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Hands On: HUD and Fly-by-Wire Enhances Legacy 500

The first OEM customer for the Rockwell Collins HGS-3500 compact head-up display (HUD) is Embraer, which selected the new HUD for the Legacy 450 and 500 midsize jets. The HUD is optional, as is the Rockwell CollinsEVS-3000 enhanced vision system, and they can be in...

HURRICANE HUNTERS: Nine 'brave' aircraft that need all nine lives

As the US East Coast bunkers down for a hurricane hammering, we look at aircraft used by US Air Force Special Operations and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to fly directly into hurricanes to take the critical measurements that help predict where a storm is heading. The...


Bombardier Signs Firm Agreements for Combined Total of up to 16 CRJ Series Aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has welcomed Dublin-based CityJet (CityJet) to the CRJ Series family of aircraft operators following confirmation that it will operate CRJ900 aircraft in the network of Sweden’s Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). CityJet will acquire the aircraft from a customer that signed a firm purchase agreement for eight CRJ900 aircraft and took options on an additiona...

Boeing, Airbus Begin New Battle for Cargo Conversions

Boeing Co. and Airbus Group are squaring off in the nascent market for converting single-aisle passenger jets into freighters. Boeing says it has a commitment from China's YTO Express Airlines to buy an unidentified number of 737-800s that the U.S. plane maker would convert to cargo use, although Boeing's board of directors hasn't signed off on launching a planned conversion program...

Boeing selects BAE to develop warfare systems for F-15

BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to develop and manufacture a new, all-digital electronic warfare system for the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) fleet of F-15 fighter aircraft. The new electronic warfare system is part of a multi-billion dollar program to develop the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), an integrated system that will provide advanced aircraft prote...

CAE closes the acquisition of Bombardier's Military Aviation Training unit

CAE today announced that it has closed the acquisition of Bombardier's Military Aviation Training business for C$19.8 million. All the required conditions and regulatory approvals have been obtained and the transaction has been concluded. This acquisition significantly strengthens CAE's core capabilities as a training systems integrator (TSI) globally, and further expands its offer...

Piaggio secures US and European approval for Avanti Evo Magnaghi landing gear

Piaggio Aerospace has secured European and US certification for the new landing gear on its Avanti Evo twin-engined turboprop, following an intensive flight-test programme. The system, designed and manufactured by Italian company Magnaghi, replaces the Dowty landing gear that has been a feature on all Avanti models – including the first Evo delivered in April to Greece’s Superior Ai...

Lockheed Martin targets further MH-60R sales, building on Australian success

Lockheed Martin has hailed progress on the Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ project, with 14 of the 24 naval combat helicopters being acquired so far delivered ahead of schedule. Of those, 13 aircraft are already here in Australia, and one is in the US for the purposes of testing. Three more of the anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface warfare multi-mission helicop...

AVIC launches seaplane conversion for Y-12

Chinese aviation manufacturer AVIC has expanded into the seaplane market, placing an order for 100 sets of floats to convert 19-seat Harbin Y-12s into amphibious transports, says a US supplier. Seattle-based Kenmore Air announced that AVIC is acquiring the floats for the Y-12 from EDO Floats, a subsidiary of the US company. The two-year conversion programme includes a plan to certi...

Bombardier Seeking Investors for All Business Units - Sources

Canada's Bombardier Inc is exploring the sale of a stake in any of its business areas, not just its rail unit, to ensure it can finish development of its delayed CSeries jet, according to four sources familiar with the situation. The Montreal-based company has hired investment bankers to look at a variety of financing options, the sources said, including selling aerospace or rail assets in...

Bregier: Airbus Confident of A350 XWB Delivery Goal for 2015

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier remains confident that the European aircraft manufacturer will achieve its goal to deliver around 15 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft this year. "If we reach this target, I think we have secured a strong foundation for the future ramp-up of A350 production. It is always extremely difficult to produce an aircraft that is just certified," Bregier said. To...

Spirit Aeronautics Announces FANS Solution for Bombardier Challenger 604 Business Jet Operatiors

Spirit Aeronautics announced today that the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is now complete and the company is offering Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A capability for Bombardier's Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4™ avionics. The STC upgrade is straight forward and utilizes the current flight management system (FMS) and control displ...

Airbus, Pratt Analyzing Latest A320neo Engine Snag

Airbus confirmed Wednesday that a Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofan on one its A320neo flight-test aircraft suffered “minor damage” following hot-weather trials in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. The company stressed, however, that the incident would not affect certification schedules and plans to deliver the first Pratt-powered airplane to Qatar Airways...

Il-20M deployment aids Russian strikes in Syria

The Russian air force has deployed Ilyushin Il-20M intelligence-gathering aircraft inside Syria to help co-ordinate its attacks on rebel personnel, and to also follow the movements of other militaries operating in the area. Dedicated to electronic intelligence missions, the Il-20M arrived in Syria days after Russia's first Ilyushin Il-76 began to unload military hardware at Latakia air base...

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AutoFlight starts in Europe, targeting Prosperity I airtaxi certification by 2025

The continuity of global expansion of AutoFlight is marked with the establishment of its first location in Europe: a team led by former Airbus manager Mark R. Henning is now ramping up at Au...

Maldivian orders its first ATR aircraft

The national airline of the Maldives, Island Aviation Services Ltd (dba. Maldivian), and ATR announced the signing of a contract for the purchase of the airline’s first ATR aircraft: two ATR 72-...

Successful year of expansion and continued investment - Gulfstream Customer Support

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Welcome a new generation of ZURI hybrid VTOL aircraft

After more than three years of development and successful ground tests of its technological demonstrator, ZURI presents a new model of its hybrid VTOL aircraft in the passenger version with internal d...

FACC develops state-of-the-art business jet cabin for Bombardier Challenger 3500

With its successful Challenger family of aircraft, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier holds a leading position in the market segment of super mid-size jets. Recently, Bombardier l...

The last ever Dauphin delivered to Spanish Customs

Airbus has delivered the last Dauphin helicopter, an AS365 N3, to the Spanish Customs Service. This helicopter will reinforce the Customs Surveillance Service’s capacity to combat drug trafficki...

The speed record is officially broken - Spirit of Innovation is world fastest all-electric vehicle

The all-electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft is officially the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft, having set two new world records which have now been independently confirmed...

ZEVA successfully completes historic first test flight

ZEVA successfully achieved its first untethered, powered, controlled flight test for its full-scale ZEVA ZERO flying wing airframe utilizing its eight zero-emission electric motor-driven propellers. T...

Maldivian orders its first ATR aircraft

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Aircraft lifecycle centre - sustainable solutions to manage the entire lifecycle of aircraft

Airbus has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding  with the city of Chengdu and Tarmac Aerosave for the development of the first sustainable aircraft “lifecycle” service centre in China...