Aviation News in Brief 21 Feb 2020

Alsim, Korean Aviation College, Vietjet, Brisbane Airport, Rostec, China, GE Aviation

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Korean Aviation College opts for Alsim: Simulator manufacturer Alsim announced that Korean Aviation College (KAC) Flight Training Centre, located in Muan, has selected Alsim and bought an AL172 simulator. The AL172 is an exact replica of the Cessna 172 SP Skyhawk NAVIII. It features Garmin G1000 NXI avionics and is equipped with the ALSIM High Definition Visual System (HDVS). The AL172, thanks to VFR-VS, provides students with the sense of motion in a fixed-base device. This immersion and depth perception allow the simulator to be used for even your most basic PPL training, cutting down time and costs required in an aircraft, in addition to instrument and other flight training.

Vietjet offers discounts on all routes across Asia: Vietjet has announced it is offering 50 percent off on all routes across Asia starting today (21 February) and running to 29 February. The promotional tickets can be booked by applying code “BOOKNOW50” to get a  50 percent discount for all domestic flights within Vietnam and Thailand as well as all international routes connecting Vietnam/Thailand with destinations around Asia such as India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and  Cambodia. The promotional tickets are valid for travel between 20 February 2020 to 27 April  2020.

Brisbane’s new runway launch date announced: With the eight-year construction programme all but complete, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) announced that 12 July 2020 will be the date on which flights will take off and land on Brisbane’s new runway. Timings of the first arrival and departure have not yet been confirmed. Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC chief executive officer, said the announcement was a significant milestone for Brisbane given the new runway has been part of long-term planning for more than 40 years.

Rostec ready to commence Ansat supplies to China: Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) completed validation of the type certificate for Ansat light multipurpose helicopter in the People’s Republic of China. The validation of the type certificate by Chinese aviation authorities allows the company to commence the supplies of Ansat helicopters to China under a previously concluded contract. In November–December 2018, Ansat took part in the Russian Helicopters demonstration tour in Southeast Asia. The helicopter flew over 5,000 kilometres, performing demonstration flights in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia. The light multipurpose Ansat helicopter was designed by the Kazan Helicopters design office. The rotorcraft has two engines, and can be used for passenger and VIP transport, cargo delivery, environmental monitoring, and as an air medical helicopter.

GE Aviation launches HPT durability upgrade for CF34-8 engines: BeauTech and Sky Regional Airlines are the launch customers for GE Aviation’s new CF34-8 HPT (high pressure turbine) durability upgrade programme for its CF34-8 engines to improve fleet stability, time on wing and engine’s cost of ownership. The HPT durability upgrade programme is available to all CF34-8 operators, regardless of their maintenance, repair and overhaul provider. Under the CF34-8 HPT durability upgrade programme, GE Aviation will provide customers with upgraded parts that can be incorporated into the engine during its next overhaul. These parts are listed in a series of Service Bulletins that GE issued and include components in the fan, compressor, combustor and HPT modules. These upgraded parts offered at a significant discount combined with the improved durability and time on wing will bring the total cost of ownership in line with customer expectations.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.


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