EASA Releases Formal Opinion on Safe Small Drone Operating

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released the first formal Opinion on the safe operating of small drones in Europe and which will become an important stepping-stone to the building of a wider regulatory framework and a means to keep drone operations safe. This Opinion will act as a platform on which the European Commission can adopt regulatory proposals later on in the year. The European Commission has already chaired a meeting with EU Member States on February 21. According to EASA’s Executive Director Patrick Ky, “This regulation will enable the free circulation of drones and a level playing Read more

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Aviation Capital Group takes delivery of first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Aviation Capital Group (ACG) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Everett, Washington. The aircraft, a Boeing 787-9, is on a long-term lease to EL AL Israel Airlines, and is the first of two Boeing 787-9’s to be delivered from ACG’s orderbook and leased to EL AL Israel Airlines. The second aircraft is scheduled to deliver this fall. “We are pleased to embark the first delivery of the new Boing 787-9 from ACG. The anticipated arrival of the new 787 aircraft marks a revolution in the customer’s flight experience. We set a high standard of service and Read more

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Pratt & Whitney implements solution to PW1100G-JM

Pratt & Whitney has released a revised configuration as a solution to the issue relating to a knife edge seal on the High Pressure Compressor (HPC) aft hub which affected a limited sub-population of the PW1100G-JM engine that powers the Airbus A320neo aircraft. The solution is based on a design with which the company has significant experience, and this solution has received all necessary regulatory approvals. Pratt & Whitney has begun implementing this solution and production engine deliveries incorporating this change will begin in early March. The company will continue to work with Airbus and its mutual airline customers to Read more

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Safran contributes to Boeing ecoDemonstrator

Safran Electrical & Power is participating in the Boeing 2018 ecoDemonstrator, a campaign launched to improve commercial aviation’s environmental performance throughout an airplane’s lifecycle. After decades of successful partnership with Boeing on electrical wiring interconnection systems, Safran Electrical & Power is demonstrating its capabilities in power generation, distribution, electrical motors, and power electronics by supplying a complete electrical channel to the Boeing 2018 ecoDemonstrator. To date, Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program, which began in 2011, has tested more than 60 technologies using four airplanes as flying test beds. In 2018, Boeing and FedEx will work together to test more than 30 new Read more

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Launch customer Qatar Airways takes delivery of first A350-1000

Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first ever Airbus aircraft fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, offering the first ever double bed in Business class. Qatar Airways is the world’s largest A350 XWB family customer with 76 aircraft on order and the largest A350-1000 customer. “Qatar Airways always demands the very best for its customers, so it is right that we are the first airline in the world to Read more

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GE Exploring Sale of Gas Turbine Business

Subsequent to last month’s indication from General Electric Company’s (GE’s) new CEO, John Flannery, that he was exploring the possibility of breaking up the company, sources are indicating that the sale of its industrial gas turbine business is being seriously considered. The possible sale of the industrial gas turbine business, which would include the Jenbacher and Waukesha engines, has come about through last year’s 45 percent plummet in profits for the division. Sources, which have asked not to be identified, have confirmed that Citigroup Inc has been hired by GE to prepare a sale process for the business, though a Read more

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Twelve stopovers in three weeks provides high visibility for the latest A350 XWB jetliner version

Airbus’ flight test A350-1000 jetliner is back home after a demonstration tour to Middle East and Asia-Pacific destinations, a three-week trip that underscored all the attributes this largest A350 XWB version brings in upsized efficiency, maximum reliability and unique passenger comfort for fast-growing regions of the global airline marketplace. More than 10,000 persons had the opportunity to visit the A350-1000 during its 12 stopovers during a tour that logged 87 hours aloft while covering 64,000 kilometres – the equivalent to traveling around the Earth 1.6 times. The demonstration tour provided airline customers, VIPs, journalists, social media personalities, industry influencers and Read more

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Delta determining exact timing of CS100 aircraft deliveries after full ITC written decision

The ITC (The International Trade commission) written decision makes clear that imports of the innovative CS100 will not harm Boeing because Boeing has no aircraft to offer in this size range. Delta still intends to take as many deliveries as possible from the new Airbus/Bombardier facility in Mobile, Alabama, as soon as that facility is up and running. However, as the ITC notes, the airline has contractual commitments to begin taking deliveries later this year and the ITC decision clears the way for Delta to accept deliveries in Canada as well. Delta continues to be in close contact with Bombardier Read more

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NAC delivers one new ATR 42-600 to Stobart Air on lease

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered one new ATR 42-600, MSN 1213, to Stobart Air on lease. Stobart Air, the regional franchise flying partner to leading airlines, operates up to 940 flights weekly across 43 routes throughout 11 European countries from bases in the UK & Ireland. Stobart Air operates under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of a franchise agreement with Ireland’s national carrier, Aer Lingus and operates Flybe routes from London Southend Airport and the Isle of Man. Headquartered in Dublin, the airline employs over 570 people.

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Boeing 737 MAX 9 receives amended type certificate

Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 has received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), officially certifying the airplane for commercial service. This certification marks the culmination of a successful flight test program that began in March 2017 with two Boeing flight test airplanes. The FAA certification affirms that the airplane’s handling, systems and overall performance all comply with required aviation regulations. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing the MAX 9 for its first delivery to launch customer Lion Air Group. The 737 MAX 9 is designed for a capacity of up to 220 Read more

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