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Bombardier unveils Mach 0.94, 8,000nm-range Global 8000 flagship aircraft

Bombardier has introduced its latest business jet, the Global 8000, which should enter into service in 2025. The Global 8000 with its twin GE Aviation Passport engines will be the world’s fastest and longest-range business jet. The jet will be able to fly at Mach 0.94, will have a range of 8,000 nautical miles and will provide passengers with one of the lowest cabin altitudes of 2,900 ft when flying at 41,000 feet.

During testing, the jet reached speeds of Mach 1.015, making it not only the fastest business jet, but also the fastest in civil aviation since the days of Concorde. Additionally, during its demonstration flight it became the first Transport Category aircraft using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to fly supersonic. With its spacious four personalised suites ergonomically designed to maximise space and freedom of movement, the Global 8000 aircraft also incorporates revolutionary features introduced on the Global 7500 aircraft that have substantially improved passenger comfort, including the Soleil circadian lighting system to help counteract jet lag. The combination of the innovative Nuage seat and the first-ever zero-gravity position, passengers will be able to arrive at their destinations both revitalised and refreshed.

The Global 8000 aircraft also has an available Principal Suite with a full-size bed and a stand-up shower in the en-suite. For current Global 7500 operators, the performance enhancements on the Global 8000 will be retrofittable when the aircraft enters into service in 2025.

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Rusada appoints Larry Strykowski as Director of Business Development

Rusada, the global aviation software provider, has announced the appointment of Larry Strykowski as Director of Business Development.

Strykowski has a wealth of experience in the aviation software industry, having served as Managing Director Technology - MRO and Supply Chain Systems for both Continental Airlines and United Airlines, where he selected and implemented enterprise-wide solutions for maintenance planning and technical publications, as well as various MRO commercial products. He also planned and initiated the complex consolidation of technical solutions when Continental and United merged in 2010. Strykowski then moved on to become Director of Technology for the Bristow Helicopter Group, where he spent ten years implementing a host of enterprise solutions.

In his role for Rusada, Strykowski will help drive the company’s growth in North America, using his extensive industry experience to bring the company’s ENVISION software to operators and maintainers across the continent. As part of his remit, he will look to forge new strategic partnerships that facilitate fast and effective software deployment whilst strengthening Rusada’s existing relationships.

Finnair wet leases one Airbus A320 from DAT for anticipated busy summer season

Finnair will lease an Airbus A320 aircraft and crew from Danish airline DAT for the busy summer season. The aircraft will be operating on selected frequencies on Finnair’s route between Helsinki and Copenhagen in June and on Finnair’s routes between Helsinki and Oulu and Helsinki and Lisbon between July and October this year. The flight deck and cabin crew for these flights come from DAT while the flights have Finnair’s service concept.   

“We are preparing for a busy summer season, and this agreement with DAT supports our target of ensuring stable and reliable operations as travel is now picking up”, said Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair.  

DAT is operating regional routes in Denmark, Norway, Italy, Germany and Finland and is providing charter and ACMI services

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FL Technics Engine Services ventures into next stage of business development

Following ISO EN 9110:2018 certification, FL Technics Engine Services ventured into the next stage of business development as operations moved to a new purpose-built facility.

The necessary shift of location was made to meet the growing demand of the market as Lithuania is becoming one of the most appealing destinations for aircraft engine redeliveries, repair, and maintenance, with an established MRO infrastructure, including a full-fledged aircraft redelivery hub near the new FL Technics Engine Services location.

Ongoing repair and maintenance projects were moved along with dedicated equipment and tooling to a brand-new facility in Kaunas FEZ (Free Economic Zone), next to Kaunas International Airport (KUN).

As Valerij Deveikis, CEO of FL Technics Engine Services, stated: “Moving to a larger and purpose-built facility near Kaunas airport and FL Technics MRO hangar creates an exclusive advantage to deliver top-quality engine maintenance and repair services as efficiently as possible. Furthermore, the new facility is conveniently located near FL Technics logistics hub, making it even more flexible to deliver unique one-stop-shop solutions to our clients and partners.”

The new hangar, shops, and storage facilities were built with the capacity for further expansion in line with FL Technics' growth strategy. The company is committed to investing in high-value assets, such as aircraft engines, to develop and support global operations within the MRO industry. Thus, upgraded facilities and benchmark certifications of quality, play an essential role in future growth.

FL Technics' investment in the facility is being followed by multiple high-value asset purchases and projects, including the teardown of Boeing 737-800 aircraft and the planned acquisition of several engines, scheduled for maintenance in the new FL Technics Engines Services shop.

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Leonardo’s VIP/corporate helicopter fleet set to grow in Europe

Leonardo has received new helicopter orders at EBACE 2022 (Geneva 23-25 May), including three AW109 GrandNew light twin, one AW109 Trekker and two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters with deliveries to the UK, Italy and Germany in 2022 and 2023. 

Official distributor for UK & Ireland Sloane Helicopters ordered three AW109 GrandNew with deliveries expected in the second half of 2023, adding to the three aircraft of the same model purchased in early March.

One AW109 Trekker in VIP configuration has recently been sold to a private operator in Germany marking the introduction of this model in this country, with delivery planned at the end of this year.

Two private operators, one in Germany and one in Italy, have placed orders for one AW139 each with deliveries expected by early 2023. The German order marks the entrance of the type in the national VIP/corporate market following the success of this model for other applications in Germany.

U.S. Army awards Airbus contract for continued logistics support

Airbus has signed a follow-on Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract with the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material and engineering support for the Army’s entire UH-72A and UH-72B Lakota fleet of 482 utility and training helicopters.

The contract includes a six-month base and 4.5 option years, with a potential total value of more than US$1.5 billion. Airbus will provide support across 67 Lakota sites in the U.S. and overseas. This includes National Guard bases in 43 states and Fort Rucker in Alabama, where the UH-72A performs the Army’s Initial Entry Rotary Wing mission (IERW).

The CLS contract with the U.S. Army is the largest helicopter performance-based support contract managed by Airbus worldwide.

The UH-72B is produced at Airbus’ facility in Columbus, Mississippi while logistics are managed from the facility in Dallas, Texas. The workforce supporting these platforms is approximately 40% U.S. military veterans.

The U.S. Army utilises the UH-72A and UH-72B models to perform a variety of missions including the counter drug and southwest border missions for the Army’s National Guard.

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MNG Airlines becomes new customer for N-Flight Planning

MNG Airlines which holds a significant share of the air cargo sector in Turkey, has signed with NAVBLUE to implement N-Flight Planning (N-FP) on its all-Airbus fleet of nine aircraft.

MNG Airlines will benefit from a more compliant flight planning solution, including ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Operations approval), management-by-exception solution, event-driven automation and added flexibility in terms of integrations.

NAVBLUE’s N-FP responds perfectly to cargo airlines needs thanks to the ETOPS and escape routes functionality and is flexible in terms of integration.

MNG Airlines is based in Istanbul Airport, Turkey, and operates scheduled and charter services within the Middle East, Far East, Africa, United States, and European destinations. In addition to its scheduled flight network, MNG Airlines makes a valuable difference in air cargo industry by offering tailor-made services which include flight, cargo and ground handling and also warehouse services.

N-FP’s management-by-exception and automation will enable MNG Airlines flight plan computation to be more lean and efficient in any selected city pair. Now, MNG Airlines aims to highlight Turkey in the air cargo market and expand its service and flight network with its experience.

GA Telesis and Air Transport Services Group announce Wilmington Air Park as location for engine maintenance joint venture

GA Telesis and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), a leading provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services, have reached an agreement with the Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA), JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Development to locate their 72,000 ft² Specialised Procedures Aeroengine Hospital (SPAH) at the Wilmington Air Park in southwestern Ohio. The new SPAH is projected to be operational in September of 2022 and will be capable of inducting more than two hundred engines per year focused on those manufactured by General Electric and CFM International.

“We are thrilled to be taking the next step in adding a U.S.-based SPAH to our capabilities,” said Russell Shelton, President of the Engine Strategy Group at GA Telesis. “We could not have accomplished this significant milestone without the strategic ATSG partnership and the cooperation of the Clinton County Port Authority and Wilmington Air Park,” he added.

This investment marks the first United States location for a GA Telesis SPAH and will provide a variety of engine services to global aviation customers from the Wilmington Air Park location. Additionally, GA Telesis opened its first SPAH in Helsinki, Finland in 2021. This second location will provide economic opportunities to the region through both administration and skilled technician roles.

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EULEN America receives ISAGO certification from IATA

EULEN America, a leader in providing services and innovative solutions to companies, including aviation services, has been credited with the ISAGO certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This International certification authenticates the compliance of operation safety standards for organisation and management (ORM), load control (LOD), passenger and baggage handling (PAB), aircraft handling and loading (HDL), aircraft ground movement (AGM) as well as cargo and mail handling (CGM). The certification is valid for two years, due for renewal in November 2023.

“We are committed to providing the highest level of quality of service and safety standards to our clients,” said Larry Massaro, Senior Vice President of Aviation at EULEN America. “This new certification covers all our stations and provides a high-standard in terms of safety for our organisation.”

EULEN America received the Head-Office license, which covers all stations where the company operates. Additionally, they are certified for the Miami International Airport license. Although the company has been certified since 2010, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department requires compliance with this certification, and periodic renewals to operate in Miami.

The audit streamlines procedures by establishing a uniform set of standards. Also, it assesses the management and oversight systems in place at the ground service provider's corporate headquarters, as well as the consistency at the station level.
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