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Two longest-standing business & general aviation sales and service centres merges

Muncie Aviation Company announced the acquisition of Des Moines Flying Serviceof, a step that merges two of the longest-standing Business and General Aviation sales and service centers in the world.The transaction was completed on January 1st, 2021. BCC Advisers of Des Moines assisted with this transaction. Established in 1939 by Howard Gregory, DMFS has evolved into one of the larges...

Alaska Seaplanes Commuter Airline is leading the way in Alaska Aviation Safety Exchange

Baldwin Safety and Compliance has launched its new Alaska Aviation Safety Exchange SMS/QMS program customized for the Alaska aviation community. Alaska Seaplanes, an FAA part 135 commuter airline based in Juneau, Alaska, has rolled out their new SMS program using this scalable Baldwin program.  The Alaska Aviation Safety Exchange features easy-to-use software that enables customi...

Fort Worth Police Department adds customized Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to enhance Air Support

Bell announced the delivery of a Bell 505 to the Fort Worth Police Department. Bell executives and city officials celebrated this delivery at the police department’s hangar at Meacham Airport to mark a 70-year relationship between Bell and Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Police Department currently operates two Bell 206 Jet Ranger aircraft; the addition of the Bell 505 will provide exce...

Final FAA rule to facilitate the reintroduction of Civil Supersonic Flight

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration issued a final rule (PDF) to facilitate the safe development of civil supersonic aircraft. The rule streamlines and clarifies procedures to obtain FAA approval for supersonic flight testing in the United States. “Today’s action is a significant step toward reintroducing civil super...

Wheels Up acquired Mountain Aviation

Wheels Up announced the acquisition of Mountain Aviation, the largest and growing Part 135-operated Citation X fleet in the United States, with bases in Denver, Teterboro, and Southern California.  The acquisition accelerates Wheels Up's platform to better serve increasing flight demand from its rapidly growing membership and charter marketplace.  Mountain Av...

WestJet announces 737 MAX return-to-service plan

WestJet announced its intent to return its fleet of 737 MAX aircraft to passenger service in a phased and transparent approach. The airline's plans follow an announcement from Transport Canada (TC) on December 17, 2020 where TC safety experts validated the aircraft design changes and outlined requirements for Canadian carriers. Transport Canada's validation followe...

Amazon purchases 11 aircraft from Delta Air Lines & WestJet Airlines to join the Amazon Air cargo network in 2021 and 2022

Amazon announced its first-ever purchase of eleven Boeing 767-300 aircraft, expanding its fleet to continue to serve customers. The purchases include seven aircraft from Delta and four aircraft from WestJet, which will join the network by 2022. Amazon Air’s fleet expansion comes at a time when customers are relying on fast, free shipping more than ever. “Our goal is to continue deli...

Jet It dominates fourth quarter with over $36 million investment in HondaJet acquisitions

Jet It, founded by industry veterans Glenn Gonzalesand Vishal Hiremath in 2018, continued its rapid growth with the delivery of six new HondaJets during the final quarter of 2020. The investment is valued at over $36 million, and with the delivery of the additional six aircrafts, the young company more than doubled its fleet in 2020 and met its goal of ten aircraft in operation...

First Airbus A220 powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines delivered to JetBlue

 Pratt & Whitney, Airbus and JetBlue celebrated the Dec. 31, 2020 delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A220-300 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The airline placed an order for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in 2018 and later expanded the order to 70 aircraft in 2019. “We are thrilled to take delivery of our first A220 aircraft and to offer...

Missionized Beechcraft King Air 350CER delivered to NOAA

Textron Aviation Special Missions has delivered a missionized Beechcraft King Air 350CER turboprop aircraft to the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Marine & Aviation Operations (OMAO). The aircraft joins a King Air 350CER aircraft delivered to NOAA in May 2009. The agency’s first King Air 350CER aircraft has fl...

Notable 2020 for Gulfstream Customer Support

Everyone will agree that a very important part of every business success is Customer Support. The product can be genious, but without great support of customers, nothing is possible. Congratulations,Gulfstream was recognized the many achievements of the Customer Support organization in 2020, including operations expansions across the globe, new technologies for Gulfstream aircraft and continu...

First EASA-certified Gulfstream G600 delivered

Gulfstream has delivered the first Gulfstream G600 certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to an undisclosed customer based in Europe, further expanding the next-generation fleet around the world. “We are glad our customers in Europe can now register their G600 on the continent and easily experience the advanced technology and cabin comfort of the aircraft,&rd...