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January 6, 2014
Algerian national carrier Air Algerie committed to an $800 million fleet investment on Monday, Jan. 6, purchasing three ATR 72-600 regional turboprop aircraft and eight Boeing Next Generation 737-800s.  According to ATR, the airline's...
January 6, 2014
Phillippe Merlo has been appointed the new director of air traffic management (ATM) at Eurocontrol, the European provider of air navigation services said Monday, Jan. 6.    Merlo will oversee the organization's ATM and research and development, including relations with international...
January 6, 2014
Poland is looking to expand its military air navigation performance with a $76 million purchase of new Exelis GCA-2020 Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) and Precision Approach Radar (PAR) systems.    The systems will be installed on Polish Air Force and Navy aircraft...
January 6, 2014
Duncan has expanded its helicopter avionics testing capabilities with the addition of three new diagnostic test sets, the company said Thursday, Jan. 2.    All three test sets support...
January 3, 2014
MD Helicopters is planning to hand over 14 new aircraft to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) during a ceremony on Friday. KRG officials will receive the dozen single-engine MD530Fs and a pair of twin-engine MD902 Explorers at MD's...
January 3, 2014
BP Exploration Operating Company has granted a five-year contract to Bristow Helicopters for offshore support at installations in West...
January 3, 2014
Airlines and operators replacing older fleets with new fuel-efficient aircraft coupled with increased air passenger demand in the Middle East and Asia Pacific markets is expected to make 2014 another "record year" for the commercial aerospace industry, according to Deloitte's 2014 Global Aerospace and Defense Industry outlook.      Boeing's 787-9 is among several new commercial...
January 3, 2014
Airbus reached another milestone on its path to entry-into-service for the A350 XWB, as the third flight test aircraft, MSN2, rolled out of the paint shop in Toulouse Thursday, Jan. 2.      The third Airbus A350 XWB flight test aircraft, MSN2, the...
January 3, 2014
Safran subsidiary Snecma is building an open rotor engine that will consume 30 percent less fuel than today's jet engines, the company said Thursday, Jan. 2.      Open rotor engine prototype. Photo, courtesy of Safran.   Snecma is currently working on a full-size demonstrator engine following wind tunnel testing of a scaled open-rotor prototype...
January 3, 2014
Southwest Airlines is upgrading its fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft with Split Scimitar Winglets from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB), the airline said Thursday, Jan. 2.      Aviation Partners Boeing split scimitar winglet. Photo, courtesy of Aviation Partners Boeing...
January 2, 2014
EADS has kicked-off the New Year with a group rebranding, which has also affected the Eurocopter name. EADS, now to be known as the Airbus Group, will feature divisions called Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Airbus will focus on the commercial aircraft business and Airbus Defence and Space will integrate its Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military businesses, while Airbus...
January 2, 2014
FAA has granted advanced aviation training device (AATD) certification for Elite Simulation Solutions’ Model S623T helicopter trainer. The full cockpit...
January 2, 2014
Photo courtesy of Bombardier.   Twenty-eight Global jets and 10 Challenger 605 aircraft will go to an unnamed Bombardier customer, the manufacturer said Tuesday, Dec. 31 in a statement. The order is the third in a series Bombardier announced this week and the price figure is an estimation based on list prices. The company will release further details with its next financial results release but it...
January 2, 2014
Flydubai's fleet at Dubai International Airport. Photo courtesy of flydubai.   Coinciding with the close of one Dubai International runway May through July, hybrid carrier flydubai...
January 2, 2014
The electric starter-generator system TopStart is Dassault’s choice for its Falcon 5X business jet. The Falcon 5X engine Snecma Silvercrest has control laws that sync well with TopStart according to Guy Lefebvre, Thales president. The TopStart unit includes three electronic control units and...
January 2, 2014
Panasonic Avionics and China Telecom Satellite Communications Limited signed a definitive agreement to develop in-flight connectivity solutions for Chinese airlines. The agreement will provide 39 Panasonic customer airlines flying into and over...
January 2, 2014
Raytheon Company won a $70 million firm-fixed-price contract for Advanced Countermeasures Electronic Systems (ACES) and Line...
January 2, 2014
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Corporation a $9.5 thousand contract for aircraft components and accessories Wednesday, Jan. 1 and an $8 million firm-fixed-price modification on an existing contract for Foreign Military Sales Division support efforts...
December 31, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is reporting the production of 303 rotorcraft during 2013, with an estimated value of more than 140 billion rubles (approximately $42.5 billion). The growing company...
December 31, 2013
The Airfone air-to-ground communications network meets its end this New Year’s Eve Tuesday, Dec. 31. However, as Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 arrives, ASiQ Limited will deliver an alternative to the decommissioned service and Aircell costly replacement options.    The new service, dubbed Grrrilla, is a combination narrow and broadband system that connects to global cellphone networks and shares...
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