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In Flight Entertainment (IFE)

In Flight Entertainment refers to services provided to the passengers with entertainment facilities on board of aircrafts particularly for long flights. In Flight Entertainment provides facilities such as USB port, LCD flat screen, Music, Single DVD, games and may others. In Flight Entertainment is designed in aircraft cabins in order to improve the quality of life on board and at the same time satisfy customers..





BCBP- Bar Coded Boarding Pass

Bar Coded Boarding Pass also known as BCBP is a new service proposed by some airlines. The BCBP- Bar Coded Boarding Pass standard was published by the IATA in June 2008. Moreover BCBP- Bar Coded Boarding Pass identifies the 2-Dimensional barcode which is printed on a boarding pass or send out to a cell phone for electronic boarding passes. Moreover BCBP- Bar Coded Boarding Pass helps in providing better passenger service.






FlightMemory

FlightMemory gives the opportunity to travelers to follow their flight routes and generates at the same time maps that indicate these flight routes. FlightMemory keeps track of the total time spent in air, distance traveled, type of aircrafts and airline companies. FlightMemory keeps record of the flights in real time in a logbook. FlightMemory is great for aviation enthusiasts, flight crews, private pilots and even the casual passengers. FlightMemory is the place to maintain your statistics, when being either a globe-trotting consultant or now beginning to follow newborn’s flights. The goal of FlightMemory is to turn the experience of flying into real data for each user and his family/friends/coworkers.






Informing passengers of the carrier's identity and the blacklist of high-risk companies


The accident in Sharm-el-Sheikh in 2004 caused 148 deaths, mainly of European tourists, and showed that more stringent safety rules were needed. To this end, this Regulation is designed to make ramp inspections obligatory and to compel Member States to participate in a wider exchange of information on the safety of airlines.

Act

Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2005 on the establishment of a Community list of air carriers subject to an operating ban within the Community and on informing air transport passengers of the identity of the operating air carrier, and repealing Article 9 of Directive 2004/36/EC.


Summary

This new Regulation is designed to give passengers the right to be informed of the identity of the carrier operating the flight they have booked, while at the same time reinforcing the obligation on Member States to pass on safety-related information. Companies considered to be unsafe will find their aircraft banned from flying and will have their names published on a universally accessible blacklist. This list will be published both on the Internet and in the Official Journal.
These provisions apply to flights:
• departing from an airport in the territory of a Member State to which the Treaty applies;
• departing from an airport in a third country and arriving at an airport in the territory of a Member State, provided that the contracting carrier is based in the Community;
• departing from an airport in a third country, where the flight is part of a contract of carriage entered into in the Community, and provided that the journey started in the Community.


A blacklist of unsafe airlines

The Annex sets out common criteria for considering a Community-wide operating ban for safety reasons. Air carriers will be included on the blacklist on the basis of the following criteria:
• evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of a carrier;
• a lack of ability (or willingness) on the part of a carrier to address safety deficiencies (lack of transparency or insufficient action);
• a lack of ability (or willingness) on the part of the authorities responsible for overseeing a carrier to address safety deficiencies (lack of cooperation, insufficient ability, etc.).
Member States publish a list of all air carriers banned from their airspace or subject to traffic rights restrictions for safety reasons. This list is made available to other Member States and to the Commission. The Commission publishes a consolidated list of these air carriers. Furthermore, at least once every three months, the Commission must assess whether the blacklist needs to be updated to include or exclude certain carriers. To update the list, both the Member State concerned and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) must notify the Commission of all the relevant information.

Passengers' rights to information and reimbursement

To enable airline passengers to be better informed about the operating carrier when choosing a flight, passengers must be able to know which carrier will be operating the flight when they make the booking. The contracting carrier is required to inform passengers of the identity of the operating air carrier or carriers when making a reservation, whatever the means used to make the booking. The passenger must also be kept informed of any change of operating carrier, either at check-in or, at the latest, when boarding.
The Regulation also gives passengers the right to reimbursement or re-routing if a carrier with which a booking has been made is subsequently added to the blacklist, resulting in cancellation of the flight concerned.


Background

Safety oversight is regulated worldwide within the framework of the 1944 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation and is based on standards developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Under the Convention, air carriers, and in particular their compliance with safety requirements, must be supervised by their home country.
At European level, safety procedures are based on Community legislation and specifically on the European Aviation Safety Agency.
However, outside the European Union (EU), safety levels depend on the effectiveness of oversight procedures applicable in third countries. In this context, Directive 2004/36/EC ensures a high level of aviation safety for aircraft flying into, out of or within the Community by providing for a harmonised inspection system for third-country aircraft using European airports.

Source: Europa




ESTA U.S. Electronic System for Travel Authorisation

From 12th January 2009, all travelers wishing to visit the United States for tourism are now subject to enhanced security requirements. They should bring an ESTA authorisation under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Registration for an ESTA authorisation is done through the ESTA website, https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov, in 4 steps:

STEP 1:
Complete your application
STEP 2:
Submit your request
STEP 3:
Receive and record your application number
STEP 4:
Receiving the answer to your request




Ministry delegated to Tourism

To consult new measurements relating to safety in all the airports of the European Union, Internet site of the label « Horizon » and the decree published on March 2006 on the obligation of information of the air passengers.




The label « Horizon »

The label « Horizon » is a way of certifying at international level in the field of air transport, created on the initiative of the French State within the framework of a public/private partnership. \The structures concerned with this step are the airline companies but the consumers and the professionals of tourism are essential actors of the label. Any airline company, whatever its size, can be candidate with label « Horizon » and to profit from this popular mark.




BEA    Office of Investigations and Analysis for the safety of the Civil aviation

The « BEA » is the French official organisation in charge of the technical investigations into the accidents and incidents of civil aviation. It is attached to the Ministry for Transport, the Equipment, Tourism and the Sea. The « BEA » does its investigations and writes its reports independently.

To fulfill its missions, the « BEA » have today 120 people including 30 investigators and 12 assistants of investigators. It is based on a vast network of personnel of the approved Civil aviation, Enquêteurs de Première Information (EPI). The “BEA” can call for, under its authority, competences existing with the Directorate-General of the Civil aviation, the Ministry for Defense, Météo France, at the industrials, the carriers or among the professionals.




EUROCONTROL European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation

Civil organization and soldier which gathers 36 Member States. Eurocontrol works for the organisation of the air traffic.




AEA Association European Airlines

AEA gather 31 of the principal airline companies in Europe.




AESA European agency of Air Safety

The European Agency of Air Safety is the keystone of the strategy of air safety of the European Union. Its mission is to promote the highest level of security possible and environmental protection of the Civil aviation.



INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS :

IATA International Air Transport Association

« IATA » gather some 260 airline companies which cover 94% of the regular air world traffic.

For 60 years, it has worked to standardize the commercial and security practices of its companies members.

IOSA IATA Operational Safety Audit

The « IOSA » global audit of safety suggested by “IATA” for its members. UP to 2007, all the airline companies members of “IATA” or which wish to become a member will have to undergo this audit.

List of companies « IOSA ».




« ICAO » Civil organisation of International Aviation

The Development and the modernization of « SARP » fall on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the specialized agency of the United Nations whose mandate is to take care of the evolution, effective and ordered International Civil aviation.

« ICAO » has its seat in Montreal (Canada) and seven regional offices in the various parts of the world. Since its beginnings, in 1944, the Organization grew and counts now more than 180 contracting States. The purpose of it is to ensure the ordered and sure development of the International Civil aviation, under all its aspects. It is used as platform where the rules and procedures to be standardized can be presented, analysed and be discussed before being the subject of a decision.

The charter of the “ICAO” is the Convention on the International Civil aviation, signed in Chicago in December 1944 and to which forms part each contracting State.


The Civil aviation is a powerful force of progress in our modern society. An effective network of air transport and underlies million of employment on the planet.It is one of the economic nerves of many countries, as well as a catalyst of the voyage and tourism, the first industry in the world. Beyond the economic aspect, air transport enriches social and cultural fabric and contributes to the achievement of the objective of peace and prosperity on the Earth.

Twenty-four hours over twenty-four, 365 days per annum, a plane takes off or lands each second in some part of the world. Each one of these flights is dealt with in an identical and uniform way, which it is about the pilot or airport authority, air traffic control to the orders of their aircraft. In this way there are a million of employees occupied with the construction, the maintenance and the follow-up of the products and services essential to this uninterrupted cycle of flights. In fact, modern aviation is one of the systems of interaction between the human beings and the most complex machines which were never created.

The precision and timing of the procedures and the systems is made possible by the existence of standards universally accepted, known under the name of “recommended standards and practical”, or « SARP » ( Standards and Recommended Practices). The SARP concerns all the technical and operational aspects of the International Civil aviation, such as safety, the licences of the personnel, the exploitation of the aircraft, the aerodromes, the services of the air traffic, the investigations into the accidents and the environment. In the absence of « SARP », the aeronautical system would be as well as possible chaotic, in the worst case dangerous.




SITA Specialists in air transport communications and IT solutions

Specialists in air transport communications and IT solutions (SITA) are an open up in international telecommunications for the air transport industry. SITA keep on operating at the front position of technology. Since its establishment as Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques, SITA’s objective is to fetch jointly airlines’ existing air transport communications facilities. Thus this permits the organisation and the industry to benefit from shared-infrastructure cost efficiencies. SITA actually serves more than 550 members worldwide which comprise airlines, airports, aerospace companies, air freight organisations and government.






TSA - Transportation Security Administration

TSA – Transportation Security Administration’s missions comprise of Security Operations, Law Enforcement such as Crew Member Self Defence and others, Layers of Security, Security Screening such as Passenger Screening and others. TSA - Transportation Security Administration was established in 2001. TSA - Transportation Security Administration ensures the safety of passengers. Moreover TSA - Transportation Security Administration has recently made available additional screening measures for all passengers travelling on the domestic and international flight to any destination in the United States.




NCTb – National Coordinator for Counterterrorism

NCTb – Natural Coordinator for Counterterrorism is established in the 2005. The mission of NCTb – Natural Coordinator for Counterterrorism is to lessen the threat and terror of terrorist attacks in the Netherlands. Moreover NCTb – Natural Coordinator for Counterterrorism mission comprise of taking methods in order to limit the possible impact of terrorist act. NCTb – Natural Coordinator for Counterterrorism has responsibility of the central coordination of counterterrorism hard work. In addition NCTb – Natural Coordinator for Counterterrorism also make sure that cooperation between the parties concerned stays on an elevated standard.



OTHER LINKS :

« SKYTRAX » Information and notations of airline companies and airports of the whole world on the criteria of provisions of services before flight and on board.

« AIRSAFE » Information relating to the accidents and incidents of air, mainly in the United States

« Edinburgh Sleep Center » : British authority as regards to sleep, their Internet site makes it possible to receive information and advices for better managing the time shift.


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