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Boeing Debuts First 737 MAX 8

Yesterday, thousands of Boeing employees in Renton, Wash., celebrated the completion of final assembly of the first 737 MAX 8. “Today marks another in a long series of milestones that our team has achieved on time, per plan, together,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice preside...

ATR receives EASA certification for high-density cabin layout

The high-density seating configuration option for the ATR 72-600 aircraft has received its certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Using the existing airframe, the new high density configuration option is achieved by optimizing the pitch and adjusting forward carg...


Boeing delivers 14th MK6 Chinook for the United Kingdom

Boeing  has delivered its 14th Mk6 Chinook, completing the United Kingdom’s most recent order and growing the RAF Chinook fleet to 60 aircraft. The order completion coincided with the 35th anniversary of Chinook operations for the U.K. “Since they were introduced into service in 1980, our Chinook fleet has played an integral supporting role for British forces and have been...

USN moves to modify Super Hornet for Blue Angels role

The US Navy has started a process to replace the Blue Angels demonstration team’s aircraft with a squadron of Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornets. Boeing will receive a contract to draw up the engineering plans needed to convert the single-seat Super Hornet into a configuration specific to the Blue Angels role, the navy said in a 3 December acquisition notice. The engineering work will suppor...

Bangladesh Air Force gets Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft, AW 139 rescue helicopters

Russian-made Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft and Italian AW 139 helicopters have been inducted into the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed them over to the Air Force on Sunday at the BAF Bangabandhu Base in Dhaka. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also ruling Awami League president, on Sunday said self-confidence would take the nation forward though Banglades...

Flight tests of Russia’s 5th-generation fighter jet "practically completed"

The tests confirming the flight characteristics of Russia’s fifth-generation PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet have been actually completed, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV Channel on Monday. "Several planes are now primarily testing airborne avionics. The tests proving the aircraft’s flight char...

University of Manchester and Chinese Aviation Company Could Deliver Next Generation of Graphene Aircraft

Graphene planes could be a step closer to reality as a result of a partnership between The University of Manchester and a leading Chinese aviation company. Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) has become the latest partner of the National Graphene Institute (NGI), based at the University, to promote the research and development in graphene reinforced aluminium matrix composites ar...

China Sells 15 Harbin Y-12E Aircraft to Russia

A Chinese aircraft manufacturer has closed a 450-550 million yuan deal to sell 15 Y-12E aircraft to Russia for transportation and geological exploration. Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), announced Monday that it signed a contract with Russian company Fly AVIA FZE, which provides aviation equipment, repairs and after-s...

Airbus Seeks Sale of Services Unit Vector: Sources

Airbus Group SE is exploring a sale of Vector Aerospace Corp, a unit that services and maintains aircraft, in a deal that could be valued at more than US$800 million, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Airbus, Europe's largest aerospace group, is currently selling several businesses to focus its defense division on warplanes, missiles, launchers and satellites. Airbus has hi...

Daher's TBM 900 reaches 100th delivery milestone

Daher has handed over the 100th TBM 900, just 20 months after the latest iteration of the long-running single-engined turboprop line entered service. Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice-president for Daher’s airplane business unit, describes as "symbolic" the 7 December handover to an unnamed US customer. "The delivery confirms that our TBM 900 not only is the fastest single turb...

Airbus Jetliner Orders Top 1,000 Through November

Airbus Group SE on Monday said it has booked more than 1,000 jetliner orders in the first 11 months of 2015, leaving it with a high bar to meet its commitment for plane deliveries this year. Airbus, in its monthly update on business, said it had delivered 556 jetliners this year through November after shipping 61 aircraft last month. The plane maker needs to deliver 73 planes before the year-en...

Sikorsky completes VH-92A Presidential helicopter replacement program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced the successful completion of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Preliminary Design Review (PDR), completion of the integration and performance testing of mission communications system (MCS) components, and Sikorsky’s acceptance of the second S-92A™ aircraft for the program. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Tec...

Boeing to Roll Out 737 Max Jetliner with Little Fanfare

Boeing will roll out the first of its 737 Max jetliners this week with none of the fanfare that accompanied previous launches such as the 787 Dreamliner, even though the company's success is just as intricately tied to the fortunes of the new plane. The Dreamliner launch in 2007 attracted 15,000 guests, video feeds to 40 countries, a live band and Tom Brokaw as master of ceremonies. Th...

Leaving on a... battery powered plane!

China's first manned electric aircraft is ready for production The RX1E aircraft is powered by rechargeable lithium batteries  The plane can fly for 45-60 minutes on one 90 minute charge It will be used to train pilots and conduct sightseeing flights The model was given approval for production on Thursday China's first manned electric aircraft has been given a...

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Delivery trial for NHS in Scotland to support UK COVID-19 response: Thales, Skyports and Wingcopter

The trial is backed by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) – the integrated partnership of NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council directed by the local Integration Joint...

Rolls-Royce major reorganisation - to address medium-term impact of corona crisis

The impact of COVID-19 on Rolls-Royce and the whole of the aviation industry is unprecedented. We have already taken action to strengthen the financial resilience of our business and reduce our cash e...

Airbus A220 production facility in the U.S.officially opened

A new chapter in the development of Airbus’ U.S. production capabilities has begun with inauguration of the completed A220 commercial aircraft final assembly line (FAL) in Mobile, Alabama.This 2...

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Successful first flight of the World Largest All-Electric Aircraft

magniX and AeroTEC  announced the successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. The successful flight of the eCaravan, magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propu...

Safran reports on business developments of first months of 2020

The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Safran met behind closed doors at the Company's head office, under the chairmanship of Ross McInnes, Chairman of the Board of Directors. The...

Airbus A400M achieves Automatic Low Level Flight certification

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has achieved a new decisive milestone after the certification of its Automatic Low Level Flight capability, offering a unique in its class capability for a mi...

Meet new player on general aviation arena -Tecnam P2010TDI

TECNAM announced the introduction of a new player into the General Aviation arena. With the Type Certificate expected by July, the P2010 TDI has been one of the most secret development programs ever!&...

Congo Airways Converts Embraer E175 Order to E190-E2 Jets

Congo Airways have converted the firm order made in December 2019 for two E175 aircraft, with purchase rights for two more, into a firm order for two E190-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further t...

Pulselite bird strike prevention system STC expanded to include Bell 429 and Bell 505

Precise Flight has expanded its Supplemental Type Certificat from the FAA for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System to include approvals for the Bell 429 and Bell 505 variations.&...

Finnair boosts reliability of regional fleet with ATR Global Maintenance Agreement

ATR and one of its long-standing customers, the Finnish airline Finnair, signed a 10-year Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). Through this package, Finnair and Nordic Regional Airlines (NoRRA) –...