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Lufthansa Technik delivers second VVIP Boeing 747-8

The Lufthansa Technik completion center has finished the VVIP cabin conversion of the second Boeing 747-8 in Hamburg. The aircraft has now been delivered to an undisclosed customer. Another aircraft of this type is currently undergoing completion. In the past the company equipped fourteen aircraf...

Light jet newcomers to exploit sector renaissance

Two highly-anticipated newcomers to the light business jet segment entered service in December, allowing their developers to hand over aircraft by the end of 2015 and prepare to exploit the anticipated rebound in the sector over the next 12 months. Honda Aircraft began deliveries of its HondaJet...


Finmeccanica Mulls Longer Run-dry Duration for Helos

Finmeccanica Helicopters (formerly AgustaWestland) is studying ways to enhance main gearbox performance in case of loss of lubrication. At the EASA rotorcraft symposium in December, Marco Tamborini, one of the company's experts in transmission system design and development, gave details on Finmeccanica's strategy in gearbox durability. Unless the possibility of such a failure is extreme...

Bizcraft Finance/Registration Forum Set for Next Month

NBAA is holding its annual Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference next month in Boca Raton, Fla. The agenda for the conference, which will be held from February 10 to 12, features speakers who are experts in aviation finance, aircraft utilization options, regulatory topics, tax planning and risk management. Among the new topics this year are an analysis of emerging busin...

Air Culinaire Acquires SkyTop Catering at HPN

Air Culinaire Worldwide acquired SkyTop Aircraft Catering at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., the business aircraft caterer announced yesterday. The move brings the number of Air Culinaire kitchens to 21—all but four located in the U.S.—and increases its capacity and coverage in the New York/New Jersey area. As part of the acquisition, Air Culinaire Worldwide h...

Embraer delivers first European based Legacy 450

Embraer has delivered the first European registered Legacy 450 private jet. Registered in Belgium as OO-NEY / MSN 55010003, the aircraft was delivered to its new owner over the Christmas period. Although the final customer is unconfirmed, the aircraft will be managed by Brussels based Smart Air, and operated by Air Service Liege. “Being driven by innovation for more than 25 years helps...

ExcelAire Cleared for Cuba

Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based ExcelAire has become the latest operator to receive FAA authorization to fly charter service to Cuba. ExcelAire, which is authorized to fly directly to the island nation from 19 gateway U.S. cities, completed its first trip late last month from New York JFK International Airport to Havana. ExcelAire joins a small but growing number of operators that have obtained FAA appr...

Cessna Drops Citation CJ2+ from Product Lineup

The Cessna Citation CJ2+ is no longer in production, as the Citation M2—an upgraded CJ1 with Garmin G3000 avionics—and CJ3+ “have proven to be a great fit for our customers in this space,” a Textron Aviation spokeswoman confirmed. The CJ2+ (Model 525A) has been built on the same production line as the CJ3+ and CJ4, so “we could build it if required for a customer miss...

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim expands at Dubai South

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim is expanding its operations at Al Maktoum International Airport following the recent announcement at the Dubai Airshow from its joint venture partner – Al-Futtaim, to lease additional land from Dubai South. The new plot will increase the operational potential of DCAF – the first and only integrated private and business aviation operator at AMIA, enabling the c...

Embraer delivers Legacy 500 to Middle East Airlines

Embraer has delivered a Legacy 500 to Lebanon-based airline Middle East Airlines. Legacy 500 msn 55000037 / OD-CXJ was delivered to Beirut via stops in Recife Brazil, and Tenerife, Spain on December 31 using flight number MEA500. The order was originally announced during 2015s EBACE show in Geneva, Switzerland. The aircraft will be operated by Cedar Executive, a new division of Middle Eas...

Paramount Business Jets Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Establishing New Scholarship Opportunity

Worldwide aircraft charter provider Paramount Business Jets (PBJ) recently marked 10 years of assisting clients across the United States and around the globe with their charter aircraft needs by establishing a new scholarship opportunity for college students considering careers in aviation and aerospace. Founded July 1, 2005 in Manhattan, New York and now headquartered in Leesburg, Virginia, Pa...

Special missions Gulfstream 550s for the RAAF?

L-3 Communications will modify an unspecified number of Gulfstream G550 aircraft for Australia under a US$93.6 million foreign military sales deal announced by the US Department of Defense on December 28. “L-3 Communications Mission Integration, Greenville, Texas, has been awarded a $93,632,287 firm fixed-price undefinitised contract action task order (1648) for Australia Government...

Torqued: Higher Ed Needs To Address Looming Pilot and Mechanic Shortage

by John Goglia I don’t know how much more dire the predictions about pilot and mechanic shortages need to get before action is taken. Reading Boeing’s annual pilot and maintenance technician forecasts tells me the alarm bells are ringing, but no one seems to be listening. And Boeing’s 2015 forecasts once again predict an unprecedented demand for personnel to fly and maintain t...

NetJets pilots agree contract improvements

The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) has ratified a tentative agreement reached in October with NetJets over contract improvements. The referendum saw 75.43% of the 96% eligible members voting in favor of the referendum. “The unflinching resolve and dedication of the NJASAP Membership has brought us to today – the ratification of a contract that sets the bar...

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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

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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...

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,...

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...

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...