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Bell Helicopter and Horizon International Flight Academy signs LOI

Bell Helicopter has signed a Letter of Intent with Horizon International Flight Academy to become the first Bell Helicopter authorised training centre in the Middle East. The signing took place at the Dubai Airshow. Horizon International Flight Academy is based at Al Ain International Airport. It...

Airbus Helicopters begins flight testing high-compression engine demonstrator

Airbus Helicopters has completed the first flight of a lightweight, high-compression engine (HCE) on an H120 Colibri helicopter technology demonstrator. The 6 November sortie of the light-single, modified with a 4.6 litre V8 high-compression piston engine, is part of the “green rotorcraft&r...


Ethiopian Airlines first A350 XWB takes shape

The first Airbus A350-900 for Ethiopian Airlines is taking shape on the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.  Ethiopian Airlines will be the first African A350 XWB operator when it takes delivery of the aircraft next year. Ethiopian Airlines will operate 14 A350 XWB of which 12 are directly purchased from Airbus and two are on lease from AerCap, including this first aircraft. &nb...

Mubadala and GE finalize deal for joint venture in Al Ain

Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, and GE Aviation yesterday announce the signing of a Heads of Agreement for the formation of a GEnx engineMRO facility.. The new JV will further enhance the companies’ current GEnx MRO relationship. The transaction, building upon the maintenance partnership Mubadala and GE agreed to in 2013, includes the...

Jet Aviation completes and delivers ACJ320 for European head of state

Jet Aviation Basel has outfitted and delivered an Airbus ACJ320 to an undisclosed European government. The handover of the head-of-state aircraft marks the Swisscompany’s third VIP airliner completion this year. Other projects include a Boeing Business Jet and twin-aisle A340-600. The ACJ320 is certificated for private use, and seats 57 passengers and five crew members. The narr...

Yahsat to trial Ka-band in-flight connectivity on Etihad

Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator Yahsat is trial in-flight connectivity aboard an Etihad A320 aircraft via its Ka-band satellites. Yahsat says its Ka-band capacity will provide higher speeds and cheaper rates compared with other Ku-band systems. Ka-band could offer speeds of up to 50Mbps to the plane, allowing passengers to stream video and enable applications such as video conferencing. C...

Japan's First Commercial Jet in 50 Years Makes Maiden Flight

Japan's first commercial jet in half a century made its maiden flight on Wednesday, in a breakthrough for the country's long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry that can compete with some of the major players in global aviation. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) took off on a one-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp's ability to bring t...

Airbus ACJ319neo wins new customer

Airbus’ ACJ319neo has won another commitment, taking total sales of the new private jet family, which includes the ACJ320neo launched earlier this year, to six aircraft. Many of the sales are repeat orders from existing customers, highlighting the appeal of the family. This will be the first ACJneo Family aircraft to be operated by K5 Aviation of Germany, which already manages three ACJ31...

Russia's Il-76 cargo aircraft makes first landing on Antarctic ice airfield

The plane landed at the ice airfield of Russia’s Novolazarevskaya station in Antarctica The Ilyushin Il-76TD-90VD plane has for the first time landed on the ice airfield of Russia’s Novolazarevskaya station in Antarctica, the press service of the JSC Ilyushin Aviation Complex (part of the United Aircraft Corporation - UAC) reported on Monday. "The Il-76 type plane, equipped...

Russia Negotiating With UAE Over Delivery of Su-35 Jets

On November 8-12, Russia is presenting its aircraft and air defense systems at the Dubai Airshow in the UAE. “Su-35 presentation here [at the airshow] is very good, and we are currently engaged in negotiations with the [United Arab] Emirates about the delivery of these aircraft,” Chemezov told journalists. Earlier in the day, head of Rostec...

Indonesia to Buy 4 Russian Amphibious Be-200 Aircrafts

The Indonesian government will purchase four Russian amphibious Be-200 aircrafts for the country’s air force to fight forest fires, Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Agus Supriatna said Monday, local media reported. "We have already included this proposal in our strategic plan, that we buy four of these aircraft. It will be sufficient," Supriatna said....

Piaggio rolls out its MPA in Genoa as it displays a mock-up at show

As a newly-built maritime patrol aircraft rolls (MPA) out of a Genoa factory, Piaggio is showing off the ground demonstrator of the P.180 Avanti-based surveillance type at the Mubadala stand. Piaggio is developing the heftier and heavily modified MPA version of the Avanti in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments (ADASI). To accommodate a higher endurance of 8-9h, the MPA...

Oman Air signs with Airbus for A330 cabin upgrades

Oman Air has signed an agreement with Airbus to upgrade the cabins of its A330s. Above: Abdulaziz Al Raisi, Chief Officer Management Affairs, signed the agreement on behalf of Oman Air with Xavier Bertran, Head of Upgrade Services at Airbus. This interior modernisation will harmonise the airline's business class cabins across its long range fleet and ensure the latest standards...

Bell Helicopter and Strong Aviation sign LOI for Bell 525

Bell Helicopter announced today the signature of a letter of intent (LOI) with Strong Aviation for a Bell 525 Relentless super medium helicopter. Above: (left to right) David Sale, Regional Sales Manager, Bell Helicopter, Captain Salem Safar, Aviation Manager, Strong Aviation and Patrick Moulay, VP Global Commercial Sales, Bell Helicopter. Established in 1995, Strong Aviation is a p...

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Longest-range Gulfstream G800 launches flight-test program

All-new ultralong-range Gulfstream G800 successfully completed its first flight, officially launching the flight-test program of the industry’s longest-range aircraft. Announced in October 2021,...

Diehl Aerospace expands cooperation with Volocopter for the VoloCity

Volocopter and Diehl Aerospace are further expanding their cooperation. The contract extension provides for the development and production of an optical splitter to complement the flight con...

MTU Aero Engines develops aviation fuel cell technology

Aviation propulsion systems are a major factor in achieving zero emissions in the skies. As part of its Clean Air Engine technology agenda, MTU Aero Engines is working on various concepts for all...

CARIBAVIA 2022 - decarbonizing traditional aviation - Ampaire

One of CARIBAVIA 2022 most discussed session was presented by Brice Nzeukou, Director of Business and Product Development at Ampaire. How and what is happening in terms of decarbonizing traditional Av...

Tecnam & Leonardo together bringing the P2012 Traveller with fully integrated ATOS mission system

Tecnam and Leonardo signed an MoU that will allow customers to order Tecnam’s P2012 Sentinel Special Mission Platform fully integrated with Leonardo’s Airborne Tactical Observati...

Developing advanced air mobility solutions globally - Airbus & Munich Airport International partnership

Airbus and Munich Airport International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at ILA Berlin Air Show to start marketing turnkey solutions to cities and regions interested in developing advanced ai...

First flight in history with 100% SAF in both engines on a commercial aircraft

ATR, Swedish airline Braathens Regional Airlines and SAF supplier Neste supplier Neste collaborated to enable the first ever 100% SAF-powered test flight on a commercial aircraft. When used in ne...

Rolls-Royce advances hybrid-electric flight

The development of turbogenerator technology was officially announced by Rolls-Royce, which includes a new small engine designed for hybrid-electric applications. The system will be an on-board power...

EHang partners with Tianxingjian on scenic flight project with EH216

EHang has received an initial purchase order for five units of EH216 AAVs from Tianxingjian Cultural Tourism Investment and Development LLC. (“Tianxingjian”), an affiliated enterprise of t...

Wingcopter scores $42M, bringing on board new strategic investors to expand beyond medical drone deliveries

Wingcopter has raised $42 million from renowned financial and strategic investors. The new funding is part of a Series A extension round, tripling the company’s total equity raise to more than $...

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Embraer and Pratt & Whitney complete 100% SAF flight testing of GTF-powered E195-E2 aircraft

Embraer and Pratt & Whitney have successfully tested a GTF-powered E195-E2 aircraft on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The test, with one engine running on 100% SAF, validated that GTF engin...

Lilium engages Astronics for Lilium Jet power distribution units

Lilium selected Astronics Corporation to design, develop, and build the Lilium Jet’s electrical power distribution system.Power distribution units play a critical role within the Lilium Jet&rsqu...

A digital twin and a physical prototype of the wing spar box - Deutsche Aircraft, umlaut and HEGGEMANN

Deutsche Aircraft has reached two milestones in its D328eco project. Together with engineering service provider umlaut, part of Accenture, the wing spar box was digitized and modelled in 3D. The wing...

Silk Way West Airlines signs order for two A350F

Silk Way West Airlines signed a purchase agreement for two A350F. This is the first order from the Caspian region for this aircraft type. The freighters are intended to modernize a...

Archer Maker to achieve transition flight by year end

Archer Aviation announced that based on the recent successes seen in its Maker flight testing program, it is confident it will achieve its goal of flying full transition flights with Maker by year end...

Diehl Aerospace expands cooperation with Volocopter for the VoloCity

Volocopter and Diehl Aerospace are further expanding their cooperation. The contract extension provides for the development and production of an optical splitter to complement the flight con...

Hartzell Propeller receives STC for Diamond DA40 NG prop with Austro Engine E4-A

Hartzell Propeller has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA to replace Diamond DA40 NG MT wood/composite propellers with new and higher performance 3-bladed lightweight Polaris c...