British Government Announces Decision on Drone Usage

London- The British Department for Transport has announced new regulations on the use of drones. The new regulations include registering data of 250 g-drones, and forcing their owners to undergo tests on awareness and safety regulations.

According to the Transport Department, all people owning drones should pass the test. It added that it may set a determined age for people who should undergo the test, which means that children will be banned from using drones weighing above 250 grams.

The government’s decision has been based on the results of a research saying that the crash of a drone weighing above 400 grams with an aircraft may smash this latter’s window, while a heavier drone (2kg and above) may damage windows of high-speed airplane.

Experts called on the UK government to launch campaigns on drone usage after crash threats, particularly during the departure and landing of airplanes in main airports, including Heathrow.

Crash accidents with commercial aircraft reached 22 in the first four months of the year, according to a survey conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority, but, the British police failed in tracking drone users committing these accidents.

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) greeted the government’s decision to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses, but requested to see its details.

The government said it is still studying the options to activate the new regulations, and aims to expand the use of fences which stop drones from entering into sensitive zones like airports and prisons.

DGA Company that manufactures drones also greeted the new decision.

Food Served on Airplanes is Disgusting, Says Gordon Ramsay

London- British Chef Gordon Ramsay has again raised controversy following his interview with Refinery29, in which he described food served on airplanes as disgusting.

Ramsay’s statements angered Airlines, which considered them contradictory especially that the British chef served as a culinary adviser for Singapore Airlines, helping them create their in-flight menu over 10 years.

“I worked for airlines for 10 years, so I know where this food’s been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board,” he said.

When asked about the food he eats while travelling, he said that he buys cheese from one of the airport stores, and eats it on board.

Ramsay was criticized after his statements because some parties believed he was indirectly promoting his restaurant “Plane Food” located at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 in London. Some also waged a campaign against him on social media.

Other critics asked whether his statements came from his spontaneous credibility or just because his contract with the Singaporean airlines terminated long ago.

Noteworthy, major airlines are known to hire renowned chefs from across the world like Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse (who work for the French Airlines) and Chef Heston Blumenthal (works for British Airlines). These companies have always been keen to serve the best menu on board.

The End of In-Flight Entertainment?

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London – Seat-back screens that have long been part of in-flight entertainment systems are preparing to depart from many airplanes, American experts say, and will be replaced eventually by content streamed to passengers’ electronic devices through improved wireless service.

With built-in screens, airliners have been providing passengers with a set menu of entertainment content of music and videos for decades with a few movies played on a loop.

Experts say that by streaming content over wireless systems, passengers will have a wider array of content and the carriers will not have to maintain screens because passengers will bring their own portable devices on board.

Jon Cobin, the chief commercial officer at Gogo, which provides Wi-Fi service on more than 2,900 commercial planes, said in an email that “virtually everyone is connected at all times on the ground today.”

By one estimate, in-flight entertainment systems are the biggest expense in outfitting a new plane and can make up 10 percent of the entire cost of an aircraft, despite that screens and their wiring add weight to the plane.

Another financial incentive: Without the screens, carriers can install slimmer seats, which means they can accommodate more passengers and earn more money, Brett Snyder, the author of the airline industry blog “Cranky Flier,” said

Iran’s Comeback Marked with Talks to Buy 160 European Planes

People are silhouetted past a logo of the Airbus Group during the Airbus annual news conference in Colomiers, near Toulouse January 13, 2015.   REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
People are silhouetted past a logo of the Airbus Group during the Airbus annual news conference in Colomiers, near Toulouse January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

In a step that followed the lifting of sanctions on Iran, Iran unveiled an expanded shopping list for more than 160 European planes and laid down another big order in front of Boeing at Tehran’s first major business gathering on Sunday. The deal could also include Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos.

Years of sanctions, due to the country’s nuclear program, have left Iran with one of the world’s oldest aircraft fleets, which it is eager to modernize.

“We need short-, middle-range and longer-range airplanes,” Mr. Akhoundi said at the first Iran Aviation Summit organized by the CAPA Centre for Aviation Consultancy.

Tehran is determined to compete with established carriers across the Gulf. Transport Minister Abbas Akhoondi said Iran is looking to restore a “natural balance” in the region and urged foreigners to invest.

Last week, world powers lifted crippling sanctions against Iran in return for Tehran complying with a deal to rein in its nuclear programs.

The deal also released billions of dollars worth of frozen Iranian assets and opened the door for global companies that have been barred from doing business in Iran.

A stampede of investors at the CAPA Iran Aviation Summit illustrated the potential for suppliers to Iran at a time when the industry faces concerns over the global economy.

Akhoondi told Reuters in an interview that Iran enjoys competitive advantages because of its geography.
“I think it is a very natural position for Iran,” he said.

Iran said it would give priority to developing flag carrier Iranair, but would also support private carriers.