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First FAA-Approved Drone Airline - UPS and Matternet drone delivery hospital operations in the U.S.

Matternet, a pioneer in drone delivery for medical applications, announced its drone delivery system is enabling the first FAA-approved drone airline. The full Part 135 Standard certification was granted to UPS allowing the company to operate as a drone airline using Matternet's drone technology to expand on-demand drone delivery operations to hospitals around the country. "We...

FACC Wichita performs 1000th Split Scimitar Winglet modification

Only one year after the plant extension, the FACC subsidiary located in Wichita, USA, reaches an impressive milestone with the modification of the 1000th shipset of Split Scimitar Winglets. FACC Solutions Inc. is delivering the "anniversary component" to Southwest Airlines for the upgrade of a Boeing 737NG.  The project aimed at converting Blended Winglets into Split Scimitar Win...

Cleared to revolutionize - Cessna Citation Longitude

The the super-midsize business jet category is cleare to be revolutionized - Cessna Citation Longitude has achieved Type Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration! “With the broadest lineup of business aviation platforms available worldwide, today Textron Aviation welcomes the Longitude into the esteemed Citation family of products and begins a new era of best-in...

Air New Zealand Order for Eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners is finalized

Air New Zealand and Boeing finalized an order for eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes valued at $2.7 billion at list prices. The carrier, recognized for its long-range flights and global network, will integrate the largest Dreamliner model into its world-class fleet of 787-9 and 777 airplanes from 2022 to strategically grow its business. The airplane deal, announced in May as...

New Youth Aviation Education Program in Aspen with Diamond Aircraft

The Aspen Flight Academy in Aspen, Colorado is launching a youth aviation education program this fall that is the first of its kind in the nation. The “Every Student Flies” program will provide a free flight lesson to every student at the Aspen Public High School, with enrollment this fall being 550 students for this school year. Four Roaring Fork Valley organizations joined togethe...

First Test Flight of Boeing MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueler Completed

An unmanned aerial refueler? You think it is possible? The answer is positive! The first test flight of the MQ-25™ unmanned aerial refueler is successfully completed by Boeing and U.S. Navy. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Ma...

Collins Aerospace’s SelfPass biometric solution at all Las Vegas international gates

Passengers traveling through Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport can look forward to a new streamlined journey with Collins Aerospace Systems’ SelfPass™ biometric solution. The solution, which is set to be installed at all of McCarran’s international gates, will be available for demonstration at the Annual Airports Council International-North America conference this week in Tampa,...

50 years since the inaugural flight of the first Cessna Citation 500

Time to celebrate! 50 years since the inaugural flight of the first Cessna Citation 500!  Textron Aviation Citation family represents the most-popular line of business jets with more than 7,500 aircraft delivered worldwide amassing more than 35 million flight hours. These impressive machines are renowned for their ability to combine reliability, efficiency and comfort with advanced te...

A Suite of Boeing Digital Solutions for GainJet fleet

Boeing will provide GainJet a suite of Jeppesen flight operation digital solutions including Operator, JetPlanner Pro, FliteDeck Pro X and Aviator to optimize their fleet operation.  “We have a longstanding relationship with Boeing, and share a commitment to quality,” said Capt. Ramsey Shaban, CEO of GainJet. “With our growing fleet of over 20 VIP aircraft, including...

Gulfstream East Campus at Savannah is now open

A ribbon was cuted during the opening ceremony at new Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. MRO facility at company headquarters in Savannah. The Gulfstream East Campus, opened to accommodate fleet growth, has been operational since Sept. 11. The 202,000-square-foot/18,766-square-meter building located on the east side of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport was built w...

Need the fastest speeds available - choose LuxStream connectivity service for business aircraft

No need to discuss or explain why the speed of In-flight connectivity is so important, especialy in business aviation. United States customers will be the first lucky ones to have the acces to the fastest speeds available with the launch of LuxStream —the service that Collins Aerospace Systems proposes teaming SES. LuxStream is the only service that offers speeds up to 25 Mbps i...

Happy birthday - 30 years of Meridian

This is the time to celebrate, to say happy birthday, congratulations on the achievement and the age you've reached! Meridian is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its jet charter business! “We officially entered the jet age in 1989 when the owner of one of the piston aircraft we managed acquired a jet,” said Ken Forester, Meridian’s CEO. “From ther...