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The Chinese Air Force is about to get a swarm of fighter jets for training pilots

Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation is gearing up for mass production of the JL-10, for both Chinese and foreign customers. One of the largest aerospace contracts in the world right now is T-X program, an effort to replace all of the United States' T-38 trainer jets—a.k.a. the aircraft used to train fighter pilots. When counting the potential buys on the foreign export market, some 1...

First Diamond Aircraft DA62 for Israel

FNA Aviation Ltd, leading general aviation services company in Israel, has accepted its first DA62 for the Israeli market. The fully equipped twin-engine 7-seater plane with a unique design will be available for air charter services. The company already operates two single-engine 4-seater DA40 and one twin-engine 4-seater DA42 for training and air taxi services. “We are happy to welcome t...

ORACLE TEAM USA and Airbus: warming up for the final race

ORACLE TEAM USA have unveiled their new yacht developed in collaboration with Airbus that will race the America’s Cup in June 2017. The American AC Class catamaran embeds many innovations as the result of a two year partnership between the two engineering design leaders where Airbus is Official Innovation Partner of ORACLE TEAM USA. “The new AC Class yacht really displays what a lea...

India, Russia Have Finalised Agreement To Produce Ka-226T Helicopters

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Russian defence firms have finalised the Joint Venture agreement to produce light weight multi-role 'Kamov 226T' helicopters in India. The document is awaiting formal registration with relevant bodies in the respective countries which is likely to take another "month or two", a top Russian defence executive was quoted as saying b...

Executive travel: Smoothly conveyed to Florida on new Emirates service to Fort Lauderdale

Rosemary Behan  My journey on Emirates’ new 16-hour, 25-minute flight to Fort Lauderdale begins in Abu Dhabi at 11.30pm, when I’m picked up by the airline’s chauffeur service. The trip to Dubai International Airport is smooth, but unfortunately by the time I checked in online all the window seats were taken and I was allocated an aisle seat on the back row of a 42-sea...

Bell Helicopter eyes Gulf deals

The US helicopter manufacturer Bell Helicopter expects to clinch a deal with the UAE military this year as it expands its military business outside the home ground. The Texas-based company that has as its major client the US government, has supplied Bell 412 and Bell 212 models to Abu Dhabi Aviation, which uses 44 of its helicopters. "We have a lot of interest in the [Arabian] Gulf and...

Bombardier says business jet sales set to rebound

Bombardier expects business-jet sales could rebound as soon as the second half, getting a boost from US demand as the economy gains traction. "We are confident that we are at the bottom or close to the bottom. Moving forward, it should be better," said the chief Executive Alain Bellemare. "I don’t know if it’s going to be the second half of 2017 or 2018." Slug...

Boeing Debuts 787-10 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut at Boeing South Carolina. Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. “What’s happening here at Boeing South Carolina is a true American success story,” said...

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 percent premium over LMI’s closing share price on Feb. 16, 2017, of $9.19 per share, a 63 perc...

Boeing, Juneyao Airlines Finalize Order for Five 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing and Juneyao Airlines announced the finalization of an order for five 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at about $1.32 billion at current list prices. This new order, which also includes options for five more 787-9s, represents the Shanghai-based private airline's first Boeing order and first widebody airplane order. "Our strategic vision is to develop in...

Gulfstream G650 and G650ER certified for China registration

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER have received type certificate validation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The validation confirms the type certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration and is one of the last steps required for an aircraft to be registered in a particular country. The additional milestone marks the 26th ...

Textron Aviation bolsters sales network in India

Textron Aviation announced at Aero India 2017 it has appointed Jubilant Enpro Private Ltd., based in Noida, India, as its newest channel partner, serving as an authorized sales representative in the region for Cessna Citation business jets and Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan turboprop aircraft. “We consistently strive to expand our global capabilities and availability to our custom...

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. “We are thrilled that Michael has decided to join Embraer to lead our Executive Jets busi...

Air India becomes latest A320neo operator

Air India has become the latest A320neo operator after taking delivery of the first of 14 aircraft leased from Kuwait headquartered ALAFCO Aviation Lease And Finance Company, becoming the first CFM powered NEO operator in India. The delivery is also the first NEO for ALAFCO from an order for 85 A320neo Family. The A320neo will join Air India’s existing fleet of 66 A320 Family aircraft....

Cabot Aviation renamed Air Partner

Cabot Aviation, a division of Air Partner plc and a leading aircraft remarketing agent, will be renamed Air Partner with immediate effect. Air Partner acquired Cabot Aviation in May 2015 and the re-branding is a natural progression in the integration process, reflecting the success to date. Post acquisition, Cabot has been able to offer its clients the benefits of Air Partner’s PLC status...

A pioneer of modern helicopter technology: the BO105 celebrates its 50th birthday

This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a two-tonne-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the BO105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made of titanium and glass-fibre-reinforced rotor blades. “The BO105 has made a nam...

TAG Aviation Receives ETOPS Approval for the Airbus ACJ A319

TAG Aviation has received approval for extended-range twin engine operations (ETOPS) from the UK CAA for the Airbus ACJ A319. The distinctive Airbus (G-OACJ) is a luxuriously appointed long-range business liner that offers passengers top of the range comfort with all the flexibility of a private jet experience. The ETOPS safety certification was granted to TAG Aviation by the UK CAA under Eu...

Pratt & Whitney Expanding Business in Columbus, Georgia, to Meet Increased Demand

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp.,announced that it will invest approximately $386 million in its Columbus, Georgia, facility to increase the production of parts and maintenance services and to reduce costs for new and existing engine programs. The investments will go toward the purchase of automated machinery and equipment upgrades and construction of two new build...

Lockheed Sikorsky Skytruck passenger plane targets India’s start-up airlines

Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of Lockheed Martin, is in talks with start-up airlines in India to sell its small, twin-turboprop M28 planes as the prime minister Narendra Modi seeks to boost air travel in remote parts of the country with subsidies. The company, better known for its helicopters, has offered to build the passenger planes in India if it gets enough scale, said Sikorsky’s regional...

SkyTeam Liveried Boeing B737-800 Joins Aeroflot Fleet

Aeroflot took delivery of its brand new B737-800 aircraft made by Boeing. The aircraft features the livery of SkyTeam, second largest global airline alliance. Aeroflot is a full-fledged member of SkyTeam since 2006. The 20-member alliance operates on an extensive network embracing 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. Aeroflot’s Boeing 737-800 has two-class composition with 20...

GE Aviation’s Five-Year Investment in U.S. Operations Exceeds $4 Billion

Buoyed by record production on a new-generation of jet engines, engine components and aircraft systems, GE Aviation investments reached $4.3 billion in its expanding U.S. operations during 2011-2016 with another $1.1 billion invested in its international sites. The U.S. investments include $214 million to establish five new plants in Ellisville, Mississippi; Auburn, Alabama; Asheville, North Ca...