Lilium announces partnership with Honeywell and DENSO for Lilium Jet electric motor

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Having already been developing the avionics and flight control systems for the Lilium Jet, Honeywell, together with DENSO will partner with Lilium to produce the electric motor which will power the Lilium Jet. Honeywell currently collaborates with DENSO to develop aerospace electric propulsion solutions. Lilium developed the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet and the new Lilium e-motor has been worked on by all three companies over the past two years. The e-motor should provide exceptional performance and reliability while producing zero-emissions. The e-motor is air cooled as opposed to water cooled, thus reducing maintenance requirements and reducing Read more

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Elix Aviation delivers one Dash 8-100 to Renegade Air

Elix Aviation, the international regional aircraft leasing company, has confirmed the sale and delivery of one Dash 8-100, MSN 361, to Renegade Air. With this new delivery, Elix Aviation continues to expand its sales/leasing and asset management services in the African market. Renegade Air is an aviation company incorporated in Kenya in 2012 to provide safe, dependable and cost-effective air transport solutions to a diversity of clients and partners. Renegade’s primary service was chartered flights and flights to Wajir County however, starting in 2021 they have introduced new scheduled destinations daily to Masai Mara, Amboseli, Malindi and Lamu.

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Qantas buys 51% stake in fast-growing online travel business TripADeal

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Qantas has announced that it will take a majority shareholding in the Australian-made travel business, TripADeal. The stake allows Qantas Loyalty to immediately expand its exposure to the estimated AU$13 billion online packaged holiday booking market, which is experiencing significant growth as leisure demand booms and the shift to e-commerce continues. Over the past decade, TripADeal has built thousands of direct supplier relationships with hotels, tour operators and other vendors that allow it to offer well-priced holiday packages both domestically and overseas. It also has its own tour guides based in over 30 countries. TripADeal packages range from African safaris, Read more

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Green Taxi Inc. continues development of electric taxi system

The Green Taxi System (GTS) is a concept that was developed by L3 Technologies and Honeywell together with Safran, in the latter part of the last decade. The design involved installing electric motors in the aircraft’s landing gear wheels. A new endeavour, Dallas TX-based Green Taxi, was able to acquire the IP from L3 and Honeywell, along with an OEM patent for the technology and hired key team members who had been involved in the project. Green Taxi, Inc. (GTI) has announced that it is continuing the original development which uses the auxiliary power unit (APU) generator to power the Read more

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Canada Jetlines receives stage 2 approval from Canadian Transportation Agency

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Canada Jetlines, the new all-Canadian, leisure carrier, has announced that the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has determined that the company has met the agency’s financial requirements. The CTA had previously determined that Canada Jetlines met the Canadian control requirements. With the satisfaction of this significant milestone, the formal CTA commercial license will be issued following the issuance of the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by Transport Canada. “This is an important milestone for Canada Jetlines as we are approaching the completion of the AOC process with Transport Canada. The teams of both the CTA and Canada Jetlines have been working with Read more

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Täby delivers 30th Saab 340 cargo-conversion

©Täby Air Maintenance has delivered the 30th Saab 340 cargo-conversion

TAM, Täby Air Maintenance, has delivered its 30th Saab 340 cargo-conversion, a Saab 340B with msn 225. The aircraft was converted to full TAM Cargo-Conversion Generation II on behalf of Latvia-based RAF-Avia, who already operates a mix of cargo- and passenger-configured Saab 340s, ATR 72s and Antonov 26s. Saab 340 cargo-conversions has come to be an ever increasing business for TAM, where the current milestone of 30 conversions was preceded as late as in February this year when the 25th cargo converted aircraft was delivered. Cargo conversion backlog – kits as well as full conversions – stretches way into 2023. Read more

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Simplified procurement for aircraft lease transitions will enable faster aircraft delivery

The recovery of commercial air travel is being achieved by a high-volume of aircraft transitions and re-deliveries. That requires lessors to move aircraft out of storage and back into service, often with new airlines and operators. As air travel continues to recover, there’s an increasing interest in leasing aircraft, especially given the aviation supply chain challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Natalja Lagno, Strategic Purchasing Manager at Magnetic Group, shared her insights on the global supply chain disruptions: “OEMs are confronted with their own supply chain challenges as they face a long backlog of orders to fulfill as well as Read more

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VoltAero brings Cassio electric-parallel hybrid aircraft on demonstration flights to the Netherlands

Cassio electric-parallel hybrid aircraft ©VoltAero

VoltAero’s Cassio electric-hybrid aircraft is to perform demonstration flights across selected routes in the Netherlands beginning June 13, 2022, to promote highly sustainable regional aviation throughout the Dutch regions. Utilising VoltAero’s Cassio 1 testbed – the first parallel hybrid aircraft – this week-long deployment will be part of the Netherlands’ Power Up initiative, which is a collaboration aimed at positioning the country for the introduction of electric-powered commercial passenger flights within five years. The flights are to include analyses of operational costs, noise performance, ground infrastructure requirements and technical support for the future use of Cassio family aircraft by commercial Read more

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SaxonAir signs AW109SP GrandNew helicopter order for Q1 2023 delivery

Official contract signing at EBACE for one AW109SP GrandNew helicopter ©SaxonAir

SaxonAir, the independent UK business aviation operator, confirmed its order for an Agusta AW109 GrandNew helicopter on the opening day of EBACE, Monday May 23. The latest variant, to be delivered in the first quarter of 2023, with the registration G-KLNA, replaces SaxonAir’s 2016 AW109SP, which was delivered new in 2016. Norwich-headquartered SaxonAir, which also has bases at London Stansted,  London Biggin Hill Airports and Denham Aerodrome for helicopter operations originally committed to the helicopter in December 2021.  Leonardo AW109 GrandNew is a top-of-the range, premium, light twin-engined helicopter with high performance.  With its sizeable and well-appointed cabin, it can comfortably accommodate Read more

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Bombardier increases maintenance and repair capacity at its Le Bourget line maintenance station

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Bombardier has expanded its Line Maintenance Station (LMS) at Le Bourget Airport near Paris to increase its maintenance and repair services for European customers. The facility is strategically located at one of Europe’s busiest airports for business aviation and the expansion is another step in the company’s drive to lead the industry in aftermarket services by bringing best-in-class OEM service, parts and know-how closer to its customers. Bombardier recently boosted its workforce at the Le Bourget LMS, established in 2018, and has added more than 30,000 ft² (3,000 m²) of hangar space, capable of accommodating up to three Global 7500 Read more

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