CAE expands maintenance training capabilities with GlobalJet Services
CAE announced last week the expansion of its maintenance training capabilities with the addition of GlobalJet Services, a leader in aviation maintenance training. Headquartered in Avon Connecticut, United States, GlobalJet Services is recognized around the world for its services for both the business and helicopter segments.
This move expands CAE’s capabilities by increasing its aircraft platform addressability for maintenance training through regulatory approved training programs. CAE will also leverage its experience in pilot training to enable its rapid growth in the maintenance training market.
Founded in 1992, GlobalJet Services is a leading on-location training provider of maintenance, avionics, professional development, and safety instruction for the business aviation industry. Privately-held, GlobalJet Services provides on-location, interactive training.
DHL to deploy 12 redesigned Alice ePlanes from Eviation
DHL has ordered 12 electric aircraft from Eviation which will operate on routes currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft, the company announced in an Aug. 3 press release. The Alice was designed for both cargo and passenger transport (up to 9 passengers). DHL Express expects to receive the first example in 2024.
According to the press release, the Alice can be flown by a single pilot and will carry 1,200 kilograms (2,646 pounds). It's maximum range is about 815 km (507 miles or 440 nautical miles). The charging will take 30 minutes or less per flight hour. The manufacturer promises that Alice's advanced electric drivetrain, with only a few moving parts, will translate to higher reliability and reduced maintenance costs, compared to a conventional aircraft. The electric motors will be supplied by magniX. Seattle-area based Eviation expects Alice to make its first flight later this year.
Looking beyond this announcement, the DHL Group is aiming for zero-emissions operations by 2050, and plans to inject US$ 8.3 billion into its sustainability drive by 2030, with the funds going towards electrifying its last-mile delivery vehicles, making its buildings climate neutral, and using sustainable aviation fuels.
Airline industry statistics confirm 2020 was worst year on record
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) publication with performance figures for 2020 demonstrating the devastating effects on global air transport during that year of the COVID-19 crisis.
- 1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60.2% compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019.
- Industry-wide air travel demand (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers, or RPKs) dropped by 65.9% year-on-year.
- International passenger demand (RPKs) decreased by 75.6% compared to the year prior.
- Domestic air passenger demand (RPKs) dropped by 48.8% compared to 2019.
- Air connectivity declined by more than half in 2020 with the number of routes connecting airports falling dramatically at the outset of the crisis and was down more than 60% year-on-year in April 2020.
- Total industry passenger revenues fell by 69% to $189 billion in 2020, and net losses were $126.4 billion in total.
“2020 was a year that we’d all like to forget. But analyzing the performance statistics for the year reveals an amazing story of perseverance. At the depth of the crisis in April 2020, 66% of the world’s commercial air transport fleet was grounded. A million jobs disappeared. But it was the rapid actions by airlines and the commitment of our people that saw the airline industry through the most difficult year in its history,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General. Read the full report for more key 2020 airline performance figures: www.iata.org
People: BBGA promotes Lindsey Oliver to new director general role
Lindsey Oliver, Operations and Development Manager for the British Business General Aviation Association (BBGA) is moving into a new role as Director General, effective immediately. She will be responsible for day-to-day operational matters for the national trade body which promotes and supports business and general aviation in the UK, fostering a closer interface with the BBGA Board and the Association’s Working Groups. Lindsey has worked alongside CEO Marc Bailey, overseeing the running of the Association, since 2009. Her appointment is a key part of a new, collaborative and structured approach to running the BBGA, which will see each Board member undertaking defined roles, based on their area of expertise.
Lindsey graduated from Harper Adams University in 1999 after studying agriculture and business. Her first position following university was at Heygates Mills, Northants, where she was involved in client relations and sales. After nearly three years she joined the National Farmers Union in Oxfordshire. Topical issues of the time included BSE and 2001 foot and mouth outbreak. Lindsey worked part time at the Buckinghamshire Agricultural Association whilst her two sons were very young before joining BBGA 13 years ago.