C&L Wins Deal for ERJ-135/145 Semi-private Conversions

Click Here to see the Full/Original ArticleC&L Aviation Services has signed a contract for multiple ERJ-135 and -145 “semi-private” aircraft modifications. The project, which follows C&L’s similar upgrades on more than 20 ERJ-135s thus far, includes converting the aircraft to a 16- to 23-seat, 1+1 configuration with a flat-floor modification, removal of overhead bins, and installation...

Carinata Lands On ICAO's SAF Feedstock List

Click Here to see the Full/Original Article ICAO recently published the first update of the list of default life cycle emissions for eligible fuels since 2019 in its Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and while much of the recent research in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) feedstocks has involved wastes and residue materials, the international aviation organization...

Alliance To Bring Electric Seaplane Flights to NYC

Click Here to see the Full/Original ArticleLima NY, which operates a Blade Urban Air Mobility-branded fleet of Cessna Caravan seaplanes, has agreed to convert its fleet to all-electric using Magnix electric propulsion units (EPUs) beginning in 2023 under an alliance between the three companies. Blade is the platform for Lima flights offered to the public. Doing business as Fly The Whale, Lima flies...

Boeing Settles with FAA on 737 Penalties

Click Here to see the Full/Original ArticleBoeing has reached a settlement agreement with the FAA that calls for it to pay at least $17 million in penalties in connection with production deficiencies the agency determined compromised safety in the 737 Max and NG. In a statement released Thursday, the FAA said it found that the manufacturer installed equipment on 759 Boeing 737 MAX and NG aircraft...

Airbus Plans for Big Boost of A320 Production Rates

Click Here to see the Full/Original Article Airbus has notified suppliers that it plans to boost production of A320-family jets from an average of 45 per month in the fourth quarter in 2021 to 64 per month by the second quarter of 2023. In a statement issued Thursday, the company said it has also started preparing for a rate of 70 per month by the first quarter of 2024, reflecting a bullish outlook...

Philippines Government Confirms T129 Attack Helicopter Order

Click Here to see the Full/Original ArticleThe Philippines’ defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, this week confirmed to the government’s official Philippines News Agency that the country has ordered six T129B Atak attack helicopters from Turkish Aerospace, adding that deliveries are due to start in the third quarter of 2021. The budget allocated to this acquisition is stated to be PHP13.8 billion...

Helo Crashed while Testing New Fire Bucket System

Click Here to see the Full/Original ArticleThe 1981 Sikorsky UH-60A that crashed and killed all four aboard Tuesday afternoon in Leesburg, Florida, was testing a new water bucket release system when the helicopter went down on undeveloped property at Leesburg International Airport (KLEE), the NTSB has confirmed to AIN. According to witnesses, the helicopter—N9FH, which had previously seen military...

Hands On: Training with the ForeFlight Master

Click Here to see the Full/Original Article In the early days of moving-map apps on smartphones and tablet computers, the basic functionality was easy to figure out and there weren’t too many features. But now electronic flight bag (EFB) apps have become so complicated that pilots need to spend hours learning how to use them before putting them to work in flight. Although EFB apps like ForeFlight...

Etihad CEO Sees a More Existential Threat than Covid

Click Here to see the Full/Original ArticleThe need to address sustainability is more relevant to aviation’s long-term survival than recovery from the pandemic, and governments and regulators should introduce incentives rather than punitive measures to embed good environmental practices in the industry, according to Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas. Speaking Wednesday during the latest in a...

Honda Aircraft Unveils Upgraded HondaJet Elite S

Click Here to see the Full/Original ArticleIn a virtual launch ceremony today, Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino revealed features of the new HondaJet Elite S, including an increase in maximum takeoff weight (mtow), flight deck improvements, a nosewheel steering enhancement, and new paint colors. The Elite S will be available starting in June and has a base price of $5.4 million, up...