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airBaltic joins EASA programme to monitor COVID-19 operations in practice

Latvian airline airBaltic has become one of the first airlines to join EASA charter for the return to normal operations under COVID-19, pledging to work with their national authorities to put measures in place to support health safety. Pauls Cālītis, COO of airBaltic: “Safety and health of our passengers stand above all. We at airBaltic are working hard...

Recession in the Caribbean

Cdr. Bud Slabbaert When there are reports on ‘Latin America & Caribbean’, one has to review them carefully and with some skepticism, to avoid coming to false conclusions or statements; no matter whether the reports are positive or negative.  The economies of the large South American countries are simply not the same as those of the small Caribbean islands. It is said t...

Turkish Airlines was the busiest operator in the Eurocontrol area after restarting

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, was reported as the busiest operator in Europe last week after successfully restarting domestic and international passenger operations. On 17 June 2020, Turkish Airlines had 400 flights in the Eurocontrol area, the first time an airline has operated that number since 24 March 2020. EUROCONTROL  confirmed that Turkey&rs...

Type certification by EASA granted to five-bladed H145

Airbus Helicopters five-bladed H145 has been certified by EASA, clearing the way for customer deliveries towards the end of summer 2020. The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules and single engine operations, along with night vision goggles capability. “Our new five bladed H145 is an excellent example of our quest...

Rostec made the first civilian Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopter

Russian Helicopters started serial production of Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopters for civilian customers. Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant made the first rotorcraft which is ready to start operation.  Mi-8AMT helicopter in its Arctic version completed the flight-test program and the procedure of acceptance by an independent commission of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya). The rotorcr...

Chapman Freeborn acquires Arcus Air Logistics

On 18 June 2020, Chapman Freeborn signed an agreement to acquire Arcus Air Logistics and Arcus Air OBC from the Arcus Air Group. Offering ad-hoc air cargo charter and on board courier services primarily to the automotive industry, Arcus Air Logistics is a respected and established supplier with a brand history of over 45 years. The company provides cargo charter services with its own fle...

Vertical Aerospace Seraph eVTOL aircraft with Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE cloud

Dassault Systèmes announced that Vertical Aerospace is using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to develop their third all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Vertical Aerospace will use the “Reinvent the Sky” industry solution experience based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to manage the complex development of the eVTOL aircraft prototype by...

Munich becomes test airport for EASA recommendations on infection prevention

EASA has added Munich Airport to its list of pilot airports intended to set an example of safe travel during the COVID 19 pandemic. These international airports, also including Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam, are to demonstrate how to implement the recommendations devised by the EASA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The EASA is aim...

Girls in Aviation Day 2020 available to all- now year round, online & free of charge

Women in Aviation International’s Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) will go on in 2020 – despite the global pandemic – and it will be bigger and more far-reaching than ever! WAI chapters and corporate members will not host in-person events this year, and will instead deliver a virtual experience through a new Aviation for Girls app that is free and available to all beginning Saturday,...

Project Pearl Global Express refurbishment by FAI Technik

 FAI Technik has completed its latest refurbishment, “Project Pearl“, a pre-owned Bombardier Global Express – D-AFAL (MSN 9016). The multi-million-euro project represents one of the most extensive refurbishment projects for the type.The project, which took approximately 10,000 manhours to complete, includes 15/30/60, 120 and 240-month inspections.  The Global featu...

Last commercially available Gulfstream G550 was sold

Gulfstream Aerospace has sold the last commercially available Gulfstream G550™, clearing the way for production of the award-winning business-aviation icon to wind down. The final commercial aircraft will be delivered to a customer in 2021. “The G550 set the standard for subsequent aircraft and the industry,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “With more than 600...

Conidia FUELSTAT - Jet fuel microbial testing advice

As the industry emerges from the longest shutdown in its history, airlines are actively planning a return to operations. But with 16,000* of the worldwide aircraft fleet currently being grounded (*as quoted by IATA) the potential for the biocontamination of fuel in those stationary aircraft has become a major concern. Following an initiative instigated by Canadian Airlines, three respected indu...

TARMAC Aerosave opens 4th aircraft storage site at Paris-Vatry airport

TARMAC Aerosave has opened a fourth site at Paris-Vatry airport, in the Grand Est region of France. This site, in addition to the historic site of Tarbes and to the Teruel (Sapin) and Toulouse-Francazal sites, brings the overall capacity of the aircraft storage group to 270 aircraft. The Paris-Vatry site can accommodate all types of aircraft, for associated storage and maintenance service onl...

Valued Tamarack Aerospace customers takes advantage of waived installation fees

In response to the COVID-19 economic impact, Tamarack® Aerospace Group has launched a temporary program to waive all installation fees for their revolutionary Active Winglet installs on Cessna CitationJets. Tamarack is pleased to announce that seven customers and counting have now taken advantage of the $42,000 discount, which will be offered through June 30, 2020. The newe...

ABS Jets conducts smooth 192-month inspection of Embraer Legacy 600

ABS Jets maintenance team has just completed the second 192-month/16-year inspection on an Embraer Legacy 600 managed by ABS Jets. The inspection began during the COVID lockdown and was finalized on time despite quarantine measures.  The respective aircraft was delivered directly from Brazil by ABS Jets pilots in 2004 and has been maintained exclusively at the ABS Jets facility since. The typ...

Russian Be-200 amphibious aircraft will take up fire extinguishing duty in Turkey

Two Russian Be-200ES amphibious aircraft have arrived in Turkey and from June 16 will begin work on supressing the spread of forest wildfires in the Republic of Turkey. The signing of the Forest fire-fighting service agreement and the aircraft deployment were organized by the United Aircraft Corporation (PJSC UAC powered by Rostec State Corporation) with the assistance of the Ministry of Industry...

AW109 Trekker: Leonardo success in the French EMS market

Leonardo AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter has been chosen as the new helicopter to support Emergency Medical Service operations from Rouen Hospital in Normandie, France. One aircraft, with a specially customised EMS interior, is expected be delivered by the end of 2020 from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line in Italy, and the rotorcraft will be operated by S.A.F. Hé...

New Aviation Training Centre in China - BAA Training and HNCA

The opening ceremony held on 14 June, 2020, marked the beginning of the activity of BAA Training China – a modern six full flight simulators‘ aviation training centre. Following the Joint Venture agreement between Avia Solutions Group PLC (ASG), a global multi-service aviation holding, and Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA), signed in July 2019, the com...

FAS Pilot Academy chooses Alsim

ALSIM ALX simulator goes to FAS Pilot Academy, in Athens, Greece. Captain Fanourakis, Owner of FAS, explains his choice: “The main reason why we chose to cooperate with ALSIM is the confidence that comes with their teams. ALSIM is an organization which shares the same philosophy with FAS regarding the flight training requirements and covers all the training needs. FAS main target i...

Results of four weeks of resumed operations for airBaltic

During the first four weeks of resumed operations, airBaltic has carried over 27 000 passengers to and from the Baltic capitals. Each week the number of passengers carried continues to increase. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “It is our main aim to connect the Baltics to the world, and we are glad to resume flights to major European business hubs as well as popular le...

250th Cessna Citation M2 goes to Fast Rabbit Aviation, supporting dynamic customer operations

250th Cessna Citation M2 was delivered  to Fast Rabbit Aviation. To remind you, the first Citation M2 entered the market in December 2013 and quickly established a strong reputation among owners and operators. “The M2 is an ideal fit for operators in need of an agile aircraft with the power, range and speed to complete their mission with efficiency and comfort,” said Rob...