Airways produces New Zealand’s first report on drones

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New Zealand’s major air traffic controller, Airways, has delivered its first report on the state of the drone industry in New Zealand. The results are based on information obtained from 1460 drone pilots, which included 500 drone service providers. Based on the whole of the country, the report has provided an in-depth view of drone use for both recreational as well as commercial purposes, while also reporting on the state of drone safety and the value of the growing commercial drone market. According to Trent Fulcher, Airways’ Head of Strategy, “Businesses in the drone industry are telling us they are Read more

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Royal Brunei takes delivery of its first A320neo

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Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft during an event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of seven A320neo ordered by the airline under its single aisle fleet renewal programme. Powered by CFM International LEAP-1A26 engines, the new aircraft features a premium three class layout with 12 business class seats, 18 economy plus and 120 in the main cabin. The airline will operate the aircraft on its extensive regional network. Royal Brunei has been flying A320 Family aircraft since 2003 and currently operates a fleet of six A320ceo jets.

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Private search for missing flight MH370 to draw to a close

In January this year, Texas-based Ocean Infinity began a new search for Malaysia Airlines’ missing flight MH370 a year after the original search had been called off. Ocean Infinity had been working on a ‘no cure no deal’ basis and had originally intended to perform the search for 90 days, ending in April. However, they made two successful requests for extensions of the agreement, which will finally come to an end at the end of May this year. Malaysia’s transport minister, Anthony Loke confirmed that: “There will be no more extensions. It cannot continue forever. Let’s wait until May 29 Read more

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OGMA delivers 1500th Pilatus PC-12 shipset

OGMA – Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, S.A. has delivered to Pilatus Aircraft the 1500th Pilatus PC-12 shipset, an aircraft structure manufactured and assembled at Alverca facilities since 1994. Thus OGMA reinforces a relationship of almost 25-years with the Swiss OEM and consolidates its commitment to the Aerostructures business. OGMA is a Tier-1 supplier of Pilatus and has a qualified team of more than 230 employees dedicated to the PC-12 program, from different areas such as production, quality, engineering, planning and commercial areas. At Alverca plant, OGMA is responsible for manufacturing composite parts and assembly of the fuselage, wings, cargo and Read more

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StandardAero to create Canadian Centers of Excellence for Helicopter Airframe/Components, Helicopter Engine and Turboprop Engine MRO Services

StandardAero has announced that, over the next 12-18 months, the company will be restructuring its primary Canadian MRO facilities to create three different Centers of Excellence (COEs) specifically for supporting Helicopter Airframe/Component MRO services, Helicopter Engine MRO services and Turboprop Engine MRO services at it facilities located in Langley, B.C., Winnipeg, M.B. and Summerside P.E.I., respectively. Additionally, and as part of the restructuring, StandardAero intends to wind down operations at its Richmond, B.C. facility by June of 2019. Helicopter engine MRO services currently performed at Richmond will be relocated to StandardAero’s Winnipeg facility, including all Safran Arriel 1&2, Rolls-Royce M250, Read more

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Vallair leases Airbus A321 to Ukrainian charter airline Windrose

Vallair, the aircraft trading, leasing and specialist MRO organisation, has completed a short-term eighteen month lease transaction with Ukrainian charter airline, Windrose Aviation Company for an Airbus A321. A full maintenance ‘C’ check was carried out on the aircraft prior to delivery at Vallair’s MRO facility in Montpellier, France. Windrose operates charter, corporate, tourist and VIP flights using its own aircraft fleet consisting of A320 Family aircraft, regional jets E145s, and business jets. A continuous fleet renewal and expansion programme is an important part of the airline’s development strategy as the Ukrainian economy grows. This transition delivers operational, financial and Read more

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PPG aerospace coatings systems qualified by Pilatus aircraft

PPG has announced that Pilatus Aircraft has qualified PPG exterior paint systems for all production aircraft. The PPG paint systems are qualified to Pilatus Specification PMS0600-52-01. The PPG coatings are qualified for application on the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet, PC-12 NG turboprop airplane, PC-6 multirole aircraft, and PC-21, PC-9 M and PC-7 MkII military trainers. According to Thorsten Schleyer, PPG account manager for Pilatus, PPG formulated the coatings systems with the latest innovative technology, enabling PPG to offer a coatings system that meets the application and performance needs of Pilatus.

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Air Astana opens new Aviation Technical Centre in Astana

Kazakh flag carrier Air Astana, has opened a new Aviation Technical Centre at Astana’s Nursultan Nazarbayev international airport on May 24. The new Aviation Technical Centre enables Air Astana to undertake all aircraft engineering and servicing requirements up to heavy maintenance level. The project was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development at a cost of US$19 million. The Aviation Technical Centre’s energy efficient, single span hangar offers 5,556 m² of floor space and can accommodate widebody types like the Boeing 787 or Boeing 767, alongside a single aisle aircraft like the latest Airbus A320neo Family simultaneously. The Read more

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LHT and Comair sign comprehensive TTS® for Boeing 737 MAX 8

The South African airline Comair Limited and Lufthansa Technik have signed a comprehensive long-term Total Technical Support (TTS®) contract. In the frame of the new agreement, Lufthansa Technik will provide engineering, planning, line maintenance and component support including consumables and expendables supply for the customer’s future Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet. The services will commence in January 2019, when Comair, as part of its fleet renewal program, will take delivery of the first two of eight 737 MAX 8 aircraft on order. As part of the TTS®, Lufthansa Technik supports Comair with a Technical Operations Management (TOM), integrating all MRO Read more

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Embraer Phenom 100EV makes EBACE debut

Embraer will debut the Phenom 100EV business jet at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 29 to May 31. The entry-level Phenom 100EV, an evolution of the Phenom 100E, delivers improved performance with modified engines and a new avionics suite. The evolution of Embraer’s very first clean-sheet-design business jet, which entered into service in 2008, is the result of continuous customer feedback and the Company’s commitment to continue delivering revolutionary aircraft with superior value to the market. The acclaimed Prodigy Touch flight deck, which was introduced in the market by the Phenom 300 Read more

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