U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will upgrade to Leonardo’s Osprey radar

The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will upgrade to Leonardo’s latest Osprey radar to support missions such as search and rescue, border protection, fishery and pollution patrols. The Osprey 30 radar will be installed on-board the two customised Beechcraft King Air aircraft provided to the U.K. MCA by U.K.-based aviation services company 2Excel. Currently, the U.K. MCA is operating Leonardo’s Seaspray 7300E radar, which has been employed to great effect in support of regular fishery and pollution patrols around the U.K. The radar comes equipped with Leonardo’s patented small target detection capability, allowing it to spot shipwrecked individuals in Read more

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American carriers ramp-up safety measures as travelers start returning to the skies

Both JetBlue and United Airlines have announced new safety measures that will be put in place for passengers using their airlines in a bid to restore confidence in air travel. With the re-opening if U.S. states, an increase in domestic travel is anticipated and green shoots of a recovery from a pandemic which has seen global air travel decimated, sprouting, there is likely to be a spike in air travel numbers over the extended U.S. holiday weekend and Memorial Day on Monday. Though U.S. airlines have drastically cut their schedules and number of operational flights, there are reports that some Read more

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ACI and IATA outline roadmap for aviation industry restart


Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have called on governments to ensure any new measures introduced for airports and airlines in the wake of COVID-19 are supported by scientific evidence and are consistent across the world. The aviation sector has been brought to a standstill and a balanced and effective restart and recovery depends on collaboration among the key participants in the global aviation ecosystem. ACI and IATA have jointly issued a paper laying out a pathway for restarting the aviation industry – Safely Restarting Aviation – ACI and IATA Joint Approach. Airlines and Read more

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DC Aviation Group contracted for upgrade of one Global 5000 with Gogo Elite Smart Cabin System

DC Aviation Group has been contracted for the upgrade of a Global 5000 with a Gogo Elite Smart Cabin System (SCS Elite), an Inmarsat SwiftBroadband High Data Rate Service as well as a new satellite communication system. The SCS Elite package is a highly integrated smart cabin system that allows passengers to control the cabin environment with a single interface. Since 2017 DC Aviation is a full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul provider for Gogo Business Aviation and participates as a partner for hardware sales and installations on various types of business aircraft for Gogo’s portfolio of products.

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Lufthansa Group, ETH Zurich and Climeworks and Synhelion to cooperate on sustainable aviation fuels

Boeing 777 engine, LH Cargo ©Lufthansa

Representatives of the Lufthansa Group and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) with its spin-offs Clime-works and Synhelion, have signed a joint Letter of Intent for a possible cooperation. This should help to accelerate the market launch of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). The researchers and engineers at ETH Zurich have developed innovative processes that make it possible to extract CO2 from the atmosphere and, together with water and with the help of concentrated sunlight, convert it into a synthesis gas that can be used to produce jet fuel. Such a fuel releases only as much CO2 as was previously extracted Read more

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IATA opposes quarantine measures for arriving travelers

Remarks of Alexandre de Juniac at the IATA Media Briefing ©IATA

This week the UK has announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine as part of its plans when easing its lockdown. There are few details about how long and under what conditions. Similarly, Spain announced a 14-day quarantine measures on arrival would be in place there until at least 24 May and possible longer. IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac said that international travel cannot re-start under such conditions. In a recent survey that IATA did in 11 markets, 84% of travelers said that quarantine measures was one of their top concerns, and 69% essentially said that they would not Read more

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IAI expands TaxiBot to Schiphol, Amsterdam and Kempegowda International Airport, India

Aircraft taxiing with the TaxiBot at Schiphol Airport ©IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), with its partners TLD and SAS, is expanding its TaxiBot operation and deployment to additional airports: Schiphol in Amsterdam and Kempegowda International Airport (formerly known as Bangalore Airport) in India. With the COVID-19 crisis bringing the operations in airports to a near-halt, airports are using their time and space for testing various developments and ways to streamline their operations. The Amsterdam airport recently started a pilot of aircraft taxiing with the TaxiBot (taxiboting) to streamline the process. Kempegowda International Airport in India, is also testing the system in order to start operating in readiness for when Read more

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SMEA becomes first air cargo carrier to achieve Republic of San Marino AOC certification

SMEA has become the first air cargo airline to achieve the Republic of San Marino AOC certification, having satisfied the CAR OPS 1 requirements for the certification. SMEA extended its management services to cargo operations and started flying an A300-600R T7-ASK cargo aircraft towards the end of 2019. The company recently carried out 27 charter flights from China to Italy for transportation of important and much needed medical supplies. 

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IBA highlights at risk aircraft types as COVID-19 drives oversupply, fleet reductions and value falls

IBA, the independent aviation consultant, has identified a number of aircraft types that are at greatest risk of being placed in storage, as the effects of Covid-19 drive aircraft oversupply and falls in fleet sizes, asset values and lease rates. Using data from IBA.iQ, the platform for aviation intelligence, IBA’s analysts have calculated that approximately 3,400 narrowbody aircraft could be prematurely withdrawn from service over the next 20 months – a net reduction of 7.5% of the total narrowbody fleet. These withdrawals are driven by a blend of factors including airline failures, airline fleet restructurings driven by current market conditions, Read more

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Safran lays off 3,000 workers at Mexico plant

Safran, the world’s third-largest aerospace supplier has announced it is to cut it’s workforce in Mexico by 3,000 as the French company tries to deal with he fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the aerospace industry as a whole. Safran has two plants at Queretaro, Mexico, an industrial city which has become a hub for global manufacturing supply chains with a proliferation of export-focused factories. Safran has over 13,000 employees working in Mexico and confirmed that the paring back of numbers was a necessity in order to protect approximately 10,000 other jobs in the country. In emailed Read more

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