November 25, 2022


Sofema Aviation Services shares the latest events in the Aviation business from around the world in our
Aviation Weekly News Roundup:

> FAA To Add Powered-lift Aircraft to Air Carrier Category
The FAA is proposing changes to its definitions covering air carriers to create scope for including new powered-lift aircraft such as eVTOL models in existing operational rules. On November 21, the agency issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) covering changes allowing it to determine on what terms powered-lift aircraft that can’t be categorized as airplanes or rotorcraft could be regulated for air carrier operations, including scheduled airline services and on-demand charter. Read more

>> A new airline is planning low-cost transatlantic flights
Hot on the heels of Norwegian, WOW and Play, a new low-cost airline is promising to bring back budget transatlantic flights.
Fly Atlantic this week announced plans to start operating in 2024. The new budget airline will be based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As well as operating short-haul European flights, it plans to enter the transatlantic market with low-cost flights from Belfast to the US and Canada. Read more

> Taiwan’s EVA Air to pivot away from narrowbodies – president
EVA Air (BR, Taipei Taoyuan) plans to pivot away from narrowbodies in favour of more widebody aircraft according to the airline’s president, Sun Chia-ming. Sun told Bloomberg that when the twenty-two-strong fleet of A321-200s is replaced, it will likely be with widebody planes. Read more

>> Recovery Continues: Lufthansa Is Hiring 20,000 New Employees
With 2023 shaping up to be even busier than this year, airlines around the world are feeling the pressure to ensure that they have adequate numbers of staff to cope with the rebound in travel, and Lufthansa is no exception. The German flag carrier has just launched its latest recruitment campaign and is on the lookout for 20,000 new employees. Read more

> Air India to launch new flights to New York, Paris, Frankfurt
The airline is looking to hire expat pilots and has also offered its cabin crew, who have opted to retire following the company’s Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) scheme for its permanent employees earlier this year, to extend their service tenure by two months to January 31, 2023. Read more

>> ACH160 Helicopter with Lounge Interior Set for European Debut
An Airbus ACH160 in a special “Lounge” package interior will make its European debut with Italian VIP charter operator Air Corporate soon after Airbus Helicopters delivers the machine early next year, representatives from the companies said this week at the European Rotors trade show in Cologne, Germany. Read more

> FAA wants pilots to be less dependent on computer autopilots
The US Federal Aviation Administration has issued new guidance calling for flight procedures and training to ensure that pilots can operate aircraft manually, without being too dependent on automated systems. Read more

>> CAMO Online Workshop by Sofema Online received positive feedback from attendees – See why
On 31 October 2022 Sofema organised a free-of-charge CAMO Online Workshop for 17 delegates who completed the Sofema Online CAMO Diploma. We offered to facilitate the workshop to provide an opportunity to understand a number of CAMO pinch points and to provide a forum for general discussion. It was a pleasure to organise the workshop! Find out more

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