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Air Transat taps Lufthansa Systems for mobile navigation solution

Lufthansa Systems announced that Air Transat has opted for its Lido/mPilot mobile navigation solution and will also use the precise navigation data from the Lido/FMS database. The two companies have signed a seven-year contract for these solutions. “Using the Lido/mPilot navigation app is an important step for us in moving toward a paperless cockpit. The app’s functions and intuitiv...

Smart damage prevention: Lufthansa Technik develops Logo Light Protector

Lufthansa Technik AG has developed another smart solution to avoid unscheduled maintenance actions. It’s called the Logo Light Protector. The light protector avoids damage that can occur while removing a logo light located in the horizontal stabilizer of the Boeing 777. Until now, there has been an inherent risk of damage to the GFRP surface layer of the st...

Lufthansa Tries to Fix Its Problems With Management Changes and New Divisions

Deutsche Lufthansa AG has shaken up its management as part of a push to save 500 million euros ($543 million) by consolidating operations under two airline divisions. Sadiq Gillani, former head of strategy across the group, will move to the Eurowings discount arm with responsibility for developing its network and fleet. He’ll be succeeded in his old role by William Willms, who previo...

FAI's Hangar 8 project on track to break ground in June

FAI Asset Management GmbH has confirmed that it will be breaking ground for its third hangar at Albrecht Dürer Airport in Nuremberg in June of this year. The new hangar, which represents an investment of €6m, will increase FAI's hangar floor space by another 4,500m?, bringing the total size of the FAI facility to 13,500m?. Known as Hangar 8, the new building, accommodating a wingspan...

ExecuJet acquires largest FBO at Munich International Airport

ExecuJet Aviation Group will offer handling and ground support services from its FBO at Munich International Airport following acquisition of the former European Business Aviation Services’ (EBAS International GmbH) facility. The Munich FBO is ExecuJet’s second handling facility in Germany after Berlin Schoenefeld, and will begin operation in February 2016.  This addition takes...

MVP Aero Prototype To Be Tested in Maine

MVP Aero, a would-be maker of an amphibious, folding-wing airplane designed to convert to a fishing boat or mobile camper, says flight testing of the ambitious design will take place in Maine at a former Navy base. The company will be a tenant at TechPlace, a business incubator at the former Navy base near the Androscoggin River and Casco Bay, where it will begin flying a prototype 18 months to...

Lufthansa Aerial Services division inks deal with drone-maker DJI

Lufthansa Aerial Services, a division of Lufthansa Consulting, today signed a deal with DJI to use the world’s leading drone-maker’s aerial platforms to develop commercial applications for its key customers. Using DJI’s drones and open onboard systems, Lufthansa will integrate hardware and software, manage operation of the technology and facilitate data analysis. The tw...

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...

Incredible computer-controlled drone lands on moving car

The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has developed a computer-controlled drone that can land automatically, even on a moving target. In a video posted by the DLR on YouTube, an unmanned aerial vehicle tracks a specially-kitted out Audi with a net on top to catch it.  With a barcode like the one you would find on a magazine - along with other trackers on top of the car - the drone tracked t...

Germany still pushing multinational NH90 medevac fleet

Germany is continuing to promote the creation of a multinational pool of up to 20 NH90 rotorcraft to be used for combat medevac missions. It first floated the idea in late 2014 amid contract revision talks with the NH Industries consortium which resulted in it retaining 20 options for the troop transport helicopter. Maj Gen Thomas Marlow, commander of the German army’s rapid forces div...

Photographer Snaps Once-in-a-Lifetime Picture of Plane Mid-Flight

German photographer Birk Mobius couldn’t have known back in 2014, as he pointed his camera around the small aerodrome he was visiting, that he was about to capture an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime moment. As he casually snapped some pictures of a Boeing 777 cargo plane on a tumultuous 30-minute flight from Frankfurt to Leipzig, the stormy weather positioned the airplane’s path s...

Lufthansa digitizes inflight newspapers and magazine

Lufthansa will soon be offering its inflight guests a much wider range of German-language and international newspapers and magazines. The substantial expansion of the present offer of reading material on board has been made possible by the media’s increasing use of electronic publishing channels. Today’s smartphone users in Germany spend an average of two-and-a-half hours a day on t...