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HAI addresses Pandemic Issues related to holding HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans

Helicopter Association International remains committed to supporting the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry by holding an in-person HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans March 22–25, with exhibits open March 23–25. “I want to be as transparent as possible in addressing the concerns of our industry,” says James Viola, president and CEO of HAI. “By partner...

New Honda Aircraft Company wing production facility

Honda Aircraft Company has begun operations at its newly opened Wing Production and Service Parts Facility, located at the company’s world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The new 83,100 square-foot facility is the latest addition to the 133-acre Honda Aircraft Company campus, and represents an additional investment of $24.3 million, bringing the t...

New helicopter flight data monitoring device certified by Bell

Bell announced the Supplemental Type Certificate for the Installation of QuantiFLY, a new aircraft communication unit (ACU) powered by Truth Data, offering a true low-cost, lightweight, and fully automatic flight data monitoring (FDM) solution currently available for the Bell 407GXi and Bell 429. Bell developed QuantiFLY with Appareo and FDM analytics to enable operators to affordably us...

Premier Air Charter secures four Citation X Jets

Premier Air Charter has recently acquired the leases of four Cessna Citation X aircraft, further positioning the company as an elite aviation provider in the southern California region. One of the four aircraft is already at the company's Carlsbad-based headquarters and the other three are expected to arrive within the coming weeks. The addition of the aircraft bolsters Pre...

Preowned Aircraft Transactions spiked as 2020 ended - IADA

Following the abrupt pandemic-induced plunge in preowned aircraft sales in March 2020, members of the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) experienced a rising wave of transactions, highlighted by a fourth quarter surge of 554 closed deals. IADA began tracking sales metrics in April on a monthly basis as a result of the volatile used aircraft sales transactions caused by the impact...

Two longest-standing business & general aviation sales and service centres merges

Muncie Aviation Company announced the acquisition of Des Moines Flying Serviceof, a step that merges two of the longest-standing Business and General Aviation sales and service centers in the world.The transaction was completed on January 1st, 2021. BCC Advisers of Des Moines assisted with this transaction. Established in 1939 by Howard Gregory, DMFS has evolved into one of the larges...

Alaska Seaplanes Commuter Airline is leading the way in Alaska Aviation Safety Exchange

Baldwin Safety and Compliance has launched its new Alaska Aviation Safety Exchange SMS/QMS program customized for the Alaska aviation community. Alaska Seaplanes, an FAA part 135 commuter airline based in Juneau, Alaska, has rolled out their new SMS program using this scalable Baldwin program.  The Alaska Aviation Safety Exchange features easy-to-use software that enables customi...

Fort Worth Police Department adds customized Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to enhance Air Support

Bell announced the delivery of a Bell 505 to the Fort Worth Police Department. Bell executives and city officials celebrated this delivery at the police department’s hangar at Meacham Airport to mark a 70-year relationship between Bell and Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Police Department currently operates two Bell 206 Jet Ranger aircraft; the addition of the Bell 505 will provide exce...

Final FAA rule to facilitate the reintroduction of Civil Supersonic Flight

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration issued a final rule (PDF) to facilitate the safe development of civil supersonic aircraft. The rule streamlines and clarifies procedures to obtain FAA approval for supersonic flight testing in the United States. “Today’s action is a significant step toward reintroducing civil super...

Wheels Up acquired Mountain Aviation

Wheels Up announced the acquisition of Mountain Aviation, the largest and growing Part 135-operated Citation X fleet in the United States, with bases in Denver, Teterboro, and Southern California.  The acquisition accelerates Wheels Up's platform to better serve increasing flight demand from its rapidly growing membership and charter marketplace.  Mountain Av...

WestJet announces 737 MAX return-to-service plan

WestJet announced its intent to return its fleet of 737 MAX aircraft to passenger service in a phased and transparent approach. The airline's plans follow an announcement from Transport Canada (TC) on December 17, 2020 where TC safety experts validated the aircraft design changes and outlined requirements for Canadian carriers. Transport Canada's validation followe...

Amazon purchases 11 aircraft from Delta Air Lines & WestJet Airlines to join the Amazon Air cargo network in 2021 and 2022

Amazon announced its first-ever purchase of eleven Boeing 767-300 aircraft, expanding its fleet to continue to serve customers. The purchases include seven aircraft from Delta and four aircraft from WestJet, which will join the network by 2022. Amazon Air’s fleet expansion comes at a time when customers are relying on fast, free shipping more than ever. “Our goal is to continue deli...