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 Read more

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AJW Aviation appoints Rachael Caston as Chief Executive Officer

Rachael Caston

AJW Group, a producer of aircraft component parts, repair, and supply chain solutions provider, has appointed Rachael Caston as 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 Read more

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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 it 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 Read more

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Gulfstream G800 makes first flight

The all new G800 jet departs Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport ©Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace’s all-new ultra-long-range Gulfstream G800 successfully has 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. local time 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 Read more

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Lilium selects Panasonic Avionics for electrical power distribution system

Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defence and other mission-critical industries, has been selected by Lilium to design, develop and build the Lilium Jet’s electrical power distribution system. The 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 Read more

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Bii signs exclusive lease lease-and 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 eight cities in Germany to destinations in Egypt, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and others.  “Bii will be offering full support for all Read more

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Heathrow’s plans for hike in passenger charges thwarted as CAA demands a reduction

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London Heathrow Airport’s plans to increase passenger charges from £30.19 to £41.95 have been scuppered by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Instead, the CAA is demanding that over the next five years passenger charges be incrementally reduced to the point where, by 2026, they have been reduced to £26.31 per passenger. The charges made by Heathrow go towards the operating costs of terminals, runways, baggage handling systems and security, among others. The CAA has stated that the reduction in the charge “reflects expected increases in passenger numbers as the recovery from the pandemic continues and the higher level of Read more

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United States Army And Sikorsky Strengthen Army Aviation Fleet With 10th H-60 Black Hawk Helicopter Contract

HH-60M MEDEVAC helicopter ©Lockheed Martin

The United States government and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, have signed a five-year contract for a baseline of 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters, with options to reach a total of 255 aircraft to be delivered to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Sikorsky continues to modernise and enhance the Black Hawk to meet the Army’s challenging and evolving missions by continuously delivering aircraft thanks to a hot production line, mature well-established supply chain and digital factory. The “Multi-Year X” contract for UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft marks the 10th multiple-year contract for Sikorsky and Read more

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IAG Cargo partners with Bollore Logistics to purchase one million litres of sustainable aviation fuel

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IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) announces its partnership with Bollore Logistics to purchase one million litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The SAF will be manufactured at Phillips 66 Humber Refinery in North Lincolnshire UK from sustainable waste feedstocks and delivered in two shipments, in July 2022 and November 2022 and will reduce approximately 2,400 tonnes of CO2 on a net lifecycle basis. IAG Cargo is committed to making aviation more sustainable, and over the last year has bought over 10 million litres of SAF to reduce its customers’ supply chain emissions on a net Read more

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Riverside Aircraft Maintenance Ready for Success with WinAir


Riverside Aircraft Maintenance has implemented WinAir Version 7 and is using the product daily to track and manage its maintenance activities and maintain inventory control. Over the past month, the company finished migrating its aircraft compliance and inventory data into the aviation management software, completed its role-based end-user training and entered the go-live stage of its software implementation with the oversight of WinAir’s team. Its successful transition to the software using a fully self-guided express implementation approach proved seamless. Now that this software implementation is complete, Riverside Aircraft Maintenance looks forward to improving efficiencies, accelerating processes, and maintaining compliance.

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