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An investment planned to bolster business jet aviation growth - Complete Aircraft Group finalises acquisition of Aerocare AS Ltd.

Complete Aircraft Group finalises the acquisition of MRO Part 145 provider, interiors and paint specialist Aerocare Aviation Services. This formally ratifies its September 2021 terms of agreement and cements CAG’s move into business aircraft support. The Aerocare Aviation Services Limited name remains unchanged.  CAG Head of Operations Alan Barnes commented: &ldqu...

Newcomer in Cirrus Aircraft authorised service centres network - Oriens Aviation

Oriens Aviation is now able to offer third party MRO work on the Cirrus SR family of single-engined piston aircraft.  It is expanding its presence at its London Biggin Hill Airport HQ to accommodate the type, which has become increasingly popular in Europe with first time owners.  At AERO Friedrichshafen, Germany in April, Cirrus highlighted nearly 40% of buyers of the...

Heathrow Airport - the summer starts on 14 June 2022

On 14 June Heathrow Airport  Terminal 4 will reopen to travellers for the first time in over 2 years as part of our long-standing plan to ramp up airport capacity ahead of the summer.  Qatar Airways will be the first to move, followed by around 30 airlines over the following month.  We would like to thank our airline partners for working with us to consolidate operations during...

Airbus increases its UK innovation footprint to develop new hydrogen technologies

Airbus is strengthening its presence in the UK with the launch of a Zero Emission Development Centre for hydrogen technologies. A priority for the UK ZEDC will be the development of a cost-competitive cryogenic fuel system required for the successful entry-into-service of Airbus’ ZEROe passenger aircraft by 2035 and to accelerate UK skills and know-how on hydrogen-propulsion techno...

Thompson launches next generation VantageXL

Following the huge continuing success of the VantageXL platform, Thompson Aero Seating launches a new and enhanced 2022 design VantageXL. With impressive personal living space, a fully flat horizontal bed, and 100% direct-aisle access, the next generation VantageXL offers the ultimate in passenger comfort. The latest VantageXL has a minimum seat width of 23” and a fully flat-bed widt...

London Oxford Airport continues investment in infrastructure to harmonize light GA & commercial bizav grow

London Oxford Airport is stepping up its infrastructure projects to support its historic general aviation (light aircraft /pilot training) customers and its expanding commercial business aviation activity.  The latter experienced more growth in 2021 in percentage terms than other UK peer airports – up by almost 40% - with over 5,100 flights a year.  Flight training activity, meanwh...

World-first hub for flying taxis, Air-One, opens in Coventry, UK, heralding a new age of zero-emission transport

Urban-Air Port, the UK-based developer of ground infrastructure for air taxis and autonomous delivery drones, opens “Air-One”, a world-first demonstration of a fully-operational hub for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVvehicles – such as air taxis – and autonomous cargo drones, heralding a new age of zero-emission, low-congestion urban transport. Urban-Air...

Safran launches new jobs scheme in the UK to get engineers back to work after a career break

Safran has teamed up with the STEM Returners to launch a pilot programme open to engineers who have had a career break. STEM Returners, based in Hampshire, will source candidates for the programme, which aims to return or transfer experienced engineers back into industry following a career break. The fully paid placements act as a 'returnship', allowing candidates to be re-integrated...

Elbit Systems UK JV introduces sustainable aviation pathfinder for Ministry of Defence

Elbit Systems UK and KBR Inc joint venture, Affinity Flying Training Services Ltd, has embarked on a series of battery-powered flight tests for the UK Ministry of Defence to assess the feasibility of environmentally friendly alternatives to current military aircraft.  The concept of trialling zero emissions aircraft, and the subsequent pathfinder, was brought to the Ministry of Defenc...

Bournemouth Airport launches official cargo operation, Cargo First

Bournemouth Airport is cementing itself as the fastest developing cargo airport in the UK, and the one of the country’s newest trade links, with the official launch of its dedicated cargo handling service, Cargo First.  From a standing start with almost no cargo in April 2020, Bournemouth Airport will see 20,000 tonnes of throughput by the end of March 2022, which makes it the fastes...

A dedicated helicopter facility at London Oxford Airport by Volare Aviation

Volare Aviation has formally opened a dedicated helicopter maintenance, management and refurbishment facility in Hangar 14, Bay 2, at its London Oxford Airport home. Up to 12 twin-engined executive helicopters can be worked on simultaneously in the 16,000 sq ft space.  The business offers expertise in interior and exterior work on pre-owned Leonardo, Airbus and Sikorsky models - fro...

Offseting carbon emissions - Air Charter Scotland partners with South Pole

The first Air Charter Scotland commitment to a worthy environmental and community project. It partners with global sustainability consultancy South Pole to fully offset carbon emissions from its business jet fleet based out of London (Biggin Hill and Luton Airports), Glasgow and Malta.  Clients and charter brokers will be offered the option, effective immediately. &nb...