AAV News in Brief 4 October 2021

Cyberdyne Tech Exchange, BAA Training, EHang, Fexco, Avocet, Emirates, Awery Aviation Software, Flyer AS, SITA, ASQS, ASL Aviation Holdings, Airport Dimensions, Air Astana, US-Bangla Airlines, ACC Aviation, Rusada, Cranfield, Aglow Aviation Support Services, Cargo iQ

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Cyberdyne Tech Exchange releases carbon neutrality token: The Cyberdyne Tech Exchange (CTX) has released and sold the first tranche of a new asset-backed Carbon Neutrality Token (CNT) that resolves one of the most challenging aspects of the Paris Agreement (COP21) – the ability to properly account for and track carbon credits using its proprietary protocols and blockchain technologies. CTX, which is licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, is solving the problem of “double counting” of carbon credits through the launch of a new carbon neutrality token. With robust proprietary distributed ledger technology supporting the token, CNTs can provide buyers and issuers with an immutable and constantly updated record of the carbon performance of their tokens.

BAA Training launches new programme: BAA Training has launched a new Boeing 737 MAX Type Rating programme, fully authorised by the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA). The programme delivered in BAA Training Spain’s training facilities encompasses theoretical knowledge instruction and training in the new full flight simulator (FFS) Boeing 737 MAX that is expected to be ready for training (RFT) in October 2021. The Boeing 737 MAX Type Rating will be offered to corporate and individual clients looking to gain competence in flying the Boeing 737 MAX. The aircraft is currently allowed to fly in the US, Europe and other countries except for China which is also getting closer to ending the grounding. The theoretical part consists of 110 training hours, and the flight training in a simulator takes 40 training hours to complete. The theory hours further break down into 90 hours of ground school training and 20 hours of Cockpit Procedures Training (CPT). The 40 training hours devoted to flight training represent 9 FFS sessions of 36 hours (4 hours each) and a skill test of 4 hours.

EHang VT-30 AAV makes debut: EHang announced that its long-range dual-seat passenger-grade AAV VT-30 made its global debut at the unveiling ceremony and exhibition at the Jiuzhou Airport in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. The VT-30, officially released this year in May, is the first in EHang’s product suite that is designed for inter-city transportation. With a hybrid structure, VT-30 is designed to achieve a maximum balance of hybrid lift and push, which has the advantages of intelligent safety features, autonomous flying capabilities, cluster management, low noise and so on. The VT-30 is designed to carry two passengers, with a designed flight distance of 300km and a designed flight time of 100 minutes.

Fexco and Avocet partner on carbon emissions: Fexco and Avocet Risk Management, the aviation risk management experts, have partnered to launch PACE, a new benchmark for analysing actual and predicted CO2 emissions. Starting in the aviation sector, PACE is a platform solution for aviation industry stakeholders which provides accurate carbon emissions analysis for investors, financiers and aircraft owners to measure and forecast emissions from their assets and provide TCFD (Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures) ‘reporting as a service’. PACE automatically compiles actual flight data and applies a blend of aircraft data and industry standard methods to provide consistent, comparable and reliable information for aircraft portfolio modelling, investor relations and regulatory reporting requirements. It is the first platform to combine these capabilities with historic and predictive analysis, emission target forecasting and real time exception event notifications, including ETS credit risk exposures and sanctioned territory infringement alerts.

Emirates’ A380 network expansion gains momentum: In line with the continued easing of travel restrictions around the globe, Emirates has announced that its flagship A380 aircraft will soon be deployed to an expanded list of destinations starting in October and November. By the end of November, the number of cities that the aircraft will serve will be scaled up to 27, representing a more than 65 percent increase from its current 16. Over the next six weeks Emirates will re-instate its signature A380 services to popular leisure and business destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Madrid, Milan, Riyadh (subject to government approvals), Sao Paulo and Zurich. Emirates will also introduce a new route to its A380 network that was previously not served by the world’s largest commercial aircraft.

New cargo booking solution available: A new online tool called CargoBooking.aero supports airlines and their General Sales Agents (GSAs) to deliver instant air cargo quoting and booking with Application Programming Interface (API) integration to freight forwarders. The solution, powered by global IT service provider and software development company Awery Aviation Software, gives a consolidated view of all connected airlines and GSA prices on possible flight and truck routing options. CargoBooking provides information in real time on flights and rates facilitating an instant search, quote, compare, and book solution via a customer portal, by email, or API. Users can review combined filterable results of flight or truck all-in rates from multiple airlines and GSAs with a detailed breakdown of surcharges.

Flyer AS signs with SITA: Flyer AS, a new low-cost airline based in Norway, has signed a deal with SITA to deliver a wide range of solutions that help boost operational efficiencies, reduce carbon emissions, and streamline border processes for a smoother passenger experience. Based at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, Flyr operates flights within Norway and between Norway and European leisure destinations, having completed its first commercial flight on 30 June. In the air, Flyr has implemented SITA’s eWAS Pilot and eWAS Dispatch to provide pilots and dispatchers real-time access to accurate multi-source weather reports. eWAS Pilot, an application used by 67,000 pilots worldwide, provides accurate 4D weather forecasts and real-time updates from various sources to warn about weather hazards such as thunderstorms, lightning, clear air turbulence, strong winds, icing, and even volcanic ash. Cloud-based eWAS Dispatch incorporates this data into a next-generation flight tracking system which reduces dispatchers’ workload by streamlining flight monitoring.

ASQS announces collaboration with ASL Aviation Holdings: ASQS GmbH, specialist in the provision of integrated and web-based aviation QMS and SMS software announced a new contract win with the global aviation services group and a world leading ACMI airline operator for major cargo and passenger airlines, ASL Aviation Holdings. The Ireland-based multi-disciplinary aviation services organization ASL Aviation Holdings operates four European airlines, ASL Airlines Ireland, ASL Airlines Belgium, ASL Airlines France and ASL Airlines United Kingdom, and associate and joint venture airlines in South Africa and Thailand. The ASL Group operates a total of 130 aircraft made up of a mixture of 11 aircraft types ranging from Boeing 747-400 freighters to smaller ATR 72 turboprops. The integrated quality and safety management system IQSMS will provide each of ASL’s European operations – ASL Airlines Ireland, ASL Airlines United Kingdom, ASL Airlines France and ASL Airlines Belgium – with a centralised platform for operational auditing, reporting and risk management, and will also allow ASL to link its Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) software directly to IQSMS via the FDM Risk Module.

Airport Dimensions in partnership with FLŌH Spirits: Lounge operator Airport Dimensions, has added a new lounge to its US market-leading brand The Club to elevate the travel experience for passengers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The Club CLE, which recently welcomed its first guests, provides passengers with a premium, private space that offers the ultimate in comfort and convenience. Designed by award-winning Texas-based architects Ibanez Shaw, the lounge uses natural lighting to create an uplifting, relaxing ambiance for guests, and affords dramatic views over the nearby airfield. It also offers a variety of seating to suit the various needs of the modern traveller, from productivity to rest and relaxation. The Club CLE has been launched in partnership with local ACDBE, FLŌH Vodka. FLŌH has created a hand crafted, small batch, gluten free, allergen free and Kosher Seal certified vodka made from the finest American corn and pure Oregon water. The Club CLE guests have the opportunity to unwind at the stylish FLŌH-branded bar, which serves a full drinks menu featuring FLŌH Vodka cocktails.

Air Astana wins award: Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, has been recognised as the “Best Airline in Central Asia” in the Skytrax World Airline Awards for 2021. This is the ninth time that Air Astana has received the award with eight consecutive successes 2012-2019. Skytrax did not go ahead with the awards programme in 2020 due to the global health crisis. “In spite of the challenges of the pandemic, top quality service delivery has continued to be a priority. I would like to thank our customers for their loyalty, and also my colleagues, who have shown great dedication in challenging circumstances, and who, I am pleased to say, have almost all returned to full-time work,” said Peter Foster, CEO and President, Air Astana.

US-Bangla Airlines appoints ACC Aviation as remarketing agent: US-Bangla Airlines, the Dhaka, Bangladesh-based carrier, has appointed global aviation services group ACC Aviation as remarketing agent to dispose of three de Havilland Dash 8-Q400 turboprops.  The aircraft (MSN 4034, 4044 and MSN 4058) all built in the early 2000s, will be disposed of, along with an extensive list of DHC8-Q400 spares and components as a packaged transaction. Leveraging its extensive relationships, ACC Aviation will guide US-Bangla Airlines throughout the entire remarketing and disposal of the assets process and seek out potential buyers for the aircraft, while ensuring that every aspect of the transaction is fair and within industry standards.

Rusada unveils Inventory Management App for ENVISION: Rusada, the global aviation software provider, has released its latest mobile application for its Airworthiness, MRO, and Flight Operations solution ENVISION. ENVISION Stock allows warehouse and stores personnel to perform multiple common inventory tasks on-the-go. Users can receive, relocate, and issue stock as well as conduct inventory counts, and ship assets, all from a tablet or phone. This removes the need for paper printouts and handwritten notes as all necessary information is available within the app. It is also capable of scanning barcodes on parts or orders using the device’s camera, thereby speeding up data entry and eliminating user errors.  This is the second mobile application released by Rusada this year after their maintenance execution app, ENVISION Tasks, launched in May. ENVISION Stock is available on iOS and Android devices and is fully approved by both Apple and Google.

Cranfield supporting SMEs for Luton-based aviation companies: Luton-based small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) working in or supplying the aviation sector will be eligible for free coaching and support to grow their business from experts at Cranfield School of Management. Luton Council is funding 30 places on the University’s Ready for Scale aviation programme for ambitious business leaders looking to take the next step in growing their business. As part of a new initiative developed specifically for Luton Council, the Ready for Scale programme will be complemented for Luton-based aviation businesses with masterclasses led by expert faculty from Cranfield’s Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC).

Aglow Aviation Support Services joins Cargo iQ: Nigerian aviation consultancy, flight operations, and logistics business Aglow Aviation Support Services has joined the cross-stakeholder air cargo organization, Cargo iQ. Aglow Aviation’s daughter company, Aglow Air, was recently incorporated as a dedicated cargo airline in Nigeria. Operating as an unscheduled cargo carrier out of Lagos, Nigeria, Aglow Aviation is positioning itself to offer unrivalled flexibility and first-rate service delivery to the cargo sector in Nigeria and the West and Central African sub-regions. Air cargo demand is expected to increase in Nigeria and West and Central Africa as requirements for the international transportation of temperature-controlled goods and cross border e-commerce continue to grow.

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