Mid-Canada Mod Center completes first Canadian Installation of Universal Avionics InSight™ display system

Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) has completed the installation of a Universal Avionics (UA) InSight display system on a Citation VII aircraft. This marks the first Canadian installation of Universal Avionics’ integrated flight deck solution. The work included an extensive flight deck upgrade, inflight connectivity, plus additional certification related to activities to obtain Transport Canada approval of UA’s FAA Supplemental Type Certificates (STC). MC2’s sister division, Avionics Design Services (ADS) helped smooth the way for application submissions and developed an STC for a software upgrade.  With this completed installation and certification, the InSight Display System is now a solution for all Read more

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AVIAA expands FBO network in Europe and United States, adding 30+ new locations

AviaPartner Executives newest FBO in Palma de Mallorca ©AVIAA

AVIAA, the global group purchasing organization for business aviation which provides procurement services for over 1,500 aircraft, has been active during the Coronavirus pandemic.    Thirty-three new executive aviation destinations have been added to its international FBO network, each delivering attractive benefits and savings for its pre-dominantly U.S. and European operator members. JetSet Services is one of the sizeable new suppliers, bringing in 25 airport handling locations all over Greece, including Athens, Mykonos, Heraklion and Santorini. Netherlands and Belgium-based ASL Group adds Maastricht Aachen and Antwerp International to the portfolio, while US FBO Stancraft Jet Center introduces its Coeur d’Alene handling facility in Idaho, a destination rapidly growing in popularity with US leisure flyers.  In Central Europe, Capital Handling brings in Riga International – Read more

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Private jet operators see massive spike in demand as wealthy U.K. residents flee latest lockdown

Private jet operators see spike in demand ©AirTeamImages

With The U.K. entering a second period of lockdown on Thursday, November 5, to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic, the more wealthy have greatly increased their demands on private charter firms for flights to the location of second homes, with the Canary Islands coming top of the list. Air Partners, which caters for the royal family, and wealthy footballers, and is one of the leading charter companies in the country, has confirmed it is witnessing a significant rise in bookings. “Many of these flight inquiries are for individuals wishing to go to their second homes in Europe, with the Canary Islands, Read more

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Singapore-Hong Kong bubble spurs Christmas travel bookings

Research undertaken by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company, reveals that the announcement, on October 15, that Hong Kong and Singapore have reached an in-principle agreement to establish a bilateral Air Travel Bubble (ATB), which would allow leisure travel between them to restart in November, triggered an immediate release of pent-up demand. In the week that followed, flight searches for travel from Singapore to Hong Kong, which had been flat since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, soared to 50% of 2019 levels, while bookings jumped to 30%. The main focus of travelers’ interest is the Christmas holiday period, with the Read more

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Sabre strengthens partnership with Qantas

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Sabre Corporation has announced an enhancement to its agreement with Qantas that will offer agents access to richer information about the airline’s fares, products and services. Sabre’s graphical Sabre Red 360 interface will now showcase Qantas products with rich, relevant and engaging content through the airline’s connection with ATPCO. Sabre will integrate Qantas’ UPAs (Universal Product Attributes), or targeted visual content, that bring unique airline fares, products and services to life. This content has recently expanded into Reassurance UPAs which highlight messaging and graphics about the additional health measures airlines like Qantas are taking to ensure a safe travel environment. Sabre Read more

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Xenex awards contract to Astronics for manufacturing support of LightStrike disinfecting robots

Xenex® Disinfection Services (Xenex) has awarded a US$20 million contract to Astronics to assist in the manufacturing of Xenex’s unique LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots. Xenex’s patented pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection technology is proven to achieve a 99.99% level of disinfection against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in two minutes. Michael Kuehn, president of Astronics’ Connectivity Systems and Certification operation (CSC), said, “We have had the honor of knowing Xenex for over a decade and were in an ideal situation to support the rapid expansion of its cost-effective, reliable and durable disinfecting robots. Our manufacturing expertise and capacity have put Read more

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BAA Training Vietnam receives certificates for UPRT training

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BAA Training Vietnam has received the necessary certificates for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), aligned with Airbus A320 simulators from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) and have already had their training instructors certified for UPRT training. Until 2021, the pilots of the Vietnamese airlines are required to undergo Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), introduced by the ICAO, and being implemented by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).   The BAA Training Vietnam type-related UPRT is a separate training program and it addresses the specific requirements of the relevant class on the type of aircraft. The Read more

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Aircraft Support Industries contracted by NAAI for design and construction of aircraft recycling facilities

Aircraft Support Industries (ASI) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with North American Aerospace Industries (NAAI) for the development of three new dedicated aircraft recycling facilities including the facility planned at the Global TransPark in Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.A. The other two facilities being constructed will be located at Al Ain International Airport in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Clark International Airport in the Philippines. In providing its services ASI will rely on a phased-in project development approach. Phase one will focus on a custom-designed 30,000 m² dismantling hangar that can accommodate three of the largest aircraft such as the Read more

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Remotely controlled electric ground vehicles for moving Iberia aircraft at Madrid and Barcelona airports

The silent tractors will each cut CO2 emissions by up to 23 tons while improving ramp safety and flight punctuality ©Iberia

Iberia Airport Services handling unit has deployed new “green pushback” tractors to move aircraft at Madrid and Barcelona airports. The emission-free electric vehicles are operated by remote control. In late October, Iberia Airport Services will have eight of the new vehicles in Madrid and Barcelona, which are nearly silent, and each one will effectively cut annual CO2 emissions by some 23 tons. They operate more precisely than their predecessors, for greater safety on airport ramps and greater punctuality of flights by all client airlines at the two airports. The new “Motok Spacer 8600” vehicles are powered by 80V batteries which Read more

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STS Mod Center kicks off Thales Wi-Fi installation program in Melbourne, FL

©STS Mod Center kicks off Thales Wi-Fi installation program

STS Mod Center, a division of STS Aviation Group, kicks off a major aircraft connectivity project in Melbourne, Florida, that will call upon the team to install Thales Wi-Fi systems on more than 100 commercial aircraft over the next 12 months. “The first aircraft to be a part of this program, an A321, arrived a few days ago and installation work is already underway.” said Mark Smith, President of STS Aviation Group. “In the coming months, the STS Mod Center team in Melbourne will install Thales Wi-Fi systems on more than 100 aircraft; aircraft that includes models from both Boeing Read more

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