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Eighth group of airBaltic Pilot Academy students begin studies

The eighth group of students began their study process at the Latvian airline’s airBaltic Pilot Academy today, on September 21, 2020. The eighth group of 11 students will receive a commercial pilot licence upon completion of the full-time program in less than two years from now. Pauls Cālītis, COO of airBaltic: “We launched our Pilot Academy almost...

New Argus price as Europe moves towards sustainable aviation fuel

 Legislation in Europe is pushing airlines to use more environmentally-friendly fuels, creating a need for transparent pricing in this emerging market. Global energy and commodity price reporting agency Argus has launched prices for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe.  SAF is made from waste products, such as used cooking oil, and has a lower carbon footprint tha...

To meet strong demand, Boeing launches new freighter conversion lines

Boeing announced a firm order from an unidentified customer for two 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF), as well as agreements to open additional conversion lines in Guangzhou, China, and Singapore to meet strong market demand. Based on the popular Next-Generation 737, the 737-800BCF offers operators newer technology, lower fuel consumption and higher reliability than other standard-bod...

New Airbus zero-emission concept aircraft revealed

Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the Company’s ambition of leading the way in the decarbonisation of the entire aviation...

Rostec announced the results of the Russian Be-200ES firefighting operations in Turkey

Over the past three months, the Russian Be-200ES amphibious aircraft flew more than 200 times for suppressing wildland fires in Turkey. Aircraft with Russian crews onboard have been participating in the firefighting missions at difficult and strategically important places and locations since June 16. Total flight time exceeded 400 hours. Two amphibious aircraft manufactured by the PJSC Taganr...

The 23rd Airbus A220-300 of airBaltic received

On September 20, 2020 airBaltic welcomed  in Riga its 23rd Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAW. The 23rd aircraft is one of the 50 Airbus A220-300 airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds 30 options for the same aircraft type. By the end of 2020 airBaltic plans to have a total of 25 Airbus A220-300 jet...

First operator to use the new H145 for Offshore Wind operations - HTM-Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters have signed a contract for the purchase of two additional H145 helicopters. HTM will be the first operator to use the new five-bladed H145 in the Offshore Wind segment. “We thank HTM for their continued trust in Airbus Helicopters and our products”, says Thomas Hein, Head of Sales Western Europe at Airbus Helicopters. “Since HTM started...

Corona impact - aviation conferences will change

“Under the current circumstances, aviation conferences will change. We have seen that a large number of major conferences and conventions had to be cancelled. Disappointment is one thing, at what expense, is another,” says Cdr.Bud Slabbaert, Chairman and Coordinator of the Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference, or CARIBAVIA for short. “There is much talk about a ‘New Normal&...

Relaunched Diamond DA20-C1 with new instrument panel

The high demand for single engine training aircraft has led to the return to production of the Diamond DA20-C1, powered by a 125HP Continental IO-240 engine and equipped with new state-of-the-art G500TXi Avionics. With over 1,000 DA20’s already operating worldwide, the strong desire for lower cost new single engine aircraft in training environments continues. The DA20 is proven to be the...

Bell presents the Turkish National Police with the outstanding operational readiness award

Bell announced the Turkish National Police were presented an award for “Outstanding Operational Readiness.” The force operates 14 Bell 429s for its safety and security missions. The fleet’s operational readiness is above 95 percent. “It is an honor to award the Turkish National Police this plaque for outstanding operational readiness,” said Clay Bridges, Reg...

One million seats for under £35 - British Airways

British Airways has today released one million seats for under £35 each-way.* The seats are available across popular routes including, but not limited to, Athens, Bologna, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, Milan, Venice, Newcastle and Naples. Customers must book by 22 September to benefit from these fares. Also reduced are a large selection of Club Europe fares to 60 routes. These include...

New projects are keeping AMAC Aerospace busy as usual

Good news, AMAC Aerospace is busy as usual, despite corona crisis. Latest announcement -  a new signed contract for a ‘PPI’ on a Gulfstream G450. Furthermore, AMAC has been selected to carry out maintenance checks and refurbishment works on several Bombardier and Boeing aircraft. AMAC Aerospace signed a new contract for a Pre-Purchase Inspection (‘PPI’) on a Gu...

Airbus HCare Infinite support contract will cover NASA H135 fleet

NASA has signed a $15million HCare Infinite full-availability support solution with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. The comprehensive contract, initially covering two years with the option to extend up to 10, provides the entire spectrum of support needs for NASA’s fleet of three H135 helicopters, which will begin deliveries later this month.  Airbus will ensure operational availability b...

Gulfstream G700 earns International Yacht & Aviation Award for seat design

Congratulations! Gulfstream G700 earned a 2020 International Yacht & Aviation Award for the industry flagship’s all-new seat design. The Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 received the same accolade in 2018.  “I am proud of the Gulfstream team that worked diligently to build on our excellence in cabin comfort,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. &ldq...

15 new summer destinations from Frankfurt in 2021 with Lufthansa

Lufthansa is consistently expanding its offering of flights to tourist and leisure destinations from Frankfurt.  During next year’s summer Season in 2021 15 new sunny destinations, which are highly attractive for holidaymakers, are now available for booking. The focus is on Greece (Corfu, Chania/Crete, Mykonos, Kos, Kavala/Thrace and Preveza/Peloponnese). Other attractive destinations i...

Norwegian commits to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030

 Norwegian has launched a new environmental sustainability strategy that will begin immediately and deliver several industry leading targets. Cutting CO2 emissions by 45 percent, remove all non-recyclable plastics and recycle all single-use plastics are key commitments in the new strategy. The goal is in line with the 1.5°C target set forth in the Paris Agreement. Jacob Schra...

First ever purpose-built Regional Freighter took flight

ATR announced the successful first flight of its new purpose-built regional freighter aircraft. The flight took off at 14:00 from its Saint-Martin site and lasted two hours. During the flight, crew onboard performed a number of tests to measure the new aircraft’s flight envelope and flight performance. The first delivery of this aircraft will be to FedEx Express, the world’s...

Rosaviatsiya certified electronic documentation for Ansat helicopters

The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) granted the Russian Helicopters holding the approval to make a major change to the Ansat helicopter type certificate. The event took place during the International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2020 This document will enable operators to use full electronic documentation with the helicopters. The approval for &quo...

Self-isolation rules - airBaltic carried less passengers in August

In August 2020 airBaltic carried 137 830 passengers or 9% less comparing to July 2020 from all three Baltic capitals to its network spanning Europe.  Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “August was the third full month of scheduled operations for airBaltic and perhaps the toughest yet. After a relatively solid July, due to widespre...

Be the First to fly with an Electric Air Taxi

At Greentech Festival in Berlin Volocopter announced that the world's first public sale for electrical air taxi flight reservations has started. Effective immediately, Volocopter fans world-wide can reserve their tickets online and be amongst the very first to take this new form of mobility. The VoloFirst ticket costs €300 and can be reserved with a 10% deposit. There are only 1...

The flight testing in Pozzallo successfully completed - SH09 is back home

Since the resumption of the test flight activities in June in Pozzallo, Sicily, our third prototype (P3) has completed 40 flights, allowing testing of multiple aerodynamic modifications and configurations. The current configuration fitted on P3 has seen a significant improvement in smoothness and stability. Recent upgrades include an engine cowling extension for improved aerodynamics, a variabl...