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U.S., Cuba to Hold Talks on Normalizing Airline Service: U.S. Official

The United States and Cuba plan to hold talks in Havana next week on normalizing airline service, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a step that could benefit U.S. carriers if the island becomes open to American tourism. The talks will take place Sep. 28-29, the official said, as Washington and Havana inch toward normal relations after more than half a century of hostility that followed...

Accident: airberlin A321 at Dusseldorf on Sep. 19, 2015, Burst Tyre on Takeoff

An airberlin Airbus A321-200, registration D-ABCK performing flight AB-3156 from Dusseldorf (Germany) to Kos (Greece) with 171 passengers and 7 crew, departed Dusseldorf's runway 23L and was climbing out of Dusseldorf when tyre debris was found on the runway. The crew of D-ABCK was informed about the debris, stopped the climb at FL270, descended the aircraft to FL100 and diverted to Munich (Ge...

Greenland Express is going to purchase 5 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft

Greenland Express (Iceland) is going to purchase five Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft. It was stated by the carrier’s CEO Gert Brask. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC, manufacturer of SSJ100 liners) confirmed that it negotiated with the Icelandic carrier, but declined to unveil any details, Izvestiya reports. «We have been negotiating with SCAC for several months, Brask sa...

UAC: orders placed by Kazan Helicopters with AeroComposit will not affect MS-21 project

An order for production of parts placed by Kazan Helicopters with Ulyanovsk-based AeroComposite enterprise will not hinder MS-21 project, President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slusar told TASS at Aviation Expo China 2015. “We are pleased to see some kind of diversification of the order backlog. There are no risks; a synergistic effect connected with the fact that the enterpr...

A deal for selling Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft to Europe may be closed in 2015

A deal for selling Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ 100) aircraft to Europe will likely be closed in 2015, RIA Novosti reports with reference to VEB Head of Export Finance Department Daniil Agulyan. “A memorandum was signed at MAKS airshow and we hope that we will be able to close the deal this year,” he said. The name of an airline or a country will be announced later, probably in a month,...

Irkut Corporation is interested in deliveries of MS-21 aircraft to Brazil

Irkut Corporation is interested in starting deliveries of the latest MS-21 airliners to Brazil as well as launching production of the jet’s components in this country, RIA Novosti reports with reference to press-services of VEB and Irkut Corporation. “Irkut Corporation is entering Latin American market … a memorandum of understanding and cooperation agreement between Parana s...

Diamond prepares first DA62 piston twins for service entry

Diamond Aircraft is preparing to deliver the first DA62 piston-twins in October, to two unnamed German owners. The first four customer aircraft – serial numbers 5 to 9 – are destined for European operators, says Christian Dries, chief executive of the Austrianairframer. Serial number 10, now under construction at Diamond's Wiener Neustadt headquarters, is the first DA62 bui...

Bizav Braces for Looming U.S. Government Shutdown

The aviation community is bracing for the prospect of another government shutdown as Congress remains deadlocked over Planned Parenthood funding. The U.S. government is funded through September 30, leaving Congress little time to clear appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on October 1. House and Senate lawmakers have drafted a stopgap measure that would temporarily fund the...

FAA Asks Operators to Increase Safety Margins When Landing on Wet Runways

A recent FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) emphasizes the need for flight crews to take a conservative approach when landing on water-slickened surfaces, going beyond the manufacturer's published landing distances and advisory data, and even the agency's own prior guidance on the matter. Last year, the FAA published Advisory Circular 91-79A, which offered information to assist p...

Tunisia’s Tunis Airport to close Oct. 14-16 for runway work

Tunisia’s Tunis-Carthage International Airport will close Oct. 14-16 for maintenance work on both runways. Tunisia’s National flag carrier Tunisair reported that all its flights to and from Tunis during this time period will be rescheduled to Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport, 175 km south of Tunis. According to several media reports, many foreign carriers...

Russia suspends AOC for Center-South Airlines

Russia’s federal air transport agency, Rosaviatsia, suspended the air operator’s certificate (AOC) for Center-South Airlines, effective Oct. 1, due to multiple violations. The decision was made after an unscheduled inspection on Sept. 15. Rosaviatsia said in a statement the Belgorod-based carrier operated scheduled flights without the required number of aircraft. Russian law...

Five Questions for New NBAA International Ops Committee Chair Craig Hanlon

Craig Hanlon, chief pilot of Dupont Aviation and the new chairman of NBAA’s International Operations Committee, recently outlined his priorities for the committee during his two-year term as chair, and spoke about international business aviation trends. What have you identified as priorities for the committee for the next two years? The International Operations Committee’s to...

SWISS Makes An Entrance With AIM Altitude

The welcoming entrance to the new SWISS B777-300 ER, engineered and manufactured by AIM Altitude, is already a recognisable image, despite the fact that the first of the nine new aircraft is not due to be delivered until January 2016. The composite, backlit panels are controlled by AIM Altitude Autonomous-Lighting-Dimmer (ALD) and are among the first airline applications of the new Sabic Lexan...

Stein's Aircraft Services Joins Shell FBO Network

Eastern Aviation Fuels is pleased to announce the addition of Stein’s Aircraft Services of Kenosha, Wisconsin to the Shell FBO network. Stein’s Aircraft Services recently opened its doors at the Kenosha Regional Airport. The airport is located about halfway between Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL. Stein’s Aircraft Services is a multi-service aviation company that is not only a f...

Hexcel Prepares for More Composites in Commercial Aircraft

Carbon fiber supplier Hexcel Composites is preparing for a predicted increase in composites demand, as current programs see production accelerate and as future commercial aircraft require more parts made of the material. Plans call for Hexcel’s new $174 million factory in Péage-de-Roussillon, France, to begin supplying material to Airbus and Safran early in 2018. The company m...

Boeing Proposes New Life, Lethality for F-15C Fighter

Boeing is proposing an “F-15 2040C” series of upgrades that would extend the life of the fourth-generation F-15C air superiority fighter to complement the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor. The 2040 version would double to 16 the number of air-to-air missiles the fighter carries, extend its range and improve its lethality and survivability with upgraded electronics. An F-15 2040C wo...

Source Selection 'Soon' for America’s New Stealthy Bomber

The long and stealthy shadow of the U.S. Air Force Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) program hung over last week’s AFA Conference. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) Dr. William Laplante said, “Everything is going well, and source selection will be soon.” But he declined to repeat a briefing on the almost-entirely-classified program th...

Global Sustainable Aviation Summit to take off in Geneva

 Experts from the aviation industry, governments and environmental groups are in Geneva next week for a series of meetings on sustainable aviation development. The headline event is the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, hosted by the industry-wide body, the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), from 29-30 September. Climate change, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable alternative...

SIERRA INDUSTRIES introduces re-designed entry step

Cessna Citation modification firm Sierra Industries is proud to introduce version 2.0 of the Citation cabin step. Designed with significant improvements in functionality and appearance over the original factory step, the “SkyStep” improves safety and utility at a highly competitive price. Manufactured at Sierra’s PMA-approved manufacturing facility in Uvalde, TX, the SkyStep is a...

StandardAero SIGNS NEW MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT

StandardAero recently signed a multi-year contract with Air KBZ, a top regional and the largest private airline in Myanmar, to perform customized maintenance, repair and overhaul services for PW127M turboprop engines on the airline’s fleet of ATR72-600 regional aircraft. The new contract covers services for both hot section inspections and overhauls with not to exceed guarantees for all t...

GlobeAir to put Baltic Air Charter Association logo on its aircraft

GlobeAir will put the BACA logo on all of its Cessna Citation Mustang business jets. Bernhard Fragnier, CEO of GlobeAir, is a member of BACA and his aircraft will be the first jets to wear the BACA logo. The logo was first applied to a GlobeAir Mustang during the British General Aviation Day 2015 held at Biggin Hill. “I am delighted to be the first operator to display to BACA logo on...