China yet to confirm plans to lift flight ban on 737 MAX

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The head of China’s aviation regulator, Feng Zhenglin, has advised that the country currently has no plans to lift the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, having been the first country to ban the aircraft from flying after two fatal crashes. Zhenglin confirmed that China would be prepared to lift the ban once the jet had satisfied three principles: design changes needed to be certified, pilots needed to receive proper training, and effective improvement would have to be made to address the specific findings of the investigations into the two crashes. “Based on these three principles, we have not set Read more

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American Airlines reports third-quarter net loss of US$2.4 billion

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American Airlines Group has posted its third quarter 2020 financial results, including third-quarter revenue of US$3.2 billion, down 73% year-over-year on a 59% year-over-year reduction in total available seat miles (ASMs). American has reported third quarter pretax loss of US$3.1 billion, excluding net special items, third-quarter pretax loss of US$3.6 billion. Third-quarter net loss was US$2.4 billion, excluding net special items, third-quarter net loss was US$2.8 billion. American ended the third quarter with approximately US$13.6 billion of total available liquidity. In addition, in October, the company increased its loan capacity by US$2 billion through the CARES Act loan program to Read more

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IFS’s recurring revenues up 41% for third-quarter 2020

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2020. The financial highlights reveal a strong business that continues its trajectory of hyper growth in areas such as cloud- and service management software. The company’s commitment to advancing its service management technology is projected to deliver north of 100% year-on-year growth in service licencs software revenue by year-end. IFS reported net revenue of SEK 5,111 million (US$544 million), an increase of 12% versus the third quarter of 2019. Service management license revenue grew 86% versus the third quarter of 2019 and recurring revenue Read more

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Pipistrel selects Honeywell to provide Advanced Control Technology for Nuuva V300 unmanned cargo aircraft

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Pipistrel has selected Honeywell’s Compact Fly-By-Wire system for the Nuuva V300 cargo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), choosing a modern, lightweight, highly capable system with a proven architecture ideally suited for its autonomous cargo UAV. Fly-by-wire computers act as the “brains” of an aircraft’s flight controls by operating them electronically and can be found inside nearly all large fixed-wing aircraft today. The compact version from Honeywell has features derived from decades of expertise in fly-by-wire systems for airliners, but is much smaller — roughly the size of a paperback book. This product is intended for smaller autonomous cargo and urban air mobility Read more

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MTU Maintenance Canada partners with GE Aviation to support US Air Force F108 engines

MTU Maintenance Canada, MTU’s stronghold and competence center for military engine maintenance, will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the United States Air Force’s (USAF) F108 engines beginning in the fourth quarter of this year. MTU Maintenance will be partnering with GE Aviation on the five-year contract (one-year base and four one-year option periods), taking responsibility for maintenance, repair and overhaul services.   The F108 is the military variant of the CFM56-2 engine and powers the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft. USAF has over 300 of these aircraft and 1,500-plus egines in its fleet.  The -2 variant differs only Read more

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Aircraft interiors specialist, Andrew Newell, joins Bii.aero

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Expanding provider of aircraft parts and services for the commercial, governmental/military and rotary aviation sector, Bii.aero (Bii), has appointed Andrew Newell as Sales Director.   Newell brings a highly specialized expertise in the aircraft interiors sector and is tasked with setting up a new center of excellence at Bii. Management of consignment stock is another area of focus for Newell as Bii’s warehousing and logistics management is increasingly utilized by third parties seeking flexible support partners. Prior to joining Bii.aero, Newell was Vice President/Accountable Manager of Leki Aviation with global responsibility for the sale of all aftermarket materials and the Read more

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Aergo Capital announces sale of two Boeing 737-300 aircraft

Aergo Capital (Aergo) has completed the sale of two 1997-98 Vintage Boeing B737-300 aircraft bearing manufacturers serial number (MSN) 28569 and 28869 to Star Air Cargo (Star Air). This ends 15 years of 737 classic ownership by Aergo. Around 75 aircraft of this model have been owned and leased by Aergo both in passenger and in freighter configurations.

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United Airlines set to trial global health app in attempt to open up international borders

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United Airlines has announced that it will be trialing a digital health pass on a flight between London Heathrow and Newark Liberty International, New Jersey, on October 21. The digital health pass aims to set a common international standard for COVID-19 test results, together with future vaccine records, in an attempt to encourage countries worldwide to open up their borders again to international travelers. The nonprofit initiative, known as CommonPass, is supported by the World Economic Forum and The Common Project, a Swiss-based foundation. “The goal of these trials is to demonstrate to governments that they can rely on someone Read more

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Boeing’s Australian unmanned aircraft completes first taxi

Boeing Australia has completed the low-speed taxi test on its first Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft ©Boeing

The Boeing Loyal Wingman aircraft being developed with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) recently moved under its own power for the first time, a key milestone for the aircraft that’s expected to make its first flight this year. Reaching a maximum speed of 14 knots (approximately 16 mph, or 26 kph), on the ground, the aircraft demonstrated several activities while maneuvering and stopping on command. “The low-speed taxi enabled us to verify the function and integration of the aircraft systems, including steering, braking and engine controls, with the aircraft in motion,” said Paul Ryder, Boeing Australia Flight Test manager. Read more

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Aventure Aviation acquires Boeing 737NG airframe

Aventure Aviation has acquired its first Boeing 737NG airframe (MSN 28497) for teardown. The item is being stored at Cotswold Airport in the United Kingdom, with Air Salvage International. The aircraft was last operated by Jet Time A/S in Denmark, and has been under a maintenance storage plan since its recent removal from service. It has a half-life auxiliary power unit, and over seven years of green time remaining on its landing gear. “This is an exciting new purchase for Aventure. As the aviation industry looks to rebound from pandemic-related lows earlier in the year, it has become clear that Read more

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