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Etihad Airways Engineering to use Bigrep 3D printers in their Maintenance, Overhaul and Repair facility

Etihad Airways Engineering to install large-scale 3D printer Bigrep ONE to print parts and tooling, followed by a next generation Bigrep EDGE industrial 3D printer to develop, test and certify material for aircraft parts. Bigrep, the global leader in large-scale 3D printing, and Etihad Airways En...

Pilatus Hands Over First PC-24 Air Ambulance

The very first PC-24 with medevac interior has been handed over to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS Western Operations). Pilatus presented the key to PC-24 serial number 105 to RFDS CEO Rebecca Tomkinson on 26 November 2018 in Stans. Configured for patient transport, this PC-24...


MC-21 certification postponed again

Certification of the MC-21, Russia’s advanced narrow-body aircraft project, has been postponed again, with the debut of the first variant of the airliner, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines, now scheduled for 2020, says Alexander Rubtsov, president of manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company (SCAC), in an interview published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the Russian government’s...

The Next Evolution: Unique Method to Reduce Aircraft Weight Developed at NUST MISIS

The use of bionic design and additive technologies can reduce aircraft weight by almost a ton Russian scientists and engineers from NUST MISIS have managed to find a way to reduce the weight of aircraft engine parts by 20%. According to experts, this weight reduction is fundamental for the aircraft, becoming a ton lighter. This weight reduction was made possible with the introduction...

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engine to Join MRO Operations for PW1100G-JM Aero Engines

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engine, Ltd. (MHIAEL), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Aichi Prefecture, will join maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations for the PW1100G-JM aero engines. MHIAEL has signed an agreement with International Aero Engines LLC (IAE LLC), the entity that developed the PW1100G-JM engines, through Japan Aero Engines Corporatio...

Airbus delivers first A330-900 to launch operator TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the world’s first new generation widebody A330neo and, as the launch airline, will be the first to benefit from the aircraft’s unbeatable operating economics, increased range, and Airbus’ new Airspace cabin offering passengers the best in class comfort. The Portuguese carrier will take delivery of a further 20 A330-900s in the coming years....

Sea Lion takes next steps towards first delivery

The NH90 Sea Lion has recently achieved two important milestones ahead of the first delivery at the end of 2019. Completion of the German Navy Sea Lion qualification tests In the beginning of November, all ground and flight tests for the qualification of the new NH90 variant for the German Navy, the NH90 Sea Lion, were concluded. The formal closure of the qualification is expected in th...

First Ilyushin IL-96-400M assembly kicks off

Assembly of the first four-engine Ilyushin IL-96-400M wide-body passenger aircraft has begun at the Voronezh Aviation Plant (VASO) in southwest Russia.  Earlier in November, the factory reported it was taking delivery of some structural components and was starting subassembly of the new version’s wing and fuselage. The design documentation for the complete aircraft is currently also...

Russia considers developing a 40-seat turboprop based on the Let L-610 design

In the small 30 to 60-seat turboprop market – and in direct competition with local project the modernised Ilyushin IL-114 – Russia is considering the development of a 40-seat regional turboprop aircraft based on the 30-year old Let L-610, a prototype aircraft originally developed by the Czech civil aircraft manufacturer Let Kunovice. The state is considering replacing the obsolete S...

Serbia receives first out of nine H145Ms

The Serbian Minister of Defence AleksandarVulin visited the Airbus Helicopters Donauwörth site to accept the first H145M for the Serbian Air Force. In December, two H145Ms will be delivered to the Serbian Ministry of Interior. Altogether, Serbia will receive nine H145Ms, earmarked for the Air Force and for the Ministry of Interior. Four of the Air Force’s aircraft wi...

SH09 latest prototype begins flight trials

Kopter Group AG (Kopter) has commenced the next phase of its helicopter development and certification program with its latest SH09 prototype number 3 (P3). P3 has achieved the necessary technical clearance and regulatory compliance to start flight tests. Designed in Switzerland and assembled at the Kopter facility at Mollis airfield, it incorporates several improvements and modifications based...

Bombardier Continues to Expand Worldwide Customer Support Network

Bombardier announced the latest addition to its expanding Services and Support network – a line maintenance station (LMS) located at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France. The new facility is the seventh line maintenance station to be opened in the past 18 months, further strengthening Bombardier’s OEM support services offering for its growing European customer base. In addition to...

Boeing, Caribbean Airlines Announce Selection of 737 MAX

Boeing and Caribbean Airlines announced the airline has chosen to enhance and renew its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX 8. The carrier, which has long operated the Next-Generation 737, will take delivery of 12 MAX airplanes in the coming years.  The airline commemorated the selection of the MAX during a ceremony featuring national dignitaries, including the Prime Minister of ...

Airbus inaugurates first Level D-qualified A320neo simulator in the Americas

Airbus’ newest training center in Denver is now home to the first A320neo full flight simulator (FFS) in the Americas. The simulator just achieved Level D certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with four engine fits -- including the NEO. This simulator complements the two existing A320 Family, FAA-certified Level D FFS in the Denver Airbus Training Center. FAA FFS...

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Dassault Falcon 8X in the spotlight at MEBAA 2018

Ultra-long range Falcon 8X, new Falcon 6X driving Middle East sales. Dassault Aviation will highlight its ultra-long range Falcon 8X and new Falcon 6X ultra widebody twinjet at the Middle East &...

Longest-Range Business Jet Ever with BBJ 777X

Airplane can connect virtually any two cities in the world Boeing Business Jets also announces new order for its best-selling BBJ MAX  Boeing Business Jets today announced it is launchi...

Boeing Forecasts Continued Health and Growth for Aircraft Financing in 2019

Financing industry to provide approximately $143 billion in aircraft funding in 2019 Financing requirements to grow to more than $180 billion over next five years Funding continues to be balance...

Avolon firms up order for 100 A320neo Family aircraft

Dublin, Ireland headquartered aircraft lessor Avolon has firmed up an order for 75 A320neos and 25 A321neos. The agreement is the single largest order for Airbus aircraft ever placed by Avolon. The...

Groundbreaking partnership of Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre, new life for airplane structure material

First-agreement of its kind will repurpose aerospace-grade composite material for making laptop cases, car parts and other products Partnership will reduce solid waste by more than one million poun...

GULFSTREAM TO DEBUT CLASS-LEADING G500 AND G600 AT MEBAA SHOW 2018

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the all-new, clean-sheet Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 will make their first appearance at the Middle East and North Africa Business...

Lockheed Martin and Airbus Sign Memorandum of Agreement on Aerial Refueling

Lockheed Martin and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly explore opportunities to meet the growing demand for aerial refueling for U.S. defense customers. The companies will seek to provide a...

ACJ display points way to future of business aviation

Echoes trend toward more spacious cabins Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) is exhibiting an ACJ319 at the MEBAA show[1], highlighting the comfort and space on offer, and echoing the trend towards larger...

Airbus celebrates opening of the world’s first Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite operating site

Wyndham, in Western Australia, is the world’s first operational launch site for solar-electric stratospheric UAV Marks the start of various Zephyr flight  campaigns to be undertaken fr...

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Diamond Aircraft and SNCA announce purchase agreement of 60 aircraft

The Saudi National Company of Aviation (SNCA), a CAE Authorized Training Center, has selected Diamond Aircraft twin DA42-VI and single DA40 NG for its training center. The agreement will comprise 60 a...

Production Milestone for Pratt & Whitney GTF™ PW1200G Engine at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines in Japan

Pratt & Whitney and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. recently achieved a significant production milestone on the Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1200G engine, powering the Mitsubi...

Lithuanian Air Force renews Dauphin HCare Infinite contract

Fleet of three AS365 N3+ has achieved 97% average availability over three years The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) has renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fle...

Boeing Delivers First 787-9 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc

Larger and longer-range Dreamliner to help airline expand service to Europe, United States, Latin America Morocco's flag carrier unveils new interior and special livery on inaugural 787-9 Bo...

Daher TBM 930’s latest features in “The magic touch” video

The most recent features and functionality on the TBM 930 – the high-end model in Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft family – are spotlighted in a new video: “TBM 930 - The M...

MJet becomes first ACJ customer for Skywise

MJet GmbH of Austria has become the first ACJ319 operator to sign up for Skywise, enabling it to integrate its own operational, maintenance, and aircraft data into the Skywise platform. MJet will stor...

Able Aerospace Services breaks ground on 50,000-S.F. Facility Expansion

Approximately 100 new jobs planned to be added to current team of 450 employees in Mesa, Arizona Able Aerospace Services joined with dignitaries from the East Valley, Phoenix and Phoenix Mesa...