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US upgrades safety level of Kenya’s airspace

The United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has declared the airspace of Kenya to be safe, two years after it was placed on a blacklist. The development is a timely one with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, visiting the country. The notice would also be a huge boost to the country’s national carrier, Kenya Airways, which is getting ready to launch direct flights to the US in October. The …

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Nigeria retains FAA Category 1 status


Carriers from Nigeria will be able to operate direct flights to the United States after the country retained its Category One status from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Nigeria was able to attain the feat after it passed the safety audit of its civil aviation industry that was conducted by a team from the FAA last year. The positive result was relayed to Nigeria three months later. It initially …

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Trump-backed plan to privatize airport traffic control system lacks support, says Congressman

The plan backed by United States President, Donald Trump, to privatize air traffic control is not gaining any traction as it lacks support. This was the sentiment of the Chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Republican Representative Bill Shuster, who relayed in a statement that the “air traffic control reform provisions did not reach the obvious level of support needed to pass Congress.” However, Shuster pledge that …

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US FAA revalidates Nigeria’s Category 1 Safety Status

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently revalidated Nigeria’s Category 1 Safety Status eight years after it was first issued. The safety status of the African nation was revalidated just a few months after a successful audit was conducted of the Nigeria’s aviation industry. A high-ranking official from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) confirmed the said development, saying that a letter was sent to the NCAA, informing them …

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IATA imposes smart luggage ban

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that it would be imposing a ban on smart luggage, claiming that it might not be safe. IATA pointed to the lithium batteries as a potential hazard, a point of contention that has been around for several years now. Back in 2016, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 because of fears that its battery might combust. …

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Vietnam Airlines facing fierce competition on direct route to United States

The national carrier of Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines, is getting ready to launch the first direct route between Vietnam and the United States this year. Though nothing has been set in stone, reports indicate that the destination would be either Los Angeles or San Francisco. But Deputy Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), Vo Huy Cuong, says that they are facing a multitude of challenges, especially with the …

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Thailand seeking to get air safety rating upgraded by the U.S. FAA

Thailand is aiming to get its air safety rating raised by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the month of March. The country’s Transport Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith made the goal public after the FAA downgraded their rating back in December 2015. Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) was downgraded to Category 2 after it fell short of the standards set by the FAA. “We aim to be restored …

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US Federal Aviation Administration presses UK over future standing as key safety body

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta flew to London to meet with British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling before moving on to meetings with European Union officials in Belgium. He shared that he was there to “bring a level of urgency” to the UK’s discussions over what safety standards it would implement for the manufacturing of aviation products and aircraft maintenance. The FAA has accepted the competency of UK companies because …

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