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CareFlite to purchase its second Bell 429 helicopter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced a purchase agreement with CareFlite for its second Bell 429. CareFlite, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation based in Dallas Fort Worth, provides air and ground ambulance service from its bases across North Texas. The aircraft will be outfitted to perform Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions throughout the region. This sale comes on...

Nautilus Aviation takes delivery of new H125

The versatility of Airbus Helicopters’ multi-mission workhorse, the H125 (formerly AS350 B3e), will be put to the test as the latest member of Nautilus Aviation’s expanding fleet in North Queensland. The company plans to use the versatile Squirrel for everything from luxury charters to popular helicopter tourism experiences like heli fishing and adrenaline tours, through to hea...

ICAO clarifies international conflict zone guidance

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) clarified the legal framework in place governing the roles and responsibilities of States, airlines and international organizations with respect to risks to civil aviation arising in national airspace. The UN specialized agency for international civil aviation has issued the explanations subsequent to a number of misinterpretations which...

Estonian Air, 9% passenger traffic increase in 9 months of 2015

Estonia's national carrier Estonian Air announced that in the first nine months of this year, it carried altogether 457,998 passengers, out of which 439,996 on regular flights The total number of passengers increased 9.0% and on regular flights 9.2% compared to the same period last year. In September 2015, Estonian Air carried 53,913 passengers, out of which 51,212 on regular flights. Th...

Selex advances M-345 cockpit development

Selex ES is progressing with the development of a next-generation cockpit for Alenia Aermacchi’s M-345 jet trainer, says Fabrizio Boggiani, director of marketing and sales at the company’s Airborne & Space Systems division. The development activity includes a new mission computer, along with an enhanced head-up display and contemporary multi-function displays, plus the capabilit...

EASA lays out plan to prevent Germanwings crash recurrence

European safety regulators are to host an aircrew medical fitness workshop by the end of this year, as part of an action plan aimed to prevent a repetition of the Germanwings Airbus crash last March. None of the 150 occupants of the A320 survived after the first officer, alone in the cockpit, adjusted the jet’s altitude selector and placed it on a collision course with high terr...

NBAA Resource Guides on Aircraft Callsign Application

NBAA established an online resource on requesting an International Civil Aviation Organization company and telephony designator (or callsign) from the FAA. Developed by NBAA’s Domestic Operations Committee, the resource provides guidance on the application process, which operations are eligible, the types of designators and what might or might not be acceptable...

Jetcraft Forecasts Moderate Bizjet Market Growth

A 10-year business jet market outlook released today by pre-owned aircraft broker Jetcraft reflects a marked recalibration of growth expectations once inflated by what has proved to be the industry’s unfounded belief that emerging markets would trigger a golden age of growth. According to Jetcraft’s analysts, 8,755 new aircraft worth $271.1 billion will be delivered between 2...

Long Island Republic Airport Gets Third FBO

New York-based business aircraft charter, management and maintenance firm Talon Air has ventured into aircraft handling, opening its first FBO at Long Island (N.Y.) Republic Airport this week. This makes it the third service provider on the field. The company has had a presence at the airport for the past 12 years and recently added a new 90,000-gallon fuel tank farm as it made the trans...

Lufthansa cabin crew negotiations fail, strike possible

Lufthansa’s flight attendant union, UFO, has announced the latest round of talks between the airline and cabin crew workers have failed, and further strike actions could be possible. UFO, rejecting Lufthansa’s latest offer, said in a statement that elementary points such as job security were missing and negotiations “failed completely.” UFO represents around...

ANALYSIS: What Does the Future Hold for Singapore Airlines in the US?

Singapore Airlines is set to resume nonstop service to the United States, as it plans to relaunch service to Los Angeles and New York utilizing the newly launched Airbus A350-900ULR. Singapore Airlines will become the launch customer for the type with an order for seven aircraft, with up to 16 additional purchase options linked to the carrier’s existing A350-900 order. The new extended-...

Almaz-Antey: Boeing 777 was shot down with 9M38 missile, launched from Zaroschenskoye settlement

On October 13th 2015 representatives of Almaz-Antey Concern held a press-conference and presented results of their experiments carried out in order to simulate the crash of Malaysian Boeing 777, which happened in July 2014 in Ukraine. The experiments carried out by Almaz-Antey proved that the Malaysian Boeing 777 was shot down by 9M38 missile, which was launched from Zaroschenskoye se...

Xiamen Airlines Has Taken Delivery of 17 Boeing 737-800s This Year

A brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft Saturday landed smoothly at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) and joined the fleet of Xiamen Airlines (MF), which is the 17th 737-800 aircraft introduced by the airline this year. The 737-800 aircraft, Registration B-6887, is the second of the 44 all-economy 184-seat 737-800s. The Xiamen-based carrier has dry leased a 737-800 to...

Bestfly Awarded Chevron Ground Handling and Flight Support Services Contract in Angola

Bestfly, the Angola-based aviation services company has been selected by Chevron, through its subsidiary, Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Ltd. (CABGOC), to provide all ground handling and flight support services to its entire aviation related operations in Angola. The contract, which commenced in September, covers the complete Chevron fleet of four Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 aircraft, and 10 Bell Helico...

JetBlue Plane Diverted When Flaps Become Stuck

A JetBlue Airways plane headed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Worcester, Massachusetts was diverted to Boston's Logan Airport after officials say a mechanical failure caused the plane's flaps to become stuck in an upright position. The Telegram & Gazette reports several passengers aboard Flight 2020 became sick Sunday as the pilot circled for about 10 minutes trying to c...

Southwest Airlines Flight Turns Back to LAX Amid Violence on Board

A Southwest Airlines jetliner bound for San Francisco had to turn around mid-flight and go back to Los Angeles after things got violent between two passengers on board the plane. "Our initial information is that flight attendants swiftly coordinated with pilots on the flight deck to get the aircraft on the ground safely and quickly after a physical altercation by one passenger ag...

Brussels Airlines launches five new destinations next summer

Brussels Airlines adds five new destinations and many extra flight frequencies to existing destinations in the summer offer, which can already be booked as from tomorrow. Tourist attractions such as the Greek Crete and the South Spanish Jerez are added to the summer offer. With Belfast Brussels Airlines also expands her network to Northern Ireland. Tenerife and Las Palmas / Gran Canaria –...

Turkish Airlines: Traffic results January-September 2015

Traffic results for the period of January-September 2015 are as follows: • During the period of January-September 2015 passenger carried increased by 12.2%, reaching to 46.5 million passengers from 41.4 million passengers for the same period of 2014. Increases in number of passengers carried in domestic and international lines are 16.5% and 9.1%, respectively. • International Busines...

China's Anti-Corruption Watchdog Targets Aviation Industry

Senior Chinese airline and aviation officials misused company funds, took bribes and accepted golf outings as gifts, the country's anti-corruption watchdog said in a series of inspection reports. The Communist Party's official newspaper and its economic planning agency were also singled out by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) in its latest reports under President...

Eclipse Flies into the Sunshine

You wouldn’t know to look at it from the outside, but there’s a lot going on in Hangar 4 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK). This is one of two factory-owned service centers for One Aviation’s Eclipse very light twinjets. In any given 12-month period, nearly 150 of the 282 strong Eclipse fleet will pass through these unmarked doors or those at Eclipse’s Albuquerque, N...

FAA Allowing Easy Attitude Indicator Upgrades

In a new policy statement, the FAA announced that electronically driven attitude indicators can directly replace vacuum-driven attitude indicators in aircraft flown under VFR and IFR. The installation can be done as a minor alteration. Under a strict interpretation of the applicable regulations, the previous policy sometimes required installation of an indepen...