Etihad celebrates Emirati Women’s Day

Etihad Aviation Group is recently marked the 2018 Emirati Women’s Day by hosting several events at its Abu Dhabi headquarters and releasing a video series that focuses on women in aviation.

The special events took place at Etihad included circle discussions allowing Etihad’s female employees to share their unique stories. A photography exhibition featuring portraits of pioneering female leaders from a range of UAE working environments, including aviation, was also being displayed at the headquarters.

Ibrahim Nassir, Chief Human Resources & Organizational Development Officer, said, “At Etihad, we understand the importance of a diverse workforce and value the significant contribution made by the women in our organization. More than half of our UAE National workforce are women, who work in diverse roles across the business including pilots, aircraft engineers and technicians.”

Amina Taher, Vice President Corporate Affairs, said, “It is our responsibility to empower women to achieve success across all areas of our business. We are proud of the contributions made by the Emirati women at Etihad and strive to support their career growth and development. We encourage mentoring and training to ensure our talent is nurtured and developed, and this is proudly showcased throughout the video series which is launched today.”

To celebrate Emirati Women’s Day, there were books about famous Emirati women available for staff to read in the new reading corner and community library at its headquarters, courtesy of Jarir Bookstore. Etihad employees also enjoyed coffee while reading, thanks to Nespresso.

Emirati Women’s Day is held every year to mark the creation of the UAE General Women’s Union in 1975. The occasion is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Emirati women and is testament to the progress that has been made towards gender balance in the UAE.

 

Female Emirati air traffic controller helps in growing aviation industry

In a field that is behind the times when it comes to gender equality, Nouf Al Afifi is a shining example of the role women can play in helping to grow the aviation industry.

Becoming one of the first and only Emirati women air-traffic controllers when she passed the General Civil Aviation Authority's extended training program in 2011, Ms. Al Afifi and has been working at the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre ever since.

The center is the busiest and most advanced air traffic control facility in the Middle East. It handles more than 2,200 air traffic movements per day for the eight international airports in the UAE, as well as aircraft crossing UAE air space.

“My passion for aviation started at a very young age and while preparing to interview for the National Cadet Pilot Program I read about air traffic control, and, I guess, I found my dream job,” said Al Afifi.

But, while the 28-year-old is thriving in a job that’s frequently described as one of the most hectic in aviation, she remains a minority in a field that is still largely dominated by men.

“When I first started training, I faced issues with those who did not want to see women pursue non-traditional and challenging careers,” said Al Afifi, who is now a supervisor at the center.

“Many pilots, regardless of nationality, were not used to female air-traffic controllers so I had to become stricter and show them that I am able to do my job.

“I worked in an office filled with men and managed to win their respect and appreciation.”

Out of the 130,000 pilots who are employed globally, just 4,000 are women, which means they make up just 3 per cent of the workforce. The board of the International Air Transport Association is also almost exclusively male.

But with the aviation industry suffering a shortage of people entering into training as it continues to see strong growth, schools, such as Sharjah International Airport's Alpha Aviation Academy, are looking to attract more women to fill the shortage.

The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation is also running a women's air traffic control course as part of a program to create more jobs for Saudi women.

Part of the problem has been that girls being are fed images of women as cabin crew and men as pilots and controllers. While Ms Al Afifi’s immediate families were supportive of her career choices, some of her friends and relatives said that being an air traffic controller was a job ‘unfit for women’.

"I always reply 'why would any man be a better fit for this job?'" she said.

 

NCAT introduces new flight training courses

CAE and Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Centre (ADATC) have recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Part 142 training on a new Embraer ERJ 145 full-flight simulator (FFS). The certification enables the centre to conduct FAA-approved training, testing and certification for type-ratings on that platform. In November 2017, CAE and ADATC announced the introduction of the new ERJ145 pilot training program in the Middle-East, with Falcon Aviation as the launch customer.

“We are glad to receive approval from the FAA for Part 142 training and begin training FAA operators on the new CAE-built Embraer ERJ 145 FFS,” said H.E. Nadir Al Hammadi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation. “We are committed to delivering best-in-class training to our customers.”

“Receiving certification for training is always an important milestone. We’re delighted that our latest Embraer ERJ 145 full-flight simulator is now ready-for- training to support FAA operators,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “We look forward to offering outstanding customer training experiences to operators in collaboration with ADA long into the future.”

CAE and ADA share a relationship that spans over a decade. Together they deliver world-class training, supporting ADA and other regional operators’ training needs through CAE instructor-led training, comprehensive courseware, and innovative training equipment. ADA currently operates four CAE-built FFSs, including the Embraer ERJ145.

CAE, ADATC receives FAA certification for new pilot training program

CAE and Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Centre (ADATC) have recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Part 142 training on a new Embraer ERJ 145 full-flight simulator (FFS). The certification enables the centre to conduct FAA-approved training, testing and certification for type-ratings on that platform. In November 2017, CAE and ADATC announced the introduction of the new ERJ145 pilot training program in the Middle-East, with Falcon Aviation as the launch customer.

“We are glad to receive approval from the FAA for Part 142 training and begin training FAA operators on the new CAE-built Embraer ERJ 145 FFS,” said H.E. Nadir Al Hammadi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation. “We are committed to delivering best-in-class training to our customers.”

“Receiving certification for training is always an important milestone. We’re delighted that our latest Embraer ERJ 145 full-flight simulator is now ready-for- training to support FAA operators,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “We look forward to offering outstanding customer training experiences to operators in collaboration with ADA long into the future.”

CAE and ADA share a relationship that spans over a decade. Together they deliver world-class training, supporting ADA and other regional operators’ training needs through CAE instructor-led training, comprehensive courseware, and innovative training equipment. ADA currently operates four CAE-built FFSs, including the Embraer ERJ145.

ATP Flight School expands with new orders from Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced recently at Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2018 that longtime customer ATP Flight School has placed an order for 10 Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft — growing the school’s fleet of Skyhawk pistons to nearly 150 — 50 of which Textron Aviation will have delivered new since 2016, further securing the Skyhawk’s reputation as the world’s premier flight trainer.

“Renowned for its proven dependability, superior flight characteristics and modern technology, the Cessna Skyhawk has long been revered as the world’s flight trainer of choice, a testament to Textron Aviation’s expertise and support of training the next generation of pilots,” said Chris Crow, Textron Aviation vice president of piston sales. “As ATP continues to grow its fleet to train the next generation of pilots, this order underscores the relevance of the time-tested Skyhawk platform and ATP’s unwavering confidence in Textron Aviation.”

The 10 ordered Skyhawks feature Garmin G1000 NXi avionics with autopilot technology that complies with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) recently implemented Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) rule. Under this rule, students can exclusively train in the Cessna Skyhawk to complete both their commercial rating and their checkrides for commercial and certified flight instructor (CFI) ratings.

“The success of our students and instructors is paramount," said Justin Dennis, ATP president. "As the largest supplier of pilots to regional airlines, we are proud to continue our investment in our students' careers, providing greater access to reliable aircraft."

In 2017, Textron Aviation delivered 129 Skyhawk aircraft, furthering establishing it as the flight trainer of choice for pilots and flight schools around the world. With more than 44,000 put in to service, the Cessna Skyhawk has trained more pilots than any other platform.

Developing deep understanding of operations, technologies and customers through leadership positions

Thomas A. Kennedy, Ph.D. Chairman of the Board and CEO Raytheon Company

 Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Raytheon Company.

Kennedy joined Raytheon in 1983, starting in engineering on radar development.

During his more than 30 years with the company, he has developed a deep

understanding of the company’s operations, technologies and customers through leadership positions in many different locations and functions.

Before adding the responsibilities of chairman to his position in October 2014, Kennedy became CEO in March 2014, and was elected to Raytheon’s Board of Directors in January 2014. He also serves as chairman of Forcepoint — a Raytheon joint venture established in 2015 to provide defense-grade cybersecurity solutions for the commercial market.

Prior to his current roles, Kennedy was executive vice president and chief operating officer, leading the consolidation of Raytheon’s six businesses to four to enhance productivity, agility and affordability of company operations and increasing international business. Kennedy also provided direct leadership to Raytheon business presidents and enterprise functional leaders including Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance; Contracts and Supply Chain; Business Development; and Global Business Services.

Previously, Kennedy served as a Raytheon Company vice president and president of the Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business, overseeing a broad portfolio of weapons, sensors and integration systems spanning multiple mission areas and provided to a range of domestic and international customers.

Before leading IDS, Kennedy served as vice president of Tactical Airborne Systems (TAS) for the Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems business. At TAS, he was responsible for overall strategic direction and operation of the organization. He also served as Mission Systems Integration vice president with responsibility for the UK Ministry of Defense Airborne Stand-Off Radar program.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Kennedy served in the US Air Force where he attained the rank of captain. That service inspired his passion for supporting veterans, military families and STEM-focused educational initiatives that drive diversity. Under Kennedy, Raytheon has established partnerships and initiatives with Student Veterans of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girls Scouts of the USA. He is honorary chairman of MATHCOUNTS®.

Kennedy is chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association’s Board of Governors, where he is advancing the industry’s causes and helping member companies be more competitive in the global marketplace. He also provides leadership as amember of the Business Roundtable, the Rutgers School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board, the UCLA Engineering Dean’s Executive Board and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Presidential CEO Advisory Board.

In 2017, Kennedy was honored with the USS Constitution Museum’s Charles Francis Adams Award for community service, and in 2003, he received the Aviation Week Laureate Award for his achievements on the Active Electronically Scanned Array program. He holds several patents related to radar and electronic warfare systems.

Kennedy earned a doctorate in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles; and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rutgers University and the Air Force Institute of Technology, respectively.

This year, Raytheon Company has been selected as the cybersecurity advisor to the Royal Hashemite Court of the Kingdom of Jordan. The company's Intelligence, Information and Services business will provide cyber protection solutions and counsel to help defend critical systems and infrastructure across the Kingdom.

Raytheon will provide the Royal Hashemite Court with cybersecurity services to protect its critical infrastructure systems, including conducting vulnerability assessments, cyber test range services, cyber governance and policy strategy. The Royal aviation fleet will undergo a holistic vulnerability assessment to ensure all integrated systems are hardened and resilient to cyberattacks.

Moreover, Raytheon Company received a $96.1 million contract to produce 250 Miniature Air-Launched Decoys, or MALD® missiles. The US Air Force award occurred just prior to Raytheon marking its 2,000th MALD system delivery, and 10th year of on-time customer deliveries.

The MALD-J decoy is the jammer variant of the basic decoy, and the first ever stand- in jammer to enter production.

The MALD system is an air-launched missile with both decoy and jamming capabilities that can electronically stimulate and then neutralize enemy air defense systems. Raytheon produces the MALD-J jamming variant, and is also developing a system for the US Navy.

The Air Force has completed aircraft integration and the Navy is planning to integrate the missile onto their fleet aircraft.

FAA proposes new engine test for bird ingestion

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed an extra certification test to address the problem of birds flying into aero-engines and causing engine failures during take-off and landings.

The current regulation, 14 CFR 33.76 requires the testing of a turbofan engine’s fan blades to ensure they continue to operate if a bird is sucked into them, but does not cover a bird’s impact inside the engine core.

The new test requirement being proposed by the FAA will mean that to obtain certification, engine manufacturers will have to show that the engine core can operate after “ingesting amedium sized bird while operating at the lower fan speed associated with climb or landing”.

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Norway to launch hybrid rocket after successful test

Norwegian firm Nammo has completed ground testing of its hybrid rocket and confirmed it will launch from the North of Norway in September. The Nucleus will be the first European hybrid rocket ever to reach space.

All the components of the Nucleus rocket were tested at Nammo’s site in Raufoss, Norway. The motor was ignited and burnt for 40 seconds, until full depletion of the oxidizer and gas tanks.

Adrien Boiron, lead engineer on the Nucleus project said, “This system test included all flight components for the propulsion system, the in-flight electronics and data acquisition systems, and we also validated the controls and filling procedures, including ground support equipment.”

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CHIME detects mysterious signal from space

A new radio telescope in Canada is doing its job picking up mysterious signals from deep space known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs).

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) in British Columbia detected the first-ever FRB at frequencies below 700 MHz, a signal named FRB 180725A.

As you might guess, FRBs are milliseconds-long bursts of radio emissions that come from some unknown source across the universe. They're one of the newer cosmic mysteries around, having been first detected only about a decade ago. Possible explanations include bursts from magnetars, exploding black holes, and yes, highly advanced alien civilizations.

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Aviatrix Adversity Award to support women in aviation

With only a small percentage of pilots around the globe being women, the Aviatrix Life project has a mission to encourage women to never give up on training, and to demystify the lives of female pilots and the dangers of flying. The project aims to highlight the modern-day female in aviation through photography and stories, in hopes of inspiring other women to persevere in the helicopter/aviation industry.

The founder of Aviatrix Life told Vertical the project started around 2.5 years ago, after witnessing an incident with a female pilot at HAI Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

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CAE introduces CAE Women in Flight scholarship program

CAE announced today at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, the introduction of the CAE Women in Flight scholarship program, demonstrating its commitment to promoting the advancement of women in the aviation industry.

The CAE Women in Flight program encourages passionate and exceptional women to accomplish their goal of becoming professional pilots. CAE will provide financial support to aspiring female pilots by awarding up to five (5) full scholarships to one of CAE’s cadet pilot training programs across its global training network. CAE will also provide selected candidates with access to their first job through its global partners. The objective of the program is also to elevate the selected candidates to become aviation role models and inspire even more women to join the pilot profession.

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EAU launches research centre in collaboration with Coventry University

Emirates Aviation University (EAU) has announced the launch of a new research centre and doctoral training college in collaboration with Coventry University.

The Dubai-based Research Centre for Digital Innovation and Artificial Intelligence will train its research students to specialise in a range of disciplines related to these fields, including aviation, management, security and smart cities.

Building on an existing partnership between EAU and Coventry, through which the two institutions have run joint postgraduate programmes in the aerospace field for over a decade, the new venture will seePhD students awarded their degree from both universities.

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SIA-CAE pilot training joint venture in Singapore to commence operations

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and CAE recently announced that they would launch operations of their new Singapore CAE Flight Training Pte. Ltd. (SCFT) joint venture for pilot training in Singapore soon. SIA and CAE have concluded the establishment of the joint venture company and all regulatory approvals have been obtained. Plans for the joint venture were announced in August last year, when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed.

The joint venture will provide simulator and classroom training with an initial focus on Boeing aircraft types, supporting SIA Group airlines and other operators’ pilot training needs in the region. The equally owned joint venture will operate out of the Singapore Airlines Training Centre (STC) located near Changi Airport.

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New level of cooperation between VDTM and MGTU GA

Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow (VDTM), a part of Volga-Dnepr Group and a supplier of aircraft maintenance and repair services, and Moscow State Civil Aviation Technical University (МGТU GА), a leading Russia-based educational institution for civil aviation maintenance personnel, have entered into a long-term cooperation agreement in terms of preparation of maintenance personnel.

For both organizations, the main goal of the agreement is to improve quality of education and competitiveness of Russian aviation. МGТU GА will be placing special emphasis on training students and highly qualified personnel in occupations with a demand at VDТМ. For its part, VDТМ will be providing employment opportunities for students and graduates in its company divisions, and promoting hands-on training in the company for the University’s teaching personnel.

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Turkish Technic optimizes maintenance card Interval solution With ICRON

ICRON, a leading provider of Optimized Decision Making and Supply Chain Optimization software solutions, today announced the successful go-live of ICRON’s Maintenance Cards Interval Optimization solution at Turkish Technic, a Turkish Airlines affiliate that is one of the world’s leading maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services providers. The implementation of the ICRON solution at Turkish Technic, which was carried out with ICRON’s implementation partner Deloitte and was completed in only five months, gives the MRO provider the capability to optimize its long-term maintenance plans, taking into account the individual characteristics of each aircraft such as age, type, and utilization as well as maintenance card constraints.

With ICRON, Turkish Technic is able to automatically generateoptimal block and equalized maintenance plans – with a time horizon of up to 30 years – for individual aircraft or groups of aircraft that optimize the assignment of maintenance cards and minimize aircraft ground time and maintenance frequency, duration, and setup times.

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ST Engineering secures multi-year contract from Solaseed Air

ST Engineering recently announced that its Aerospace arm, ST Engineering Aerospace has secured a multi-year component Maintenance-By-the-Hour (MBH™) contract from Solaseed Air, which will see the company continuing its support in component maintenance for the airline. Under the new agreement, ST Engineering Aerospace will expand its scope of component support services for the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-800s. 

Mr Takeo Kikuchi, Executive Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering, Solaseed Air, said, “We are very happy to extend our agreement with ST Engineering Aerospace for component support. The excellent service support and strong relationships between our staff proves decisive to select ST Engineering Aerospace as our partner while we expand our fleet. We expect that our close working relationship will continue to improve.”

Mr Lim Serh Ghee, President of ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector, said, “We are happy that Solaseed Air has chosen to continue the partnership with ST Engineering Aerospace for their component maintenance needs, which have changed through their fleet growth and maintenance planning. Such long-term partnerships enable us to fulfill our proposition in providing highly flexible and customized MBH™ program to meet the evolving needs of our customers, while they can also continue to expect the same, if not greater, level of care and dedication from us.” 

A global network of distribution centres, satellite stores and repair shops both in-house and external supports ST Engineering Aerospace’s trademarked MBH™ program. Through customized MBHTM program, airlines can select a range of support services and pay a corresponding flight hour rate.  This way, operators are able to keep operating costs low and also minimize fixed asset inventory holdings in terms of spares or maintenance equipment.  Today, ST Engineering Aerospace provides integrated component support for a fleet of more than 600 aircraft on the MBH™ basis, servicing over 20 aircraft operators in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. In Asia alone, over 10 airlines have selected ST Engineering Aerospace as their preferred component solutions service provider.