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Airbus, Bombardier End Talks over CSeries Jet Investment

Airbus on Tuesday called off talks with Bombardier over propping up the troubled CSeries jet, leaving the Canadian plane maker facing dwindling options to keep its dream of competing in the aerospace big league alive. The latest blow to Bombardier, which has been trying to shore up its shrinking cash reserves for months, came after Reuters reported that Bombardier had made an offer to Airb...

Helitech International 2015 - Diversity and Internationality

Diversity and internationality are the key themes of Helitech International 2015, which opens today at ExCeL London. Exhibitors from 23 countries will be displaying platforms, systems, components, equipment, materials and services that span a broad spectrum of the civil and parapublic rotorcraft sectors. Companies from Australia, New Zealand, Qatar, the UAE and South Africa join exhibitors from He...

Museum of Aviation Gets Fully-Restored P-51

After finally getting a B-17 bomber in its arsenal of attractions, the Museum of Aviation now has the plane that protected it. The museum staff has reassembled a fully restored P-51 Mustang fighter and rolled it into the Century of Flight Hangar. It will remain there on display for the time being but eventually will be in the Scott World War II Hangar along with the B-17, which is being restore...

Aeroflot to begin SSJ100 Moscow-Saratov service

Russia’s Aeroflot will launch daily Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) Moscow-Saratov service from Dec. 1, which will encroach on regional Saratov Airlines’ dominance on the route. Previously, Saratov Airport could only handle Yakovlev Yak-40s, Yak-42s, Embraer E195s, DHC-8-400s and several other aircraft types in the same weight class due to its proximity to the city and the aerodro...

Malaysia Airlines 737 Pilots Brace for Latest Shakeup

As a result of its latest moves to shed excess capacity, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has hatched plans to offer 100 to 120 Boeing 737-800 pilots for secondment next year to interested airlines. If the plan does not materialize, the company would offer pilots either a two-year leave without pay or a 15-day work month at half salary. According to an official at the carrier's flight op...

Deliberate Descent Below DH Led To Learjet Fatal

The crash of a Learjet 35A on a second ILS approach in IMC to Runway 6 at Freeport International Airport, Bahamas, on Nov. 9, 2014, was caused by “the poor decision making of the crew in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC below the authorized altitude without visual contact with the runway environment,” according to a newly released final report fr...

MHS Aviation becomes first German G650 operator

MHS Aviation has taken delivery of Germany’s first Gulfstream G650. The aircraft, registered as D-AYSM (MSN 6146), arrived at Saarbrücken Airport on October 5. “We are proud to be the first operator in Germany to operate a new Gulfstream 650, an excellent aircraft with an outstanding performance and cutting edge technology.” Andreas Otto, CEO of MHS Aviatio...

Does All-Business Class Have a Future?

An all-business class airliner is still a relatively novel idea. It’s also a fairly specialized niche that several companies have tried and failed to occupy in recent years. US carriers MAXjet, EOS and their UK rival Silverjet all disappeared within a matter of months between 2007 and 2008, when fuel prices rocketed and the poorly-hedged airlines found themselves financially crippled....

Airbus Helicopter introduces H145 Mercedes-Benz Style

Airbus Helicopters has announced it is introducing new H145 Mercedes-Benz Style, with four orders being received so far. The H145 Mercedes-Benz Style offers higher performance, increased safety and improved exterior design for high-end private and corporate operation.   The versatile cabin will allow customers to alter their aircraft to suit their personal needs.    F...

Air France Violence A National Embarrassment - Ministers

Violent acts by workers at Air France's headquarters are a national embarrassment that reinforces the very image the country wants to shake off, French political leaders said. "This image hurts our country," said Prime Minister Manuel Valls, as pictures of senior Air France officials with their shirts ripped and torn off adorned newspaper front pages around the world. Valls was...

AirAsia Sounding Out Investors To Take Company Private

The founders of AirAsia are reported to be sounding out investors to take the company private in a management-led buyout, after its shares took a beating this year following a critical research report. AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes and his long-time business partner Kamarudin Meranun are working with banks to secure financing for the transaction, which could be launched over the next few months,...

FAA Takes More Cooperative Approach to Aviation Safety

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the agency’s new “compliance philosophy to enhance our ability to find safety problems before they result in an incident or accident, use the best tools to fix those problems and then monitor the situation to ensure that no new problems develop.” Outlining the new plan this morning at a Flight Safety Foundation event in Washin...