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New HondaJet Elite flight training center in Farnborough

Honda Aircraft Company has established the second HondaJet flight training center with FlightSafety International in Farnborough, Hampshire, in the United Kingdom. Due to increased demand for the HondaJet in Europe, Honda Aircraft Company started construction on a second FlightSafety International HondaJet Elite simulator in October 2019. The HondaJet flight training session in this new...

Leading the recovery in air travel in South Korea - Korean Air A220 fleet and Pratt & Whitney GTF engine

At Korean Air, the Airbus A220 aircraft and its Pratt & Whitney GTF engines are leading the recovery in air travel in South Korea, thanks to greater capacity and lower operating costs. “Korean Air has been operating ten A220s and these aircraft are used on our domestic and short-haul routes. Thanks to its more fuel-efficient engines, Korean Air’s GTF-powere...

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai to establish additional facility in Jinwan district

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airline Company limited, announces plans to establish a second facility in the neighboring Jinwan district. The facility is to be called MTU Maintenance Zhuhai Co., Ltd. Jinwan Branch, will have an initial annual cap...

New record set with HondaJet Elite

Who did it? Here is the answer - Jet It owner and Red Jet Squadron pilot Jon Halpern, from New York City, along with co-pilot and Jet It CEO, former US Air Force F-15C fighter pilot, Glenn Gonzales. What exactly was done? The distance of 1,662 NM done in 3 hours 59 minu...

De Havilland Canada delivers Dash 8-400 to Biman Bangladesh Airlines

De Havilland Canada delivered the first of three new Dash 8-400 aircraft ordered by Biman Bangladesh Airlines and the aircraft is enroute to Bangladesh. The aircraft were ordered under a purchase agreement that was signed between Biman and the Canadian Commercial Corporation in 2018 a...

Meet Plane Of The Year by Plane and Pilot - Pipistrel Velis Electro

Plane & Pilot argued the 2020 Plane of the Year Award to Pipistrel with the achievements of development, certification and production of Velis Electro, the world’s first certificated electric airplane. Editor in Chief Isabel Goyer said: “Over the years Pipistrel has demonstrated t...

CDB Aviation brings next generation A330 P2F Freighter to market

CDB Aviation entered a new partnership with Germany-based EFW GmbH to conduct the Passenger-to-Freighter conversion of two Airbus A330-300 aircraft in 2021, which will be available for lease to airline customers from early 2022. The A330-300 P2F conversion program marks CDB Aviat...

Aircraft painting company MAAS Aviation will soon start operating at Kaunas Airport

The aircraft painting company MAAS Aviation, registered in Ireland, will soon start operating at Kaunas Airport. The new 7,000-square-meter hangars will be capable of painting two aircrafts at a time, and the company's future plans include the construction of an additional facility. "The...

Russian Helicopters delivers first Ansat to a European client

The first Ansat helicopter was delivered by Russian Helicopters to a European client .The operator of the rotorcraft, which is equipped for medical operations, is the Ministry of Interior of the Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina). This is the first of three helicopters under th...

An innovative way to enjoy an Aviators Ball for 2020 - Aerobility

Building on the success of previous Aerobility virtual events, such as the Armchair Airshow, Aerobility will use technology to link individual aviation-themed dinner parties across the UK to create this year’s Aviators Ball on the 28th November; an event that even COVID-19 can’t spoil. The evening will feature the traditional Aerobility Grand Auction www.aerobility.com/auctio...

Challenges of coronavirus force postponement of EUROPEAN ROTORS 2020

Due to latest developments in regard to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, European Helicopter Association (EHA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are taking a serious but necessary step: The first edition of EUROPEAN ROTORS will not be held as planned from November 10 to 12, 2020, but will be postponed to November 16 to 18, 2021. The organisers are already developing a concept...

Corona impact - aviation conferences will change

“Under the current circumstances, aviation conferences will change. We have seen that a large number of major conferences and conventions had to be cancelled. Disappointment is one thing, at what expense, is another,” says Cdr.Bud Slabbaert, Chairman and Coordinator of the Caribbean Avia...

MEBAA Show postponed to February 2021

The Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association announced that the region’s leading business aviation platform, the MEBAA Show, will now take place from 22 February until 24 February 2021 at DWC, Airshow Site. The event was due to take place from 08-10 December 2020 but has be...

Aircraft Interiors Middle East Launches Its First Virtual Session Hosted By PAX International

With airlines adding more flights as global travel slowly returns, the sanitization of aircraft cabins is playing a pivotal role in restricting the transmission of COVID19 to maintain safe travel and rebuild passenger confidence. Our first Virtual Session will host a number of respe...

Fire fighting training at European Rotors

Forest fires are no longer privative issue of southern Europe. Climate change and the increasing awareness of the general public about the economic and social value of nature have brought forest fires to headlines in all the continent. In 2019, forest fires caused the burning of an area of 174.924 h...

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Norwegian initiates a reorganization plan with its daughter companies

Following the government of Norway’s decision to withhold further support from the airline, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA has decided to initiate an examinership process in Ireland relating to its subsidiary Norwegian Air International Limited (NAI), its wholly-owned asset company Arctic Aviation Assets DAC (AAA) and some of AAA’s subsidiaries; Norwegian...

American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld launch transatlantic COVID-19 testing trial

American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld have launched an optional COVID-19 medical-based testing trial on selected flights from the United States to London Heathrow, in a combined effort to scientifically demonstrate how COVID-19 testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival. The free tests will initially be offered to el...

Lufthansa Group to be first to implement Star Alliance Biometrics and usher in a touchless customer experience at airports

Star Alliance has completed development of an interoperable biometric identity and identification platform that will significantly improve the travel experience for frequent flyer programme customers of Star Alliance member airlines. The Star Alliance Biometrics platform advances the visio...

100 years of serving Australia - Happy birthday QANTAS!

Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services - QANTAS today marks 100 years since it was founded in the Australian outback. On 16 November 1920, two veterans of the Australian Flying Corps, Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, together with local grazier Fergus McMaster, founded what...

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo ready to transport COVID-19 vaccines

Temperature controlled aircraft transport possible up to -80°C As of March this year, Air France KLM's cargo division is committed to maintaining its global air freight network as part of vital freight flows. During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare institutions and individuals could and...

Quarantine-Free Air Travel Bubble to be launched in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Singapore Tourism Board have announced a collaboration to welcome the launch of the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble, ahead of the departure of the first flights on November 22, 2020.  The Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble – a bi...

Munich Airport remains the only 5-star Airport in Europe

In May 2015, Munich Airport was awarded 5-Star status for the first time following an extensive review by the London-based Skytrax Institute. Germany's second-largest airport was also the first European airport to be awarded this highest seal of quality. In a first re-certification, Munich Airport successfully maintained its 5-Star status in March 2017. Now the auditors from London have again...

Special Lufthansa flight to BER opening

With the arrival of special flight LH2020 Lufthansa partakes in the opening of the new Berlin Capital Airport BER on 31.10. Lufthansa’s Airbus A320neo "Neubrandenburg" is scheduled to take off from Munich (MUC) at 12:50 p.m. and land at BER on schedule at 2 p.m. In addition to the Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Carsten Spohr, around 40 invited guests will...

New chapter at BER: easyJet takes off with inaugural flight

As the largest airline based in Berlin-Brandenburg, easyJet today opens a new chapter with the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport "Willy Brandt". The first easyJet aircraft, special flight EJU 3110, was the first to land on time at 2pm at the new airport. The fuel-efficient Airbus 32...

Aviator on course to become Finnair largest handling provider for Helsinki operations

Having successfully partnered with Finnair in previous seasons to provide services at Helsinki airport, Aviator Airport Alliance, a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics, is now on course to become Finnair’s largest handling provider at Helsinki Airpor...

The Specialized Cargo Apron Starts Operating at Riga Airport

The new specialized cargo handling apron started operating at Riga Airport 16 October, welcoming “Atlas Air” Boeing 747-47U (F) aircraft. The new apron covers an area of 95 000 square metres in the northern part of the Airport and is directly connected to the ter...

The Number of Passengers Handled at Riga Airport Drops by Almost 70%

Operational data on the Airport performance in the first nine months of this year show that only 1.8 million passengers were handled at Riga Airport, which accounts for only about a third of last year's passenger volume. As compared to the first nine months of last year, the number of passe...

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Norwegian third quarter results heavily impacted by COVID-19

Norwegian reported its third-quarter 2020 results. As anticipated, these were heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with a net loss of NOK 980 million. Norwegian carried approximately one million customers, a decrease of 91 percent compared to the same period last year showing a slight improvement on the previous Q2 decrease of 99 percent. Norwegian continued to successfully convert debt and i...

flypop Announces Investment from the UK Government Future Fund

flypop announces a significant investment from the UK Government’s Future Fund. flypop, the UK’s only international long-haul low-cost airline, plans to launch in 2021 with scheduled flights to India. It will cater not only to the UK’s Indian/South Asian diaspora (and their visiting friends and relatives) but will also serve those keen to explore the Indian sub-continent and regi...

Norwegian is very disappointed about lack of government support

The government of Norway announced that Norwegian will not receive further financial support, which Norwegian had clearly communicated was necessary to maintain operations throughout the Covid-19 crisis. The company is now facing a very uncertain future, but we will do everything in our power to get...

Engage in the Development of RIX Cargo City - Riga Airport calls on investors

Continuing the development of the air cargo segment, Riga Airport has announced an international tender to attract an investor for the construction of a new multi-functional cargo handling and logistics complex in the Airport territory. To create the complex, the Airport offers investors an opp...

Lufthansa Group reports Adjusted EBIT of minus EUR 1.3 billion in the third quarter

−   Liquidity of EUR 10.1 billion available, of which EUR 6.3 billion are unutilized stabilization measures  −   Ongoing strong performance at Lufthansa Cargo further supports Group  liquidity −   Hub strategy enables ca...

Global Jet Capital completes securitization, raising $522M

Global Jet Capital announced the closing of its BJETS 2020-1 securitization, raising approximately $522 million. BJETS 2020-1 is Global Jet Capital’s fourth ABS offering, bringing total assets securitized to over $2.8 billion and bonds issued to over $2.3 billion.  The BJET...

New record set with HondaJet Elite

Who did it? Here is the answer - Jet It owner and Red Jet Squadron pilot Jon Halpern, from New York City, along with co-pilot and Jet It CEO, former US Air Force F-15C fighter pilot, Glenn Gonzales. What exactly was done? The distance of 1,662 NM done in 3 hours 59 minutes, from Denver, CO to Bar Harbor, ME;  Jet It currently operates a rap...

Multiple Cobham communications systems chosen for Airbus H160

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity announced that Airbus Helicopters has selected four Cobham systems on the H160 Medium-Utility Helicopter:  ⮚     Digital Audio Communications System (DACS) for audio management and intercom functions. DACS is forward-fit on more civilian helicopters than any other digital audio system in the world. ⮚    ...

Triple delivery for Thrive Aviation by Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation and Thrive Aviation delivered three preowned Cessna Citation Sovereign+ business jets. With a newly opened corporate headquarters at Henderson Executive Airport, Thrive Aviation’s footprint in Las Vegas includes an expanded, private 21,000 square foot hangar at...

Beechcraft King Air 360 officially entered service with the first delivery

First delivery of Beechcraft King Air 360 marks its official entry into service! The event was commemorated in a special delivery to its launch customer – Stamoules Produce Company, Inc. The California-based business selected the flagship King Air 360 as its first-ever aircraft purchase d...

Bizav success story - Jung Sky Q3 most successful quarter yet & expansion plans

During July, August and September 2020, Zagreb-based business aviation operator Jung Sky achieved the most successful quarter in company history, overthrowing the previous record-holding quarter by 11.5% in revenue and 21% in passenger flights. Jung Sky will enter its 12th year in the busi...

One Million Jet Card - GlobeAir for extreme travel flexibility and comfort

Do you want to feel like One in a Million? In case of positive answer - this information is exactly for you. GlobeAir is introducing an exclusive private jet card dedicated to one smart traveller or company. The One Million Jet Card is an exclusive private jet card which is tailor-made for...

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai to establish additional facility in Jinwan district

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airline Company limited, announces plans to establish a second facility in the neighboring Jinwan district. The facility is to be called MTU Maintenance Zhuhai Co., Ltd. Jinwan Branch, will have an initial annual capacity of 250 shop visits and expects to enter operations in 2024. The purchase of a 150,000 square m...

Aero Locarno signed for five additional Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro aircraft

Back In March 2020,  Swiss Aero Locarno has signed for 5 Sonaca 200 Trainer Pros. The Approved-Training-Organisation has just decided to double the initial order bringing the revised order to a total of 10 aircraft. The CEO of Aero Locarno,Stefano Buratti commented:  “Even though we are going through a difficult time in aviation, we are seeing a steady d...

New top-notch engine stand tracking - EngineStands24

EngineStands24, Magnetic MRO, has announced they have recently upgraded the engine stands tracking system, adding new tracking devices to the current stand pool.  As the company promise the total care of engine stands, the new tracking devices add the convenience to the customers as it does...

Forced to be more efficient than ever before - MRO providers

There is no denying that COVID-19 shook the aviation from the ground up. Many businesses dependant on aviation had to downsize or change their plans immensely to stay in the industry. MRO businesses are not different and are already seeing a chain of changes affecting both customers and providers....

Hillsboro Aero Academy and RotorSky Launch First-of-its-Kind FAA/EASA Joint Training for Helicopter Pilots

Hillsboro Aero Academy announced that it had received approval to conduct professional helicopter pilot training in accordance with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations. The approval comes through a partnership with Austria-based helicopter flight school RotorSky. HAA&#...

TAG Maintenance Services appointed as Authorised Service Centre for PC-24

Pilatus has appointed TAG Maintenance Services to support the Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet for comprehensive base and line maintenance in Geneva, Switzerland. TAG Maintenance Services also offers services for the PC-12 single-engine turboprop. With the addition of the PC-24, TAG Maintenanc...

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Mr. Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia on restart of national aviation industry

If we say Latvia, what will be you first association? If you are aviation professional or related to aviation industry, we bet the first thing you will say - airBaltic, Riga. 50skyshades was closely monitoring how Latvian national airline lived the corona crisis, as well as latest updates from Riga International Airport. We had an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Tālis Linkaits, Minister of T...

Meet Vertical Aerospace new Chief Engineer - Tim Williams

  Vertical Aerospace has appointed Tim Williams to the role of Chief Engineer to help drive Vertical towards its vision of electric flight for everyone. Tim, formerly a Chief Engineer at Rolls-Royce, will be responsible for leading the development of the new eVTOL aircraft being developed by Vertical – this will be the third prototype built by Vertical as the...

Martin Gauss on situation in aviation industry, airBaltic present and future

I am born Latvian. Despite possible critics, for me it is a special feeling, a proud, to see green tail of airBaltic aicraft arround the Europe. The actual situation in aviation industry is more than complicated for giants, it is quite evident that it is even more difficult for smaller companies. &n...

Thales appoints a new Executive Vice President, Land & Air Systems

Christophe Salomon is appointed Executive Vice President, Thales, Land and Air Systems. He will be part of the Thales Executive Committee. He succeeds Alex Cresswell, who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Thales in the UK. Christophe, a graduate engineer of the Ecole...

La Compagnie presents: two female pilots stories and advice

Would you agree that pilot still predominantly a male job? Imagine, cccording to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the proportion of female pilots worldwide in 2018 was only 3%.The feminization of the profession is now on the increase! Let us present two female pilots of La Compagnie. A...

New Aerobatics course from Patty Wagstaff & Sportys

 Sporty's has partnered with airshow legend Patty Wagstaff to introduce an all-new course that focuses on the art and sport of high-performance flying. Perfect for any pilot who has ever wondered what it's like to fly a loop or considered taking an upset recovery course, ...

De Havilland Canada delivers Dash 8-400 to Biman Bangladesh Airlines

De Havilland Canada delivered the first of three new Dash 8-400 aircraft ordered by Biman Bangladesh Airlines and the aircraft is enroute to Bangladesh. The aircraft were ordered under a purchase agreement that was signed between Biman and the Canadian Commercial Corporation in 2018 and will join two Dash 8-400 aircraft that were introduced to Biman’s fleet in 2015 and 2018....

Meet Plane Of The Year by Plane and Pilot - Pipistrel Velis Electro

Plane & Pilot argued the 2020 Plane of the Year Award to Pipistrel with the achievements of development, certification and production of Velis Electro, the world’s first certificated electric airplane. Editor in Chief Isabel Goyer said: “Over the years Pipistrel has demonstrated the ability to produce high-quality, highly efficient light aircraft that push the state of the art i...

Russian Helicopters delivers first Ansat to a European client

The first Ansat helicopter was delivered by Russian Helicopters to a European client .The operator of the rotorcraft, which is equipped for medical operations, is the Ministry of Interior of the Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina). This is the first of three helicopters under th...

PNG LNG adds H145 for Papua New Guinea operations

ExxonMobil has signed a contract for two Airbus H145 helicopters to support the PNG LNG Project* in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The new H145 model with a five-blade, bearingless main rotor provides a 150kg increase in useful load. The aircraft will be based at the Hides Gas Conditioning...

Japan Bell Boeing V-22 conducted Flights at Kisarazu Air Field

As the Bell Boeing V-22 garners attention from global military forces for its unparalleled capabilities, operators continue to showcase the tiltrotor’s benefits. Bell Boeing customer Japan Ground Self Defense Force’s (JGSDF) Transportation Aviation Group (TAG) officially began fligh...

Diamond Aircraft named Exclusive Canadian Dealer - Aviation Unlimited

Diamond Aircraft announced a revitalized partnership with its long time sales representative in Canada, Aviation Unlimited. Since 1983 Aviation Unlimited has had a rich history as one of Canada's longest continuously operating general aviation companies. The company has been directly affili...