Cathy Buyck

Cathy Buyck
Brussels Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Brussels, Cathy covers European regulatory affairs, commercial air transport and MRO. Most recently, she was senior analyst for CAPA – Centre for Aviation. Prior, Cathy was Air Transport World's European Editor/Bureau Chief, leading ATW's Europe, Middle East and African coverage for the magazine and the daily online news. She also contributed to ATW’s numerous newsletters and was responsible for ATW’s annual World Airport Report.
She won the 2010/11 European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) Hank McGonagle Journalism Award for a two-part article on the inclusion of aviation in the European ETS and was shortlisted several times for the Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Journalist of the Year in the Air Transport and Best Strategy/ Finance category. In 2005, she was awarded the ATW Publisher’s Award. Cathy served as president of the Aviation Press Club (Belgium) for many years. She started her career as a journalist working for Belgium’s leading business magazine Trends. Cathy holds a Masters in Modern History from the KULeuven, Belgium, with distinction.

TAP Pilots Set to Strike For 10 Days In May 
Members of the Portuguese Civil Aviation Pilots’ Union (SPAC) will go on strike between May 1-10, grounding most scheduled flights, ahead of the May 15 deadline for interested parties to submit their bids for TAP Group’s part-privatization.
Dutch Government Grants Approval For Lelystad Airport Development 

Schiphol Group received offical authorization from the Dutch government to start developing Lelystad airport.The airport will be allowed to accommodate up to 45,000 aircraft movements annually and should be operational in 2018. Lelystad will handle LCCs and charter airlines. Schiphol believes the development of Lelystad as a twin gateway to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) is imperative to support the growth of AMS as a major international transfer hub.

France To Abolish Transfer Tax 
The civil-aviation tax on transfer passengers was halved on April 1, and will be totally abolished on Jan. 1, 2016.
Switzerland’s Aviation Regulator Approves Etihad Airways’ Shareholding in Darwin Airline 
With the new business model, “Darwin is not dependent to the same extent on Etihad as initially planned,” Swiss regulators say.
Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht Moves To SunExpress 
The move by Albrecht, whose contract was due to expire in October, comes at a critical time for the Austrian carrier, which on April 1 is folding Tyrolean’s entire flight operation back into Austrian Airlines.
Finnair Assumes Ownership Of Flybe Nordic As Talks With Outside Investors Lag 
Finland’s flag carrier emphasizes that its full ownership and control of Flybe Nordic is on “an interim basis,” and that discussions on the planned purchase of 60% of Flybe Nordic’s shareholding by StaffPoint Holding and G.W. Sohlberg are continuing.
The BEA To Analyze ‘Systemic Weaknesses’ Behind Germanwings Crash 
This probe will also include which criteria and procedures airlines should be applied to detect “specific psychological profiles” of flight crew, it confirmed.
Aegean Airlines Boasts Strong Performance, Steps Up Unit-Cost Reduction 
The Athens-based Star Alliance member asserts that distribution costs, ground handling and aircraft maintenance still offer scope for additional savings, mainly through economies of scale arising from its merger with Olympic Air.
KLM Cityhopper Moves To Single Embraer E-Jet Fleet 
“The new fleet will contribute even more [toward] optimal operations, serving the seven million passengers who fly with KLM Cityhopper each year,” KLM Cityhopper Managing Director Boet Kreiken said.
TAP Portugal Sinks Into Loss Ahead Of Its Privatization 
Operationally, the airline performed well last year, increasing passenger numbers by 6.6% to a record 11.4 million, outpacing the average 4.5% growth recorded by members of the Association of European Airlines.
EasyJet Upgrades First-Half Outlook, Could Post A Profit 
EasyJet traditionally makes a loss in the seasonably weak six months through March, but on March 26 the company upgraded its forecasts and said it now expects its pre-tax result for the first half ending March 31 to be between a loss of £5 million ($7.4 million) and a profit of £10 million.
Fastjet Hopeful To Obtain AOC In Zimbabwe 
Ed Winter, interim chairman and CEO of Fastjet, said the company identified several potential routes within and from Zimbabwe, where it contends the low-cost model will stimulate the air travel market and tap into the huge market of passengers currently traveling by bus.
American Airlines, Vueling Ink Interline Agreement 
The IET accord between American and Vueling covers Barcelona El Prat and Rome Fiumicino airports.
Joint Project On Controllers Moves Europe Toward SES 
European ANSPs highlight progress on SES through common controller definition being developed jointly across four countries.
Air France-KLM Board Supports Renewal Of De Juniac’s Mandate 
The board of directors followed the nominating committee’s advice and voted to renew his term. The vote was almost unanimous, with reportedly only the Air France pilots’ representative voting against his re-appointment.
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 3

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 16

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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