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Friday, February 25th, 2022

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British Government bans all Russian aircraft from its airspace

As of midnight, GMT, Friday February 25, the British government has introduced a ban for all Russian commercial and private aircraft, including all aircraft chartered by Russians, from British airspace. This ban not only affects Aeroflot, but also jets owned or rented by oligarchs.

The government’s Department of Transport published a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) stating that all aircraft “owned, chartered or operated by a person connected with Russia” will be banned from UK airspace. The ban will remain in effect until 23.59 GMT on May 23. While this ban will include the UK’s territorial seas, it cannot prevent planes from flying outside the 12-mile territorial limit.

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) told the British newspaper Mail Online on Thursday of this week that: “Following the announcement by the Prime Minister in Parliament today, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has suspended the foreign carrier permit held by Aeroflot Russia Airlines (Aeroflot) until further notice. This means that Aeroflot will not be permitted to operate flights to or from the United Kingdom until further notice.”

In a subsequent and unsurprising retaliatory tit-for-tat move, on Friday morning Russia announced that all British aircraft were now banned from Russian airspace.


bp refinery in Lingen starts production of sustainable aviation fuel from used cooking oil

bp, the parent company of the international aviation fuel products and services supplier Air bp, has completed an industrial first in Germany producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from used cooking oil. The bp plant in Lingen is the first industrial production facility in Germany to use co-processing to produce SAF from waste and residues.

The Lingen refinery processes the used cooking oil together with crude oil in its existing facilities, which is called ‘co-processing’. The end product is SAF. Thanks to ‘co-processing’ bp can continue to operate the existing plant with some modifications and extensions and also make a direct contribution to decarbonisation.

SAF can drop straight into existing infrastructure and aircraft and has the potential to provide a significant lifecycle carbon reduction compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces. Any aircraft certified for using the current specification of jet fuel can use SAF. The production at Lingen is part of bp’s aim to have a global market share of 20% for SAF.  Refineries can leverage ‘co-processing’ technology at scale for both air and road transport.

SITA appoints David Lavorel as new CEO

The SITA Board has announced the appointment of David Lavorel as the company’s new CEO. Under his leadership and vision, SITA will continue to lead a strategic change for the industry, helping its customers implement digitalised and smart solutions.

Over the past 20 years at SITA, Lavorel has served in a range of senior roles, most recently as CEO of SITA at Airports and Borders. He also served as CEO of SITA for Aircraft, where he pursued a strategy to extract the full potential of the connected aircraft for SITA's airline customers. As Senior VP Corporate Development and Head of the CEO office, Lavorel’s responsibilities included executing the company's growth and development plans.

Lavorel replaces former CEO Barbara Dalibard who has left SITA after five years at the helm.


West Star Aviation plans expansion of Grand Junction, CO facility

West Star has announced plans for a major facility expansion at Grand Junction, CO (GJT) in order to keep pace with customer demand.

The Grand Junction, Colorado facility is planning a new 40,000 ft² hangar with an additional 35,000 ft² of shop and office space. The shop space will include a larger interior shop, a complete composite shop and tool room. The new facility will be focused on the expansion of large aircraft capability and is slated to be completed in 2023. The expansion would increase the GJT location’s operational footprint to approximately 379,000 ft². The company plans to add 84 additional technicians in the next 12 months and an additional 100 new jobs as the facility expansion nears completion. This expansion is being supported by a job growth incentive tax credit and strategic fund project from the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC).

In addition to the expansion project and for the strategic fund portion of the package, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and Industrial Developments Inc. will provide a local match to jumpstart the construction of the project. This will also allow for jobs to be created and filled at a faster pace.

HAECO Landing Gear Services adds A320 landing gear overhaul capacity

HAECO Landing Gear Services has attained Airbus A320 landing gear overhaul capability from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of Thailand (CAAT).

Christian Pinter, Director and General Manager of HAECO Landing Gear Services, said: “We are pleased to offer Airbus A320 capability starting this year. This new development reaffirms our commitment to continually expanding our service offerings and enables our company to provide a wider range of services to existing and new customers. We are, in the interim, seeking approvals from other authorities to cater for market demand.”


Airbus and OCCAR sign military Eurodrone global contract for 20 systems

European aerospace giant Airbus has signed a Eurodrone global contract with the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) for the development and manufacture of 20 drone systems and five years of initial in-service support.

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH signed in representation of the three Major Sub-Contractors (MSC) Airbus Defence and Space S.A.U in Spain, Dassault Aviation in France, and Leonardo S.p.A. in Italy, while OCCAR has signed on behalf of the four launch nations Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Eurodrone is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) with versatile and adaptable capabilities which make it the ideal platform for Intelligence, Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions or homeland security operations. Its open architecture part of the future-proof design will enable growth and rescoping system capabilities as determined by the future needs of armed forces customers.

It is the first MALE designed from the start to meet requirements for integration into civil airspace, helping to improve efficiencies such as use of direct flight paths, without the need for pre-planned emergency landing sites, thus saving time, fuel and, as a result, CO2 emissions. Eurodrone relies on Digital Design, Manufacturing and Services (DDMS), a new, digital-first approach applied by Airbus to the way aerospace products are designed, manufactured and operated throughout all product phases. Eurodrone is the first programme that will be fully designed and developed from the start through DDMS in a stepped approach and aims to benefit from better upgrade planning, improved operational availability and lower life-cycle costs.


Royal Thai Army becomes Boeing's second international customer for AH-6 helicopter

Boeing has been awarded a US$103.7 million contract by the US Department of Defence as part of a foreign military sale for eight AH-6 light attack reconnaissance helicopters to Thailand. The contract also includes spares, training devices, support equipment and technical publications for the Royal Thai Army.

The deal paves the way for the Royal Thai Army to replace its fleet of aging AH-1F Cobras as part of the country’s defence modernisation efforts. The aircraft will be produced in Mesa, Arizona, with deliveries planned through 2024.

A beneficiary of ongoing AH-64 Apache modernization efforts, the AH-6 features an advanced mission computer capable of processing large amounts of data and sharing system information with the rest of the aircraft quickly — enhancing safety and situational awareness, enabling faster decision making, reducing pilot workload and decreasing support costs throughout the aircraft’s life cycle.

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