F110 engine surpasses 10 million flight hours

©GE F110 engine

GE Aviation’s F110 family of engines has surpassed 10 million flight hours this month. Backed by a continuous infusion of new technology, the F110 remains the engine of choice around the world. It powers almost 70% of today’s most advanced U.S. Air Force F-16C/D aircraft, as well as 86% of F-15s delivered globally in the last 15 years. The U.S. Air Force plans to replace their current F-15C fleet with the most advanced variant to date, Boeing’s F-15EX. GE’s F110-GE-129 engine is currently fully qualified for the F-15EX and ready to serve the U.S. Air Force Warfighter. The U.S. Air Read more

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AAR secures US$118 million C-40 aircraft procurement and modification contract

AAR, a leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments worldwide, has secured a new US$118.6 million contract with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to deliver two 737 aircraft and associated support equipment to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The firm-fixed-price contract, estimated to last two years, entails the acquisition, modification, acceptance and delivery of two 737-700 Increased Gross Weight (IGW) series commercial aircraft. The aircraft will meet USMC C-9B replacement medium lift requirements and be designated as C-40A aircraft when delivered. AAR leveraged expertise across its Government Programs, Parts Supply and MRO activities within the Aviation Read more

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AiRXOS successfully completes UTM Pilot Program at FAA-approved test sites

AiRXOS has concluded real-world flight operations for the FAA’s first phase of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP). The UPP, established in 2017, was designed to identify the initial set of industry and FAA capabilities required to support UAS Traffic Management (UTM) operations. As a UAS Service Supplier (USS) for UTM, and after the company’s successful participation in NASA’s related UTM demonstration programs over the last two years, AiRXOS was the only industry partner selected to participate on more than one FAA UAS test site for UPP. Throughout the UPP, AiRXOS was also the only USS Read more

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Embraer delivers first Multi-mission Airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force

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Embraer has delivered the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base, in the mid-western state of Goiás, starting preparations for the aircraft’s entry into service by FAB’s First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT). Embraer has been conducting theoretical and practical training with the Air Force teams to start operations. The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer to set new standards for efficiency and productivity in its class, while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost in the market. The program represents a significant advance Read more

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Elbe Flugzeugwerke and Airbus Helicopters take on maintenance activities for the Bundeswehr’s NH90 fleet

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Airbus Helicopters, as prime contractor will work together with Dresden-based Elbe Flugzeugwerke to maintain a substantial part of the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr’s) NH90 fleet. Airbus and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) signed the corresponding ten-year support contract on August 27. The services to be rendered at a fixed price under this contract comprise scheduled maintenance, 1,200 flight-hour inspections as well as on-demand repairs. Work will begin at Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth during the first quarter of 2020 and at Elbe Flugzeugwerke in Dresden in early 2021. Dresden as the subcontractor will be Read more

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Pilot killed as Spanish military training jet crashes off Murcia coastline

A C-101 training jet has crashed off the Spanish coast near La Manga. The aircraft was believed to have been part of the Patrulla Aguila, Spain’s aerobatic display team equivalent to the U.K.’s Red Arrows. While initial reports stated that the pilot had ejected safely and that there was no-one else on board, Reuters News Agency has subsequently reported that, tragically, the pilot was killed in the accident which occurred at 0738 GMT, Monday, August 26. Seven people were killed on Sunday when a helicopter and a small plane collided in the air above the Spanish island of Mallorca, the Read more

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Portugal signs contract for five Multi-Mission Airlift KC-390 from Embraer

KC-390 Signing Ceremony in Portugal ©Embraer

The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed today a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390. Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023. The KC-390 is designed to set new standards for efficiency and productivity in its category while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost of the market. The aircraft fully meets the requirements of the Portuguese Air Force, being able Read more

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Rolls-Royce continues to support EJ200 engine for RAF’s Typhoon fleet

©Rolls-Royce has signed a support contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for maintenance and repair of the EJ200 engine

Rolls-Royce has agreed a support contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for the maintenance and repair of the EJ200 engine. The contract will see Rolls-Royce continue to provide support to the engines that power the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon aircraft and undertake a number of services including the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engine and modules, provision of spares and aircraft ground equipment management. Rolls-Royce and the UK MOD’s procurement arm, Defence Equipment and Support agreed the engine support contract (EJISS), which will deliver cost savings, as a follow-on to the 10 year Partnered Support Operational Phase arrangement.

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Egyptian Air Force begins new upgrade program for F110 engine for F-16 fleet

With strong support from the United States Air Force, July 25, 2019, marked a big step forward to modernize the Egyptian Air Force’s F-16 Falcon fleet for combat operations. Senior leaders from the United States Air Force, EAF, GE Aviation, StandardAero, DLA-Aviation and Foreign Military Sales attended a ceremony at StandardAero’s facility in San Antonio to celebrate the first GE F110-100 engine overhaul induction under the Pacer Pharaoh Program. The ceremony recognized the collaborative effort led by the USAF to upgrade the EAF’s F-16 fleet. In May, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation and the USAF awarded a Pacer Pharaoh Program Read more

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Star Alliance and NEC Corporation sign partnership agreement

Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance and Takashi Niino, President and CEO of NEC Corporation

Star Alliance and NEC Corporation, a global leader in IT, network and biometric technologies, have signed a partnership agreement to develop a biometric data-based identification platform that will significantly improve the travel experience for frequent flyer program customers of Star Alliance member airlines. The interoperable platform advances the Star Alliance and NEC strategic vision of delivering a seamless customer journey, while strengthening the loyalty value proposition within the travel ecosystem. Once implemented, Star Alliance customers who opt-in to biometrics will have a seamless and handsfree passenger experience, allowing them to pass through curb-to-gate touchpoints within airports, such as check-in kiosks, Read more

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