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Unread postby 9aplus » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:41 pm

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will lose their jobs due to the wrongdoing of administrational entities.
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:B.S.:
Only wrongdoing is grounding one year to late / Year after Lake LA-4 tragic crash...

Published here ->
http://www.total-croatia-news.com/item/ ... her-notice
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Re: Adriatic seaplane news - update

Unread postby KlausNW » Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:59 pm

Croatian Seaplanes: Civil Aviation Authority Had No Reason to Ground ECA - 4 Expert Conclusions

By Paul Bradbury, 18 Oct 2016, 08:10 AM :
https://www.total-croatia-news.com/item/14495-croatian-seaplanes-civil-aviation-authority-had-no-reason-to-ground-eca-4-expert-conclusions

Four separate expert investigations into the grounding of Croatian seaplane operator European Coastal Airlines by the Croatian Civil Aviation Authority come to the same conclusion: the grounding was unjustified and the issues found by CCAA broadly dismissed, according to documents obtained by TCN on October 17, 2016.

The plot is beginning to thicken and there is a smell of fish in the air regarding the story of Europe's first seaplane operation in modern European history.

European Coastal Airlines was grounded by the Croatian Civil Aviation Authority on August 12, following a three-day inspection, with the agency finding 9 Level 1 and 3 Level 2 findings against the airline. Level 1 means that passenger safety is in danger and the plane needs to be grounded. Level 2 means passengers are not at risk, but procedures or documentation at the airports needs amendments. In the case of a Level 2 finding, the airline is given some time to recitify the situation, which usually means producing some missing documentation, while a Level 1 finding requires the aircraft to be immediately grounded. It is my understanding that while a Level 1 finding in any airline would be grounds for an immediate suspension of operations for that aircraft, Level 2 findings are not uncommon in most airlines, who operate in an industry which is highly regulated and bureaucratic.

Much has been written about the ECA seaplanes being dangerous, an assertion which seemed to be justified by the CCAA finding of no less than nine Level 1 findings during the three-day inspection.

But it is interesting to see what the aviation experts think...

Below, the summary of four expert opinions, two of which are signed and stamped by certified court experts in the field of aircraft accidents and air traffic. Expert opinions which paint a rather different picture...


More documents and argument on the news website...
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Re: Adriatic seaplane news - update

Unread postby KlausNW » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:12 pm

The more I read about the grounding the more it is sounding like vendettas and emotions. Business people and 'bean counters' can be very cold to their employees. Many times they even view and treat their customers as cattle with credit cards.

Hopefully they learn from their insensitive ways and treat all people like humans. The airline industry in U.S. is suffering from the same cold insensitive attitudes. Southwest airlines even exposes themselves as cattle cars in the sky so, it's easier to tolerate their hustle and bustle atmosphere. You get what you pay for. Many other airlines advertise that they give a premium service then treat you no different then Southwest at 20 percent higher price.

Croatian Seaplane CEO on Grounding, Lawsuits, Refunds and 2017

By Paul Bradbury, 18 Oct 2016, 14:39 PM :
https://www.total-croatia-news.com/item/14503-croatian-seaplane-ceo-on-grounding-lawsuits-refunds-and-2017
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Re: Adriatic seaplane news - update

Unread postby KlausNW » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:47 pm

European Coastal Airlines to Resume Seaplane Operations in Croatia in 2017

Read story here: http://www.croatiaweek.com/european-coastal-airlines-to-resume-seaplane-operations-in-croatia-in-2017/

12/12/2016
Seaplane operators European Coastal Airlines (ECA), who halted all operations in Croatia two months ago, have announced that they will be back connecting Croatian islands with the mainland in 2017.

ECA Managing Director Klaus Dieter Martin issued a press release in October saying that all domestic and international flights were cancelled until further notice after shareholders saw no other alternative following the grounding of their planes by Croatian authorities.

Back in August this year one of Croatia’s leading portals, Index.hr, published an article questioning the safety and maintenance of the seaplanes.

The portal, quoting a former ECA employer, said that maintenance procedures that should be routinely carried out were done in a sloppy manner and only just enough to satisfy requirements.

Despite ECA insisting their planes met all requirements, they remained grounded during the busy summer period resulting in a loss of millions of euros.

Martin said in October that until the administrational situation had been cleared giving them the opportunity to operate in a safe and trustworthy marketplace, ECA would not operate in Croatia. (read the full press release here)

Today ECA confirmed the appointment of Zdravko Delic, who will take up the role of Accountable Manager, overseeing day to day operations of the business.

ECA told Poslovni.hr that they will again be flying in 2017 and will introduce a number of new flights also. ECA connected 15 locations in Croatia before they suspended operations.

“All destinations will again be in operation in 2017, and ECA will add more connections such as Mali Losinj – Trst and Mali Losinj – Ancona”, Martin said.

ECA will continue to use their existing fleet of 4 Twin Otters, whilst adding to their fleet with three extra planes next year.

ECA flew to Split, Pula, Vela Luka, Lastovo, Jelsa, Novalja, Rab, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Zadar, Rijeka, Lumbarda, Hvar, Mali Losinj, Vis and Zagreb in Croatia, and Ancona and Pescara Airport in Italy.


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Re: Adriatic seaplane news - update

Unread postby jjbaker » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:39 am

The never ending story of seaplanes in Croatia...
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Re: Adriatic seaplane news - update

Unread postby KlausNW » Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:50 pm

There's nothing like a good drama....

....'As The Prop Turns'

Hopefully the new manager is knowledgeable and successful. I still not sure were they're going to find pilots and mechanics.
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Re: Adriatic seaplane news - update

Unread postby jjbaker » Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:25 am

Never has been and never will be a shortage of pilots, willing to live the dream. Its no different in Europe.
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Re: Adriatic seaplane news - update

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Re: Adriatic seaplane news - update

Unread postby 9aplus » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:47 am

Happy New seaplane year to whole Adriatic, Ionian and Black sea :D
https://ec.europa.eu/eipp/desktop/en/pr ... ct-53.html

New year & nice prospects, even ECA Goose within scheduled EU Ops (good joke, but it is "Living the dram" way)
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