London Heliport Sees 5% Increase in Activity in 2017

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In a news update from London Heliport, 2017 saw the facility handle 11,900 total movements, an increase of 5% on 2016 figures. With Halo and Starspeed now making the Leonardo AW169 available for charter, the heliport has seen a shift towards large twin-engine executive helicopter movements. The heliport is currently undergoing a major communications network upgrade to include a new transmitter and receivers to meet the new 8.33mHz spacing regulations for VHF Ground-Air communications, as well as new voice-switch and recording equipment. A partnership agreement has recently been ratified with the Meteorological Office to upgrade available sensor equipment which will Read more

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Drukair opts for the A320neo

Drukair, the flag carrier of the Eastern Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, has signed a purchase agreement for one Airbus A320neo to support its growth plans and complement its existing fleet of three A319s. The aircraft will be powered by CFM LEAP-1A26E1 engines optimised for high-altitude operations and will become the largest aircraft operating out of Drukair’s base in Paro. Paro, located at an altitude of 7,300 feet and surrounded by high mountains, is one of the world’s most challenging airports. Thanks to the A320neo’s unmatched performance, it will become the largest aircraft to operate from Paro offering greater payload capabilities Read more

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AeroVision International announces appointment of Thomas Otto

AeroVision International (Muskegon, Michigan) has welcomed the addition of Thomas Otto to its Engine Sales Team. Otto will operate out of the U.K. and will be responsible for the procurement, sales, exchange and leasing of all AeroVision engine programs as well as developing new products and markets. Otto started his aviation career in the early 90s as an Aircraft Engine Engineer at MTU BerlinBrandenburg GmbH in Berlin, Germany. He has over 25 years extensive engineering experience including worldwide Field Service.

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West Atlantic takes delivery of first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter

GECAS joined Boeing and West Atlantic at a ceremony at East Midlands Airport in the UK to commemorate the delivery of the first Boeing 737-800 to be converted to a cargo freighter by the OEM. GECAS, the first owner of this type, has leased the aircraft to West Atlantic Group, a cargo operator based in Sweden. This 737-800BCF is the first of four to be delivered to West Atlantic in the coming months. Once all four -800 aircraft are delivered, West Atlantic will be operating 23 Boeing 737 freighter aircraft.

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West Star Aviation appoints Pete McKernan as Senior VP of Parts and Component Repair

West Star Aviation has appointed Pete McKernan as Senior Vice President of Parts and Component Repair. Pete will be responsible for overseeing West Star Aviation landing gear and accessory departments along with their affiliates, Avant and DAS. Pete has over 35 years of aviation experience working at Cessna/Textron holding various roles including Business Leader for ProAdvantage programs, Director of Aftermarket Finance and Vice President, Parts and Programs. During his time at Cessna/Textron he was responsible for leading organizations in sales, distribution, warranty administration, pricing and supplier management.

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Helisota and ASA signs cooperation agreement

Helisota – an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), training services for rotorcraft aviation, has signed a cooperation agreement with ASA – Airline Software Applications ApS regarding the promotion of IT solution for CAMOs and MROs. “We are happy to announce that ASA joins Helisota as a partner. ASA is the expert of world-wide promotion of SAM 11 – the fully functional software solution that enables CAMOs and MROs to certify, maintain, repair and service aircraft and components. The cooperation between the two companies ensures better solutions at promoting services and this is a great opportunity to Read more

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GECAS takes delivery of first-in-service 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF)

Boeing has delivered the first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The first customer is GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and the freighter will be operated by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden. West Atlantic will receive four 737-800 aircraft within the next 11 months and, once delivered, the company will operate 23 Boeing 737 freighter aircraft. Boeing’s Current Market Outlook forecasts that over the next 20 years, customers will need more than 1,100 standard-body converted freighters. For the 737-800BCF, Boeing has received 45 orders and commitments, from seven customers including: YTO Airlines, based in Hangzhou, China; China Postal Airlines, based Read more

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StandardAero signs new three-year deal with Air Georgian

StandardAero has signed a new, three-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement to provide support for 17 Honeywell 36-150RJ auxiliary power units (APUs) equipping Air Georgian’s fleet of CRJ100/200 aircraft. The services will be provided at StandardAero’s Maryville, Tennessee facility. StandardAero is an authorized MRO facility for some of the industry’s most popular APUs, including the GTCP 36-100/-150, RE220 and APS2300. Air Georgian Limited is a privately owned airline based at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, ON, Canada, with hubs at Calgary International Airport and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Air Georgian principally operates as an Air Canada Express Read more

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Baltic Ground Services will provide services for Turkish Airlines’ Airbus A330 Cargo

On April 19, Baltic Ground Services (BGS) – a Lithuanian company situated in Vilnius, which provides ground handling for aircraft and passenger services at 16 airports in Europe, has landed the first Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 Cargo aircraft at the Vilnius Airport. “Since 2012, our company has been working with Turkish Airlines by providing ground handling and fuelling services. We are happy to announce that BGS will continue working with this company by providing services for their Airbus A330 Cargo aircraft. Of course, new opportunities come with new challenges. A new customer requires not only a lot of hard work, Read more

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Donghai Airlines chooses TCI Cabin Interior

TCI has reached an agreement with Donghai Airlines in order to design and manufacture the galleys of their first 10 new B737 Max-8 aircraft orders. The delivery of the aircraft will start in 2019. This agreement has been a critical milestone for TCI as an entrance to Chinese Aviation Market. Donghai Airlines was established in 2002 as the first private airline in China. It is based at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and serves 41 cities across China and started their first international flight between Shenzhen and Utapao in 2017. Donghai Airlines has a young fleet of average age of 3 Read more

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