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January 16, 2014
Airbus Defense and Space has begun flight tests on Taurus standoff precision missiles on the Instrumented Production Aircraft 7 (IPA7).    Following the recent...
January 15, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
January 15, 2014
AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition, Arlington, Va. — Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation, revealed on Tuesday the full extent of his command’s plans to hit the budget crisis head-on. Speaking on the first day of the Army Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C., he said that Army Aviation would retire its fleet of Bell OH-58 reconnaissance helicopters...
January 15, 2014
Embraer, the world's fourth largest airframe manufacturer by sales, delivered 209 airplanes in 2013, a slight increase from the 204 airplanes delivered the previous year.     Deliveries included 90 commercial...
January 15, 2014
Raytheon has named Thomas Kennedy as its new CEO, to succeed William Swanson who will step down from the post March 31, 2014.      Thomas Kennedy will take over as CEO of Raytheon on March 31, 2014. Photo, courtesy of Raytheon.   Swanson has served as Raytheon's CEO since 2003 and will continue to...
January 15, 2014
Elbit Systems has been awarded a $15 million contract from Israel's Ministry of Defense to provide avionics upgrades for the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) fleet of C-130 military transport aircraft.    Under...
January 15, 2014
Researchers at Boeing believe they have identified a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, "green diesel," that could become a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its lifecycle.      Biofuel research in a Boeing laboratory in Seattle. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.   Analysis...
January 15, 2014
Northrop Grumman announced an award for a phase three navigation system related contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications for the nation's war fighters.   "We continue to refine our new positioning and...
January 15, 2014
Sagem has been awarded a contract to develop five additional Sperwer tactical drones to be deployed by the French army.      Sperwer tactical drone system. Photo, courtesy of Sagem...
January 14, 2014
The Irish Coast Guard has completed a fleet upgrade program with the integration of the fourth Sikorsky S-92 into its search and rescue (SAR) ranks. The helicopter will serve the Dublin region from Weston Executive Airport (WST). It replaces an S-61, which has ended service from Coast Guard bases in Dublin, Shannon, Sligo and...
January 14, 2014
Monaco-based Avinco has appointed two new hires to serve as commercial directors for key helicopter markets. Joanna Lumanlan is the new commercial director for...
January 14, 2014
West Plains, Mo.-based Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) has purchased 20 Bell 206L-4 helicopters as part of a fleet replacement program for its EMS...
January 13, 2014
Airbus is considering an increase in production of its most popular single aisle A320 family aircraft after winning the commercial airframe order race over rival Boeing with 1,619 new orders in 2013.      President and CEO Fabrice Brégier is interviewed by television reporters at Airbus’ Toulouse, France delivery center following the company’s Annual Press Conference...
January 13, 2014
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has deployed a new high altitude arrival procedure, Point Merge, to integrate inbound flights and increase the number of flights that air traffic controllers can manage simultaneously.    Point Merge is implemented by setting a merge point in the airspace near the airport and then drawing arcs further out that are centered on the defined point. The procedure was...
January 13, 2014
Etihad Airways and Airberlin announced the expansion of their partnership with the unveiling of a joint-livery Airbus A320.      (center left) Airberlin Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, and (center right) Etihad...
January 13, 2014
The Asian business aircraft services provider has become the first Hong Kong-based G650 operator, adding the ultra-long-range business jet to its fleet after recently receiving Federal Aviation...
January 13, 2014
Sikorsky has completed the maiden test flight of the modernized version of its S-61T helicopter with upgraded avionics from Cobham.    The upgrades were provided by the...
January 13, 2014
The FAA is adding 10 new members to its Management Advisory Council, to help guide “critical air-transportation policy decisions," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.    The 10 new members are all well known throughout the aviation industry, and include Steve Alterman, president, Cargo Airline...
January 10, 2014
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued an $18.5-million contract to procure six additional months of...
January 10, 2014
Safety Management Systems (SMS) is expanding its international oil and gas training courses to include Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) approved...
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