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Learning to fly in bad weather

Garmin has started a Weather Radar Operations eLearning Course through the flyGarmin website. The course introduces pilots to basic and intermediate weather radar operations and goes beyond the pilot’s guide, ensuring pilots utilize the benefits provided by on-board weather radar. In...

Turbomeca Delivered First Production Arrius 2R to Bell Helicopter

Turbomeca (Safran) delivered the first production Arrius 2R engine to Bell Helicopter in August 2015, on schedule. Selected to power the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, the Arrius 2R is the only turbine in the 500 shp range to feature a dual-channel FADEC. With seven million flight hours already logged by Ar...


Airbus orders reach 754 jets after August surge

European planemaker Airbus (AIR.PA) said on Friday that it won 754 orders in the first eight months of the year, boosted by an order surge last month that included one worth $26.55 billion at list prices from Indian carrier IndiGo. In addition to the order for 250 Airbus A320neo jets from India's biggest airline by market share, the planemaker sold 40 A320-family planes to an undisclosed cu...

EIB confirms GBP 280 million support for Rolls-Royce during visit to Derby

The European Investment Bank (EIB), has officially agreed to support the research and development of Rolls-Royce aero engines through a GBP 280 million long-term loan. This loan is the largest ever given by Europe’s long-term lending institution to Rolls-Royce for investment in research and development. The EIB-backed loan supports the development of the higher thrust version...

Russia’s T-50 radar almost ready for serial production

The Tikhomirov NIIP radar system built for Russia’s first fifth-generation combat jet, the Sukhoi T-50, is “99% ready” to enter serial production but must first complete a series of development tests. The active phased array radar consists of one forward-looking X-band radar in the nose section and two side-scanning arrays as well as L-band antennas along the wing flaps. Th...

Russian Helicopters to provide Russian forces with helicopters built for Mistral-type carriers

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will deliver ship-borne Ka-52K helicopters built for use on-board Mistral-class carriers to the Russian Army. “In the near future the Russian Defence Ministry will receive Ka-52K and Mi-28NM helicopters with dual controls and significantly enhanced flight capabilities and firepower,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev sai...

TAI signed agreements with WCBKT, WZL1, ITWL and MESKO

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have signed agreements with WCBKT, WZL1, ITWL and MESKO at MSPO Kielce on 1st September. The producer of the T129 ATAK Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter signed the MOU’s at their stand on the first day of MSPO.   The MOU’s cover bilateral cooperation between the companies for introducing TAI’s T129 ATAK Advance...

Bell Helicopter Rolls Out Second 525 Prototype

Bell Helicopter is readying its second super-medium 525 twin for first flight later this year. The first Bell 525 flight-test vehicle made its maiden flight on July 1 at the company's Amarillo, Texas plant. Larry Roberts, Bell executive vice president for the 525 program, said Ship One had accumulated approximately 40 hours of test flying through the summer and that, other than some mi...

New Sukhoi SuperJet 100 B100 aircraft will be powered by higher thrust engines

A new member will join Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ 100) Family soon; it will be designated B100. Chief Designer of SSJ program Vladimir Lavrov told RIA Novosti at MAKS-2015 international airshow, that installing higher thrust engines (developed for long-range version of the jet) on the aircraft having the same takeoff weight allows customers to have more flexibility in terms of aircraft configuration...

Moscow and Astana are considering starting joint production of radar stations

RTI Group (Russia) and the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan are negotiating joint production of radar stations intended for armed forces, RTI Deputy CEO Svetlana Afanasyeva told RIA Novosti at MAKS-2015 airshow. RTI is the large Russian holding company specializing in development and production of high-tech products and solutions using its own technologies in the area of microelectronics. &...

Russian Helicopters to sign contracts with India's Army, Navy and Home Affairs Ministry

During the Russia-India conference on after-sales service for Russian-made helicopters, Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) proposed developing the after-sales service provision for Russian-made helicopters operated in India. A long-term contract between India’s Army, Navy and Home Affairs Ministry and Russian Helicopters is one of the steps envisaged as part of these i...

Utilitarian aircraft galleys increasingly get a makeover

Zodiac Aerospace is celebrating the delivery of its 50,000th aircraft galley, a unit shipped to Etihad Airways for its new ‘Reimagined’ A380 cabin, that embodies everything going right with cabin design in recent years. Far from the utilitarian storage and food preparation area we see on most aircraft, this fine crafted unit for Etihad Airways would fit in the modern livin...

Boeing finalizes nearly $3 billion 737 order

Boeing on Thursday said a United Kingdom leisure airline has finalized a multi-billion dollar order. Jet2.com’s order is for 27 Boeing Next Generation 737-800s, which Boeing valued at $2.6 billion at list prices. The U.K. carrier has a fleet of nearly 60 Boeing aircraft, though Boeing said this is its first direct order from Jet2.com. The 737-800s will be delivered over the next two...

"Must see" from Satcom Direct on JetExpo 2015

The leader in the field of satellite communications services for business aviation, Satcom Direct, will demonstrate the latest achivements during the 10th Business Aviation Exhibition JetExpo 2015 in Moskow. Top news - Satcom Direct Router (SDR).It is loaded with services that compress and cache data, so that you have maximum bandwidth for the transmission of information,with no&...

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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...