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As a part of its decarbonisation roadmap Airbus will boost colds technology testing

Airbus has launched “Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator” (ASCEND) to explore the impact of superconducting materials and cryogenic temperatures on the performance of an aircraft’s electrical propulsion systems. The introduction of superconducting materials can lower electrical resistance, meaning that electrical current can supply power...

How are managed lost items on aircraft - no longer a headache with WorldTracer Lost and Found Property

SITA has launched WorldTracer Lost and Found Property, an artificial intelligence-enabled solution that solves a million-dollar headache for the air transport industry: how to quickly return items left behind on aircraft or in airports to their owners. Every year passengers leave millions of items – including phones, wallets and bags – on planes and in airports, costing th...

Welcome to Hangar N 5 - AMAC Aerospace new hangar is operational

This is the event we were waiting for since our last discussion with AMAC Aerospace TOP management. Finally it happened! After only 12 months of construction time, the latest hangar of AMAC Aerospace has opened its doors to welcome the first mid-size jets. The new building offers space for up to 7 mid-size jets and adds 4’850m2 respectively 30’000m2 of new apron to...

50 years since maiden flight - Leonardo Lynx helicopter

Fifty years ago on 21st March 1971, a bright yellow Lynx prototype (XW835) took off from Yeovil. The now-iconic aircraft piloted by Ron Gellatly, completed two short flights of ten minutes and 20 minutes respectively.  In addition to the Chief Test Pilot, his Deputy, Roy Moxam occupied the co-pilot’s seat, and Dave Gibbings flew as the Flight Test Engineer, responsible for instrume...

Cirrus Aircraft keeps top positions in high-performance piston and jet aircraft markets

Cirrus Aircraft announced an impressive year of new aircraft deliveries in 2020, with the SR Series continuing to be the best-selling high-performance piston aircraft for the nineteenth year in a row, and the Vision Jet also continuing as the best-selling jet in general aviation for the second year in a row. In addition to delivering 346 SR Series aircraft and 73 Vision Jets in 2020, Cirrus A...

airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss on how airBaltic will fly out of the crisis

On March 24, 2021 we had almost two hours with the President and CEO of the Latvian airline airBaltic Martin Gauss. To be more exact, he held a public briefing gathering over 650 guests to give a clear overview how airBaltic is flying out of the crisis. Once again, we would like to thank him for this, for his clear explanation of how the company works during...

Engineering Specialization Program - Embraer celebrates its 20th anniversary

One of the longest-lived programs for intellectual and technological development in Brazil, the Embraer Engineering Specialization Program, achieves its 20th anniversary. Conceived from a strategic vision to accelerate the learning process for recently graduated professionals in various areas of engineering to work in aeronautical technologies, the program combines a professional master&rsquo...

SAUDIA marks 10 years of operations to China

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia marks ten years of operations to the People’s Republic of China. SAUDIA began operations to Guangzhou on 27 March in 2011, initially with thrice-weekly-flights with a widebody Boeing 777-200, which was upgraded to a B777-300 in 2017 and then to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner thereafter (2019). The airline steadily...

Certification flight test begins for Cessna SkyCourier

Cessna SkyCourier turboprop continues to surpass significant milestones as it begins the certification flight test phase of the program for the high-wing, large utility aircraft. Each major achievement has allowed the members of the flight test program a better understanding of the aircraft’s strength, capability and durability. The fleet of three flight test aircraft has now completed...

Chip Mong Group purchases First Bell 429 helicopter in Cambodia

Bell announced the sale of one Bell 429 helicopter to Cambodia’s Chip Mong Group Co., Ltd. It is the first Bell 429 sale in Cambodia. Chip Mong, a leading real estate, hospitality, beverages, retail and banking conglomerate, intends to use the Bell 429 for corporate transport and chartering purposes. “Our acquisition of the state-of-the-art Bell 429 demonstrates...

Liverpool City Region set to become a global driving force in drone technology

Drone Major Group has announced the launch of the first ever drone technology ‘Test and Development Area’ project, to be created in the Liverpool City Region. The project is to be delivered in partnership with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and is expected to put the region&...

Delivery of first 737-800SF freighter conversion to Ethiopian Airlines

GA Telesis delivered first 737-800SF (MSN 32903) passenger-to-freighter (“P2F”) conversion to Ethiopian Airlines. The aircraft was delivered from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, in Miami. A second 737-800 (MSN 28826) contracted with AEI is currently undergoing the P2F conversion, with delivery expected in May 2021. GA Telesis&rsqu...

Des Moines Flying Service moves into new facility at DSM Airport South Cargo

Des Moines Flying Service moved into a new 26,100 square foot facility located on the south side of the Des Moines International Airport. The move was completed and DMFS opened for business in the new facility Monday, March 22, 2021. The airport’s new terminal programming plan necessitated the relocation. The Des Moines Flying Service facility is connected to the new terminal project...

100th delivery of next-generation aircraft - Gulfstream Aerospace

Another success, another milestone - the 100th customer delivery of the next-generation Gulfstream G500™ and Gulfstream G600™ program. The 100th aircraft is a G500.  “Gulfstream saw great demand for the all-new G500 and G600 right out of the gate,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Once they entered service, interest in these innovative aircraft soare...

SITA and Sydney Airport sign five-year technology deal to support COVID-19 recovery

SITA announced a five-year contract with Sydney Airport for the provision of common-use services at both Terminal 1 (international) and Terminal 2 (domestic).The project went live on March 1, 2021, featuring SITA Flex, an advanced airport common use platform and includes SITA Bag Message, eliminating the need for multiple baggage system interfaces between airlines and airports. The solutions wi...

Green light to electric flying - Finnair with Heart Aerospace

Finnair has signalled its interest for electric aviation as a force to be reckoned with for future flying, signing a Letter of Interest for Heart Aerospace's Electric ES-19 electric aircraft, which is currently under development.  Finnair could acquire up to 20 of the new 19-seater Heart Aerospace ES-19 electric aircraft, for use on the airline’s short ...

GA Telesis Flight Solutions Group receives Chinese CAMAC Certificate of Civil Aircraft Parts Distributor

GA Telesis announced it has been granted a Certificate of Civil Aircraft Parts Distributor from the Civil Aviation Maintenance Association of China (“CAMAC”). This marks GA Telesis as the first foreign entity to receive the highly coveted CAMAC certification, allowing GAT to sell and lease civil aviation parts, both new and used, in China. This certificate’s award is a testame...

Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President & CEO, will receive the 2021 AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced that Michimasa Fujino, lead HondaJet designer and President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will receive the 2021 Reed Aeronautics Award "for the invention of advanced aerodynamic and structural techniques." Fujino will be presented with the award during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on A...

First rotorcraft customer to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for training - Bell

Bell will begin incorporating Sustainable Aviation Fuel into all Bell Training Academy and customer demonstration fleet aircraft. Bell will be the first rotorcraft customer to receive SAF supply from global aviation fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation.  “Bell is an active supporter of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s sustainable fuel initiative, and...

Detailed evaluation of Tamarack Active Winglets - former astronaut Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg

Former NASA astronaut, commercial airline pilot and professor Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg has concluded a detailed evaluation of Tamarack’s revolutionary Active Winglet technology, and has made the evaluation available to the public. Overall, Dr. Lichtenberg concluded that “due to the synergies inherit in wingspan increase and winglets, plus an active load alleviation system, performance...

MC-21-300 aircraft flew to Arkhangelsk for testing under natural icing conditions

On March 24, 2021, an MC-21-300 prototype aircraft manufactured by PJSC Irkut Corporation (part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation) flew to Arkhangelsk airport for certification tests under natural icing conditions over the White Sea coast. The combination of high humidity and low temperatures in the region's airspace contributes to the formation of ice on aircraft surfaces. In the cou...