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First China Airlines A350XWB takes shape in Airbus’ Final Assembly Line

Assembly of the main airframe sections of the first A350 XWB for China Airlines is advancing at Airbus’ Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.  This involves the assembly of the wing-fuselage junction, the installation of the tailplane and also the tailcone. The aircraft will t...

MVP Aero Prototype To Be Tested in Maine

MVP Aero, a would-be maker of an amphibious, folding-wing airplane designed to convert to a fishing boat or mobile camper, says flight testing of the ambitious design will take place in Maine at a former Navy base. The company will be a tenant at TechPlace, a business incubator at the former Navy...


Concept Plane Could Travel From New York To London In Eleven Minutes

Now Concorde flights are a thing of the past, it seems pretty crazy you could once commercially fly from New York to London in around three and a half hours. However, a Canadian engineer has designed a concept plane which he claims could do that journey in just 11 minutes. Charles Bombardier is behind this ambitious and outlandish design he has called “The Antipode.”...

Urals civil aviation plant to produce Airbus Helicopters H135

The OJSC Urals Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA, part of the state corporation Oboronprom) and the company Airbus signed a license contract for the production Airbus Helicopters H135s in Moscow on Jan. 25. UZGA CEO Artur Shtankov and Airbus Helicopters Executive Vice-President Dominique Maudet also signed a contract for the supply to the Urals plant of four sets for Airbus Helicopters H135 assembly....

Airbus Helicopters maintains civil market lead and sees commercial success for new products in 2015

During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines, strengthening its leading position on the civil & parapublic market while maintaining its share of the worldwide military market. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders – adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters &n...

Cirrus SF50 Jet Certification Moves to the Right

Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Aircraft hoped to have FAA approval for SF50 Vision single-engine personal jet in hand late last year, but now it looks like it will gain certification this spring, the company told AIN late last week. This delay is partially due to testing of its emergency recovery parachute during the fourth quarter, a process that took longer than ex...

Boeing completes first refueling flight of KC-46A tanker

Boeing Co and air crews from the U.S. Air Force completed the first refueling flight of the KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker on Sunday, transferring 1,600 pounds (725.75 kg) of fuel to an F-16 fighter jet flying at 20,000 feet (6096 m), Boeing said. The flight over Washington state lasted nearly six hours and marks a key step forward for the $49 billion program, which has seen cost increases and sc...

It's Time For Hard Questions On Boeing Earnings Call

Wednesday is Boeing BA -0.35%’s earnings call for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015. There continue to be three of four prime issues that overhang each earnings call, and nothing has changed this week. The production rate for the 777 Classic and the bridge to the production of the 777X. Boeing has long asserted it can maintain a production rate similar to the c...

Incredible computer-controlled drone lands on moving car

The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has developed a computer-controlled drone that can land automatically, even on a moving target. In a video posted by the DLR on YouTube, an unmanned aerial vehicle tracks a specially-kitted out Audi with a net on top to catch it.  With a barcode like the one you would find on a magazine - along with other trackers on top of the car - the drone tracked t...

Airbus Helicopters raises the maximum take-off weight of the H145 to 3700 KG

In December, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded the certification of the increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) for the H145. With this enhancement, the helicopter can carry an extra 50kg, raising the MTOW to a total of 3.7 metric tons. It will be available for customers in early 2016. As the improvement does not require any structural modifications or additional equipment, it wi...

Russian Helicopters to debut at Bahrain International Airshow

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will demonstrate its newest multipurpose helicopters during the 4th Bahrain International Airshow – 2016, which will be held January 21-23 at Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain. The holding company will not only showcase its products and capabilities in after-sales service for helicopters produced by Russian Helicopters but also will conduct...

Hungary Intends to Buy Up to 30 Russian Choppers for $490 Mln

According to Russia's Arms Trade Analysis Centre, Hungary is interested in purchasing 30 Russian helicopters. Hungary plans to buy about 30 Russian helicopters with the value of the contract expected to reach $490 million, a spokesperson for Russia’s Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) said Friday. "In February, Hungarian Pri...

First Boeing 737 MAX Flight Expected Friday, January 29

As long as Mother Nature and other factors cooperate, the first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is expected to take to the skies over Washington on Friday, January 29. The 737 MAX has received over 3,000 orders from more than 60 customers worldwide; although the Airbus A320neo has received more orders than the MAX program, the Boeing 737 is still the world’s best-selling commercial aircraft throu...

FAA approves Honeywell’s hardware for Inmarsat Global Xpress inflight wireless

Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave™ wireless in-flight connectivity system has received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approval for the Boeing 757. Honeywell’s JetWave is the exclusive hardware for aircraft to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress, the only high-speed broadband satellite network spanning the globe that will provide fast, seamless and reliable connectivity ov...

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Airbus Helicopters multi-role twin engine H160 has been granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), marking a new chapter for the programme. The co...

First business jet with an Environmental Product Declaration - Bombardier Global 7500

Bombardier Aviation and the International EPD System, an environmental declaration program based in Sweden, announced a first in business aviation with the publication of the Environmental Produc...

Welcome entry-into-service - the 200th Gulfstream G280

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Delivery on schedule - the first, new, enhanced Embraer Phenom 300E

First enhanced Embraer Phenom 300E longest-ranged single-pilot business jet, capable of reaching Mach 0.80 was delivered to Texas law firm Dunham & Jones, Attorneys at Law, P.C. The firm...

Kodiak Care maintenance package for new Kodiak 100 turboprop aircraft

Purchasers of Model Year 2020 versions of the Kodiak 100 aircraft will benefit from free scheduled maintenance during the first two years of ownership with the Kodiak Care Maintenance program announced...

Airbus concludes ATTOL with fully autonomous flight tests

Following an extensive two-year flight test programme, Airbus has successfully concluded its Autonomous Taxi, Take-Off and Landing (ATTOL) project. In completing this project, Airbus has achieved a...

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Ansys and Air Race E pioneer next-generation Electric Aircraft

Engineering teams are developing cleaner, faster and highly advanced electric aircraft using Ansys simulation solutions. Through a new sponsorship with Air Race E, Ansys technologies will he...

Liebherr earns spot in Boeing Premier Bidder Program

Liebherr-Aerospace announced it has earned a spot in the Boeing Premier Bidder Program. The program recognizes and rewards consistently high performing Boeing Commercial Airplanes suppliers and gives...

Garmin GI 275 electronic flight instrument CDI/MFD ready for helicopter installations

Garmin International announced that the GI 275 electronic flight instrument is ready for installation in select Part 27 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-registered helicopters via Field...

Major Milestone for ATR in Chinese certification

As part of the validation for the certification process of the ATR 42-500 with modification 5948 in China a certification flight test took-off and landed from Francazal airport in Toulouse. The flight...

The international call for applications for Leonardo Labs is opened

Leonardo has started its recruitment call for young talents for “Leonardo Labs”, the new research & development corporate laboratories focused on innovation in Leonardo's tradition...

Strata delivers 100 shipsets of A350-900 inboard flaps for Airbus

Strata Manufacturing has successfully delivered 100 shipsets of the assembled A350-900 Inboard Flaps (IBF). Having completed the full First Article Inspection for the fabrication of six IBF compo...

First e-delivery in Asia Pacific for Airbus Helicopters

Indonesia PT Smart Cakrawala Aviation has become the first customer in Asia Pacific to take delivery of its new H130 helicopter facilitated through a specially arranged e-acceptance process, which com...