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Gulfstream G280 Flies Paris To New York In Less Than Eight Hours

May 31, 2012 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s super mid-sized Gulfstream G280 recently set an unconfirmed city-pair speed record from Paris to White Plains, New York, making the flight in 7 hours, 40 minutes. Official recognition of this city-pair speed record by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is  Read More


Former TWA Pilots File Lawsuit Against American Airlines And Allied Pilots Ass.

May 31, 2012 - Former TWA pilots have brought a lawsuit Against American Airlines and its pilot union, Allied Pilots Association over failed contract negotiations. In addition American Airlines has given indications that it will close its hub at St. Louis resulting in these former TWA pilots out of work  Read More


NTSB Study 10% Of Accidents Occurred On 1st Flight Of Amateur Built Aircraft

May 30, 2012 - A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study found that in 2011, 10 of 102 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft accidents involving aircraft built by their owner crashed on their first flight. And of the 125 E-AB accidents involving an aircraft that was purchased used, 14  Read More


Fedex To Acquire Brazilian Transportation And Logistics Company

May 30, 2012 - FedEx announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Brazilian transportation and logistics company, Rapidao Cometa Logística e Transportes S.A., the latest step in FedEx’s strategy for profitable growth in Latin America.  The acquisition will further enhance FedEx Express international  Read More


Counterfeit US 100 Dollar Bills Seizes From Arriving Passenger At JFK Airport

May 27, 2012 - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport seized more than $200,000 in counterfeit 100 dollar bills in two separate seizures. During the inspection of her suitcases, CBP officers discovered that the bottom of the bag was unusually thick. CBP officers  Read More


Boeing Conducts Inaugural Flight Of First 787 Built In South Carolina

May 27, 2012 - Boeing marked another 787 milestone as the first Dreamliner built in South Carolina completed its first flight. Piloted by Tim Berg and Randy Neville, the airplane successfully conducted a five-hour test flight. More than 5,000 Boeing South Carolina employees watched a live broadcast of the airplane   Read More


New UK Pilot License Start Date Postponed

May 25, 2012 - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that the introduction of new EASA pilots’ licenses in the UK has been delayed until September 17, 2012. The CAA said that due to the complexity of the transition to the new license format, and changes to the associated requirements and infrastructure, the original 1 July 2012  Read More


FCC Explores Aerial Communications For First Responders

May 25, 2012 - On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to explore the use of Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture (DACA) technologies. DACA technologies are aerial technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles, weather balloons or existing aircraft that   Read More


Troy Facility Completes S-61 Airframe Modernization For State Department

May 24, 2012 - Sikorsky Aircraft’s Troy, Alabama, facility announced today it has completed the structural modernization of its first S-61T airframe, which will now undergo completion at Carson Helicopters for eventual delivery to the U.S. State Department for diplomatic service in Afghanistan. The  Read More

New Hydraulic System Powering Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Test Rig

May 24, 2012 - Bombardier Aerospace announced that the hydraulic system for its all-new CSeries aircraft has been commissioned on "Aircraft 0" the company's on-the-ground systems test rig. Along with the electrical system, which was commissioned earlier this year, the hydraulic system will permit enhanced  Read More

P&W Begins Compressor Testing On Next Gen Regional Turboprop Engine

May 23, 2012 - Pratt & Whitney Canada has begun testing of the compressor for the next generation regional turboprop engine, a key step in the company's technology demonstrator program. The high-efficiency compressor is a core element of the new engine and the test hardware has  Read More

Cessna Continues 100 series Single Engine Aircraft Safety Education Initiative

May 23, 2012 - Cessna Aircraft Company is building on a proactive safety initiative started in 2011 designed to educate single engine owners and operators on new inspection procedures. The latest effort is aimed at 100 series single-engine piston aircraft owners around the world, and informs them  Read More


World’s Only Flying B-29 Superfortress, To Visit Carolinas Aviation Museum

May 22, 2012 - The Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world is coming to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 25. The B-29 will arrive with the B-24, Diamond Lil, an equally  Read More


Pointing Fingers, Have We Seen An End To Air Races In Reno

May 22, 2012 - On September 16, 2011, at the National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada a highly modified P-51D airplane, the Galloping Ghost piloted by James Kent "Jimmy" Leeward crashed while turning between pylons 8 and 9 on the race course. The airplane crashed on the ramp in the box seat   Read More


FAA To Provide Stiffer Penalties Against Aircraft Laser Strikes

May 21, 2012 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has directed its investigators and staff to pursue stiffer penalties for individuals who purposefully point laser devices at aircraft. "Shining a laser at an airplane is not a laughing matter. It's dangerous for both pilots and passengers, and we will not tolerate it," said U.S.   Read More


Cargo Screening Deadline Set On International Inbound Passenger Aircraft

May 21, 2012 - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it has set a deadline for passenger air carriers to conduct 100 percent cargo screening on international flights bound for the United States. Beginning December 3, 2012, all cargo shipments loaded on passenger aircraft  Read More


Unauthorized Pilots Entering Olympics Airspace Will Have License Suspended

May 20, 2012 - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday confirmed the enforcement policy that will be in place to deal with infringements of this summer’s Olympics security airspace restrictions. The existing CAA policy of not generally pursuing   Read More


Sikorsky Contracted To Build Eclipse 550 Airframe And Wings

May 20, 2012 - PZL Mielec announced has signed an agreement to produce airframe components for Eclipse Aerospace, Inc., contingent upon the launch of Eclipse 550 jet production. The Eclipse 550 is a proposed development version of the Eclipse 500 to be built by   Read More


Light Jet Industry To Revolutionize By The New Learjet 70 And Learjet 75

May 20, 2012 - Bombardier Aerospace has refined the light jet landscape by launching the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. The new Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft build on legendary Learjet   Read More


FAA Makes Progress With Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration

May 20, 2012 - For more than five decades, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has compiled a proven track record of introducing new technology and aircraft safely into the National Airspace System (NAS). Most recently, the agency has been working to ensure the   Read More


Airbus Corporate Jets Gain Approval For Part 135 Operations

May 19, 2012 - Airbus’ ACJ318 and ACJ319 have gained EASA, FAA and GACA eligibility for Part 135 operations, while a variant of its ACJ319 has also gained CAAC eligibility, making it easier for operators to seek and obtain approval to carry fare-paying  Read More


Northrop To Provide Navigation Systems For Cessna's New Business Jet

May 19, 2012 - Cessna Aircraft Company has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation navigation and global positioning systems for the new Citation Latitude business jet. The LCR-100 and LCR-100N fiber-optic inertial navigation systems global positioning systems  Read More


FAA Issues 18-Month General Aviation Airports Study

May 18, 2012 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a study called General Aviation Airports, A National Asset. The FAA conducted the 18-month study to capture the many diverse functions of general aviation (GA) airports. As a result, the general public will have a better understanding of GA   Read More


Court Grants Flight Support Injunction Against Servisair Joint Venture

May 18, 2012 - The Supreme Court of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) granted an injunction to legally halt the efforts by the Turks and Caicos Airport Authority (TCIAA) and Servisair SAS to begin ground handling services at Providenciales Airport with a new  Read More


FAA To Be Audited On Implementation Progress On Its ADS-B Program

May 17, 2012 - The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to initiate an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress in implementing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) program. ADS-B will supplement radar by leveraging satellite-based   Read More


Alaska Airlines Wins Approval For Portland Washington, D.C., Service

May 17, 2012 - Alaska Airlines will offer a daily nonstop flight between Portland, Ore., and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport by September 8, following U.S. Department of Transportation approval on Monday of the carrier's application to fly the new route. "Providing residents of the greater Portland area  Read More


FAA Raises Awareness On Child Safety As Summer Travel Season Nears

May 16, 2012 - As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Transportation Week and to kick off the summer travel season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday launched an education effort to help parents and caregivers make informed choices about their child's safety when they fly. "Millions of people will take to  Read More


Medical Official Explains F-22 Pilot-Protection Efforts

May 16, 2012 - Air Force officials have instituted measures designed to protect its pilots, ensure mission completion and assess the possible physiological effects of flying the F-22 Raptor, the command surgeon for Air Combat Command said on Wednesday. "The health and safety of our pilots all of our pilots is the utmost priority," said Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Daniel O. Wyman. "Our  Read More


Boeing Completes 1st Flight Of QF-16 Aerial Target For US Air Force

May 15, 2012 - Boeing and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) completed the first manned flight of the QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) on May 4 at Cecil Field in Jacksonville. The QF-16 took off at 3:05 p.m. Eastern time and climbed to an altitude of 41,000 feet during its  Read More


AgustaWestland AW169 Helicopter Completes Its Maiden Flight

May 15, 2012 - AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announce that the first prototype of the AW169, a new generation 4.5 ton light intermediate helicopter, successfully completed its maiden flight. The AW169 program is on schedule to achieve basic civil certification in 2014. Read More


Fedex To Acquire TATEX, A French Express Transportation Company

May 14, 2012 - FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire TATEX, a leading French business to business express transportation company. The acquisition represents the latest FedEx investment in   Read More


ACLU In Appeals Court For No Fly List Challenge

May 14, 2012 - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Friday began its augment in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that its challenge to the government’s secretive No Fly List should be reinstated. The ACLU represents 15 U.S. citizens and permanent residents, including four military veterans, who are banned from flying  Read More


FAA Taps ITT Corp. And GE's Naverus To Develop Nextgen RNP Procedures

May 13, 2012 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding a contract to ITT Exelis and GE's Naverus to help accelerate the development of satellite-based procedures that will allow aircraft to fly more directly to their destinations. Under the  Read More


Bombardier Learjet 85 Aircraft Is In Full Production

May 13, 2012 - Bombardier Aerospace has made significant progress on its all new Learjet 85 aircraft. Work on the two first flight test aircraft and the complete aircraft static test article is well underway, with the production of hundreds of composite components, including the unique 32-foot composite pressure fuselage. The   Read More


UPS Financing In Place For The Purchase Of TNT Express

May 12, 2012 – On Friday UPS announced it has the necessary financing in place for its intended recommended public offer for TNT Express. On March 19, 2012, UPS and TNT Express jointly announced conditional agreement on a recommended all-cash offer of EUR 9.50 per ordinary  Read More


The First Customer Built Sonex Aircraft, The Onex Sport Aircraft Takes Flight

May 12, 2012 - Sonex Aircraft announce that the first customer-built example of the new Onex single-place, folding-wing, aerobatic sport aircraft has taken flight! Bill Fisher of Jackson Tennessee flew his AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex, serial number ONX0018 for the first time on Thursday Read More


FAA To Be Audited On Its Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Procedures

May 11, 2012 - The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to initiate an audit on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress in implementing Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) procedures, including the NAV Lean Project (which is aimed at  Read More


UK Civil Aviation Authority To Allow Pilots To Fly VFR At Night

May 11, 2012 - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a change to night flying regulations which will allow aircraft to operate under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) in the hours of darkness beginning June 8, 2012. Current UK regulations require any flight at night to be conducted in accordance with  Read More


Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program Completes Preliminary Design Review

May 9, 2010 - The Boeing KC-46 Tanker program has completed a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with the U.S. Air Force, a key milestone in the development of the next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The review, which began March 21 and ended April 27, demonstrated that the preliminary design of  Read More


Congress Urged To Focus On Asia-Pacific Travel And Entry Issues At Airports

May 9, 2012 - Travel from the Asia-Pacific region to the U.S. is critical to the economy, and U.S. policy should ensure future growth, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow asserted in testimony before Congress on Tuesday. Dow appeared in a hearing titled "Building Secure Partnerships in Travel,  Read More


Dreamliner Makes First Time Landing At Reagan National Airport

May 8, 2012 - Boeing's 787 Dreamliner landed at Ronald Reagan National Airport on Monday, making Washington, DC the latest destination on its global Dream Tour. For the next four days, guests invited by Boeing will see the 787 outfitted with the Dreamliner's many innovative cabin features including a welcoming entryway Read More


Swiss Pilots Fly Gripen E/F Test Aircraft With Great Success

May 8, 2012 - Under clear blue skies, a team of test pilots and flight test engineers from the Swiss Air Force and the Swiss federal defense procurement agency, Armasuisse, visited Saab in Linköping in Sweden to perform test flights with the Gripen E/F test aircraft. On November 30th, last year the Federal Council selected Gripen E/F as the preferred    Read More


Airline Passenger Traffic Continues To Be Affected By High Oil Prices

May 6, 2012 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for March showing that total passenger demand rose 7.6% and freight demand climbed 0.3% compared to the same month last year. Comparisons with March last year are affected by events that depressed passenger demand in 2011  Read More


Oklahoma Couple Pleads Guilty In Conspiracy To Steal Military Jet Fuel

May 6, 2012 - Doyle Latimer, 55, and his wife, Cynthia Latimer, 57, both from Elgin, Oklahoma, pled guilty to conspiracy to steal military-owned jet fuel and to defraud the United States, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. The United States government purchases jet fuel (Jet Propellant 8,   Read More


Great Slave Helicopters Completes Acquisition Of Northern Air Support

May 5, 2012 - Discovery Air Inc. (“Discovery Air”) subsidiary, Great Slave Helicopters announced that it has completed the acquisition of Northern Air Support. The acquisition of Northern Airport Support’s assets was financed, in part, by a new equipment loan facility that was obtained primarily to finance this acquisition and the  Read More


GE Aviation Expands R&D On Silicon Carbide In Pompano Beach

May 5, 2012 - GE Aviation announced that it has expanded into a new facility in Pompano Beach, which includes a 30% increase in square footage and an R & D lab capable of advanced development of silicon carbide (SiC)-based power conversion products for air, land and sea-based platforms. Silicon carbide (SiC), also known as   Read More


Cessna And AVIC Partnership Strengthens Supply For China Aviation Needs

May 3, 2012 - Cessna Aircraft company, signed a strategic agreement with the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd., (CAIGA) and the Shijiazhuang Municipal Government. This agreement is a progression stemming from the strategic framework that Cessna entered into  Read More


Boeing’s Wiglet For B-737 Max Provides Additional 1.5 Percent Fuel Burn

May 3, 2012 - Boeing announced a new winglet design concept for the 737 MAX. The new Advanced Technology winglet will provide MAX customers with up to an additional 1.5 percent fuel-burn improvement, depending on range, on top of the 10-12 percent improvement already offered on the new-engine variant. "The Advanced   Read More


Gyroplanes Builder, Groen Brothers Aviation Reaches Agreement With Creditors

May 2, 2012 - Groen Brothers Aviation (GBA) announced that it has reached an agreement with its creditors for a major financial reorganization of the Company. The restructuring will result in the elimination of all of the Company's debt obligations, which currently exceed $170 million. GBA is a U.S. corporation that designs  Read More


Flight Data Recorder Manufacturing Report Shows Industry Doing Quite Well

May 2, 2012 - Despite economic volatility in the five years to 2012, the Flight Data Recorder (Black Box) Manufacturing industry has fared quite well. Strong demand for new commercial airplanes in downstream markets and increased defense spending on military aircraft boosted demand for industry products. With rising fuel prices,   Read More


Aviation Capital Group Prevails In Case With Olympic Airlines

May 1, 2012 - Aviation Capital Group (ACG) of Newport Beach, California has prevailed in its litigation with Olympic Airlines (Olympic). In a case that has attracted considerable attention in the aircraft leasing industry, the English High Court rendered judgment on Monday in ACG’s favor in ACG Acquisition XX LLC v Olympic   Read More


Solving The Flying Thermos Problem

May 1, 2012 - Last spring, GE broke ground on a $50 million aviation research center at the University of Dayton in Ohio. When finished next year, the center’s 200 engineers, technologists, and researchers will work on advanced electric power systems for next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “drones,” including classified  Read More

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