EASA Releases Formal Opinion on Safe Small Drone Operating

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released the first formal Opinion on the safe operating of small drones in Europe and which will become an important stepping-stone to the building of a wider regulatory framework and a means to keep drone operations safe. This Opinion will act as a platform on which the European Commission can adopt regulatory proposals later on in the year. The European Commission has already chaired a meeting with EU Member States on February 21. According to EASA’s Executive Director Patrick Ky, “This regulation will enable the free circulation of drones and a level playing Read more

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Dowty Propellers re-establishes composite blade production

The manufacture of composite blades for Dowty Propellers’ civil and military propeller systems has been re-established, marking the company’s recovery from a fire that destroyed its original production site in southwest England. Operating from an interim facility at Mitcheldean in Gloucestershire, Dowty Propellers has re-created the complete blade manufacturing capability for its propeller system product lines – with output reaching the highest rates in company history. During its creation of the interim Mitcheldean operation, Dowty Propellers utilized the opportunity to implement new production layouts and processes, as well as introducing updated equipment – thereby enhancing its manufacturing performance when compared Read more

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Qantas posts record first half profit, starts taking delivery of 18 A321LR neo aircraft

The Qantas Group has delivered its highest-ever first half Underlying Profit Before Tax of AU$976m for the six months ending 31 December 2017. The result surpasses the previous record of AU$921m achieved in the first half of FY16 and comes despite recent increases in fuel costs and continued international capacity growth. Both Underlying and Statutory profit before tax were significantly higher (15% and 20% respectively) than the first half of FY17. Net debt continued to fall and remains towards the bottom of the range, at AU$5.1bn. Sixty per cent of the Group fleet is unencumbered, including two new 787-9s purchased Read more

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Delta and Aeromexico to launch new nonstop service between Detroit and Leon, Mexico

Delta Air Lines and its partner Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, will launch new nonstop service between Detroit and Leon, Mexico, beginning April 30. The state of Guanajuato, where Leon is situated, is known for its significant industrial activity, with strong automotive, leather and footwear, agroindustry, tourism, and pharmaceutical sectors, among others. Detroit, the Motor City, is the center of the U.S. automobile industry and home of leading auto companies. This new route creates an important economic bridge between the dynamic industrial centers of the two cities and connects customers to an expansive network of destinations via Delta’s Detroit hub. Service Read more

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flydubai sees strong growth in revenues

Flydubai has reported its Full-Year Results for the year ending 31 December 2017. flydubai reported total revenue of AED 5.5bn (US$1.5bn) compared to AED 5bn (US$1.37bn) last year; an increase of 9.2% compared to the same period reported in last year’s results. The airline reported a profit of AED 37.3m (US$10.1m) for the full year 2017; the airline has continuously reported Full-Year profitability since 2012. Flydubai carried 10.9 million passengers – a record number for the airline. Passenger numbers grew by 5.5% compared to the previous year. With up to 295 aircraft on order flydubai becomes one of the world’s Read more

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Aviation Capital Group takes delivery of first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Aviation Capital Group (ACG) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Everett, Washington. The aircraft, a Boeing 787-9, is on a long-term lease to EL AL Israel Airlines, and is the first of two Boeing 787-9’s to be delivered from ACG’s orderbook and leased to EL AL Israel Airlines. The second aircraft is scheduled to deliver this fall. “We are pleased to embark the first delivery of the new Boing 787-9 from ACG. The anticipated arrival of the new 787 aircraft marks a revolution in the customer’s flight experience. We set a high standard of service and Read more

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Avolon’s revenue reaches US$2.4bn in 2017

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, has released results for the 2017 full year. The year was headlined by the acquisition and integration of CIT’s aircraft leasing business. Avolon’s owned, managed and committed fleet grew 109% in 2017 to 908 aircraft by year-end and full year profit after tax increased 59% to US$550m. Avolon reported 107 aircraft deliveries, transitions and sales, including the delivery of 45 new aircraft. The company sold 44 aircraft, including 29 owned aircraft and 15 managed aircraft, across the combined platform in 2017. Owned, managed and committed fleet increased by 109% year-on-year to 908 aircraft at Read more

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Safran and Albany inaugurate third composite fan blade production plant for LEAP engine, in Mexico

Safran and Albany have inaugurated a third joint manufacturing plant in Mexico, to make composite parts for the LEAP aircraft engine. This third joint plant is similar to and complements the two existing plants in Rochester, New Hampshire (United States), and Commercy (eastern France), inaugurated in 2014. It involved a total investment of about US$100m and delivered its first parts in October 2017, primarily making 3D woven composite fan blades for the LEAP engine from CFM International. As the LEAP program develops, this plant will also make guide vanes. The investment needed to add this capability will start this year, Read more

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Pratt & Whitney implements solution to PW1100G-JM

Pratt & Whitney has released a revised configuration as a solution to the issue relating to a knife edge seal on the High Pressure Compressor (HPC) aft hub which affected a limited sub-population of the PW1100G-JM engine that powers the Airbus A320neo aircraft. The solution is based on a design with which the company has significant experience, and this solution has received all necessary regulatory approvals. Pratt & Whitney has begun implementing this solution and production engine deliveries incorporating this change will begin in early March. The company will continue to work with Airbus and its mutual airline customers to Read more

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Bristow Helicopters select Honeywell’s avionics protection plan

Honeywell has signed a five-year contract with Bristow Helicopters for its Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan (HAPP). The agreement will cover 26 of Bristow’s Leonardo AW139 helicopter fleet. Under the agreement, Bristow Helicopters will benefit from full maintenance protection coverage for the avionics suite of its search and rescue fleet, providing improved cost forecasting. The company will also have access to repair and parts exchange services in addition to support from Honeywell and its global network of authorized service centers to return its helicopters back to the sky quickly and efficiently. Honeywell offers a variety of maintenance contract options, allowing operators Read more

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