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Australia sets new direction for aviation safety

The Australian government has published a new Statement of Expectations (SOE) for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), with the mandate that regulatory activity be pragmatic, practical and proportional. According to Australia’s Transport Minister Darren Chester, the recently issued SOE offers a clear direction for the CASA on the Government’s expectations and priorities for aviation safety over the next two years. “This Statement sets out in an open and formal …

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Emirates to get more creative in helping passengers work around electronics ban

Emirates is seeking creative ways to soften the effects of the United States-implemented ban on electronics aboard airplane cabins. The Dubai-based airline – considered to be the world’s biggest long-haul carrier –  is contemplating offering its passengers loaner laptops in a bid to look for creative ways to work around the ban if it remains in place for the long term. Emirates President Tim Clark said they could provide government-approved …

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European Union, South Asian countries announce project that will boost aviation ties

The European Union (EU) and several South Asian countries announced the creation of a four-year project that will boost their civil aviation ties at the Global Aviation Safety forum on Regional Safety Oversight Organizations in Swaziland. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-manned endeavour between the EU and Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, is expected to enhance aviation safety, promote institutional and industrial links, and mitigate …

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Canada considers implementing own electronics ban

Canadian passengers flying aboard Royal Jordanian Airlines will feel the pinch of the United States mandate banning large electronic devices inside the cabin. Royal Jordanian passengers arriving in Montreal from Amman will be forced to check “any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal-sized mobile or smartphone” starting on Friday. The recently implemented carry-on restriction, which bans electronic devices from cabins in flights originating from some countries in the …

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Kenya granted IASA Category 1 status

Kenya has secured a Category 1 rating from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), after it complied with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The East African nation’s Transport Minister, James Macharia, said that the conferment took place after an audit was made late last year. As such, Macharia said that the country’s flagship carrier, Kenya Airways, would immediately move to apply for the …

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Thai Air Law Boosts Safety Regulations, Opens Door to Foreign Ownership

A new aviation law that will see significant changes for Thailand’s aviation industry is set to take effect during the third quarter of this year. The legislation, which will replace the outdated 1954 Civil Aviation Act, was given the go signal by Thailand’s cabinet on February 21 and is now being reviewed by the country’s parliament. It is geared to strengthen safety regulation as well as allow foreign investment in …

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US Team to Assess JKIA to Pave Way for Direct Flights

Kenya is taking steps to boost its tourism and trade, as they will be welcoming a transport safety team from the United States to arrive and inspect the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi in the hopes of clearing the way for direct flights between the two countries. Kenya was just recently granted Category One status by the US government following an assessment by the Federation Administration Aviation (FAA) and …

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South Africa vows to improve aviation safety

South Africa’s Cabinet has approved the White Paper on National Civil Aviation Policy with an eye on improving aviation safety in the country. “The White Paper on National Civil Aviation Policy, which promotes and enhances civil aviation safety, security and environmental compliance, was approved. It also promotes the national interest of South Africa and facilitates the expansion of trade and tourism,” said the Cabinet in a statement. In addition, the …

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IATA chief calls for stronger, safer, more sustainable European aviation industry

IATA chief calls for stronger, safer, more sustainable European aviation industry International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and Chief Executive, Alexandre de Juniac has laid down an agenda for “stronger, safer, more secure and sustainable” European aviation industry. Speaking at a European Aviation Club in Brussels, the Frenchman called for European policy-makers to prioritize four key areas at a time when Europe has become a challenging place for airlines …

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