16 airlines warned to check certain 737 MAX jets for electrical grounding fault

United Airlines need to ground 16 MAX planes for inspection ©AirTeamImages

With the Boeing 737 MAX only recently cleared to take to the skies again in the U.S. Boeing has now announced that there is a potential electrical problem with a certain number of the jets. “Boeing has recommended to 16 customers that they address a potential electrical issue in a specific group of 737 MAX airplanes prior to further operations,” the company said. Before returning to operational status airlines will need to verify that one of the components of the 737 MAX’s electrical system has been properly grounded. Boeing is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in relation Read more

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Derazona Helicopters, Indonesia, orders one Airbus H160 helicopter

©Airbus Helicopters has secured an H160 order from Derazona Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has secured an H160 order from Derazona Helicopters in Indonesia, launching this new rotorcraft in the country’s oil and gas sector. The multi-mission H160 will play an important role in the expansion plans of the Indonesian operator for oil and gas, off-shore, utility and commercial passenger transportation. The aircraft has been designed from the very beginning to comply with the demanding conditions of oil and gas operations. The aircraft’s compact size will be an added advantage to landing on oil platforms. Powered by Safran Helicopter Engines’ latest Arrano engines, the H160 enjoys a 15% reduction in fuel burn, Read more

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Skyworld arranges sale of ERJ 145 to XE Jet of Nigeria

Embraer ERJ 145 LR has been sold to private operator XE Jet ©Skyworld Aviation

On behalf of a U.S.-based regional aircraft specialist, Skyworld Aviation has sold an Embraer ERJ 145 LR aircraft, serial number 14500842, to a new private operator of the type – XE Jet. The aircraft will ferry to South Africa for base maintenance prior to entering domestic service in Nigeria during late May under its new registration 5N-BZM.  XE Jet plans to put three ERJ 145 aircraft into service during the first half of 2021. This is the 9th aircraft/major component transaction Skyworld has carried out for the previous owner who specializes in trading / leasing of aircraft and component support in the regional aircraft sector.

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Tigerair Taiwan takes delivery of first Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines

Tigerair Taiwan Airbus A320neo powered by GTF engines ©Airbus

Tigerair Taiwan has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The airline placed the initial engine order in 2019 and has a mixed fleet of 15 purchased and leased aircraft. Tigerair Taiwan, a low-cost carrier established in 2014 and headquartered in Taiwan, is a subsidiary of China Airlines and currently operates 11 A320ceo aircraft powered by the V2500® engine. The airline believes that Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engines will help it become more environmentally sustainable, while also becoming more competitive as a low-cost carrier (LCC). “We are thrilled to receive our first A320neo Read more

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Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 “Erfurt” to become climate research aircraft

An air intake system below the belly of the A350-900 “Erfurt” ©Lufthansa

Predicting the weather even more accurately, analyzing climate changes even more precisely, researching even better how the world is developing. This is the goal of a globally unique cooperation between Lufthansa and several research institutes. Converting an aircraft into a climate research plane poses major challenges. Lufthansa has chosen the most modern and economical long-haul jet in its fleet – an Airbus A350-900 named “Erfurt” (registration D-AIXJ). In three stages, the “Erfurt” will now become a flying research laboratory.  In Lufthansa Technik’s hangar in Malta, the first and most extensive conversion work was carried out. Preparations were made for a Read more

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UPS to buy ten electric VTOL aircraft from Beta Technologies

United Parcel Service (UPS) has confirmed its agreement to purchase ten electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft from Vermont-based Beta Technologies. According to the American package delivery company, the purchases are to assist with speeding up deliveries in small markets. The aircraft in question will have a cruising speed of 170 mph and a range of 250 miles, with a cargo capacity of 1400 pounds. Cargo will be of a time-sensitive type more usually transported in small fixed-wing aircraft. The deal also includes an option to buy a further 150 of the aircraft from Beta Technologies and delivery of Read more

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SA’s Pegasus Vertical Business Jet gets ready for lift-off

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The Pegasus Vertical Business Jet (VBJ), being developed in South Africa, is entering its next phase with two quarter-scale models which will be ready for testing and engineering by May 2021 and a full-scale, unmanned hover model by the end of the year. This follows the successful hover demonstration of a 1/8-scale model in July last year and the registration of patent rights in South Africa, Europe, and the U.S. The aircraft is set to revolutionize business travel globally and free travelers from the burden of the time-consuming drive to the airport. The aircraft, which combines and enhances the characteristics Read more

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Japan Airlines retires Pratt & Whitney-powered 777s a year early after United Airlines incident

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that it has taken the decision to retire its 13 Pratt & Whitney-powered Boeing 777s a year earlier than scheduled. The news follows on from the grounding of the aircraft in February after a United Airlines 777 with Pratt & Whitney engines shed debris after what was later identified as a cracked fan blade consistent with metal fatigue. In February, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had ordered immediate inspection of all 777 planes with PW4000 engines before further flights. In addition, JAL had a problem last December with a Tokyo-bound 777 with Pratt & Whitney Read more

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VistaJet orders ten Bombardier Challenger 350 business jets

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Bombardier has confirmed that worldwide fleet operator VistaJet is the customer for a previously disclosed firm order for ten Challenger 350 business jets. Bombardier announced the sale involving its best-selling Challenger platform on December 23; it was one of the biggest jet orders of 2020. VistaJet said in a press release that its firm order for ten Challenger 350 business jets is in response to “a growing and urgent demand” in the super-midsize segment. The Bombardier Challenger 350 aircraft represents the total package of performance and cabin experience. It is the ideal business jet to respond to a growing interest Read more

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Robinson R66 Police Helicopter joins Polk County Sheriff’s aviation fleet

R66 Police helicopter joins Florida’s Polk County Sheriff’s Office ©Robinson

Robinson Helicopter Company has delivered one R66 Police Helicopter, serial number 1025, to Florida’s Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). PCSO’s R66 Police helicopter is the first R66 Police helicopter configured with a Wescam MX-10 EO/IR imaging system and an HD infrared sensor, a system widely used by homeland security and law enforcement agencies. In addition to a standard Spectrolab SX-7 Starsun searchlight system, PCSO’s R66 includes an optional Aerocomputers UC-6000 digital mapping system, auxiliary fuel tank, impact resistant windshield, Garmin’s G500H TXi 1060 flight display with synthetic vision, and NVG-rated instruments for a future NVG certification. PCSO air support flies Read more

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