Surfshark rolls out split tunneling feature on its Android app

  • Split tunneling empowers VPN users to gain more control over their online privacy by allowing to whitelist apps which do not work while connected to VPN
  • The feature significantly improves user experience as users no longer have to turn off the VPN app to be able to use other applications which need a cellular connection or only work in specific locations
  • Surfshark becomes one of the very few virtual private network (VPN) providers who offer split tunneling functionality for Android users

October 14, 2018 – In response to high demand for more privacy control options from smartphone users Surfshark has introduced a premium split tunneling functionality to its Android app. The feature, which is rare in the Android market, will enhance the user experience by allowing selected apps and services to bypass VPN encryption without the need to turn the VPN service off.

The primary purpose of a virtual private network is to protect user’s privacy. However, not everything people do online can be private as some services, such as banking apps, do not work when VPN is enabled or can trigger alerts do to unexpected location change.

“Android is the most popular operating system in the world, but most of the VPN providers fail to respond to the needs of Android users. By launching split tunneling for Android, we solved a frustrating problem when some apps don’t work with VPN. Such apps include those which require cellular connection or work only in specific locations, for instance, car parking or instant payment apps,” says Olivia Anderson, Chief Android Developer at Surfshark.

With split tunneling feature Surfshark users will no longer have to compromise their privacy by turning off the VPN when in need of some specific apps. They will be able to choose apps which do not need to be routed through VPN service.

Unusual feature among VPNs for Android

The feature allowing to whitelist applications which do not need additional encryption is unconventional in VPN market. Several providers offer split tunneling on Windows platforms, but close to none do it on Android.

“Today, Surfshark’s split tunneling is available for our Windows and Android users, and we plan to launch it on other platforms in the upcoming months,” says Olivia Anderson.

Other recent developments

This functionality is the newest of the recent developments of Surfshark. Last month the company announced that it had obfuscated all its servers so that even internet service providers would not know that the VPN service is being used.

Also, earlier this year the company introduced an advanced CleanWeb™ feature which allows users to block malware, trackers, and ads, as well as protects them from a growing number of phishing attacks.

Surfshark is the only VPN provider which allows unlimited simultaneous connections, meaning that one subscription can be used to protect many devices.

All the internet traffic sent to and from any devices using Surfshark is strongly encrypted and protected from tracking. The ever-expanding location selection list allows users to choose from hundreds of servers in 50 different countries, including the United States, Russia, Hong Kong, Germany, Israel, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, and others.

ANA Announces New Route to Vienna

  • Growth in European demand behind decision to launch route to Austrian capital.

LONDON, Oct. 15, 2018 — All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, is expanding its services to Europe with the upcoming launch of a new daily non-stop route from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Vienna International Airport. Service begins on February 17, 2019, and will be the cornerstone of ANA’s strategy to meet growing business demand for flights connecting Asia and Europe.

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Bittium exhibits Confidential level Bittium Tough Mobile™ smartphone at NATO Information Assurance Symposium

Bittium exhibits Confidential level Bittium Tough Mobile™ smartphone at NATO Information Assurance Symposium

Oulu, Finland, October 15, 2018 – Bittium exhibits secure Bittium Tough Mobile™ smartphone and related Bittium Secure Suite™ back-end system at NATO’s largest cyber security conference, NATO Information Assurance Symposium (NIAS), in Mons, Belgium on October 16-18, 2018. Bittium Tough Mobile and Bittium Secure Suite together form the first smartphone based solution in the world that has been approved for processing material classified as Confidential (NCSA-FI).

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Boeing and Flightdocs Enter Exclusive Partnership

Companies sign MOU to integrate Flightdocs Enterprise platform with Boeing Global Services’ offerings from Aviall, Inventory Locator Services and Jeppesen

Together, partners will offer enhanced, cloud-based aviation maintenance, compliance and inventory management solutions for business and general aviation operators.

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Flightdocs have entered into a multi-year agreement to exclusively market and sell the Flightdocs Enterprise platform, a full-service maintenance, compliance and inventory management solution for the business and general aviation market.

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Boeing, Air Lease Corp., Deliver S7 Airlines’ First 737 MAX

Carrier is the first in Russia to fly the 737 MAX airplane

S7 plans to operate 10 more MAX airplanes in the coming years

MOSCOW, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA], Air Lease Corp. [NYSE: AL; “ALC”], and S7 Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 737 MAX, via lease from ALC.  S7, operated by Globus Airlines, becomes the first Russian airline to fly the new and improved 737 airplane. S7 plans to take 10 more 737 MAX jets over the next few years as part of its strategic plan to strengthen its airplane fleet.

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Coptersafety to provide Maintenance Check Flight simulator courses for operators to fill and exceed new EASA requirements

Helicopter training service provider Coptersafety starts offering training for helicopter operators and maintenance service providers to facilitate their transition to meet the new 2019 regulations by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Coptersafety MCF

HELSINKI, FINLAND – European Aviation Safety Agency EASA will introduce new requirements and regulations concerning Maintenance Check Flight (MCF) operations in 2019.


To help helicopter operators meet the new EASA regulations, training service provider Coptersafety announced at Helitech International 2018 it will expand its training offering with a two-day Maintenance Check Flight course. The first Coptersafety MCF course will take place at Coptersafety’s training facility next to Helsinki Airport, Finland, in January 2019.

The course is especially designed for current and future MCF pilots at helicopter operators operating in EASA member states in Europe, and also for technicians at helicopter maintenance service providers in the same geographic area. The Coptersafety MCF course includes the opportunity for operators to send one technician free of charge to the same course per each attending pilot.

“The rationale for EASA to establish requirements for maintenance check flights is that the lack of specific regulations on the conduct of these flights has contributed to accidents or serious incidents in the past,” Mikko Dahlman, CEO, Coptersafety, quotes EASA’s Opinion on the issue.

“For us, EASA’s upcoming MCF standards are just a starting point to look into the operations of a safe and secure Maintenance Check Flight. Our operator customers do not want to take the easy way out, why would we?” said Dahlman.

MCF course syllabus designed to go beyond minimum EASA standards – to minimize both operational costs and hazards

The Coptersafety MCF course is fully compliant with the upcoming EASA regulations. It will consist of a ground course and simulator training in a full-flight (level D) simulator, tailored for AW139 and H145 helicopter type surroundings.

The MCF course is led by Mikko Kallio, Head of Training and Development, Coptersafety. Kallio is a former Border Guard helicopter test pilot (EASA FTR Cat 2), graduated from the Empire Test Pilots’ School. He was nearly seven years responsible for the MCF training at the Finnish Border Guard.

The Coptersafety MCF course will be designed and instructed by Mikko Kallio and Bendik M. Johansen. Johansen will act as a general theory instructor and as an H145 specialist. Johansen has seven years of experience as an MCF pilot at the Norwegian Coast Guard. He also has a test pilot qualification (EASA FTR Cat 1) from the Empire Test Pilots’ School in 2009.

”Safety has always been one of the most important factors when selling services in the aviation industry, but the customers of helicopter operators are continuously raising their requirements for safe operations. In fact, buyers are often demanding safety levels that exceed officially regulated minimum standards,” said Mikko Kallio.

“At the other end, also pilots are increasingly demanding higher safety procedures from their employers. MCF pilots are highly valued as specialized experts and becoming an MCF pilot is a desired career path for any aviator. By showing all its stakeholders that the operator is exceeding minimum safety requirement levels it gets a clear selling point,” Kallio adds.

“In the end, our operator customers want to minimize not only unexpected operational costs that may stem from inadequately conducted MCF flights, but also the potential hazards they entail,” Kallio sums up.

Join Coptersafety at Helitech International 2018

Coptersafety will be presenting its MCF course at stand L80 at the Helitech International 2018 event in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 16–18 October 2018.

Mikko Kallio Head of Training and Development Coptersafety

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DJI Launches The Phantom 4 RTK Globally

DJI’s Most Compact And Accurate Low Altitude Mapping Solution To Date

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today announced the global rollout of the Phantom 4 RTK, a high-precision aerial survey drone that combines centimeter-level navigation and positioning with a high-performance imaging system to improve survey efficiency and accuracy, reducing operational difficulty and cost.

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Textron Aviation and NetJets strengthen industry-leading relationship with option to expand fleet with Citation Longitude and Citation Hemisphere jets

ORLANDO, Fla. – Oct 15, 2018 – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, and NetJets® Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced fleet agreements for the option to purchase up to 175 super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude® aircraft and up to 150 Cessna Citation Hemisphere® aircraft. NetJets has operated a fleet of nearly 500 Cessna Citations since 1984, and this agreement could increase the fleet to more than 800 aircraft over the next 10 to 15 years. The option to purchase the Hemisphere distinguishes NetJets as the launch customer for Textron Aviation’s revolutionary, clean sheet large-cabin aircraft.

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