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Times Aerospace - Africa and the Middle East
The weekly podcast covering all things aerospace for the Africa and Middle East regions
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October 22, 2020 02:25 AM PDT

Will aerospace and defence shows continue or will virtual conferences take their place? That has been a big debate around an industry spending a lot of time at home.
This week we hear from Douglas Emslie, the chief executive of Tarsus, the owner of F&E in the UAE and the organiser of the Dubai Air Airshow.
He talks through the challenges facing events in the world but outlines his hopes for revival in the Middle East region.
Mark Brown, managing director of Times Aerospace also offers an optimistic view of African revival and the forthcoming Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition.
There is also a chance to hear the ‘inside story’ from defence editor Jon Lake, who gives his ‘from our correspondent’ insight about the current quandary facing the USA over potential export sales of the F-35 fighter aircraft to Gulf states.
This plus all the news from the region including views of Muhamed Albakri, the regional vice president for IATA on the $30 billion aid for African airlines which has been locked in and therefore putting the African revival at risk.

October 15, 2020 06:02 AM PDT

Airlines need to be planning now for the revival in connectivity. The newly appointed vice president for Embraer’s commercial jet business in Africa, Middle East and Europe, Cesar Pereira joins Alan Peaford to talk about the changing demands on air travel and how right-sizing the fleet will lead to greater flexibility and profitability for the airlines.
As former head of Embraer Commercial’s consulting division, and until recently vice president for Asia, Pereira has in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and shares his thoughts about the future.
We also talk about changing to the regulations for voice and data recorders – the black boxes – and from January newly registered aircraft will be expected to have up to 25 hours recording time on voice recorders – and us much as 70 hours for data.
We hear from L3Harris’s senior sales director avionics, Stephane Chartier, about the new changes.
This, plus all the news from around the region – including a bid for Israel’s third biggest airline from a UAE aviation business.

October 13, 2020 06:33 AM PDT

In recent years the “black box: Flight data recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) has come under scrutiny in a number of high-profile aircraft crashes – or disappearances.
Questions have been asked – has technology kept up with changing profile of airline routes and range profiles ? Is there now so much data being picked up by sensors and downloaded to the airlines or their maintenance partners? Is there analysis paralysis? And shouldn’t we be sharing data more?
Technology company L3Harris – the combined business of L3 Technologies and the Harris Corporation - have been in the aviation technology market for more than six decades.
The company’s civil arm ranges from pilot training through to leading avionics solution.
Among these are those flight recorders.
Alan Peaford talks to L3Harris’s senior sales director avionics Stephane Chartier and
Everett Brady, general manager for flight data services.
They talk about the company’s new SRVIVR25 series of recorders introduced to meet the 25-hour global mandate. Now combined with the in-house flight data services group the guests explain how the move enables operators to leverage the larger data sets now available to identify safety, maintenance, training and fuel saving opportunities quickly and economically.

October 08, 2020 07:35 AM PDT

It is international space week and the Middle East and Africa region has been doing its bit.
Space Editor Steve Nichols looks at how a university in Ras Al Khaimah is doing its bit for the environment by sending its own satellite into space.
Things are speeding up in the airlanes as well with this week’s launch of the first flight test article – the XB-1 – for Boom Supersonic’s Overture jet.
CEO Blake Scholl outlines why the successor to Concorde could appeal to the passenger and the pockets of the Gulf carriers.
A key component of the supersonic aircraft – with tickets that match business class fares – is that it brings people together.
That has been a challenge during the Covid pandemic.
But Chuck Grieve, our MRO editor, talks to Etihad Engineering about how the Abu Dhabi based company has been able to maintain the close relationships with its airline customers.
This plus all the news from across the region.

October 01, 2020 08:19 AM PDT

Defence takes centre stage at this week’s news and feature programme for the Middle East and Africa’s aerospace, aviation and defence podcast.
Times Aerospace’s defence editor Alan Warnes sniffs out the only airshow taking place in the world and heads to the eastern reaches of the Czech Republic in search of stories from Africa and the Middle East.
And all works out well. A coffee with Micael Johansson, CEO of Swedish manufacturer Saab reveals more about the company’s relationship with the UAE as the second Global Eye aircraft is delivered to the emirates this week.
Local Czech OEM Aero Vodochody were celebrating the European certification of the L39ng – the next generation of the Albatross. Jakub Hoda explained to Alan how the Nigerian Air Force was upgrading its existing Albatross aircraft and could be in the market for the new aircraft with its light attack potential.
Host Alan Peaford also found defence on the agenda at the Global Aerospace Summit which broadcast the virtual edition of the biennial event from its normal home in Abu Dhabi. We hear from the head of Edge, the UAE defence conglomerate; from the president and CEO of Lockheed Martin and get some encouraging words of comfort from Etihad Airways’ chief executive Tony Douglas.
Plus, of course, all the news headlines from across the region.

September 24, 2020 06:19 AM PDT

With the region’s biggest business aviation event MEBAA Show postponed until February, this week’s programme hears just how strongly the sector is bouncing back with optimism. Our special guest is Rob DiCastri, the president and CEO of Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based luxury carrier with the world’s biggest Boeing Business Jet fleet.
The carrier has established a strong position in Africa as well as the Middle East and had widely published plans for establishing bases in Eswatini and Saudi Arabia and DiCastri explains how Covid has impacted plans but shops how it has also created opportunity.
Enquiries from new potential customers are on the up. But can they be converted to a new customer base?
Also looking for not just a customer base, but also technology partners is Airbus. This week the European manufacturer launched concepts for a family of hydrogen-powered airliners. Glen Llewellyn, the head of the European manufacturer’s zero emissions business talks about the need for collaboration but also of the importance of a zero emission strategy for the industry.
And if you have ever wanted to create a name for an airline – there are opportunities now as we find out in our news trawl around the whole region.

September 17, 2020 03:31 AM PDT

This week’s programme for the African and Middle East aerospace, defence and aviation market takes a look at changes in the cabin that should affect passenger confidence and safety.
Roger Patron from the UK’s completions company RAS – an interiors business known for its work on head of state cabins, most recently with two West African countries – has turned its attention to commercial aircraft cabins and developed a shield which sits between seats and protects fellow passengers from droplets that could escape masks.
Already one Gulf carrier has sets being trialled on an aircraft.
RAS’s Roger Patron explains the background to the protectors and how they work. In last week’s programme we heard that Flydubai – the UAE hybrid carrier – has introduced RFID (radio frequency identification) tracking on its seat covers to monitor the cleaning cycles of each seat cover and help maintain the highest standards of in-flight hygiene and safety.
The managing director of ASD – the Irish aerospace software developer – Dave Browne is a guest on the programme to explain how RFID works and enhances the safety benefits – and cost savings – to airlines and MRO operations.
This, plus all the news highlights from across the region.

September 10, 2020 04:34 AM PDT

This week training takes the centre stage in our weekly news magazine programme for the Middle East and Africa.
A leading light in the Women in Aviation movement in the Middle East, Kinda Sarrage, joins us in her ‘day job’ role as vice president sales, for the commercial aviation arm of L3 Harris in Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
She talks about the latest initiative to increase pilot numbers for Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom shows great prospects for recovery.
Meanwhile in Africa, safety remains a key talking point and training need. Tom Kok, director of the AviAssist Foundation introduces next month’s virtual; safety conference over four days and talks about the challenges and success of safety culture across the continent – and explains how listeners could win a watch as they learn about safety.
And on the technology front, our space and tec editor Steve Nichols looks into the challenges of face recognition as airports try to improve passenger experience and safe security.
This plus all the news from across the region.

September 03, 2020 04:28 AM PDT

The former CEO of Kenya Airways, Sebastian Milosz, joins his IATA colleagues for
The overview of the industry recovery – or lack of it – as passengers ignore safety rules and put public confidence in doubt.
Mikosz explains the law – and how crews should respond to such behaviour.
As IATA’s CEO Philippe de Juniac outlines a new three-point plan for global recovery, Chief economist Brian Pearce and Mikosz explain how the Middle East and African connectivity is faring.
Getting aircraft back into the air is certainly no easy matter as Chuck Grieve discovers when he listens to Martin Bell from Gama Aviation’s Flyer Tech.
This plus all the news from across the region.

August 27, 2020 04:24 AM PDT

This week’s programme features Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East who talks to Alan Peaford about the challenge of persuading governments across the region to invest in their aviation industry now and keep airlines and airports alive, rather than delay and pay more later.
Albakri, who will be taking up a new role with IATA, speaks about the progress that had been underway in Africa with SAATM and explains how connectivity will help Africa fight back, despite the enormous blow to the continent’s GDP as a result of Covid19.
Also, the latest news from across the region and an update on the Mars Hope project.

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