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Behind the scenes video of Emirates amazing Burj Khalifa promotion.


A behind the scenes video of Emirates amazing Burj Khalifa promotion has been released.

While the ad looked like it was shot effortlessly, the whole project involved in-depth planning and meticulous execution involving stakeholders across Dubai’s aviation ecosystem, with a strong focus on safety at every juncture when conducting the low flying maneuvers.

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The carefully choreographed flypast involved the A380 flying at a low altitude of only 2,700 feet, the exact height of Burj Khalifa by Emaar.

Emirates said that the aircraft also flew at a very low speed of 145 knots. To put that into perspective, the average cruising speed of an A380 is around 480 knots. The low speed ensured the aircraft could efficiently and continuously circle around the Burj Khalifa and achieve a tight radius without drifting away. In total, the Emirates A380 circled the Burj Khalifa 11 times to get the right selection of shots for the ad.

The aircraft also appeared as if it was flying very close to the stuntwoman as she was standing on the Burj, when in fact it was over half a mile away.

The airline said that during the planning stages, Emirates pilots, Flight Operation teams, Air Traffic Controllers, helicopter pilots, drone operators, and the filming teams, the Emirates marketing team, the Emaar team, regulatory teams as well as the UAE GCAA and DCAA worked closely to discuss and deliberate every detail and aspect of the mission, choreographing the flight plan, running risk assessments, accounting for air traffic, areas overflown, as well as gauging potential wind and weather conditions in order to secure the necessary approvals.

It added that the pilots also trained multiple times in the A380 flight simulator to ensure every visual reference point was covered and tested and every manoeuvre checked prior to the mission. The simulator visits also helped establish the way all stakeholders would communicate during the flypasts and filming to ensure everyone was operating in a safe environment.

In addition, the team closely liaised with Dubai ATC to ensure that all activity was protected by blocking the airspace through a Temporary Restricted Area during all of its holding patterns.

Filming and low flypasts were conducted on 13 and 14 October 2021, and the timings of the flights were scheduled outside of the peak departures window at Dubai International as a further measure to mitigate any risk.

The new global multi-channel campaign will run in 12 languages, debuting across 19 countries covering TV, cinema, digital and social media platforms. The ad is part of a wider US$20 million commitment Emirates has made to help create awareness, generate excitement and ultimately drive more visits to Dubai and Expo 2020 Dubai.

Running until March 13, 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai brings the world together, hosting spectacular events that have encouraged repeat visitation, as it provides a platform for collaboration, showcasing human advances and the latest in technology, culture, art music, gastronomy, sports, and much more, in addition to over 190 country pavilions to see and experience.



Airlineratings.com Editor Geoffrey Thomas nominated for record three awards

Geoffrey Thomas
Geoffrey Thomas recieves the CAE award for Best Training and Simulation story from Quentin O'Mahony, GM of Singapore CAE Flight Training Pte Ltd.

Airlineratings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas has been nominated for a record three gongs at the 2022 Aerospace Media Awards.

The nominations include a Best Business Aviation category submission with an article on the 20th anniversary of the collapse of Ansett which told the story of the extra operational and salary costs that weighed down the failed airline.

Thomas was also nominated in the Best Breaking News category for his story, ‘MH370: Probable location found with revolutionary tracking’, which revealed a new technology that promises a precise location for the missing Malaysia Airlines 777.

His final nomination in the Best Commercial Aviation category was for a four-part series celebrating 100 years of flying in Western Australia.

The winners will be announced at a special awards dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore, on February 15.

In 2020 Thomas won the awards’ Best Safety, Training & Simulation category and the Outstanding Achievement Award for his coverage of the MH370 disaster.


FlyOnE commits to Electron5 for regional network in Australia


FlyOnE has signed a deal with Dutch manufacturer Electron Aerospace for the delivery of 28, five-seater Electron 5 all-electric planes.

The aircraft will operate on a network that will connect 25 regional airports in Western Australia and create 30-plus point-to-point connections.

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The Electron 5 was selected as the most suitable aircraft to operate FlyOnE’s proposed zero-emissions regional aviation network, under the Lilypad Elevate banner.

To launch the project FlyOnE plans to install, together with third parties, solar-powered charging infrastructure for the aircraft.

Proposed sites include Perth, Rottnest Island, Murray Field Airport, Mundaring Airport, White Gum Air Park, and Northam Airport.

The Electron 5 has a range of 750km on a single charge at a top speed of 300km/h.

With its short take-off and landing capabilities, the Electron 5 makes smaller and often underused airfields more accessible.

FlyOnE chief executive Korum Ellis (below) said the Electron 5 best meets the company’s mission profile in terms of range as well as available seats.

“Knowing that the Electron 5 achieves the required performance with today’s battery technology gives us the confidence that the aircraft will be delivered on time,” Mr. Ellis said.

Marc-Henry de Jong, chief operating officer at Electron, said both companies shared the vision of making zero-emission, on-demand, regional air mobility a reality.

“We believe that this is just the start of a long and prosperous partnership. Over the coming weeks and months, we will explore other potential areas of co-operation, including aircraft distribution, servicing, and potentially manufacturing,” Mr de Jong said.

Under the memorandum of understanding, FlyOnE has secured priority production slots in 2026 and 2027. The order for 28 aircraft includes two trainer versions as well as 26 passenger versions.


Abu Dhabi launches Sustainability Week with major summit

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has launched Sustainability Week with a major summit the anchor event which provides a platform for global leaders to discuss the latest trends shaping the world’s sustainability agenda.

Since 2008,Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week(ADSW) has grown to become one of the largest platforms of its kind in the world. Through its year-round initiatives and events, ADSW brings members of the global community together to accelerate sustainable development.

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The ADSW Summit brings together heads of state, senior policymakers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and members of academia to identify pathways to accelerate global leadership, economic development, and the implementation of the technologies and innovations needed to deliver the world’s climate and sustainability goals.

To reflect the principles of ADSW, the Summit will focus on Global Collaboration & Leadership, Economic Development, Technology & Innovation.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has taken a lead for the industry in environmental initiatives including an ECO Demonstrator and sustainable flights and its CEO Tony Douglas will make a keynote speech at the conference.

As part of the United Arab Emirates’ long-term vision and commitment to social, economic, and environmental sustainability, Abu Dhabi established Masdar in 2006 to support the diversification of the country by advancing global renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

To accelerate global collaboration and sustainability around the world, Abu Dhabi formed ADSW, hosted by Masdar, with a specific focus on delivering action across three principles; Global Collaboration & Leadership, Economic Development, and Technology & Innovation.

ADSW takes a proactive approach at a grassroots level, encouraging social inclusion by hosting a series of platforms and events aimed at engaging and empowering young people, females, and members of the community to play an active role in delivering a sustainable future.

Working with its public and private partners, ADSW hosts a series of events that welcome heads of state, policymakers, business leaders, and technology pioneers, providing them with a global platform to share knowledge, showcase innovation, and outline strategies for delivering climate action.

Spectacular video of Emirates A380 battling crosswinds to land.


A spectacular video of an Emirates A380 battling crosswinds to land has been posted by @AircraftYTube.

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Typically aircraft land and take off into the wind to decrease the landing or take-off distance.

In some cases aircraft land with a slight downwind component – typically associated with noise-sensitive airports where one runway is preferred over another.

Where a pilot faces a crosswind landing they need to point the aircraft in the direction of the wind while maintaining a straight course toward the runway.

This is called crabbing or yawing.

In strong crosswinds, the pilot may also dip the wing – sideslip – into the direction of the wind.

Just before touchdown pilots apply rudder to bring the plane – and its undercarriage – back so it is aligned straight down the centerline of the runway.

This takes great skill and the results – if not done properly – are often quite spectacular.

Volcanic ash from Tonga eruption moves across Australia

Volcanic Ash

ASh from the violent eruption of Hunga Tonga Volcano is slowing moving across Australia but does not appear to pose a threat to aircraft.

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) the ash is at 42,000ft – above the usual flight levels of commercial aircraft.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority said that “it is being monitored by the VAAC and advice is being provided to pilots and operators.”

A CASA spokesman said “we do not close or restrict airspace as a result of volcanic ash. Airlines will make individual decisions on whether or not to fly in or around ash-affected airspace or to suspend their operations.”

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Here is the VAAC latest graphic;



Aircraft flying in Australia not impacted by 5G interference – yet!


Aircraft flying in Australian airspace are safe from the impacts of 5G signals on aircraft safety systems for the moment with no indications of problems that have been uncovered in the US.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has been closely monitoring the issue and so far has seen no evidence 5G transmissions are currently affecting aircraft.

Last year US airlines and aircraft manufacturers raised serious concerns that a segment of the airwaves to be used by American telecommunications companies for 5G is too close to that utilized by radio altimeters that measure an aircraft’s clearance height over terrain.

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This would impact aircraft systems such as automatic landings, wind shear prediction and terrain warnings.

According to a CASA statement, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has had “no reports of radio altimeter incidents linked to 5G since the telecommunications technology rolled out 2 years ago.”

One of the key differences between Australia’s 5G and that of the US is the transmissions currently do not extend into the part of the spectrum worrying the US aviation industry CASA said.

Aircraft radio altimeters operate in 4.2-4.4Ghz range and the 5G transmissions subject to the interference debate are in the adjacent 3.7-4.2GHz spectrum. According to CASA Australian 5G transmissions currently top out at 3.7GHz, well below the radio altimeter frequencies.

A CASA spokesman told AirlineRatings.com “we are monitoring the situation but telecommunications companies in Australia do not operate 5G in a higher frequency range used in the US and believed to affect radio altimeters. We are not aware of any confirmed cases of 5G interference with radio altimeters in this country since the technology rolled out. Nonetheless, we have asked pilots to report radio altimeter issues so that any information on potential interference can inform future decisions.”

CASA issued its latest airworthiness bulletin on the 5G issue on 24 December 2021 to alert pilots and airlines of possible interference.

It also cautioned that “the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) who are responsible for the management of the Australian frequency spectrum assignment, raised an options paper followed by an outcomes paper looking at the reallocation of frequencies within the 3.7-4.2 GHz band.

ACMA’s proposed re-allocation would allow telecommunication companies licenses to utilize frequencies adjacent to the RA band for Wireless Broadband (WBB) 5G operations.

The US FAA has said that “because the proposed [US] 5G deployment involves a new combination of power levels, frequencies, proximity to flight operations, and other factors, the FAA will need to impose restrictions on flight operations using certain types of radar altimeter equipment close to antennas in 5G networks.”

“These safety restrictions could affect flight schedules and operations, affecting the aviation system. Before and after the 5G deployment begins, the FAA will continue to work every day to reduce effects of this disruption as we make progress to safely integrate 5G and aviation.”


Superb video of Airbus A330 refueling a C130


A superb video of a Royal Air Force Airbus A330 refueling a C130 transport has been taken by @CentreSeatOps.

Most know the A330 as a very successful Airbus passenger aircraft in operation all over the world.

But Airbus has also sold the A330 as an air refueling platform for air forces including the RAF and Royal Australian Air Force.

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The C130 is built by Lockheed and is a four-engine transport used by military services across the globe.



Fabulous video of low flying in a C130 over Antarctica


A fabulous video of low flying in a C130 over Antarctica has been posted by @scottiebateman.

The video was taken by @Sw47Ad.

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Emirates produces another stunning advert atop the world’s tallest building


Emirates has produced another stunning advert from atop the 828m Burj Khalifa promoting Expo 2020.

Like last year’s advert, this one features skydiving instructor Nicole Smith-Ludvik in an Emirates flight attendant uniform.

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This time she is holding placards promoting Expo 2020 Dubai. “I’m still here,” the placard says as the camera zooms in on her. “Wow, I can see Dubai Expo,” touts another.

Towards the end, the placard is shown “Finally here come my friends,” as the camera picks up the Emirates A380 with Expo livery before she changes placards to “Fly the iconic Emirates A380″ to “The world’s greatest show.” as the A380 majestically passes behind her.

Here is the original advert, shown in August 2021.

Both adverts were filmed without a green screen or special effects and the airline says it was the result of rigorous, planning training, testing, and strict safety protocol.

Filming began in both cases at sunrise to catch the famous golden hour light and the ascent to the peak took an hour and 15 minutes from level 160 and involved scaling several tiers and ladders.

Although a casting call to Emirates cabin staff produced some “willing and capable candidates”, the young lady on top of the iconic Dubai landmark was actually a professional skydiving instructor who spent five hours at the pinnacle.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video:

Last year, Emirates president Tim Clark said the airline always looked to challenge the norm and push boundaries at Emirates.

“We’re proud to be among a privileged few who have been allowed to film at the top of the Burj Khalifa by Emaar and even prouder that we get to showcase our beautiful city, Dubai,” said Sir Tim said last August.

The videos were conceptualized and directed by Emirates’ in-house band team with the help of Dubai-based Prime Productions AMG and will be screened across several markets across the airline’s network, including the UK.



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