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Embraer’s Eve takes major step towards eVTOL certification from ANAC

Embraer offshoot Eve has announced that it has formalized the process for obtaining a Type Certificate for its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft with the Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC)).

With this agreement, Eve has underlined its commitment to ANAC where compliance with international technical standards and mandatory airworthiness requirements for eVTOL Type Certification is concerned. The process agreed upon will see Eve obtain a “normal category” aircraft Type Certificate which will take into account the requirements established by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Regulation (RBAC) no. 23, plus additional requirements. With ANAC’s support, Eve will then work with other leading aviation authorities to formalize the Type Certificate validation process worldwide.

“It is an important moment that demonstrates the company’s commitment to exploring the future of urban air mobility. The process aims to achieve the best safety standards to allow eVTOL access to the global market. From the regulation perspective, there is much work to be done concerning aircraft technology and the definition of the entire ecosystem. Brazil has the conditions and engagement to deal with this challenge,” said Roberto Honorato, ANAC’s Airworthiness Superintendent.

“The formalization of the eVTOL certification process is an important step towards the continuity of the discussions that have been held between Eve and ANAC for the vehicle certification for urban mobility. In addition to demonstrating Eve’s commitment to the development of the project, it allows the institutions to evolve in the definition of the requirements and means of compliance applicable to certification,” explained Luiz Felipe R. Valentini, Chief Technology Officer of Eve.

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Airbus, Air Liquide, Korean Air and Incheon International Airport partner to explore the use of hydrogen at Incheon Airport

Airbus, Air Liquide Korea, Korean Air and Incheon International Airport Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the use of hydrogen at Seoul’s Incheon Airport.

The collaboration will also study the development of a Korean domestic airport infrastructure to support the deployment of hydrogen-powered commercial aircrafts. This partnership reflects a shared ambition to drive the emergence of an innovative aviation sector dedicated to supporting the Korean government's goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Under the MOU Airbus will provide characteristics of hydrogen-powered aircraft ground operations, as well as aircraft characteristics and fleet energy usage. Together they will prepare a roadmap to first develop hydrogen usages at and around Incheon Airport and then build scenarios to support the deployment of hydrogen ecosystems connected to other Korean airports.

The partnership will also focus on carrying out studies aimed at defining and developing the required liquid infrastructure at Incheon Airport to prepare the arrival of the first hydrogen-powered aircraft.

Each partner will leverage their complementary expertise to help define the potential opportunities that hydrogen offers, and support the decarbonization of the aviation industry. Air Liquide will bring its extensive expertise in mastering the entire hydrogen value chain (production, liquefaction, storage and distribution ), in particular liquid hydrogen supply while Korean Air will provide expertise on ground aircraft operations and aviation management and operations.

Finally, Incheon International Airport Corporation will provide an airport development plan outlook, along with air traffic characteristics and distribution among terminals.

HAECO establishes aircraft painting facility in Lake City, Florida

HAECO Americas has launched aircraft paint capability at its airframe MRO facility in Lake City, Florida. Upgrades to the facility’s Hangar #9 are complete and were focused on space optimisation and efficiency, including the installation of new divider curtains, climate-controlled paint storage and upgraded heating and fire suppression systems.

Meanwhile, United Airlines has selected the company’s new capability to paint some of its aircraft in 2022. The contract has already started, with painting of the first United Airlines Boeing 767 aircraft now in process.

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Finnair unveiles 'new face' with €200million investment in ultimate customer experience

Finnair has launched the airline’s new spacious, long-haul look with a brand-new Business Class and a new Premium Economy cabin as part of a major investment to enhance the customer experience.

The Finnish flag carrier, known for connecting Asia and Europe via the short northern route, unveiled the €200 million investment at a press conference in Helsinki on February 10.

The complete cabin renewal covers all Finnair Airbus A350 and A330 long-haul aircraft, with new cabins to be fitted over the next two years, featuring an entirely new Business Class, a brand-new Premium Economy cabin and a refreshed Economy Class.

The full experience, complete with renewed service concepts, will be available in spring 2022 on selected routes across Finnair’s long-haul network.

ASI Aero starts 737NG dismantling

Aeronautical Support International (ASI Aero) announced that they will start dismantling one Boeing 737NG this month.  This 737NG marks the second Boeing 737NG ASI Aero has dismantled in the last two months.

Material from this aircraft will be sent for repair and overhaul direct from the disassembly location to repair facilities and will be made immediately available.

In line with the recovery of the domestic markets that has taken place since early-2021, ASI will continue to make acquisitions of narrow-body, wide-body and regional aircraft platforms to support our global customer base,” said ASI Aero President, Dean Morgan.

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IAI completes conversion of 100th B767-300 aircraft

In a major milestone, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has completed the conversion of the 100th B767-300 aircraft. This achievement highlights IAI’s leading role in the cargo conversion industry for over four-decades and is a testament to IAI’s advanced capabilities, robust pace and expanding capacity to provide customers worldwide with the most optimal freighter solution. The 100th B767-300 freighter was converted at IAI’s cargo conversion facility in Tel Aviv, Israel, prior to being delivered to the customer.

IAI began operating the B767-300 conversion line in Israel in 2007 together with M&B Conversions, a joint venture with Mitsui, and received the STC (Supplementary Type Certificate) in 2009. In 2017, IAI opened an additional B767-300 conversion facility in Mexico, increasing operations to meet global demand for the converted wide-body aircraft. The converted B767-300 aircraft provides a competitive and cost-effective solution for customers seeking to increase their cargo fleet.

BAA Training launches new pilot training programme in cooperation with ENAC

BAA Training launches a new Ab Initio training programme in cooperation with Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC). The new pilot training programme has been tailored to individual, self-sponsored clients so that anyone interested, with little or no aviation experience, can enroll. BAA Training will deliver ATPL theoretical phase, VFR and advanced phases in accordance with the customer’s demands. Bridge VFR and IFR will be subcontracted to ENAC and conducted in one of its training centres in France.

Marijus Ravoitis, CEO at BAA Training: “We have been partners with ENAC for over two years now. As both organisations share a common mission in the industry, we are glad to pool our expertise to offer world-class training to everyone willing to become commercial pilots. The new programme for individual students that we have now launched in cooperation with ENAC is the next step after we introduced the same kind of programme to airlines.”

“We predict the programme, based on ENAC’s and BAA Training best training practices, will receive the most attention from customers who are interested in spending part of their training in the French environment. ENAC is our partner in this region and is recognised for its high standards in aviation training,” Ravoitis added.

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