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Leonardo expands its presence in the Philippines with new commercial helicopter deliveries

One AW119Kx and one GrandNew helicopter have recently been delivered to corporate customers in the Philippines In the next few months the first AW169 in the Philippines and another AW139 for VIP/Corporate transport will be delivered Local authorized service centre and Leonardo’s regional support centre and training academy provide comprehensive services for the growing helicopter flee...

Prince William’s air ambulance nearly hit by drone narrowly averting disaster

Prince William’s air ambulance came within seconds of catastrophic mid air-collision with a drone. The helicopter, which the Prince flies regularly but was not on board at the time, came within half a second of hitting the remote controlled-device as it flew over a McDonald’s near Enfleld An official report stated that a collision had only been ‘narrowly avoided’ with...

International Airline Association Calls for Immediate Solutions to Electronics Ban

 APEX ( Airline Passenger Experience Association ), a four-decade old international airline trade association, called for immediate government-approved security solutions for the airline electronics ban announced this week by the United States and United Kingdom. IATA calculation...

Hawker Pacific Malaysia Appointed Falcon Authorized Service Center

 Dassault Aviation has approved Hawker Pacific’s Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facility as an Authorized Service Center (ASC) for Falcon 8X, Falcon 7X, Falcon 2000 EX Easy- and Falcon 900 EX EASy- series aircraft. Located at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, the 36,000 square-foot...

Third plane bought under sanctions deal arrives in Iran

An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the third of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran last year. The long-haul A330-200 landed at Tehran's Mehrabad airport, the official news agency IRNA reported,...

China's C919 passenger jet moves closer to maiden flight

China's C919 passenger jet, the symbol of its lofty aviation ambitions, has passed a major technical assessment, and has moved closer to its first flight, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. A committee of 63 aviation specialists from across China had agreed the C9...

Fly To London From New York In 3 Hours: Flights Will Speed Up With World's Fastest Passenger Jet

A Colorado startup was one step closer toward its ambitious goal of building supersonic passenger jets capable of crossing the Atlantic in slightly more than three hours after securing $33 million in funding.  Boom Supersonic said in a Thursday blog post it has enough capital to build,...

Dutch scientist proposes circular runways for airport efficiency

While airport terminal architecture has a solid history of style and innovation, rarely is a proposal put forth to utterly redesign the runway. But that’s precisely the aim of Henk Hesselink, a Dutch scientist working with the Netherlands Aerospace Centre. Dubbed the “endles...

The European Union and South Asia strengthen ties in civil aviation

The European Union (EU) and South Asian states celebrated the launch of a new project today to enhance their ties in civil aviation. This four-year project, managed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will enhance aviation safety, promote institutional and industrial links, and mitigate t...

Leonardo expands its presence in the Philippines with new commercial helicopter deliveries

One AW119Kx and one GrandNew helicopter have recently been delivered to corporate customers in the Philippines In the next few months the first AW169 in the Philippines and another AW139 for VIP/Corporate transport will be delivered Local authorized service centre and Leonardo’s regional support centre and training academy provide comprehensive services for the growing helicopter flee...

China's C919 passenger jet moves closer to maiden flight

China's C919 passenger jet, the symbol of its lofty aviation ambitions, has passed a major technical assessment, and has moved closer to its first flight, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. A committee of 63 aviation specialists from across China had agreed the C919 is technically ready for its maiden flight, Xinhua reported, citing the aircraft's Shanghai-b...

Fly To London From New York In 3 Hours: Flights Will Speed Up With World's Fastest Passenger Jet

A Colorado startup was one step closer toward its ambitious goal of building supersonic passenger jets capable of crossing the Atlantic in slightly more than three hours after securing $33 million in funding.  Boom Supersonic said in a Thursday blog post it has enough capital to build,...

A350-1000 performed ‘High and Warm’ flight test campaign in Latin America

With the objective of conducting a ‘High and Warm’ flight test campaign to check aircraft and engine performance in high-altitude, warm and humid conditions, the A350-1000 MSN071 test aircraft flew first to Bolivia before completing its tour in Colombia and then returning to Toulouse, Fr...

Gulfstream G500 on schedule for certification

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s G500 flight-test program continues to make significant progress toward the aircraft's anticipated 2017 certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The five G500 test aircraft, including a fully outfitted production aircraft, have surpassed 2,600 f...

Garmin announces EASA certification for all-in-one ADS-B transponders

Garmin is pleased to announce it has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval of the GTX 345 and GTX 335 all-in-one ADS-B transponders in fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and helicopters. The GTX 345/335 include Extended Squitter (ES) ADS-B Out with options for built-in WAAS, as...

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TAG Aviation Receives Renewal of IS-BAO Stage 3

TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd. has demonstrated its commitment to safety by successfully renewing International Standard Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 3 certification, the highest level of achievement to be awarded by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).  The UK-based operating Centre also renewed its accreditation to the Wyvern Wingman safety program last summer.  ...

Pilatus PC-12 NG is world's best-selling turboprop business aircraft in 2016

Delivery of 91 PC-12 NG single engine turboprops in 2016 make it officially the top-selling turbine-powered business aircraft in the world. With 91 aircraft delivered to customers around the world in 2016, the PC-12 NG outpaced sales of all other individual models of turbine-powered business aircraft. In mid-2017, Pilatus will deliver the 1,500th PC-12. At this year’s “Annual I...

First HondaJet in France

As we found out, first HondaJet's business jet in France delivered to a client last week. The owner of the new aircraft is a private customer, whose name is not disclosed by the manufacturer. E.A.T.I.S. Flight Academy, based at Strasbourg Airport and specializing in training pilot...

Luxaviation UK welcomes Athens-based Challenger 604 to fleet

Luxaviation UK, the UK’s largest private jet charter operator, is welcoming a Bombardier Challenger 604 to its fleet, available for charter from April 2017. The Challenger 604 (G-MOCL) will be based at Athens International Airport with a full-time crew, allowing for last-minute charter requ...

EAD Aerospace adds A330 to SUMS family of Satcom STCs

Having received one of the first EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a Honeywell JetWave™ installation last year for an A320 (applicable to A320, A321) aircraft, EAD Aerospace (EASA DOA PART21 FRA21 J&G), an Eclipse company, has now received an EASA STC for an A330 aircraft. Th...

Jet Aviation receives Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department approval for G650 aircraft

Jet Aviation recently received approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) to support Gulfstream G650 aircraft with line and base maintenance. Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in Hong Kong is an approved Gulfstream Factory Authorized Warranty Service Center for...

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Brandon Mitchener Appointed EBAA CEO

Brandon Mitchener has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), effective 3 April 2017. A French and US citizen, Mitchener’s career as a journalist and public affairs professional spans more than 25 years in Europe, including the last 20 in Brussels.   Before joining EBAA, Mitchener headed corporate communications for Monsanto Co. i...

BBGA honours Biggin Hill Airport's Andrew Walters with industry award for outstanding services

The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) has honoured Andrew Walters, owner and chairman of London Biggin Hill Airport as the 2017 recipient of its prestigious annual Michael Wheatley Award  for Outstanding Services to the general aviation industry.  The award was presented at the Association’s 43rd annual conference and AGM at Luton Hoo by Sir Gerald Howarth MP...

Jet Aviation appoints new managing director for its MRO and FBO facility in Vienna

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce the appointment of Hakan Tin as managing director of its Vienna operation, effective March 1, 2017. Tin has served as Sales Director in Vienna since September 2015.  In his new role with the company, Tin is responsible for overseeing the company&rsquo...

Airbus Names Mikail Houari President for Africa and Middle East

Airbus has appointed Mikail Houari, 50, as President for Africa and the Middle East region. Mikail, who previously served as Deputy President for Africa and the Middle East, brings to the position more than 25 years of experience within the industry at a global level. In his new role, he will lea...

Embraer appoints a new CEO for Executive Jets business unit

Embraer announced the appointment of Michael Amalfitano as the President and CEO of its Executive Jets business unit. Amalfitano will succeed Marco Tulio Pellegrini, who will assume another leadership position to be announced soon. The change will become effective as of march 1st 2017...

Piper appoints veteran industry executive Drew McEwen to vice president, international and direct sales

Piper Aircraft Inc. has appointed General Aviation industry veteran, Drew McEwen, to Vice President International and Direct Sales, where he will lead Piper Aircraft’s global, and factory direct sales efforts focused on growing its trainer business and the international distribution network fo...

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Third plane bought under sanctions deal arrives in Iran

An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the third of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran last year. The long-haul A330-200 landed at Tehran's Mehrabad airport, the official news agency IRNA reported, as flag-carrier IranAir tries to renew its decaying fleet. The aircraft joins another A330 and a...

The European Union and South Asia strengthen ties in civil aviation

The European Union (EU) and South Asian states celebrated the launch of a new project today to enhance their ties in civil aviation. This four-year project, managed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will enhance aviation safety, promote institutional and industrial links, and mitigate the environmental impact of aviation. The project will be implemented with Afghanistan, Bangladesh...

Lufthansa Systems acquires new customer Onur Air

Lufthansa Systems announced that Istanbul-based Turkish private airline Onur Air has opted for its Lido/Flight 4D solution. This new generation of the proven flight planning solution from Lufthansa Systems offers the airline a modern graphical user interface and extensive automation functions for fl...

British Airways owner enters low-cost long-haul fray with new airline Level

The launch by British Airways’ owner of a low-cost long-haul airline could be a key staging post in the development of the growing trend for cheaper and longer flights. 'Level' has been unveiled by International Airlines Group as a low-cost, long-haul carrier operating out of Barcel...

AZALJET launches flights from Azerbaijani regions to Moscow

AZALJET, low-cost brand of Azerbaijan Airlines, starts regular flights from Moscow Vnukovo Airport to Azerbaijani regions - Ganja and Gabala from March 15. On the occasion of the first Moscow-Ganja flight a solemn event was held with the participation of AZAL vice-president Eldar Hajiyev and Dire...

airBaltic CS300 Logs 1000 Hours

The Latvian airline airBaltic has completed more than 500 flights and flown over 1000 block hours with the brand new Bombardier CS300 aircraft – the greenest commercial aircraft in the world. Martin Sedlacky, Chief Operations Officer of airBaltic: “This is the best entry in servic...

Finnair Issues EUR 200 Million Bond

Finnair Plc issues a senior unsecured bond of EUR 200 million (the “Bond”). The Bond matures on 29 March 2022, it bears a fixed annual interest at the rate of 2.250 percent and has an issue price of 99.925 percent. The bond is callable before its final maturity. “Finnair’s prudent execution of its accelerated growth strategy and continued improvement in financi...

EU clears GE acquisition of Danish rotor blade maker LM Wind Power

The European Commission said on Monday it had cleared General Electric Co's (GE.N) $1.65 billion acquisition of Danish rotor blade maker LM Wind Power as the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe. General Electric produces onshore and offshore wind turbines, but only has a relatively small market share, the Commission said in a statement. LM Wind...

Alitalia’s board approves profitability strategy including €1bn in cost cuts by 2019

Alitalia’s board has approved a turnaround plan that will include cost cuts of €1 billion (Dh3.94bn) and an increase in the number of transatlantic flights as the airline seeks to achieve profitability by the end of 2019. The 2017-21 business strategy also envisages a 30 per cent rise...

MTU Aero Engines AG posts new record revenues and earnings for 2016

• 2017: End of investment phase with further increase in revenues, earnings and free cash flow • Outlook for 2017: Revenues of approx. €5.1 to €5.2 billion, stable operating margin, net income rising at a higher rate than operating profit – Provisional figures, subject...

Airbus delivers Full-Year 2016 results in line with guidance

Airbus reported 2016 financial results with its guidance achieved for all key performance indicators and provided an outlook for 2017. “We have delivered on the commitments that we gave a year ago and achieved our guidance and objectives, with one exception, the A400M, where we had to...

LMI Aerospace Enters into Merger Agreement to be Acquired by Sonaca Group

LMI Aerospace Inc.has entered into a merger agreement to be acquired by Sonaca Group, a global aerostructures company headquartered in Gosselies, Belgium. Under the agreement, LMI shareholders will receive $14 per share in an all-cash transaction. Sonaca’s offer represents a 52...

HAITEC Opens New Line Maintenance Station in FRA

As of March 2017, HAITEC now offers Line Maintenance support at Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt/Main. The planning and opening of new Line Maintenance stations is a key element of HAITEC’s growth strategy. Headquartered at Hahn Airport and one of Europe’s largest aircraft maintenance organizations with 22.000 sqm hangar space and currently more than 400 emp...

FlightSafety Now Offers the Only Factory-Authorized Gulfstream G650 Training

FlightSafety International announces the start of the only factory-authorized Gulfstream G650™ training program located close to operators in Europe, the Middle East, and surrounding regions. The training is provided using the fifth Gulfstream G650 simulator built by FlightSafety. It is installed at the company’s Learning Center located at the Farnborough airport in the United Kingd...

AAR Signs Landing Gear Contract with IndiGo, a Low-Cost Airline in India

AAR, a global leader in aviation aftermarket services, has signed an agreement with India’s largest airline, Interglobe Aviation Limited (“IndiGo”), to provide support for landing gear overhaul services. The contract includes up to 49 full ship sets of A320 landing gear, as well as...

Bombardier Business Aircraft Service Centres Earn FAA Diamond Awards

Bombardier bolstered its overall service and support by hiring close to 200 technicians and project managers within the last four months In 2016, Bombardier’s network supported over 9,000 maintenance events, a 20 per cent increase from the prior year Bombardier Business Aircraft&rsqu...

Malaysia Airlines signs with Airbus for A350 XWB flight training

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has signed an agreement with the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) in Singapore to provide A350 XWB training to the carrier’s flight crew. The contract will cover complete courses for flight crew transition to the new A350 XWB, as well as regular recurrent tr...

New "SafeDrone" platform minimizes risks for pilots and drones

“SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik” is a new initiative for minimizing uncertainties and risks in unmanned aviation. The open and completely transparent platform allows collaboration between all interested market players and provides them with direct access to recognized ...

airBaltic Adds New Summer Routes

This weekend the Latvian airline airBaltic, will switch to the summer flight schedule and start offering popular destinations, thus linking the Baltic region with attractive summer vacation spots. Wolfgang Reuss, SVP of Network Management of airBaltic: “We are delighted to enter this season with such a long list of new routes for your getaway this summer.” For the summe...

Emirates announces A380 service to the French Riviera, adds Monaco transfers by helicopter

Emirates announced the launch of a daily A380 service to Nice, gateway to the French Riviera and Provence. The daily A380 service will start on 1st July 2017, just in time for the beginning of the summer holiday season. After Paris, Nice becomes Emirates’ second destination in France to welcome the iconic double decker, further stimulating demand for travel to the region. Nice is currentl...

Thomas Cook launches new destinations for Summer 2018

Thomas Cook will tomorrow, 23 March, launch Summer 2018 with an exciting range of new destinations to choose from. These include the Olympus Riviera in Greece, which is exclusive to Thomas Cook in the UK, as well as Golden Sands in Bulgaria, Spain’s Costa Brava and Madeira. As well as new d...

Ryanair beats Berlin airport strike by flying in its own staff

Striking Berlin airport workers may cease giving notice of walkouts after Ryanair began using its own ground staff to help to maintain services from the German capital. The tactic of bringing in foreign "strikebreakers" poses a security threat because the Ryanair employees are being gra...

Skopje Airport eyes strong 2017 growth

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport is heading for another year of record growth with six new routes confirmed so far for the upcoming summer season and a number of carriers adding frequencies. Low cost airline Wizz Air will again fuel the growth at Macedonia's largest airport with a fourth aircr...

Germany’s Hahn airport to be sold to Chinese conglomerate

The local government owner of German airport Hahn has decided to sell the loss-making airport in western Germany to acquisitive Chinese conglomerate HNA, it said. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate had to restart the sale process last year after the previous winning bidder failed to make a...

Patrouille de France 2017 North American Tour

The Patrouille de France performs precision formation aerobatics using Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets. Their aircraft will sport special paint schemes during the 2017 season to commemorate their tour, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in France. Thanks to Yam Wanders we can share with you exclusive photos from Salon de Province!...

German military to use 13 A400M aircraft after failing to find buyers

The German military plans to use 13 Airbus A400M military transport planes for its own needs after failing to find buyers for the aircraft, it told lawmakers on Friday. The move will mean extra costs in coming years. Germany initially planned to buy 60 A400M aircraft, but later lowered the number to 53. Parliament then approved a plan in 2011 under which 13 of those aircr...

Airbus Helicopters wraps up a successful Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas

Airbus Helicopters showcased its best-selling light singles and light twins during Heli-Expo 2017 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The H125, H130, H135, and the H145, on display at the show, represented 351 bookings for Airbus Helicopters in 2016, and accounted for a v...

Germany to buy Triton drone to replace canceled Euro Hawk-sources

Germany's defense ministry has decided to buy high-altitude MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance planes built by U.S. weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp for deliveries after 2025, ministry sources said on Tuesday. The new drones will replace the Euro Hawk program, which Berlin canceled in May...

iflyA380.com at ITB Berlin 2017

Airbus presents the world’s first online booking assistant of its kind and other travel trends at ITB from 8 to 12 March 2017 A one-of-a-kind booking tool for the world’s most iconic aircraft: Airbus created the online booking assistant iflyA380.com to take travel planning to the next...

Russian Knights aerobatic team will be first to fly on the new Su-30SM at LIMA 2017

The Russian Knights aerobatic team will perform at the LIMA 2017 air show slated for March 21 to 25 in Malaysia, Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Victor Bondarev has told journalists, airrecognition.com reported. "Now, the Russian Knights are training [for the show] ...