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Certification of the GFC 600H for the Bell 505 is expected in 2020

Garmin International, Inc. announced it will certify the GFC™ 600H flight control system for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter. The attitude-based (AHRS-derived) flight control system boasts a number of helicopter-tailored features, including attitude hold, Garmin Helicopter Electronic Stability and Protection (H-ESP™), dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode, hover assist, as wel...

Impossible Aerospace Claims Electric Aviation First

Impossible Aerospace announced that its US-1 "flying battery" quadcopter became the first aircraft of its kind to cross the northern Nevada desert without recharging in repeated 72-minute flights across the playa on August 6, 2019. This flight marked yet another public demonstration for the US-1, first unveiled at Interdrone 2018. The aircraft used for the flight w...

First-ever Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show

Lockheed Martin will serve as the title sponsor for the first-ever Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show, Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2020. It will be held at the Orlando Sanford International Airport, near downtown Orlando. The show will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and it will feature numerous company air, ground and space assets. Lockheed Martin has a 60-year histo...

Boarding between U.K. and United States - latest updates from Virgin Atlantic and Delta

For all passenger flying between UK and United States - some immportant updates, which can improve your travel experience! Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines are boosting flights between the U.K and U.S. from next summer, which sees Delta join Virgin Atlantic at Gatwick Airport for the first time together.  It means that between the two airlines, capacity across the Atlantic has increased...

ZeroAvia Emerges from Stealth with the Largest Zero-Emission Airplane Flying Today

We are back to a very important topic - sustainable aviation fuel, the reduction of emissions. A Silicon Valley startup develops hydrogen fuel cell powertrain to decarbonize aviation and reduce operational costs, starting with up to 500-mile regional flights, constituting 50 percent of worldwide departures. ZeroAvia announced its significant advancements in developing a zero-emi...

Bell 407GXI earns IFR Certification

Bell Textron Inc. announced the FAA has issued an IFR STC for the Bell 407GXi. The certification is a requirement for the Navy Advanced Helicopter Training System competition, enabling the Bell 407GXi to replace the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger as the US Navy's training helicopter. Bell's replacement bid offers a unique combination of capability, ease of transitio...

Gulfstream Sustainable Aviation Fuel Initiatives Recognized

2019 Sustainability Leadership Award from Business Intelligence Group went to Gulfstream Aerospace for its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) initiatives. The award recognizes organizations that make sustainability an essential part of their business operations. “Innovation is at the core of our business, including our environmental strategy,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. &l...

American Airlines - Reflecting from the MD-80 cockpit

It has been more than 30 years since the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 made its debut into the commercial aviation industry. And, over the course of its history, the beloved aircraft transported millions of American Airlines customers to destinations across North America. And as the aircraft covered a lot of ground, it played a major part in propelling the culture, growth and performance of American....

HondaJet became the Most Delivered Aircraft in its Class for the First Half of 2019

Congratulations! HondaJet became the Most Delivered Aircraft in its Class for the First Half of 2019, based on numbers provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). During the first six months of the year, 17 aircraft were delivered to customers around the world. The most delivered aircraft in its class for over two years, the HondaJet continues to outperform its c...

AirMed International Base in San Antonio Adds Nextant 400XTi Medical Transport

AirMed International's base in San Antonio has added a Nextant 400XTi medical jet to its fleet to provide emergent and non-emergent patients with medical flights in addition to transporting transplant teams farther. "The Nextant 400XTi has increased performance that adds to AirMed International's capabilities in the region. It will join a Beechjet and two Beechcraft King...

First Gulfstream G600 Delivered!

It just happened! All-new business jet is delivered and entered service following FAA certification! The first Gulfstream G600 business jet was delivered to a U.S. customer at the company's headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.  We always strive to exceed our customers' expectations, and our first G600 delivery is a prime example of that," said Gulfstream...

Who will receive NBAA 2019 American Spirit Award?

What do you know about American Spirit Award? Just to remind the official wording: The NBAA American Spirit Award is presented in recognition of an individual within business aviation who exemplifies the courage, pursuit of excellence and service to others that characterize men and women who created and nurtured the American aviation community.​ Looking forward to live the NBAA Busine...