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Electra eSTOL aircraft aces first grass field test flights

Electra.aero  successfully completed off-runway test flights of its EL-2 Goldfinch hybrid eSTOL technology demonstrator aircraft from a grass field near Electra’s facility in Manassas, VA. The flights demonstrate the eSTOL aircraft’s effectiveness for operating from austere fields smaller than 300 ft that are minimally prepared. The aircraft flew a series of takeoffs and...

London Oxford Airport plays host to world leaders at the European Political Community meeting

London Oxford Airport was delighted to play a small part in the bringing together of 47 European leaders, including newly elected UK Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer and the King, for the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace on 18th July. Having in recent years also hosted the US President for a dinner back in 2018, Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, is one of...

Meet & Greet – a new service at Riga Airport

Riga Airport now offers a new service - Meet & Greet, which allows passengers, accompanied by airport staff, to quickly and conveniently get to their required airport location, use the Fast Track security check line, and receive assistance at border control and baggage handling. Vaiva Kirvela...

How to fly in style to the Caribbean

Engaging with new team members during the preparation for the Caribavia 2025 conference can bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the table. Collaborating with individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences can only lead to a successful event. Introducing various faces of women in business...

An evolution in the rapid, on-site detection of microbial contamination in jet fuel

Conidia Bioscience launched FUELSTAT One, a new test kit to join the FUELSTAT range designed to rapidly detect microbial contamination in jet fuel to prevent operational downtime and safety issues. FUELSTAT One can be used throughout the fuel supply chain, from storage terminal t...

TotalEnergies, Daher and Groupe ADP inaugurate a permanent offer of SAF on the Paris-Saclay-Versailles platform

With the launch of an alternative fuel offer containing sustainable aviation fuel at the Paris-Saclay-Versailles Airport, TotalEnergies, Daher and Groupe ADP are joining forces to contribute to the decarbonization of air transport, in particular for general aviation. Available since the beginning of...

airBaltic marks one year of enhanced SAF usage

Since May 2023 airBaltic has been offering passengers the voluntary option to participate in achieving climate neutrality goals by opting additionally for sustainable aviation fuel. During the first year of operation, nearly 16 000 passengers from various countries have purchased SAF as an...

Emirates SkyCargo orders 5 Boeing 777Fs, for immediate delivery in FY 25/26

Emirates SkyCargo announced a firm order for an additional five Boeing 777 freighters, with immediate delivery between 2025 and 2026. The US$ 1billion order will take the airline’s total order book to 315 wide-body aircraft. Emirates SkyCargo performance throughout Q1 of its current 2024-...

Eve Air Mobility to announce key eVTOL program milestones at Farnborough Air Show

Eve Air Mobility will be providing an update on several key program milestones at the 45th Farnborough Air Show next week. Coming off its recent announcement of $94M in new equity to support development of its eVTOL aircraft, Eve has continued to attract new equity. Along with existin...

London Oxford Airport plays host to world leaders at the European Political Community meeting

London Oxford Airport was delighted to play a small part in the bringing together of 47 European leaders, including newly elected UK Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer and the King, for the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace on 18th July. Having in recent years also hosted the US President for a dinner back in 2018, Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, is one of...

airBaltic marks one year of enhanced SAF usage

Since May 2023 airBaltic has been offering passengers the voluntary option to participate in achieving climate neutrality goals by opting additionally for sustainable aviation fuel. During the first year of operation, nearly 16 000 passengers from various countries have purchased SAF as an ancillary product, directly facilitating demand for sustainable fuel and highlighting the continuou...

Emirates SkyCargo orders 5 Boeing 777Fs, for immediate delivery in FY 25/26

Emirates SkyCargo announced a firm order for an additional five Boeing 777 freighters, with immediate delivery between 2025 and 2026. The US$ 1billion order will take the airline’s total order book to 315 wide-body aircraft. Emirates SkyCargo performance throughout Q1 of its current 2024-...

Paris now just a direct Qantas flight away

Qantas has taken off for Paris this evening launching new flights connecting Australia and France for the first time. The new direct flights between Perth and Paris marks the return of the Flying Kangaroo operating services to the City of Light for the first time in 20 years. The route will cut arou...

Are automated aircraft cleaners a universal solution?

Aircraft cleaning presents numerous challenges for airlines, from dealing with environmental factors to ensuring efficiency and sustainability. And whether the temperature outside is sub-zero or the airfield is exposed to a sandstorm, the aircraft needs to be cleaned. Automated systems, like those f...

Southwest Airlines signs MoU with Archer Aviation to develop operational concepts for air taxi network

Southwest Airlines and Archer Aviation signed a MOU to develop operational plans for electric air taxi networks utilizing Archer eVTOL aircraft at California airports where Southwest operates. Southwest is the Golden State’s largest air carrier, operating at 14 airport...

TotalEnergies, Daher and Groupe ADP inaugurate a permanent offer of SAF on the Paris-Saclay-Versailles platform

With the launch of an alternative fuel offer containing sustainable aviation fuel at the Paris-Saclay-Versailles Airport, TotalEnergies, Daher and Groupe ADP are joining forces to contribute to the decarbonization of air transport, in particular for general aviation. Available since the beginning of June for all users who wish to utilize it, SAF produced and distributed by TotalEnergies comes...

SITA wins Heathrow Airport’s confidence with contract extension for network infrastructure solutions

SITA has signed a five-year extension with Heathrow Airport to support Heathrow’s vast and growing network infrastructure. Through this agreement, SITA will provide a wide range of network, telecommunications, and connectivity services, while introducing innovative new solutions to businesses operating within Heathrow. Since 2011, SITA has built a strong relationship with Heathrow, rein...

SITA becomes leader in airport solutions following completion of regulatory formalities and legal procedures in the acquisition of Materna IPS

SITA has completed the regulatory formalities and legal procedures to acquire Materna IPS. This strategic move will reshape the aviation industry, resulting in the world’s most powerful passenger portfolio for airports and digital travel. The acquisition represents an unprecedented accele...

London Heathrow transforms airport operations with Genetec

Heathrow Airport' multi-year investment in Genetec solutions is enabling them to continuously innovate and transform operations. The joint effort provides Heathrow with a unified view across large-scale airport operations that is securing people and assets, bringing efficiency, and enhancin...

Use contactless services with BER Biometrics - additional service for passengers at BER Airport

Flughafengesellschaft Berlin Brandenburg is offering its passengers at BER an additional digital service since 1 July 2024: BER Biometrics means all travellers can now use various stations when departing from Terminal 1 via facial recognition and, therefore, contactless without showing their boardin...

Riga Airport to completely rebuild one of its aprons with EU support

With the co-financing of the European Union, Riga Airport will implement an ambitious aerodrome reconstruction project over the next few years, which will include the complete reconstruction of Apron 4 to provide a dual-use TEN-T infrastructure for civil and military purposes. The contract sign...

Heroes and historic military aircraft have their stories shared at Warbirds in Review during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024

Warbirds in Review, an unparalleled presentation series during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that brings together historic airplanes with pilots and aircraft owners, returns in 2024 with guests that encompass 80 years of aviation and military history. The 71st edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fly-in convention is July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The twice daily s...

Advanced Air Mobility pavilion to take center stage at Riyadh Future Aviation Forum 2024

The next generation of air travel will take center stage at the Future Aviation Forum 2024 in Riyadh on Monday 20 May, with an Advanced Air Mobility pavilion showcasing the latest technologies and panel sessions from global air mobility leaders. eVTOL aircraft set to take centre stage as part of a wider focus on Advance Air Mobility. FAF24 will not only be a forum for strategic insi...

Fly-In Theater brings old and new aviation films to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024

Aviation and silver screen enthusiasts are in for a treat during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024 as the Fly-In Theater returns with eight aviation films shown across the week-long event. This year’s schedule covers several eras of movies from the 1940s to the present day. For more than 15 yea...

Saudi Arabia to grow general aviation to $2 billion industry, roadmap to be revealed at FAF 2024

The General Authority of Civil Aviation is set to unveil a General Aviation roadmap at the 2024 Future Aviation Forum in May, to increase the GDP of the general aviation sector tenfold to $2 billion by 2030. The roadmap covers the business jet segment, including charter, private, and corpo...

2024 Future Aviation Forum to convene global aviation leaders in Riyadh

The Future Aviation Forum returns to Riyadh from 20-22 May 2024, bringing together 5,000 experts and aviation leaders from over 100 countries, including ministers, regulators, manufacturers, airlines, and airports. The Forum will find solutions to the sectors main challenges, inviting attendees...

AIX 2024 to host over 40 first-time exhibitors

AIX gathers airlines, OEMs, suppliers, and designers from across the globe to discover and shape the cabin concepts of the future. The 2024 show will welcome returning faces alongside 40 suppliers exhibiting at the show for the first time to present their innovations to attendees and airli...

Memorial Hermann Life Flight first in the world to use Airbus H160 for Emergency Medical Services

Memorial Hermann Life Flight placed orders for one H160 and four H145s to replace its current fleet of EC145 helicopters. The nationally recognised emergency medical services program will be the first in the world to operate the H160 for helicopter emergency medical services. Memorial Hermann Life Flight, a service provided by Memorial Hermann Health System, was founded in 1976 by trauma surgeon J...

Long-term plans and major expansion project at Trent Lott International Airport

This June, the Jackson County Airport Authority officials at Trent Lott International Airport were joined by community stakeholders and local, state, and federal officials to celebrate the release of “Roadmap: TLIA’s Next 20 Years,” the Airport’s long-term and updated Airport Layout Plan and Noise Analysis focused on long-term growth opportunities. The approved airport layo...

Gulfstream completes Savannah expansion - facility supports growing customer fleet and local workforce

Gulfstream Aerospace announced the official opening of its expanded Customer Support service center at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Savannah Service Center East has added more than 200 new jobs and significantly expands Gulfstream’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facility capa...

Hahnair announces partnership with Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg

Hahnair, a charter airline and premier distribution partner for airlines worldwide, proudly announces a partnership with renowned Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg. This collaboration will see Nico Hülkenberg prominently displaying the Hahnair logo on his helmet throughout the 2024 racing s...

Bombardier positions Challenger 3500 business jet mockup at the Costa Smeralda Airport in Olbia, Italy for customer viewing throughout the summer

Bombardier Challenger 3500 aircraft mockup is present at the private terminal of the Costa Smeralda Airport in Olbia, Italy. Throughout the summer, business aviation clients will have a firsthand opportunity to experience the award-winning cabin and see the revolutionary seating of the super mi...

Clay Lacy Aviation completes first five Starlink installations

Clay Lacy Aviation expanded its capabilities in its maintenance, repair and overhaul services completing its first five installations of Starlink. Expert maintenance technicians at Clay Lacy’s Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC) and Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) FAA Part 145 Repair Stations completed th...

Groupe ADP increases its support for the deployment of sustainable aviation fuels by investing in LanzaJet

After being the first airport operator in Europe to offer a permanent dual SAF offer at Paris-Le Bourget airport and then being the first airport industry player to invest in an investment fund dedicated to SAF development (United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight FundSM 3), the Groupe ADP is continuing its initiatives by investing in LanzaJet to enhance the production and deployment...

SwissDrones secures USD 10 million in additional funding

SwissDrones announced the closing of its Series B equity growth funding round, securing over USD 10 million from a consortium of investors including aviation investor DiamondStream Partners, Chevron Technology Ventures, Ingleside Investors, and a continued commitment from existing shareholders, marking another significant milestone in Company’s rapid development. The transaction closed on Ap...

Embraer plans to invest USD$390 million and create another 900 direct jobs this year in Brazil

Embraer announced its plan to invest approximately USD$390 million and hire 900 additional employees in the current year. The announcement was made during the visit of the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to the company's headquarters in São José dos Campos. T...

Skyports raises in excess of $110M in Series C round led by new investment from ACS

Skyports announced that ACS Group has made a substantial equity investment in Skyports, to become the largest investor in the company. ACS Group, which in 2023 generated revenue of $39 billion, has invested via its wholly owned infrastructure development/concessions business IRIDIUM,...

Green Aerolease expands its electric aircraft rental offer with new-generation thermal aircraft

Green Aerolease, Europe leading electric aircraft rental company, is extending its offer to include low-consumption thermal-powered flight training aircraft (-50% compared with historical aircraft). Residual CO2 emissions are offset by the use of electric aircraft (via the Aero4Good association...

AVOLON: lessor orderbooks to be in high demand

The value of new aircraft deliveries is expected to rise by over 15% to c.US$100 billion in 2024, according to a paper published today by Avolon, a leading global aviation finance company. The delivery of over 1,450 new large commercial aircraft will help drive airlines’ passenger revenues up...

116th anniversary of Oleg Antonov birthday

February 7, 2022 was the 116th anniversary of birthday of Oleg Antonov, a great aircraft designer, talented scientist, founder of ANTONOV COMPANY.  His life was devoted to aviation. He designed 22 types of airplanes and 52 types of gliders, including the legendary AN-2, AN-22 and AN-124, made a great contribution into development of dozens of other aircraft, founded original desi...

A world first - H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco flies electric

On Tuesday 14 September 2021, H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco became the first Head of State to fly in an electric plane when he joined eco-explorer and pilot, Raphaël Domjan, for a flight out of Nice-Côte d’Azur airport onboard a Pipistrel Velis. The Monegasque monarch enjoyed a 30-minute CO2 emission and noise free flight over the Principality. On Tuesday 14 September 2021, H.S....

EY announced Glenn Gonzales and Vishal Hiremath of Jet It as an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021

Ernst & Young LLP that Glenn Gonzales and Vishal Hiremath, co-founders of Jet It and JetClub were named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Southeast Award winners. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders...

Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President & CEO, will receive the 2021 AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced that Michimasa Fujino, lead HondaJet designer and President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will receive the 2021 Reed Aeronautics Award "for the invention of advanced aerodynamic and structural techniques.&quo...

Meet new Head of Flight Physics for Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace announces the appointment of Richard Alexander, formerly Chief Flight Dynamics Integrator on the Mitsubishi M100 Regional Jet and Head of Flight Sciences at Bombardier Aerospace, as Head of Flight Physics to help Vertical move towards their vision of electric fight for everyo...

Jason Huang Joins ICON Aircraft as President

ICON Aircraft, maker of the revolutionary ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft, has named Jason Huang as President. In that role, Huang will oversee all business functions, with a particular focus on maintaining manufacturing excellence, product development and innovation, and providing an ownership experie...

An evolution in the rapid, on-site detection of microbial contamination in jet fuel

Conidia Bioscience launched FUELSTAT One, a new test kit to join the FUELSTAT range designed to rapidly detect microbial contamination in jet fuel to prevent operational downtime and safety issues. FUELSTAT One can be used throughout the fuel supply chain, from storage terminal to wing tank, offering a comprehensive overview of the fuel's quality. FUELSTAT One ...

Eve Air Mobility to announce key eVTOL program milestones at Farnborough Air Show

Eve Air Mobility will be providing an update on several key program milestones at the 45th Farnborough Air Show next week. Coming off its recent announcement of $94M in new equity to support development of its eVTOL aircraft, Eve has continued to attract new equity. Along with existing cash and credit lines, Eve is well positioned as the company continue to build momentum and advanc...

HondaJet and Honda legacy experience highlight EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024

Honda Aircraft Company invites visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024 to see the HondaJet, marking the return of the popular aircraft from last year.  This year, deliveries of the plane saw the worldwide HondaJet fleet surpass over 230,000 flight hours across more than 250 units in servic...

Aviation Capital Group grows Boeing 737 MAX portfolio with order for 35 jets

Boeing and Aviation Capital Group announced the airplane lessor has finalized an order for 35 737 MAX jets, including 16 737-8 and 19 of the larger 737-10 variant. Following an incremental 737 MAX order last year, this new purchase increases ACG's 737 MAX commitment to 82 orders a...

Liebherr presents solutions for aviation at Farnborough International Airshow 2024

At Farnborough International Airshow 2024, Liebherr-Aerospace will present innovative solutions for local, decentralized hydraulic supply, modular electromechanical drives and a compressor for fuel cell technology for on-board energy supply will be for example on display.  Under the motto "...

MTU Aero Engines opens a new production hall in Munich - world’s most modern turbine disk manufacturing

It’s 34 meters tall, has a total usable area of 14,000 square meters, and contains 12,500 tons of concrete and structural steel: in early July, MTU Aero Engines officially inaugurated its new manufacturing hall in Munich. The production facility is the tallest building...

Sabena technics signs new contract for the maintenance services French Air Force's fleet of MRTT Phénix aircraft

Sabena technics group will operate as a subcontractor to Airbus Defense & Space, on the Istres air base, close to the French Air Force, for a period of 12 years, covering a broad spectrum of services. The proximity to operational staff on-site will guarantee the best availability of this strategic fleet for the Direction de la Maintenance Aéronautique and the French Air Force. Philip...

ST Engineering deepens LEAP engines support for Safran Aircraft Engines with offload module repair services

ST Engineering Commercial Aerospace business has deepened its support for Safran Aircraft Engines by entering into a two-year agreement, with an option for extension, to provide module repair offload support for the CFM LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines.Under the agreement, Safran Aircraft Engines will offload module repair work on the high pressure turbine rotor assembly and stage 2 HPT nozzle ass...

LOT Polish Airlines entrusts Lufthansa Technik's engine competence

LOT Polish Airlines and Lufthansa Technik are strengthening their cooperation with a new Engine Maintenance Services (EMS) contract for the CFM56-7B engines of the airline's Boeing 737NG fleet. In addition to the eleven planned overhauls, of which the first recently started and will be performed...

Sevenair Academy chosen as the partner for Luxair’s Sponsorship Program

Sevenair Academy announced its partnership with Luxair for a cadet Sponsorship Program. Under this program, Sevenair Academy will identify and recommend cadets to Luxair. Selected cadets who successfully pass Luxair’s assessment will receive a Conditional Letter of Employment, granting 10...

Delta State University chooses the ALSIM ALSR20 simulator

Delta State University has chosen the ALSR20 simulator to support flight training in its growing Aviation Department. ALSIM ALSR20 has the latest Cirrus SR G6 specific interior cockpit and flight deck including a real Garmin GDU 1050A and GFC 700 Autopilot. It is further equipped with a Garmin...

Nolinor revolutionizes its pilot training with virtual reality

As part of its continuous effort to improve its training tools, Nolinor Aviation announced integration of virtual reality into its pilot training program. This initiative places Nolinor among the first airlines in Canada to adopt such technology for training its flight personnel. In c...