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Jul 9, 2007

US FAA raised Guatemala's safety rating from Category 2 to Category 1, saying the nation now meets ICAO standards. Jul 4, 2007

Indonesia and ICAO yesterday signed a "groundbreaking declaration" in Bali under which Indonesia committed to wide-ranging initiatives to improve the safety of its civil aviation system. The deal comes after the EU banned all Indonesian airlines from flying into its airspace . Indonesia will restructure the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, enact the required legal framework for it effectively to meet international safety obligations, ensure the required human and financial resources and correct deficiencies identified by ICAO's Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program and other internal or external audits. Jul 3, 2007

Indonesia will implement a proactive and systemic management of safety to comply, in a verifiable manner, with national requirements and ICAO international safety standards and industry best practices. This includes a commitment by government authorities and the local air transport industry to foster transparency and the sharing of safety-related data to support the safety management process, under guidelines established by ICAO. Jul 3, 2007

Indonesia Pledges To Improve Air Safety. Indonesia has signed an agreement with the global aviation body to improve air safety in the wake of a string of accidents and after the European Union banned the country's airlines from its airspace last week. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) co-signed the pact at a conference in Bali on Monday. Under the agreement, Indonesia pledged to enact laws to support effective safety oversight, to ensure the required level of financial and human resources, and to correct shortcomings identified during internal and external audits. Jakarta has also committed to implementing safety management based on ICAO standards. Jul 2, 2007

Pledges To Improve Air Safety Indonesia has signed an agreement with the global aviation body to improve air safety in the wake of a string of accidents and after the European Union banned the country's airlines from its airspace last week. Jul 2, 2007

Air Travel Order Restored In Brazil. Six days of chaos at Brazil's airports have come to an end, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday, after the government sacked 14 air traffic controllers and ordered two of their leaders arrested. A work slowdown by controllers, most of them air force officers, had caused renewed chaos in airports last week. Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled, affecting business travel between the main hubs such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Latin America's largest country. Jun 27, 2007

Business aircraft in runway intersection near-collision on takeoff from Teterboro. A near-collision between two business aircraft at a runway intersection on an airport new New York is under investigation by the US National Transportation Safety Board. According to the NTSB's preliminary reports, both aircraft were cleared to takeoff on separate but intersecting runways by a tower controller at Teterboro airport, New Jersey. The event, which occurred on June 17, is the latest in a spate of potentially fatal runway incursion incidents involving all categories of aircraft, and the NTSB has urged the US Federal Aviation Administration to redouble its efforts to raise awareness of the factors that cause incursions. According to Flight Global. Jun 26, 2007

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva took to the airwaves yesterday to assure citizens that the country's ATC system, which has been beset by extensive delays and cancellations over the past week owing to a controller slowdown, is safe and back to normal operations. The work action, the latest in a string of ATC crises in Brazil over the past 10 months, prompted the firing of 14 controllers who allegedly led the slowdown, which da Silva yesterday termed an act of inexcusable "insubordination" in a radio address. He called Brazil's ATC system "one of the most modern in the world" and insisted its accident rate is low "compared to other countries." He promised to "do what has to be done" to ensure ATC operates smoothly going forward and warned controllers to follow instructions from superiors. Jun 26, 2007

Six days of chaos at Brazil's airports have come to an end, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday, after the government sacked 14 air traffic controllers and ordered two of their leaders arrested. Jun 26, 2007

American Eagle, Embraer, Boston

An American Eagle Embraer ERJ-135 touched down with its landing-gear up last week. The jet was attempting to land at Boston, suffering flap damage before becoming airborne again. ERJ-135 flight 4539, a seven year-old jet, registered N731BE, approached Boston Logan on June 20. According to Flight Global. Jun 26, 2007

Angola Airlines

Several news outlets reported that the European Commission announced plans to extend an operating ban to all 51 Indonesian airlines, as well as 10 Russian airlines, TAAG Angola Airlines and Volare Aviation Enterprise, based in Ukraine. Jul 2, 2007

Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines has apologized to passengers who had to put up with the stench and discomfort of overflowing toilets on a plane during a two-day flight from Amsterdam to Newark, New York, this month. Media reports said sewage had flowed into the aisles and flight attendants kept serving meals despite the smell and mess. Flight 71, with 168 passengers, had diverted to Shannon, Ireland, for repairs to the plane's toilets when the problem occurred. But during the journey to Newark the next day, the problem developed again. When the plane landed in Newark, latex gloves were found in the toilet system which had blocked the six toilets on the Boeing 767, the airline said. A spokesman declined to say what form of compensation the airline was offering to the passengers. Jun 26, 2007

Garuda Indonesia

EU Bans All Indonesian Airlines. The European Union will ban all 51 Indonesian airlines including national carrier Garuda from its airspace in an update of its "blacklist" of flight operators deemed unsafe, officials said on Thursday. The ban, proposed by EU experts this week and due to take effect on July 6, follows a series of air crashes in Indonesia and reports of deteriorating safety standards since deregulation of the country's aviation sector in the late 1990s. No Indonesian carriers fly to the EU, but the ban is set to harm the sprawling archipelago's tourist industry as Europeans will be warned not to use Indonesian airlines on transit routes, such as between Jakarta and the island of Bali. Jun 29, 2007

PMT Air

Cambodian authorities are still searching for a passenger aircraft that disappeared on June 25 with 22 people on board. Director of flight operations at Cambodia's CAA, Teo Sivoon, says a search is underway and the missing aircraft is an Antonov An-24, with local registration XU-U4A, flown by Cambodian carrier PMT Air. PMT director and co-owner, Dmitry Stepanov, says the aircraft went missing yesterday and "we have not yet located it because of heavy rain in this area." The authorities have mounted a search and are using four helicopters, he adds. PMT Air, which serves domestic and international routes, used to only operate Antonov aircraft but in more recent years it has added western aircraft such as Boeing 737s and Boeing MD-80s. According to Flight Global. Jun 26, 2007

PMTair, Antonov

All 22 passengers and crew aboard the PMTair An-24 that was lost Monday on its way from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville were confirmed killed, according to press reports from Cambodia, where officials are targeting stormy weather as the likely cause. Wreckage was discovered on a mountain in southern Cambodia after a two-day search. Jun 28, 2007

TAAG Angola Airlines, Boeing

Six Die As Angolan 737 Crashes. A TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 737 crashed in the northern city of M'banza Congo on Thursday, killing at least six people and badly injuring others, official news reports said. The plane was carrying 78 passengers and was en route from Luanda to M'Banza Congo, near Angola's northern border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The official Angop agency said the plane lost control while making an emergency landing and crashed into a building, destroying it. It said a number of severely injured passengers were taken to hospital for treatment. Among the dead were the municipal administrator of M'Banza Congo and a senior Roman Catholic priest from Italy, it said. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Jun 29, 2007

TAAG-Angola Airlines, Boeing

Six Die As Angolan 737 Crashes A TAAG-Angola Airlines Boeing 737 crashed in the northern city of M'banza Congo on Thursday, killing at least six people and badly injuring others, official news reports said. Jun 28, 2007

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