IFALPA Daily News – 13 August 2013‏


Dear Colleagues,
The IFALPA Daily News is now available online.
Here are today’s top headlines. To read more, click on the title:
Aviation association calls for release of kidnapped pilots in Lebanon
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations called Monday for the immediate
release of two Turkish Airlines pilots who were kidnapped in Beirut last week.
FAA testing examines bulk shipment of lithium batteries
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) hopes that testing the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is
conducting will identify a limit for the number of lithium batteries that can be safely transported by
cargo aircraft.
Eurocontrol updates safety reminder on weather deviations
A number of air navigation service providers (ANSPs) have called attention to instances of pilots’
apparently not understanding the procedures for deviating around weather, prompting Eurocontrol
to remind flight crew that they must seek approval from controllers before returning to their
previously assigned route once they have resolved the weather conflict.
Dubai Airport repairs to hit Qantas flights
Qantas faces a reduction in flights to Dubai during a three-month period next year due to urgent
repairs to the runways at the world’s second-busiest international airport.
Saudi govt warns airlines of action over irregularities during Haj operation
GACA will ban airliners not committed to returning pilgrims to their original countries within the
specified time schedule, it was reported.
Air India to acquire 19 Airbus A320 planes
Air India has begun the process of acquiring 19 new Airbus A320s in a bid to face heightened
competition from no-frill carriers and replace its old fleet, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.