News Listings for Georgian Airlines

  • Southern Ring Air Routes project seeks EC funding

    News | 11 Dec 2001 00:00

    <p>EMMA KELLY / LONDON</p> <p>A third phase is needed to ensure smooth implementation of CNS/ATM in the region</p> <p>Participants in the Southern Ring Air Routes project, which have been testing new air traffic management (ATM) technology in former Soviet Union states and Mongolia, have requested European Commission (EC) funding for the third phase of the project in an effort to improve the safety and efficiency of air transport operations in the countries. </p> <p>The first two stages of the project, which ended in October and were funded by the EC's Tacis East European and Central Asia programme, tested automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Mongolia. The project also involves Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The programme has been led by the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration subsidiary Swedavia, which supplied ADS-B technology. </p> <p>The first two phases of the project inv
  • Air navigation - Trafficking the Silk Road

    News | 23 Apr 2001 23:00

    <p>Demand for air traffic will inevitably rise as the Caspian region taps in to potentially huge oil reserves</p> <p>David Morrow/TBILISI and BAKU </p> <p>Ultra-modern petrol stations stand out like gleaming ornaments amid the otherwise decrepit infrastructure of Tbilisi, Georgia. They are reminders - if any were needed - of where the money and power lies in the Caucasus and Caspian Sea regions. And as the Caspian region begins exploiting its potentially staggering oil and natural gas resources, air traffic demand will inevitably rise. </p> <p>The present Caspian pipeline network and its air route network were originally designed to serve domestic interests and neither has adapted well to the post-Soviet era. Reconstructing the east-west Silk Road trade routes will demand a thorough airspace restructuring. </p> <p>ICAO statistics show that the Southern Ring of nine former Soviet republics and Mongolia has just one-third the number of scheduled departures of Belgium alone. </p> <p>
  • Ex-Soviet republics see first benefits of ADS-B scheme

    News | 13 Feb 2001 00:00

    <p>Emma Kelly/LONDON</p> <p>Two helicopters in Azerbaijan have been equipped for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) as part of a major programme to test new-generation air traffic management technology in former Soviet Union states and Mongolia. </p> <p>Late last year, the first ADS-B ground station was set up in Baku, Azerbaijan, followed recently by the installation and certification of ADS-B airborne transponders and pilot displays on two Azerbaijan Airlines Mil Mi-8 helicopters. These provide air transportation services from the Zabrat helicopter base to oil rigs in the Caspian Sea. </p> <p>The project is intended to demonstrate safety and capacity benefits of ADS-B, for applications such as search and rescue (SAR). VHF datalink Mode 4-based ADS-B will allow the helicopters' positions to be constantly monitored from the shore and by other ADS-B-equipped helicopters, giving full situational awareness. </p> <p>Azerbaijan air navigation service provider AZANS will
  • Russia becomes first major ADS-B customer

    News | 02 Jan 2001 00:00

    <p>Russia is the first country to place a major commercial order for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) ground and airborne equipment, paving the way for implementation of the new-generation air traffic management (ATM) technology in the region. The VHF data link Mode 4 (VDL Mode 4)-based ATM system provide safety, capacity and cost benefits. </p> <p>The equipment, manufactured by GP&amp;C Denmark, was due to be delivered at the end of 2000, with installation across the Tyumen region of Russia starting in January. Equipment will be installed at five airports, while two local airlines will outfit their fleets, after which trials will start, leading to system certification by the Russian authority MAK this year. Implementation starts in 2002. </p> <p>The technology is also being evaluated for expansion in countries neighbouring the Tyumen region, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which would particularly benefit airlines flying on the new Polar routes. Az
  • Checking on CIS registrations

    News | 07 May 1996 23:00

    <p>The captions on two of the illustrations to Paul Duffy's article "Safety measures" (Flight International, 17-23 April, P58) may be misleading. </p> <p>The ORBI Georgian Airlines and Air Ukraine Boeing 737s shown carrying Brazilian and Irish registrations, respectively (pointed out in the caption), may give the impression that they are flown by these airlines with foreign registrations, which is not the case. These registrations were those carried previously by the aircraft and were used for test flying before hand-over to these two CIS carriers. The ORBI aircraft entered service with the Georgian registration 4L-AAA and the Air Ukraine aircraft with the Ukraine registration UR-BFA. </p>