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60 more Airbus A220-300 aircraft ordered by JetBlue Airways

Order will add to JetBlue’s large fleet of Airbus planes JetBlue Airways has firmed up an order for 60 A220-300 aircraft, the larger model of the new, industry-leading A220 series. “As we approach our 20th anniversary, the impressive range and economics of the highly efficient A220, combined with the outstanding performance of our existing fleet of Airbus A321 and restyled A320 a...

MERIDIAN VOTED AMONG TOP FBOs in 2018

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is pleased to announced that it again received top industry recognition in 2018. The company’s Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in Teterboro was again voted the top FBO in the Northeast by readers of Aviation International News(AIN) and by registered members of FltPlan.com in their 2018 FBO surveys. Readers of Professional Pilot (...

International Association of Aircraft Dealers Awards Scholarships to Future Business Aviation Leaders

The International Aircraft Dealers Association's Business Aviation Scholarship program has awarded $32,000 in individual scholarships to eight college students seeking professions within business aviation. Members of the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) dedicate donated funds every year to aid students in completing their academic goals in preparation for careers in busines...

Modern Aviation Acquires FBO at Boeing Field in Seattle

Modern Aviation announced that it has acquired Gateway USA, LLC, which operates one of the two main FBOs at Boeing Field ("KBFI") in Seattle, WA. The Seattle facility, which will be rebranded as Modern Aviation in the first quarter of 2019, is the third FBO acquisition closed in less than 12 months for Modern Aviation, an FBO platform backed by Tiger Infrastructu...

Sikorsky, Boeing Provide First Look At SB>1 DEFIANT™

Sikorsky and Boeing provided the first look at the SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter the companies have developed for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program. The SB>1 DEFIANT™ is designed to fly at twice the speed and range of today's conventional helicopters and offers advanced agility and maneuverability. It will help inform the...

TH-119 HELICOPTER PERFORMS FIRST FLIGHT

Leonardo announced it successfully completed the initial flight test of the TH-119 IFR training helicopter yesterday. The TH-119 is Leonardo’s bid to replace the U.S. Navy’s aging fleet of TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopters, a variant of the successful AW119, manufactured in the US with strong local supplier base. By completing this important milestone, the&...

Provisional Type Certification for Cessna Citation Longitude

Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize jet has achieved provisional type certification (PTC) from the Federal Aviation Administration. The PTC allows operators to begin Citation Longitude flight training in preparation for deliveries early next year and paves the way for the program’s final phase of certification. “From an unmatched cabin experience to its commanding performan...

Spirit AeroSystems to Deliver First 3D-Printed Commercial Aircraft Part

Spirit AeroSystems receipted of its first additive-manufactured, titanium, structural component for the Boeing 787. The part, a back-up fitting for an access door latch, has been machined and finished at Spirit's Wichita site, and installed in a 787 forward fuselage. The forward fuselage will ship to Boeing's final assembly facility in January.  The milestone follows more...

Virgin Galactic’s Historic First Spaceflight

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, landed from her maiden spaceflight to cheers from Richard Branson and the teams from Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. History has been made . Not only is this the first human spaceflight to be launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011, but the very first time that a crewed vehicle built for comm...

787th of Boeing 787 Dreamliner delivered

AerCap, world's largest airplane lessor, adds to its growing 787 portfolio Special milestone airplane to be operated by China Southern Airlines Boeing delivered the 787th 787 Dreamliner to come off the production line, marking a special milestone for the super-efficient airplane family and the fastest-selling twin-aisle jet in history. Since its first delivery in September,...

Flying Colours Corp. breaks ground for new hangar at headquarters

Flying Colours, the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business has broken ground as work starts on building its largest hangar to date. Industrial construction company Vicano Construction Ltd braved the cool Ontario weather to formally begin the fourth phase of expansion plans at the Canada-headquartered business aviation company this month.  On completion in mid...

Able Aerospace Services breaks ground on 50,000-S.F. Facility Expansion

Approximately 100 new jobs planned to be added to current team of 450 employees in Mesa, Arizona Able Aerospace Services joined with dignitaries from the East Valley, Phoenix and Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 50,000-square-foot expansion at its headquarters within Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona.  The expansion allows Able to enhanc...