President expresses confidence in AG

first_imgLosing streak…blames former Govt, staff for losing casesPresident David Granger on Friday threw his support behind his Attorney General, Basil Williams, who has lost a number of the State’s cases since coming to office.Granger, who was hosting one of his first press conferences in two years, instead laid the blame for the Attorney General’s performance at the feet of the former Government. According to Granger, “you can’t win everything.”“No one wants to lose cases,” Granger said. “As far as I can see, he is a very experienced lawyer and once you go to the courts, you expect that the outcomesAttorney General Basil Williams, SCmay not necessarily be in your favour. But you can’t win everything and I think that he has worked hard (but) you have to look at the team which he has to work with.”He added that there are other cases which are pending, and the AG, like some other Ministers, has to make internal changes in the Ministry in order to get the best quality legal representation. “I do not feel that in the past we had the best representation. Some of the cases which we inherited were lost before we started, because the representation was inadequate.”But he noted that if the Government had had better representation over the years, they would not have lost so much money because of claims against the State.“So I wouldn’t blame the Minister of Legal Affairs. I think that within that Ministry there were some persons who were not necessarily doing the best for the Government of Guyana,” he said.Red HouseLast year, President Granger gave the occupants of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) 48 hours to vacate the premises; a directive which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had described as “unconscionable and vindictive”.On August 9, the Opposition People’s Progress Party secured two conservatory High Court orders blocking the State from ejecting the CJRC from the property, once the official residence of former President, the late Dr Cheddi Jagan.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, overruled every submission made by Attorney General Basil Williams, and refused his request that the CJRC case be dismissed.The Chief Justice upheld submissions made by Attorney and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall on behalf of the CJRC: that there are serious issues to be tried, and those cannot be determined at the interlocutory stage.Land leasesIn 2014, a number of farmers were granted 50-year leases for State land, located in the rear of Number 40 Village, West Coast Berbice, by then President Donald Ramotar.In March of 2016, however, they received letters from the Mahaica Maichony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA) informing them that President David Granger cancelled their leases and they must cease occupation and return the land to the MMA/ADA.The applicants; Brian George and Tiffany Hubbard, Joylyn Nicholson, Gratien Nicholson, Vaughn Aaron and Herman Nicholson, sought justice in the courts. They were represented by Attorneys Nandlall and Manoj Narayan among others, while the State and the MMA–ADA was represented by Attorney General Basil Williams.On the same day as the Red House judgement, the Chief Justice ruled against the President’s revocation of rice farmers land leases, deeming it unconstitutional. She also ruled that the farmers are entitled to compensation from the State, amounting to the sum of $300,000.GECOM chairmanshipSince the retirement of former Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally, the Commission has been headless. As the Constitution requires the Opposition Leader to nominate persons to the post, Jagdeo submitted his first list of names in December 2016.However, the list was rejected by President Granger on the grounds that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution prescribes that nominees must either be qualified to be a Judge or be fit and proper. A second list submitted by the former President in April 2017 was treated similarly.But in March, local businessman Marcel Gaskin moved to the High Court to challenge the constitutionality of the President’s reasoning. That judgement was handed down last month.While she acknowledged that the President can determine who fits the bill of “fit and proper”, the Chief Justice overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution by finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary.Other casesThe AG’s track record in office as the State’s representative also includes a $1.5 billion settlement with Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) over taxes. It was a case which was over a decade old.Following the settlement, Jagdeo had said that the out of court settlement sets the wrong precedence and could open the gate for other companies to seek tax refunds. And indeed, another company followed suit with a claim against the State.Despite appealing the court’s decision to quash the Government’s termination notice to a Haags Bosch contractor, Williams also drew criticism when a huge settlement was negotiated with the Joint Venture contractors. This is despite previous criticisms of the shoddy work done.last_img read more

Exhibition exposes apartheid, celebrates South African photography

first_img“The exhibition emerges at a very important juncture of the history of South Africa,” said curator Okwui Enwezor of his Rise and Fall of Apartheid photographic exhibition, which was timed to coincide with the country’s celebrations of 20 years of freedom. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Lesley Perkes Publicist: Rise and Fall of Apartheid + 27 83 654 2009 +27 11 614 5500 press@riseandfallofapartheid.org • Rise and Fall photo exhibition captures the scars of apartheid• Gallery: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid• Nelson Mandela: a life in photographs• African art scene blooms in South Africa• Moad builds a genius space for Africa’s artsLucille DavieAround 800 photographs that “require a double take” and “slow you down and call for a response” fill two floors of Museum Africa in Johannesburg, in a monumental exhibition entitled Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life.Opening on Thursday 13 February, the exhibition features almost all South Africa’s significant photographers, and a handful of foreign ones. Co-curator Okwui Enwezor, adjunct curator at the International Centre of Photography in New York, walked journalists through the exhibition before its opening. More than 70 photographers and artists are showcased in the exhibition, which is accompanied by 27 films and a book.Enwezor pointed to two images by world-renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt. One is of a hedge planted in 1660 to separate the Khoikhoi from the first white settlers in Cape Town, symbolising the beginnings of segregation. The other, taken three hundred years after the hedge was planted, is a photo of District Six, a neighbourhood in Cape Town where freed slaves, artisans and labourers settled, but which was declared a white area and flattened in the 1970s. Bulldozers can be seen in the photograph, systematically crushing homes and lives. Some 60 000 people were removed to the barren Cape Flats, and today District Six remains largely a wasted landscape.Image after image speaks to the cruelty, injustice and outright insanity of apartheid, mostly in black and white. There’s a sequence of photographs stretching along a table, giving second-by-second snapshots of the horror of Sharpeville, south of Joburg, where 69 peaceful passbook protestors were gunned down by the police in 1960, leaving 180 wounded. The graphic photos catch in the throat.“Sharpeville was the beginning of mass funerals,” said Enwezor. The world may not have known about the massacre, he suggests, if not for the photographs. Veteran South African photographers Omar Badsha and Santu Mofokeng at the Rise and Fall of Apartheid exhibition walkabout. (Image © Rise and Fall of Apartheid)Past, present and future photographersTimed to be part of the celebration of 20 years of democracy, photographers include Leon Levson, Eli Weinberg, Peter Magubane, Alf Kumalo, Jurgen Schadeberg, Sam Nzima, Ernest Cole, George Hallet, Omar Badsha, Gideon Mendel, Paul Weinberg, John Liebenberg, Bob Gosani and Cedric Nunn and Graeme Williams. (Williams is a contributor to the Media Club South Africa photo library.) Photographs by the famous Bang Bang Club of the 1990s – Kevin Carter, Joao Silva, Ken Oosterbroek and Greg Marinovich – are also on display, as are Drum Magazine photos of the 1950s and photos by the Afrapix Collective of the 1980s.Work by contemporary artists who record the impact of apartheid as it continues to resonate today are also on the walls, among them Sue Williamson, Jo Ractliffe, Jane Alexander, Santu Mofokeng and Guy Tillim. A set of 10 short films of William Kentridge run continuously. And a new generation of artists and photographers are also represented, including Sabelo Mlangeni, Thabiso Sekgale and the Centre for Historical Re-enactments in Johannesburg.Enwezor said he was “incredibly privileged” to have met many of the artists. Over 30 000 images from around the world were examined, he explained, but it was local photographers who portrayed apartheid the most succinctly. While many images will be familiar to South Africans, and equal number won’t, as he asked photographers to search their archives for unknown images.“The exhibition emerges at a very important juncture of the history of South Africa,” he said.The exhibition is on until 29 June, after travelling from Munich, Milan and New York, where it opened in September 2012. John Liebenberg poses next to his images of South Africa’s Border War with Angola. (Image © Rise and Fall of Apartheid)‘The African imaginary’It took about eight years of research, although the idea first came to Enwezor in 1994, he said. “In broad terms, the foundation for this exhibition evolved out of two interests of mine. The first was my intellectual and curatorial engagement with photography, with images of African photography. The second and related interest is how photographic images engender new possibilities for assessing what I call the African imaginary, particularly how Africans pictured and represented themselves and their social worlds.”It examines “the aesthetic power of the documentary form – from the photo essay to reportage, social documentary to photojournalism and art – in recording, analysing, articulating and confronting the legacy of apartheid, including its impact on everyday life now in South Africa”, the organisers said in a statement.Many of the photographs come from Museum Africa, where the exhibition is hosted. It is “fertile ground for debate across issues that will see the six-month long exhibition and its accompanying media participating in a national conversation about the photographers – some unknown, some deceased, some still practising here and abroad”, the statement said. First Encounter, Johannesburg, 1994. Photo © George Hallett. “That picture with the women running towards Mandela, which I call ‘First Encounter’ – this was the first time they had actually seen him close up. And it was an incredible experience, because for the first time I saw the whole country, and the joy and the hope that people had. My God, I thought – it’s finally about to end, this crappy system of apartheid.” – George Hallett. Read more about Hallett in The photographer who showed Nelson Mandela to the world at Africa is a Country.The curatorsThe exhibition has been curated by Enwezor and Rory Bester. Nigerian-born Enwezor is the director of the Haus der Kunst museum in Munich. He was the artistic director of La Triennale 2012 at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and of many other international exhibitions. He has been appointed the curator of the prestigious Venice Biennale 2015, making him the first African-born curator in the exhibition’s 100-year history. He has written extensively on contemporary African art and artists, as well as on American and international art. At the age of 20 he moved to New York, and lives there and in Munich.Bester is an art historian and critic, as well as a curator and documentary filmmaker at the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he is the head of history of art. His teaching and research include archive and museum practice, curatorial studies, exhibition histories, photographic practice and post colonialism. He writes art criticism for South Africa’s top investigative newspaper, the Mail & Guardian, as well as for Art South Africa, Camera Austria and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. He has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions in Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Sweden and the US.Enwezor said the research for the exhibition involved numerous visits to archives, museums, universities, libraries, photographers, artists, curators and galleries in South Africa, Europe and the US. He laments the fact that although they ploughed through thousands of images, there were times when they faced what he calls “the case of the missing negatives”.“On the one hand we had so many photographs, yet there were so many by different photographers that have been irretrievably lost,” he said.Bie Venter, the logistics director of the exhibition, says she and a team of 15 have taken three weeks to ready the space and install the works. “One of the biggest challenges was the quantity of work,” she said. Work has involved creating numerous walls, installing lighting, and pasting up huge wallpaper images. Venter, who helped install the world-renowned Venice Biennale last year, says of Enwezor: “He is an incredibly good curator – he thinks deeply about things.”last_img read more

Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the Air Force Academy said both home and away events have been postponed. Among them were the men’s and women’s basketball games at Fresno StateThe American Forces Network, which broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S., put a message on its Facebook page that said its services would not be available “due to the government shutdown.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe notice sparked angry reactions from viewers, with several noting the timing couldn’t have been worse. The two NFL conference championships are Sunday — Minnesota vs. Philadelphia and Jacksonville vs. New England.“During NFL PLAYOFFS?!” one post read. “AFN, start a GoFundMe & broadcast these games! Make it happen!” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Air Force Academy’s online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday. In addition to the basketball, there men’s and women’s swimming at UNLV, men’s hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men’s gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy.The rifle team was scheduled to compete against TCU, the Coast Guard and Ohio State at TCU.On Sunday, the academy has tennis and wrestling events scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Clune Arena was empty two hours before the game as the Air Force Academy had canceled all athletic events due to a federal government shutdown on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the academy said both home and away events have been postponed. The academy’s online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday: men’s and women’s basketball games at Fresno State, men’s and women’s swimming at UNLV, men’s hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men’s gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference playoff games on TV and radio.Games involving the Army and Navy men’s basketball teams were played as scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT Russia’s latest star Zagitova takes European gold Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Perlas’ bid for gold ends in loss to Malaysia

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Irving will wear no. 11 with Celtics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pang Hui Pin split from the line for Malaysia with 16.2 seconds left but Allana Lim kept Perlas in the game with a layup four seconds after.Unfortunately, Saw Wei Yin was cool from the stripe as she drilled two pressure packed free throws to seal the win for hosts.Lim topped Perlas with 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Analyn Almazan added 11 markers and five boards in the losing effort.Afril Bernardino, France Mae Cabinbin, and Abaca all had seven points apiece.Silver is the highest the Filipinos can get with their 3-2 record, as they hope that Indonesia falls to Thailand and Singapore in the coming gamedays.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Perlas Pilipinas kissed its gold medal hopes goodbye in women’s basketball after a heartbreaking 60-56 defeat to Malaysia in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Thursday at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.Just like how they fought back late Wednesday against Thailand, the Filipinos again staged a huge rally in the fourth quarter. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAfter trailing by as much as 16, 43-27, midway through the third frame, Perlas tied the game at 54 with an off-the-glass three from Ara Abaca with 2:38 remaining.Perlas, though, failed to grab the lead and committed two turnovers in the last two minutes while Malaysia got a huge undergoal stab from Eugene Ting off an assist from Chong Yin Yin with 50.0 ticks to play to push Malaysia up, 57-54. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img There weren’t any comebacks this time. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perlas Pilipinas wraps up its schedule against Vietnam on Friday.Chong paced Malaysia in the win with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Yap Fook Yee had 10.The Scores:MALAYSIA 60 – Chong 12, Yap 10, Pang 9, Low 8, Rajintiran 8, Ting 8, Saw 4, Yaakob 1.PERLAS PILIPINAS 56 – Lim 17, Almazan 11, Abaca 7, Bernardino 7, Cabinbin 7, Dy 6, Resultay 1, Animam 0, Castro 0, Pontejos 0, Sambile 0, Tongco 0.Quarters: 13-12, 34-23, 47-38, 60-56.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Griezmann & Dembele lead France to win

first_imgFrance 3 Italy 1: Les Bleus thrill in Azzurri win Jamie Smith 05:00 6/2/18 Lorenzo Pellegrini Getty Images Although Leonardo Bonucci was on target for Italy, France ran out 3-1 winners in a heavyweight European friendly clash in Nice. France offered a thrilling glimpse of their World Cup potential with a 3-1 win against European rivals Italy.Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele were on target for Les Bleus at Allianz Riviera on Friday, with Italy captain Leonardo Bonucci replying for the Azzurri.Mario Balotelli shrugged off pre-match injury concerns but could not add to his goal on a return from a four-year international exile against Saudi Arabia, wasting numerous chances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now France took an early lead when Umtiti bundled in a rebound, Griezmann doubling the advantage from the penalty spot inside half an hour after Rolando Mandragora fouled Lucas Hernandez.Bonucci replied before the interval, but France’s rapid front three continued to impress and when Dembele bent a 63rd-minute stunner into the top corner, a fine victory was assured.Didier Deschamps’ side will seek to add to three consecutive friendly wins when they face United States on June 9 in their final World Cup warm-up, while Roberto Mancini continues his rebuilding job when Italy, who did not qualify for Russia 2018, take on Netherlands on Monday.Full-time: an excellent 3-1 win for Les Bleus in Nice!#FiersdetreBleus #RoadToRussia #FRAITA pic.twitter.com/muh0ebKimX— French Team (@FrenchTeam) June 1, 2018France made a lively start and scored the opening goal in the eighth minute.A deep Benjamin Pavard cross from the right found Kylian Mbappe at the back post and, though Salvatore Sirigu denied the striker, Umtiti slammed in his second France goal.Passed fit to start, Balotelli blasted a free-kick into the wall before sending an ambitious strike flying wide.France were playing with startling vitality, however, and N’Golo Kante was unlucky to see a 25-yard low drive fizz against the outside of Sirigu’s right-hand post.After the impressive Mbappe sent a powerful shot just off-target, Hernandez beat Mandragora for pace down the left and was dragged down as he entered the penalty area.GOOOAAALLL!!! The ref awards a penalty after @LucasHernandez is brought down, and @AntoGriezmann doubles France’s lead from the spot! #FiersdetreBleus #RoadToRussia #FRAITA pic.twitter.com/0EbSgyEkbF— French Team (@FrenchTeam) June 1, 2018Griezmann stepped up to beat Sirigu from 12 yards, although the goalkeeper guessed correctly by diving to his left, the Atletico Madrid striker breaking a four-game international duck.Italy pulled one back in the 36th minute, captain Bonucci well placed to convert a close-range rebound after Hugo Lloris could only parry a ferocious Balotelli free-kick.Playing on his home ground, Nice striker Balotelli forced a smart stop from Lloris seconds after the restart, the goalkeeper then springing Dembele clear with a long throw and the Barcelona winger clipping the crossbar at the end of a thrilling break.Dembele fine-tuned his radar and would not be denied with his next effort, however, picking up the pieces after Mattia Caldara halted Mbappe’s run to find Sirigu’s top-left corner.Balotelli appeared to hurt his right ankle after firing over the crossbar and was replaced after temporarily playing on.Sirigu denied substitute Florian Thauvin a spectacular 85th-minute fourth, but for Deschamps this was an eye-catching performance with the World Cup less than two weeks away. read morelast_img read more

Report: LSU OL Jevonte Domond Arrested For Alleged Felony Domestic Violence Abuse Battery W/ Strangulation

first_imgLSU OL Jevonte Domond poses for his mug shot.LSU OL Jevonte DomondUpdate: LSU has suspended offensive lineman Jevonte Domond following his domestic violence arrest. #LSU has suspended OL Jevonte Domond. Les Miles has reached out to Domond but has yet to speak with him, Michael Bonnette says.— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) May 26, 2015Earlier: LSU offensive lineman Jevonte Domond has been arrested for an alleged felony domestic violence abuse battery with strangulation, according to police reports obtained by The Advocate. Domond, who transferred into the Tigers’ program from Glendale Community College (Arizona) last summer, played in one game last season. The details of the alleged incident are ugly. BREAKING: Booking records show #LSU OT Jevonte Domond was booked into EBR Prison on charges of Felony Domestic Abuse Battery w/Strangulation— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) May 26, 2015From the report: According to a Sheriff’s Office report, an argument occurred Monday afternoon between Domond and his fiancée. During the dispute, while she was leaning over the crib of their “newborn baby,” Domond allegedly “grabbed her from behind by the neck,” lifted her off the ground and dropped her, the report says.The woman told deputies she “began to lose consciousness,” the report says, and she “almost blacked out.” At some point during the argument, Domond allegedly grabbed a bandana from his fiancées head. In response, she sprayed him with pepper spray, the report says.The woman told deputies Domond then picked her up and “slammed her on the couch,” the report says. She also told them Domond bit her on her hip, prompting her to spray him again with pepper spray, the report says.You can read the rest of the report here. An LSU spokesman confirmed to The Advocate that the program is aware of the situation, though they have yet to officially comment on the matter. Domond, who is currently in East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, is reportedy scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.last_img read more

Press Release Passenger Experience Week prepares for lift off

first_imgThe global travel and tourism industry is one of the most dynamic economic powerhouses on the planet. It not only creates jobs, but connects businesses to markets, drives exports, is a catalyst for prosperity and generally helps people enjoy better lives worldwide. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that the sector accounts for 10.4% of global GDP and 313 million jobs, making it one of the largest contributors economically in the world. The connectivity provided by international air and rail transport is one of the key factors in facilitating its growth.It is estimated that over half of international tourists travel by air, meaning aviation plays a crucial role in supporting one of the globe’s most important economic sectors. And according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), it contributes an enormous €2.3 trillion with more than 120,000 flights taking off daily – transporting more than 10 million passengers worldwide.It’s clear that the aviation sector is thriving, and the global rail market is also in a period of growth according to the 2018 Worldwide Market for Railway Industries Study. Since 2016, its value has grown from €169 billion to €183 billion, with the rate outstripping forecasted growth of 2.3% two years ago, to 2.8%.This strong growth has resulted in changes across the air and rail sectors with a greater focus on improving customer satisfaction levels through innovations in onboard service and environments. For example, a new raft of commercial aircraft models from leading manufacturers Airbus and Boeing has forced airlines to refine the offering they provide to passengers, while developments in onboard catering and cutting-edge technology are attracting passengers to travel operators that have a modern and unique approach to travel. The key to sustaining this success lies in being aware of – and acting on – key trends without being outmaneuvered by competitors.The spotlight is on passenger experienceThis year’s Passenger Experience Week, taking place in Hamburg from 1-4 April 2019, brings together four leading events that aim to provide ideas, inspiration and solutions for air, rail and cruise buyers looking to improve the experience they offer to their passengers. Comprising Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE); Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS); and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC), the series of events will showcase the latest cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment and connectivity, passenger comfort, catering, retail offerings and technology software that will ultimately transform the experience passengers receive on a plane, train, coach or cruise ship.Over 950 exhibitors will be on hand throughout the week to showcase their innovations to 18,000 attending industry professionals. Of these, more than 2,000 will be VIP guests – leading decision makers representing the world’s major air and rail operators – looking to find those unique, new-to-market products that will set their business apart from the rest. Face-to-face buying, selling and networking will dominate proceedings across the Hamburg Messe throughout the week.Learning from industry visionariesMarking the start of Passenger Experience Week 2019, the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) will bring together thought leaders from across the global aviation, rail and cruise sectors, who will share new ideas and discuss the next steps in the evolution of the passenger experience from onboard environments to services.Delegates joining this year’s conference on 1 April will be able to hear speakers from Airbus; Seymourpowell; Diehl Aviation; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Collins Aerospace; and Passenger Experience Week supporting organisation, International Air Transport Association (IATA).Opening the conference, Joe Leader, Chief Executive Officer of the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and International Flight Services Association (IFSA), will provide the inside track on the strategies that will deliver more competitive cabins. He will offer insight on how to deliver greater value for passengers and improve revenue for airlines; the transformative approaches to making the journey better; and how to integrate new technologies and tools every step of the way.Following the day’s keynote sessions, three breakout streams will focus the discussion on key trends shaping the future of the industry – The Competitive Cabin, Digital: The New Reality, and Revitalising the Journey.The Competitive Cabin stream will help delegates understand how suppliers are innovating products and services to deliver a better passenger experience and increase revenue. The session will explain the importance of technology collaborations in creating innovative interiors solutions that enhance the journey of all travellers – including those with mobility, visual or hearing impairments.With a digital revolution underway in the travel sectors, Digital: The New Reality will explore the importance of integrating technology across the entire journey to create a seamless and connected environment. Speakers will explore the role of automated and digital/mobile self-service; how biometric technologies are opening up opportunities through airports and on aircraft; and how the food and retail experience onboard can be digitalised to improve engagement and passenger enjoyment.In the final stream, Revitalising the Journey, speakers will address how new sensory technologies can help passengers navigate their journeys. From sensory touchpoints – sonic branding, voice technologies, haptic feedback – to augmented and virtual reality, delegates will learn more about the opportunities to improve experiences, while tackling new challenges in cabin design. Sessions will encourage delegates to rethink both the physical and onboard experience, from understanding how biometric technologies, such as facial recognition, are transforming passenger experiences in a world of self-service; to the opportunities to deliver outstanding personalisation, helping passengers to arrive at their destinations feeling relaxed and refreshed.20 years of cabin innovationWith the global aviation industry going from strength to strength, it’s no surprise that the airline interiors industry is also booming. The market for aircraft interiors is predicted to hit €13.9 billion by 2020 according to market research by Industry Arc, thanks to a dramatic surge in air travel and the accompanying upturn in passenger expectations as a result.For two decades, AIX has played a pivotal role in helping the world’s premier airlines source the latest cabin innovations, technologies, inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions that have transformed their offerings and helped turn them into the leading global players they are today. The 2019 instalment sees the exhibition reach its 20th anniversary with a celebration of the cutting-edge innovation that is continually propelling the industry forward.More than 500 businesses – including industry players both, large and small – will showcase their latest products and services aimed at enhancing the cabin, in-flight entertainment and connectivity onboard. These include materials suppliers such as Zotefoams, a world leader in cellular materials technology, which is confirmed to showcase its ZOTEK F foam. The material is manufactured from specialist PVDF engineering polymers to meet the exacting standards of aviation manufacturers. Helping to improve inflight hygiene, Mankiewicz will present its second-generation interior paint featuring antimicrobial effective additives. Its ALEXIT PureGuard paint contains special chemicals that hinder the spread of mould and unpleasant odours, helping to reduce the microbes and bacteria which accumulate over the course of a flight.And, with the industry’s leading seat manufacturers present, attendees will be able to discover the latest seat configurations from Safran SA; Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG; STELIA Aerospace; and Adient Aerospace, which will showcase its Ascent Business Class at the show. Molon Labe Seating will also join the line-up, revealing the launch customer for its S1 staggered short-range economy class seat.Visitors can also explore mock-ups of the new Boeing 777X – the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world. The cabin interior, which will be on display at AIX 2019, is inspired by the comforts and conveniences of the 787 Dreamliner, with larger windows, a wider cabin, new lighting and enhanced architecture – all of which will be custom-tailored for a unique in-flight passenger experience.  The 777X is one of many topics explored by Boeing’s Blake Emery and PJ Wilcynski on the newly launched PAX Week Views podcast. The podcast brings together a host of leading industry experts from across the aviation, rail and cruise sectors to share their thoughts on the future of the passenger experience industry. It is now available to download or stream via iTunes or Spotify here: http://bit.ly/2BopFfhAirline buyers looking for suppliers to support Maintenance, Retail and Overhaul (MRO) operations, will find a host of businesses that will be demonstrating the importance of cabin refurbishment services. Exhibitors, including Delta TechOps, Etihad Airways Engineering and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, will explain how they deliver the highest quality interior maintenance and refurbishment of seating, monuments – comprising galley, lavatory, closets, overhead bins and sidewall panels – IFEC solutions and unit load devices (ULDs).What’s on at AIXIn addition to the smorgasbord of innovations on display on the show floor, there will be a whole area dedicated to the very latest developments in inflight entertainment technology. According to IATA’s 2018 Global Passenger Survey, people now prefer to watch digital content on a seatback device (54%) rather than a personal device (36%).This technology and more will be presented in The IFEC Zone, which aims to keep visitors abreast of the latest developments in inflight technology solutions. It will feature everything from servers and OTT systems to 5G and VR, with more than 100 leading providers of state-of-the-art entertainment and communications solutions on display, including AirFi BV, Astronics, Panasonic, SITA OnAir, Thales and Kontron.Demonstrating how cinematic Virtual Reality (VR) can transport premium passengers to their own private movie theatres, SkyLights will reveal how operators can set themselves apart from the competition and enable passengers to enjoy the latest releases in 3D, 2D and 180° VR with its AlloSky VR Headset. Bluebox Aviation Systems will highlight the latest innovations in tablet-based and wireless IFE solutions including its Bluebox aIFE – an accessible IFE solution for passengers with sight loss that Virgin Atlantic launched in December 2017; while Gogo, the in-flight internet company, will demonstrate its next-generation satellite technology for global in-flight connectivity: Gogo 2Ku.Meanwhile IFEC technology will, for the second year, be recognised in the Crystal Cabin Awards, enabling visitors to quickly identify the most innovative new launches. Eight categories in total will be awarded, all of which celebrate innovation in the aircraft cabin. Innovations across the eight categories will be on display, with winners announced in the CabinSpace LIVE Seminar Theatre.Held within the theatre, the CabinSpace LIVE Seminar programme, offers a place for attendees to listen and learn from industry leaders, and discover the latest challenges and trends impacting the industry. Curated to help airlines grasp the opportunities and navigate the challenges posed by the ever-evolving air travel industry, this year will feature free-to-attend forecast sessions exploring a wide range of hot topics. The rapid evolution of connectivity, IFEC and tools for engagement; the outlook for the aircraft interiors industry; and IFC trends in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will all be covered.Airbus BizLab, a global aerospace accelerator, will also lead a panel discussion on the future of flight, questioning how factors such as demographic and economic growth, tourism trends, oil prices and the development of new and existing routes help shape air transport mobility. With a particular focus on innovation in aircraft interiors, a panel will discuss how global macro trends can change the future of aircraft-based mobility, moderated by Reymound Buckman, Airbus BizLab Campus Leader in Hamburg.As ever, there will be plentiful networking opportunities at AIX, focused particularly on helping to develop strong working business relationships between airlines and suppliers. The Airline Club Lounge, exclusively reserved for members of airlines, bizjets and lessors, is designed to provide a space to escape, relax, work or network away from the show floor.Serving up innovation at WTCEFor the past two decades, AIX has become the global meeting place for airlines to source innovative technologies and solutions to improve the passenger experience. In more recent years, it has been joined by sister exhibition, the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE), which has also grown significantly in its own right to become the leading global event for travel catering, onboard retail and passenger comfort.This year’s instalment, which sits alongside AIX at the Hamburg Messe in halls A1-A3, is set to be one of the biggest to date, thanks to continued demand for the very best onboard experience the world’s leading airlines, rail companies and cruise liners can provide.Indeed, according to Global Industry Analysts Inc., the worldwide market for in-flight catering services is projected to reach €15.5 billion by 2020, driven by ever increasing – and demanding – passenger traffic and an abundance of service innovations by airline operators. And with more than five million meals served onboard flights each day, it’s no surprise that businesses are looking for new and innovative ways to improve their onboard offerings and attract new customers.Many airlines are already switching things up when it comes to their catering. Take Emirates for example, which has announced it is building a vertical farm to grow food for its meals with less impact on the environment. Meanwhile, Delta Airlines is trialling a new three-course meal plan served with sparkling wine; Air France has added a new ‘healthy’ meal option to it’s a la carte menu, while conversely, Swiss Air has added new hot cheese fondue to its menu. Whatever the innovation, its clear there is a place in the market for new ideas when it comes to onboard catering, and this year’s WTCE is the place to find them.What’s on at WTCEThe free-to-attend exhibition houses over 350 suppliers of onboard products and services, including more than 180 dedicated to food and drink. These include The Barilla Group, which will showcase its dedicated line of Italian food solutions for foodservice professionals under its most famous and well-loved brands, Barilla and Mulino Bianco. Cuisine Solutions, an industry leader in the expert development and manufacturing of premium, fully cooked foods using the sous-vide method, will also be present, demonstrating its slow-cooking technique that was pioneered and perfected by its Chief Scientist Dr. Bruno Goussault.WTCE will once again present visitors with a host of new products for complimentary in-flight and buy onboard menus from cheeses to chocolates. Companies such as Brazzale Spa, the oldest Italian family business in the dairy and cheese-making industry; Butlers Chocolates, Ireland’s premier family-owned firm dedicated to the craft of exceptional chocolate-making; and Dr. Schär Group, the European leader in gluten-free products, will all present the latest food and beverages suitable for onboard consumption.Visitors can also see products from a broader range of categories including hygiene, transport and logistics, packaging, travel retail, passenger comfort and toys and games, with many launching products that have never been seen before. This year, visitors will have the opportunity to view products from the full spectrum of airline and rail suppliers – large and small – including LSG Group, Matrix, Bayart Innovations, dnata and gategroup, as well as those from more than 100 new exhibitors that have not previously launched into the industry.The New Exhibitor Village gives companies that are new to the industry the opportunity to reveal their services or products to more than 200 international airlines and rail operators. With a dedicated, stand-out area on the show floor, participants will benefit from a unique platform to market their innovations.Companies already signed up to showcase their products in the Village include Belberry Preserves, Belgian-based purveyors of fruit preserves; Chum Fruit Snacks, 100% healthy fruit snacks featuring the simplest purest ingredients; Farmhouse Biscuits, biscuits baked from traditional, old-family recipes; Nature Frais, an agri-food company which specialises in the cutting of fresh vegetables and fruits; and frozen bread producers Novepan.Elsewhere, there will be a selection of designated areas to enable visitors to easily identify products and services that are of interest to them. Giving airtime to brand new products will be the What’s New Onboard showcase that will feature products and innovations launched to the market in the past 12 months or less.The growing Focus on World Travel Retail will return to Hall A4 to showcase products that can help drive revenue opportunities onboard. In the cut-throat travel retail industry, operators need that all-important competitive edge to set their business apart from the rest and win customers. Exhibitors taking part this year include Schäfer Travel Retail GmbH, a supplier with more than 10 years’ experience supplying a wide selection of brands and products to over 60 airlines and 40 airports worldwide; Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel, a leading producer of a renowned range of Côtes de Provence rosés; Lemonaid Beverages, fairtrade lemonade made from fresh, organically grown ingredients; MeMento, a blend of distilled aromatic waters filled with the scents of the Mediterranean; and Gebr. Heinemann, one of the top players on the international travel retail market. Visitors will also have an opportunity to sample new products and engage with other attendees at the Gebr. Heinemann networking bar.The Spotlight on Travel Apparel feature, sponsored by Egret Aviation and MODUS, will return to the exhibition’s central entrance to showcase the latest onboard clothing. Operators looking to update their brand or source new uniforms will find plenty of inspiration and ideas in this area. Further examples of the latest uniforms, crew luggage and travel accessories can be found on the show floor, with new companies CREATION & IMAGE Paris, GATE8 Luggage, OX’BRIDGE and Sky Soles joining the exhibition.Also providing visitors with unrivalled inspiration for their air, rail and cruise operations will be this year’s Taste of Travel Theatre. Run in association with Onboard Hospitality magazine, presentations and live demonstrations – delivered by leading consultants, industry experts and award-winning chefs will aim to educate the audience about the future of the sector, encourage them to think about current and upcoming trends and urge them to understand how they can best enhance the passenger experience. Taking place across all three days of the show, the sessions will focus on a diverse range of trends including sustainability, packaging, food waste, pre-ordering and wellbeing.Sustainability in the air is one of the current industry hot topics and will feature prominently in this year’s Taste of Travel programme. Matt Rance of MNH Sustainable Cabin Services will lead this important debate in a session entitled Sustainable Thinking as he examines how suppliers and airlines can work together to provide cradle-to-grave thinking for onboard products.Phil Chadwick, editor of Packaging News magazine, will also chair a debate around the challenges of plastic and sustainability onboard, in a session entitled Less Plastic in the Air. Taking a look at current hot packaging innovations, a further session entitled Best Sustainable Packaging will invite five exhibitors to give a quick-fire pitch to three expert judges on how their solutions are the most environmentally friendly.Wellbeing is another hot topic that is sure to provoke lots of lively debate in the Taste of Travel Theatre. Tied to this is the theme of gut health, which will be addressed by Marc Warde, culinary consultant to the airline rail and cruise industries, as he explores the new generation of meat-free, gluten-free and allergy-friendly meals suitable for health-conscious passengers. Ariane Van Mancius of Now/New/Next will also examine the habits and hang ups of passenger eating habits in her session entitled ‘How Generations Y and Z eat’. She will look at the influences of these ‘new kids on the block’, and in particular how the rules are being re-written through social media and Instagram.Other themes that will be covered include ‘Dine on Demand’ by Werner Kimmeringer and Craig Devoy of Yates+Partners; how consumers are using technology to personalise their food, health, travel and lifestyle by Mariette Abrahams of Mariette Abrahams Consulting; ‘Pre-ordering’ by Delta Airlines Executive Chef Christian Hallowell; and a session on ‘Best Rail Dining in Europe’ by two members of the Junior National Team of AKC (Czech Chefs Culinary Association) who will also demonstrate the latest dining concepts on Czech Railways. In celebration of its centenary year, representatives from British Airways will also present some of the airline’s new menus along with samples.Returning to facilitate meetings on site, WTCE’s Business Meeting Hub provides the perfect place to do business at the show. Private meeting rooms will be available, enabling VIP airline and rail attendees to arrange meetings with existing or new suppliers. Also aiding relationship building is the improved My Event tool that allows visitors and exhibitors to pre-arrange meetings, so they can maximise time spent at the show.Embracing the digital revolutionLaunched last year to great acclaim, the Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS) event will provide a new way for the aviation and rail sectors to improve passenger experience by bringing together some of the world’s most exciting and technologically advanced solutions. This year, the show is back, bigger and better, and ready to provide the perfect platform to showcase game-changing technologies to the world’s leading airlines, airports and rail operators.What’s on at PTS?Trends in technology impact all industries and travel is no exception. To stay competitive, the industry is turning towards the latest solutions to offer customers a better travel experience.Artificial Intelligence (AI), biometrics, blockchain, machine learning and Virtual Reality (VR) are all transforming the way people travel and developments in these areas are showing no sign of slowing down. And with airlines preparing to increase investment in IT by 3.6% as a percentage of their revenue, now couldn’t be a better time for the second edition of PTS, where it will move from the A Halls to Hall B4 Upper of the Hamburg Messe.The move positions the show closer to the popular In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) Zone in the co-located Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and demonstrates the growing importance of big data analytics, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions in personalising the passenger experience and delivering innovative in-flight entertainment services.Exhibitors at this year’s event will be showcasing a whole range of products, from ancillary revenue optimisation systems, CRM and Ecommerce Systems to IT solutions and mobile apps. These include Aviget Ltd, a technology start-up developing multi-platform chatbots, that helps airlines improve customer engagement. It enables passengers to get an instant answer to any question, book a flight, check-in online, get flight status alerts and even rebook cancelled flights without the need for human interaction. Also exhibiting at PTS, ECR Retail Systems, one of the oldest mobile EPoS providers in the UK, will demonstrate its in-flight mobile point of sale (MPoS) systems; TouchStar OnBoard Retail will introduce attendees to NovoStar, a software solution that facilitates the sale of in-flight duty free, catering and ancillary products; while Black Swan, will return to highlight the importance of data-driven passenger experience software solutions.In addition to the revolutionary technology on show at this year’s PTS, there will be a new feature taking centre stage with the aim of generating further cutting-edge innovation at the event. The Pax Tech Hack – Passenger Experience Week’s first ever Hackathon – will see teams of international developers, designers and marketers battle it out to create revolutionary new solutions that will improve the end-to-end passenger journey.With backing from the official supporting organisation, International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Pax Tech Hack will kick off with a selection of challenges that are currently facing the travel industry. Participating teams will be given just 48 hours to develop a functional concept, with a strong practical application, that will utilise new technologies to tackle issues and help shape the future of the global passenger experience industry.With the first two days of the hackathon devoted to non-stop development, the teams will then be given an opportunity to present their working concepts to judges on the show floor on the final day of PTS. With an audience of passenger experience professionals from airline and rail operators watching on, the winning team in each challenge will receive €5,000.This year’s event will include an exciting free-to-attend educational programme – the PTS Seminar Theatre. A host of industry experts will introduce and explore the latest smart solutions and innovative technologies, data tools and digital solutions that will transform the travel experience. The focus will be on how to enable more seamless and connected experiences, create new business models and increase engagements.Luke Miles, Co-founder and Creative Director of New Territory, will run a workshop on ‘Using emerging technologies to provide truly bespoke passenger experiences.’ The session will explore how airlines can offer more bespoke onboard services at both ends of the plane and achieve continuity between classes. He will present a suite of emerging technologies and examples that are shaping the future of the passenger experience and encourage discussion on the next steps for integration by operators across the air, rail and cruise industries.Speaking about the session, Luke commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in this year’s PTS Seminar Theatre. The industry is fast approaching a turning point, which will see the passenger experience undergo a technologically-driven period of advancement. The topics covered in the programme – biometrics, bespoke onboard services and blockchain technology amongst others – will be central to this shift and I’m looking forward to hearing the ground-breaking ideas presented.”A further session titled ‘Flying in 2025 – a holistic approach to passenger engagement’ will be led by Dr. Stathis Kefallonitis, Founder and President of Branding.aero and Noesis Analysis labs. This interactive panel discussion will highlight the perspectives of aircraft manufacturers, technology providers, catering and culinary experts, behavioural scientists and passengers, providing a unique viewpoint on future passenger trends.It will also explore the deployment of the latest technological capabilities, focusing on the role of new aircraft and cabin designs; data analytics, augmented reality, co-branding, collaborations and new product development; passenger-journey customisation and passenger engagement via behavioural and biometric analyses.In another session, Anne De Hauw and Anne-Celine Donkersloot, from IN Air Travel Experience, will take part in a discussion on ‘Transforming the travel ecosystem: Why today’s digital travelers need you to be there’ beyond the flight’, while a session on blockchain technology will evaluate the potential opportunities and challenges that the burgeoning technology can offer the travel sector.Also under the spotlight, sessions will explore the power of biometrics and how it can remove stress and bottlenecks from the travel journey, for passengers and operators alike. Here, Pierre Charbonneau, Director, Passenger Experience & Facilitation from International Air Transport Association (IATA) – Passenger Experience Week’s supporting organisation – will join a panel to discuss One ID, IATA’s visionary concept that introduces a collaborative identity management solution, meaning passengers need to confirm their identity just once, eliminating repetitive ID checks at security, border control and the gate. And finally, during ‘Digital Visionaries’, industry-leading chief digital and passenger experience officers will present exclusive insights on how they are transforming passenger/traveller engagement within their organisations.Katie Murphy, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions, said: “We’re delighted to return to Hamburg this April to mark the 20th anniversary of AIX and the continued growth of co-located events, World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo, Passenger Technology Solutions and the Passenger Experience Conference.“More than ever, we’re seeing a clear need for collaboration and cross industry pollination as operators look to transform the passenger experience and learn from best practice across the industry. And, with digital technologies connecting services on the ground and in the air, our four events will help the aviation, rail and cruise sectors transform the passenger experience by sourcing the most innovative products and services and learn from the brightest minds from across the travel industry.”Passenger Experience Week 2019 returns to Hamburg from 1-4 April comprising Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE), Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS) and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC). The four leading events in one location – the Hamburg Messe – share one goal: to shine a light on the latest innovations and services available to enhance the travel experience and improve the onboard comfort and wellbeing of passengers.About Passenger Experience WeekFour leading events – the Passenger Experience Conference, Aircraft Interiors Expo, World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo and Passenger Technology Solutions – one week, one destination. Delivering content, driving innovation and developing connections to transform your business. Showcasing the latest in cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment and connectivity, onboard technology, passenger comfort, catering and travel retail to create the ultimate passenger experience. Taking place 1-4 April 2019 in Hamburg, the events attract more than 18,000 visitors including 2,000 buyers and decision makers from major full service, regional and charter airlines and rail operators and offers the opportunity to meet face to face with suppliers and manufacturers covering the full spectrum of the industry.About Reed ExhibitionsReed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customer across industries.last_img read more

Opinion Passengers scheduled on MAX forced into impossible decision

first_imgFollowing the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 after takeoff from Addis Ababa this weekend, as an aviation journalist who writes regularly about safety, the answer one is always supposed to be able to give when asked if I trust the regulatory experts and would board a Boeing 737 MAX is an unqualified “yes”.But I could not give that unqualified “yes” if asked whether I would happily fly on a 737 MAX yesterday, and even less so today with a growing number of jurisdictions expressing concerns by grounding the aircraft while ET302 is investigated.Civil aviation authorities in Europe, the UK, Australia and Singapore have issued bans on the 737 MAX, and the numbers of airlines and jurisdictions refusing to allow the aircraft to be flown continue to grow. It remains unclear precisely what the regulators and airlines are looking to assess. Reading between some lines, it’s possible to speculate that, with the ET302 black boxes now found, they are looking for either similarities or differences to the JT610 crash five months ago. Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software, the way it works, and how (or even whether) pilots have been trained to use it, will be under particular scrutiny.“The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation,” said a spokesperson. “As we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace.”EASA has suspended all 737 MAX operations, saying in a statement: “As a precautionary measure, EASA has published today an Airworthiness Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes in Europe. In addition EASA has published a Safety Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all commercial flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models.”In suspending MAX operations, Australia’s CASA said: “This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX to and from Australia,” CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, explained. “CASA regrets any inconvenience to passengers but believes it is important to always put safety first.”In the United States, airlines continued to fly the aircraft – and have expressed confidence in the type – but the Association of Professional Flight Attendants representing American Airlines cabin crew confirmed to its members that they are not required to fly on the aircraft if they have safety concerns: “I contacted management again this morning with safety concerns of our Union and members flying this aircraft. Their current response is they will follow the normal fear of flying procedures. It is important for you to know that if you feel it is unsafe to work the 737 MAX, you will not be forced to fly it,” said APFA National President Lori Bassani in a statement. “You must contact crew schedule and your flight service manager who will remove you with a Personal Off (PO). While I have requested that the PO be non-chargeable, details must still be worked out. You may make up the flying via the regular methods available.”Any matter of aviation safety is a dread risk, the ultra-low probability, ultra-high impact events for which airline crashes are often used as the perfect example. Humans are notoriously poor at assessing dread risks, because the impact outweighs the likelihood in our minds, especially when we are not able to control the likelihood.That’s part of why fear of flying is common, yet fear of driving is much less so, despite the hugely greater likelihood and equally lethal impact potential of road traffic accidents. Even this journalist who could not give an unqualified “yes” to the 737 MAX would have few qualms about driving to the airport, objectively a more dangerous activity. But the fact is that travelers are worried about flying on the MAX, and to dismiss those worries as irrational misses the point.Having flown on the MAX, would I knowingly do so again right now? Image: John WaltonThe shrinking number of airlines who are still flying the MAX refuse to allow passengers to opt out without paying significant change fee penalties. The aircraft is perfectly safe, argue those airlines, and they are awaiting regulators’ directions. But it cannot be both acceptable for flight attendants not to be penalized for avoiding the MAX and for passengers to be penalized for doing so.It is easy for those within the industry to issue the standard line — with or without a tinge of derision about the great unwashed panicking over nothing — about waiting for the experts before jumping to conclusions. It is especially easy to do so from behind a keyboard rather than staring at the door of an aircraft that multiple regulators have grounded.Regulators are experts, and while there are of course geopolitical questions at play in certain regulator geographies, with the motives of China and Indonesia in grounding fleets possible to ascribe at least partly to wider contexts, it is hard to suggest that multiple uncoordinated regulators in the UK, Australia, Singapore and elsewhere have much to gain from grounding the MAX, let alone the growing numbers of airlines who have done so.From my perspective as a journalist who deals regularly with certification and regulators on safety issues, I have professional concerns about the level of regulation in a number of areas: from seat testing and passenger safety to emergency egress certification, the levels of real-world vs computer testing required, the amount of read-across that is permitted when certifying derivative models of airframes, the amount of self-certification that is allowed, and so on. Many of these concerns have been raised here by Runway Girl Network journalists, myself included.It would seem illogical and inconsistent if, having concerns about some aspects of the job safety regulators are doing, I did not apply that to other areas. Yet it’s equally illogical and inconsistent that I was driving and being driven in the Lazio region around Rome at speed last weekend, let alone crossing the road in that city, both activities that are much more likely to result in fatal injuries than getting on a 737 MAX.That combination of illogical and inconsistent approach is precisely why we need to wait for the experts to collect, analyze and report on the data: because we humans are bad at doing so.But the crux of the matter is this: are the concerns about the airworthiness of the 737 MAX sufficient to ground the aircraft while we await answers or not?The FAA, and most North American operators say no. A substantial part of the rest of the world says yes. That leaves travelers making an incredibly hard decision on whether or not to fly it, and in the age of passengers being increasingly mobile, social and vocal, it seems short-sighted for the diminishing numbers of airlines still operating the 737 MAX to put them there.Related Articles:North American carriers express confidence in MAX; union wants probeNTSB calls on FAA to fill the safety gap on Part 135 operationsExit row seating raises safety questionsNo room for error: How the design of cabin safety equipment worksAircraft seat size in the spotlight as FAA passes FAA reauthorizationFlyers Rights questions FAA evidence for not setting seat standardsPassenger rights gets a boost as EU interprets guidanceLion Air crash should remind us not to rush to judgmentAir accident cluster makes travelers fearful; should they worry?last_img read more

Press Release SmartSky launches IFC system with Gore cables

first_imgToday’s passengers and flight crew require secure, real-time connections through texting, phone calls, social media, email, transferring information, and streaming videos. GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies is helping SmartSky Networks launch the next-generation of inflight connectivity above the clouds.They selected Gore’s vapor-sealed 7 Series for their new inflight connectivity system that provides travelers with a true 4G LTE air-to-ground (ATG) connection in aircraft such as the Embraer ERJ-135 operated by JetSuiteX.SmartSky’s inflight connectivity system using Gore’s 7 Series has just received STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) approval for the Embraer ERJ-145. The certificate is required by the U.S. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for any modifications to an aircraft’s original design. Gore worked closely with SmartSky’s STC partners to ensure the reliability of the system in a moisture-rich environment. With more than 1,200 in service, the ERJ-145 is the largest twin-engine regional jet in a family that also includes the ERJ-135 and ERJ-140.“Gore’s well-earned reputation within the industry made choosing their routable cable assembly technology an easy decision,” said Darren Emery, Vice President for Product Support at SmartSky. “Gore’s 7 Series is high performance and exceptionally reliable, enabling a real fit-and-forget installation to exceed our customers’ expectations now and for many years to come.”“SmartSky’s innovative system, combined with our vapor-sealed assemblies, will enable an extremely compelling user experience and set a new standard for the industry,” said Jeremy Moore, Global Product Specialist for Gore’s Civil Aerospace Team.High-Quality Signal TransmissionGORE Microwave/RF Assemblies, 7 Series with robust connector options improve signal integrity and speed with low loss up to 40 GHz making them an ideal solution for SmartSky’s new high-speed ATG technology. They are designed precisely to prevent the ingress of water vapor, fuel, and other hazardous contaminants commonly found in airborne environments. With smaller diameters, more flexibility and tighter bend radius, these assemblies also meet the complex routing requirements of SmartSky’s tight platforms without breaking or failing.Gore’s 7 Series was also instrumental in helping SmartSky continue to stay on schedule with deploying their King Air B200 airborne test platform developed to optimize their new ATG network and test future technologies and applications.The vapor-sealed 7 Series complement Gore’s broad catalog of aerospace solutions — including coaxial and microwave/RF assemblies, high-speed data cables, aircraft sealants and more. Gore’s high- performance aerospace solutions will be on display at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany on 2-4 April in Booth 2E60. For more information, visit gore.com/aix2019 or contact a Gore applications specialist at electronics.usa@wlgore.com.About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from revolutionizing the outerwear industry with GORE-TEX® fabric to creating medical devices that improve and save lives to enabling new levels of performance in the aerospace, pharmaceutical and mobile electronics markets, among other industries. Headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore employs approximately 10,000 Associates and generates annual revenues that exceed $3.5 billion. Learn more at gore.com.About SmartSky NetworksHeadquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, SmartSky Networks was formed in 2011 by senior telecommunications and aviation executives seeking to transform aviation through the use of disruptive communications technologies and related tools. Working with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky has begun the rollout of its innovative, air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G LTE. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky 4G LTE uniquely enables a productivity experience in the air similar to that available on the ground, including unmatched capacity for data transmissions both to and from the aircraft. This real-time, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky 4G LTE the most compelling user experience, and a key enabler for the new and enhanced apps, services, and hardware that will usher in the digitization of the aviation industry.last_img read more

Press Release Tapis to host exclusive launch of aircraft seating at AIX

first_imgTapis Corporation (Tapis), renowned for high-performance fabrics for seating and vertical surface applications in the aviation industry, today announced that the firm will host an “Aircraft Seating Innovation Center” at its Aircraft Interiors Expo® (AIX) booth in Hamburg, Germany.Tapis strategically collaborated with the next generation of seating suppliers to transform the airline passenger experience. Tapis materials, including seat covers that provide a luxurious, sustainable and durable alternative to leather, will be featured on the prototype seats.“We partnered with the most forward-thinking, boutique seating manufacturers to produce breakthrough designs that have the potential to vastly improve aircraft interiors, both in business and economy classes,” said Jason Estes, vice president of global sales and marketing for Tapis. “These new products create a new standard for passenger comfort while maximizing the passenger envelope.”Finished with Tapis’ materials, a critical component to achieving the highest standards of passenger comfort and FAA fire retardant standards, the seats will be on display at the full-scale fuselage mockup at the Tapis AIX booth. Seats being showcased will include the following:Butterfly’s Single Aisle Lie Flat (SALF) seat. This award-winning SALF is a high-density and direct aisle access seat. The SALF is a flexible seating solution that allows for instant transformation between premium economy to regional first class, and long-haul flatbed suites. The trim and finish features the first use of Ultrasuede as a seat cover. The advanced haptic is synonymous with comfort in both seating and sleeping modes.  The seat shell liner is upholstered in contrasting Tapisuede Flannel for a boutique luxury experience. The soft goods are dressed in contrasting Ultraleather, its exquisite handle providing a genuine luxury touch at the customer interface.Rebel Aero’s S3 seat featuring a flip-up seat-bottom cushion that allows passengers to sit and stand and acts as a booster for child seats, including a three-point harness for enhanced safety.  The seat has a cradle recline that does not impinge on rear passenger space, and a patented sleep headrest.  The seat is finished with laminated dress covers in a neutral Ultraleather Promessa Grey with a contrasting Ultratech material in the headrest.  Ultratech has the robustness of leather but the haptic and comfort of fabric, creating a pillow like effect for maximum sleepability.Molon Labe’s side-slip seat, one of the most patented seats on the market, with a wider middle seat and staggered armrest. The Molon Labe seat gives all passengers space and privacy and dramatically improves the passenger experience in the center seat. The seats are configured in two rows to demonstrate the ability to increase the perceived value of an economy row of seating from only changing the trim and finish, creating an economy “plus” feel within the same seat.  The economy plus row is upholstered in a beautifully streamlined laminated seat cover made from Ultraleather Brisa and Ultraleather Ultratech in the headrest.  The Ultraleather Brisa has breathability and comfort attributes that exceed those of many fabrics.  The visual aesthetic quality of the headrest is manufactured in a style that mimics the look and feel of comfortable pillow for maximum comfort.  The second economy row is trimmed in a baseline style with Ultraleather Promessa and Ultratech Cora to accentuate the middle seat and the additional space that it provides.  The innovative use of contrasting fabrics breaks up the appearance of the cabin, making it look and feel more like a residential interior.Safran Seats’ Slim Plus, the standard-bearer for regional seating for Embraer and Bombardier, is upholstered in a mixture of Promessa AV and Ultratech Metrotech.  The center panel has a fabric look and feel for enhanced comfort both real and perceived.The Tapis expo booth will also celebrate the company’s Japanese manufacturing origins and will feature a sushi bar, in addition to a color and trim laboratory where customers can explore options, and a materials lab to experiment with texture, color and contrast of Tapis materials.Tapis’ booth will be in Hall 7, Stand 7C20 at AIX, April 2-4, in Hamburg, Germany.About Tapis CorporationSince its inception in 1977 Tapis Corporation has provided superior aircraft interior fabrics and continues to lead the industry in innovative design and implementation. A continued commitment to customers has been to persistently explore new ways to provide the highest quality of products and services for airplane interiors that meet FAA requirements.last_img read more