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Jeppesen Optimizes Crew Management For SkyWest And ExpressJet

Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has entered into an agreement to provide crew management services for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, which are both operated by SkyWest, Inc. Through a recent agreement, Jeppesen now provides SkyWest and ExpressJet with its Crew Pai...

Virgin Galactic makes progress in LauncherOne project

Virgin Galactic, part-owned by Aabar Investments of Abu Dhabi, has announced it has made significant progress with LauncherOne rocket propulsion after test firings. The Abu Dhabi based stock company owns a 37.8 per cent stake in Virgin Galactic, whose engineers and technicians have achieved longe...


Raytheon says new U.S. civilian cyber contract worth about $1 billion

Raytheon Co on Monday said a new five-year contract it won from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help more than 100 civilian agencies manage their computer security could be worth $1 billion, a key win for the company. Raytheon said DHS selected it to be the prime contractor and systems integrator for the agency's Network Security Deployment (NSD) division, and its National Cyber...

Cargolux may buy five Boeing jets, says iPhone shipments strong

Cargolux is in talks with Boeing (BA.N) to buy five more 747-8F freighter jets, the chief executive of Europe’s largest all-freight carrier said on Tuesday. Such a deal could be worth $1.9 billion at list prices. The aircraft would serve a planned joint venture between Cargolux and its 35-percent shareholder Henan Civil Aviation Development & Investment (HNCA) to be based in Zhengz...

A date for the start of testing of the upgraded high-altitude M-55 aircraft was set

Myasishchev design bureau is going to complete the upgrade of M-55 «Geophizika» high-altitude aircraft this year, Interfax reports with reference to a source close to the aircraft industry. “At present the aircraft is being upgraded; the upgrade should be completed this year. It is expected that the flight tests will be started in December,” the source said.  Acc...

Citation Latitude heading to Australia for demonstration tour

Aeromil Pacific will officially launch the Cessna Citation Latitude in Australia at Sydney Airport on October 8 ahead of a demonstration tour around the country. The nine-seat Citation Latitude and achieved certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June 2015, allowing first deliveries began in August. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney...

Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways Celebrate Milestone 70th 777 Delivery

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated a significant achievement today with the delivery of the airline's 70th 777 aircraft -- also the last and 53rd 777-300ER (Extended Range) of its confirmed orders -- that has made Cathay Asia's largest operator of the 777 fleet. With today's delivery, Cathay Pacific's 777 aircraft fleet comprises of 53 777-300E...

Egypt Orders KA-52 Combat Helos, Considers MiG-35s

Egypt awarded Russian arms vendor Rosoboronexport a contract for 50 Kamov Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopters, according to Russian media reports. Details of the transaction remained scarce, but it is thought that some of the Egyptian helicopters are maritime version Ka-52K Katran, which was unveiled earlier this year. The Katran may equip the two Mistral class landing ships that were built...

President of Venezuela said that the country might purchase at least 12 Su fighters

Venezuela is going to purchase at least 12 new Sukhoi fighters for its armed forces, President of the country Nicolas Maduro said. He delivered a speech at Libertador air base (Aragua state), where he honored the memory of two pilots of Su-30 fighter, which crashed on September 17th 2015 near the border with Columbia, TASS reports. “I’ll talk to President Vladimir Putin in orde...

Canada approves Bell 429 MAGnificentTM VVIP interior

Bell Helicopter announced Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) has approved Mecaer Aviation Group’s (MAG) luxury interior for the Bell 429. “We have a strong demand for the Bell 429 throughout North America, specifically in its corporate and VIP configuration, so we are pleased to see the VVIP interior approved for use throughout Canada,” said Anthony Moreland, vice presiden...

Boeing Upbeat on Dubai Airshow

 Despite a huge backlog of orders and Gulf economies affected by the low price of oil, American aviation giant Boeing has high hopes for solid sales of commercial and military aircraft at the Dubai Airshow in November. That was the message from Boeing executives briefing a group of journalists from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon and the UK on a tour of Boeing facilities in the Unite...

Canadian Aviation Leaders FLYHT and Avmax Partner to Improve Aircraft Tracking

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.  and Avmax Group Inc. (“Avmax”) today announced an agreement for the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS™) 228 for the two airlines Avmax owns, as well as its current and future leased fleet, for a total fleet size of 146 aircraft over a seven-year term. Avmax operates two airlines, R1 Airlines (“R1”) and Ch...

Hydromash delivered the first set of landing gear for MS-21 aircraft

On September 21st 2015 Hydromash Company delivered the first set of landing gear for the flying prototype of short- and medium-haul MS-21 passenger airliner (developed by Irkut Corporation); its major rivals are Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 jets, Hydromash’s press-service reports. «MS-21 is the top-priority project of the Russian aircraft industry. Hydromash has been pa...

Japan Said to Plan 100 Billion Yen Investment in Mitsubishi Jet

The Development Bank of Japan is in talks with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to invest 100 billion yen (US$831 million) in its development of the nation's first passenger plane in more than 40 years, two people familiar with the situation said. The state-owned bank wants to help stimulate Japan's aviation industry and will make a decision by the end of March, said one person, asking...

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Plans to Open SpaceJet Montreal Center

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced plans to establish their footprint in the Montreal region of Quebec, Canada. Having launched the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft earlier...

Three Airbus H135s ordered by Romanian Ministry of Interior for air medical services

Airbus Helicopters and the Romanian Ministry of Interior have signed a contract for the purchase of three H135 helicopters and associated support and services for air medical services and search...

First of Three Global 6000 joined Luftwaffe Fleet

First of three Global 6000 business jets delivered to Germany’s air force, Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe, a longtime Bombardier aircraft operator, will use the Global 6000...

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Earn While Learning - check out Piper Aircraft Apprenticeship Program

The first group of apprentices has begun their two year-program at Piper Aircraft. The first nine apprentices, who started work in August, shadow skilled aircraft assembly workers and learn all aspect...

Strategic Boeing and Safran investment in Electric Power Systems

A joint Boeing and Safran investment was announced today.  The investment in Electric Power Systems will support on-demand mobility efforts, development of industrial base and adva...