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Metro Aviation sells first EC145 e-lite

Metro Aviation has committed to buy six EC145e e-lite helicopters. The EC145 e-lite is the utility variant developed to provide greater useful load by reducing or simplifying some of the onboard systems. Metro have now sold the first of these to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta, and will...

Airwork NZ orders 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine

New Zealand company Airwork recently ordered its 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine from Honeywell. Airwork NZ offers a Eurocopter BK117 engine upgrade program swapping out LTS101-750 engines for the higher power -850 variant, an STC which is widely seen in the Pacific Rim. New Zealand CAA approval was g...


NTSB: Pilot Responded Incorrectly to Engine Failure in Wichita FSI Crash

The pilot and sole occupant of a King Air 200 that crashed into a FlightSafety International (FSI) simulator building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) on Oct. 30, 2014 responded incorrectly to a decrease in power from the twin turboprop’s left engine on takeoff, according to the NTSB’s probable cause report. The aircraft was headed to Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport (MEZ)...

Market Index: BizJet Indicators Fall To Post-Crisis Lows

Key business jet market indicators, measured by a monthly UBS Business Jet Market Index survey, point to a weakening global market and have fallen back to levels tracked in 2008-2009, the latest index said. The UBS Business Jet Market Index, released March 10, tracks changes in market conditions through surveys of domestic and international brokers/dealers, manufacturers, fractional providers,...

First Ultra Long Range Falcon 8X Set for Delivery to Indian Operator by end of 2016

Dassault Aviation will present its fleet of Falcon large cabin, long range business jets at India Aviation, India’s biggest civilian aviation Exhibition. The fifth edition of this prestigious event, which opens on March 16 at Hyderabad Begumpet Airport, will feature Dassault’s popular 4,000 nm/7,410 km range Falcon 2000LXS widebody twinjet.  Dassault is the Indian market leader...

Satellite pioneer SkyFi’s Vision: Worldwide internet access

More reliable than underwater cables, easily expandable, and capable of almost limitless communication – that’s the promise of a new nano satellite-based network being developed by Israeli satellite startup SkyFi. “Not only will we be able to develop a worldwide Internet, we will be able to enable any type of communication between two points – telephone, digital, and eve...

First helicopter event in mountain - Couchevel

Last weekend Courchevel hostet first helicopter event in mountain - Special ski patrol. Rare helicopters - Alouette 2, Bell 206, Agusta 109, Lama, MD 500,BA as 350, B2 as 350, B3 as 350, Ec 120, Gazelle,Robinson 44, Robinson 66, Kompress, Sikorsky. Demonstrations - mountain rescue and transportation; manufacturer exhibition, first flights, helicopter night and photo contest.   M...

Abu Dhabi Airports signs agreement with Aéroports de Paris

Abu Dhabi Airports has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aéroports de Paris (ADP) linking Al Bateen Executive Airport with Le Bourget Airport. The MoU was signed by Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, chief financial officer of Abu Dhabi Airports and Isabelle Dreysse, deputy managing director of Paris-Le Bourget, during Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2016. The agreement will pave...

Inside Ryanair's corporate jet: Caviar, champagne and lots of legroom

Ryanair launched its first customised jet this week, with 60 business class seats and fine dining catering facilities on offer to clients. Business looks brisk, too. Since its launch, the airline has been flooded with booking enquiries, according to its Head of Communications, Robin Kiely. "We were inundated with requests not just from corporate bookers and finance companies, but also h...

Embraer sees growth potential in Indian business jets sector

There is a lot of potential for the growth of business jets sector in India but the country has to overcome bottlenecks like lack of parking space at the airports, a top executive of Embraer Executive Jets said. “India is a big country with infrastructure challenges and we see a lot of potential. However, there are bottlenecks and restrictions to operate business jets like lack of parking...

Rockwell Collins sees tough year for business jet market

Rockwell Collins Inc is forecasting a double digit decline in its corporate jet business this fiscal as uncertainty in China, Russia and Brazil weighs on buyer confidence. The business jet market has struggled to rebound since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and concerns over a slowdown in China and depressed Russian and Brazilian economies is further dampening confidence. “We’r...

Vanity Fair

Last week UAE capital Abu Dhabi hosted traditional air show of the same name. Between us, it is difficult to attribute this show to any significant international events. The absence of any contract, two dozen planes and helicopters, much more limousines and visitors, ready to buy, all at once for exorbitant prices – these are first impressions of three days spent days in Al Bateen Executive...

Satcom Direct Communications Completes Acquisition of Airbus U.S. Government Business Unit

Global aeronautical communications provider Satcom Direct Communications, Inc. (SDC), has closed its purchase of Airbus DS SatCom Government, Inc. (ASGI), expanding its market presence and offerings to the U.S. government sector. ASGI has been renamed Satcom Direct Government, Inc. and to acknowledge its heritage as part of COMSAT Mobile, will do business as “COMSAT.” The close of the...

Jet Aviation buys Avjet

Jet Aviation has bought Avjet Corp’s aircraft management and charter services. “Avjet’s 37-years of experience in aircraft management and charter services and an impressive fleet of 45 aircraft makes it the perfect complement to Jet Aviation’s operations. This acquisition will also provide excellent benefits for Avjet’s management and charter customers by providing...

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Ansat simulator certified according to international standards

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Life Link III contracts for first IFR-certified AW119 in the civil market

Life Link III, based in the upper-midwest United States, has placed an order for one IFR-certified AW119 single engine helicopter with a future option for a second aircraft. The aircraft will be added...

Jet Linx purchases Meridian Aircraft Management and Air Charter

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Ascendance Flight Technologies develops new air mobility

Vertical takeoff and landing, hybrid propulsion, autonomy and safety: with its ATEA aircraft, Ascendance Flight Technologies is launched in the race towards the mobility of tomorrow. Now based in Toul...

Breakthrough cabin enhancements for Praetor 500 and Praetor 600

Welcome a series of breakthrough cabin enhancements for its Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets, consolidating the Praetor position as the best cabin environment among...

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Skyports collaborates on space-enabled drone deliveries for NHS in Scotland

Drone delivery service provider Skyports has collaborated with technology communications company Vodafone and digital consultants Deloitte to transport medical supplies and samples for the NHS in Scot...

Bombardier Challenger 350 reaches milestone 350th delivery

Bombardier is celebrating the 350th delivery of its beloved and best-selling Challenger 350 business jet, which continues to evolve and solidify its market-leading status. The ...

Life Link III contracts for first IFR-certified AW119 in the civil market

Life Link III, based in the upper-midwest United States, has placed an order for one IFR-certified AW119 single engine helicopter with a future option for a second aircraft. The aircraft will be added...

The First Flight Of The Six-Place Stratos 716X

Stratos Aircraft announced the first flight of its Stratos 716X model – registration N716X.  The flight lasted 22 minutes. Flown by test pilot Sean VanHatten, the Stratos 716X is a spa...

Ansat simulator certified according to international standards

Kazan Helicopters of the Russian Helicopters has received positive qualification of Ansat helicopter training simulator's compatibility to international standards. The eva...

Kawasaki receives order for new H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter

Kawasaki Heavy Industries received  an order for its leading-edge H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter (D-3) by NMB-Minebea Thai Ltd. This is the first time Kawasaki has received a D-3 order from over...

Jet Linx purchases Meridian Aircraft Management and Air Charter

Jet Linx continued its strategic expansion in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state region by acquiring Meridian Aircraft Management and Air Charter business. Meridian is a full...