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EU move forward with mandatory flight-tracking

The European Union (EU) are looking to revive recommendations from French investigators after the crash of an Air France jet in the Atlantic in 2009 and are also acting as a result of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March 2014 while efforts by global regulators and the airline industry to agree on systems to track aircraft have yet to come to fruition. However there is an e...

Russian Bizav Takes a Dive But Quite How Far Isn’t Clear

The exact scale of the Russian business aviation sector continues to be hard to gauge, but this didn’t stop Western aircraft manufacturers and service providers from flocking to the annual JetExpo show at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport in September. The three-day show drew 40 exhibitors, 24 aircraft and an estimated 7,000 visitors–a relatively strong showing given the discouraging stat...

Guangzhou Police acquires one Airbus Helicopters H145

Guangzhou Police and Airbus helicopters signed an agreement today for an order of one H145 light helicopter for law enforcement duties, to be delivered at the end of 2016. “Helicopters are a great resource for law enforcement agencies, as they can effectively help ground forces to accomplish a multitude of operations including air patrol, transportation of police force, firefighting, disa...

Rockwell Collins Announces Financial Guidance for Fiscal Year 2016

  Rockwell Collins, Inc. today announced guidance for fiscal year 2016. The company expects revenue between $5.3 billion and $5.4 billion, earnings per share in the range of $5.20 to $5.40, and cash flow from operations of $700 million to $800 million. Total segment operating margins are expected to be about 21%. This financial guidance includes the impact of an estimated restructurin...

Kerstin Halfmann-Kleisinger Named Head of Sales at Austrian Airlines

Kerstin Halfmann-Kleisinger will take over the management of the Sales division at Austrian Airlines as of October 1, 2015. The graduate in business administration and full-fledged airline specialist succeeds Tatjana Lulevic-Heyny, who already left the company at the end of January 2015. Andreas Otto, CCO of Austrian Airlines says: “Kerstin Halfmann-Kleisinger learned the airlin...

SAS and Apollo sign agreement worth 900 Million SEK

SAS and Apollo are extending their cooperation on charter flights and have signed an agreement for the 2016 summer season worth around MSEK 900. As a result, SAS will be flying Apollo’s customers from 18 locations in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark to 28 destinations across Europe. SAS and Apollo have been in partnership for about 15 years and once again Apollo h...

Fitch to Rate Shenton Aircraft Investment I Ltd.

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following ratings to Shenton Aircraft Investment I Ltd. (SAIL) as follows: —$747,444,000 series 2015-1A notes ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable. —$60,532,000 series 2015-1B notes ‘BBBsf’; Outlook Stable. KEY RATING DRIVERS Quality of Assets: The pool is of high quality with the majority being tier 1 aircraft with lon...

Dmitry Saprykin is appointed as General Director of Transaero Airlines

On September 7, 2015, Transaero held the meeting of the Board of Directors. The agenda of the meeting included organizational issues. The Board of Directors made a decision to relieve Dmitry Erzakovich of duties of Chairman of the Executive Board — General Director of the airline. Dmitry Saprykin was elected as a member of the Executive Board of the company. The Board of Directors a...

Western investor ready to finance airBaltic with EUR 50 mln

The Latvian national airline airBaltic has managed to attract a financial investor from Western Europe who is ready to invest about EUR 50 million in the company, reports LETA, according to Karlis Krastins, CEO of the investment banking and financial advisory company Prudentia. A protocol of intentions has been signed so far. The investor's name cannot be revealed due to confidentiality rea...

Intelligent Automation, Inc. introduces Aero Sentry™ Aircraft Security System

Incidents of theft, break-in, tampering, vandalism, and even inadvertent damage by the ground crew of aircraft and their equipment continue to rise each year.  Pilots often use cabin locks, prop locks, or throttle locks to deter thieves from breaking into or stealing their aircraft and equipment. However, these measures do not protect against incidental damage nor vandalism. IAI introduces...

Honeywell Recognized By The American Institution Of Aeronautics And Astronautics With Award

Honeywell Aerospace received the Distinguished Institution award from the American Institution of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) during an awards banquet in Prague, Czech Republic. The award is presented each year as part of the annual AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference, which Honeywell has supported for nearly two decades. Recognizing one organization each year, AIAA presents the...

Capital Handling is sceptical on business aviation passenger increase in Riga.

Capital Handling Board member Kristaps Lapsa is telling, that at the moment, Capital Handling offers biggest working complex, of such kind, in the Baltic countries, as well as wide range of services for business aviation operators and owners of private jets. Company representatives positively estimate introduction of new services and development of business aviation technical infrastructure in Rig...

Dohop and Gatwick Launch GatwickConnects

Dohop and London Gatwick have launched a new and unique booking service, GatwickConnects, which enables flights from separate airlines connection through Gatwick to be booked in a single transaction. Gatwick offers a guarantee of service if flights don't operate as planned. Previously, connected flights between the participating airlines would have to...

Kaluga Airport Receives its First International Flight for 20 Years

Kaluga Airport, located approximately 120 miles (190km) from Moscow, Russia has announced it has handled its first international flight in 20 years. The milestone was achieved at 1000 on September 4, 2015, when a Dassault Falcon 7х executive jet arrived from Braunschweig, Germany. On board were representatives of the Volkswagen company who were taking part in an official visit regarding the open...

Aviation Capital Group Announces the Closing of $900,000,000 of Unsecured Senior Notes

Aviation Capital Group (ACG) announced today that it has closed the sale of $900 million of unsecured senior notes consisting of $600 million of its 2.875% unsecured senior notes, due September 17, 2018 at a price of 99.553% of par, and $300 million of its 4.875% unsecured senior notes, due October 1, 2025 at a price of 99.597% of par. Proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate...

Ryanair Fully Complies With UK Consumer Law

Ryanair, the World’s favourite airline, confirmed on September 17,  that it had written to the UK CAA pointing out that it already complies with EU 261 regulations by accepting technical delay claims and claims made within six years of the date of delay. Ryanair is unsure why the CAA has threatened enforcement action when Ryanair is fully complying with EU 261 regula...

Shortage of maintenance staff poses a direct threat to the rotorcraft industry

Combined with a predicted global growth in rotorcraft aviation, the decrease in the numbers of trainees – both civilian and military – is creating what many see as a looming shortage qualified personnel, especially mechanics. While more than 5 000 machines are expected to supplement the global fleet until 2019, the existing technical manpower qualified to maintain them is getting old a...

European Business Aviation Safety Conference

Meanwhile for the 6th time now Aviation Screening is organising the European Business Aviation Safety Conference. From 23th until the 24th of February 2016 it is time again for the largest safety conference of the business aviation. Attendees cover the whole community of the business aviation, as well as accident investigators, air traffic controllers and safety management special...

ARGUS Releases August Business Aircraft Activity

ARGUS TRAQPak data is serial-number specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. The tables below reflect business aircraft activity data for August 1-31, 2015 vs. July 1-31, 2015 and August 1-31, 2015 vs. August 1-31, 2014 respectively.  TRAQPak sees a late summer slow-down in flight activity; August finishes up...

China Eastern to Boost Oceania Capacity by 20%

China Eastern Airlines (MU) is set to increase its capacity to Oceania by 20%, the airline said on Thursday. The Shanghai-based carrier will boost its capacity to Oceania by launching Shanghai-Auckland route in September and Shanghai-Brisbane route in January 2016, and increasing the frequency of other Oceanian services. The airline will commence the Shanghai-Auckland service on Se...

Gulfstream Names Sheryl Bunton Chief Information Officer

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that Sheryl Bunton has been named the company’s chief information officer (CIO). Bunton reports to Dan Clare, chief financial officer, Gulfstream. Bunton is responsible for establishing and leading the delivery of technology solutions and strategies across the enterprise. “Sheryl brings a tremendous amount of professional, industry and l...