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FAA selects SITA FANS-1/A based datalink solution to manage vast oceanic airspace of United States

In August 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the award of the Oceanic Data Link (ODL) contract to SITA, the leading IT provider to the air transport industry, to provide its Future Air Navigation System (FANS-1/A)-based datalink solutions for the management of air traffic across the United States' vast oceanic airspace. SITA’s proven solution will be vital in suppor...

Paving the way for potential STC - Sean Tucker GB1 GameBird field approved for Hartzell Talon Prop

Famed aviator Sean D. Tucker, working closely with Hartzell Propeller, has received FAA Field Approval for the Hartzell composite three-blade Talon performance prop on one of his certified aerobatic GB1 GameBird airplanes. The GB1 GameBirds are powered by 303 horsepower Lycoming AEIO-580 engines and are manufactured in the U.S. by Game Composites.  This aircraft is the first of four tandem...

Mesa Air Group becomes first scheduled airline launching drone delivery business in the U.S.

Mesa Air Group, Inc. has signed an agreement with aerospace technology company Flirtey to order 4 delivery drones, with an option to order an additional 500 aircraft. The agreement marks Mesa becoming the first scheduled airline to launch drone delivery in the U.S. Mesa and Flirtey are initially focusing on the last-mile food delivery industry, enabling Mesa to expand beyond the global air...

First Bell 505 dealer in United States is named - Universal Helicopter Inc.

Bell appointed Universal Helicopter (UHI) as its first Bell 505 Dealer in the United States with Authorized territory of Arizona and Utah. Bell’s dealership network creates a complete experience from aircraft purchasing to operator training for current and future Bell 505 customers.  “Deepening our collaboration with Universal Helicopters (UHI) and naming them our first dealers...

Twelve produces first batch of E-Jet Fuel from carbon dioxide

Carbon transformation company Twelve announced it has produced the first fossil-free jet fuel called E-Jet® from carbon dioxide (CO2) electrolysis, demonstrating a scalable, energy-efficient path to the de-fossilization of global aviation. This project was supported through funding from the U.S. Air Force and produced fuel globally applicable for both commercial and military avi...

Safran opens second assembly line in U.S. for Arriel 2E helicopter engines

Built in Texas - Safran Helicopter Engines has opened a second assembly line at their facility in Grand Prairie, Texas for the Arriel 2E engine. The first assembled and tested Arriel 2E engines have been delivered to Airbus. These engines power the UH-72B delivered to the U.S. Army as part of the newest Lakota helicopter. Also installed in the H145, the Arriel 2E was until now produced in France....

Master takeoffs and landings with Cirrus Approach complimentary course

Cirrus Aircraft announced a complimentary Cirrus Approach course available to all aircraft enthusiasts and pilots regardless of the aircraft type they fly. Now through the end of the year, the Cirrus Approach SR Series Takeoffs and Landings flight training course is complimentary to those who register. Takeoffs and Landings provides in-depth, digital instruction on procedures to ensure eve...

The 1000th activation of Inmarsat Jet ConneX

During recent NBAA-BACE 2021 Inmarsat celebrated the 1,000th installation and activation of its Jet ConneX inflight connectivity solution, and also coincides with the fifth anniversary of Jet ConneX. Since entering commercial service in November 2016, Jet ConneX has quickly developed into the business aviation industry’s gold standard inflight connectivity service, offeri...

First airport to be built from the ground up post-pandemic - Pittsburgh International

Pittsburgh Airport of the future - now officially under way. Officials broke ground on a new 700,000 square-foot terminal project, marking Pittsburgh International Airport as the first terminal in the country to be built from the ground up in a post-pandemic world. Built with a focus on public health and technology, the new facility will incorporat...

Looking back at NBAA-BACE 2021 - new heights, sustainability & shaping the future

NBAA concluded the NBAA-BACE 2021, which was among the most exciting and impactful ever. The show galvanized the industry behind an era of strong growth, fast-paced innovation, a deep commitment to sustainability and a shared desire to shape the future. “Being together at NBAA-BACE was truly exhilarating, from the packed exhibit floor, to the stunning aircraft display, to the epic ke...

We know it now - Gogo 5G launch customer is Jet Edge

Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo’s 5G launch customer.Jet Edge has AVANCE L5 installed across the majority of its managed, large-cabin fleet and will upgrade 50 of those aircraft to Gogo 5G over a 24-month period. “Choosing Gogo was an easy decision because of their proven track record of meeting their commitments and del...

The launch a new Phenom 300 full-flight simulator for U.S. market - Embraer & CAE

Embraer and CAE announced that Embraer-CAE Training Services  will offer a new full-flight simulator for the Phenom 300E during the second half of 2022 to meet the growing demand for business jet training in the U.S. This new FFS will be operated by ECTS, a joint venture between Embraer and CAE. The FFS’s location will be defined by ECTS in the coming months. “Our pur...