Saturday, August 29, 2015

Swedish Coast Guard Poseidon calls at Valletta Port

The Swedish Coast Guard Poseidon-class multi-purpose vessel Poseidon (KBV 001) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her tenth visit in Valletta Port this year.

KBV 001 is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton run by Frontex.

The Swedish Coast Guard is presently berthing alongside in Valletta Port and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after a short stay (29-Aug-2015)

Cardig Air Cargo B733 main-gear collapses on touchdown at Wamena

A Cardig Air Cargo Boeing 737-300 freighter (PK-BBY), performing freight flight 8F-197 from Jayapura to Wamena (Indonesia) with two crew and 30 tons of rice, landed on Wamena's RWY 15 at about 1500lt (0600z) but suffered the collapse of the left hand main gear on touchdown. The aircraft skidded along the runway before coming to a stop about 1500m down the runway just past the new apron. (Source: avherald.com, 28-Aug-2015)

First Flying DHC6 veers off the runway on landing at Aguni

A First Flying De Havilland DHC-6-400 Twin Otter (JA201D), performing flight DAK-101 from Okinawa to Aguni (Japan) with 12 passengers and two crew, landed on Aguni's RWY 19 at about 0855lt (2355z Aug 27th) but veered right off the runway, went across a ditch and came to a stop entanged into bushes. All 14 occupants were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage. (Source: avherald.com, 28-Aug-2015)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Air Malta flight to Manchester turns back in security precaution

An Air Malta flight to Manchester (KM-146) turned back to Malta IAP this afternoon because of a security issue. The flight was aborted as a security precaution because of a discrepancy between the number of passengers and the luggage checked in, the airline said. The flight departed at about 1600lt but turned back shortly before reaching Sicily. The aircraft, an Airbus A319, landed safely. Air Malta said the matter is under investigation. It said it gives utmost importance to the safety and well-being of its passengers and crew and it apologised to its clients for any inconvenience caused. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 28-Aug-2015)

Boeing receives contract for 13 P-8As for USN and Australia

The Boeing Co., is being awarded a US$1.49 billion modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0067) for the manufacture and delivery of nine U.S. Navy full-rate production (FRP) Lot II P-8A aircraft, and four Royal Australian Air Force FRP Lot II P-8A aircraft.  

In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of long-lead parts associated with the manufacture of 20 P-8A FRP Lot III aircraft for the USN (16) and the government of Australia (four). 

Work is expected to be completed in December 2018. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 27-Aug-2015)

RCAF CP-140 slids off the runway after aborted take-off at Greenwood AB

A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF( Lockheed CP-140 Aurora was damaged this morning at 14 Wing Greenwood airbase during an attempted take-off. "The plane aborted take-off, we’re not too sure why, and slid off the runway. It's under investigation," said airbase spokesman Sgt. P. Nicholson.

The incident occurred at about 1020lt Environment Canada reported conditions for the base at the time as a thunderstorm with rain showers and a visibility of 5-km, a dramatic drop from the 24-km reported an hour earlier.

All 17 people on board were unharmed and the extent of the damage to the plane is also under investigation, said Nicholson. The aircraft's flight was part of its daily operations at the base. The RCAF commonly uses the Aurora for maritime patrol. (Source: 27-Aug-2015)

Cessna commences deliveries of its Citation Latitude

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc.company, today announced the first deliveries of its newest mid-size jet, the Cessna Citation Latitude, and a national tour to demonstrate its stand-up, flat floor cabin. (Source: Textron Aviation, 27-Aug-2015)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bell Helicopter receives contract for 16 UH-1Ys and 19 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. is being awarded a US$581.1 million modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 12 UH-1Y, 19 Lot 12 AH-1Z, one Lot 13 UH-1Y and 21 auxiliary fuel kits for the Marine Corps and government of Pakistan. Work is expected to be completed in August 2018.  This contract combines purchases for the Navy (US$523.2 million; 90%) and the government of Pakistan (US$57.9 million; 10%) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 25-Aug-2015)

Korean Air takes delivery of the its first 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing and Korean Air today marked the delivery of the airline's first 747-8 Intercontinental. The new fuel-efficient jet is the first of ten 747-8 passenger airplanes the carrier has on order.With this delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8. Korean Air currently operates seven 747-8 Freighters. (Source: Boeing, 25-Aug-2015)

Allegiant Travel firms order for one A320

Allegiant Travel Company, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, is continuing to grow its Airbus fleet with a firm order for one A320 aircraft. This marks the airline’s 50th commitment to an Airbus A320 Family member, and the first time they have purchased an aircraft directly from Airbus. (Source: Airbus, 19-Aug-2015)

Tuesday, August 25, 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-FLN - Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 (c/n. 9353), registered to Albinati Aviation Ltd. (ex OH-MAL)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 24-Aug-2015)

Indian AF MiG-21 crashes in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir

An Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in the fields in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The aircraft had taken off from Srinagar airfield and was on a "routine" training sortie. Defence Spokesman Colonel S D Goswami told PTI that "A MiG-21 Bison of IAF crashed in Soibugh area of Budgam district at around 1059lt but there was no loss of life reported in the incident." The pilot managed to eject from the plane "just in time" and he was retrieved from the crash scene by an army helicopter. A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the crash, the spokesman added. (Source: ndtv.com, 24-Aug-2015)

Newport News Shipbuilding lays the keel of future aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, today celebrated the keel laying of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the second ship of the Gerald R. Ford class. C. Kennedy, the daughter of the ship's namesake, the 35th President of the United States, is the ship's sponsor. She declared the keel "truly and fairly laid" via video to signify the ceremonial start of construction. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 22-Aug-2015)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Five Air Malta flights delayed because of technical fault

Five Air Malta flights have been delayed - one of them for 12 hours - because of a technical fault involving an aircraft. An Air Malta spokesman said the airline decided to ground one of its Airbus aircraft after an airframe problem was noted when it flew in last night.

The affected flights are to Paris, Lourdes, Rome, Athens and Budapest. The delays are between 30 minutes and two hours, except for the flight to Budapest (and return) which has been delayed by just over 12 hours. The Budapest flight was due to have taken-off from Malta today at 1100lt.

The spokesman said the airline regretted and apologised for the problem, but the safety of passengers came first. Passengers were urged to follow the airline's website for developments. The spokesman said the passengers were being given refreshments, and lunch and dinner in the case of the Budapest flight. Passengers to Budapest were offered hotel accommodation. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 24-Aug-2015)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Civilian Hawker Hunter crashes during Shoreham Airshow on the nearby A27

Seven people have died after a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into several vehicles during Shoreham Airshow. South East Coast Ambulance Service said the victims died at the scene, while another person is critical in hospital. The number of injured stands at 14. The plane crashed on the nearby A27. 

Witnesses said it was performing a loop but could not complete the manoeuvre. Eyewitness S. Jones said: "The aeroplane involved is a Hawker Hunter T mark 7. And he'd just begun his flying display. "He'd gone up into a loop and as he was coming out of the loop I just thought, you're too low, you're too low, pull up. "And he flew straight into the ground either on or very close to the A27, which runs past the airport." (Source: bbc.co.uk, 22-Aug-2015)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mexican Navy ARM Cuauhtémoc calls at Valletta Port

The Mexican Navy sail training ship ARM Cuauhtémoc (BE 01) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Mexican tall ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta on Tuesday, August 25th. (21-Aug-2015)

Two Dubnica Air L410 collide in mid-air and crash near Vršatec

Two Dubnica Air Let L-410 aircraft (OM-SAB and OM-ODQ) crashed near Vršatec, Slovakia, following a mid-air collision. According to preliminary information both aircraft were carrying two pilots and 17 skydivers each for a practice jump in preparation for an upcoming airshow. At an altitude of 1400-1500 meters a collision occurred. 

Most skydivers managed to parachute from the striken aircraft. Two pilots on board each plane and a total of three skydivers are reported dead. Two skydivers failed to exit from one of the aircraft, while one skydiver was killed while jumping from the other aircraft.  Both aircraft came down in a wooded area. (Source: aviation-safety.net, 20-Aug-2015)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AVIC China secures orders for 185 MA700 turboprops

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has announced that eleven carriers around the world have placed firm orders for 185 MA-700s. The MA-700 is a twin-engine, medium-range turboprop airliner currently under development with the Xian Aircraft Company (Xi'an Yanliang).

During the MA700's official launch in Xi'an Yanliang, AVIC said that of the orders, thirty were placed by Okay Airways and JoyAir while the rest came from Cambodia Bayon Airlines, China Development Bank Leasing (CDBL), CMB Financial Leasing, Chongqing Yashi Financial Leasing Co., China Poly Group Corporation, Nepal's Air Kasthamandap, Pakistan's Hybrid Aviation, and an unknown South African outfit, Segers Aero.

Okay Airways and Joy Air have already been appointed the type's launch operators. Assembly of the first airframe is scheduled for next year with its maiden flight now due in 2017. Overall, its new estimated Entry-Into-Service date is now 2019. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 20-Aug-2015)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

British Army Parachute display team 'the Tigers' to participate in the 2015 Malta International Airshow

The British Army Parachute display Team, the Tigers will be participating in the 2015 Malta International Airshow. The team had participated in the 2009 edition and we had loads of positive feedback about their display. 

 The team was formed in 1986 under the watchful eye of Col. P. V. Panton and was primarily co-located at Basingbourne Army Barracks and the Queens Division Head Quarters.

Experienced parachutists from The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment's Parachute display team - "The Tigers" - Dropping into the arena, smoke trailing, flags flying, performing amazing formations both in the air and under the parachute. (Source: maltairshow.com 19-Aug-2015)

An RMAF Mirage F1 crashes 6-kms south of Sidi Slimane AB

A Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) Mirage F.1 single-engine aircraft crashed today 6-kms south of Sidi Slimane Air Base, said a statement from RMAF's press office. The fighter was returning to base and preparing to land when the it collided with a swarm of large birds that caused the extinction of its engine, the source added. The pilot ejected safely. The Mirage F.1 crashed in an uninhabited area. (Source: lemag.ma, 17-Aug-2015)

Tuesday, August 18, 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 second visit in Valletta Port this year

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

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after a brief stay. (18-Aug-2015)

Royal Navy HMS Enterprise calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Echo-class survery vessel HMS Enterprise (H 88) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year

HMS Enterprise is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton run by Frontex.

The British survey vessel is presently berthing alongside at Somerset wharf (in French creek), and she's expected to sail from Malta after a brief stay. (18-Aug-2015)

Monday, August 17, 2015

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector calls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her sixth visit in Valletta Port this year.

HMC Protector is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton run by Frontex.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Gun wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after a short stay. (17-Aug-2015)

India's IndiGo firms up order for 250 A320neo aircraft

India’s largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo celebrated their 9th birthday by firming up their last year's commitment and ordering 250 A320neo Family aircraft. This historical aircraft purchase agreement was signed on the 69th Independence Day of India on the 15th of August, 2015. (Airbus, 17-Aug-2015)

Trigana Air AT43 crashes on the Pegunungan Bintang Regency mountain

A Trigana Air ATR-42-300 (PK-YRN), performing flight TGN-257 (Aug. 16th) from Jayapura to Oksibil (Indonesia) with 49 passengers and five crew, was en route estimated to arrive in Oksibil at 1515lt (0615z), however, did not contact or land in Oksibil. The aircraft was declared missing, a search for the aircraft was initiated. On Aug. 17th the aircraft was found crashed at an altitude of about 8,300 feet at the side of the Pegunungan Bintang Regency mountain. (Source: avherald.com, 17-Aug-2015)