389 Boeing 737 MAX jets affected worldwide after FAA issues inspection mandate

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a directive for Boeing whereby 737 MAX operators must conduct additional inspections of the jet’s automated flight control system. The directive has ensured that instructions released by Boeing in December, which meant planes with more than 6,000 hours of flight time should undergo specific electronic checks, will now become mandatory instructions. Boeing confirmed that it “fully supports the FAA mandate “requiring functional checks at certain intervals to the digital flight control system, stabilizer trim, and the primary and secondary aisle stand stabilizer.”” The three repetitive inspections will be carried out during existing Read more

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SAF Group orders three more five-bladed H145 helicopters for emergency medical services

H145 helicopter ©Airbus Helicopters

SAF Group will be operating three more five-bladed H145 helicopters for emergency medical services (EMS) in France. These three aircraft will be based in Grenoble, Valence, and Montpellier. They will complement the three H145s already ordered by SAF in 2018 and 2020, the first of which was delivered recently and will be deployed for EMS missions in Belgium. SAF CEO Tristan Serretta says: “Introducing six new H145s in France and Belgium in just twelve months is in line with our strategy to increase the capacity of the growing number of EMS services that place their trust in us. This increase Read more

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Ryanair takes delivery of first 737 MAX after two-year delay

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The Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 jet that landed at Dublin Airport on June 16, was the first of 210 of the MAX 8 variant ordered by the Irish low-cost carrier. Though one of Boeing’s biggest customers, Ryanair has been particularly critical these last few weeks over delays to deliveries and also a clear lack of communication. Ryanair had anticipated having its first MAX jet in service by March this year, with 24 in service for the summer. Instead, in April, the carrier revised that figure down from 24 to 16, and then down to 14 in May when Ryanair’s chief Read more

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Flynas takes delivery of three Airbus A320neo aircraft from Jackson Square Aviation

Flynas Airbus A320neo aircraft ©Jackson Square Aviation

Jackson Square Aviation (JSA) has closed the purchase-and-leaseback financing for Flynas, Saudi Arabia with delivery of three Airbus A320neo aircraft under long-term leases. “We are excited to provide a comprehensive financing solution to Flynas with the delivery of these latest-technology and fuel-efficient A320neo aircraft and welcome the airline as our newest customer”, said Chris Dailey, JSA President and Chief Commercial Officer.

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AFG Aviation Ireland concludes acquisition of one Airbus A320-214 from ALAFCO

AFG Aviation Ireland, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH, has completed the acquisition of one Airbus A320-214, bearing MSN 4484, from ALAFCO Aviation Lease Finance (Kuwait). AFG has placed the aircraft with Berniq Airways (Libya), which follows the delivery of MSN 4865 to the airline just last year.

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GE Aviation and Safran launch advanced technology demonstration program for sustainable engines

John Slattery (l), President and CEO of GE Aviation and Olivier Andriès (r), CEO of Safran at the contract signing ©CFM

GE Aviation and Safran have launched a bold technology development program targeting more than 20% lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to today’s engines. The CFM RISE (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines) program will demonstrate and mature a range of new, disruptive technologies for future engines that could enter service by the mid-2030s. The companies also signed an agreement extending the CFM International 50/50 partnership to the year 2050, declaring their intent to lead the way for more sustainable aviation in line with the industry’s commitment to halve CO2 emissions by 2050. Technologies matured as part of the RISE Read more

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BlueBird Aero Systems completes delivery of 100 VTOL UAVs to European customer

Wander B VTOL ©BlueBird Aero Systems

BlueBird Aero Systems, partially owned (50% of shares) by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has completed the delivery of 100 WanderB-VTOL UAVs to a European customer. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAVs are part of a transaction involving over 150 WanderB-VTOL and ThunderB-VTOL UAVs worth tens of millions of dollars (USD). This is the world’s largest number of VTOL UAVs delivered to any customer at one time, and was completed within the agreed timetable despite COVID-19 conditions. The transaction reflects a globally emerging trend of VTOL UAVs, which provide important benefits for land and maritime applications as they combine the Read more

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SPI to manage donation of multiple jet engines from Cadence Business Finance to aircraft mechanic training programs

General Electric CF34 jet engine

On behalf of Cadence Business Finance (CBF), Sage-Popovich (SPI) will be coordinating the donation of multiple CF34 and ALF 502 engines to aviation mechanic schools. Nick Popovich, the company Chairman, has always supported the aviation learning community. When it came time to clear these engines out of storage, the CBF team generously offered them up for donation to any aircraft mechanic school for training purposes. The General Electric CF34 is a turbofan jet engine used on a number of business and regional jets, including the Bombardier Challenger and CRJ series, the Embraer E-Jets, and the Comac ARJ21. First manufactured in Read more

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Archer unveils two-seater prototype eVTOL as forerunner to five-seat urban taxi

The two-seater prototype eVTOL uban taxi "Maker" ©Archer

Santa Clara-based aviation startup Archer Aviation (Archer) unveiled its new two-seat electric vertical and take-off (eVTOL) urban taxi in Los Angles on June 10. Given the name ‘Maker’, the aircraft is a prototype of a four-passenger (five-seater) eVTOL aircraft it anticipates launching in 2024. Maker has a top speed of 150mph, has a range of 60 miles, weighs 3,324lbs and has 12 rotors –  six to the front and six to the rear of its 40-foot wings. Maker is a “full-scale, two-passenger demonstrator aircraft,” said Adam Goldstein, one of Archer’s co-founders. “Its purpose is to serve as a certification test Read more

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Vallair leases first Airbus A321F in Europe to SmartLynx Malta

SmartLynx Malta will operate the A321F on behalf of DHL ©Vallair

Vallair, the mature aircraft asset and cargo conversion specialist dedicated to the support of both operators and lessors, has delivered its second Airbus A321 freighter conversion. This is the first ever A321F to be operated by a European based carrier.  Having received its STC from the FAA in April 2021, the aircraft bearing MSN 891, has been prepared for delivery at Vallair’s specialist MRO & Painting facility in Montpellier, France immediately following its conversion in the U.S.A. The aircraft has been leased by Vallair to SmartLynx Malta who will now operate the aircraft on behalf of DHL. Maintenance requirements for Read more

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