Air traffic between the Czech Republic and Russia will continue to operate
without restrictions, and will even intensify next year, the Czech aviation
authorities reported after successfully resolving an air traffic dispute
The dispute pertaining to Russia’s decision to severely limit the number of Czech flights over Siberia resulted in the cancellation of several flights in June of this year as the two countries revoked flight permits for each other’s air carriers in a tit for tat move.
Both sides subsequently temporarily released operations until September to resolve the dispute.
Russia has long been one of the busiest destinations for traffic from the Czech Republic.
An incident in which a Smartwings flight from Greece failed to report an
engine shutdown and continued the flight to Prague for another 2 hours and
20 minutes on one engine has been assessed as pilot error, according to the
results of an internal investigation conducted by the carrier, as stated in
documents the company handed over to the Civil Aviation authority last
Smartwings originally denied that the pilots had violated safety regulations, saying that the crew had proceeded in accordance with the safety and operational procedures.
The Aviation Authority is still investigating the incident.
The Czech Republic’s Air Navigation Services have prepared for
investigators all the documents required to analyse a Smartwings flight in
which the pilots flew from Greece to Prague last week with only one
functioning engine, Czech Television reported. The documentation includes a
transcription of communication between dispatchers and the air crew, which
will reveal whether the team admitted to the engine malfunction.
The documents will be handed over to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Institute. The materials are intended for investigators and will not be made public.
For the past five years one of the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturers, Aero Vodochody, has been developing a next generation jet trainer. Engineers say that one of its key selling points is its ability to train pilots from beginning to end, a new concept in how pilots are taught. To find out more, I visited the two sites where the ongoing tests are underway.
A passenger airplane operated by Czech budget airline Smartwings was forced
to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off at Budapest’s Ferenc
Liszt Airport on Thursday when its landing gear was damaged, a company
spokesperson told the Czech News Agency.
The Boeing 737-400 plane, which was heading to Hurghada in Egypt with 151 passengers and nine crew members on board, returned to Budapest and landed safely.
The long-term modernisation of České Budějovice Airport in South Bohemia has been completed, regional authorities announced on Thursday. The airport received permission from the country’s Civil Aviation Authority allowing international public traffic on Wednesday. Full operation should be launched at the end of 2020.
The Scandinavian airline SAS has announced it is cancelling another 280
flights on Thursday due to a drawn out pilot strike which has already
affected 300,000 passengers.
The cancellations include scheduled flights from Prague to Stockholm. A decision on an afternoon flight from Copenhagen to Prague has not yet been announced. Passengers have been advised to keep themselves informed about developments on flysas.com.
Václav Havel Airport, also known simply as Prague Airport, has continued to attract more passengers every year since 2013 and a number of new projects ranging from transport, commercial infrastructure and customer service are expected to boost its competitiveness with other regional airport hubs. I asked the airport’s spokesman, Roman Pacvoň, about the airport’s plans for the future.