British Airways diminishes gender pay gap

 British Airways is doing better at addressing the gender pay gap than most other UK companies.

The airline’s statistics show the median hourly pay difference between men and women is 10 percent, compared to the national average of 18.1 percent.

However, BA’s median bonus pay difference is -19 percent, which means that the bonus pay gap favors women.

Of British Airways’ workforce46 percent of employees are female and 54 percent are male. The airline employs women in many areas that traditionally have been male-dominated, including pilots, engineering androles within the ramp team, such as baggage handling and aircraft loading.

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Thales announces multi-cloud use and compliance requirements shape encryption strategy

 Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces the results of its 2018 Global Encryption Trends Study. The report, based on independent research by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Thales, reflects some of the changes and challenges organizations are experiencing in a world marked by widespread cloud deployments, use of multiple public cloud providers and new regulations such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Key Points

84% of respondents either use the cloud for sensitive/non-sensitive applications and datatoday, or will do so in the next 12-24 months

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Working & Living on Mars

 Lockheed Martin is working on technologies that will make deep-space travel possible, such as building the spacecraft that will go to Mars. As part of its Generation Beyond K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiative, the company today announced the winners of a nationwide contest asking students to design a Mars-orbiting science lab and living space (or Mars Base Camp Habitation Module) that will dock with NASA's Orion deep space spacecraft. 

A roundtrip to Mars will take up to three years. In addition to basic necessities such as food, water, oxygen andpower, astronauts will need a habitat in which they can live comfortably and safely. The contest asked middle schoolers to submit their best design ideas for a Habitation Module that will provide all of the systems and living spaces that a crew needs for a long mission.

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CEO of IBA becomes ISTAT Appraiser Fellow

 Airways Aviation recently announced two recipients of its new female ab initio pilot scholarship, Hanna Gillam and Jessica Waite.

The £35,000 scholarship programme, created in collaboration with the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA), was announced last year to help encourage more female pilots. Some 100 candidates attended a careers day held at Airways’ base at London Oxford Airport in the UK to register interest.

After being shortlisted to sit the industry-standard COMPASS test, Hanna and Jessica were required to attend a panel interview, give a presentation and take part in a group exercise. They both scored highly on each task and progressed to a final round of one-to-one interviews at Oxford.

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Airways Aviation champions female pilots

 Airways Aviation recently announced two recipients of its new female ab initio pilot scholarship, Hanna Gillam and Jessica Waite.

The £35,000 scholarship programme, created in collaboration with the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA), was announced last year to help encourage more female pilots. Some 100 candidates attended a careers day held at Airways’ base at London Oxford Airport in the UK to register interest.

After being shortlisted to sit the industry-standard COMPASS test, Hanna and Jessica were required to attend a panel interview, give a presentation and take part in a group exercise. They both scored highly on each task and progressed to a final round of one-to-one interviews at Oxford.

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Etihad Aviation Training re-launched in Abu Dhabi

 Etihad Aviation Training, part of Etihad Aviation Group, has re-launched its world-class aviation training organization with the aim of becoming one of the most comprehensive aviation training facilities in the world. 

Based at two locations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Etihad Aviation Training opens in a new window, previously known as Etihad Flight College, is a commercially-focused business open to external customers, while retaining the operational and safety values that have underpinned Etihad’s training services to-date.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, said, “Etihad Aviation Training is an ambitious enterprise, pursuing its mandate to provide outstanding training services to a global audience.

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SR Technics adapts global footprint in respective market conditions

 SR Technics is constantly extending its capabilities and continuously improving its services around the world to even better serve its airline customers while adapting its global footprint to the respective market conditions. 

Switzerland belongs to the world’s most expensive economies and companies like SR Technics are forced to review its operation at Zurich Airport across all areas to remain competitive. 

After a detailed review of its operation, SR Technics considers to right-size its infrastructure and capacity at Zurich Airport by adding more than 100 new positions in Engine Services and potentially reduce its workforce in Aircraft Services of up to 300. As a result, its actual 1,500-strong workforce at Zurich Airport could potentially be reduced to about 1,300 employees over a period of two years. 

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Avianor Inc., Lufthansa Technik A.G. sign agreement for base maintenance services

 Avianor Inc. and Lufthansa Technik A.G. recently announced the signing of a Cooperation agreement. The agreement provides Avianor with access to Lufthansa Technik's Base Maintenance modular services in the areas of Planning, Engineering, Materials, Logistics and Benchmark performance data.  With Lufthansa Technik's centralized Base Maintenance Services Avianor can benefit from the data and experience of thousands of aircraft maintenance events. Therewith Avianor increases its quotation accuracy and has the potential to greatly improve event TAT due to precise work preparation and enhanced planning and material support.

With these resources at its disposal, Avianor can accelerate its growth, increase customer service and quality and offer clientsworld class back office support.

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Magnetic MRO enters Wide-Body Aircraft maintenance market

 Magnetic MRO has completed a major milestone and is fully authorized to provide line maintenance services for Airbus A330 family. The total technical care maintenance and asset management organisationhas further expanded its line maintenance capabilities following its recent Part 145 Approval being upgraded. The approval covers all three-engine types used on Airbus A330 family aircraft: Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney and GE Aviation.

Magnetic MRO, along with its sub-brands and group companies, is continuously expanding their market presence and competence range. “It is a long awaited and meticulously planned first of many steps in our wide-body capability plans,” said Risto Mäeots, CEO of Magnetic MRO.

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Dh60m invested by Dubai Air Navigation Services to enhance the Air Traffic Management Sector

 HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Air Navigation Services, affirmed that 2017 has been an exceptional and ground breaking year in the history of Dubai Air Navigation Services, revealing that the organization has achieved three strategic projects that are of paramount significance to the Aviation sector during last year.

Accordingly, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed highlighted that the establishment of the Contingency Approach Control Room (CACR), which oversees and ensures the seamless continuity of air traffic flow during emergencies, as well the launch of the Dubai Academy for Air Traffic Management and the Airspace restructuring project for Dubai’s Airspace. The latter project yielded astounding results as it enabled further enhancement of air traffic movements capacity in the Emirate, 25% at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and 100% at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in specific, in addition to enhancing operations through terminating delays as airlines had to wait for Air Traffic Control clearance before landing due to congested skies in the past.

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Lockheed Martin collaborates with SAS on cutting-edge analytics

 Lockheed Martin is collaborating with analytics leader SAS to deliver innovative, next-generation analytics across the company's F-35, C-130J and LM-100J programs. Proven capabilities supporting Lockheed Martin programs today also serve stakeholders integrating artificial intelligence and enabling digital transformation.

Lockheed Martin's collaboration with SAS underscores the company's commitment to drive innovation that helps customers solve their toughest problems and achieve critical missions.

SAS will help Lockheed Martin place powerful analytics at sustainment experts' fingertips to create new efficiencies and ensure cross-platform collaboration is effortless. SAS analytics will infuse decision-making with new insights derived from advanced machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing.

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Polish Ministry awards defense contract to Mesko

 The Polish Ministry of National Defence has awarded a contract worth 932 million zloty (US $220 million) to local defense company Mesko for new Piorun  short-range man-portable air defense systems for the country's military.

Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said at the official signing ceremony that the new systems are to ‘protect Poland, and not threaten or attack anyone.’ The first brigades will obtain these weapons later this year.

"Under the deal, the Polish Armed Forces will acquire 1,300 missiles and 420 missile launchers," Macierewicz said, as quoted in a statement released by the Defense Ministry.

 

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Rheinmetall to supply artillery ammunition

 Australia is procuring artillery ammunition from Rheinmetall. Under its ‘Land 17 Phase 1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition’ project, the Australian Defence Force will soon be taking delivery of various projectile types from the Rheinmetall Assegai family as well as fuses and propelling charges, supplied by a team consisting of NIOA, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, Nitrochemie and Junghans Defence. The first qualification lots will already be shipped this year. A second partial delivery will take place in 2019. Following successful qualification, Australia will also procure war reserve stocks of the new ammunition.

Encompassing supply of the qualification lot and war reserve stocks, the order – awarded at the end of last year – is worth around AU$ 100 million, roughly €65 million. The contract also includes several options for further five-year periods, with a total value in the triple-digit million AU$ range.

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Airbus Helicopters signs largest HCare Smart contracts for H225M fleets

 Both the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force have placed their trust in Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Smart by the hour maintenance programs for a total contract value of more than 125 million euros.

The contract with the Brazilian Armed Forces covers the entirety of the 50 H225Ms currently on order, of which 30 have already been delivered, for the Brazilian Army, Navy and Air force. The aircraft belong to the H-XBR program, signed in 2008 with the Ministry of Defense to provide 50 H225M for the three Armed Forces. The contract with Mexico includes comprehensive support for the 11 H225M aircraft in operation by the Air Force.

 

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Boeing, American Airlines sign major order for 787 Dreamliners

 Boeing and American Airlines recently announced the world's largest airline would more than double its 787 Dreamliner fleet with a new order for 47 of the super-efficient airplane plus 28 options. The 47 787s are valued at more than $12 billion at list prices and makesAmerican Airlines the largest 787customer in the Western Hemisphere.

American originally ordered 42 787 Dreamliners and has been using the airplanes' tremendous fuel efficiency and superior passenger amenities to open new routes around the world, including Asia Pacific and Europe, and boost its network efficiency. While American still has more airplanes on the way from its initial order, the airline is buying the additional Dreamliners – 22 787-8s and 25 787-9s – to further modernize and expand its fleet.

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Embraer, Widerøe celebrate delivery of E190-E2

 Embraer and Widerøe, Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, celebrated the delivery of the manufacturer’s first production E190-E2 recently at a ceremony at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos. The Norwegian airline will start flying the new aircraft on domestic routes later this month.

The E190-E2 is the first of three new-generation aircraft seating from 80 to 146-seat E-Jets to be introduced through 2021. Widerøe’s E190-E2 is configured with 114 seats in a single-class layout. Widerøe has contracted for up to 15 E-Jets E2s - three firm E190-E2 orders and purchase rights for an additional 12 E2s. The total value of the order is approximately USD 873 million if all rights are exercised.

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