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Boeing, Lockheed unveil competing UAV-killing concepts

With reports that Islamic State (IS) militants have begun operating commercially-produced unmanned air vehicles to support their activities in the Middle East, Boeing and Lockheed Martin are pursuing two very different approaches to knocking unmanned aircraft out of the sky. Boeing has produced a...

Sukhoi Lands Second Western Customer for SSJ100

Irish regional airline CityJet announced Tuesday at the ERA General Assembly in Berlin that it has signed an agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) and Superjet International (SJI) covering a firm order for 15 Sukhoi Superjets along with options on another 10. Sukhoi values the agreem...


Sikorsky S-97 Raider reaching for top speeds by “summer 2016”

Sikorsky will conduct a significant amount of ground testing on its S-97 Raider before returning to flight trials, with just 2.2h of a 110h flight test programme clocked since the maiden flight in May. S-97 chief test pilot Bill Fell says more testing will be done with ground-test rid at Sikorsky’s plant in West Palm Beach, Florida, to build “confidence” in the aircraft’...

Chinook, Apache face cuts if budget talks fail

Two Boeing helicopter programmes – the Boeing AH-64 and CH-47 Chinook – face several cut-backs if the Congress is unable to pass a new budget for Fiscal 2016, US Army acquisition leaders warn. The army’s request to buy 64 AH-64Es in the fiscal year that began on 1 October would be cut by half under a continuing resolution, says Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the army for a...

China's Sunward buys Canada's Avmax for $347.24m to diversify into aviation

Chinese construction equipment maker Sunward Intelligent Equipment Co said it has bought Canadian aviation services provider Avmax Group, which has assets of up to $312 million, amid a sustained downturn in the construction machinery market. Sunward closed the deal with Avmax's biggest shareholder in mid-September, but the pricing has yet to be finalised based on Avmax's future performance...

Airbus likely to increase production in Mobile, mayor says

Airbus Group SA  is likely to increase aircraft output at its Mobile, Alabama, factory beyond its current four-a-month target, the mayor of the Southern U.S. city said on Tuesday. Airbus has said it could produce up to eight single-aisle jetliners a month at the plant, which opened last month, an increase that would help Airbus work through its large backlog of orders, Mayor Sandy Stimpson...

Dassault To Break Ground on New Falcon Service Center

Dassault Aviation will break ground on Friday for a new heavy-maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Mérignac, France. This will be an addition to Dassault Falcon Service’s three dedicated heavy MRO facilities in Paris Le Bourget; Little Rock, Ark.; and Wilmington, Del. “The Mérignac shop will complement these,” the company said. The new 7,20...

Bombardier Presents 2015 Cernan Safety Award to Barre

Bombardier named pilot and safety advisor Matt Barre the winner of the 2015 Eugene Cernan Safety Award. Bombardier recognized Captain Barre for “his dedication to aviation safety while on active duty in the Coast Guard and as a member of Aflac's corporate flight department.” Nominated for the award by his peers, he was also credited for his involvement in developing safety programs...

Windecker Eagle due for China market resurrection

A Chinese entrepreneur, Wei Hang, is to restart manufacture of the Windecker Eagle, or Eagle AC-7 Eagle 1, nearly 40 years after its US developer Windecker Industries shut down, having only produced eight and delivered one of the piston-singles. Windecker’s demise was triggered by the Western economic recession of the mid-1970s, which hit the light aircraft industry particularly hard. The...

Airbus launches new Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has selected Airbus’ newly launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900 for non-stop flights to the US. Under an amendment to the carrier’s existing order for 63 A350-900s, seven of the aircraft will now be delivered with an Ultra-Long Range capability for flights of up to 19 hours. In addition, the carrier has placed an additional order for four A350-900s...

The 100th production Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft performed its maiden flight

Komsomolsk-on-Amur plant (branch of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company) has completed assembly of the 100th Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ100) airliner. On October 5th the jet performed a test flight above Komsomolsk-on-Amur and confirmed that the preparation for delivery may be continued.  After all the final modifications, ground and flight tests the 100th SSJ100 will depart from Kha...

Boeing Optimizes Maintenance Record Keeping for Airlines

New digital airline maintenance records tool increases operational efficiency Boeing introduced today a digital records management capability to its Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite of products that will optimize maintenance operations and reduce costs for airlines. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox Records module provides an industry standard platform to manage scanned and digit...

Boeing to Support United Airlines 787 Dreamliners with Component Services

Boeing announced yesterday a new services contract with United Airlines that is expected to reduce costs and increase efficiency for the airline by providing high-value, mission-critical rotable parts. Boeing will support United Airlines’ entire fleet of 787 Dreamliners through its Component Services program under the 10-year agreement, enabling the airline to greatly reduce its inventory...

Thai army to boost AW139 fleet size

The Royal Thai Army is to increase its fleet of AgustaWestland AW139 utility helicopters to 10 units, after awarding the manufacturer a follow-on order for eight of the intermediate twins. Deliveries of the rotorcraft will be completed before the end of 2016, the European company announced during the Helitech exhibition in London. Flightglobal's Fleets Analyzer database records Thailand&...

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New equipment enhancements announced across Bell Textron current in-production commercial aircraft! Susan Griffin, executive vice president, Commercial Business said: “Bell is com...

Boeing and Embraer Welcome Brazilian Approval

Boeing and Embraer welcome the unconditional approval of their strategic partnership by the Administrative Council for Economic Defense's General-Superintendence in Brazil. The deci...

First Flight of New Boeing 777X successfully completed

First Flight of New Boeing 777X successfully completed,entering the next phase of its rigorous test program! The 777X took off in front of thousands at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, fo...

Airbus is adding A321 production capabilities in Toulouse

Following its strategy to keep its overall production system at the leading edge of technology and to increase industrial capacity and flexibility, Airbus has decided to create new A321 production cap...

Airbus customer-centric solutions at Heli-Expo 2020

Get ready to see civil range of Airbus Helicopters at Heli-Expo 2020! Centre-stage on booth 3432 will be an H125, an ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, and an H175. The H125 will be displayed with the...

Bombardier Learjet gets avionics upgrade

FAA has certified the latest update to the popular Garmin G5000 avionics suite aboard of Bombardier Learjet aircraft. The upgrade will be incorporated on new Learjet aircraft...

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Airbus Helicopters H125 got more power and enhanced aerial work capabilities

A major performance increase on the H125 announced by Airbus Helicopters by making full use of the available power of Safran Helicopter Engines’ Arriel 2D. The aircraft’s ex...

Leonardo acquires Kopter to extend helicopter market leadership

Leonardo has signed a contract with Lynwood (Schweiz) AG to acquire 100% of Kopter Group AG. This move allows Leonardo to further strengthen its worldwide leadership and position in the rotorcraft sec...

Revolutionary Advanced Autopilot System for the H125/AS350

WeatherTech is the launch customer for their StandardAero and Thales advanced 4-axis Compact Autopilot System for the Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350 platform. Derived from certified transport...

New technological enhancements available for Full Bell Commercial Aircraft Portfolio

New equipment enhancements announced across Bell Textron current in-production commercial aircraft! Susan Griffin, executive vice president, Commercial Business said: “Bell is com...

Universal Avionics Introduces Latest Developments in ‘Fly by Sight’ Flight Deck Concept

Universal Avionics is debuting its latest developments in the ‘Fly by Sight’ flight deck concept to the helicopter market during HAI HELI-EXPO 2020. The company’s ‘Fly by...

Boeing and Embraer Welcome Brazilian Approval

Boeing and Embraer welcome the unconditional approval of their strategic partnership by the Administrative Council for Economic Defense's General-Superintendence in Brazil. The deci...

Canadian approval received for Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems Bell 407 Helicopters

Astronics Corporation announced that an amended Supplemental Type Certificate has been approved by Transport Canada Civil Aviation for its Max-Viz 1400 and 1200 Enhanced Vision Sys...