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ICAO calls on Russian Federation to cease dual registration of its aircraft

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN’s aviation arm, is calling on the Russian Federation to cease the dual registration of its aircraft in an attempt to bypass global sanctions.

The request has come about subsequent to the 226th Meeting of the ICAO Council. The Council has made it clear that under the Chicago Convention, a State may change the registration of its aircraft to another state. However, once a State has registered an aircraft, a number of safety-related obligations fall upon it by virtue of the Chicago Convention and its Annexes. The Convention also makes it clear that no aircraft may be validly registered in more than one state at any particular time and that safety concerns will always be raised that relate to the international validity of each airplane's certificate of airworthiness and radio station license.

The Council has now called on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its infractions of the Chicago Convention, with a view to preserving the safety and security of civil aviation, and to urgently remedy these violations. Additionally, the Council has requested that the Secretary General report these infractions, if not urgently rectified, to all Chicago Convention Contracting States, in accordance with Article 54 j) of the Convention and further decided to submit this matter to the 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly this September-October, for Contracting States’ consideration in accordance with Article 54 k) of the Convention.

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AJW Aviation appoints Rachael Caston as Chief Executive Officer

AJW has appointed Rachael Caston as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AJW Aviation.

Caston, who has an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering, an MA in Strategic and International Defence, and qualifications in strategic leadership and management from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), will guide the organisation in its mission to transform aviation efficiency, focusing on continued strategic, operational and financial strength in delivering an exceptional customer experience.

From September 1, 2022, Caston will assume the role, joining AJW from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where she provided executive level leadership for the at Royal Air Force UK Airprox Board (RAF) Northolt. Ms Caston has a long and distinguished career in aviation, including active service as a professional pilot, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer in the RAF, and extensive business transformation experience, leading teams with a people-centric mindset.

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Gulfstream G800 makes first flight

Gulfstream Aerospace's all-new ultra long-range Gulfstream G800 successfully completed its first flight, officially launching the flight-test programme of the industry’s longest-range aircraft. Announced in October 2021, the G800 is the latest addition to Gulfstream’s next-generation fleet to take flight and make progress toward customer deliveries.

The G800 departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 9:00 a.m. and landed there two hours later. In keeping with Gulfstream’s commitment to sustainability leadership in aviation, the aircraft made the flight using a blend of sustainable aviation fuel.

The G800 can fly 8,000 nautical miles/14,816 kilometres at Mach 0.85 and 7,000 nm/12,964 km at Mach 0.90 with class-leading fuel-efficiency, thanks to the combination of the Gulfstream-designed, advanced high-speed wing and all-new, high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines.

AerFin completes purchase of B737-800 landing gear with lease-back attached

AerFin has completed the purchase of a B737-800 landing gear from Hawker Pacific Aerospace, part of the Lufthansa Technik Group. The purchase and leaseback agreement has seen AerFin acquire the landing gear in fully overhauled condition and lease-back to Hawker Pacific Aerospace to support the operation of Hawker’s narrow-body programmes.

Commenting on the agreement, Nick Filce, Director – Asset Sales and MRO at AerFin, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer this unique structure to Hawker Pacific and offer it a flexible asset support solution that meets the needs of its operation. Additionally, we are pleased to broaden our portfolio of high-quality assets with the addition of the B737-800 landing gears”.

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Lilium selects Panasonic Avionics for electrical power distribution system

Astronics Corporation has been selected by Lilium to design, develop and build the Lilium Jet’s electrical power distribution system.

Power distribution units play a critical role within the Lilium Jet’s innovative energy management system. Astronics will be responsible for the secondary power distribution units (SPDUs) and charging power distribution units (CPDUs).

Lilium Jets will each be equipped with two SPDUs and one CPDU. SPDUs are responsible for high voltage (1000 VDC) to low voltage (28 VDC) conversion and for low voltage distribution and protection. Compact and light weight, the SPDUs ensure a reliable supply of power from the batteries to the aircraft’s critical systems, including flight controls, avionics, navigation, communication, sensors, internal and external lights, and passenger comfort.

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Bii signs exclusive lease and exchange agreement with European Air Charter

Bii.aero, a leading provider of aircraft parts and services for the commercial aviation sector, has signed an exclusive lease and exchange agreement with Bulgarian airline European Air Charter (EAC). The three year deal, which will ultimately comprise 10% of Bii’s A320 inventory, will also see the company undertaking repair management for the airline. The inventory of modern A320 components will be divided between Sofia, Bulgaria and Germany for accessibility and will support the airline’s fleet of six A320s operating charter flights from 8 cities in Germany to destinations in Egypt, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and others.

“Bii will be offering full support for all assets on lease,” comments Francis Cradock, CEO - Bii. “Our services are an ideal fit for EAC as we have the infrastructure in place to accommodate all their requirements whilst still offering a comprehensive personal service to the airline; Bii will be responsible for all exchanges and repairs for all components under the lease.” The stock, which was shipped from Bii’s London warehouse at the end of April, is on lease to EAC with all future repairs being managed by Bii.
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