Oriens Aviation moves into flight training

Oriens Aviation to start offering EASA Pilatus PC-12 SET class rating pilot training ©Oriens Aviation

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive UK Pilatus Service Centre and sales distributor of the PC-12, is widening its expertise at its London Biggin Hill facilities to start offering EASA Pilatus PC-12 SET class rating pilot training from January 2019. In a newly-ratified partnership with Jonathan Shooter’s Oysterair, who are a specialist Approved Training Organisation in high performance aeroplane training, trainees will cover EASA and FAA certified class rating courses – ground and flight instruction – at Oriens’ HQ. The EASA PC-12 class rating course caters for a wide range of experience, from the PPL (A) holder with instrument rating and a Read more

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Three HEICO subsidiaries supply mission-critical parts for NASA’s InSight and MarCO Cube satellites

HEICO Corporation has reported that its Sierra Microwave Technology and 3D-Plus subsidiaries supplied mission-critical equipment for NASA’s landing vehicle named InSight, which launched in May 2018 alongside two, twin cube satellites, called Mars Cube One. With assistance from the twin MarCO CubeSats, InSight landed on Mars at approximately 3pm Eastern Standard Time on November 30. Georgetown, TX-based Sierra Microwave supplied medium power isolators on board InSight’s X Band Transmitter. Blacksburg, VA-based VPT provided hybrid DC-to-DC converters to assist with InSight’s interior exploration efforts. Buc, France-based 3D-Plus provided data memory modules on board InSight and the twin MarCO CubeSats. The memory Read more

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ST Engineering sign MOU with Singapore Economic Development Board

ST Engineering and EDB sign MOU for strategic growth partnership ©ST Engineering

ST Engineering and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a strategic growth partnership. The partnership aims to build new engines of growth by creating globally competitive industry ecosystems in Singapore. EDB aims to nurture and grow large Singapore enterprises that will drive economic development outcomes for Singapore as they succeed in global markets. ST Engineering aspires to become a global technology, defence and engineering powerhouse — including through partnerships with companies, agencies and research institutions. ST Engineering and EDB will work closely to identify and develop growth strategies for targeted industries, such Read more

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Investigators confirm Lion Air 737 MAX not airworthy prior to fatal crash

Indonesian investigators have confirmed that the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max jet was not in an airworthy condition the day before its fatal crash on October 29 which killed all 189 passengers and crew on board. They have released that on the flight from Bali to Jakarta on the October 28, the pilot had to shut down the plane’s anti-stall system before choosing to continue it flight. It has also been made clear to Lion Air that it must improve its safety culture and documentation of repair work carried out on its planes. The transport safety agency has yet to Read more

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British Airways enhances cabin crew training with new apprenticeship programme

British Airways continues its investment in customer service and has announced a programme to recruit more than 2,000 cabin crew in 2019. Successful candidates with no prior cabin crew experience will train through the airline’s new cabin crew apprenticeship programme. After completing an intense cabin crew training course at British Airways’ Global Learning Academy, including the very best training in customer service and aviation safety and security, apprentices will continue their learning journey in the air and on the ground. The programme will see them gain qualifications in English, Maths and Digital skills, access to a dedicated mobile app to Read more

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Airbus inaugurates first Level D-qualified A320neo simulator in the Americas

The new A320neo full flight simulator (FSS) at the Airbus Training Center in Denver, Colorado, USA ©Airbus

Airbus’ newest training center in Denver is now home to the first A320neo full flight simulator (FFS) in the Americas. The simulator just achieved Level D certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with four engine fits — including the NEO. This simulator complements the two existing A320 Family, FAA-certified Level D FFS in the Denver Airbus Training Center. FAA FFS Level D is the highest level of FFS certification currently available. The latest FFS was produced by L3 Commercial Aviation, who will also shortly supply the new Training Center with an additional FFS and two Flat Panel Trainer devices Read more

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Flight attendants plan day of action as United plans in-flight staff cuts

Flight attendants at America’s United Airlines are not taking the news lying down that the carrier intends to reduce the number of flight attendants by one in the high-margin Polaris international business cabin. The consequence of United’s announcement earlier this month has seen those who are members of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) plan a “day of action” on December 13 in protest at the move, along with a number of other issues which have upset the company’s 24,000+ flight attendants. It is anticipated such disruption will include informational picket lines at United’s key hubs across the U.S. including, Read more

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Turkish Airlines to buy HAVELSAN flight simulators

Turkish Airlines to buy HAVELSAN flight simulators ©Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines has signed an agreement with the Turkish systems and software company, HAVELSAN, to buy 5 Full-Flight simulators and 6 Flight Training Devices. HAVELSAN will produce full-flight simulators with international D-level certification for the Boeing 737MAX and Airbus A320ceo/neo type aircraft. The agreement means Turkish Airlines will reduce its foreign dependency for technology and boost the domestic market. HAVELSAN aims to gain a significant place in the world civil simulator production market with the production of Boeing 737MAX and Airbus A320CEO/NEO type simulators.

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China Post and Lufthansa Cargo align to target cross-border e-commerce

China Post and Lufthansa Cargo have entered into a “Joint Freight Operation” agreement, under which China’s National Post will leverage capacity on Lufthansa Cargo flights to improve e-commerce-driven air mail transportation between China and Europe. Initially, Lufthansa Cargo will provide the Post with cargo capacity between Shanghai and Frankfurt that is “equivalent” to a weekly 777F flight. Rather than operating a 777F solely on China Post’s behalf, the deal will likely resemble a block space agreement, in which China Post will have regular access to Lufthansa’s scheduled cargo and passenger flights. According to the most recently published winter schedule, Lufthansa Read more

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The Air Law Firm opens Ireland office

The Air Law Firm is marking its third anniversary this month with the opening of an office in Shannon, Ireland. It is also strengthening its family of specialist aviation lawyers with the appointment of new senior associate, David Chamberlain. Chamberlain joins from law firm Watson Farley and Williams, where since 2015 he has been specialising in transactional work involving commercial airliners, business jets and helicopters. The Air Law Firm’s new office in Ireland, at Shannon Airport, is a strategic move for the expanding boutique firm, coming hard on the heels of the launch of an (onshore EASA) Irish Aircraft EJ Read more

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