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Safran signs major helicopter engine support contracts with GDAT

During Chinese President Xi Jinping state visit to France, Safran Helicopter Engines has signed support-by-the-hour contracts with GDAT, to support the Makila engines powering its fleet of Airbus H225 helicopters, as well as the Arrano engines powering GD Helicopter Finance H160 helicopters to be operated by GDAT, which will shortly enter service. These two SBH-type contracts cover in-se...

EHang secures Production Certificate from CAAC, clearing path for mass production of EH216S pilotless eVTOL

EHang has successfully obtained the Production Certificate for its EH216-S passenger-carrying pilotless eVTOL aircraft issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, which is the world’s first PC granted in the global eVTOL industry. Following the obtaining of the Type Certificate and the Standard Airworthiness Certificate for the EH216-S, this remarkable achieveme...

Simaero inaugurates its first pilot training centre in China

Simaero is expanding its operations in China to meet the increasing air traffic and growing demand for pilot training. The company inaugurated its first training center in China on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. This initiative represents a major step in Simaero's strategy development in China, with an investment of over US$ 70 million and the planned opening of two additional centers by 2...

Airbus Helicopters and SKYCO Leasing sign for six H175 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and SKYCO International Financial Leasing, a state-owned enterprise belonging to China's Guangdong Province, have signed a contract for six H175 helicopters. Entrusted by the Guangdong Provincial Government, SKYCO Leasing is in charge of leading the aviation industry development in the province. The versatile H175 helicopters acquired by SKYCO Leasing will be deplo...

Airways Aviation Group launches Airways Aviation China

During Pilot Expo in Berlin, Airways Aviation Group formally signed the launch of Airways Aviation China, to be based in Hainan, and in partnership with Elmos Consulting. The partnership will start with the launch of a Foundation School where aspiring pilots can get their first experience into aviation, getting a tailored and strict assessment. It will also support trained pilots under EASA (...

AutoFlight successfully performs world’s first inter-city demonstration flight

AutoFlight presented the world first inter-city electric air-taxi demonstration flight between the southern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai. AutoFlight five-seater Prosperity eVTOL aircraft completed a significant milestone by autonomously flying the 50km (31 miles) route from Shenzhen to Zhuhai. The flight from Shenzhen to Zhuhai across the Pearl River Del...

Amber Aviation prepares for fractional aircraft ownership program launch in 2024

Amber Aviation announces that it has successfully completed its Series C funding round and will launch Asia’s first true fractional aircraft ownership program by the end of the third quarter of 2024. Amber Aviation has once again garnered strong support from its existing shareholders during this Series C financing round, reaffirming the market and investor confidence in Amber Aviation a...

EHang announces suggested retail price for EH216-S passenger-carrying UAV system in China

EHang announced the suggested retail price for its EH216-S passenger-carrying unmanned aerial vehicle system in China. Given the market potential and substantial industry scale of China low-altitude economy, coupled with the global trend of rapid growth in low-altitude aerial services, the EH216-S UAV system's official suggested retail price in China is set at RMB2.39 million pe...

Airbus opens first service centre dedicated to the entire lifecycle of an aircraft

Airbus Lifecycle Services Centre has started its operations in Chengdu, offering solutions to manage the entire lifecycle of an aircraft. This centre is the first of its kind to cover, as a one-stop shop, the full range of activities from aircraft parking and storage to maintenance, upgrades, conversions, dismantling and recycling services for various aircraft types, as well as the controlled dist...

EHang certified EH216-S debut commercial flight demonstrations in Guangzhou and Hefei

EHang certified EH216-S completed debut commercial flight demonstrations in Guangzhou and Hefei respectively. The first EH216-S passenger-carrying unmanned aerial vehicle system which has obtained the world first standard airworthiness certificate, has been successfully delivered to ETON, an intelligent aviation technology subsidiary of Guangzhou Development District Communications Inves...

Shenzhen Bao'an District and EHang launched UAM operation demonstration center at OH Bay

Following the strategic partnership with the Shenzhen Bao’an District Government, EHang launched UAM Operation Demonstration Center at OH Bay. This UAM Center covers a total area of approximately 4,600 square meters, hosting a comprehensive set of facilities including a bespoke eVTOL vertiport for EHang passenger-carrying pilotless eVTOL aircraft EH216-S, hangars, a comma...

EH216-S obtains standard airworthiness certificate from CAAC; delivery to customer in Guangzhou

EHang EH216-S passenger-carrying UAV system has obtained the standard Airworthiness Certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. It marks the first of its kind globally for the cutting-edge pilotless passenger-carrying eVTOL aircraft. The certified EH216-S, produced at EHang’ Yunfu Production Base, adheres to the Type Certificate issued by the CAAC in...