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Air traffic halted in Dubai due to recreational drones

Air traffic in Dubai was halted for nearly an hour due to public misuse of recreational drones near the flight path of commercial airlines, a senior aviation official said.

Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ahli, Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation, and CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services, told the official agency WAM that air traffic in Dubai came to a standstill from 3:00 to 3:55 on Friday as a result of malpractices of some members of the public  who flew unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) -- or "drones" -- in the air navigation passages meant for commercial planes.

He said such recreational drones pose a serious risk to the safety of air navigation as well as passengers, he said.


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DANS strikes GCC pact with Eurocontrol

Dubai air traffic control and European air navigation safety agency Eurocontrol are linking up to advance research into wake vortex which rules how many aircraft can land at an airport in any given time.

Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS), the air navigation service provider (ANSP) for Dubai’s two international airports and the airspace of the Northern Emirates, and Eurocontorl which is made up of 41 European member states, have signed a cooperation agreement – the first of its kind in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

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Vietnam air traffic controllers fined for violating flight safety rules

Two air traffic controllers at the Ho Chi Minh City Air Control Center at the city’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport have been fined US$351 each for failing to comply with air control processes leading to a case that threatened flight safety.

The chief inspector of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has issued decisions to fine each for failing to comply with the air traffic control process and thereby threatening flight safety for two planes.

The incident occurred on December 19, 2014, when the minimum safe distance between a Vietnam Airlines plane, HVN 231 and a Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Cargo aircraft, CPA 705, was violated when they were flying in the Ho Chi Minh City flight information region.

After an investigation, the CAAV’s Inspectorate concluded that the dangerous case was caused by improper air traffic operations by the two above controllers.

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Airliners with more first-class passengers to land first in the UK

Planes carrying more first class passengers may soon be given landing priority over other flights in a move that would radically overhaul the current 'first come, first served' rule, it has been claimed.

As more advanced technology becomes available to air traffic controllers, airlines will be able to designate specific flights within their own fleets to jump the queues.

This would be beneficial for flights carrying large numbers of business or first class passengers, or planes with customers connecting to other flights.

Dutch ANSP LVNL to make safety incidents available online

As of today, LVNL will publish general information about the safety of its operations on its website (www.lvnl.nl).The website will feature concrete information on specific incidents, covering causes and effects as well as the measures taken to reduce the risk of similar incidents occurring in the future. The site also provides a variety of statistics that show the influence of an incident on the overall safety performance of LVNL.

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ATC changes start to shrink Heathrow stacks

Cooperation across four European nations is beginning to improve holding times in the stacks serving London’s Heathrow airport.

Heathrow is notoriously runway-constrained and aircraft approaching the London airport are frequently required to circle in one of several stacks beyond London until space becomes available. Average holding time is eight minutes.

Led by UK air traffic services provider NATS—as part of the UK-Ireland Functional Airspace Block (FAB), a trial that began last year—has the overall aim of cutting these holding times by a quarter. A FAB is defined as an airspace block based on operational requirements rather than national boundaries, with the aim of optimizing air navigation services. It aims to improve cooperation between national air navigation service providers.

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AirAsia QZ8501: 4 air traffic controllers sacked after flight schedule blunder

Four air traffic controllers have been sacked after a review found they were responsible for 'failing to check the approved flight schedule' for AirAsia QZ8501.

The doomed plane, on which 162 people lost their lives, was flying an unauthorised route, Indonesia's transport ministry said on Saturday.

Pilots were travelling from Surabaya to Singapore but were using the summer schedule - as opposed to the winter one - which allows them to fly on different days.

There has so far been no suggestion the blunder had a direct impact on the safety of the plane, however, the full reason behind the crash will only be revealed once the black box is recovered.

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FAA changes rules for hiring air traffic controllers

There is growing concern that the FAA is no longer hiring the best and the brightest to work these towers.

For the last 24 years, the FAA relied on 36 universities and colleges around the nation to provide a pool of highly qualified applicants to become air traffic controllers.

It's a program called the college training initiative or CTI. Arizona State University has produced hundreds of candidates ready to begin training to work these towers.

"I have two degrees; a bachelors degree in aviation management and one in air traffic control," said Andrew Brigida.

Brigida graduated from ASU last year, ready to embark on a career as a controller, when suddenly in January the FAA announced they were changing the hiring process.

Instead of giving preference to military veterans and CTI graduates it began hiring applicants right off the street, apparently in an effort to hire more minorities.

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Compensation to come after UK flight meltdown prompts apology

The company in charge of air traffic control in the UK has confirmed it is calculating a rebate for airlines in the wake of recent aviation disruption.

It comes as the chief executive of National Air Traffic Services (Nats) Richard Deakin, apologised to MPs after as many as 120 flights were cancelled and 500 delayed by an average of 45 minutes during the issues last Friday.

Richard Deakin, chief executive of Nats, apologised for a computer glitch that caused disruption to airline passengers last Friday.

Deakin, who was paid £1.05m last year including a £272,000 bonus despite a previous air traffic control failure in December 2013, said he was not proud of the disruption, but said it was unrealistic to expect the system to be foolproof.

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Russian air traffic controller accused of causing death of Total oil chief 'loses her baby due to stress of case'

The young female Russian air traffic controller accused of causing the death of French oil boss Christophe de Margerie has has lost her baby due to stress, her lawyer has revealed.

Trainee Svetlana Krivsun, 23, currently under house arrest, faces up to seven years in jail if found guilty of giving the order to Total boss's Falcon business jet to takeoff at a Moscow airport when a snowplough was on the runway.

The plane clipped the vehicle moments after leaving the ground, exploding in a fireball and killing de Margerie and the three crew.

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