More trouble for 737 family as 13 NG jets grounded after compulsory inspections

Following an airworthiness directive (AD) issued by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) on October 2 and effective from October 3 demanding carriers inspect 737 NG aircraft which have accumulated 30,000 or more flight cycles within a seven-day period, 13 of the jets have now been grounded. These include two operated by Southwest Airlines and 11 by Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas. The directive also ordered carriers to inspect all 737 NGs within the next 1,000 flight cycles if they have already accumulated between 22,600 and 29,999 cycles, with all inspections subsequently to be reported to the FAA. In all, 1,911 of Read more

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ATR launches short take-off and landing 42-600S

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Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has received authorisation from its board of directors for the launch of the ATR 42-600S. With the ‘S’ representing STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing), this new version of the ATR 42-600 offers take-off and landing capabilities on runways as short as 800m, with 40 passengers on board in standard flight conditions (*). To-date, ATR has recorded 20 commitments from operators and lessors for this ATR 42-600S variant. This includes Elix Aviation Capital as the launch lessor and Air Tahiti as the launch operator, as announced at the Paris Air Show 2019. The 42-600S is a brand Read more

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Air Astana presents first Airbus A321LG aircraft

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Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s leading carrier, has unveiled its first Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft on October 9. The airline is the first operator of the aircraft in the CIS and is scheduled to take a further six Airbus A321LR aircraft on lease from global aircraft leasing company AerCap. The new aircraft will gradually replace its fleet of Boeing 757s, which have been in operation since 2003. Air Astana now has 19 Airbus aircraft in its fleet, including eight A320s, four A321s, three A320neos, three A321neos and one A321LR.The average age of Air Astana’s fleet is now 7.1 years, one Read more

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Embraer and Ufes conduct first autonomous aircraft test in Brazil

A scientific and technological cooperation between Embraer and the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Ufes), in the areas of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence has resulted in the first test of an autonomous aircraft in Brazil. The successful initiative made it possible for a prototype to perform the taxiing operation on its own, moving along a previously established path without human interference. The sensor and image navigation set led the autonomous systems technology demonstration aircraft through the runway, taxi area and patio independently, without outside assistance. A pilot followed the cockpit operation in case of any interference. The test took Read more

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Aergo Capital sells five aircraft from managed portfolio

Aergo Capital has announced the sale of five aircraft from its managed portfolio. In the second and third-quarter 2019, the Irish based lessor concluded the sale of two 2014 vintage ATR 72-600 aircraft, on lease to Malindo Air, to Chorus Aviation Capital; one 2004 vintage ATR 72-500, subject to lease with AfriJet Business Service, to an affiliate of AfriJet Business Service; one 2006 vintage ATR 42-500, to AfriJet Business Service,an existing lessee of the company; and one 2004 Vintage A320-200 to Aero Capital Solutions, subject to operating lease with Smartlynx Airlines. The aircraft were part of Aergo Capital’s managed ABS Read more

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AeroCentury takes repossession of all four CRJ-900 aircraft from Adria Airways

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AeroCentury, an independent aircraft leasing company released an update on the status of its four CRJ-900 aircraft that were on lease to Adria Airways in Slovenia. As reported earlier, on September 20, 2019, Adria returned one aircraft to AeroCentury, and on September 23, 2019, the leases for two additional aircraft were terminated, and notice of default was served for the fourth aircraft.  On September 30, 2019, the lease for the fourth aircraft was terminated.  AeroCentury has possession and control of all four aircraft and all have been deregistered from the Slovenian registry.  One aircraft is already located at the Company’s Read more

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JetSMART takes delivery of first Airbus A320neo

JetSmart takes delivery of first A320neo powered by P&W GTF™ engines ©Airbus

JetSMART has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft, leased through SMBC Aviation Capital and powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines. JetSMART, which was founded by global private investment fund Indigo Partners, selected the GTF engine to power its order of 85 A320neo-family aircraft in June 2019. Pratt & Whitney will also provide JetSMART with engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise® Comprehensive service agreement. The airline currently operates a fleet of 11 A320ceo-family aircraft powered by the V2500® engine.

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Further problems for Boeing 737 Family as FAA orders inspection for wing support cracks

Boeing has been ordered to begin carrying out inspections on all 737 NG models, namely the 737-600, -700, -800 and -900. The currently troubled 737 MAX is excluded from the FAA order. The problem concerning the cracking came to light when a number of 737-800s were being converted from passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft. The FAA has demanded the immediate inspection (within the next seven days) of 165 registered 737-800s, all of which have clocked a great many flight hours. According to the FAA, if the problem is not effectively addressed, the cracking could: “adversely affect the structural integrity of Read more

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Tecnam delivers first two P2012 Travellers to Cape Air

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Tecnam has delivered the first two P2012 Travellers to U.S. customer Cape Air. With the ferry flight from Capua in Italy to Massachusetts, U.S., the P2012 Traveller is officially born and in service. These first two aircraft represent the first batch of the 100 Travellers ordered by Cape Air as a result of a thorough and intensive development process in conjunction with Tecnam. Powered by two 375 HP turbo-charged Lycoming engines, the 11-seat Tecnam P2012 Traveller has a fuel capacity of 750 liters in the wings, but on the ferry flight to the U.S. — the longest ever for Tecnam Read more

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Air Greenland orders two Airbus H225 helicopter for search and rescue

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Air Greenland has ordered two Airbus H225 heavy helicopters to support its bid to win its home country’s search and rescue (SAR) contract. Under the terms of a firm contract assisted by Airbus Helicopters, two H225s repurposed from the oil and gas industry will be delivered over the coming months to replace the ageing S-61 helicopter currently used for the service. Airbus will provide a comprehensive maintenance and support package as well as pilot and crew training. The 11-ton category, twin-engine H225 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family with more powerful engines providing a smoother ride Read more

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