Boeing Forecasts a Rising Demand of Pilots and Technicians

Boeing predicts a continued strong growth in demand for commercial aviation pilots and maintenance technicians as the global fleet expands over the next 20 years.

Boeing’s 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook, released today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, projects that between 2014 and 2033, the world’s aviation system will require:

• 533,000 new commercial airline pilots
• 584,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians

“The challenge of meeting the global demand for airline professionals cannot be solved by one company or in one region of the world,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services. “This is a global issue that can only be solved by all of the parties involved—airlines, aircraft and training equipment manufacturers, training delivery organizations, regulatory agencies and educational institutions around the world.”

The 2014 outlook projects continued increases in pilot demand, which is up approximately 7 percent compared to 2013; and in maintenance training, which increased just over 5 percent. Pilot demand in the Asia Pacific region now comprises 41 percent of the world’s need, and the Middle East region saw significant growth since last year’s outlook due to increased airline capacity and orders for wide-body models which require more crew members.
Overall, the global demand is driven by steadily increasing airplane deliveries, particularly wide-body airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 27,000 new pilots and 29,000 new technicians annually.
Projected demand for new pilots and technicians by global region:

• Asia Pacific – 216,000 pilots and 224,000 technicians
• Europe – 94,000 pilots and 102,000 technicians
• North America – 88,000 pilots and 109,000 technicians
• Latin America – 45,000 pilots and 44,000 technicians
• Middle East – 55,000 pilots and 62,000 technicians
• Africa – 17,000 pilots and 19,000 technicians
• Russia and CIS – 18,000 pilots and 24,000 technicians


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First A320neo Reaches Completion


The assembly of Airbus’ first A320neo has been completed following painting of the aircraft and the mounting of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines. MSN6101, which will be the first A320neo to fly, will soon start its ground tests to prepare for first flight.

The flight test campaign for the A320neo will start in September 2014, paving the way for entry into service on the first quarter of 2015.

The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. Airbus has received a total of nearly 2,700 orders from more than 50 customers since its launch in 2010.




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Malaysia Airlines MH370 – A New Line of Investigation Suggest Sabotage

One of the most baffling mysteries in the history of modern aviation remains unsolved after nearly a week.

A new line of research into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is focusing more on evidence that suggests it was diverted hundreds of kilometres off course.

In a far more detailed description of military radar plotting than has been publicly revealed, two sources told Reuters an unidentified aircraft that investigators suspect was missing Flight MH370 appeared to be following a commonly used navigational route when it was last spotted early on Saturday, northwest of Malaysia.

That course — headed into the Andaman Sea and towards the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean — could only have been set deliberately, either by flying the Boeing 777-200ER jet manually or by programming the auto-pilot.

Satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from the aircraft after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.

But the “pings” indicated its maintenance troubleshooting systems were switched on and ready to communicate with satellites, showing the aircraft was at least capable of communicating after losing touch with air traffic controllers.

The system transmits such pings about once an hour, according to the sources, who said five or six were heard. However, the pings alone are not proof that the plane was in the air or on the ground, the sources said.

Malaysian authorities have said the last civilian contact occurred as the Boeing 777-200ER flew north into the Gulf of Thailand. They said military radar sightings indicated it may have turned sharply to the west and crossed the Malay Peninsula toward the Andaman Sea.

The new information about signals heard by satellites shed little light on the mystery of what happened to the plane, whether it was a technical failure, a hijacking or another kind of incident on board.

While the troubleshooting systems were functioning, no data links were opened, the sources said, because the companies involved had not subscribed to that level of service from the satellite operator, the sources said.

Boeing and Rolls-Royce, which supplied its Trent engines, declined to comment.

Earlier Malaysian officials denied reports that the aircraft had continued to send technical data and said there was no evidence that it flew for hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers early last Saturday.

“It’s extraordinary that with all the technology that we’ve got that an aircraft can disappear like this,” Tony Tyler, the head of the International Air Transport Association that links over 90 percent of the world’s airlines, told reporters in London.


Ships and aircraft are now combing a vast area that had already been widened to cover both sides of the Malay Peninsula and the Andaman Sea.

The U.S. Navy was sending an advanced P-8A Poseidon plane to help search the Strait of Malacca, separating the Malay Peninsula from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It had already deployed a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft to those waters.

U.S. defense officials told Reuters that the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, USS Kidd, was heading to the Strait of Malacca, answering a request from the Malaysian government. The Kidd had been searching the areas south of the Gulf of Thailand, along with the destroyer USS Pinckney.

India’s Defence Ministry has ordered the deployment of ships, aircraft and helicopters from the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands, at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. An Indian P8I Poseidon surveillance plane was sent to the Andaman islands on Thursday.

China, which had more than 150 citizens on board the missing plane, has deployed four warships, four coastguard vessels, eight aircraft and trained 10 satellites on a wide search area. Chinese media have described the ship deployment as the largest Chinese rescue fleet ever assembled.


On the sixth day of the search, planes scanned an area of sea where Chinese satellite images had shown what could be debris but found no sign of the airliner.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference the images were provided accidentally, saying the Chinese government neither authorized nor endorsed putting them on a website. “The image is not confirmed to be connected to the plane,” he said.

It was the latest in a series of contradictory reports, adding to the confusion and agony of the relatives of the passengers.

As frustration mounted over the failure to find any trace of the plane, China heaped pressure on Malaysia to improve coordination in the search.

Premier Li Keqiang, speaking at a news conference in Beijing, demanded that the “relevant party” step up coordination while China’s civil aviation chief said he wanted a “smoother” flow of information from Malaysia, which has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the disaster.

Malaysian police have said they were investigating whether any passengers or crew on the plane had personal or psychological problems that might shed light on the mystery, along with the possibility of a hijacking, sabotage or mechanical failure.

The Boeing 777 has one of the best safety records of any commercial aircraft in service. Its only previous fatal crash came on July 6 last year when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 struck a seawall with its undercarriage on landing in San Francisco, killing three people.


Source:  Reuters


PIA Pilot Lands Aircraft at London Heathrow Despite Being Refused by the Control Tower

London (Online): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot Tariq Ranjha put the lives of 70 passengers at stake on Sunday as he landed the aircraft at LondonHeathrowAirport in London despite being refused by the control tower.

According to sources, the control tower denied the request of landing the aircraft in the city due to the weather conditions. However, Ranjha kept insisting on landing the aircraft in London as the medical condition of a passenger, named Qasim Abu Bakar, was deteriorating.

He kept flying the aircraft in the skies of London despite the bad weather and also wasted fuel worth of millions. The control tower kept sending the message to the PIA pilot to divert the aircraft towards Manchester and Leeds.

However, the pilot’s request was finally accepted after an hour and was allowed to land the plane in the rough conditions.

After the landing, the aircraft was searched for 40 minutes by London Metropolitan Police and the passengers were finally allowed to leave the plane after being cleared.

Britain’s Civil Aviation has warned PIA to hold a proper investigation against the pilot of the fact that why he landed the aircraft despite the rough conditions. They added that the medical care could have been provided in Manchester and Leeds if the pilot landed the plane there.

Source:  Pakistan Today

Myanma Airways will Lease up to a Dozen of Boeing 737 Aircraft

Myanma Airways is set to order up to a dozen Boeing 737 jets on lease in what appears to be the largest single fleet expansion in Myanmar as the country opens up to business and tourism, aviation industry sources said.

The aircraft will be provided by the world’s largest leasing company, General Electric’s aviation leasing arm GECAS, the sources said, asking not to be identified.

The decision is expected to be announced at the Singapore Airshow, which runs from Feb 11 to 16.

The airline could not be reached for comment. Boeing declined to comment.

State-run Myanma Airways, which owns 20 percent of flag carrier Myanmar Airways International, currently flies only domestic routes. Experts say the 160-seat Boeing 737 would give the airline flexibility and range to operate internationally.

Leasing companies rent aircraft to airlines in exchange for a monthly fee. Each 737 aircraft is worth around $90 million at list prices when ordered directly from planemaker Boeing.

After years of isolation, Myanmar is seen as one of the last frontiers for aviation in Asia.

Passenger numbers are surging as new airlines spring up and foreign carriers rush in.

However there are concerns about the lack of infrstracture and the country suffers a poor safety record.

Myanma Airways grounded its three Chinese-made Xian MA60s in 2012 after two of the turboprop aircraft suffered accidents on landing within a month.

Source: Reuters

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Finally, the 777X will be built in Washington

A key Boeing labor union narrowly approved late Friday an eight-year contract that keeps production of the new 777X jet airliner in Washington state in exchange for cuts in benefits.

As a result, Boeing will stop seeking alternate sites for production of a more fuel-efficient version of its best-selling widebody jet.

The Machinists Union District Lodge 751 said in a statement that members approved the controversial contract by 51 percent.

The union vote means that Boeing will carry out final assembly and wing fabrication on the 777X at their sites in Puget Sound, in northwestern Washington state.

“It was a tough vote, a hard situation, splitting the membership,” Mark Johnson, a national level official with the International Association of Machinists (IAM), told reporters.

The 777X is a new version of Boeing’s successful 777 twin-engine widebody jet, which is built today in Everett. It is scheduled to come into service around 2020, and the company has already received billions of dollars in advanced orders.

Boeing, founded in Seattle in 1916, has more than 82,000 employees in Washington state, making it the region’s largest private employer. A move elsewhere would likely have devastated the area economy.

Source:  France – Presse

TODAY: 100 Years of Commercial Aviation

Today, Jan 1, marks the 100 anniversary of commercial aviation. IATA – The International Air Transport Association has launched a new website for the celebration.

The first commercial flight in history was done across Tampa bay, this date on 1914 by a Benoist airboat of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat, piloted by Tony Janus.

Benoist Airboat

Benoist Airboat

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, hailed the success of commercial aviation’s first 100 years.
He said: “Aviation is a miracle. It’s truly wonderful. Everybody who lives finds it somehow touches their lives.
“Without question, aviation is a force for good. There are issues we must address such as the environment where our performance must improve, but it’s a fantastic industry.”
Walsh highlighted the rise of the low-cost airlines in recent years, saying “now everybody expects to be able to fly”.
He went on: “I generally believe we are at an exciting stage in aviation where we can improve our environmental and financial performance.”


IATA – General Director and Chief Executive Tony Tyler said:

“Over the last century, commercial aviation has transformed the world in ways unimaginable in 1914. The first light provided a shortcut across Tampa Bay. Today, the aviation industry reunites loved ones, connects cultures, expands minds, opens markets and fosters development. Aviation provides people around the globe with the freedom to make connections that can change their lives and the world.”

IATA released some statistics which showed:

• On average, every day more than eight million people fly. In 2013 total passenger numbers were 3.1 billion – surpassing the three billion mark for the first time.
• That number is expected to grow to 3.3 billion in 2014 (equivalent to 44 per cent of the world’s population).
• About 50 million tons of cargo is transported by air each year (about 140,000 tons daily).
• Aviation supports more than 57 million jobs with the industry’s direct economic contribution being around €405 billion;
• Global airline industry turnover is expected to be around €558 billion in 2014, with an average industry profit margin of 2.6 per cent.
Key facts on aviation
• One hundred years on, planes are now taking off at the rate of 52 every minute.
• Every 60 seconds, a total of 5,700 passengers board aircraft around the world.
• About €9 million worth of cargo is delivered by air every 60 seconds.
• Every minute, the global fleet of aircraft travel more than 71,000 kilometres.
• In 2013, more than three billion passengers travelled by air, with nearly half of those who travelled as tourists taking to flights.
• Air passenger numbers are set to rise by around six per cent in 2014.
• Today, New Year’s Day, an estimated eight million people will fly.
• Travellers have the choice of around 4,000 airports and 1,500 airlines worldwide and can fly on around 40,000 city-to-city routes.
• Airlines carry 50 million tons of cargo a year and carry 35 per cent of world trade by value
• Aviation accounts for two per cent of global CO2 emissions.
• Fifty-seven million jobs are supported by the commercial aviation industry worldwide.

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Boeing 747-8 an 787 Dreamliner – High Altitude Icing

Fifteen airlines have been warned about the risk of ice forming on Boeing’s new 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner.

The issue – affecting some types of engines made by General Electric when planes fly near high-level thunderstorms – prompted Japan Airlines to cancel two international routes.

There have been six incidents since April when aircraft powered by GE engines lost power at high altitude.

The Boeing 747-8 series and the new 787 Dreamliner are the only types of aircraft affected by the high-altitude icing issue.

The new warning was given to airlines including Lufthansa, United Airlines and Japan Airlines.

It says aircraft with the affected engines – GE’s GEnx – must not be flown within 50 nautical miles of thunderstorms that may contain ice crystals.

As a result, Japan Airlines (JAL) has decided to withdraw Dreamliners from service on the Tokyo-Delhi and Tokyo-Singapore routes.

“Boeing and JAL share a commitment to the safety of passengers and crews on board our airplanes. We respect JAL’s decision to suspend some 787 services on specific routes,” a Boeing spokesman said, according to Reuters news agency.

A GE spokesman told the agency the aviation industry was experiencing “a growing number of ice-crystal icing encounters in recent years as the population of large commercial airliners has grown, particularly in tropical regions of the world”.

He said GE and Boeing were hoping to eliminate the problem by modifying the engine control system software.

British airways use Rolls Royce engines on their Dreamliners. They are not affected by the warning, says the BBC’s Ben Geoghegan.

Despite the issues, the Dreamliner is still considered to be one of the most advanced planes in the industry and remains popular.

Boeing has received orders for more than 1,000 jets since its launch.

Last month, it announced plans to raise production of the 787 Dreamliner to 12 per month by 2016.

That would be an increase from its target for the end of this year of 10 planes a month.

Source:  Reuters

8 Tips that will help you to become a better pilot

Days ago, I was talking with a friend who asked me:  If you were to give advice to others on how to become a better pilot, what would you say?

Well, the list maybe long, but I selected 8 of them, there it goes:

  • Be receptive and versatile on your way of thinking; don’t get stuck on an idea. Be willing to learn from others, even younger people has innovative suggestions that can helps us improve ourselves. Remember the old saying that in an airplane we always going to be an student.
  • Be safe, a safe flight begins at least 8 hours before we go to the airport, with adequate rest and following restrictions to alcohol usage.  Once at the airport proper planning will give you a mental picture of what to expect and how to proceed, never get into a situation where your exit is only one, that door may get closed and then you have no way out.
  • Improve your flying skills, hand fly your aircraft when conditions permit, if you have autopilot, fly manually your aircraft either after takeoff until a certain altitude or on approach to land.  Force yourself to maintain precise altitudes and speeds within small margins.  If you are a general aviation pilot, take a simulator ride and practice all those maneuvers that cannot be done on the real aircraft.
  • Read and study the causes on the accidents reports, remember the old saying “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself”.  Normally accident causes go well backward in time, study those causes and keep them in your experience backpack to avoid committing those same mistakes. 
  • Know your aircraft limitations, doesn’t matter if you don’t remember your nose wheel tire pressure, but it is important that you know by heart your aircraft limitations to avoid going beyond them. Passing your annual or six months proficiency check doesn’t mean that you are really “proficient” on your aircraft, so pay enough attention to strengthen those areas you feel you need to reinforce.
  • Improve your radio communications skills, when talking on the frequency, be precise, short and concise, use standard phraseology and state clearly your intentions, “who you are, where are you, at what time, at what altitude and where you go”.  And remember, you are not alone on the radio, so don’t make your radio communications longer than enough.  Be helpful with others, if you hear another pilot being unable to contact ATC, help him relaying his messages.
  • Improve your communications with others and accept suggestions, CRM is not just another tick in your proficiency box, is a daily exercise, a life style.  Make others clear what your intentions are and also consider their suggestions.  You don’t need to take all the credit for everything you do, give credit to others and you will feel good about yourself.

And at last, remember that owning your pilot’s license or wearing that nice airline pilot uniform also makes you gentleman, so behave accordingly.

Capt. Ivan



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