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Rolls-Royce Plans Asian Production Push with China Still Key

Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc said it will step up plans to establish an Asian manufacturing capability to match that in its native UK as the second-biggest maker of jet engines doubles output with the introduction of new Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE jets. The move, which will pare production costs, brings Rolls closer to its fastest-growing clients and provides a back-up for British plants as out...

UK Airport Inspired by "Star Wars" to Fight Off Bird Strike

A UK airport has come up with a futuristic way to fight bird strike - and its all thanks to Star Wars. Scotland's Dundee Airport is using a space-age "lightsaber" to scare off birds that can often threaten the safety of the aircrafts departing and landing at the airport. The 8000 pounds (NZ$18367) hand-held gadget fires off a bright green light - that can emit for aro...

Where to see the Vulcan bomber farewell tour

The world's last flying Vulcan bomber, XH558, will this weekend perform fly-pasts around the country giving large crowds a chance to say goodbye to the Cold War bomber. Hundreds of thousands are expected this weekend to try to catch a farewell glimpse of the world’s last flying Vulcan bomber as the majestic Cold War jet makes fly-pasts around the country in a farewell tour. The dis...

Air Tahiti appoints Falko for ATR72-500 sale

Air Tahiti has mandated UK based lessor Falko Regional Aircraft to remarket six aircraft as part of its fleet renewal program. Each of the aircraft has been operated since new by the airline and will make way for the ATR72-600 aircraft that the airline has on order. The aircraft, with MSNs 719, 731, 751, 806, 829 and 862, will be available from the fourth quarter of 2015. Air Tahiti has already...

Taranis to enter third testing phase

The UK’s BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator will carry out a third phase of flight tests towards the end of the year, the Ministry of Defence has revealed. The test programme had gone quiet after two phases of testing in Woomera in Australia, but it will now continue for one more phase to develop technology that could be incorporated into a future combat a...

UK claims to be ahead of international UAV regulators

The UK’s Department for Transport has claimed the country is pioneering ahead of European and international airspace regulators to rapidly look at integrating unmanned air vehicles into national airspace. EASA and ICAO are both looking at higher level integration of UAVs, with EASA in particular looking at introducing a new proportionate ruling for UAVs in 2016, but the UK is striving to...

Baggage scanners plan further weekend strike at Stansted Airport

GMB members who operate the security scanners for checked in luggage at Stansted Airport will take further strike action this weekend. Around 30 employees are expected to take industrial action on Saturday, October 10, and on Sunday October 11 in a dispute over pay. The strike begins at 3.45am on Saturday and continues until 1.45pm on Sunday.

London Luton airport, 19.2% increase in passenger traffic in September, 2015

London Luton Airport (LLA) enjoyed record passenger numbers in September with 1.2 million passengers choosing to travel through the airport. This marks a 19.2% increase on the same month last year and 18 months’ consecutive growth at the airport. LLA is investing £100 million to meet rapidly growing passenger demand. September also saw the redevelopment take two major steps forward...

AJW Engines manages engine shop visits for Camair-Co and delivers replacement PW4060 lease engine

AJW Engines is to provide engine shop visit management services for Cameroon Airlines Corporation (Camair-Co). An experienced team of professional engineers fromAJW will manage all aspects of the shop visit for two PW4060 engines. Camair-Co has also signed a lease agreement with AJW Leasing for a replacement PW4060 engine which has been fitted to their B767-300 aircraft. The...

AG Cargo takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9

IAG Cargo has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, which will be operated by British Airways and will operate on its Heathrow Airport to Delhi service from 25 October. The airline will be taking delivery of five 787-9s this year and has 22 on order. IAG Cargo will take delivery of 11 in 2016, one in 2017 and the final five in 2018. The aircraft will have a capacity...

Helitech International 2015 - Diversity and Internationality

Diversity and internationality are the key themes of Helitech International 2015, which opens today at ExCeL London. Exhibitors from 23 countries will be displaying platforms, systems, components, equipment, materials and services that span a broad spectrum of the civil and parapublic rotorcraft sectors. Companies from Australia, New Zealand, Qatar, the UAE and South Africa join exhibitors from He...

Jota Aviation marks successful first year in the jet set

Jota Aviation, the specialist UK air charter firm based at London Southend Airport, is marking its first year of operations with its BAe 146-200 regional jet as its senior management attends the European Regions Airline Association’s annual general meeting in Berlin later this month. In its first year the aircraft will have flown near to 800 hours, flying as far afield as Marrakech and suppo...