Nov 17, 2008
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority has decided to keep the present system for the issue of private pilot medical certificates. The authority had sought public opinion on proposals to delegate the issue of Class 2 medicals to designated aviation medical examiners (DAME) after support from pilots. Currently CASA issues the certificates after examination by an authorized doctor. It was thought the change could result in lower costs, reduced administration for CASA, increased autonomy for DAMEs and a one-stop shop for pilots in good health. However, after a safety-case and cost-benefit analysis was conducted, it was determined that risks included inconsistency in medical decision-making, increased liability for DAMEs, a decrease in the number of DAMEs as some were opposed to a change in role, a potential loss of a central medical records system and possible increased costs. In addition, it would have resulted in two medical systems - one for private pilots and one for commercial pilots and air traffic controllers. Nov 12, 2008
India's airlines should cut airfares after jet fuel prices eased, the federal aviation minister said on Saturday. Fares rose by almost half last year but should start coming down by the New Year, Praful Patel, whose ministry controls state-run carrier Air India. Nov 23, 2008
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand today will roll out its new domestic airport product featuring a range of technical and design innovations designed to speed check-in and boarding. Unveiling will take place at Auckland's domestic terminal, where new kiosks will enable passengers to print their own bag tags and a conveyor belt bag drop zone will help shorten or eliminate queues. New gate scanners will allow for straight-to-gate check-in and boarding for those without bags. Christchurch will follow on Nov. 17 and Wellington shortly thereafter, with other airports getting the upgrade over the next six months. Nov 10, 2008
Air New Zealand, Boeing
The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel will take place on Dec. 3. The jatropha-based fuel for the Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 test flight out of Auckland, New Zealand, has been certified as suitable for use by Rolls-Royce. Chris Lewis, company specialist for fuels at Rolls-Royce, said the fuel is a 50-50 blend of standard Jet A1 fuel and synthetic paraffinic kerosene derived from jatropha oil. The test flight is a...