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U.S. production of A220 aircraft has begun

It is official! Airbus has begun manufacturing the A220 in the U.S.! The first team of A220 production workers began work at Airbus’ Mobile, Alabama-based production facility following their recent return from on-the-job training in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, where the A220 programme and primary final assembly line are located. “The expansion of our commercial aircraft production i...

Pulselite Bird Strike Prevention System Becomes Standard Equipment on the Bell 407GXi

Precise Flight has announced that Bell has selected its patented Pulselite System® as standard equipment for the Bell 407GXi. The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of a helicopter, thereby increasing its visibility and reflecting the speed and directional movement of the aircr...

New B4UFLY App to Provide Airspace Safety Awareness to Drone Fliers

Kittyhawk and FAA introduced a new version of B4UFLY, the free mobile app that lets drone operators check the status of airspace prior to flight. Available now for iOS and Android, the app determines what airspace restrictions are in effect at any location in the United States, in real-time. B4UFLY is a key tool in the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the Natio...

EAA Air Venture - Is it Over Already?

By Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board First of all, let's talk about the numbers that I can talk about already. We had a rough start to the week, but when you look at the number of people camping and the people coming in through the gate, we believe we're on track for a record year. Airport airplane counts are down from the prior year, which is really attributed to airpla...

Honeywell has acquired privately held TruTrak Flight Systems

Honeywell has acquired privately held TruTrak Flight Systems, a leader in autopilots for experimental, light-sport and certified aircraft. The acquisition will become part of Honeywell’s BendixKing business, helping to deliver affordable technologies to the experimental and general aviation markets. This market has grown by double digits over the past five years. “TruTrak is a...

Gulfstream G500 technology, performance and comfort earns Flying Innovation Award

Gulfstream G500 has earned the 2019 Flying Innovation Award! The honor, given by Flying magazine to “the most innovative product to have reached the general aviation market in the previous year,” was revealed on the opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin. “Innovation sets the foundation for flight and has been the bedrock of our culture from the beginning,&...

GE’s Catalyst as hybrid propulsion solution for TriFan 600

Just think about it - customers have already placed 80 orders to date for the TriFan 600 under XTI’s presale program! An important announcement concerning the engine for TriFan 600 hybrid-electric propulsion system! XTI has made the choice - GE’s CatalystTM engine! GE Aviation and XTI will work together to define a series hybrid architecture that will meet the TriFan perfo...

100 Cessna Skyhawk for ATP Flight School

Direct news from EAA AirVenture 2019 - an agreement between Textron Aviation and ATP Flight School, for orders and options for up to 100 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft through 2023. The new aircraft will be supplementing and replacing aircraft in ATP’s current fleet of over 375 aircraft and adds to the 20 Skyhawks ATP has already taken delivery of over the last year. “F...

Five SH09 helicopters for Metro Aviation

Congratulations! The intent of Metro Aviation to purchase and take delivery of five SH09 helicopters following FAA certification is formally recorder. The MOA is signed with Kopter. Metro Aviation has evaluated and selected the SH09 due to its twin-engine cabin volume for a single-engine price tag and low operating costs while offering best-in-class speed, range, payload and other desira...

Putting the Power of the PT6 Engine in the Palm of Your Hand

Pratt & Whitney announced it has launched Know My PT6 – a data-rich mobile app to help its customers around the world optimize the performance and availability of their PT6-powered aircraft.   "We design high-performing, reliable engines because our customers expect to be able to fly their aircraft whenever and wherever the mission demands," said Nicholas Kane...

50th anniversary of the first flight of its Beechcraft Baron 58

On June 23, 1969, pilots first flew the Baron 58 prototype, paving the way into the next five decades of innovative evolution. Since the Baron 58’s first delivery in 1970, more than 3,100 aircraft have been delivered worldwide. Textron Aviation this year is marking the 50th anniversary of the first flight of its Beechcraft Baron 58 high-performance piston twin, a model that has pla...

Unique Capabilities of the PC-12 NG and PC-24 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

“We love Oshkosh. Not only is it the best venue in the world to highlight the unique aircraft that Pilatus build, but it gives us a great opportunity to meet with customers, prospects and enthusiasts from around the globe. And, it’s just a lot of fun to be here, and remind ourselves why we enjoy working in this great industry.” stated Tom Aniello, Vice President of Marketing...