AerAdvise | December 22, 2021
AerAdvise are pleased to announce they have extended the part-CAMO Terms of Approval to include the following aircraft types; B737 MAX, A319/A320/A321 NEO, A330, A350, B787, ATR 42, ATR 72, E190, E195 and Bombardier Q400. These approvals are in addition to the existing approvals for B737 NG and A318/A319/A320/A321.
The AerAdvise CAMO approval now includes the authorisation to perform Airworthiness Reviews on each of these aircraft types.
"We would like to thank all who were involved in getting these approvals. The additional capabilities will be a useful addition to our portfolio of services for all our existing and future customers."
-AerAdvise CAMO team
Subsequent to receiving the approval, AerAdvise completed its first Airworthiness Review Certificate recommendation for Emerald Airlines in December.
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ZEVA | January 15, 2022
ZEVA, a pioneer in zero-emission electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft transportation, successfully achieved its first untethered, powered, controlled flight test for its full-scale ZEVA ZERO flying wing airframe utilizing its eight zero-emission electric motor-driven propellers. The major milestone for the Tacoma-based startup was captured in this new video in rural Pierce County, Washington, on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 as part of its rigorous test program to achieve FAA airworthiness certification.
The uncrewed ZEVA demonstration aircraft completed four flights, totaling more than four minutes of controlled hovering, simulated taxiing maneuvers at slow speeds, and limited vertical climb maneuvers. Its compact airframe is designed for a single pilot and is small enough to fit in a standard automobile parking space. The vehicle is projected to cruise at speeds of up to 160 mph with a range of up to 50 miles, optimizing point-to-point travel.
“This is a huge inflection point for ZEVA as we join an exclusive set of proven flying eVTOL platforms, and a testament to the relentless hard work and ingenuity of our entire team over the past two and half years, We are dissecting our learnings from our critical first taxiing flight, which is a direct result of the support we’ve received from our investors and community, leading us to bring in additional talent to spearhead this historic moment. We are eager to continue to our next stage of hover flight testing on our road to certification and eventual autonomous flight allowing anyone, not just pilots, to access zero-emission point-to-point travel.”
-Stephen Tibbitts, CEO and Chairman of ZEVA.
ZEVA experienced tremendous growth this year, with the addition of Gus Meyer as flight control engineer and several other key hires. The team completed more than 50 successful tethered flights, showcased the ZEVA ZERO aircraft at the Dubai Air Show in November, and was awarded a grant by Washington’s Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) to work with Washington State University on ZEVA Aero’s aerodynamic configurations to optimize the vehicle’s thrust and controls. ZEVA has also worked with NASA in conjunction with its Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge.
ZEVA will continue hover flight tests and advance to transition flight testing this spring to fine-tune the unique Superman-like trajectory of the aircraft design. The patent-pending design is expected to be available for pre-order for consumers for a $5,000 deposit as early as spring of this year, with an eventual price tag for the first production units estimated at under $250,000.
ZEVA is bringing personal air transportation to everyone with an affordable, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft called the ZERO. The Tacoma, Washington startup launched in 2017. ZEVA’s founding team delivers decades of experience leading teams of engineers and managing multi-million dollar R&D budgets to develop and mass-produce electronics at both start-ups and multinational corporations.
Flight Safety Foundation | December 23, 2021
Flight Safety Foundation strongly encourages the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to work together to develop a plan that enables the safe and efficient implementation of 5G mobile communications services in the C-Band. It is critical to fully understand and mitigate potential 5G signal interference with radio altimeters that are integral to aircraft safety systems. Activation of these services currently is scheduled for Jan. 5.
The FAA's recent airworthiness directives (ADs) would restrict the use of approach and landing procedures during low visibility conditions. Other safety-critical features such as aircraft and obstacle collision avoidance systems also depend on reliable radio altimeter performance. The Foundation is concerned about the possible unintended consequences of not having full safety enhancement system capabilities available to pilots and about the considerable efforts to develop and communicate the mitigations to all segments of the aviation sector. These restrictions will adversely impact different aviation operations, including helicopter emergency medical services.
"Restricting the use of safety-critical systems when in the vicinity of 5G interference, as outlined in recent FAA ADs, is not a viable long-term solution, We should always be working to improve the situational awareness of flight crews, not restricting it."
-Capt. Conor Nolan, chairman of the Foundation's Board of Governors.
The Foundation believes that 5G and aviation can safely co-exist, but it is going to take a collaborative approach on the part of FAA and FCC, and stakeholders in the aviation and telecommunications industries, to resolve outstanding issues.
"We urge the formation of a government-industry expert panel to collaboratively develop viable and sustainable solutions for safe deployment before 5G activation, Working together, sharing and analyzing data, is going to result in the best outcome."
-Dr. Hassan Shahidi, the Foundation's president and CEO.
About Flight Safety Foundation
Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, international organization engaged in research, education and communications to improve aviation safety. The Foundation's mission is to connect, influence and lead global aviation safety.
Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) | January 14, 2022
The Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners approved a 10-year concession agreement for the operation of a new duty-free retail outlet at Ontario International Airport (ONT).
The Board's action cleared the way for 3Sixty Duty Free and More Inc. (3Sixty), a leader in global travel retail operations headquartered in Miami, to open the new retail outlet in Terminal 2 in July 2022.
3Sixty operates duty free/duty paid retail outlets at major U.S. airports in Dallas-Fort Worth, Newark and Orlando, among others. It is the world's largest inflight duty-free concessionaire, having partnerships with flagship carriers such as Singapore Airlines, the No. 1 ranked international carrier in 2020, according to Travel + Leisure magazine, Virgin Atlantic and Air Canada. The company, established in 1987, conducts business on five continents through a worldwide network of packing and fulfilment stations and retail stores.
"The Board of Commissioners is pleased to award this concession agreement to 3Sixty, with its extensive network of partners and diverse suppliers and the capabilities needed to provide the high-profile brands and customer experiences that Ontario travelers demand, This new concession agreement is further recognition of ONT's emergence as a global gateway, providing a world-class experience for our loyal customers."
-Alan D. Wapner, President of the OIAA Board.
In recent years, ONT has emerged as one of the industry's great success stories and has been ranked by Global Traveler as America's fastest-growing U.S. airport four years running. With its expanding lineup of flights and destinations and passenger volumes near pre-pandemic levels, Ontario has experienced one of the fastest COVID-19 recovery rates among airports across the U.S.
Along with that, ONT has added several new concessions in the past 12 months, including Dunkin Donuts, Chick-Fil-A and Subway – the latter of which will open in 2022. The addition of a core duty free concession further enhances ONT's position as a major aviation gateway and is now only the second Southern California international airport that will operate a duty-free concession.
"This is a major step forward in the expansion of our retail options at ONT, We are delighted to welcome 360 Duty Free to be part of the ONT family, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership as we continue to grow and develop our business and passenger numbers. As our international traffic and destinations continues to grow, the addition of a world-class duty-free outlet will enhance the width and breadth of our retail offerings and add significant value to our customer experience."
-Atif Elkadi, OIAA Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
The retail space located in Terminal 2 is 3Sixty's first airport retail operation on the U.S. West Coast. With a vast assortment of luxury brands, it will deliver a state-of-the-art duty-free experience to international passengers from Taipei, Central America, Mexico and beyond.
Under terms of the concession agreement, 3Sixty is responsible for all capital investment needed to prepare its retail space and pay a concession fee to the OIAA.
About Ontario International Airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which, before the coronavirus pandemic, offered nonstop commercial jet service to 26 major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan.
About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).
About 3Sixty Duty Free & More
Founded by Chairman and CEO Bernard "Benny" Klepach in 1987, 3Sixty (previously the DFASS Group) has spent more than 31 years delivering on our global reputation as the world's largest in-flight Duty Free specialty retailer, and more recently one of the fastest growing airport Duty Free and specialty retailers. Today 3Sixty (previously the DFASS Group) employs over 600 full-time employees, operating on five continents through a worldwide network of 120 packing and fulfillment stations and retail stores. Services include on board duty free shopping, buy on board (BOB) services, on boarding pouring, airport duty free & specialty retailing and Shop on the GO online retailing.