Wednesday April 16, 2014

Boeing opens expanded delivery centre

Boeing has opened an expanded delivery centre for its twin-aisle jetliners, a somewhat awkwardly timed event given that its most eagerly anticipated offering remains grounded by safety authorities. The expanded Everett Delivery Centre, located at Boeing headquarters in Washington state, boats three floors of amenities including a customer lounge, cafe, more than 20 conference rooms, […]

Pilatus to reveal new PC-24 biz jet

Pilatus will reveal its highly touted new twin-engine business jet at EBACE next month, the company has said. The Swiss manufacture has kept the project under a tight lid, saying only that the PC-24 jet will be its “biggest, fastest, most complex aircraft yet.” Reports have indicated the PC-24 is likely to seat up to […]

General Aviation trade show postponed to 2014

An inaugural trade show for recreational, sports and general aviation has been postponed until 2014. Organisers of the Aviatex show said the decision to push back the event, which had been scheduled for next month, came in response to industry feedback. “After widespread industry consultation, we are convinced that Aviatex offers the well-located, professionally presented […]

Jetstar NZ flies 5 millionth passenger

Jetstar New Zealand has carried its five millionth passenger since launching domestic operations in 2009. Auckland is Jetstar’s busiest destination with over 2.1 million domestic passengers flying in and out with the airline since their domestic services began in June 2009. “This is an extremely impressive result for Jetstar and proves that Jetstar’s commitment to […]

F-35B conducts first night STOVL

A US Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter has made its first night time short takeoff and vertical landing. (See video below). Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C.R. Clift conducted the flight April 2 to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions for night time operations.The test was one of a series of events […]

Upgraded radar commissioned for BNE

Airservices Australia has commissioned a new radar facility at Mount Hardgrave on North Stradbroke Island to improve coverage of aircraft operating around Brisbane Airport. The new radar provides both primary and secondary surveillance, improving on what had been solely a secondary surveillance facility. The radar is housed within a dome meant to protect it from […]

Fuel tanks blamed in helo crash that killed CSIRO scientists

Up to 100 Australian-operated Robinson R44 helicopters could be grounded by the end of the month if owners fail to comply with recommendations to replace fire-prone fuel tanks. An inquiry by the ATSB released today blamed the all-aluminum fuel tanks for the deaths of four retired CSIRO scientists following a low-impact helicopter crash south of […]

Boeing delivers 7th P-8A to USN

Boeing has handed over the seventh production P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft to the US Navy. The maritime patrol aircraft departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, where it joined six P-8As currently being used to train Navy crews. “This is our second P-8A delivery of 2013, and we’ll continue to […]

BAE gets ADF tech training contract

The ADF has signed a $107 million, five-year contract with BAE Systems to provide Aviation Technical Training at RAAF Base Wagga. The contract will cover about 900 students annually and provides for initial training for technicians and maintainers in all aviation-related trades, as well as a range of postgraduate courses, Minister for Defence Material Mike […]

Etihad boss blasts airline alliances as bloated dinosaurs

Legacy airline alliance have outlived their usefulness and become a drag on innovation, Etihad CEO James Hogan has argued in a strongly-worded defence of his airline’s ‘equity partnership’ strategy. “The traditional airline alliances have evolved into slow-to-respond, bureaucratic organisations which struggle to deliver added value to their member airlines, many of which are no longer […]

Air NZ and P&W to upgrade Christchurch engine centre

Air New Zealand and Pratt & Whitney will spend NZ$20 million upgrading Christchurch’s Airport’s engine overhaul facility to support new generation aircraft. The jointly operated V2500 engine shop, established in 2005, overhauls the engines fitted to Air New Zealand’s A320 fleet and other aircraft.  The facility expansion is expected to be complete by the end […]

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