Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Indian Navy INS Tarangini calls at Valletta Port

The Indian Navy sail training ship INS Tarangini (A 75) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Indian tall-ship is presently berthing alongside at Gun and she's expected to sail from Malta on Friday, Oct. 9th. (6-Oct-2015)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Volotea to operate flights between Malta and Catania from next year

Volotea will be operating flights between Malta and Catania from next year. There will be flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting from Mar. 24th with fares starting from €19.99 one way, tax included. Commercial country manager Valeria Rebasti said the airline hoped to launch flights to other destinations in the coming years. She said Malta was the first international route the airline was operating to from Catania airport. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 2-Oct-2015)

USAF C30J crashes at Jalalabad airfield

A U.S. Air Force C-130J has crashed at Jalabad airfield in Afghanistan. The crash occurred 19 minutes after midnight on Friday Oct. 2nd, says a statement from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing based at Kabul’s Bagram airfield. It confirms that six military personnel and five civilians were killed in the crash.

The aircraft was assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, which is part of the 455th. "First responders are on the scene," says the statement. "The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.” The statement provided no other details about the crash. Media reports quoting U.S. officials indicate that the aircraft was taking off when it crashed. (Source: flightglobal.com, 2-Oct-2015)

Alaska Airlines B739 strikes tail on landing at Boston

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900 (N461AS),  performing flight AS-24 (on Sep. 30th) from Seattle to Boston (USA), landed on Boston's runway 22L but struck its tail onto the runway surface. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron, tower, ground and the crew maintained routine communication. The FAA reported the damage is being assessed that the aircraft received as result of the tail strike during landing in Boston. (Source: avherald.com, 1-Oct-2015)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Irish Naval Service LE Samuel Beckett calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Samuel Beckett-class offshore-patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett (P 61) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Irish OPV is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta after a short stay. (1-Oct-2015)

Luxair DH8D lands on its belly after aborting take-off from Saarbruecken due to smoke

A Luxair Dash 8-400 (LX-LGH),  performing flight LG-9562 from Saarbruecken (Germany) to Luxembourg (Luxembourg) with 16 passengers and four crew, was in the initial climb out of Saarbruecken's RWY 09, landing gear was already retracted, when smoke developed in the aft cabin prompting the crew to put the aircraft back down onto the runway (length 2000m) for a belly landing. The aircraft came to a stop about 400m short of the runway end. All occupants evacuated safely, no injuries occurred. The damage to the aircraft is being assessed. (Source: avherald.com, 30-Sep-15)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

india orders 22 AH-46Es and 15 CH-47Fs

The India Ministry of Defence has finalized its order with Boeing for production, training and support of Apache and Chinook helicopters that will greatly enhance India's capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions. India will receive 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. (Source: Boeing, 29-Sep-2015)

Last USN Oliver Hazard Perry frigate decommissions

For the first time in almost 38 years, there will be no Oliver Hazard Perry frigate on the fleet rolls of the United States Navy. The USS Simpson (FFG 56) was decommissioned in her homeport of Mayport, Florida, Sept. 29th, and represented the last frigate in the USN’s inventory. (Source: navaltoday.com, 30-Sep-2015)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Spanish Navy SPS Martin Posadillo calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy ro-ro transport ship SPS Martin Posadillo (A 04) has sailed into Valletta (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  

The Spanish transport ship is currently berthing alongside at Sawmill wharf, in the French creek, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Friday, Oct. 2nd. (28-Sep-2015)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Boeing's KC-46A completes successful first llight

The Boeing and U.S. Air Force team successfully completed the first flight of a KC-46A tanker aircraft today, taking off from Paine Field at 1:24 p.m. (PST) and landing four hours later at Boeing Field in Seattle. This was the first flight of a KC-46A tanker-configured aircraft, following ongoing flights of the program’s first test aircraft, a 767-2C. During the flight, Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems and took the tanker to a maximum altitude of 35,000 feet prior to landing. (Source: Boeing, 25-Sep-2015)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Irish Naval Service LE Niamh calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class patrol vessel LE Niamh (P 52) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year

LE Niamh is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after a brief stay. (22-Sep-2015)

USN F/A-18E Super Hornet crashes near NAS Lemoore

A U.S Navy F/A-18E fighter jet crashed and burned near Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Monday afternoon. It was a close call for the pilot who managed to eject just in time. Moments after the Super Hornet hit the ground, a witness captured cell phone video of the fighter jet burning in the middle of a dirt field near Highway 198 and 27th Avenue - a few miles away from a runway on base. It was a training mission gone wrong according to Capt Monty Ashliman, the commanding officer at the base. (Source: abc30.com, 21-Sep-2015)

SAS receives new A330-300 version with longer range

Scandinavian Airlines is the first European airline to receive the new A330-300 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant. The aircraft was delivered to SAS during a ceremony held at Airbus in Toulouse, France. SAS has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power its new A330-300. (Airbus, 21-Sep-2015)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Two aerobatic teams for 2015 Malta International Airshow

Swiss and Polish aerobatic teams and Royal Navy's Black Cats will be taking part in this year's Malta International Airshow on Sep. 26th  and 27th. 

The Malta Aviation Society, which organises the show, said 12 countries and NATO will be represented in this year's edition - the 23rd. 

The PC-7 Swiss Air Force team, and the Orlik team from the Polish Air Force enjoy an excellent reputation amongvisitors to airshows. A Belgian Air Force F-16 will also be making aerobatic displays.

J. Ciliberti, President of the Malta Aviation Society, said the popular Malta International Airshow compared very well with other European displays. “We are looking forward to host some of the best pilots and engineering teams within the aviation sector. Those attending the event will also note that the static display is quite rich, with various interesting aircraft which the public can view and photography from close range." Among the displayed aircraft will be RAF Typhoon fighters.

The airshow is being supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Air Traffic Services, Armed Forces of Malta, Malta International Airport, the Police and Civil Protection Department.

The show times are between 10am and 5.30pm on both days. Tickets cost are adults: Saturday: €10 for prepaid tickets and €13 at the airshow gate. Sunday: €13 for prepaid tickets and €15 at the airshow gate. Children under 14 enter free when accompanied by an adult. 

More details on participating aircraft and tickets at www.maltairshow.com

(Source: timesofmalta.com, 19-Sep-2015)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Air Malta's Malta-bound flight from Frankfurt diverts to Rome-Fiumicino

An Air Malta A320-200 (9H-AEK), performing flight KM-329 (on Sep. 17th) from Frankfurt (Germany) to Malta International Airport (Malta) with scheduled time of arrival 2225LT, had to divert to Rome-Fiumicino (Italy) due to sick passenger on board. The flight continued to Malta IAP, landing at 0010LT. (18-Sep-2015)

KAI receives order from Thailand for four T-50THs

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) said Thursday that it has signed a $110 million deal to export four T-50TH supersonic trainer jets to Thailand. Under the deal, the Korean company will deliver the trainer jets within 30 months. The signing ceremony took place at the JW Marriott Hotel in Seoul. (Source: koreatimes.co.kr, 17-Sep-2015)

Monacair signs order for six H130 helicopters

Monacair signed today an order for six H130s to set up an improved service of regular scheduled flights linking Monaco Heliport to Nice International Airport. The first commercial flight is planned for January 2016 with a flight every 15 minutes. (Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Sep-2015)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Russian Mi-24 helicopter crash-lands at an airfield in Central Russia

A Russian Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter crash-landed today at an airfield in Central Russia, no injuries have been reported so far, the Defense Ministry said. "On Sep. 16th, around 2030 Moscow time (1730z), a Mi-24 helicopter made a crash-landing at the Dvoevka airfield in the Smolensk region after a training flight," the ministry said in a statement. According to the ministry, an investigation has been opened into the causes of the incident. (Source: sputniknews.com, 16-Sep-2015)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

City Airways signs for ten C919s and ten ARJ21s

Thailand’s City Airways  signed a tripartite agreement with Comac and ICBC Leasing to take ten C919 narrow-bodies and ten ARJ21 regional jets. ICBC Leasing says it will help City Airways with the necessary leasing and financing options for its purchase.The agreement was announced today at the Aviation Expo in Beijing.

Three ARJ21s and three C919s due for City Airways will come from ICBC Leasing's earlier commitment for 45 C919s and 30 ARJ21s, Comac tells Flightglobal. The remaining 14 aircraft for the Thai carrier will be new orders. (Source: flightglobal.com, 16-Sep-2015)

Sikorsky receives FMS contract for two UH-60Ms for the Mexican Navy

Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded a US$22.6 million modification (P00295) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 (Mexico) for two UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters configured for the Mexican Navy. Work is expected to be completed by Jun. 30th, 2016. U.S. Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 15-Sep-2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 
  • 9H-ILI - Bombardier Challenger 850 (c/n. 8048), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex OE-ILI)
  • 9H-TQM - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 117), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex CS-TQM)
  • 9H-VJO - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9669), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FEHT)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 15-Sep-2015)

Boeing recieves FMS contract for CH-47Fs for Turkey

Boeing Co. was awarded a US$131.3 million modification (P00029) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 (Turkey) for CH-47F helicopters.  Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31st, 2020. U.S. Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 14-Sep-2015)

Aero Vodochody's L-39NG trainer completes its first flight

Crew from Aeroro Vodochody, composed of M. Sch├╝tzner and V. Kvarda, successfully completed the first test flight today of the L-39NG trainer demonstrator, featuring the new FJ44-4M engine from Williams International and avionics built around Genesys Aerosystems’ multi-functional displays and head-up displays (HUD) by SPEEL Praha. The aircraft will serve to validate the installation of the new engine and avionics in the L-39NG project. Other noticeable improvements include composite wingtips in place of the original tanks. (Source: aero.cz, 14-Sep-2015)

Wizz Air firms-up order for 110 A321neo aircraft

Wizz Air has firmed-up a commitment signed in June at the Paris Airshow for 110 A321neo aircraft. The agreement is the largest single order for the popular A321neo ever. This order includes the latest A321neo Airbus Cabin Flex configuration with 239 seats in 18 inch comfort standard. (Source: Airbus, 14-Sep-2015)

SkyWest orders 18 additional E175s to fly as United Express

Embraer announced today that it has signed a firm order with SkyWest, Inc. for 18 E175 jets. The order, which will be included in Embraer’s 2015 third-quarter backlog, has an estimated value of US$800 million, based on the current list price. The aircraft will be operated by SkyWest Airlines, under an amendment to an existing Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines.

With this new 18 aircraft purchase, the total number of SkyWest E175 firm orders reached 73 units of this model. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2016. The E175s are configured in a dual class 76-seat layout, equipped with 12 First Class seats, 16 Economy Plus seats, and 48 Economy seats, and will operate under the United Express brand. (Source: Embraer, 14-Sep-2015)