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Crane to provide Brake Control and Landing Gear Position Sensing Systems for new Cessna Citation Longitude business jet

November 18, 2015

Crane Aerospace & Electronics, a segment of Crane Co., has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company to provide the brake control system and the landing gear position sensing system for the new Cessna Citation Longitude business jet. The Brake Control System for the Citation Longitude will be the first Brake-By-Wire system for a Cessna business jet, and will also include brake temperature monitoring functionality. The Landing Gear Position Sensing System will leverage proven Crane electronics and proximity sensor designs to provide accurate and reliable indication of the landing gear position. The new Citation Longitude was announced at the 2015 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.

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IAG thwarted as Niki returns to founder Lauda’s ownership

January 23, 2018

Despite the best efforts of British Airways’ owner, IAG, the purchase of Niki, the low-cost subsidiary of now defunct Air Berlin, has been secured by the airline’s founder, former F1 World Champion, Niki Lauda.
Several weeks ago, IAG had been announced as the successful bidder for the bankrupt Austrian airline, though at the time, insolvency proceedings were going through German courts. In a motion filed by consumer rights’ group Fairplane, these proceedings were subsequently moved to Austrian courts as there were concerns that the rights of passengers owed money by Niki would not receive fair treatment if insolvency for both Niki and Air Berlin were handled by the same German jurisdiction.
With the transfer of proceedings and Niki subsequently filing for insolvency through Austrian courts, the existing bid of €20m (£18m) and additional liquidity of up to €16.5m from IAG was overturned and it had to then be resubmitted through the appropriate channels.
This provided Niki Lauda, and his company Laudamotion GmbH, the opportunity to make a third, and subsequently successful offer for the stricken airline. From the very onset of the disposal of Niki’s assets, Lauda had expressed a strong interest in reacquiring the airline which he founded in 2003, and which he sold to Air Berlin in 2011. He made his first offer for Niki back in September last year. Laudamotion took over Amir Air, another Austrian Carrier, early in 2016.
The disposal of Niki had proved problematic from the onset. Originally, Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa had made a bid of €210 million for the Air Berlin asset, but an EU ruling which indicated that the bid was unlikely to be successful owing to concerns over unfair competition saw it withdrawn.
According to Niki’s administrators, Laudamotion had emerged as the best bidder in a transparent auction process. However, the final price remains undisclosed, and in an interview with local television, Lauda confirmed that an express agreement had been reached with the administrators not to reveal the sum being paid.

EU looks to boost aviation sector with new tighter measures

November 18, 2015

Those responsible for instigating laws in the European Union (EU) are demanding new measures in order to protect and enhance the position of the EU transportation economy. As a consequence the European Parliament, which is based in Brussels, has just passed a resolution by 428-149 votes which wants to see all airlines playing on a level playing field while maintaining very high standards of safety.
The European Commission is due to issue a “Future Aviation Package” aimed at improving the sector, and this resolution is intended to feed into it. Parliamentarians said that “comprehensive aviation agreements with the EU’s major trading partners must be negotiated,” while expressing concern at the lack of competitiveness of European airlines and airports “vis-à-vis subsidized third-country carriers and airports.”
Of course to be effective these agreements would have to have a safeguard clause defining both an offense and outlining the consequences of any violation according to parliamentarians. They also sought revision by the Commission of current regulations relating to market-distorting practices that are deemed unfair, including the use of subsidies and state aid provided to airlines in non-EU countries. The resolution also pressed for the swift adoption of the ‘Single European Sky’ in order to combat the strategic problems and substantial running costs of a fragmented system, while also pushing for clarification on the rules relating to passengers’ rights.
While applauding these steps, the Association of European Airlines (AEA) made it clear that additional measures to counteract competition would be required, including the regulation of airport charges. It also made it clear that it held certain reservations with regard to expanding the current remit of the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Tony Tyler, IATA DG and CEO, made it clear that European airlines are struggling because of “unreasonable taxes, high costs for inefficient infrastructure and regulations unfit for purpose,” underlining that the Future Aviation Package will have to tackle those points.

Air Canada flight attendants ratify agreement on collective agreement terms for ten years

November 18, 2015

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing approximately 6,500 flight attendants at Air Canada and 700 at Air Canada rouge, confirmed that its members have ratified an agreement on collective agreement terms for ten years. The agreement is subject to certain openers over the ten year period and has been approved by the Air Canada Board of Directors. This agreement with CUPE follows on the conclusion in October 2014 of a new agreement with Air Canada’s 3,000 pilots on collective agreement terms for ten years. It is the fifth collective agreement reached by Air Canada and its unions, including those with Unifor representing the airline’s 4,000 Customer Service and Sales Agents in Canada, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) representing its U.S. unionized workforce and UNITE representing its U.K unionized workforce.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines takes delivery of two 747-8 Freighters

November 18, 2015

Boeing delivered two 747-8 Freighters to AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, and one of the leading international scheduled air cargo carriers. The airplanes are the first to be delivered as part of a memorandum of understanding, signed between Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group at the Paris Air Show in June 2015. The deal calls for more 747-8 Freighters to continue to help ABC provide some of the best cargo carrying service in the world. The agreement also adds the Antonov-124-100 aircraft to the long-term logistics support for Boeing and its partners.

HondaJet nears Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification

November 18, 2015

Honda Aircraft Company has completed all function and reliability (F&R) test conditions and is concluding F&R flights for the HondaJet. The announcement was part of a program update shared at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition, which is being held in Las Vegas from Nov. 17th to 19th. Function and reliability testing simulates typical, in-service flight operations for a new aircraft design. Testing includes takeoffs, landings, system operations, failure cases, approaches, and operations in hot, cold, and humid environments. This ensures the aircraft, including its components and equipment, is reliable and functioning properly. The HondaJet has flown missions to 54 airports in 31 states in the continental United States as part of F&R testing. In October, Honda Aircraft completed all Part 23 certification flight testing. The flight test program has exceeded 3,000 total flight hours and testing was conducted at more than 70 locations in the U.S.

Flexjet to order 20 Challenger 350 Business Jets and 20 Aerion Supersonic Business Jets

November 18, 2015

Flexjet has exercised options for 20 additional Challenger 350 business jets from Bombardier Aerospace, bringing to 40 the number of firm orders Flexjet has placed for the midsized aircraft. Flexjet began taking deliveries of the specially outfitted Flexjet LXi version of the Challenger 350 in January 2015, part of an order placed with Bombardier in 2013 for Challenger and Learjet products. The Challenger 350 is the successor to Bombardier’s venerable Challenger 300, which has served as the backbone of the Flexjet fleet since the company’s founding 20 years ago.

Flexjet also has placed a firm order for 20 of Aerion Corp.’s AS2 aircraft, becoming the first fleet provider of private travel to commit to purchasing the first supersonic business jet. Flexjet will offer the world’s first publicly available supersonic transport since commercial airline supersonic crossings ended service in 2003. The Aerion AS2 business jet will have a top speed of Mach 1.5, which is 67% faster than the top cruise speeds of current or anticipated long-range subsonic jets. Carrying eight to 12 passengers, the AS2 will have an intercontinental-capable range of 4,750 nautical miles at supersonic speed, saving three hours across the Atlantic versus subsonic aircraft and more than six hours on longer trans-Pacific routes. The three-engine jet, now under development by Aerion in collaboration with Airbus Group, is expected to make its first flight in 2021 and enter service in 2023.

Crystal Luxury Air to take to the skies with Boeing 777

November 18, 2015

Crystal Cruises, the luxury cruise line, is once again pioneering new fronts in the luxury travel industry with the purchase of a Boeing Business Jet B777-200LR, offering an array of global itineraries for its expanded brand extension Crystal Luxury Air. The announcement comes on the heels of Crystal’s groundbreaking news in July of an extensive brand expansion, which will include extravagant air vacations around the world aboard a luxurious Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. In addition to doubling the initial air projections with the expanded aircraft fleet, Crystal will work with the Registry of Aruba in developing and securing an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). This will pave the way for Crystal Luxury Air to launch international operations. The twin-aisle BBJ B777-200LR will be redesigned to accommodate just 88 guests with flat-bed first class seats; a beautifully appointed lounge and bar; and offer 14- and 28-day around-the-world and international itineraries, beginning in 2017.

Fraunhofer and RWTH Aachen launch R&D center for turbomachinery manufacturing

November 18, 2015

On October 28, 2015, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology IPT and Laser Technology ILT, and RWTH Aachen University’s Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) and Chair for Laser Technology (LLT) launched the International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing (ICTM) in Aachen together with 19 renowned industrial partners. The center’s activities will focus on research relating to the repair and manufacturing of turbomachines. “The ICTM was founded to speed up innovation,” explained Prof. Fritz Klocke, Director of Fraunhofer IPT and Head of RWTH Aachen’s Chair of Manufacturing Technology at the kick-off meeting. “To this end, it connects experts, joins forces, and provides excellent R&D.” The industrial partners in the new network include turbine manufacturers as well as corporations and medium-sized companies covering all areas of the value chain. And just as varied as the companies and sectors are the reasons they give for taking part: a well-known turbine manufacturer wants to introduce additive manufacturing methods with the help of the ICTM network; a machine tool manufacturer was attracted by the “unique form of cooperation;” a service provider in the aviation sector is looking for cooperation partners; and a family-owned company is interested in improving the surface quality of aerospace components made of titanium. How well the network already works, despite the different motivations, was demonstrated on the kick-off day. The ICTM industry partners agreed on a ten- member steering committee with representatives from the industrial companies and research institutes, and selected seven collaborative research projects with a budget of around 400 000 euros: for example, the network plans to improve machining processes when using all-ceramic tools and also the final processing of additive manufacturing components.

ICTM industry partners

ABB Turbo Systems Ltd
Alicona Imaging GmbH
BCT Steuerungs- und DV-Systeme GmbH
DMG Mori Seiki GmbH
GF Machining Solutions Agie Charmilles SA
HAMUEL Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
IHI Corporation
KUKA Industries Reis GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik
Lufthansa Technik AG
Makino Milling Machine Co. Ltd
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd
MBFZ toolcraft GmbH
MTU Aero Engines AG
Pietro Rosa TBM
Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
SLM Solutions GmbH
Walter AG

Jettainer appoints new head of sales department

November 18, 2015

Jettainer, international service partner for outsourced ULD management in the air freight sector, has appointed Thorsten Riekert as its new sales director. With his help, the company is aiming to progressively expand its customer base and therefore continue its global expansion course. Thorsten Riekert has held various senior positions in sales operations within the Lufthansa Group in the past. Most recently, he was Head of Sales & Key Account Management at Lufthansa Technical Training.

Acropolis Aviation is launch customer for ‘CAMP for ACJ’

November 18, 2015

Acropolis Aviation, the UK’s VVIP charter operator, joined Airbus Corporate Jets and CAMP at NBAA, Las Vegas today (November 17th) to announce it will be launch customer for a wider range of computerised maintenance planning services, known as ‘CAMP for ACJ.’ The new offering brings together Airbus’ expertise in maintenance programme customisation and technical documentation with CAMP’s long-held skills in computerised aircraft maintenance management. Five year old Acropolis, based at Farnborough Airport, will start using CAMP for ACJ on its Airbus ACJ319 G-NOAH early in 2016. With CAMP for ACJ, Airbus defines the maintenance tasks that operators need to carry out to ensure continued airworthiness, breaking down tasks simply into digital job-cards in a way that is adapted to each aircraft.

INAIRVATION announces partners for retrofit program offering

November 18, 2015

INAIRVATION has selected three partners to install its pre-engineered integrated cabin retrofit solutions on Bombardier Global Express/5000/6000 aircraft. Flying Colours Corp., Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS), and RUAG Aviation will offer the interior packages to the worldwide market. INAIRVATION GmbH – a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and F/LIST – was created to design, develop, and manufacture integrated interior business jet cabin solutions. Now with its new external partners, INAIRVATION can offer complete installation packages to the business jet retrofit market. Flying Colours Corp., LBAS, and RUAG Aviation will first offer the retro-fit packages on all Bombardier Global aircraft types and then transition to other platforms in accordance with market demand. The baseline retrofit package offers the nice HD CMS/IFE system that includes an advanced User Interface (UI), Audio and Video on Demand, a wireless interface for personal device integration (iOS and Android), and a Hollywood studio content service with leading block-buster movies and TV shows, all functionally integrated into new ergonomic side-ledges and modification kits, pre-engineered by F/LIST. Many optional packages are available that – when taken together – will create a complete new interior. INAIRVATION Co-CEO Werner Kartner states, “Our pre-engineered solutions will enable Flying Colours Corp., LBAS, and RUAG Aviation to offer major interior retrofits that minimize the high non-recurring engineering costs and down times for each installation.

Precision Aircraft Solutions redelivers four aicraft in one week

November 18, 2015

In the span of one week, Precision Aircraft Solutions has redelivered four aircraft from four MRO locations around the world to three clients. The four redeliveries are as follows: 1. MSN 29380 for DHL at Flightstar in Jacksonville, FLA. 2. MSN 30757 for SF Airlines at CAMB in Chengdu, PRC. 3. MSN 25397 for Vx Capital Partners at HAECO Americas in Greensboro, NC. 4. MSN 26278 for SF Airlines at Aeroturbine in Goodyear, Ariz.



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