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Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo approaching maiden flight

Construction of Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo is progressing quickly but cautiously with technicians fitting the main oxidiser tank into the suborbital spaceplane in preparation for its maiden flight, which is expected “soon”. This second vehicle carries the hopes of Ric...

Air France Pilot Union Says Ready to Resume Talks with Management

Air France's main pilot union SNPL is ready to resume talks with the carrier's management over a planned restructuring, a union spokesman said on Thursday. The airline's unions are up in arms over plans to cut 2,900 jobs at the struggling airline, a move that triggered a fracas on Mon...


Boeing Wins 182 Commercial Plane Orders in Third Quarter, Delivers 580

Boeing Co booked 182 commercial aircraft orders in the third quarter and delivered a record 580 planes, putting it on track to easily hit its delivery target for the year and keep its title as the world's biggest plane maker. However, Boeing's order tally, released Thursday, remained far below arch-rival Airbus Group. Boeing has booked 507 orders this year, compared with 875 for Ai...

The World's First Airport for Drones Will Be Built in Rwanda

Rwanda is on track to build what's being billed as the world's first airport for drones next year. This week, Rwanda's Civil Aviation Authority said it is drafting regulations on unmanned aerial vehicles to be submitted to the government's cabinet. Officials hope regulations will be in place by 2016, when a pilot project for cargo drones is set to break ground. Transpo...

Brégier: Airbus confident of A320neo delivery in 2015

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier is confident the European manufacturer will meet a year-end deadline to bring its A320neo into commercial service. The statement followed last week’s “minor damage” to one of the test aircraft’s engines. MSN6101, the first A320neo prototype equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G, was affected. The A320neo test plane wa...

Agreement on Capitol Hill: Drones are on collision path with airliners

With airline pilots reporting close encounters with unmanned drones more than three times a day, it’s just a matter of time before there is a mid-air collision that could carry deadly consequences. That was the virtual consensus on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as lawmakers, pilots, experts and the Federal Aviation Administration gathered to discuss how to keep millions of privately owned dro...

Taranis to enter third testing phase

The UK’s BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator will carry out a third phase of flight tests towards the end of the year, the Ministry of Defence has revealed. The test programme had gone quiet after two phases of testing in Woomera in Australia, but it will now continue for one more phase to develop technology that could be incorporated into a future combat a...

UK claims to be ahead of international UAV regulators

The UK’s Department for Transport has claimed the country is pioneering ahead of European and international airspace regulators to rapidly look at integrating unmanned air vehicles into national airspace. EASA and ICAO are both looking at higher level integration of UAVs, with EASA in particular looking at introducing a new proportionate ruling for UAVs in 2016, but the UK is striving to...

Norwegian and UNICEF to fly aid to Syrian refugees

Low-cost airline Norwegian and UNICEF will send an aircraft loaded with emergency aid and school supplies to help Syrian children living in refugee camps. In November, Norwegian’s UNICEF aircraft will take off for Amman in Jordan, a couple of hours’ drive from one of the largest refugee camps on the Syrian border. The initiative between Norwegian and UNICEF is aimed at helping so...

EU Air Navigation Service Providers to modernise air traffic management system

The leaders of Europe’s leading Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) have renewed their commitment to work together to help modernise Europe’s air traffic management system – and expanded their agreement to draw in other European ANSP groupings. The Memorandum of Cooperation signed in 2011 by members of the original A6 Alliance – which united the ANSPs of France, Ger...

‘Orange’ aviation code assigned to Kamchatka’s Shiveluch volcano spewing ash

The Shiveluch volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula has spewed ash to an altitude of 5.5 kilometers above sea level, the press service of the emergencies ministry’s regional department reported on Thursday "According to video data of the Kamchatka Volcanic Response Team (KVERT), ash fall has been registered on Shiveluch," it said, noting that there were no settlements on...

Transaero was going to suspend flights in Russia on October 15th

Transaero was going to suspend transportation of passengers, who already have tickets, to foreign countries on October 5th and suspend flights within the territory of Russia on October 15th, Interfax reported with reference to Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Savelyev. According to him, passengers would have been transported only from foreign countries back to Russia. The passengers, who have tickets f...

Baggage scanners plan further weekend strike at Stansted Airport

GMB members who operate the security scanners for checked in luggage at Stansted Airport will take further strike action this weekend. Around 30 employees are expected to take industrial action on Saturday, October 10, and on Sunday October 11 in a dispute over pay. The strike begins at 3.45am on Saturday and continues until 1.45pm on Sunday.

Air France may cut 5,000 more jobs in new restructuring

Air France will cut a further 5,000 jobs if a second phase of its cost-cutting plan goes ahead, on top of an already announced plan to cut 2,900 jobs.  Air France, having failed to secure pilots' agreement for a plan to increase working hours for the same pay, had to come up with a more draconian one earlier this week, unveiling 2,900 job cuts and prompting violent protests among staff...

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VoltAero launches European fractional ownership for its Cassio electric-parallel hybrid aircraft at the EBACE show

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Air France-KLM and CMA CGM join forces and sign a major long-term strategic partnership in global air cargo

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The Registry of Aruba launches sustainability communication 4Ward celebrating imperfect action towards meaningful change

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Wizz Air intents to form a new airline in Malta

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Republic of Korea selects Bell 505 as its new military helicopter trainer

Republic of Korea selected Bell 505 as the new Republic of Korea military helicopter trainer. The new Bell 505 helicopters will be used by both the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and Republic of K...

16 students graduate airBaltic Pilot Academy

On May 16, 2022, 16 students graduated from the Latvian airline’s airBaltic Pilot Academy, receiving a commercial pilot license upon completion of the full-time airline transport...

Discover uniquely versatile Pilatus PC-24 cabin

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VoloIQ Aerospace Cloud Project - Volocopter collaborates with Microsoft

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Amid year of record sales Embraer delivers 1500th Ipanema aircraft

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Next generation - ATR EVO family to be even more economical and sustainable

ATR announced its plans for the next generation of its best-selling family of regional aircraft by 2030, the ATR ‘EVO’. The plan foresees advanced design features and a new power...

SWISS & SBB intensify their strategic partnership: Munich-Zurich Airport to be the first international ‘SWISS Air Rail’ route

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Desert Jet renews WYVERN Wingman certification

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St.Louis expansion supports growing demand for new Gulfstream aircraft & refurbishments

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VistaJet announces its VIP partnership with Frieze Art Fairs

Ahead of the upcoming 2022 edition of Frieze New York, VistaJet announces its new global partnership with Frieze Art Fairs. With over 80% of VistaJet’s Members sharing a passion for ar...

Smart Lander - ATR and Safran develop a groundbreaking service to analyse hard landings

ATR and Safran Landing Systems have developed ‘Smart Lander’, an innovative landing gear diagnostics service that uses state-of-the-art knowledge in data analysis to optimise the...

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DA62 MPP North America demonstration tour - Diamond Aircraft & Air Bear

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Embraer opens 1,000 job vacancies in Brazil

Embraer announced the opening of a thousand job vacancies in Brazil with a focus on production rate recovering, Services and Support area growth, product development and new businesses. Appl...

Daher & LIST will develop a welding technology for the assembly of aircraft substructures produced with thermoplastic composites

Daher has established a large partnership with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) to mature and optimize a welding technology that enables the assembly of primary aircraft subst...

Accidental human errors in aircraft exterior cleaning – one mistake can cause serious damage to aircraft

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Etihad Airways wins at the Business Traveller Awards 2022

Etihad Airways has been recognised as the airline with the ‘Best Cabin Crew’ as well as being awarded the ‘Best First Class’ at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2...

airBaltic starts recruitment of 120 pilots

In line with the gradual recovery of the aviation market, airBaltic announces that it has started recruitment of a total of 120 additional pilots, including graduates of the airBaltic P...