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Zimbabwe’s aviation regulator to tighten security

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) has vowed to consistently adjust the national aviation security protocol to better combat emerging threats and meet the nation’s aviation security goals. With various threats— hijacking of flights, cyber terrorism and chemical attacks—menacing the aviation industry, the CAAZ announced that it has given more significance to establishing an efficient aviation security regulatory framework and the application of recommended global standards. CAAZ Chief Aviation …

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Transport Canada plans to stop assessing pilots, gives responsibility to operators

Corresponding documents indicate that Transport Canada made the call back in May when the House of Commons transport committee was evaluating aviation safety and recommended more on-site inspections instead of paper audits. A risk assessment document and an internal communication from Transport Canada’s Director of National Operations for Civil Aviation were acquired under an access to information bid made by the Canadian Federal Pilots Association—the bargaining agent for about 450 …

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IATA draws up national campaign to get states to firm up national air navigation services

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has mapped out a strategy that would get major individual states to cultivate their national air navigation services in conjunction with airlines in line with what is required for the Single European Sky. IATA mentioned that the viable answer would be a National Airspace Strategy (NAS) where state-specific policies would be based on efficient regulation principles. This would include discussion with airspace users; a …

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IATA argues against Japanese departure tax or air travellers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is opposing a proposal by the Japanese government to impose a departure tax on air passengers. The tax, which would range between JPY1000-2000 per passenger ($9-18), would be utilized to fund tourism plans, the government explained. However, the IATA argued that applying tax would essentially hurt the country’s tourism growth. Japan is estimated to attract 40 million visitors to the country by 2020, and …

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Cuba Senator Marco Rubio to support bill strengthening airport security

Cuban hard-liner Senator Marco Rubio is endorsing a bill that would bolster the security at their airports, which has been receiving flights from the United States for over a year already. Rubio reintroduced the legislation, which would mandate the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to take a closer look into each of Cuba’s 10 international airports and appraise Congress about it. The House on Monday unanimously passed a similar bill, which …

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US FAA and Civil Aviation Administration of China signs implementing agreement

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) declared the signing of an implementing agreement covered by the US-China Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) that recognizes each other’s regulatory systems with respect to the airworthiness of aviation products and articles. The Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA) document gives each authority the power to leverage endorsements fulfilled by the other with respect to design, …

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UAE, Sao Tome and Principe, pen air transport services pact

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Guinea, Khalifa Yousif Mohammed Al Zaabi, bore witness to the signing of an Air Transport Agreement between the UAE and the two island-nation of Sao Tome and Principe. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, the Director-General of the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, and Carlos Manuel Vila Nova, Sao Tome and Principe’s Minister of Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Environment, signed their names on the …

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US Lawmakers urge trump to crack whip on Gulf carriers

Lawmakers in Congress are urging United President Donald Trump to crack the whip on Gulf airlines that are allegedly pocketing billions of dollars in state subsidies. 300 members have, in a series of letters, asked the White House to take a closer look into what they perceive to be violations of international Open Skies agreements by Gulf carriers Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates. The U.S. aviation industry has long …

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Ghana and Egypt to form partnership in aviation industry

Ghana’s Aviation Minister Abena Dapaah announced that her country and Egypt would be working together in the aviation industry. She mentioned that apart from the technical aspect, areas like training of cabin crew, ground handling and safety would also be given priority. Dapaah made the pivotal announcement when she met Egyptian Minister of Aviation, Sherif Fathi Attia, before the start of the African Air-show. She emphasized that the staging of …

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Asian carriers ask United States to implement ICAO safety standards

Asia’s airline leaders have called for the effective application of International Civil Aviation Organizations (ICAO) global standards and controls in lieu of unilateral moves that could cause unnecessary interference to operations. This, as the United States launched its enhanced security screening for inbound international flights. The call came from delegates of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents in Taipei. The U.S. has formulated updated measures—which includes …

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