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Flexjet Seals Agreement with Nextant at EBACE - Flexjet International managing director Raymond Jones and Nextant Aerospace executive vice president Jay Heublein sealed an agreement on Tuesday here at EBACE for the latter company to upgrade eight of Flexjet’s 21 Nextant 400XTi remanufactured light jets. The aircraft are being updated to meet European mandates. Nextant will also refresh the cabins and repaint the exteriors, before the aircraft are moved from the U.S. to Europe to support Fle...

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Farnborough International Preview - This year’s Farnborough International Airshow, which takes place from July 11 to 17, looks set to reignite the excitement in the aerospace industry that was muted for so long after the financial crisis that started in 2008. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expected (yet again) to be the star of the show, with the flight of the Airlander airship and events such as Boeing’s centenary celebration expected to give some buzz it hasn’t seen for years. At press ...

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Vector Signs Agreement with HeliSpeed - Vector Aerospace has signed a three-year agreement with HeliSpeed through which the latter will provide pilots for Vector’s Fleetlands site in Gosport, UK. The contract covers pilots for the AS332 Super Puma, Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW139, Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350, H225, Sikorsky S-76 and S-92, and similar aircraft. The goal of this agreement is to help grow Vector’s UK facilities. Simon Jones, Vector’s v-p of business development, commented, “As w...

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No Answers Yet after Norwegian H225 Accident - The Airbus Helicopters H225 type remains under scrutiny after the April 29 crash that claimed 13 lives. A CHC-operated H225 crashed near Bergen, Norway as it was flying back from the Gullfaks B oil platform. EASA has required inspections and Norway and the UK have suspended H225 commercial passenger flights. Investigators of the Norwegian air accident bureau (AIBN) are examining how the main rotor detached in flight. This also happened in 2009 ...

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CityJet Takes First Sukhoi SSJ100 - Irish regional airline CityJet took delivery of Western Europe’s first Sukhoi SSJ100 on Tuesday during a ceremony in Venice, Italy, at the headquarters of the program’s Western sales and aftermarket support partner, SuperJet International. The airline has agreed to lease 15 SSJ100s and holds delivery options for another 16. Sukhoi and SuperJet International—51-percent owned by Alenia Aermacchi and the balance by Sukhoi Holdings—value the deal at more than...

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Airbus Adds Jet Aviation To Network of Service Centers - Airbus has added Jet Aviation to its Airbus Corporate Jets (Booth N115) Service Centre network. Jet Aviation (Booth A050) will join an already robust network of Airbus and independent facilities worldwide that include aircraft service capabilities such as line and heavy maintenance, cabin refurbishing, and cabin and system upgrades. These centers will help to service the more than 180 Airbus Corporate Jets operating on every continent...

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Certification-chasing PC-24 Does EBACE Touch and Go - The Pilatus PC-24 made its full public debut at this week’s EBACE show when the Swiss manufacturer’s first prototype took a 24-hour break from an intensive flight test program to take a starring role on the static display. With just over 500 flight hours logged by two prototypes, and with a third due to join the campaign towards the end of 2016, the highly versatile mid-light twinjet is not quite a quarter of the way towards completing t...

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ACSS Has ADS-B for Legacy Bizjets - Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS, Booth Z104) announced here it has developed an ADS-B transponder, the NXT-700, for legacy business aircraft including Beechcraft Hawkers, CitationJets, Learjets, Dassault Falcons, Gulfstreams and Bombardier Challengers. The transponder satisfies the DO-260B mandate, while its “one-quarter ATR [Air Transport Rack form-factor] short” form-fit installation will reduce owner/operator costs and installation ...

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BLR to Enhance King Air Winglet STC - BLR Aerospace (Booth C041) announced here it is working with the FAA to amend its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to expand the performance envelope for King Air 90s equipped with BLR Winglet Systems; approval is anticipated by the end of June. Under the amendment, BLR’s Ultimate Performance Package (UPP) STC would provide up to a 30 percent reduction in runway length requirements; an increase in max takeoff weight of 400 pounds/181 kilograms or 850...

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Rockwell Collins Introduces CES Upgrades - Rockwell Collins (Booth U073) has introduced a series of high-definition cabin management and cabin entertainment systems (CES) upgrades for Gulfstream aircraft that were originally delivered with aircraft condition monitoring systems (ACMS) and Micronet systems. At the same time, the U.S.-based avionics company completed its first CES-to-Venue cabin upgrade on a Bombardier Global in Europe. With the CES upgrades on the Gulfstreams, operators can c...
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