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A350/Dreamliner choice could impact up to 88% of Emirates flights, says OAG

Posted 30 June 2014

As Airbus and Boeing go head-to-head in negotiations for Emirates outstanding order of 70 extra-widebodied aircraft, aviation intelligence expert OAG reveals the critical importance of Emirates' choice and how it could impact up to 88% of the carrier's flights.

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Understanding the Iraq situation - and the challenge for the USA

Posted 17 June 2014

Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA gives his view on the current situation in Iran.

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Saudi aviation liberalization will need higher safety standards say experts

Posted 15 May 2014

Enjoying the largest domestic market in the Middle East, the aviation industry in Saudi Arabia still hasn't managed to replicate the rapid growth of its GCC neighbours because of the regulatory

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Alpen Capital shares industry review on GCC aviation prospects

Posted 17 March 2014

Alpen Capital has released its GCC Aviation Industry Report which provides a perspective of the GCC aviation sector by presenting the current industry status, key market dynamics, and scope for future growth.

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Gulf Air climbing back to level flight

Posted 5 February 2014

Gulf Air is aiming for further reductions in its cost base and negotiating over the future shape of its order book as it reaches the one-year mark in its major restructuring. Alan Dron talks to the Bahrain's minister for transportation who is also

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Bahrain Airshow: A look at the Royal Bahraini Air Force

Posted 16 January 2014

As the Bahrain International Air Show opens this morning, defence editor Jon Lake casts an eye over the Royal Bahraini Air Force and looks at the RBAF's capabilities.

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Supporting the mega-order growth programme

Posted 28 December 2013

The vast aircraft orders placed by airlines at this year's Airshow in Dubai reflects the Gulf region's rapid growth in the aviation industry. So, asks Clyde & Co's OLIVER TEBBIT, how can this rapid airline growth be supported?

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The Case for a UAE cyber defence doctrine

Posted 7 October 2013

Aleksandar Mitreski, non-resident analysts with INEGMA looks at the growing issue of cyber attacks on governments and assesses the strategy for the UAE's defence

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The Kingdom and the Kremlin: The Strategic Significance of the Bandar-Putin Meeting

Posted 5 August 2013 · 1 Comment

Dr. Theodore Karasik, director of research and consultancy at INEGMA looks at the implications of last week's visit to Moscow by Saudi Arabia's security chief.

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Opportunities in the Middle East military UAV market to grow says Frost & Sullivan:

Posted 24 June 2013

Growing demand supported by strong intent and investment capability is expanding the market for military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Middle East. The region is already considered

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SITA SURVEY: Airlines increasing investment in business intelligence

Posted 20 June 2013

Over the next three years, all airlines plan to invest in IT systems which will allow them to get to know their passengers better and deliver tailored services directly to them, according to the 15th annual

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Rohani's Victory: Realistic expectations from a witty "Moderate" leader

Posted 18 June 2013

Riad Kahwaji, CEO, and Dr. Theodore Karasik, director, research and consultancy, INEGMA look at the implications of the Iranian change of government

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An Unbelievable Lasting Legacy

Posted 11 June 2013

As the Legacy 500 soared past 300 flight test hours, Embraer Executive Jets released a cinematic-style film starring the Legacy 500 alongside legendary film star Jackie Chan.

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SAA and Etihad sign code share agreement

Posted 8 May 2013

In Early May, South African Airways' Acting CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout and Abu Dhabi's CEO, James Hogan, signed an MOU to establish a code share and interline agreement, which may be the start of a deepening strategic alliance with the United Arab

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VIDEO: Day three of the Airport Show, Dubai

Posted 8 May 2013 · 1 Comment

Presenters Abbi Henderson and Alan Peaford go for the world of airfield fire trucks to sophisticated new biometric security systems embedded into iPhones.

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VIDEO: Day two of the Airport Show, Dubai

Posted 8 May 2013

Today's video news programme from the Airport Show, Dubai, focuses on the latest airport technology from ARINC's new airport data system and remote check in service.

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Airport Show video - the passenger experience

Posted 6 May 2013 · 1 Comment

Day One of the Airport Show in Dubai is all about passenger experience.

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SITA looks into the future for innovative flying experiences

Posted 28 February 2013

By 2015, the way we travel will change significantly fuelled by innovation in IT - used by airlines, airports and passengers, according to air transport communications and IT specialist, SITA.

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ANALYSIS: Iran and Egypt: An unrequited union

Posted 15 February 2013

Emily Boulter, Non-Resident Associate at INEGMA,assesses the burgeoning relationship between Iran and Eqypt

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Sequestration, new US foreign policy priorities and the likely impact on the Middle East

Posted 6 February 2013

Riad Kahwaji, CEO of INEGMA and the organisation's director of research and consultancy, Dr. Theodore Karasik, look at impact the Middle East is facing with the latest policy changes by the

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RIZON JET'S CHALLENGES TO SUSTAIN A VIABLE BUSINESS IN QATAR

Posted 22 January 2013

The row between Qatar's luxury flight services company Rizon Jetand the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority over the rights to operate freely have escalated. Details of the dispute between Rizon Jet and the Qatari state

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MEBA: Final results show 20% growth in attendees

Posted 26 December 2012

Organisers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event have reported visitor figures showing a 20% increase on the 2010 edition with 7,549 attendees from 84 countries - 37 nations more than the previous show. There was also a 14%

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Fly east! Al Ghaith says three years has proved expansion strategy

Posted 25 November 2012

Dubai low-cost carrier, flydubai is celebrating three years since it first turned its sights eastwards towards desitinations in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

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Syrian opposition unification puts west to the test as rebels lay grounds for no-fly zone

Posted 14 November 2012

Riad Kahwaji, the chief executive of INEGMA looks at the situation in Syria and at this week's developments in Doha

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Women pilots get the Jordan experience

Posted 12 November 2012

With Middle East airlines increasingly recognising the value that female pilots can bring to them it is no wonder that the group supporting women pilots in the region is growing. Alan Peaford reports.

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Middle East UAV landscape up in the air

Posted 12 November 2012

UAV development in the Middle East has long been dominated by Israeli technology but the picture is changing as a number of nations begin to channel investment into maturing their own domestic UAV development and manufacturing capabilities. Claire

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Why no more bog standard leaves MacCarthy flushed with success

Posted 12 November 2012

There's one area of an aircraft that receives a greater footfall than any other during a flight…the bathroom. Kelly Green visited one aircraft interiors company to find out why it has decided to give aircraft lavatories the

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Thales Tops is trumps at APEX

Posted 12 November 2012

The annual technology show produced more than its fair share of electronic wizardry this year. Liz Moscrop went to play with the products.

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Why growing is not a pain at Dubai International

Posted 12 November 2012

As Dubai International Airport's Concourse 3 prepares for a grand opening, Keith Mwanalushi reports that it is just one part of numerous strategies being put in motion to achieve ambitious goals at the region's busiest airport.

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Arinc continues to expand presence in Middle East

Posted 12 November 2012

Arinc is making its presence felt more widely in the Middle East with a new customer at Ras Al Khaimah, on-going projects in Doha and Dubai and a new office in Saudi Arabia. Steve Nichols reports.

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Planning to pour cold water on the towering infernos

Posted 12 November 2012

The skyscraper cityscapes that stand out in the Gulf States have one nightmare scenario – high-rise fire. But this year's Helishow in Dubai is focusing on the issue as Jon Lake reports.

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It's only the twits who are now failing to tweet

Posted 12 November 2012

Is social media a toy or great free marketing tool? Steve Nichols looks at how it is being handled by different airlines.

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It's complicated…

Posted 12 November 2012

Jon Lake takes a look at the tricky world of military and police aviation in the northern emirates

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Aurora spots a new dawn rising in Fujairah

Posted 12 November 2012

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Gama radiates out into new territory

Posted 12 November 2012

A new fixed base operation (FBO) is to open its doors at Sharjah Airport in January. Alan Peaford talks to Gama Aviation about its reasons behind the move into FBO management.

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Why RAK is just right for RamJet

Posted 12 November 2012

Dubai is a global hub for the flight support industry in the UAE but Marcella Nethersole meets one company doing rather well in the northern emirates instead.

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Aerospace manufacturing Excelling in Ajman

Posted 12 November 2012

Manufacturing for the aerospace industry is still relatively rare in the Middle East – but Alan Peaford finds one company that has welded a niche business to support the local airlines and airports.

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Arrow stays bang on target for continued success

Posted 12 November 2012

As business aviation manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft has grown its presence in the Middle East area, one Indian-headquartered business has also become part of the success story. Alan Peaford reports.

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AviaHelp proves it is the real deal

Posted 12 November 2012

The site of Russian fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters at Sharjah Airport is not unusual – so no wonder there is one company there to provide valuable support. Marcella Nethersole reports

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Aerostar shining in many different directions

Posted 12 November 2012

Sharjah is the base for the rapidly expanding Aerostar business and, as Marcella Nethersole finds out, the MRO specialist is branching out into new areas.

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Unveiled: the best-kept flying secret that's a little gem

Posted 12 November 2012

Alan Peaford discovers a small oasis where the passion and enjoyment of pure leisure flying is flourishing in the northern tip of the UAE.

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Blue skies thinking at the Fujairah Aviation Academy

Posted 12 November 2012

Alan Peaford visits the fast-growing Fujairah Aviation Academy and discovers why it enjoys one clear advantage.

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Airline aiming to RAK up new business

Posted 12 November 2012

RAK Airways has begun codeshare flights with Etihad. Alan Peaford talked to RAK's CEO, John Brayford, about the airline's strategy.

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Small team hungering for a better world

Posted 12 November 2012

Sharjah Airport Free Zone is home to one aviation organisation that is making a real difference. Alan Peaford reports.

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Venture north for a taste of the real Arabia

Posted 12 November 2012

Marcella Nethersole takes a tour of discovery to find why route developers are eyeing the northern emirates for a piece of the UAE's tourism spend.

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Northern lights are starting to shine

Posted 12 November 2012

The aerospace industry in the northern emirates is stepping out from being a well kept secret – and the success is starting with the airports. Alan Peaford reports.

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Speed wars… Cessna and Gulfstream go head-to-head

Posted 12 November 2012

The latest generation of business jets are focusing again on speed. Alan Peaford looks at two models that are taking it to the limit.

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Stepping up: MEBA comes of age

Posted 12 November 2012

This year's Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show sees the fusion of old and new. Liz Moscrop looks at the thought behind it

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Oman gets ready to induct C-130J

Posted 12 November 2012

Lockheed Martin has started deliveries of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to the Royal Air Force of Oman.

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Turkey firming up its F-35 plans

Posted 12 November 2012

On September 4 this year it was reported that Turkey would use funds from its Defence Industry Support Fund to purchase a second pair of F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters. Jon Lake looks at the small beginnings to what should be a much larger programme.

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Kuwait enhances fighter force

Posted 12 November 2012

While continuing to search for a new fighter to replace its ageing F/A-18C/D Hornets, Kuwait is pressing ahead with plans to upgrade 39 aircraft. Jon Lake reports.

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Trials and tribulations for new GCC tankers

Posted 12 November 2012

The adoption of the A330 MRTT by the two largest air forces in the GCC marks the beginning of a new era for the region's air arms, conferring a hitherto unknown degree of independence from tankers operated by coalition partners. Jon Lake reports.

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Qatar planning a rotorcraft revolution

Posted 12 November 2012

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PC-21taking the GCC trainer market by storm

Posted 12 November 2012

With Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar having adopted the PC-21, the type is now the trainer of choice for the three largest of the GCC's six air forces. Jon Lake looks at the reasons why.

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Qatar fighter choice still up in the air

Posted 12 November 2012

Qatar's long-running quest to find a new fighter to replace its Mirage 2000s – part of a wider air force modernisation programme – seems to be entering the final phase. Jon Lake reports.

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Rotana drives ahead as a scheduled carrier

Posted 12 November 2012

The UAE may be geographically small but, as Alan Dron reports, continuing surface travel challenges have led to a local carrier starting domestic air services.

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Will Saudi move really be a licence to thrill?

Posted 12 November 2012

As Saudi Arabia's aviation regulator reveals which new carriers are being granted licences to operate flights in the kingdom, Alan Dron looks at the problems the new entrants will have to overcome.

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Private progress – Saudia happy ending is in sight!

Posted 12 November 2012

The saga of the Saudi Arabian Airlines group privatisation could soon have a happy ending, as Martin Rivers discovers.

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Why another stall spells bad news for Kuwait Airways

Posted 12 November 2012

Is time running out for Kuwait Airways' aspirations to be among the Gulf's big boys? Martin Rivers finds out.

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Brazilian brand aims to 'rightsize' Middle Eastern market

Posted 12 November 2012

Big is not always necessarily best when it comes to opening up new routes. Jill Stockbridge looks at Embraer and its plan to prove this to the region's airlines.

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Keeping one hop ahead on the kangaroo route

Posted 12 November 2012

Analyst Saj Ahmad studies the latest jump in the kangaroo route between Europe and Australia with the Middle East as the feeding ground.

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Understanding the US foreign policy from a Middle Eastern perspective

Posted 4 November 2012

With the US presidential elections imminent , Riad Kahwaji, CEO, of the Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) looks at US foreign policy from a Middle Eastern perspective

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Zambia Plans Aviation Revival After EU Blacklist Shock

Posted 25 October 2012

Ian Sheppard – following the Emirates engine failure story in Lusaka – finds himself in a country celebrating independence and learning a lesson about what happens when a national carrier fails.

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Balancing Act: Azerbaijan's Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East

Posted 17 October 2012

Emily Boulter, non-resident associate, INEGMA looks at the post-independence Azerbaijan and its relationships with the Middle East

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COMMENT: Emirates and Qantas deal a lesson in humility.

Posted 10 September 2012

Analyst Saj Ahmad looks at the deal between Emirates and Qantas, decides who are the winners and losers and gives his personal take on the old adage of he who laughs last, laughs longest.

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Yemen set for new counter-terror aircraft

Posted 15 August 2012

A single CN-235-300M medium-range twin-turboprop transport aircraft destined for the Yemen Arab Republic Air Force has been undergoing flight-testing at Airbus Military's facility at Seville San Pablo airport. Jon Lake reports.

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Jordan lays down a Marka...

Posted 15 August 2012

The ninth Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (SOFEX) was held at the King Abdullah I Airbase at Marka, near Amman in Jordan in May. Jon Lake reports.

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Keeping an eye on the surveillance market

Posted 15 August 2012

A number of companies saw the Marrakech Air Show as the perfect opportunity to display their maritime surveillance offerings. Kelly Green looks at who was there.

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Double dash

Posted 14 August 2012

Shannon Airport in Ireland saw the arrival of two Bombardier Dash-8 Q300s, configured as maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) on their way to the the UAE Air Force and Air Defence. Jon Lake looks at the images captured by photographer Maurice O'Donaghue and gives his view on the aircraft

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The Special Ones...

Posted 14 August 2012

The steady rise in importance of special forces has been an international phenomenon. Jon Lake looks at some of the various units operating in the Middle East.

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Behind the onset of offset

Posted 14 August 2012

The use of offset clauses in defence contracts is an important aspect of increasing the capacity for indigenous design, development and manufacturing in-country. Claire Apthorp looks at the situation in the UAE.

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Food to fly for...

Posted 13 August 2012

Are the days of poor aircraft food almost over? Marcella Nethersole discovers that some airlines can safely answer 'yes' to that question.

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MAX packs a low-cost punch

Posted 13 August 2012

A combination of market factors is pointing towards a healthy future for low-cost carriers (LCCs) in the Middle East, according to a senior Boeing executive. Alan Dron reports.

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All in a day: Francois Chazelle

Posted 13 August 2012

Marcella Nethersole speaks to the VP of Airbus corporate jets (ACJ) in Dubai.

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Midfield's X-Factor

Posted 13 August 2012

The construction of Abu Dhabi's Midfield Terminal Building has finally been given the green light and now the real work begins. Keith Mwanalushi reports.

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Why offsets are the real deal

Posted 13 August 2012

Offset consulting firm Blenheim has provided consulting, advisory and transaction services to governments and corporations across the MENA region. Founder Grant Rogan shares his views on why offset programmes are providing a major opportunity for regional

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Youngsters fail the personality test

Posted 13 August 2012

Fascinating but worrying insights into the attitudes of young people entering the piloting profession were presented to the conference by Nikki Heath, CEO of UK human factors, training and assessment company Symbiotics.

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Next generation may trust computers too much

Posted 13 August 2012

A previous major cause of accidents, controlled flight into terrain, has been significantly reduced since the introduction of EGPWS, the conference heard. Loss of control (LoC) has taken its place, with the proposed solution being improved

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Pros and cons of the cosmopolitan cockpit

Posted 13 August 2012

The rapid growth of some airlines, combined with the lay-offs elsewhere, has led to some cockpits becoming increasingly cosmopolitan.

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Pilots at the crossroads

Posted 13 August 2012

As cockpit technology evolves relentlessly, are pilots equipped to deal with it? Do current and future intakes of pilots have the same sort of qualities as their predecessors to handle emergencies in the air? Alan Dron reports.

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Qatar spreads its wings in search for future pilots

Posted 13 August 2012

Pilot shortage is one of the biggest threats to the air transport industry and particularly the Gulf airlines, which have massive expansion plans. Alan Peaford looks at how Qatar Airways has chosen a UK-based training company to help it

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Emissions: The Big Issue

Posted 12 August 2012

Driven by ever-increasing oil prices and growing environmental concerns, the world of commercial aerospace is moving into a new and exciting era of research and development. Geoff Thomas reports.

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The rise and fall of a mighty air force

Posted 12 August 2012

In the aftermath of the 2011 civil war Libya was effectively left without an air force and the nation is only now taking the first, hesitant steps towards re-establishing something appropriate for its new situation. Jon Lake reports.

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Airlines begin the climb back

Posted 12 August 2012

Libyan Airlines is battling back after the devastation of the country's uprising. Martin Rivers talks to the man leading the recovery – CEO Khaled Taynaz.

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Rebuilding a nation in ruins...

Posted 11 August 2012

While Libya is still a hotspot following the NATO strikes that drove out the Gadhafi regime, it is now slowly picking up the pieces. Marcella Nethersole reports.

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Why the small fry attracts the big fly

Posted 11 August 2012

Liz Moscrop examines different options for business jet registration.

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Going for Broke

Posted 11 August 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation's (HBC's) Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in early May left owners, operators and prospective buyers of Hawker business jets and King Air turboprops wondering what happens now? James Wynbrandt reports.

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Reopening the gateways

Posted 10 August 2012

The full restoration of air services in Libya is critical and despite ongoing concerns over safety, airport developers are keen on completing their rebuilding plans and getting the job done. Keith Mwanalushi reports.

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Signature prepares for Middle East signings

Posted 10 August 2012

Signature Flight Support is the world's largest FBO chain with 100-plus facilities worldwide but, so far, the Middle East has been an arid region for the company. Now, as James Wynbrandt reports, all that is starting to change.

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UAE's Tractor Factor

Posted 10 August 2012

As Air Tractor AT-802Us continue to be delivered to the UAE, Jon Lake looks at the aircraft and its possible uses.

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Turkey's Eagles have (almost) landed...

Posted 10 August 2012

Turkey is expecting to receive the first of its Peace Eagle Boeing 737 AEW&C aircraft into service by the end of this year with the three remaining to be delivered in 2013. Jon Lake looks at the programme.

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Morocco unveils its new kids on the Block

Posted 10 August 2012

Morocco's new Advanced Block 52 F-16 fighters are now in service with the Escadron de Chasse 'Falcon' at Base Aerienne des Forces Royales Air 6 at Ben Guerir, near Marrakech. Two further squadrons, 'Spark' and 'Viper' will stand up at the same base.

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Saudi catches the UK train

Posted 10 August 2012

Saudi Arabia and the UK have reached agreement on a new $3 billion programme to provide the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) with cutting-edge officer and aircrew training. Jon Lake looks at the details.

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How airlines have found an upside in the downturn

Posted 10 August 2012

Toby Stokes, Ernst & Young's aviation sector leader Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, explains how the aviation industry's leading players are continuing to create growth through focused innovation and investment.

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Bumpy start for new Tunisian airline

Posted 10 August 2012

Mohammed Frikha set up an airline to help promote economic development of his home region of Tunisia – but encountered severe turbulence when it took to the air. Alan Dron reports.

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The Drone Doctrine in Yemen - Understanding the whole picture

Posted 24 July 2012

Dr. Theodore Karasik, director, research & consultancy and Anirudh Sivaram, of INEGMA look at the controversial issues over use of UAVs in the Middle East and the wider region

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The complete package...

Posted 18 May 2012

The large local appetite for business jet interiors is attracting both local and international providers to the Gulf region. Liz Moscrop reports.

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Are you sitting comfortably...?

Posted 17 May 2012

The aviation industry is always looking for ways to make flying more comfortable and energy efficient. Kelly Green visited the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg to look at the new products and services being unveiled during the three-day event.

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Kuwait's solar system LEEDs the way...

Posted 17 May 2012

Work on Kuwait's new international airport is under way. Once complete, it is believed the facility will set a new environmental benchmark in aviation, becoming one of the largest airport users of solar power in the world. Keith Mwanalushi reports.

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Tunisian aerospace shows its mettle

Posted 17 May 2012

Tunisia is rapidly becoming to Europe what Mexico is to the United States – an offshore manufacturing centre. Alan Peaford and Marcella Nethersole visit some of the key people behind the growing opportunity.

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