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Air Methods To Acquire Tri-State Flight for $222M

Air Methods announced its intention November 5 to acquire air medical provider Tri-State Care Flight for $222.5 million. Tri-State was founded in 2002 and operates a mixed fleet of 19 EMS helicopters, including AgustaWestland AW109Es and AW119s, and Eurocopter AS 350 models, and four fixed-wing aircraft, including Beechcraft King Air B200s, from bases in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico....

Wall St Analyst Report: Delta May Create Overseas Subsidiary

Delta Air Lines could potentially set up a non-U.S. subsidiary housing its international operations and joint ventures (JVs) to reduce the amount of U.S. taxes it pays, according to a Wall Street analyst report. In a report issued Nov. 6 by New York-based Wolfe Research, the firm says Delta senior management has several times hinted in analyst calls that it was working on a tax strategy and Wol...

Learn How Space Weather Impacts Business Aviation at NBAA2015

For operators wondering how space weather may impact business aircraft operations, Friends & Partners in Aviation Weather (FPAW) is hosting an education session on Nov. 18 at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015) to explore this issue. "Space weather has the potential to impact business aviation in several areas, including the radiation environment, radio...

U.S. said to plan increased security on international flights

The Department of Homeland Security plans to announce an increase in security on international flights by U.S. carriers after the suspected bombing of a Russian plane flying over Egypt on Oct. 31. The action will be unveiled as soon as Friday, according to a person familiar with the plan who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter. The person declined to specify what steps will be taken....

United CEO Oscar Munoz to Return in 2016 First Quarter

United Airlines released a Nov. 5 letter from United president and CEO Oscar Munoz to company employees indicating Munoz will return in the 2016 first quarter. Munoz was stricken by a heart attack on Oct. 15 and has been on medical leave. On Oct. 19, United announced the appointment of EVP and general counsel Brett Hart as acting CEO. Munoz's letter read: "Dear United team,...

Latin America network to be developed by Delta Cargo

Delta Cargo is looking to develop its network into Latin America (LATAM) while in North America it is focusing on US West coast growth. The carrier’s director of sales for the Americas, Andy Kirschner, tells Air Cargo Week, despite the industry facing some challenges like excess capacity, and foreign exchange yield pressure, it is seeing strong numbers domesticall...

American Airlines Customers Gain New Non-Stop Routes to Cancun

American Airlines will offer new access to Cancun, Mexico – one of Mexico’s most popular destinations – when it adds new service from four U.S. cities in 2016. The new seasonal service to Cancun International Airport (CUN) will operate on Saturdays from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Ka...

Honeywell Develops Apple Watch App for Cabin Control

Honeywell Aerospace is in the final stages of developing a native Apple Watch app that can control cabin systems in aircraft equipped with the company’s Ovation Select cabin management system. The watch software is expected to be available in the iTunes App Store next month and will be similar to the Ovation Select apps already available for Android and iOS devices, which can control cabin l...

American Airlines captain becomes the first FAA-certified A350 XWB pilot

It was all smiles for American Airlines’ John Dudley, as he became the first airline pilot certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB jetliner. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for eight years,” Dudley said at the Airbus training centre in Toulouse, France. “Being an A350 XWB captain is a dream come true, a...

Atlanta's Hartsfield–Jackson rolls out new Raytheon ATC system

The Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility in Atlanta's Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is now operating exclusively with automation technology from Raytheon Company. Raytheon is providing the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) as part of the FAA's Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement contract. "The STARS implement...

Police Standoff Halts Landings at San Diego Airport

A standoff between San Diego police and a gunman who was firing rounds at officers Wednesday forced a halt to landings at San Diego International Airport, authorities said. "Active gun fire. Residents near 2445 Brant St. Little Italy. Stay away from all windows until further notice and Shelter in place," San Diego police tweeted. Police shut down streets in the area and were evacua...

Boeing says will not make changes to Dreamliner stretch for Emirates

Boeing will not make changes to the stretched version of its Dreamliner aircraft despite major client Emirates' request for better performance in hot climates, a company executive said on Wednesday. "The plan is not to change the aircraft, we really like what we have," Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told reporters in Dubai when...