Saturday, March 31, 2012
Godmother to the ship was Mrs G. Fasan, daughter of the officer Virginio Fasan. The frigate was named in honour of the 3rd Class Chief Mechanic of the Navy who drowned in the waters of Asinara on Sep. 9th, 1943, on board the destroyer “Vivaldi". Virginio Fasan took part in all the war operations carried out by the vessel and was awarded a silver medal for his service in the waters of Pantelleria in June 1942. (Source: Fincantieri)
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
- 9H-SNT - Piper PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV (c/n. 28R-8031016) registered to European Pilot Academy (ex D-EVAH)
Thursday, March 22, 2012
As a result of this increase in passenger traffic, revenue increased from €51.34 million to €52.43 million. The revenue from the aviation sector increased from €38.39 million to €39.20 million whilst the Retail and Property sector increased from €12.46 million to €12.62 million.
The operating costs of the Group were maintained at the 2010 level. Staff costs decreased by 10.5% or €0.94 million mostly as a result of early retirement schemes initiated in previous years. However, a new retirement scheme was initiated in 2011 costing approximately €1 million. (Source: timesofmalta.com)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Crewed by two full crews which alternate ever four months, L’Adroit is designed to remain at sea for extended periods - up to 220 days per year. With an overall length of 87m, it has a range of 8,000 nautical miles. It can remain at sea for over three weeks at a stretch, sail at speeds of up to 21 knots, and operate both helicopters and drones. She requires a crew of only 30 officers and ratings, and can in addition also carry up to 30 pax. (Source: defense-aerospace.com)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
New addition/s: none
- 9H-AFX - Vulcanair P68C (c/n. 231) registered to Dover Bay AB, Sweden
Monday, March 19, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Lockheed will build the Little Rock (LCS 9) and Sioux City (LCS 11) at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wis. The ships are to be delivered in February and August 2016, respectively. Austal USA will build the Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and Omaha (LCS 12) at its yard in Mobile, Ala. The Giffords is to be delivered in August 2015, while the Omaha is to follow in March 2016. (Source: defensenews.com)
Thursday, March 15, 2012
- 9H-FED - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express (c/n. 9234) registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd. (ex OE-LAF)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
It was yet another record year for Airbus, which delivered 519 commercial aircraft in 2011, 27 more than in the year before. The manufacturer delivered 412 A320 Family aircraft as well as 81 A330s and 26 A380s.
Boeing, which delivered 446 commercial aircraft in 2010, also surpassed itself with 464 deliveries in 2011. The company delivered 359 B737s, 73 B777s, 20 B767s and nine B747s. Boeing also introduced the new B787 to the market with three deliveries to All Nippon Airways.
In the regional market, Bombardier and Embraer delivered 103 and 102 commercial aircraft, respectively. It was a record year for ATR, which delivered 53 commercial turboprops. (Source: flightblobal.com)
Airbus emerged as the leader in the 2011 commercial order battle with 1,425 net orders for the year, while Boeing totalled 788. In the regional market, ATR, Embraer and Sukhoi booked 157, 160 and 73 orders, respectively. Comac took in 95 orders for the C919 narrowbody and 10 orders for the ARJ21. Bombardier totalled 43 orders for the CSeries and nine Q400s. (Source: flightglobal.com)
Monday, March 12, 2012
After commissioning, the crew will continue with another three weeks of Sail Safety Training in Den Helder and North Sea. This training will be conducted by training teams of the Royal Netherlands Navy. At the beginning of April, after conclusion of this training period, frigate Sultan Moulay Ismail will start her maiden voyage to Morocco. (Source: DSNS)
Friday, March 9, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
M.I.A. plc in a statement pointed out that the month’s results need to take into consideration the extraordinary influx of traffic arrivals from Libya for a total of 5,500 passenger movements in February last year. Moreover, one must also factor in the extra day (29th), due to the leap year, on which Malta Airport had 5,364 passenger movements.
The German and UAE markets grew remarkably in February, by 34.6% and 18.6% respectively, and the U.K. market grew by a slight 0.1%. The French and Italian market decreased by 24.6% and 14.4% respectively.
January-February 2012: For the first two months of the year, passenger movements decreased by 2.6%, with aircraft movements decreasing by 9.6% and seat capacity decreasing by 10.2%. In the same period, the average seat load factor registered an increase of 5.2 percentage points, the minimum take-off weight decreased by 8.9%, whereas cargo and mail were almost the same with an increase of 1.9%. (Source: timesofmalta.com)
The aircraft (carrying test registration D-IMPB) was flown to Malta direct from Braunschweig, Germany, piloted by Captain K. Kuehl, the test pilot of Aerodata and Major G. Abela. It was escorted into Maltese airspace by the AFM's first King Air, AS1126, flown by Major M. Said and Lieutenant P. Carabez.
The 'new' King Air touched down on RWY 31 at Malta IAP at 1503LT, after performing a very low flypast accompanied by King Air AS1126. The second King Air will be commissioned into the Air Wing of the Armed Forces of Malta in the coming weeks as 'AS1227'.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
USS Whidbey Island is presently berthing alongside at Parlatorio-South Wharf (alongside Dock no.6) in French Creek, and she's scheduled to sail from the Grand Harbour on Monday, March 19th, at 1000LT.