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Talking the same language – air force and civil air traffic controllers

Israeli airspace is controlled by the Israeli air force (IAF). Two major control centres are operated by the service. There are civilian controllers in those centres, but the final word is that of the men in uniform. This unique situation stems from the special circumstances of a limited airspace threatened from all sides, and calls […]

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The new approach path to Eilat airport, the clash and the result

The saga is coming to an end. EL AL will stop flying to Eilat, the resort town on the Red Sea, after clashing with the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The dispute began when the president of EL AL decided to cancel the airline’s daytime flights from Ben Gurion airport to Eilat, in southern Israel. […]

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The new approach pattern to Eilat airport – now it’s war

The saga is not finished. There is now open war between EL AL and the Israeli civil aviation authority (CAA). This war was officially declared last week, when the CAA refused to give EL AL another waiver and demanded that with immediate effect, landing at Eilat airport will use a new visual approach pattern. The […]

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Turkey and Israel – a high altitude crisis

Tense relations between Turkey and Israel have taken to the skies. While Turkish airlines continue to operate some 100 flights a week to Israel, Israeli flights to Turkey have been suspended because the Turkish authorities have refused to allow Israel security personnel to perform the security checks on passengers boarding flights to Israel. In this […]

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Shades of grey in managing Israeli air space

Things that should be seen in black and white are often painted in grey to avoid action. Israeli air space is very small and congested. Commercial traffic, general aviation, air force manned aircraft and unmanned air systems are growing in number. The problems of control are obvious. A few day ago, two pilots of Israeli […]

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Category one restored after four years

It took too much time and caused too much damage, but Israel cannot blame anyone for this – this was “earned” with long years of negligence and ignorance.Late last week the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restored the category one safety standard for Israel after four years.In January 2009 the FAA downgraded Israel’s safety category […]

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Sun sets over Sundor – the end of a virtual airline

The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority will not allow the operation of “virtual airlines”. This decision actually puts the lid on Sundor, the charter subsidiary of El Al. This places El Al in a very awkward position. It has lost its charter operation that could fly on the Jewish Sabbath. And the open skies agreement with […]

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Fly and let fly – regulating the unmanned platforms

The range is impressive. It goes from micro unmanned air systems (UAS) through tactical 6kg UAS and up to a one-tonne UAS with a wingspan of a Boeing 737.   With the fast-growing use of UAS, Israel wants to ensure their close regulation as these robots in the sky fly in crowded Israeli airspace.   […]

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Broken code – the failure of a state air security initiative

The state of Israel surrendered to an opposition led by pilots organisations that was against the Code Positive system designed to let its security authorities know when an aircraft heading towards Ben Gurion airport was controlled by terrorists.The surrender raises a big question about the power of a country to implement measures that are not […]

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General aviation vs real estate – the fight for Herzelia

In Israel, general aviation is the “adopted child” that gets the basic needs but not the love it deserves.General aviation in Israel is based mainly at Herzelia airport. Herzelia operates in limiting conditions as the municipality of Herzlia wants the airport out of its city boundaries. The official claim is that the airport is a […]

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