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A PIA 777-200 arriving at London Heathrow. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Europe Bans Pakistan International Airlines Amid Fraudulent Pilot Licence Scandal

The European Aviation Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airlines’s (PIA) authorization to operate in the EU for six months. As of July 1, PIA will not be allowed to operate flights in European skies at least for the rest of the year. “EASA has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorization to operate to the EU member states for a period of 6 months effective July 1, 2020 with the right to appeal against this decision,” a Pakistan International Airlines said in…

Europe Issues Type Certification to Airbus BelugaXL

Airbus announced on Wednesday that its BelugaXL airlifter was issued a type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certification for the oversize aircraft follows a rigorous battery of flight-testing with the aircraft flying over 700 hours during the course of more than 200 flight tests. Airbus currently…

Airbus A321LR Obtains EASA and FAA Approval

Airbus's evolution of the A320neo family, the A321LR, gained approval both from European aviation agency EASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The joint approval grants the aircraft to operate with up to three underfloor Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs), including for an ETOPS operation up to 180 minutes. This latest…

11 More A320neo Aircraft Grounded In India

Following a mid-air engine failure of an IndiGo A320neo operated by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines on Monday morning, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) immediately sent an order to two airlines to ground 11 additional aircraft in their fleets. Gurgaon, India based IndiGo now has 11 total A320neos…

EASA Publishes Safety Promotion Program for 2017

The European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) approach to safety promotion was fully revamped in 2015. For every year since the agency has reviewed and improved its strategic plan. With the release of the Rulemaking and Safety Promotion Program 2017, for the first time, efficiency is made measurable in comparison to the…

EASA Introduces a Roadmap to Simplify General Aviation

Declaring you’re a training organization as an individual or a flight club; no long processes of approval, extensive oversight, and complicated requirements; simply give an overview of your activities. According to EASA’s GA Roadmap, this should soon be possible. GA Roadmap is a EASA tool to take a step forward…

EASA Voices Opinion On New Medical Requirements

After releasing its advice on the minimum cockpit occupation earlier this month, EASA has voiced its opinion on an updated proposal for the Part-MED. The three main topics focus on pilots' psychiatric evaluation during class 1 medical examination, reducing substance abuse among pilots. The old regulation, from 2011, showed that…

EASA Releases New Advisory On Minimum Cockpit Occupancy

EASA has recently released a new advisory on minimum cockpit occupancy. In April 2015 it was still advised to have two persons on the flight deck at all times, this has now been amended. Starting September 2016, focus has shifted on what to take into account when one of the…