Saturday, August 27, 2016

Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force's vessels call at Valletta Port

Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force's vessels have sailed into Valletta Port this afternoon on a courtesy visit. The three vessels are:
  • the training ship JDS Kashima (3508) 
  • the training ship JDS Setoyuki (3518) - a reconverted Hatsuyuki-class destroyer
  • the Asagiri-class destroyer JDS Asagiri (151) - has an SH-60 helicopter on board
The Japanese training squadron in currently on a world cruise lasting up to early November.  The aim is for the officers, who graduated from the Officer Candidate School of the Japan Maritime Self-defence Force, to acquire seamanship and promote friendly relations between Japan and the countries on their itinerary.  The squadron, commanded by Rear-Admiral Hidetoshi Iwasaki, has aboard 750 officers and enlisted men, and 200 cadets including 20 women.

The Japanese squadron is presently berthing alongside at Pinto wharves.  The squadron will be open for the public on Monday (Aug. 29th) from 10.00 a.m. to noon and from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. 

The three Japanese vessels are expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Aug. 30th. (27-Aug-2016)

Lockheed Martin receives contract for five C30Js for U.S. mllitary

Lockheed Martin Corp.has been awarded a $287.2 million modification (P00014) to the previously awarded contract FA8625-14-C-6450 for an additional five C-130J type aircraft. The contract modification provides for the purchase of an additional quantity of aircraft being produced under the basic contract. Work is expected to be complete by Apr. 30th, 2020. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 26-Aug-2016)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

TNT B734 makes emergency landing at Malta IAP

A TNT cargo plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Malta International Airport this morning, airport officials confirmed.  The Boeing 737 was forced into the emergency manoeuvre due to nose-gear problem.

"At 1025lt, a freighter aircraft, with flight number 3V-857, travelling from Tunis to Malta declared a full emergency," an M.I.A. spokeswoman told Times of Malta. "Malta IAP’s Fire and Rescue team were dispatched immediately and the aircraft, with two crew on board, landed safely at 1044lt." (Source: timesofmalta.com, 24-Aug-2016)

Russian Navy RFS Minsk calls at Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project-775/II (Ropucha-class) large landing ship RFS Minsk (127) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Russian landing ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (24-Aug-2016)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Boeing receives advance acquisition contract for two P-8A for the U.K.

Boeing is being awarded a $68.4 million modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0067).  This modification provides for long-lead parts and efforts associated with the manufacture of two full-rate production 4 Lot 8 P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft for the government of United Kingdom under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work is expected to be complete by July 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 18-Aug-2016)

Boeing receives contract for KC-46 LRIP

Boeing has been awarded a $2.8 billion contract action modification (P00099) to previously awarded contract FA8625-11-C-6600 for the acquisition of low-rate initial production (LRIP) aircraft Lots 1 and 2.  

As authorized by the KC-46 Milestone C acquisition decision memorandum dated Aug. 12th, 2016, this contract modification obligates funding for pre-priced options for seven Lot 1 LRIP aircraft, two Lot 1 LRIP spare engines, and five Lot 1 LRIP wing refueling pod kits. It further obligates funding for pre-priced options for 12 Lot 2 LRIP aircraft, two Lot 2 LRIP spare engines, and five Lot 2 LRIP wing refueling pod kits. 

Work will be performed at Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 24, 2018. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 18-Aug-2016)

Saudi Arabian takes delivery of its first A333 Regional

Saudi Arabian Airlines has taken delivery of its first A330-300 Regional, making it the launch customer for this new member of the versatile and successful A330 family. The aircraft is the first of the 20 A330-300 Regional aircraft ordered at the 2015 Paris Airshow.

Specially optimized for regional and domestic operations, the A330-300 Regional will boost capacity on several of Saudi Arabian Airlines' most in-demand routes, enabling the airline to generate additional efficiencies while offering its passengers an unprecedented comfort level. (Source: Airbus, 18-Aug-2016)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Irish Naval Service LE James Joyce recalls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Samuel Beckett-class offshore-patrol vessel LE James Joyce (P 62) 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 Irish OPV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

LE James Joyce is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (17-Aug-2016)

Spanish Navy ESPS Reina Sofia calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy Santa Maria-class frigate ESPS Reina Sofia (F 84) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Spanish frigate is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

ESPS Reina Sofia is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (17-Aug-2016)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Krasavia YK42 overruns runway on landing at Ufa

A Krasavia Yakovlev Yak-42D (RA-42340), performing flight K9-501 from Sochi to Ufa (Russia) with 123 passengers and eight crew, landed on Ufa's RWY 32R at about 06:30L (01:30Z)in a strong downpour and thunderstorms,  but overran the end of the runway by about 550m, went left of the localizer antenna and came to a stop at the side of a road. 

There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage to landing gear and the left hand wing. Passengers reported the aircraft attempted to land several times but went around each time until the last approach resulting in the overrun. (Source: avherald.com / Photo: MReporter, 12-Aug-2016)


Friday, August 12, 2016

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-SSK - Gulfstream G650 (c/n. 6195), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd. (ex N695GA)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 12-Aug-2016)

French Navy FS Cmdt. Birot calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Birot (F 796) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (12-Aug-2016)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Kuwait MoD orders 30 H225M Caracals

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the purchase of 30 H225M Caracal multi-role utility helicopters as well as an associated support and services package. Kuwait’s fleet of H225M Caracal will be used for a wide variety of missions such as combat search-and-rescue, naval operations, medical evacuation and military transportation. The helicopters will be operated by the Kuwait Air Force and the Kuwait National Guard. (Source: Airbus Helicopters, 9-Aug-2016)

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-GYN - Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II (c/n. 28-8116204), registered to Falcom Ltd. (ex G-SLYN)
  • 9H-MYU - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5751), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex M-YUNI)
  • 9H-TAS - Boeing B737-300 (c/n. 24770/1941), registered to BlueBird Airways, Crete, Greece (ex N638CS)
  • 9H-TOO - Dassault Falcon 7X (c/n. 005), registered to Skyfirst Ltd. (ex F-HFDA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-JCD - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5958), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. (rrr N624MY)
  • 9H-MUT - Fokker F27-500 (c/n. 10369), registered to MiniLiner 2.0, Italy
(Source: Transport Malta, 5-Aug-2016)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mauritania Airlines finalizes an order for a B738s

Mauritania Airlines finalized an order with Boeing for one Next-Generation 737-800 airplane, valued at $96 million at current list prices. Based in Mauritania’s capital city Nouakchott, at Nouakchott-Oumtounsy IAP, Mauritania Airlines was founded in 2010 and currently serves more than ten destinations across Africa and Europe. The Mauritanian flag-carrier currently operates a fleet which includes one B737 and two B735s. (Source: Boeing, 8-Aug-2016)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

German Navy FGS Datteln recalls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Frankenthal-class (type 332) mine countermeasure vessel FGS Datteln (M 1058) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The German MCMV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

FGS Datteln is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (7-Aug-2016)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Polish Su-22 Display Team for 2016 Malta International Airshow

Polish Su-22 display team for Malta air display 2016 will consist of four fighter-bomber aircraft. Three of them will be single seater M3 model, and the fourth will be double seater UM3K model. All will be painted in a new, grey scheme of the camouflage, originated in 2015. 

During the event two Su-22 will perform tactical, dynamic display in the air. The third will be a spare machine for the flying pair, and the fourth is planned for the static display.

The home base for the team is 21st Tactical Air Base in Swidwin (north-western part of Poland). The unit is subordinated to the 1st Tactical Air Wing, with headquarters in Swidwin as well. 

The Malta Aviation Society is thrilled to host for the first time ever Su-22 aircraft in Malta during the 2016 Malta International Airshow.
 (Soruce: maltairshow.com, (5-Aug-2016)

Friday, August 5, 2016

ASL Hungary B734 overruns runway after landing at Milan-Bergamo

An ASL Airlines Hungary Boeing 737-400 (HA-FAX), performing freight flight QY-7332 (on behalf of EAT Leipzig on behalf of DHL) from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Milan-Bergamo (Italy) with two crew, landed on Bergamo's Orio al Serio airport RWY 28 in thunderstorms and poor weather at 0407lt (0207z) but overran the runway. The aircraft broke through a guardrail and came to a stop on road 591 bis towards Zanica about 580m past the end of the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. (Source: avherald.com / Photo: Orio Spotters Group, 5-Aug-2016)

Indian AF Hawk crashes after take-off from the Kalaikunda AB

A Indian Air Force Hawk advanced jet trainer has crashed shortly after take-off from the Kalaikunda airbase of West Bengal on Aug. 4.  Both pilots aboard managed to eject safely. The wreckage of the aircraft is inside the base’s compound. (Source: alert5.com, 5-Aug-2016)

Italian Coast Guard orders two additional AW-139s

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today an order for additional two AW-139 intermediate twin helicopters by the Italian Coast Guard. This latest contract will increase the customer’s fleet of AW-139s to twelve. The AW-139s will be used to perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical services. The latest order also includes options for a further two helicopters. (Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, 4-Aug-2016)

Bangladesh receives first two converted Italian Navy corvettes

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the first two of four offshore patrol patrol vessels to the Bangladesh Coast Guard. The converted and upgraded former Italian Navy Minerva-class corvettes were delivered during a ceremony held Aug. 4th at the shipbuilder’s Muggiano yard in Italy.

Formerly known as Minerva and Sibilla, the two vessels were renamed by the Bangladesh Coast Guard as Syed Nazrul and Tajuddin. Fincantieri  and Bangladesh Coast Guard signed the contract to upgrade and convert the corvettes into Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and to provide the related logistics support services in July 2015. (Source: navaltoday.com, 4-Aug-2016)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for July 2016

Passenger movements at Malta IAP last month increased by 5.9% over the same month last year, partly due to an increased seat capacity of 3.1% and a better seat load factor, the airport said. In a company announcement, M.I.A. plc said that with an efficiency of 88% in filling up available seats, last month's seat load factor established a new record for July.

The top five markets remained relatively unchanged, with the United Kingdom topping the list followed by Italy, Germany, and France. With a marked growth of 20.8%, Spain secured the fifth spot, successfully re-establishing itself among Malta's top five markets for the first time this year. 

The Spanish market is this year experiencing the highest growth rate when compared to the other markets. Meanwhile, Germany recorded the second highest growth rate, at 10.6%. This growth partly stemmed from the introduction of new routes to Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Karlsruhe.

With July's passenger movements taken into account, the total number of passengers who passed through Malta IAP this summer exceeded two million. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 3-Aug-2016)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Emirates B773 crash lands at Dubai while aborting landing to go-around

An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300 (A6-EMW) performing flight EK-521 from Thiruvananthapuram (India) to Dubai (U.A.E.) with 275 people on board, was on final approach to Dubai's RWY 12L at 1241lt (0841z) but attempted to go around from low height. 

The aircraft however did not climb, but after retracting the gear touched down on the runway and burst into flames. All occupants evacuated safely, no injuries are being reported. The aircraft burned down completely. (Source: avherald.com / Photo: Dubai Airport Webcam, 3-Aug-2016)

USMC F/A-18C crashes during training in Nevada

An F/A-18C pilot is safe and being treated at an area hospital after ejecting from his Hornet during a training flight near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, on Tuesday. The pilot was about 10 miles southeast of Fallon and returning to base when the jet crashed around 1045lt, NAS Fallon said in a release.

The pilot was recovered and transported to Banner Churchill Regional Medical Center. An investigation into the accident's cause is underway. Air station spokesman J. Vincent said the plane is attached to the Marine Strike Fighter Squadron 232 based at Marine Air Station Miramar, California. It was on a temporary assignment to the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Detachment in Fallon. (Source: marinecorpstimes.com, 2-Aug-2016)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Cathay Pacific B733 intercepted by Hungarian fighters after loss of communication

A Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777-300 (B-KPF), performing flight CX-382 (on Jul. 30th) from Zurich (Switzerland) to Hong Kong (China), was enroute at FL310 entering Austrian Airspace when communication with the aircraft was lost. 

The aircraft continued normally along its route and entered Hungarian Airspace without contacting Hungarian air traffic control prompting Hungary to dispatch two Gripen Fighter Aircraft to intercept the Boeing causing sonic booms over Hungary. 

The fighter pilots visually identified the aircraft, communication was restored and the aircraft was handed over to Romania while the fighter aircraft returned to their base. The Boeing climbed to FL330 shortly after entering Romanian Airspace and continued their flight to Hong Kong for a safe landing. (Source: avherald.com, 1-Aug-2016)