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Military Lockheed C-130 crashes in Philippines - at least 45 dead

A Philippines Air Force Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft has crashed after a failed landing attempt at Jolo Airport in the province of Sulu, Philippines. Having failed to land successfully at Jolo, the plane failed to gain sufficient height before crashing in nearby Patikul. Early reports indicate that there were 96 passengers on board, all military personnel on deployment to their battalions who are currently engaged in a lengthy war against Islamic militants from Abu Sayyaf and other factions.

The Department of National Defence has reported that 45 people died at the scene of the crash, including three civilians on the ground, while 53 were injured, including four civilians on the ground. Currently five soldiers remain unaccounted for. According to Reuters news agency, a military spokesman said there was no sign of any attack on the plane, though an investigation had yet to begin as efforts were focused on rescue and treatment.

Jolo airport has a 1,200-metre runway that normally caters for civilian turboprop flights and the occasional military aircraft according to a spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Jolo island lies approximately 950 km (600 miles) south of the capital, Manila. The Lockheed C-130H Hercules aircraft, with registration 5125, had only recently arrived in the Philippines and was one of two aircraft provided by the U.S. government through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency according to a government website.

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S7 Technics launches first automated plant for production of Airbus aircraft panels in Russia

Within the framework of the new production area at the S7 Technics base in Mineralnye Vody, floor panels and interior panels of the aircraft cabin will be produced. With an additional production area of 42 m², it will be possible to produce from ten to 20 products per working shift.

Aircraft panels will be manufactured from composite materials approved by aircraft manufacturers by milling on a high-precision computer numerical control (CNC) machine made by the Czech company Volter. The complex work, starting with graphic processing (creating a 3D model of panels, preparing programs for CNC machines) and ending with certificate release for a finished product, will be performed by experienced S7 Technics specialists who have already completed the training in working with CNC equipment and programming.

The pre-requisites for the creation of such a production area were plans to automate part of the work of the S7 Technics' structural repairs department.

Previously, the panels were made by hand tools by the specialists of the aircraft structural repair shop. With the addition of the production area, S7 Technics has reduced the financial and time costs for panel production. For comparison, the purchase of ready-made panels from OEM companies is 20-30% more expensive, and it also takes a significant time for its delivery.

Israel Aerospace Industries sells dozens of drone guard systems to South Asian country

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), through its ELTA Systems group, is delivering dozens of Drone Guard (CUAS) systems to a country in South Asia. The unique multi-sensor multi-layer ELI-4030 Drone Guard system is one of the most capable battlefields proven systems, providing the ability to detect, classify, identify and defeat drone attacks. IAI develops and manufactures the Drone-Gard System from start to finish including the advanced Radar capabilities.

The Drone Guard system handles hundreds of targets simultaneously and provides a solution to multiple evolving threats worldwide. The system's advantage derives from the multi-layer implementation concept using a high-resolution 3D X-Band radar a key for drone-detection, an integrated COMIN ESM, multi-channel jamming and high resolution EO/IR with integrated AI capabilities. Drone Guard is a comprehensive solution for protection of all kind installations as well as maneuvering forces.

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Blueberry Aviation to manage and remarket fleet of eleven ATR 72-600 aircraft

Blueberry Aviation, a leading provider of large commercial aircraft placement, investment, and lease management services, has been mandated to manage and remarket a fleet of eleven ATR 72-600 aircraft, being returned by Avianca to the financiers in the context of the airline’s Chapter 11 proceedings.
Blueberry Aviation is based in Monaco, Dublin, New York, and Singapore and is also one of the largest players in the pre-owned helicopter market.

Satair and AES sign global multi-year distribution agreement

Satair, an Airbus Services company, and AES Aircraft Elektro/Elektronik System GmbH, have signed a multi-year distribution agreement for selected part numbers designed for the aircraft cabin. The agreement covers global distribution rights on an exclusive basis for 23 part numbers including direct light supply in the galleys and lavatories, mood lighting in bar units, and the switch mode power supplies used in various areas of the aircraft cabin to power applications.

AES GmbH is an international company serving customers in the aviation, space, and maritime industries. The company’s product portfolio includes, but is not limited to, aircraft cabin electronics, comprehensive electrical engineering services, electronic design, and certification services.

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GECAS delivers Two A320neo aircraft to Air Cairo

Air Cairo has taken delivery of the first of two A320-200neos from GECAS, with the second expected in early August. These aircraft will expand on the Egypt-based low-cost carrier’s current fleet of seven A320s. 

“Adding these aircraft to our all-A320 fleet will provide Air Cairo with much-needed capacity to meet the needs of our passengers,” explains Hussein Sherif, Air Cairo Chairman and CEO. “We’re excited to induct two more fuel-efficient A320neos and are grateful to the GECAS team for their support of our growing operations.”

StandardAero completes acquisition of Signature Aviation’s Engine Repair and Overhaul business

StandardAero has received all required regulatory approvals and officially completed its acquisition of Signature Aviation’s Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business.

Signature’s ERO business is an engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider made up of the following five entities: Dallas Airmotive, H+S Aviation, W.H. Barrett Turbine Engine Company, International Governor Services (IGS) and International Turbine Service (ITS). ERO is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with two overhaul facilities, (one in Dallas and the other in Portsmouth, England), ten regional turbine centers, one component MRO site and two parts/distribution facilities.

Like StandardAero, ERO is an OEM-aligned engine MRO services provider. ERO employs approximately 1,100 people with annual revenues approaching US$500 million. Its customers include regional airlines, commercial transportation providers, corporate flight departments, private operators, government agencies and defense departments. The newly combined company now has nearly 6,600 employees in 55 locations across six continents.
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