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Gulfstream G500 passes 100 flight hours

The Gulfstream G500 has flown more than 100 hours over 45 flights. The longest flight so far has lasted for 5 hours and 22 minutes. Since the aircraft’s first flight in May, the test aircraft has flown up to 38,500 feet/11,735 meters and reached a maximum airspeed of Mach 0.80. “It’s just really exciting to see how well this aircraft is performing. This plane has bee...

U.S. Federal agencies ban e-cigarettes from checked luggage

The U.S. DOT and FAA have issued an “interim final rule” prohibiting e-cigarettes and other “electronic nicotine delivery systems” from being carried in checked baggage. Delta already barred the practice. E-cigarettes may be taken on board in carry-on luggage but not used in flight. The new federal rule also prohibits the charging of such devices and their batteries aboa...

Bell Helicopter's brand adds new Ops Platform/Step for the Bell 429 aircraft

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company announced its Aeronautical Accessories brand has added a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Special Ops Platform/Step to its product line for the Bell 429 aircraft. This new convenience accessory received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA in September. The Special Ops Platform/Step is a lightweight, all-aluminum constructi...

With Deliveries Up, Cessna Preps for Longitude's NBAA Debut

Third-quarter revenue at Textron Aviation rose $79 million, to $1.159 billion, from a year ago, thanks to more Cessna Citation shipments, while profits jumped by $45 million, to $107 million. The Textron subsidiary delivered 37 Citations and 29 King Airs during the quarter, compared with 33 Citations and 30 King Airs in the same period last year. Backlog as of September 30 was $1.4 billion, essent...

Delta to Leave U.S. Airline Trade Group in 2016

Delta Air Lines Inc has decided to split from the trade group Airlines for America (A4A), the airline and the group said on Tuesday, a move that could weaken U.S. airlines' ability to lobby as a united front in Washington. The split, effective in April 2016, comes after Delta has diverged from the group's position that the private sector should help govern the U.S. air traffic cont...

Boeing wins $898 million contract for 15 EA-18G fighter jets

Boeing Co (BA.N) has been awarded a contract worth $898 million to build 15 more EA-18G Growler electronic fighter jets and associated airborne electronic attack kits for the U.S. Navy, the Pentagon announced on Monday. The contract runs through January 2018, the Defense Department said in its daily digest of major contract awards.

Lockheed wins $260 million for materials for next C-130J transports

Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) has won a contract worth $260 million for the purchase of materials need to build the next batch of 28 C-130J Super Hercules transport planes in fiscal 2016, which began Oct. 1, the Pentagon said on Monday. The contract runs through April 30, 2017. Lockheed reached agreement with the U.S. Air Force on a five-year contract to build up to 83 C-130J planes for the A...

Wal-Mart Seeks to Test Drones for Home Delivery, Pickup

Wal-Mart Stores Inc applied Monday to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and checking warehouse inventories, a sign it plans to go head-to-head with Amazon in using drones to fill and deliver online orders. The world's largest retailer by revenue has for several months been conducting indoor tests of small unmanned aircraft systems -- the t...

Boeing completes 737 Max 8 power-on

Boeing has completed the power-on milestone for the first 737 Max 8 as the re-engined and updated single-aisle aircraft is pieced together on a new assembly line in Renton, Washington. The power-on milestone activated a modernised cockpit featuring four 787-style multi-function displays supplied by Rockwell Collins. The 737 Max electrical s system was adapted to support the improved cockpit...

Rolls-Royce names Delta TechOps as approved maintenance center

Delta TechOps, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business of Delta Air Lines, and Rolls-Royce are teaming up, bringing advanced jet engines from Rolls-Royce to a 100,000-ft² expanded engine shop at Delta’s Technical Operations Center in Atlanta. Rolls-Royce has named Delta TechOps an approved maintenance center for Trent civil aircraft engines to better serve jet engine cust...

Connecting the dots is anti-terrorism center’s mission

They might be called crisis managers, but as much as anything, the job of the people clustered in the windowless room filled with big-screen TVs and computers is to see if the dots connect. A man carrying a gun gets caught trying to board a plane in Houston. A woman with a gun is stopped in the Atlanta airport. Both had tickets to fly into Washington’s Reagan National Airport at about the...

American Digs in with Vow to Fight Discounters on Airfares

American Airlines Group Inc. reiterated a vow to keep matching discount rivals' ticket prices, extending the domestic fare wars that are sapping revenue. "We know what we're doing and we're extremely comfortable in what we're doing," Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said Friday on a conference call as analysts questioned the strategy. "We will need to comp...