General Atomics Europe intends to take over RUAG Aerospace Services

General Atomics Europe GmbH (GA-E), the medium-size service and consulting company with stakes in eight subsidiaries, has announced its intention to acquire RUAG Aerospace Services (RUAG), formerly part of the Swiss technology group RUAG International. This will enable GA-E to expand its product and service portfolio to include the maintenance and repair of business aircraft and military helicopters, as well as the production and maintenance of the Dornier 228. GA-E intends to retain 450 RUAG staff that will result in the creation of a 1,000-strong technology group workforce.  GA-E will also become one of the few companies in Germany to Read more

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SAS takes delivery of first A321LR using sustainable jet fuel

SAS takes delivery of first of three A321LR aircraft, on lease from ALC ©Airbus

Scandinavian carrier SAS has taken delivery of its first of three A321LR on lease from Air Lease Corporation, becoming the newest operator of the efficient long-haul single aisle aircraft. The A321LR is powered by CFM Leap-1A engines. The delivery flight from Airbus Hamburg to its home base in Copenhagen uses a 10% sustainable jet fuel blend. The initiative is part of SAS’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and Airbus’ objective to contributing to the aviation sector’s ambitious decarbonisation targets. Airbus is the first aircraft manufacturer offering customers the option of receiving new jetliners with sustainable fuel. Such delivery flights Read more

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BAA Training Vietnam receives certificates for UPRT training

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BAA Training Vietnam has received the necessary certificates for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), aligned with Airbus A320 simulators from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) and have already had their training instructors certified for UPRT training. Until 2021, the pilots of the Vietnamese airlines are required to undergo Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), introduced by the ICAO, and being implemented by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).   The BAA Training Vietnam type-related UPRT is a separate training program and it addresses the specific requirements of the relevant class on the type of aircraft. The Read more

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Aircraft Support Industries contracted by NAAI for design and construction of aircraft recycling facilities

Aircraft Support Industries (ASI) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with North American Aerospace Industries (NAAI) for the development of three new dedicated aircraft recycling facilities including the facility planned at the Global TransPark in Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.A. The other two facilities being constructed will be located at Al Ain International Airport in the Emirate Abu Dhabi, UAE and Clark International Airport in the Philippines. In providing its services ASI will rely on a phased-in project development approach. Phase one will focus on a custom-designed 30,000 m² dismantling hangar that can accommodatethree of the largest aircraft such as Read more

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De Havilland Canada chooses IFS to integrate its value chain

IFS Applications™ will be deployed in the cloud at De Havilland Canada’s facilities in Toronto and will support operational processes ©IFS

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada (De Havilland Canada) is rationalising its application landscape and replacing 300+ legacy business applications with an extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform from IFS. IFS Applications™ will be deployed in the cloud at De Havilland Canada’s facilities in Toronto and will support operational processes including sales and order management, manufacturing, materials management, procurement and finance, and aftermarket support. “We chose IFS because of its impressive qualifications in the global aerospace and defence sector as well as the comprehensive nature of its technology,” said Anca Preda, Vice President, Information Technology, De Havilland Canada. “By unifying our Read more

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Air Covers secures new Royal Air Force Typhoon contract

©Air Covers has won a competitive bid to provide environmental protective covers for 147 RAF Typhoon aircraft.

Air Covers, a leading specialist in the design of bespoke protective covers for the aerospace and marine sector, has won a competitive bid to provide environmental protective covers for 147 RAF Typhoon aircraft.  Air Covers also won the supply contract for the Typhoon Display Team. Deliveries of the covers to RAF Coningsby have already started.  A total of 50 complete sets have been dispatched to date, with a further 97 to follow.  Each cupola cover is made at Air Covers’ facility in Wrexham, North Wales.  The Typhoon fleet will be protected with Air Covers’ full convection cooling cover technology.  The Read more

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Honeywell acquires Ballard Unmanned Systems

Ballard Unmanned Systems will strengthen and expand Honeywell’s unmanned aerial systems and urban air mobility product portfolio ©Honeywell

Honeywell has acquired assets from privately held Ballard Unmanned Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southborough, Mass.-based Ballard Power Systems. Ballard Unmanned Systems designs and produces industry-leading, stored-hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cell systems that power unmanned aerial systems (UAS), particularly those used for energy inspection, cargo delivery, and other commercial and defense applications where demand for UAS services is growing. Honeywell is acquiring the key intellectual property, inventory and equipment of Ballard Unmanned Systems. Ballard’s team of fuel-cell experts will also join Honeywell as part of the acquisition. “Adding Ballard Unmanned Systems to the Honeywell family is another example Read more

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Rolls-Royce looks to double up on October 1 bond offering to now raise £2 billion

On October 1, Rolls-Royce Holdings (Rolls-Royce) announced its intention to raise at least £1 billion through a bond offering as part of its strategy to raise £5 billion in a recapitalization package to support its long-term strategy. However, unanticipated strong demand for the investor Notes has seen the company double the size of the offering, which will now comprise three tranches in three separate currencies issued by Rolls-Royce and guaranteed by the Company. The Bond Offering will comprise:  US$1,000 million aggregate principal amount of 5.750% Notes due 2027; €750 million aggregate principal amount of 4.625% Notes due 2026; and £545 Read more

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Aereos Interior Solutions integrates antimicrobial technology into high-touch aircraft interior products

©Aereos Interior Solutions now include integrated antimicrobial technology from BioCote

High-touch aircraft interior products manufactured by Aereos Interior Solutions now include integrated antimicrobial technology from BioCote. It is the first time that antimicrobial technology, which permanently prevents the growth of a wide range of microbes – including bacteria, mould and some viruses – has been integrated into aeroplane interiors to provide an additional level of hygiene. When containing BioCote technology, Aereos Interior Solutions’ products are certified as greater than 99.8% effective against MRSA and E. coli. Aereos Interior Solutions, a division of global aircraft solutions provider Aereos, INC., has introduced an additional layer of hygiene protection by integrating long-lasting BioCote antimicrobial technology Read more

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American Airlines renews global distribution agreement with Sabre

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Software and technology company Sabre Corporation and American Airlines, have renewed their long-term, worldwide distribution agreement. Under the renewed agreement, Sabre will continue to distribute American Airlines flights and services through the Sabre travel marketplace, ensuring that Sabre connected-agencies will continue to have access to the same American Airlines content, including branded fares, ancillary products and services. “It’s been a challenging year for the travel industry, and it is critical to us that we support our agency community well,” said Alison Taylor, chief customer officer of American Airlines. “Sabre remains important to American, as we work together with our mutual agency Read more

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