The first 100% electric commercial aircraft is about to take off

The EasyJet airline and the manufacturer Airbus work together for the arrival of the electric or hybrid aircraft. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to analyze the opportunities and challenges that this type of aircraft can have that will undoubtedly be more sustainable than the current ones.

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New record for the world’s longest non-stop flight

Qatar Airways and Qantas have long struggled to be the airline with the longest flight in the world. However, Singapore Airlines has recently joined the market for very long-distance flights.

The Asian company had recently offered the longest non-stop flight in the world, connecting the cities of Singapore and Newark (New Jersey) on a trip of just over 17 hours, and previously this record was held by Qatar Airways, with its 17.5 hour flight linking Auckland (New Zealand) and Doha (Qatar). Another airline that bets on this type of flights is the Australian company Qantas. Until now, its longest route without stops was the Perth (Australia) -Londres route, which runs in 17 hours. 

This “war” is still standing, and Singapore Airlines has lost the honor of being the company with the longest flight in the world without stops. A few months ago, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took off from New York to Sydney, operated by the Qantas Airways. This route traveled just over 16,000 kilometers and 15 time zones in about 20 hours.

 Anyway, this flight was a test for physical and emotional tests on board. The crew were about 50 scientists and medical researchers, and the objective of the flight was to investigate the effects of the jet lag, to find mechanisms that can counteract the effects of the time mismatches that cause such long trips.

In fact, according to the Bloomberg agency, which quotes BIS Healthcare, a company specializing in new health technologies, the demand for jet lag therapies grows 6% every year and this industry will reach 732 million dollars in 2023.

In these types of flights, there are many people who question the role of pilots.

Although technological advances could lead us to believe that even large airplanes are already driven alone and that we could do without humans to take them to a good airport, there are many tasks entrusted to pilots during a long trip in order to ensure the best flight to the passengers.

Apart from the more or less conventional operations inherent in any flight regardless of their duration, on a long-distance route flight planning is essential.

Since these are routes where large capacity and consumption airplanes are used, the volume of fuel at the beginning of the flight is an important load factor that involves staggering the ascent to the desired flight level taking into account consumption, and therefore the “lightening” that the plane will experience with the passing of the hours.

Meteorology and those known as “jet streams” – air flows in the upper atmospheric layers with speeds of up to 250 km per hour – also influence. In fact, the map of the situation of these jet streams is published daily in order to establish the most favorable routes also based on this phenomenon. Flying in favor of the jet stream and within it can shorten a New York-Barcelona in more than an hour and a half.

The pilots are also those who, in case of emergency, either due to mechanical problems or due to the indisposition of a passenger, can determine the procedure to follow and the safety measures to adopt.

Among the multiple tasks carried out on board by the pilots during the flight, there are also the monitoring of the systems, the monitoring of the route or the radio communications with the different traffic control centers (ATC) of the different Information Regions of Flight (FIR / UIR) that they cross.

The large workload that an intercontinental flight of long or very long distance entails implies that in these flights two or three complete crews are required, in order to guarantee at all times that the flight is within the legal parameters of labor activity, to in order to avoid the risks that the air operation with fatigued crews would entail.

Only 4% of pilots in Spain are women

Nowadays, just over 5% of commercial flight pilots are women, according to the International Airline Pilots Association.

The country with the most female pilots is India, and Asian airlines are the ones that employ the highest proportion of female pilots. This is undoubtedly one of the professions with the greatest gender inequality. Read more

Bird strike, how common are accidents between birds and airplanes?

From 2008 to 2015, almost 98,000 bird crashes with airplanes or “bird strike” were reported, according to data from the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). It is evidence that this is a relatively common occurrence of modern air travel.

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100 years of the first international commercial flight

On August 25, 100 years of the first international commercial flight were completed. On the same day of 1919, an international commercial flight took off and landed without any incident.

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Airbus A-320 simulator in EAS Barcelona

Seminario de refresco FI (A) / CRI(MEP) / IRI (A)

EAS Barcelona forms in all the professional profiles that constitute the crews of the airline planes.

The qualification required to occupy these places is obtained from the ATO approval, through the specific programs of EAS Barcelona, ​​in the courses called ATP (Air Transport Pilot).

The ATP course consists of a theoretical part, a simulator part and a flight part. They are not parts that are executed sequentially, one after another, but they are coordinated parts, of simultaneous execution in certain phases, that configure the integration of studies for a solid and effective learning.

The simulator practices are carried out in an Airbus A-320 simulator, located in our offices in Barcelona.
EAS Barcelona has the most current technology to guarantee an optimal evolution in the learning of our students. We use the cockpit technology used in all modern airlines of the world, with the representation of flight data on large screens that offer more information and better interpretation of the parameters. It is what is called “Glass Cockpit”.

Below, you can see all the details of our Airbus A-320 simulator:

 

The World’s most transited Airports

Airport activity is increasing. That is said in the latest data published by the ACI (International Airports Council), which reflect a significant increase in passenger numbers, air cargo traffic and total aircraft movements. By quantifying this data, global passenger traffic increased 7.5% in 2017, one of the highest growth rates on record.

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Aerial work, the most unknown general aviation

Air work is considered any specialized commercial aviation operation that does not include air transport operation.

They are those aircraft operations in which it applies to specialized services such as agriculture, construction, photography, plane-raising, observation and patrol, search and rescue, aerial advertisements, etc…

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New World Record: 230,000 flights in 24 hours

If you caught a flight on July 24th, you helped set a new world record. The Flightradar 24 platform recorded the world record for single-day air operations, with 225,000 flights in 24 hours. However, a day later, on July 25, the record was broken again, with 230,000 flights.

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Corporate aviation, a sector in full development in Europe

Executive or corporate aviation is carried out by companies and aircraft dedicated to the efficient, comfortable and safe transport of people in small groups between any origin and destination.

This type of aviation has more exit in a Europe where travel is fast and comfortable, with the aim of not wasting a single minute. These two factors are key for many companies outside the aeronautical sector to have pilots on staff or travel to rental services. These companies can offer a small 8-seater reactor up to a B737 to real flying offices equipped with all kinds of amenities.

In addition, the equipment on board is especially careful, including comfortable seats, work tables, kitchens equipped to the last detail, very complete bathrooms, etc. Sometimes you can even talk about real luxury, with leather sofas, beds, giant screens…

This sector is growing. Global executive aviation moves more than $25 billion a year, and selling it such aircraft also continues to grow, with China, North America and the Persian Gulf being the most commercial markets. This data also includes the Charter or Aerotaxi sector, which, far from being a great luxury, also represents a necessary service for senior executives. 

Some 650,000 journeys are made on average in Europe, and the most representative form of growth is the corporate one. This type of service offers the fractional aircraft, with blocks of hours at a very competitive price.Executive Airlines is the 1st company in Spain in corporate aviation, and was founded with the aim of changing this type of aviation in Europe. 

Executive Airlines was born from the need to manage its own aircraft and not from that of profiting from third-party management, transferring its interests to those of its customers, and has ended up consolidating itself as the second executive aviation company in the market Spanish. There are several major companies that rely on their services, both private clients and large corporations. It currently has a fleet of 30 aircraft and also offers long-haul flights, linking Europe with the rest of the world.

The main Spanish airports have incorporated into their terminal facilities or spaces dedicated to this type of aviation. Barcelona-El Prat Airport has since 2008 what AENA calls its Corporate Terminal. The Terminal is managed, by public award, by two private companies, the company specialized in airport handling Menzies Aviation, and the leading Spanish company in executive aviation, Gestair. These terminals are usually equipped with lounges and comfortable and efficient facilities for work.

 

Another important element for the development of this type of aviation is the platform for the parking of jets, to be provided by airports. At major airports, or with a large volume of operations, this platform is usually independent of that for commercial aviation aircraft. The Barcelona-El Prat platform for executive aviation is adjacent to the Corporate Terminal, and has the capacity to accommodate 42 such aircraft, a tight capacity.In any case, corporate aviation is a high-cost aviation. 

However, for many users, its use is defended from a functional point of view. For example, in the case of multiple company managers moving to a destination without direct flight, scales can be a significant waste of time, and even sometimes these managers may have to stay overnight. In these cases, the costs of accommodation and additional tickets can also be high, so, by bringing together the hours lost on a commercial flight, the company can be profitable.

In conclusion, executive or corporate aviation provides amenities that a commercial flight does not offer, but more importantly, saves valuable time that will result in significant money savings in the medium term for you or your business; almost six hours less per flight if you consider a round trip on a commercial airline.