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Airbus Helicopters’ second H160 prototype takes off

The H160’s second prototype took off today in Marignane, kicking off a busy 2016 for the H160 as it pursues its flight test program with two prototypes. The second prototype is the first H160 to fly with the Turbomeca Arrano engines. PT1 had accumulated more than 75 hours of flight testing by...

G450/550 Production Cut as Gulfstream Moves to G500/600

Gulfstream Aerospace reduced G550 production rates in the fourth quarter of last year and will lower rates of theG450 this quarter, while G280 and G650 production will be increased slightly, Phebe Novakovic, chairman andCEO of parent company General Dynamics,...


Airbus Corporate Jet Centre delivers an elegant refurbished governmental ACJ319 with high technology systems onboard

Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, the innovative provider of customized nose-to-tail solutions toVIP and airline customers under Airbus standards, has delivered a refurbished Airbus ACJ319 for an undisclosed government, after a successful C-Check (10 years) and heavy work on the fuselage. This project presented a double challenge by requiring high-level communication and in-flight entertainment (I...

GlobeAir plans fleet growth as profits soar

GlobeAir, Europe’s largest operator of Cessna Citation Mustangs, plans to grow its fleet by nearly 50% in 2016 on the back of record profits during the previous 12 months and a rebound in the charter market for small business aircraft. Six Mustangs will be added to the line-up this year, lifting GlobeAir’s fleet to 20 aircraft. The expanded fleet will bring the Austrian ve...

Jet Aviation Zurich has another successful WEF

Jet Aviation Zurich has spent months preparing for the VIP customers that arrived in Zurich to attend the 46th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held from 20-23 January 2016 in Davos, Switzerland. The company served the majority of aircraft and passengers attending WEF, handling 612 movements and 1,830 passengers while supporting fuel sales of 1.5 million litres. The annual event dr...

Air Charter Service starts taking European Championship bookings

Air Charter Service has started booking aircraft for this summer’s European football championship being held in France. The company has already booked more than twenty aircraft through its London office. The championship kicks off on 10th June 2016. “As soon as the draw was announced on 12th December, people were on the phones, inquiring for teams, supporters, sponsors and t...

Minister unveils first Bombardier Challenger jets for AMSA

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has unveiled the first batch of Bombardier Challenger CL 604 twin-jets which will replace Aerorescue Dorniers for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) operations. On Wednesday, Truss inspected the first of four Bombardier Challenger CL 604, which was currently being fitted for sea...

Swiss Aviation Consulting expands into Asia

Swiss Aviation Consulting is setting up an affiliate in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Swiss AeroConsultant (Asia) Sdn. Bhd. was officially incorporated in December 2015. The company selected Malaysia for its central location in the Southeast Asian market and for the availability of qualified staff who, in addition to English and the local Bahasa, speaks the languages of Swiss Aviation Consulting&rsq...

ExecuJet reports record traffic at Dubendorf FBO

ExecuJet Aviation Group is celebrating another successful World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting at Davos-Klosters last week. ExecuJet saw record traffic and fuelling at Dübendorf Airport, the military airport just 5nm north of Zürich secured for overflow traffic. “The World Economic Forum is one of the busiest times of the year for business jets tra Basil Gamper, FBO m...

Cirrus SF50 Jet Certification Moves to the Right

Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Aircraft hoped to have FAA approval for SF50 Vision single-engine personal jet in hand late last year, but now it looks like it will gain certification this spring, the company told AIN late last week. This delay is partially due to testing of its emergency recovery parachute during the fourth quarter, a process that took longer than ex...

Helo Cockpit Research Study Uses Eye-tracking Tech

Global offshore helicopter association HeliOffshore has commissioned industry expert Jarvis Bagshaw Ltd. to conduct a research study in Aberdeen that uses eye-tracking technology to understand how pilots monitor flight instruments. Twenty-six pilots participated in the first phase of observational study, which seeks to improve pilot performance in the cockpit. Optimizing the training and t...

Global air ambulance demand spurs profits at FAI

Soaring global demand for air ambulance services in 2015 helped German business aircraft services provider FAI rent-a-jet to record profitability. The Nuremberg-based company – one of Europe’s largest business aircraft operators – saw revenues climb nearly 9% to €80 million ($87 million) last year. Air ambulance services accounted for €41.7 million – up fro...

Textron Aviation Acquires Able Engineering

Textron Aviation has expanded its component repair capabilities with the acquisition of Mesa, Ariz.-based Able Engineering & Components Service and Able Aerospace. Founded in 1982, Able provides component repairs, exchanges and replacement parts for both fixed-wing and commercial rotorcraft. The company has developed more than 2,800 proprietary FAA-approved component repairs. It...

Bizjet Market Conditions Deteriorating, Analyst Finds

A continued weakening of the large-cabin market is leading the business aircraft market to new post-recession lows, according to the latest UBS Business Jet Market Index. UBS created the market index to track changes in market conditions based on surveys measuring customer interest, pricing, 12-month outlook, inventory and willingness to increase inventory. The most rec...

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

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Prestigious Interior Design Award goes to Falcon 6X

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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 d...

Vertical Aerospace secures ATI funding for £2.3 million smart charger development project

Vertical Aerospace has received investment from the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) to fund the development of a smart charger for their electric aircraft. The charger will increase Vertical...

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

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250th Embraer business jet delivery milestone in Latin America

Embraer announced the delivery of a Phenom 100EV and a Phenom 300E to two separate Brazilian customers, marking the company’s 250th business jet delivery in Latin America. The Phenom 100EV...

Millennium club goes bigger with the rollout of Daher TBM 1000th airplane

The 1,000th TBM very fast turboprop aircraft has rolled out from Daher’s Tarbes, France final assembly line, with this milestone airplane – a top-of-the-line TBM 940 version – destin...

Corona impact - aviation conferences will change

“Under the current circumstances, aviation conferences will change. We have seen that a large number of major conferences and conventions had to be cancelled. Disappointment is one thing, at wha...

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EHang unveils Heavy-lift AAV for Short-to-Medium-Haul aerial logistics

EHang unveils the logistics version of its flagship product EHang 216 - the “EHang 216L”, for short-to-medium-haul air logistics in both urban and rural areas. The EHang 216L boasts a payl...

First ever five-bladed Airbus H145 helicopter received by Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first five-bladed H145 to the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. This new version of its best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter brings a new, innovative f...

Air Service Basel Provides On-Site COVID-19 Testing

As of Monday 28th September, Air Service Basel will provide passengers with an option to be tested for COVID-19 upon advance request on arrival or departure. Air Service Basel have partnered with P...

Significant milestone for Cessna SkyCourier program

The Cessna SkyCourier turboprop development program has achieved another significant milestone as the third and final flight test aircraft (P2) successfully completed its first flight on Monday,...

Bombardier continues global customer service expansion

Bombardier announced that the company has entered into share purchase agreements with each of Lufthansa Technik AG and ExecuJet Aviation Group AG to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of...

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...

More facilities, sales growth, and different aircraft certifications expected - Tamarack Aerospace

Tamarack Aerospace announced a recent expansion of local operations. The company has tripled their existing office space in addition to acquiring a third hangar in their facility complex.  T...