IFALPA Daily News – 21 October 2013


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Here are today’s top headlines. To read more, click on the title:
Turkish Airlines pilots freed in hostage deal arrive home
Two Turkish pilots held hostage in Lebanon returned home on Saturday night, along with nine
Lebanese pilgrims abducted in Syria in a hostage release deal, which cut across the Syrian civil war.
FBI investigating laser-pointer attacks on two pilots landing at LaGuardia airport
The FBI is on the hunt for those responsible for shining laser pointers at two airplanes approaching
LaGuardia Airport this week, highlighting a problem that is plaguing not only New York airports, but
airports around the country.
Lao Airlines crash probe picks up underwater signals believed to be from black box
Investigators in Laos said they picked up underwater signals Sunday that they believe are coming from
the black box of a passenger plane that crashed into the Mekong River last week, but that strong
currents were thwarting attempts to find it.
Somaliland: UN reviewing ICAO-SFG airspace control agreement
ICAO should leave the issue of airspace control and administration to the Somaliland and Somali
governments says the UN Special representative to Somalia Ambassador Nicholas Kay.
Vietnamese carriers plan fleet expansion
Vietnam’s fledgling airline industry is poised for a boom as local competition heats up with fleet
expansions, new routes and planned share offers that are set to make it one of the world’s fastest
growing markets.
4,000 pilots needed in the next 5 years in China
China’s general aviation industry is developing at a rapid pace. But the sector is lacking thousands of
pilots to help the industry take off.
LOT postpones request for more state aid
Poland’s national airline LOT has decided to put off asking for further state financial aid, Deputy Treasury
Minister Rafal Baniak told the Polish Press Agency.