craft overturned as they all moved to one side, those on board fearing an alongside ship was too close and would sink their vessel, but ironically they did it themselves.

The problem is growing daily as there are now no less than five civil wars raging all along the African coastline and other conflicts inland. Make no mistake gangs and temporary owners of rust bucket vessels are making fortunes.

Where the ship would normally be destined for breaking up, 4,000 souls  each paying over 1,000 euros each for 'safe passage' have opened up a whole new cattle market. The Italians in turn faced with substantial costs have cut back their rescue missions and effectively leaving people to their own devices or to drown, they hoped the much publicised rescue cut backs would discourage the humanitarian flow.

In reality it had the opposite effect. Realising that that the European door was closing, those able to raise the money, jumped straight into the arms of the gangsters.  Hapless migrants seeking admission to Italy, know that once on shore, Italians will document and effectively release them quickly into the Europe mainland to make their way to where the perceived jobs are.

The misery continues, as we hear that salad packers in Spains' Murcia, the products all destined for major UK supermarkets, are taking many of them in return for exploitative subsistence pay and shocking living conditions. Life is cheap. If they become sick or unable to work, they are ejected from the packing field and left to fend for themselves, inside Europe. 

There is also a strong rumour circulating that some UK election hopefuls or their agents have been recently visiting Italy, and in return for 'funding' doing private deals to move them by various means into the UK and Ireland. In effect a trunk route or corridor is in the process of being created which effectively bypasses the Calais bottleneck. How it works we don't yet know but clearly with the UK Election diverting resources it is the ideal time for the traffickers to flex their muscles.

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A one man gyrocopter landed on Capitol Hill, the pilot, a senior years postman, just wanted to deliver boxes of mail as a protest...... His gyro confiscated by police, and having sparked off a national emergency, he is in big, big, trouble. The FAA is already conducting an investigation, and stuffing aviation journalist in-boxes with  emails. Uncle Sam is mightily unhappy....

FAA Statement
The FAA is working with its aviation security partners in the DC area to investigate an incident involving an aircraft that landed on the west lawn of the Capitol this afternoon.

The pilot was not in contact with FAA air traffic controllers and the FAA did not authorize him to enter restricted airspace.

Approved Judgment Judgment Approved by the court for handing down. Lachaux v. AOL (IN FULL )

Neutral Citation Number: [2015] EWHC 915 (QB) 
Case No: HQ14D05024 HQ14D05025 HQ15D00253
Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London, WC2A 2LL 
Date: 01/04/2015 
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 Bruno Lachaux Claimant - and -  Independent Print Limited Defendant 
 Bruno Lachaux Claimant - and -  Evening Standard Limited Defendant 
 Bruno Lachaux Claimant - and -  AOL (UK) Limited Defendant

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Godwin Busuttil (instructed by Taylor Hampton) for the Claimant  David Price QC (instructed by David Price Solicitors & Advocates) for the Defendants in HQ14D05024 and HQ10D05025  Manuel Barca QC & Hannah Ready (instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP) for the Defendant in HQ15D00253 Hearing date: 18 March 2015

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Approved Judgment   
Judgment Approved by the court for handing down.
Lachaux v. AOL 

1. Before the court are applications in three libel actions brought by the claimant against the publishers of three newspapers; the Independent (HQ14D05024) print and online; the London Evening Standard (HQ14D05025) print and online; the Huffington Post UK (AOL(UK) Limited  (“AOL”) (HQ15D00253) online only.   The claims arise from articles published by the defendants which make substantially the same allegations of the claimant. In summary they are that the claimant became violent towards his ex-wife within months of marrying her causing her to leave and disappear with their infant son.  The claimant contends that these allegations are defamatory of him both at common law and pursuant to section 1 Defamation Act 2013 (“the 2013 Act”).


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Statement on Alaska Airlines flight 448

Update 7 p.m.
A ramp employee who fell asleep in the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines aircraft has been discharged from the hospital. The employee, who works for Alaska contractor Menzies Aviation, passed a drug test this afternoon.
The agent had been on a four-person team loading baggage onto Flight 448, which departed for Los Angeles at 2:39 p.m. The aircraft returned to Seattle after 14 minutes in flight when the captain heard banging beneath the aircraft.


+++ BREAKING NEWS +++  CANNES, FRANCE Sunday April 4 2015: According to sources in Cannes attending the 2015 MIPTV festival, a Germany-based production and distribution company Beta Film is delaying the international launch of a big-budget TV movie “Starfighter,” which is based on a real-life scenario involving hundreds of 1960's jet-fighters based in Germany.
Beta has postponed the shows' debut at TV sales market MIPTV in Cannes,France following broadcaster RTL’s decision to remove the film from its schedules in the light of the recent Germanwings  tragedy.

Julian Bray reports: Shocking news is emerging tonight from the French news agency AFP, they are claiming that Doctors at Lufthansa had recommended that pilot Andreas Lubitz, who is suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps, be given psychological treatment after he suffered a bout of depression, a German newspaper reported.

If this is the case then the Lufthansa Chief Officer Corporate Director Human Resources and Legal Affairs  Dr. Bettina Volkens,  a lawyer by profession, (who has been shielded  so far from the media)  would have known, as she also handles the medical and health evaluations for flying staff.  So perhaps now is the time for Dr. Volkens to face the media and tell us what she really knows?


Julian Bray writes: We are happy to run this item from The Daily Record, you will recall we reported on the original incident last December, but now the official AAIB report has come out. Fresh eyes can look at it, and from a media perspective. 

Due to my often repeated public position on the need for urgent real time live reporting of cockpit data and conversations, I'm happy to let others give their view.  It is also refreshing to have an alternative non jargon view on the narrative.

Leaving out the tabloid lexicon, the media report is factual, highly detailed and highlights a continuing problem with computer aided flying "fly by wire." 

Pilot training needs to be intensified to concentrate on non autopilot manipulation of the controls, whatever the additional commercial cost.

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Eighth Symposium on Aircraft Repossession highlights weaknesses in the Aviation Industry

The fact that Aeropodium is again the organizer for the 8th international aircraft repossession symposium to be held on April 21, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland, suggest that aviation is going though a financial and cultural seachange. Frequently aircraft on scheduled and charter services are being seized on landing at a variety of airports but all too often these valuable assets are being put beyond the reach of their owners and more direct action for recovery has to be considered.  Legally crossing borders is a grey area and the event seeks to clarify what is permissible.

This event is sponsored by Shergroup and moreJet and is to be chaired by David Chamberlain of Watson, Farley & Williams.   Following sessions in  Miami, London, Dubai and India, this symposium will take place in Dublin to explore the latest developments in the field of aircraft repossession and recovery.

  Its being billed  as  a unique opportunity to network with aircraft operators and manufacturers, banks, financial analysts, leasing and finance companies and other aviation professionals with an interest in aircraft repossession and recovery.   Speakers lined up include  Jan Michael Bosak of Elix Aviation Capital, Professor Patrick Honnebier of Gomez and Bikker Law Offices, Ben Jacques of WNG Capital, Yves Lavigne of World Assets Transition, David Louzado of ICF International, Roland McKay of Kayway Aero, Alison McKenzie of Kennedys, Richard Mumford of Stevens & Bolton, Robert Ricketts of Clark Ricketts, Claire Sandbrook of Shergroup, Ken Sewell of IBA and Robert-Jan Temmink of Quadrant Chambers.

The programme will cover a variety of issues such as securing aircraft assets, practical legal issues on repossession, bankruptcies or repossessions in the last 18 months. Workshops will cover best practices when a repossession becomes possible, lessons learnt from previous experiences, when repossession should not be the recommended course of action.

Other areas will cover  how much a repossession typically costs, practical advice, the successful repossession of an aircraft may not include its nationality deregistration, the law of enforcement and the role of the UK as a vital hub for repossessions. When is the right time to plan a repossession, making sure your lease helps, rather than hinders, repossession, aircraft repossession in emerging countries, and repossessions that occur when an aircraft is arrested to satisfy a judgment debt.  The world is clesarly becoming a difficult place to do business

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Julian Bray comments: Repatriation flights to rescue schoolchildren stranded by the latest series of French air traffic control strikes are today being operated by easyJet. The airline is adding five special flights - Luton to Paris, Paris to Barcelona, Barcelona to Luton, Gatwick to Madrid, and Marrakech to Gatwick. Other flights may be added as appropriate.

 The airline is to operate larger planes before the weekend to ease the widespread disruption throughout Europe caused by the 48-hour controllers' strike which ended yesterday but other strikes are already in the pipeline which will ensure that hundreds of aircraft will not be in their correct positions as they attempt to play catch up. In the initial round EasyJet was among the worst-hit - having axed some 331 flights yesterday and 248 on Wednesday.  The timing by the French could not be more difficult as the UK Government introduces 'phased' enhanced passport exit controls, which is already impacting on tight time schedules and causing some tempers to fray due to the long waiting in queues just to clear immigration  and customs control.

"We are operating five rescue flights, prioritising the repatriation of three groups of schoolchildren."
Other carriers, including Ryanair, British Airways and Flybe were also badly affected by the strike, with Ryanair having to cancel more than 250 flights on Wednesday.

The French air traffic controllers are currently scheduled to stage two more stoppages in the coming days - the first from April 16-18 and the second from April 29 to May 2. The spacing of the French industrial action will mean that few aircraft in Europe will be running to schedule as the cumulative effect will leave groups of passengers, luggage, freight and perishable cargo stranded at a variety of major airport hubs. It could well be that 'foreign' aircraft will be specially chartered to cope with the chaos and that flights will be routed around French airspace all of which causes delays and precisely timed landing and take off slots missed.

The authorities are strongly suggesting that all passengers should confirm flight details by telephone with their airline before venturing anywhere near airports. This also goes for return flights. Airlines are required to provide refreshments and possibly hotel accommodation, a situation which is costing the industry some £50 million in extra costs. But there are NO CASH REFUNDS.

As many as 20,000 people are currently caught up in the disruption and more will be added as the additional strikes go ahead. Passengers are strongly advised to change dates if at all possible, or seek alternative routes and methods of transport.

Although the dispute is confined to French air space, the total footprint extends beyond France. The bonus is that some not previously used airports may suddenly see a flurry of new aircraft landing, refuelling and taking off. Local coach firms will also see an increase in business.

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Thousands of travellers flying from British airports have again been left stranded by French air traffic controllers on strike over an increase in pension age.  Hundreds of flights were grounded on Wednesday and many more were disrupted, with delays and cancellations not only affecting journeys to France but also to other parts of Europe only accessible overflying French airspace.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said passengers  should check with their airline before going to the airport in case their journey is cancelled or badly delayed.
Ryanair cancelled 250 flights on Wednesday from airports including Birmingham, Luton, Leeds Bradford, Stansted, East Midlands and Dublin.
Among the destinations on Ryanair’s cancelled list are Alicante and Málaga in Spain and Marrakech in Morocco.

EasyJet has cancelled 118 flights. Most of the axed services involve flights within France, but also include return flights to Paris from Gatwick, Belfast and Luton, as well as a Gatwick-Toulouse return service.

British Airways was among the other carriers that had to cancel flights, while Flybe axed 16 services including flights to Paris from Manchester, Birmingham and Exeter, and some flights from Southampton.

Ryanair criticised the industrial action by French air-traffic controllers, who want fresh talks on working conditions and are angry at plans to push back their pension age by two years.
“It’s grossly unfair that thousands of European travellers will once again have their travel plans disrupted by the selfish actions of a tiny number of French … workers,” the Irish airline was quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) as saying.

An easyJet spokesperson said: “We can assure our passengers we are doing everything possible to limit the inconvenience of this strike on them.”

A BA representative said: “We are doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers. We will be using larger aircraft as well as rerouting some flights to try to help as many customers as possible get to where they need to be.

“Unfortunately there will be some knock-on delays to other parts of our short-haul network as a result of the strike action, given how much airspace in Europe will be affected. We are sorry for any disruption to customers’ travel plans.”

AFP reported that the situation in Paris terminals was relatively calm, with passengers apparently making other plans after heeding advance warnings of the strike. The CAA asked for passengers flying from Britain to do the same.

A spokesman said: “One thing we are really keen to do is to advise passengers, if they are due to fly in the next few days, to check with airlines before going to the airport.

He stressed that passengers should exercise their consumer rights if they are faced with long delays. “When there is a long delay they are entitled to food and drink and the airline should provide that. If passengers are being delayed overnight airlines are obliged to provide accommodation,” the
spokesman said.

“If their flights are cancelled at short notice they are obliged to offer passengers a refund or a rearranged flight.”

A spokesman for Eurocontrol, the agency that oversees air-traffic control across Europe, said France’s aviation authority had requested a 40% cut in flights to and from French airports.
He said flights to destinations elsewhere in Europe had, where appropriate, been rerouted to the east and west of French airspace. ‘Typically there would be about 4,000 overflights [in French airspace]. Some of these are still happening but obviously people are rerouting around as much as possible,’ he said.

The strike, which began on Wednesday at 5am and is set to last 48 hours, was called by the main air-traffic union SNCTA, which wants talks over the working conditions of its members.
A sticking point is the raising of the retirement age for air traffic controllers by 2 years from 57 to 59.

Alain Vidalies, the French transport minister, said he regretted that the union had chosen to call for strike action and noted that a meeting was due to take place on 13 April to discuss the specific working practices in the sector.

SNCTA had originally called the strike from 25 to 27 March but scrapped it after the Germanwings crash  in the French Alps in which 150 people were killed.

Sources AFP,CNS,Guardian,PA,Airwires

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Air Canada A320 at Halifax on Mar 29th 2015, laned short of runway, landing gear collapsed, engine sheared off, 23 hospitalised



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An Air Canada Airbus A320-200, ( C-FTJP) flight AC-624 (departure  Mar 28th) from Toronto,ON to Halifax,NS (Canada) with 133 passengers and 5 crew on board  The Airbus A320-200 was on approach to Halifax's runway 05 at about 00:40L (03:40Z) when the aircraft touched down about 1100 feet/335 meters short of and well below the runway threshold. The aircraft clipped a powerline about 250 meters short of the runway then impacted the embankment just below the runway level. It came to a stop past the threshold of the runway near taxiway B about 1800 feet/550 meters down the runway.

The aircraft was evacuated. 25 people were injured  and taken to a hospital, the aircraft sustained substantial damage (all landing gear collapsed, left hand engine separated, wing damaged, horizontal stabilizer damaged).

The aircraft had been holding west of Halifax prior to commencing the approach waiting for weather (visibility) to improve.

Halifax Airport later confirmed an accident on the longer runway 05/23 (length 3200 meters/10,500 feet), which as result of the accident closed.

The shorter runway 14/32 (length 2350 meters/7,700 feet) was opened about 5.5 hours after the accident. There were a number of minor injuries. Due to the power line cut, the airport was without power for about 90 minutes until power was restored.

The airline confirmed the aircraft suffered a runway 'excursion' on landing in Halifax, 23 passengers and crew were taken to hospitals, 18 were later discharged from hospital.

The Canadian TSB dispatched a team of investigators to Halifax and immediately opened an investigation into the accident.

On Mar 31st 2015 the Canadian TSB reported the on site work has been finished, the aircraft is expected to be removed in the next few days.

The board reiterated: "On 29 March 2015, at approximately 1240 a.m., Air Canada flight ACA 624, an Airbus A320, on a scheduled flight from Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, collided with terrain approximately 1100 feet from the threshold of Runway 05, eventually coming to rest about 1100 feet down the runway. There were 133 passengers and 5 crew members on board; all of whom exited the aircraft. Twenty-five people were taken to hospital for treatment of injuries. The initial impact was significant and caused substantial damage to the aircraft. The main landing gear separated and the underside of the aircraft was heavily damaged (fuselage and wings). During this impact, the aircraft collided with a localizer antenna array – part of the instrument landing system – and became airborne again, travelling forward on Runway 05. There is an extensive debris field between the localizer antenna location and the threshold of the runway." An aerial photo taken by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and published by the TSB (see below) shows the tail section of the aircraft impacted the slope of the embankment about 760 feet short of the runway threshold slightly below the runway level with no other ground tracks from that point to Old Guysborough Road possibly suggesting the aircraft became airborne again between point of first ground contact 1100 feet before runway threshold and point of first impact 760 feet before the runway threshold. Another aerial shot by RCMP shows the aircraft on the left edge of the runway past taxiway B about 1800 feet down the runway.

Halifax's runway 05 features a LOC or NDB non precision instrument approach (no glideslope available, common LOC frequency with ILS runway 23), runway 23 offers a CAT II ILS approach, runway 14 offers a CAT I ILS approach.

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Lufthansa Airbus A333 near Bucharest on Apr 2nd 2015 suffers in-flight hydraulic failure




A Lufthansa Airbus A330-300, (registration D-AIKQ)  flight LH-638 from Munich (Germany) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), was enroute at FL370 about 100nm northwest of Bucharest (Romania) when the pilot decided to return to Munich due to a hydraulic failure.

The aircraft landed safely back in Munich about 3 hours after departure .

Passengers reported the crew announced a hydraulic failure. After landing the passengers were taken to hotels near the Airport, the flight was postponed to Apr 3rd. 

replacement Airbus A340-600 registration D-AIHQ reached Dubai with a delay of 18 hours.

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A Germanwings Airbus A319-100, (registration D-AGWF) flight 4U-814 from Cologne, Germany, to Venice, Italy on Saturday April 4th, with 123 passengers and 5 crew, was enroute at flight level 31,000 ft about 75nm north of Stuttgart, Germany, when the pilot needed to shut an engine [V2524]  down due to cockpit warning indicator of a possible oil leak.

The aircraft flying on one engine immediately diverted to Stuttgart for a safe landing on runway 07, some 25 minutes later.

A replacement Airbus A319-100 registration D-AGWZ reached Venice with a delay of 2.5 hours.

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The Carnforth-based company operates charter trips on the picturesque Settle to Carlisle line, which runs through the Yorkshire Dales, as well as, among others, a route taking in Fort William in the Highlands.
WCR owns the Hogwarts Express engine featured in the Harry Potter films that last month went on display at Warner Bros Studio Tour in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.

All WCR Steam trains operating across picturesque northern routes have been suspended over fears they are a "threat to the safe operation of the railway".

Network Rail has halted West Coast Railways (WCR) services after the "most serious" case of a train failing to stop at a signal so far this year.

The suspension notice means it cannot run chartered services until 15 May.

Network Rail said the decision had not been taken lightly.

According to Rail magazine, it is an "unprecedented suspension" as, since privatisation, operators have been barred from certain routes but never hit with a total network ban.

A Network Rail spokesman said services were suspended from 00:00 on 3 April and would only resume if seven action points are addressed.

The spokesman said: "We have set out a number of actions to address the safety concerns raised and will continue to work with WCR to ensure their services can run safely in future."
The action points include:
  • Introducing an "effective, risk-based driver monitoring regime"
  • Reviewing procedures to make sure drivers understand all safety and operational information
  • Establishing a plan with a deadline to implement actions from Network Rail's January review of the company's safety policies
Network Rail is concerned over a recent Spad (signal passed at danger) incident and the company's response to the problem.

Network Rail's suspension notice said it "ranked as the most serious Spad that has taken place this year when the industry risk ranking methodology was applied".

It said it happened near junction SN45 at Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire on 7 March when a WCR service between Bristol and Southend overshot a busy junction.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is investigating.

Network Rail said the response from West Coast Railways was "inadequate", in a meeting held on Tuesday.

Sources: Rail Magazine, CNS, BBC, Network Rail

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The outer case of the second flight recorder, the missing data stack (pictured below) recovered later, it was buried under rubble, subjected to fire and extreme impact but is releasing its secrets...   
The second black box recovered from the wreckage of Germanwings flight 4U9525 shows that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz accelerated the aircraft as it descended into the Alps, French aviation officials said

Avionics data recovered on Thursday from the buried second black box flight data recorder fixed inside the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps confirms that the co-pilot acted deliberately.  The French BEA crash investigation agency said Andreas Lubitz repeatedly accelerated the plane's final descent.

All 149 people and the co-pilot on board the flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on 24 March were killed.

"A first reading shows that the pilot in the cockpit used the automatic pilot to put the airplane on a descent towards an altitude of 100ft (30m)," the BEA said in a statement on Friday.

"Then several times the pilot modified the automatic pilot settings to increase the speed of the airplane as it descended," it added.
French investigators make their way through debris from wreckage on the mountainside at the crash site of an Airbus A320

Earlier findings from the cockpit voice recorder suggested Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit.

On Thursday, German prosecutors said that a tablet belonging to the co-pilot had been examined and that the co-pilot had researched suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors on the internet, just a week before the crash.

Sources: AFP,BBC,CNS & PA

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 On April 1st A Fedex Federal Express McDonnell Douglas MD-10, registration N366FE  cargo flight FX-753 from Memphis,TN to Baltimore,MD (USA), on final approach to Baltimore's runway 33L descending through about 800 feet, when the crew initiated a go-around reporting an ELAC (elevator and aileron computer) problem.

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