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US: Air safety advocates react to calls to change pilot training rules

Air safety campaigners are up in arms over calls to amend pilot training rules along with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) panel’s endorsed reductions to some aviation regulations. Minimum training requirements for commercial pilots are at issue, after an aviation bill rose the minimum hours of training from 250 to 1,500 for officers who want a commercial passenger airline license. Regional airlines say that the rule has resulted in a …

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Kuwaiti aviation safety committee discusses chances to aviation safety program

The country’s aviation safety committee deliberated mandated changes to Kuwait’s national aviation safety program, in a meeting that was led by Director General of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah. The safety committee tackled the program’s proposals and measures in accordance with the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), said the Head of DGCA’s technical office, Saud Al-Mahroos. The committee is …

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Saudi GACA President visits US Federal Aviation Administration

Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) President Abdul Hakim bin Mohammed Al-Tamimi and his delegation met with officials of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to discuss matters of civil aviation. Among them were the development of cooperation between the two aviation bodies in the field of training, the exchange of experiences, and the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding for specialized training programs for civil aviation officials …

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Nigerian CAA certifies Murtala Muahmmed International Airport

  The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has certified Nigeria’s busiest airport – the Murtala Muahmmed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos – after it found that it met global safety and security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). MMIA however, won’t be the last as three more are the follow in the coming weeks. These are the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Mallam Aminu Kano International …

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Industry panel to vote on asking the US FAA to roll back numerous safety rules

An influential industry panel will vote later this week on proposals that the Federal Aviation Administration remove or roll back dozens of safety rules, including a crucial one centered on airline pilot qualifications. The recommendations are detailed in a report to the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee in response to United States President Donald Trump’s orders to reduce government regulations. Regional airlines have been arguing the pilot qualifications rule since …

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Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand hopeful ICAO’s “red-flag” would be lifted soon

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) is brimming with hope that the “red-flag” status that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) slapped on the country would be soon lifted. The statement comes just days before the ICAO would touch down onto the Southeast Asian nation for a planned audit of the CAAT and its continuing efforts to address significant safety concerns raised by the aviation body. The UN aviation …

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European Aviation Safety Agency bans 83 airlines due to safety shortcomings

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has barred 83 airlines from five different African nations from flying to Europe because of weak control and oversight capacity. Blacklisted are carriers from Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another nine companies from Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Rwanda and Korea were also prohibited from flying to Europe for severe shortcomings in safety regulations. Although not many of the …

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Thailand halts international flights by several Thai airlines

Thailand’s authorities have suspended international flights of Thai carriers that have not been given new operator certificates by the country’s aviation regulator. The move would impact 12 airlines, which if combined, only have a market share of 2% and will have little effect on the Thailand’s tourism-powered economy, according to a statement by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). Thailand’s aviation industry has been under a microscope after the …

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Nigerian aviation regulator says international safety rating not at risk

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that the country’s international safety rating remains intact after an audit that was conducted by the United States Federal Aviation Authority. The NCAA said that the exercise that was done in August, highlighted the crucial elements of aviation legislation, regulation, organization, technical staff, quality and training, technical guidance tools, licensing certification, approval, continuous surveillance and resolution of safety concerns. The NCAA’s General Manager, …

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New Zealand steps up support for Pacific aviation security

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has pledged to give $11.5 million to bolster aviation security in the Pacific and secure the safety of the travelling public, most of whom are citizens of New Zealand. The financial support is also being given to support trade and tourism in the region. “Pacific island countries must meet global aviation safety and security standards, and this funding will provide passenger and baggage screening …

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