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UK BLVOS Project Selects ANRA Technologies SmartSkies UTM Platform

ANRA Technologies became part of a highly innovative project together with Trax International, uAvionix and Plane Finder to demonstrate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations in non-segregated airspace in the United Kingdom.  The consortium has been awarded UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding because the technical solution proposed by the pro...

GE9X Engine Achieves FAA Certification

GE9X engine has been certified by the U.S. FAA authorities, a key milestone in its journey to power the new twin-engine Boeing 777X family. The Federal Aviation Regulation Part 33 certification involved eight test engines. This certification achievement culminates GE Aviation’s renewal of its commercial jet engine portfolio, including the GEnx for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and...

New Sanad and Etihad Airways deal expands US$ 900MN+ partnership

Sanad and Etihad Airways have closed a new spare engine deal which further cements Abu Dhabi’s position as a self-sustaining international aviation sector hub. The announcement of the new deal came during the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi, where industry leaders convened...

ANAC and FAA certification of Synthetic Vision Guidance System for Praetor 500 and Praetor 600

Embraer announced that the Synthetic Vision Guidance System for the midsize Praetor 500 and super-midsize Praetor 600 business jets was awarded certification by both the civil aviation authority of Brazil, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), and the civil aviation auth...

An additional Airbus A330 MRTT order for NATO Support & Procurement Agency

Airbus has received a firm order for an Airbus A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport from OCCAR, Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes. The order, which OCCAR has placed on behalf of NATO’s Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA), follows the de...

The Aéroclub de Camargue chooses the Sonaca 200

As part of the renewal of its fleet, the Aéroclub de Camargue has selected the Sonaca 200. “As an Airplane instructor, my choice fell on the Sonaca 200 because I found it very demonstrative, very flexible and precise in the functionality of the control surfaces, very pleasant to the...

Heydar Aliyev International Airport to temporarily operate in limited mode

In connection with the invocation of martial law on the territory of Azerbaijan, the Heydar Aliyev International Airport temporarily switches to a limited mode of operation. Thus, all flights of “Azerbaijan Airlines” (AZAL) on Baku-Nakhchivan-Baku route (scheduled to be performed unti...

Prestigious Interior Design Award goes to Falcon 6X

Falcon 6X recently won the prestigious International Yacht & Aviation Award for interior design, underscoring the unique level of comfort and spaciousness offered by the ultra-widebody twin. The 6X will set a new industry benchmark for cabin comfort, long-range performance and flying efficiency,...

KLM prepares for winter schedule

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM’s winter schedule will be a lot more restricted than it was in the same period last year. The timetable for the European network in November is currently around 55% of capacity in 2019. KLM was gradually and responsibly expanding its European and interconti...

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China Eastern Airlines and Thales/ACSS extend their avionics partnership

China Eastern Airlines, one of China's three major air transportation groups, has chosen Thales/ACSS to equip its B737 fleet with the NXT-800 DO-260B compliant transponders to meet the CAAC's (Civil Aviation Administration of China) ADS-B Out mandate. This is the first inter-mix configuration retrofit with the Boeing Service Bulletin for DO-260B mandate in&nbs...

Contactless, mobile way to report and track delayed baggage - SITA & Lufthansa Group

Lufthansa Group has launched a completely contactless way for passengers to report delayed baggage from their mobile device, avoiding long queues at busy baggage service counters or offices. SITA’s initial trials of WorldTracer® Self Service showed that the service has already proved to be popular with travelers, with two-thirds opting to use this service instead of visiti...

Flying with confidence course goes digital - British Airways

British Airways is bringing its renowned Flying with Confidence course to the comfort of customers’ homes for the first time ever this October. More than 50,000 people have taken part in the Flying with Confidence course since it began more than 35 years ago. The course, which has typically...

Latvian aviation industry recovery – point of view with Minister of Transport Mr. Linkaits

There is a life in aviation post covid19, there are countries with aviation industry recovery story more than interesting, as an example in order to see how it is possible to manage to crisis, the present situation as well as impact the future development. Welcome to Latvia! We had an honor to meet...

New Argus price as Europe moves towards sustainable aviation fuel

 Legislation in Europe is pushing airlines to use more environmentally-friendly fuels, creating a need for transparent pricing in this emerging market. Global energy and commodity price reporting agency Argus has launched prices for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe. ...

The 23rd Airbus A220-300 of airBaltic received

On September 20, 2020 airBaltic welcomed  in Riga its 23rd Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAW. The 23rd aircraft is one of the 50 Airbus A220-300 airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds 30 options for the same aircraft ty...

ANAC and FAA certification of Synthetic Vision Guidance System for Praetor 500 and Praetor 600

Embraer announced that the Synthetic Vision Guidance System for the midsize Praetor 500 and super-midsize Praetor 600 business jets was awarded certification by both the civil aviation authority of Brazil, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), and the civil aviation authority of the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Embraer is the first OEM to r...

Prestigious Interior Design Award goes to Falcon 6X

Falcon 6X recently won the prestigious International Yacht & Aviation Award for interior design, underscoring the unique level of comfort and spaciousness offered by the ultra-widebody twin. The 6X will set a new industry benchmark for cabin comfort, long-range performance and flying efficiency, with the largest cabin cross section of any purpose-built business jet. “This prestigious...

Airbus H175 to bolster Omni oil and gas operations in Brazil

Omni Taxi Aereo, Brazil’s leading oil and gas transport company and part of OMNI Helicopters International group (OHI), becomes the first operator to introduce the H175 in Brazil. The aircraft has arrived in Brazil, where it will perform cargo load and passenger transport missions for the coun...

To accelerate business aviation green recovery, two working groups are launched

Furthering its commitment to help business aircraft operators and companies take substantial action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the EBAA has launched two working groups tasked with defining guidelines for the sector’s bold initiative S.T.A.R.S. – Standards & Trainin...

Business Aviation & How the Pandemic Has Changed Everything

The last few months have brought so many changes. From the way we travel to how we interact with one another, it’s easy to feel like we’re navigating uncharted territories. Booking a business jet to Los Angelesor New York used to require just a few hours’ notice. It...

DC Aviation adapts successful Covid-19 testing strategy

Earlier this year DC Aviation introduced a pioneering programme of rapid Covid-19 pre-flight virus testing for all crew and flight support personnel. The measure was introduced to ensure that passengers have the knowledge that they can travel safely with DC Aviation. However, with travel restriction...

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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, ...

Riga Airport maintains its strategic goal of becoming a Northern European Aviation Hub

Despite the crisis in the aviation sector caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Riga Airport maintains its strategic future goal to become a Northern European air traffic hub, the Chairperson of the Airport Board Laila Odiņa emphasized at Riga Aviation Forum on Thursday. "This crisis has given us some extra time to prepare for new challenges. By investing in the development of...

To meet new COVID-19 requirements Mumbai Airport introduces mobile-enabled kiosks

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has introduced nearly 50 of SITA’s mobile-enabled kiosks, becoming one of the first airports in India to deliver a completely contactless way for passengers to check-in for their flight. The technology allows passengers to use their mobile device to interact with kiosks. This significantly reduces the need to touch surfaces i...

Spilve Airport - history, present and future

There are some unique airport buildings around the world. This is one of them. Old Riga International airport - Spilves Lidosta. Spilves lidosta is a former civilian and military airport in Latvia located 5 km north of Riga's city centre. Since 1920s to 1980s it was the first International...

LOT restored capital connection with Vilnius-London route restart

LOT Polish Airlines has resumed its popular route between Vilnius (VNO) and London City Airport (LCY). The international airline returns to London's most central airport with twice-daily flights to and from the Lithuanian capital, starting on Monday 31st August 2020. The route resumes...

airBaltic resumes flights to nine more destinations from Riga

airBaltic announces that as of today it resumes flights between Riga and nine additional destinations. In total, airBaltic now connects Riga with 35 destinations across Europe. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We welcome the decision of the Latvian government to e...

Rare pearl of aviation history - Riga Air museum

Meet a unique, one of largest in Europe museum right at Riga International Airport. Riga Airmuseum is a treasure, a rare pearl where you can see by yourself the largest collection of Soviet aircraft outside of CIS. The exposition of this museum has been created for over 40 years. It e...

GE9X Engine Achieves FAA Certification

GE9X engine has been certified by the U.S. FAA authorities, a key milestone in its journey to power the new twin-engine Boeing 777X family. The Federal Aviation Regulation Part 33 certification involved eight test engines. This certification achievement culminates GE Aviation’s renewal of its commercial jet engine portfolio, including the GEnx for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and...

An additional Airbus A330 MRTT order for NATO Support & Procurement Agency

Airbus has received a firm order for an Airbus A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport from OCCAR, Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes. The order, which OCCAR has placed on behalf of NATO’s Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA), follows the decision from Luxembourg to maximize its participation into the Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) program...

Politecnico di Milano wins the first edition of the Leonardo Drone Contest

The Politecnico di Milano won the first edition of the “Leonardo Drone Contest. An Open Innovation Challenge", a competition launched by Leonardo in collaboration with six Italian universities to promote the development of Artificial Intelligence for unmanned systems. Th...

Rolls-Royce completes ground-testing of technology set to power the world fastest all-electric plane

Rolls-Royce has completed testing of the ground-breaking technology that will power the world’s fastest all-electric plane. All the technology has been tested on a full-scale replica of the plane’s core, called an ‘ionBird’, including a 500hp electric powertrain powerful enou...

First Airbus C295 search and rescue aircraft for the RCAF arrives in Canada

The first Airbus C295 aircraft purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) project, has arrived at 19 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Comox, British Columbia. The aircraft, designated CC-29...

Rostec starts assembling parts for the first Russian offshore helicopter Mi-171A3

Russian Helicopters started production of the first pre-production prototype of Mi-171A3 offshore helicopter. Flight tests of the state-of-the-art rotorcraft are to start on the summer of 2021. The first Mi-171A3 offshore helicopter is being built by several plants forming part of Russian Helicopter...

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 been postponed due to concerns related to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. Ali Alnaqbi, Founding and...

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 respected aviation industry figures from Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines and Aerofoam&nb...

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...

2nd Connected Aircraft China Congress 2020 was successfully held

2nd Connected Aircraft China Congress 2020 attracted nearly 200 delegates from governments, organizations, institutes, universities, industrial enterprises and media. And, the Congress 2020 hosted 19 domestic and foreign speakers who delivered keynote speeches.  The congress was successfully...

Kallman Worldwide to Lead U.S. Aerospace Industry Presence at Saudi International Airshow in February 2021

Kallman Worldwide has signed a partnership with Saudi International Airshow 2021 to strengthen the show’s American industry presence through their USA Partnership Pavilion. The inaugural event held in Riyadh in 2019 received great acclaim, hosting some 450 international exhibitors, 1...

The future of regional and global business aviation trends in 2020: return of MEBAA Show

The MEBAA Show, the Middle East’s leading business aviation platform, is set to return to Dubai, taking place on 08-10 December 2020 at DWC, Airshow Site. The event will showcase the latest technologies, insights and business opportunities shaping the future of business aviation in the Middle...

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Embraer adjusts its structure in response to the impacts of COVID-19 and the cancellation of the partnership with Boeing

Embraer announced a 4,5% adjustment to its global workforce, which corresponds to approximately 900 employees in Brazil. The measure stems from the impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and the cancellation of the company’s partnership with Boeing. The objective is to ensure Embraer's sustainability and engineering capacity. The pandemic particularly affec...

Gogo sells commercial aviation business to Intelsat for $400 million in cash

Gogo Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Commercial Aviation business to Intelsat S.A. for $400 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The Gogo Board of Directors has approved the transaction. Intelsat expects to finance the transaction utilizing cash on hand and borrowings under its $1 billion debtor-in-possession cr...

Covid-19 for airBaltic -185 million consolidated loss in the first half of 2020

As a result of the Coronavirus crisis, revenue and the number of passengers carried by the Latvian airline airBaltic has significantly decreased, and according to airBaltic's unaudited consolidated financial results for the first six months of 2020, the group suffer...

TAG Aviation Holding announced the sale of its remaining investments

TAG Aviation Holding announced the sale of TAG Aviation SA and the company’s 51% share of TAG Aviation Asia to its joint venture partner in Asia, Young Brothers Aviation Ltd. and another private investor.  The sale of the two charter/management businesses follows the recent divestiture of...

AviaAM Leasing racquired Boeing 747-400F nose-loader liveried and operational on behalf of Magma Aviation

AviaAM Leasing announced the purchase of a Boeing 747-400F nose-loader aircraft which has already started commercial operations on behalf of Magma Aviation. The aircraft – which is a part of the Magma Aviation fleet – has been recently painted in the Magma Aviation livery with...

First airBaltic bond coupon is paid

In accordance with the bond calendar outlined in the final prospectus of the bond issue, the Latvian airline airBaltic on July 23, 2020 has made the first bond coupon payment to its investors in the amount of EUR 13.5 million. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBalt...

The Aéroclub de Camargue chooses the Sonaca 200

As part of the renewal of its fleet, the Aéroclub de Camargue has selected the Sonaca 200. “As an Airplane instructor, my choice fell on the Sonaca 200 because I found it very demonstrative, very flexible and precise in the functionality of the control surfaces, very pleasant to the controls but also because it has a very beautiful line. This choice was confirmed during the visit o...

Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen and CASC agree on component support

China Aviation Supplies Co. Ltd. (CASC) and Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen recently signed a long-term Total Component Maintenance contract in Beijing. The contract extends a comprehensive component maintenance and material support concept by more than 40 Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Qingdao Airlines. During the signing ceremony, both parties reviewed previous project collaborations on Boeing 777...

Road to success - BAA Training Vietnam turns one

Success usually comes to those who put big efforts, take initiatives and make bold decisions. These ingredients are also the secret of success behind BAA Training Vietnam, the first and only independent aviation training provider in the country which celebrates its extraordinary first anniversary.&n...

New digital platform for pilots - Airside by CAE

CAE announced the official launch of Airside, a new digital platform and online community for pilots. Airside provides career and training tools to support pilots during the COVID-19 pandemic, and throughout their professional career. CAE’s digital team, based at the company’s innovation...

Eighth group of airBaltic Pilot Academy students begin studies

The eighth group of students began their study process at the Latvian airline’s airBaltic Pilot Academy today, on September 21, 2020. The eighth group of 11 students will receive a commercial pilot licence upon completion of the full-time program in less than two years from now....

New projects are keeping AMAC Aerospace busy as usual

Good news, AMAC Aerospace is busy as usual, despite corona crisis. Latest announcement -  a new signed contract for a ‘PPI’ on a Gulfstream G450. Furthermore, AMAC has been selected to carry out maintenance checks and refurbishment works on several Bombardier and Boeing aircraf...