Turkish Airlines Flight Academy (TAFA), or the Turkish Airlines Flight Academy, based in Aydın Türkiye, has recently invested in an Alsim ALX simulator. The latter allows to fly up to four classes of aircraft, el ranging from single-engine piston, twin-engine piston, twin-engine turbine to the medium category jet. The aircraft is designed and approved for ATPL, CPL and MCC training.
The X-59 receives its tail
The X-59 continues to be assembled at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works division in Palmdale, California. The aircraft has just had its tail mounted, which will allow the installation of the aircraft's wiring, among other things, to be completed.
Liebherr, new technologies for hydrogen aircraft
Liebherr-Aerospace is developing an air supply system for high-powered fuel cells to power Airbus demonstration aircraft.
Airbus Helicopters and China's GDAT sign contract for 50 H160 helicopters
During French President Macron’s visit to China, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with GDAT, one of China's largest helicopter lessors and operators, for 50 H160 helicopters, the largest order for the H160 in the civil and parapublic market since the helicopter was unveiled in 2015.
H2Fly fills hydrogen on its flying test bed
H2FLY has reached an important milestone in the development of its hydrogen-electric aircraft powertrain by passing the first filling tests with the integrated liquid hydrogen tank.
Airbus to expand A320 Family final assembly capacity with a second line at its Tianjin site
The second Airbus A320neo assembly line in Tianjin will be part of Airbus’ overall rate objective of 75 aircraft per month in 2026 throughout its global production network.
Hydrogen motorization, China advances
On March 25, Liaoning Ruixiang Aircraft, a Chinese aircraft manufacturer, made the first demonstration flight of the RX4HE, a passenger-type aircraft equipped with a hydrogen engine that gives it a one-hour flight range at a speed of 180 km/h.
IHI develops a 250 kW electric motor
The Japanese company IHI has succeeded in developing a compact 250 kW electric motor prototype for a hybrid propulsion system. IHI plans to increase the power of the motor to more than 1 MW and install it as a hybrid electric propulsion system in a medium-sized 200-seat passenger aircraft.
Lilium and Customcells increase production of silicon anode battery cells
Lilium and its partner Customcells are accelerating the production of high silicon battery cells. The two industrialists are organizing themselves in order to be able to make the elements traceable in order to facilitate the certification of the aircraft and its propulsion system. The first flight of the compliant aircraft is scheduled for the second half of 2024 according to the manufacturer's schedule.
Boom still wants to believe in civilian supersonic transport
Boom Supersonic is getting indirect support from the White House, which recently released the administration's priorities for moving America forward in aerospace. Three priorities are mentioned in the report, among them promoting connectivity and speed, with increasing speed offering another approach to improving connectivity.
ZeroAvia Strikes Deal to Bring Zero-Emission Flights to Sweden
ZeroAvia announced a four party agreement to develop commercial routes using its hydrogen-electric powertrain systems on routes from ZeroAvia, the leader in developing zero-emission solutions for commercial aviation, today announced a four party agreement to develop commercial routes using its hydrogen-electric powertrain systems on routes from Skellefteå Airport in North East Sweden. As part of the agreement, ZeroAvia will work with the airport, the municipal energy company Skellefteå Kraft and Braathens Regional Airlines to demonstrate flights and explore launching commercial operations.
Archer's Midnight goes through the wind tunnel again
Archer Aviation has had its ADAVe (eVTOL) Midnight model flown again, this time at the Ruag wind tunnel in Emmen, Switzerland. The test at Ruag provided the manufacturer with valuable data to validate the Midnight's configuration, aerodynamic models, external load predictions, aircraft performance, stability and control characteristics, and performance degradation in icing conditions.
LYTE Aviation unveils its 40-seat hybrid eVTOL, SkyBus and SkyTruck
Lyte Aviation unveiled its 40-seat SkyBus and SkyTruck (hybrid) ADAVe (eVTOL) programme on 23 March. Intended to carry loads of up to 4.5t, both aircraft are based on the Fairey Rotodyne concept and are expected to adopt a mixed powerplant combining turbo engines and electric motors.
The world's first successful flight of a B777-300ER converted to a freighter.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed the first flight of a B777-300ER passenger aircraft after converting it to a freighter configuration for AerCap. IAI is currently in the final stages of the certification process for the "Big Twin" 777-300ERSF, with a firm order backlog of more than 60 aircraft expected to be delivered over the next five years.
Airbus Final Assembly Line in China delivers its first A321neo
Airbus has delivered the first A321neo aircraft assembled at its Final Assembly Line Asia in Tianjin to China’s Juneyao Air.
United Airlines and Archer Announce First Commercial Electric Air Taxi Route in Chicago
United Airlines and Archer have selected O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to serve Chicago's Vertiport as the next point-to-point route on which the two airlines will use Archer's electric vertical takeoff and landing (ADAVe or eVTOL) aircraft as part of the development of their urban air mobility (UAM) network.
Flexjet adds helicopter in the UK
Flexjet has welcomed its first Sikorsky S-76 super-midsize helicopter to its European fleet, becoming the first private jet operator in Europe to launch an integrated helicopter division. The new service, which is being rolled out initially in the UK, aims to redefine luxury private point-to-point travel, a first in Europe. It follows a similar launch last year by the company in the US, which offers helicopter operations in the north-eastern US and Florida.
Japan Airlines selects Boeing 737MAX 8
Japan Airlines will replace its Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Boeing 737MAX-8 aircraft on its domestic and regional network. JAL intends to start introducing the aircraft into its fleet from 2026.
Mitsui Bussan Aerospace signs for six AW139 helicopters
Mitsui Bussan Aerospace (MBA), the authorised distributor for the Leonardo AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopter models in Japan, announced with Leonardo orders recently signed for a total of six AW139s, to meet the requirements of various upcoming opportunities in the country. These latest orders confirm the continuous success of the AW139 in Japan with nearly 70 units currently in operation.
Mitsui Bussan Aerospace signs for six Leonardo AW139 helicopters
Nearly 70 Leonardo AW139s in service in Japan to date with over 110,000 flight hours logged performing a wide range of missions.
Sikorsky studies VTOL demonstrator to explore future military and commercial missions
Sikorsky is currently studying a fully autonomous hybrid-electric demonstrator (HEX) with electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) capabilities. This aircraft will serve as a test bed for the possible creation of a new family of both military and commercial aircraft, with fuel savings and increased range.
AutoFlight announces commercial deal with EVFLY for 205 eVTOL aircraft
AutoFlight announced on 16 March 2023 that it had signed a contract with Evfly, following its record-breaking 250 km flight of its electric aircraft on a circuit.
Norwegian Air Ambulance expands its H145 fleet
The H145's success as an emergency medical evacuation helicopter continues and the five-blade version adds further capabilities. The latest purchaser of the machine is Norwegian Air Ambulance, which has ordered two five-bladed H145s for use in rescue missions in Norway.
Airbus Corporate Helicopters has delivered the first ACH160 Exclusive helicopter.
Airbus Corporate Helicopters has delivered the first example of the ACH160 Exclusive helicopter. This helicopter is not only the first ACH160 in Exclusive configuration to be delivered worldwide, but also the first ACH160 of any version to be delivered in Europe. It was accepted by a private customer based in France and entered service immediately.
Airbus installs its new A321neo assembly line in Toulouse
The Jean-Luc Lagardère "cathedral" on the Airbus site in Toulouse is today a vast construction site where the various elements of an industrial puzzle are gradually being assembled, giving rise to an A321neo assembly line incorporating a series of innovations, while at the same time incorporating others already proven on the Saint-Nazaire and Hamburg sites.
Dassault Aviation has never suffered from the crisis
With very little exposure to the civilian market, Dassault Aviation has benefited from export sales of the Rafale fighter jet and will continue to benefit from increases in defense budgets since the war in Ukraine.
Mitsubishi destroys its first SpaceJet
Barely a month after the announcement of the end of the programme, the first Mitsubishi SpaceJet was destroyed in Moses Lake, Washington, USA. The SpaceJet programme is now history and aviation history.
IAE celebrates 40 years and V2500 development
On March 9, 2023, Pratt & Whitney celebrated the 40th anniversary of the creation of IAE International Aero Engines AG (IAE), a multinational consortium. The launch of this joint venture in March 1983 led to the development of the V2500 turbofan engine, of which more than 7,800 have been produced.
Airbus Helicopters to introduce an IFR-capable H125
Airbus Helicopters has launched the development of an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability for the H125 in partnership with Genesys Aerosystems which will be available in the second half of 2024 from the Airbus Helicopters´ final assembly line in Columbus, Mississippi. It will consist of an upgraded cockpit, a new autopilot along with redundant hydraulic and electrical systems.
Safran signs SBH support contract with Coldstream Helicopters Ltd.
Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a contract with Coldstream Helicopters Ltd. to support Makila engines powering its AS332L1 Super Puma fleet. This Support-By-the-Hour (SBH®) contract formalizes a long-term Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and services agreement supporting Coldstream’s Makila 1A1 engines.
Airbus delivers first ACH160 helicopter to The Helicopter Company for operations with Red Sea Global
The Helicopter Company (THC) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken delivery of its first Airbus ACH160 helicopter. The aircraft is the first of six to be supplied by Airbus Corporate Helicopters in ACH160 Line configuration and will enter into corporate aviation services with Red Sea Global which becomes Middle East launch customer of the ACH160.
MRO : Lufthansa Technik and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries signed collaboration agreement
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME) announced the recent signing of an agreement regarding a close cooperation in the field of aircraft component services on Boeing 777 and 787.
MRO : Joramco inks new maintenance agreement with Emirates
Under the agreement, Joramco will perform nose to tail C checks and modifications on Boeing 777 aircraft from the Emirates fleet.
MRO : HAECO Global Engine Support improves LEAP capabilities and increases quick turn capacity
HAECO Global Engine Support has added a new 8-bay gantry system at its Dallas facility to improve CFM Leap capabilities.
ST Engineering and SF Airlines to set up airframe MRO joint-venture in China
The new Joint-Venture will greatly enhance presence of ST Engineering in China, where the Group currently operates airframe MRO facilities in Guangzhou and Shanghai.
EFW and Haite to collaborate on Airbus A321P2F Conversions
EFW and Sichuan Haite Hi-Tech (Haite) signed a letter of intent for a collaboration on Airbus Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions for EFW’s A321P2F programme at Haite’s facility in Tianjin.
Exotrail to become a global player in in-orbit services
On February 7, the French start-up, based in Massy in the Essonne region and in Toulouse, announced a new round of financing, in a macro-economic context that is considered unfavorable.
War economy: the 5 mains actions to "produce more and faster" for the French Defence industry
At the weekly press briefing of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the head of the DGA's industrial affairs and economic intelligence department presented an initial assessment of the actions carried out to promote the war economy. Alexandre Lahousse unveiled the five projects underway to accelerate production rates.
Aerospacelab sets up in France
The Belgian SME sets up its French subsidiary in Bordeaux-Mérignac.
Sodern upgrades its flagship startracker
The Paris-based equipment manufacturer is launching the marketing of an improved version of Auriga, its off-the-shelf star tracker.
Airbus launches European Defence Fund R&D projects
Airbus has launched two defence research and development projects that it is coordinating as part of the 2021 European Defence Fund (EDF).
Accumulation of speed records for the Gulfstream G700
Gulfstream Aerospace announced that its latest jet, the Gulfstream G700, set 25 city-to-city speed records during its recent world tour. The records are pending certification by the american National Aeronautic Association and the FAI.
Air France KLM takes more Airbus A350F and A350-900
Air France-KLM Group is taking more Airbus A350-900 and A350F aircraft, turning options into firm orders. The A350Fs will join Martinair to replace the Boeing 747Fs. On the other hand, still nothing on the A350-1000. A big weakness for the Boeing 777-9 ?
Boom Supersonic begins construction of its plant
A year after Boom announced that Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., would be the site of the Overture Superfactory, Boom has now begun construction of the Overture "Superfactory," a major milestone before the aircraft's production launch in 2024.
Liebherr-Aerospace equips its test center in Toulouse with a hydrogen bench
Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse is working on systems and equipment to reduce fuel consumption, but also to contribute, at its level, to more carbon-neutral aircraft. The equipment manufacturer recently acquired a hydrogen cell installed in its test center at the Toulouse site. This new investment in test facilities will enable Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse to demonstrate the ability to generate electrical power, using fuel cells, to supply the major non-propulsive electrical systems of a new-generation single-aisle aircraft, while ensuring the thermal management of the whole (fuel cells and electrical systems).
Leonardo and Safran join forces to power the AW09 single-engine helicopter
Leonardo and Safran Helicopter Engines today announced a partnership to enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of the new generation single-engine AW09 helicopter. Production helicopters will be equipped with the 1000 shp Arriel 2K, the next generation Arriel engine.
Airbus Helicopters performed steadily in a complex 2022
In 2022, Airbus Helicopters logged 374 gross orders (net: 362). Deliveries increased from 338 in 2021 to 344 in 2022, contributing to Airbus Helicopters’ preliminary 52% share of the civil and parapublic market.
MRO : Akasa Air signed two contracts with AFI KLM E&M through its wholly owned subsidiary EPCOR, for both component and APU services
The new Indian air transport start-up, Akasa Air, has enlisted the support of AFI KLM E&M for component services as well as dedicated APU solutions from its subsidiary EPCOR.
Stratolaunch achieves a second captive flight with Talon-A
Stratolaunch's Roc completed its second Talon-A carrier flight on Jan. 13, 2023, during Roc's ninth flight and first flight outside the Mojave Desert test perimeter. The longest flight to date, this flight is intended to set the stage for Talon-A release testing, which the company plans to begin later this year.