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ICAO agrees to Helo sims

market-based emissions landing in

At its two-week-long triennial General emissions performance through a broad
Assembly (September 24–October 4) in range of efforts. No other major industry Stavanger, Norway, is rapidly
Montreal, Canada, the International Civil sector can match this record.” becoming a center of helicopter
Aviation Organization averted a looming Tony Tyler, director general of the simulator training for North Sea oil
global trade dispute over emissions in the International Air Transport Association and gas operators. Three training
aviation sector by reaching a consensus on (IATA), praised the “historic decision of companies have installed or announced
a market-based mechanism (MBM) to curb this assembly to develop a global MBM plans for new devices in the area.
carbon emissions from airlines by 2020. for international aviation.” “The oil companies and the
In the process, ICAO delegates rejected a In the waning hours of the meeting, unions have long since pushed for
proposal to allow Europe to apply its own a group of mostly developing countries establishment of local training
plan to foreign carriers. voted 97-39 to limit the European Union’s opportunities for the helicopters being
ICAO secretary general Raymond ability to apply its emissions trading used in the North Sea, in order to offer
Benjamin declared, “Aviation has indeed system to international airlines until a training designed to increase safety,”
risen to the climate change challenge and global plan is launched. says Erik Hamremoen, head of aviation
has delivered a clear mandate to deliver “It will allow us to start the negotiations safety at Statoil.
a market-based measure by 2016 that is on the global MBM, which is the biggest FlightSafety International and
capable of being implemented in 2020.” achievement, not only for Europe, but for Sikorsky opened a new training facility
He added that the climate resolution all ICAO members,” said Arijandas Sliupas, in September in an Aircontact Aviation
was a “major step forward” for the Lithuania’s deputy transport minister. Center at Sola Airport, featuring an
aviation sector and a “world first for ICAO’s member states agreed to report S-92 simulator. The S-92 is the type
any major industry.” back in 2016 with a proposal for a most widely used in the offshore
“Aviation’s record on lowering its global MBM scheme capable of being transport of personnel on the
emissions has been unmatched over the implemented by 2020. Norwegian continental shelf.
last several decades,” stressed Benjamin. A total of 1,845 participants from CAE and Eurocopter have agreed
“Aircraft today are at least 80% more fuel 184 member states and 54 observer to install an EC225 simulator for
efficient than they were in the 1960s and, delegations helped make the 38th pilot mission training, including
sector-wide, we continue to improve our Assembly the largest in ICAO’s history. flight profiles for the offshore oil
and gas sector, search and rescue
Laser incidents on (SAR) operations, and other complex
the increase scenarios. Eurocopter and its local
representative, Ostnes, also intend
Calgary. Edmonton. Phoenix. Denver. to install an AS350 helicopter
Newark. Northumbria. Maidenhead. full-flight simulator.
Moscow. Perth. These are just a few of the CAE had previously announced
locations where airline and helicopter pilots plans for an S-92 trainer by 2014, and
reported bright laser beams shined on their already operates Eurocopter AS332L/
aircraft … just in the month of August. include airports at Manchester, Glasgow, L1 Super Puma and Sikorsky S-61
From January through July this year, the Liverpool, and Heathrow, and the British devices inherited from its acquisition
US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) of CHC’s training resources.
reports 2,282 laser aircraft incidents, a 22% recently called for prison sentences for Thales has announced plans to
increase over the same period a year ago, perpetrators. BALPA general secretary Jim open a helicopter training center
and a more than 300% increase from 2009. McAuslan asked for a government cross- near Stavanger’s airport in 2015. The
At the current rate, there will be more than agency summit to address the problem. simulator will feature interchangeable
4,000 reported incidents in the US in 2013. The Association also requested stronger cockpits, but the company has not
In the UK, there were more than 1,500 regulations restricting the sale of high- specified the aircraft types.
laser incidents reported in 2012; hotspots powered lasers.
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