Aerkomm appoints new leadership team

Aerkomm, a development stage service provider of in-flight entertainment and connectivity-solutions for the airline industry, has announced that on March 22, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Company, made a number of appointments effective immediately to position the company into its next of phase for future growth and operations. Dr. James Busuttil has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Busuttil has served as a member of the Board since December 2017. He is an attorney admitted to practice before the courts of New York State since 1983, as well as numerous U.S. Federal Trial and Read more

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Securing Munich Airport’s future amid the Covid-19 pandemic

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Due to the travel restrictions and the drastic reductions in available flights resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, Munich Airport is currently experiencing massive decreases in every area. The number of take-offs and landings declined steadily in March and last week had plummeted to less than 10% of the number counted in the corresponding week in 2019.  Meanwhile, passenger traffic is now at just 5% of last year’s level.   Against the backdrop of the sharp declines, Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) and its subsidiaries began several weeks ago to implement far-reaching measures to secure the airport’s liquidity. These include a groupwide set Read more

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Airflow Solutions receives enhanced FAA Op-Specs approval

Airflow Solutions (Tulsa, OK U.S.A.) has received enhanced FAA Op-Specs approval for jet engine maintenance in its expanded 65,000 ft² MRO and Engine Storage and RTF Preservation facility, as well as on-wing field team dispatch authority.  Enhancement was expedited to support capacity requirements for engine inspections, preservation and storage as global pandemic has forced the grounding of thousands of commercial aircraft.  Engines supported include CFM56, V2500. Trent 700, RB211-535E & Trent 800.  Ready-to-Fly Storage and Preservation facility is located next to existing 35,000 ft² MRO operations in the centrally located Tulsa, OK facilities complex. Airflow Solutions was founded in 2017 Read more

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Embraer’s new, enhanced Phenom 300E receives triple-certification

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Embraer Executive Jets’ new Phenom 300E was granted its Type Certificate by ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil), EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). The new Phenom 300E is the most enhanced version of the Phenom 300 series, which was the most delivered business jet series in the 2010s. The new Phenom 300E achieved its certification goals with an intracontinental range of 2,010 nautical miles (or 3,723 km, considering NBAA IFR reserves with 5 passengers), a high-speed cruise of 464 ktas, a maximum payload of 2,636 lb (1,196 kg), a takeoff distance of Read more

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Airbus adapts wing production amid COVID-19 outbreak

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While securing business continuity, Airbus, the world’s largest planemaker, has been taking stringent measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its workforce during the current COVID-19 outbreak. On Monday, March 23, production resumed in Spain and France after four-day break for deep cleaning and re-evaluation of the situation, while operations in the U.K., U.S., and Germany continued at normal production rates. Having reviewed completed stock levels and assessed them against demand from the Final Assembly Line, the company has chosen to pare back on wing production at its plants in both the U.K. and Germany, a situation that will Read more

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APOC Aviation establishes new dedicated landing gear division

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APOC Aviation, the innovative leasing, trading and aircraft part-out specialist, has set up a specialist landing gear division to service a growing number of customers across leading airlines and MROs worldwide.  With several A320 and B737 assets already out on lease or in active exchange programs, the company is seeking equipment for a wide range of Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and ATR aircraft types. According to Karolis Jurkevicius, VP Landing Gear Trading – APOC Aviation, creating a dedicated landing gear division was the next logical step for APOC’s expanding asset portfolio. “APOC Aviation has just celebrated its fifth anniversary, we are Read more

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GA Telesis purchases five CF6-80C2B1F engines from Atlas Air

GA Telesis (GAT) has completed the acquisition of five General Electric CF6-80C2B1F engines from Atlas Air for part-out that will be immediately inducted for disassembly. The resulting used serviceable material (USM) will be directed towards GA Telesis’ CF6 airline and MRO customer base, including GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES). These engines will allow for increased access to engine USM, which will help reduce the costs of heavy jet engine maintenance for airlines worldwide. In these turbulent times, GAT remains focused on growing and providing continuity of cost-saving solutions for its airline and MRO customers. GA Telesis CEO Abdol Moabery commented Read more

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Embraer to collaborate on technologies and solutions to combat COVID-19

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Embraer has released that it is working in partnership with companies and research centers on technologies that can increase the availability of equipment and solutions to combat COVID-19 in Brazil. The actions, developed jointly with Embraer’s supply chain, include the manufacturing of parts for the ventilator and respirator industry, the replacement of imported components for ventilators, the development of high-efficiency filtration systems for transforming regular hospital beds into intensive care beds and studies for the development of simple, robust and portable respirators aimed at rapid implementation and availability. A group of professionals has already been leading initiatives in support of a respirator factory Read more

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HAECO acquires Jet Engine Solutions

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO Group) has acquired Jet Engine Solutions, (JES), an engine MRO based in Dallas, Texas, U.S. JES specializes in quick-turn repairs and lease-returns for commercial aircraft engines. The acquisition of JES forms part of HAECO’s strategy to grow its Global Engine Support business. This includes the opening of a new GES location near Amsterdam. This facility is EASA Part 145-approved and located 20 minutes by road from Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands. The HAECO Global Engine Support facilities are located in the U.S., Europe and at HAECO’s headquarters in Hong Kong.

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Etihad Cargo deploys cargo-only Boeing 787s to complement freighter fleet

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Following the directive issued by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), of the United Arab Emirates to temporarily suspend all passenger services to and from the UAE, Etihad Cargo continues to play a vital role in connecting key cargo markets and ensuring the UAE’s import and export needs are adequately covered in line with current demand. To complement its fleet of Boeing 777 Freighters, Etihad Cargo is introducing a fleet of Boeing 787-10 aircraft as passenger freighters to operate 34-weekly flights, serving ten markets initially. Each aircraft will provide capacity for Read more

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