SR Technics signs Letter of Intent with Mega Aero Training Academy

SR Technics has signed a Letter of Intent with the objective to assist Mega Aero Training Academy (MATA) in the development of a fully EASA Part-147 approved training academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 5-year partnership of SR Technics Training Services and MATA will bring to South Africa a recognized engineering training expertise, such as but not limited to EASA Basic Training, Type Training, Specialized Training and Web Based Training. MATA is part of Safomar Holdings Group, a South African Aviation Group active in Sub-Sharan Africa which will increase SR Technics’ presence as a one-stop-shop training service provider in the Read more

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STS Component Solutions Opens New Sales Office in Guangzhou, China

STS Component Solutions expands into China with the opening of a sales office in Guangzhou. The establishment of this location was driven by current customer demand and projected organizational growth in the Asia-Pacific region over the next 20 years. This new facility is the company’s third office to open in mainland China. A team of Account Managers and Customer Service Representatives are already fully operational in Guangzhou and supporting STS’ growing network of customers.

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Private Jet Operator Sky Prime selects Honeywell Mechanical and Avionics Protection Plans

Sky Prime, the Saudi Arabia-based private jet operator, has chosen the Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan and Mechanical Protection Plans to ensure the Honeywell equipment on board its Gulfstream jets is protected to enhance performance of the aircraft and help reduce downtime during repairs. The Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan (HAPP) is a maintenance service program that offers full coverage for all Honeywell avionics. The plan is designed to help operators avoid unplanned maintenance costs and downtime by agreeing to a fixed-price annual fee, which helps operators handle unforeseen issues quickly to keep their aircraft in service. The Honeywell Mechanical Protection Plan Read more

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Five judicial reviews begin on plans for London Heathrow’s third runway

While U.K. transport Minister Chris Grayling has approved the latest proposals for the creation of a much-needed third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, the plans are now subject to five legal reviews which began this week, and which are likely to last for a fortnight before judges retire to consider their decision. Of principal concern is the effect on air quality in the area surrounding the airport as passenger numbers are likely to increase some 60% to 132 million per annum. Not only will this see an increase of 700 extra flights per day, and an increase of 42,000 cars Read more

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airBaltic orders Airbus A220 full-flight simulator

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airBaltic, the Latvian airline, has ordered an Airbus A220 Level D full flight simulator from global aviation training leader CAE. The new CAE 7000XR Series simulator is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2019. The simulator will be based at the airBaltic Trainining facilities at Riga International Airport. The business plan for its purchase and utilization has been approved by the airBaltic Supervisory board.

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Air Freight Makes Weak Start to 2019

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased 1.8% in January 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the worst performance in the last three years. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.0% year-on-year in January 2019. This was the eleventh month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand growth. Demand for air cargo continues to face significant headwinds. Global economic activity and consumer confidence have weakened. And the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for manufacturing and Read more

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Aerospace Pact Lowers Fees on U.S. Companies and Opens European Access to U.S. Markets

During a meeting between the co-chairs of the Bilateral Oversight Board (BOB) at the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the officials with FAA and the European Union (EU) signed two decisions associated with the Airworthiness Annex of the U.S./EU Safety Agreement. The first decision enables reductions of the EU‘s European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) fees for validation of U.S. aerospace products. This achievement is the culmination of a multi-year effort to reduce duplication of efforts by the FAA and EASA, and to lower EASA fees on U.S. industry to be more commensurate with that reduced level of Read more

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Boeing to Offer Biofuel for Airlines to Fly New Airplanes Home

Boeing will begin offering airlines and operators the option of powering their new commercial jet with biofuel for the flight home. The program is designed  to further spur the use of sustainable aviation fuels – which cut emissions up to 80 percent – and support the industry’s drive to protect the environment. The biofuel option will be available for customers accepting new airplanes at Boeing’s delivery centers in Seattle and Everett, Wash. The company also plans to use biofuel for certain flight tests at its Boeing Field facility, while working to offer the same option at its South Carolina Delivery Read more

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Air Partner Opens New Offices in Houston, United States, and Singapore

Air Partner plc, the global aviation services group, has openerd two new offices in Houston, Texas, U.S., and Singapore, as it further extends its global reach to serve the needs of its international customer base. Located in the Woodlands area of the city, the new Houston office opened its doors in mid-February, further solidifying Air Partner’s presence in key markets across the United States. The company currently has offices located in Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, with the latter recently opened in 2018. The new Singapore office opened also in February, with a particular focus Read more

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Leonardo to Establish new Training Academy in Philadelphia, USA

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Leonardo has announced at Heli-Expo 2019 a substantial reinforcement of its helicopter training capabilities and services in the USA with the establishment of a new Training Academy within its production facility in Philadelphia. The new purpose-built campus is expected to be completed in 2020.   With a US$65 million multiyear investment, the new Training Academy will meet the increasing demand for comprehensive training services for pilots, cabin crew and maintenance technicians as the North and Latin America helicopter fleet grows. In 2018 over 10,000 students have been trained by Leonardo worldwide.  The Training Academy will also introduce a full set of Read more

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