ANA conducts real-world testing for autonomous electric bus at Haneda International Airport

Autonomous electric bus at Haneda International Airport © ANA

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will conduct trials for an autonomous electric bus in collaboration with SB Drive Corp., Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD at Haneda International Airport (HND). The trial will begin on January 22 and last until January 31. The development of this autonomous electric bus is the latest example of ANA harnessing the latest technology to improve passenger convenience and comfort. ANA has selected a specific course for the trial, with the bus set to travel the same 1.9 km (1.18 miles) segment of restricted area at Haneda Airport multiple times throughout the testing period. During the test, Read more

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MTU Maintenance opens office in Dublin

MTU Maintenance, a global leader in customized solutions for aero engines, has opened an office in the heart of the aviation leasing community birthplace, Dublin, Ireland. Located in the Victorian quarter, the office is being run by leasing experts Eileen Guerin, Vice President Commercial Ireland and Des Clarke, Vice President Technical and Strategy Ireland, on behalf of MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V., the group’s leasing arm headquartered in Amsterdam. They will be responsible for growing and intensifying MTU Maintenance’s leasing and asset management activities in Ireland. “This move is a natural next step in our global yet local growth strategy Read more

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Acumen Aviation and Blueberry Aviation announce co-operation agreement

Acumen Aviation and Blueberry Aviation, both leading Aircraft Asset Managers, have announced a co-operation agreement. This agreement draws from the strength of each party and provides both with a greater combined opportunity to support their growing client base. Services provided will offer cradle to grave asset management from evaluation and sourcing aircraft to managing day to day requirements through to transitions and re-marketing.

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Jet Aviation receives IS-BAH Stage 1 Registration for The Netherlands

©Jet Aviation Rotterdam FBO

Jet Aviation has received International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 Registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) for its Amsterdam and Rotterdam FBOs in The Netherlands. Jet Aviation intends to achieve IS-BAH Stage 2 Registration for both FBOs by December 2021. As a safety management system, IS-BAH establishes criteria to ensure handling systems, processes and practices meet rigorous safety and security standards. Jet Aviation has expanded its network to The Netherlands with the acquisition of the KLM Jet Center in October 2018. Together, the Amsterdam and Rotterdam FBOs support more than 7,500 movements per year.

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Iran admits to “unforgivable mistake” as it confirms its military shot down Boeing 737-800

In a massive and rapid U-turn, the Iranian authorities have now confirmed that its country’s forces mistakenly shot down a Ukraine International Airlines’ Boeing 737-800, flight 752, last Wednesday. The incident occurred shortly after take-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran, when the plane was en route to Kyiv, Ukraine. All 176 passengers and crew on board perished when the plane crashed just outside Tehran. Having initially and vehemently denied any possibility of the aircraft having been hit by a ground-to-air missile, Iran has now admitted to the incident being a “drastic mistake” which occurred during a period of heightened Read more

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NovAtel delivers first shipment of signal generators to modernize FAA’s WAAS navigation service

NovAtel announced that shipments of next-generation Ground Uplink Station (GUS) Signal Generators have commenced in fulfillment of the contract with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support the FAA’s safety of life Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) navigation service. Developed by the FAA for civil aviation, WAAS is a safety-critical navigation aid that provides integrity monitoring and differential corrections for all phases of flight. The next-generation NovAtel GUS Signal Generator replaces the legacy product which has operated successfully for over 15 years and ensures continued operation for years to come. Along with the GUS Signal Generator modernization, the contract Read more

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11 injured as nitrogen gas line ruptures at Kansas aircraft plant

11 members of a skeleton crew at the Textron Aviation plant near Wichita, Kansas were injured on Friday, December 27, when a three-inch line carrying liquid nitrogen ruptured, also damaging a storage tank, resulting in nitrogen venting out of the building. County and company officials have advised that the incident may have set back the introduction of a new aircraft under development. The explosion occurred in Plant 3, which is the site for composite manufacturing and experimental aircraft fabrication, including the SkyCourier, a utility turboprop under development, which is scheduled due to enter into service in 2020. According to Stephanie Read more

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12 killed and 49 seriously injured as Fokker 100 crashes on take-off at Almaty Airport

It was reported on Friday, December 27, that a Bek Air aircraft – identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner – crashed when it lost altitude just after it had taken off at 7:22 a.m. from Almaty International Airport, in Kazakhstan. Of the 93 passengers and five crew on board, 12 were killed, while a further 49 were hospitalized, many with very serious injuries. According to Roman Skylar, Kazakhstan’s deputy prime minister, the aircraft’s tail hit the runway twice during take-off. “A commission … will establish whether this was pilot error or technical issues. The runway was in Read more

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BAA Training Vietnam to start 2020 with 90% of utilization

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BAA Training Vietnam, a brand-new aviation training center in Vietnam, ends the year with the outstanding results of the first quarter of operations as it is about to enter 2020 with 90% utilization of the first Airbus A320 full flight simulator. The branch of BAA Training – a globally recognized aviation training provider and one of the three largest independent aviation training centers in Europe – was established in Vietnam in 2018 as a response to growing pilot demand in Vietnam and the Asia-Pacific region. With the construction of the modern and spacious 3000 m² training facilities completed in 2019, Read more

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ATP Flight School addresses pilot shortage with new southwest location in Tucson

©ATP Flight School's newest training center is now open at the Tucson International Airport

ATP Flight School’s newest training center is now open at the Tucson International Airport. Part of a nationwide network of 38 locations, the Tucson facility marks ATP’s third location in Arizona, complementing operations in Mesa and Scottsdale. The strategic location of the new Arizona location makes airline-oriented flight training more accessible in the southwest, addressing the mounting pilot shortage. Offering the Airline Career Pilot Program, students training in Tucson are now able to take advantage of the most efficient path to a successful airline pilot career. Starting with zero experience, students can achieve pilot certification in just nine months. Benefits Read more

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