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AgustaWestland considers full ice protection for AW169

AgustaWestland expects deliveries of its new AW169 to be into double figures by the end of 2015 even as it works to add further capabilities to the 4.6t rotorcraft, including potentially full ice protection. Since gaining European Aviation Safety Agency certification in July, the airframer has de...

MiG Corporation is developing a next-generation light fighter

Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG) is implementing a project for development of a fifth-generation light fighter, Interfax-AVN reports with reference to a source close to the aircraft industry. “This project is focused on developing configuration of the next-generation light fighter...


DOD warns defence primes of high supplier profit margins

The Pentagon’s top acquisition office says first-tier subcontractors’ profit margins for production programmes are about 7% higher on average than for the prime contractor, and this imbalance could be deterring major suppliers from bidding for new contracts as primes. The revelation has spurred discussions between the DOD and the major primes about better controlling subcontractor p...

Collins debuts Pro Line Fusion at Helitech

Rockwell Collins displayed a Pro Line Fusion avionics system demonstrator for helicopter cockpits for the first time the Helitech International Helicopter Expo and Conference in London. The Helitech debut follows the system’s commercial launch earlier this year. Airbus Helicopters and Vector Aerospace will develop and market Pro Line Fusion as a cockpit upgrade. All Airbus Helicopters pla...

UTC Aerospace Systems Celebrates 200th A380 Landing Gear Delivery

UTC Aerospace Systems today welcomed Airbus to its landing gear production facility in Oakville, Ontario, to celebrate two program milestones. As the supplier of the body and wing landing gear for the Airbus A380, the event commemorated the pending delivery of the 200th shipset of gear. It was also an opportunity to recognize the upcoming delivery of the first shipset of main landing gear for the...

GE Probing Similar Engine Parts in Wake of BA Plane Fire

General Electric Co said on Tuesday it was inspecting out-of-service versions of the engine component involved in a fire with a British Airways plane last month to further determine the cause of the engine failure. On Sep. 8, a British Airways plane, a Boeing 777, caught fire upon take-off from Las Vegas to London; all 157 passengers and 13 crew members escaped, with only a few minor...

Airbus, Bombardier End Talks over CSeries Jet Investment

Airbus on Tuesday called off talks with Bombardier over propping up the troubled CSeries jet, leaving the Canadian plane maker facing dwindling options to keep its dream of competing in the aerospace big league alive. The latest blow to Bombardier, which has been trying to shore up its shrinking cash reserves for months, came after Reuters reported that Bombardier had made an offer to Airb...

Airbus Helicopter introduces H145 Mercedes-Benz Style

Airbus Helicopters has announced it is introducing new H145 Mercedes-Benz Style, with four orders being received so far. The H145 Mercedes-Benz Style offers higher performance, increased safety and improved exterior design for high-end private and corporate operation.   The versatile cabin will allow customers to alter their aircraft to suit their personal needs.    F...

No rush for Boeing to launch mid-market type: Tinseth

Boeing has "some" time before having to decide about launching a "middle of the market" aircraft that would fit between its 737 narrowbody family and 787 widebody series, in the view of the manufacturer's marketing vice-president Randy Tinseth. Speaking to Flightglobal in London, Tinseth said Boeing had been talking to customers about such a clean-sheet design "for...

Tech Mahindra to develop the Aircraft Ground Support System for Bombardier's C Series

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Tech Mahindra, a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering announced today that they have signed an agreement under which Tech Mahindra will develop the Aircraft Ground Support System (AGSS) for Bombardier's Aircraft Health Management System (AHMS) for the C Series family of aircraft. The AGSS will facilitate real-time and p...

Boeing CEO Comment on Pacific Trade Agreement Progress

 Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing president and CEO, today commented on the progress being made on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a large free-trade agreement that would support U.S. export growth in some of the world’s fast-growing markets. “Free-trade agreements create new opportunities for American companies and their workers. I thank the United States Trade Representati...

Cessna approaching 2,500 Caravan delivery milestone

Cessna is preparing to deliver the 2,500th Caravan this quarter, to an Alaskan charter operator which was its original launch customer for the single-engined turboprop – Bering Air. The Caravan EX rolled-off Cessna’s Wichita production line in Kansas in late September, a little over 30 years after the first iteration of the high-wing utility aircraft entered service with Bering...

Boeing, commercial deliveries rise 7% in 3Q 2015

Boeing Co. said its deliveries of commercial airplanes rose 7% for the third quarter amid continued growth for its 787 Dreamliner and its best-selling 737 single-aisle jetliner. The aerospace and defense company delivered 199 commercial aircraft in the latest quarter, compared with 186 a year earlier. The world’s largest jetliner maker has continued to enjoy strong demand for...

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. Increases PT6B-37A Engine TBO by 1,500 Hours

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) has boosted the basic Time Between Overhaul (TBO) for the power section of the PT6B-37A turboshaft engine by a full 50 per cent, jumping from 3,000 hours to 4,500 hours, resulting in improved operating economics. All PT6B-37A engines in service are eligible for the basic TBO increase, meaning no minimum build standard is required. “This 50 per c...

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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...

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...

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...