Vietnam Airlines has showed off its first Boeing 787-9 with a spectacular flight over Washington DC ahead the aircraft’s entry into service and signalled its interest in taking more Boeing aircraft by signing a “memorandum of collaboration”.
Although the airline was scheduled to formally take delivery of the first of 19 Dreamliners on order later in July, a special event was held at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport attended by the General Secretary of the Vietnam Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong, who was making his first visit to the US.
Also among the 200 or so invited guests were Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner, government officials from both Vietnam and the US and invited media.
The memorandum of collaboration between the Skyteam member and Boeing covered eight 787-10s and eight 777-8Xs, Boeing said in a statement on July 6 (US time).
“Boeing and Vietnam Airlines will work together and report to government authorities before coming to official cooperation agreements in the future,” Boeing said.
Trong is scheduled to meet with US President Barack Obama on July 7. It will be the first time the Vietnamese Communist Party chief has met with a sitting US president since the two nations normalised diplomatic relations two decades ago.
On June 30, Vietnam Airlines became the second carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A350. The airline has ordered 14 A350s, with 10 to arrive from Airbus and four through lessors.
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CASA director of aviation safety Mark Skidmore says the regulator faces the constant challenge of striking the right balance between maintaining appropriate safety standards without placing too much of a burden on operators.
“Looking back we can see times when the pendulum has swung both ways, possibly too much at times,” Skidmore told Flight Safety Australia on the 20th anniversary of CASA’s formation on July 6.
“I see my role as making sure the CASA of today and into the future gets the balance right. An aviation safety regulator cannot take a ‘light’ approach to safety, nor can we overburden the aviation community with regulation that has unintended consequences or fails to deliver the right outcomes,” the CASA DAS said.
“CASA may never be perfect but we will keep working to deliver safe skies for all.”
Both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservies Australia were created on July 6 1995 with the splitting up of the then Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) responsibilities, leaving CASA as the nation’s air safety regulator and Airservices to manage air traffic control for Australia’s civil airspace.
Two decades on from its creation, Airservices is now responsible for four million flights a year carrying about 90 million passengers.
Defence has confirmed that the MRH 90 troop transport helicopter encountered an issue relating to the starting and stopping of its rotors during recent first-of-class flight trials from HMASCanberra.
A spokesperson for Defence told sister publication Australian Defence Business Review that the aircraft had been undertaking first-of-class trials aboard HMAS Canberra, the Navy’s first of two new LHD amphibious assault ships. The trials, conducted during March and April, were designed to test the limits required to develop the routine operating envelope for the helicopter in relation to the LHDs.
“Although the MRH 90 rotor head is performing to specification in most situations, an issue related to starting and stopping rotors under certain environmental conditions was encountered,” the spokesperson said. “The incident resulted in minor repairable damage to the main rotor head of the aircraft; there were no crew injuries.”
The MRH 90 is continuing to operate off other Royal Australian Navy ships while the matter is being investigated, the Defence spokesperson added.
The issue first came to light in a June 29 story in The Australian which claimed, citing sources, that the LHD design “served to accentuate wind conditions that affected the helicopter rotors at slow speed, making it difficult for pilots to quickly start and stop the rotors on deck”.
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Por falar em conselhos e que tais, meu amigo Alfredo Osório me manda e-mail com uma lembrança das antigas, mas muito divertida:
“Renato, em tempos de crise inventamos comissões. Lembra-se da “CoSeNa”? Comissão Selecionadora Nacional, criada depois do vexame brasileiro na Copa de 66, na Inglaterra? É tudo a lesma lerda… Deu em nada até que veio o bom senso e o “João sem medo” (João Saldanha) foi chamado, botou um misto de Santos e Botafogo para jogar contra a Inglaterra (campeã do mundo) e o resto sabemos… (vitória do Brasil por 2 a 1, com um gol deitado, de Tostão e outro de Jairzinho). Pena que não temos mais Santos nem Botafogo não é?
A escalação daquele dia (que seria também a base das eliminatórias e do tri, em 70, no México): Gilmar (S), Carlos Alberto (S), Djalma Dias (S), Joel (S) e Rildo (B), Clodoaldo (S) e Gérson (B); Jair (B), Tostão (Cruzeiro), Pelé (S) e Edu (S). O Tostão era o intruso e o Paulo César (B) também jogou, no segundo tempo, no lugar do Edu. Timaço baseado em apenas Santos e Botafogo!”
Foi nesse amistoso (disputado junho de 1969) que o goleiro bicampeão do mundo, Gilmar dos Santos Neves, despediu-se da seleção.
Renato Maurício Prado – O GLOBO – 06 de julho de 2015
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