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FAA approves new empennage design for Robinson R44
FAA approves new empennage design for Robinson R44

Robinson Helicopter Company has secured FAA approval for a new empennage configuration for its R44 aircraft. This accomplishment follows the FAAs prior approval for the same configuration on the R66 Turbine, announced in September 2023.  The development and testing of the new empennage design spanned several years, resulting in enhance handling characteristics during high-speed flight.

Global Jet Capital marks a decade with $4 billion in aircraft financing
Global Jet Capital marks a decade with $4 billion in aircraft financing

Global Jet Capital (GJC) recently surpassed $4 billion in aircraft financing originations to users of new and pre-owned aircraft. This major milestone coincides with the Companys commemoration of a decade in business and affirms GJCs unwavering commitment to providing a distinctive, customer-centric financing experience.

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Vista America welcomes dedicated Global 7500s to the U.S. for the first time
Vista America welcomes dedicated Global 7500s to the U.S. for the first time

Due to high demand, Vista, the worlds leading global private aviation group, brings the state-of-the-art Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft to the U.S. under Vista America. This reinforces the Vista groups commitment to offering clients guaranteed availability, anytime and anywhere, through its leading global and regional infrastructure.

3 charter trends from 2023 to watch
3 charter trends from 2023 to watch

To help our members predict the trends that will shape the year to come, were keen to learn from the past. Our network of nearly 2000 operators and brokers globally is maybe the most extensive source of behavioral data available in air charter. Harry Clarke continues the tradition of summing up the yearly trends we see in our extensive Avinode data.

Archers Midnight aircraft successfully completes Phase 1 of flight test program
Archers Midnight aircraft successfully completes Phase 1 of flight test program

Archer Aviation, a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced today that the companys Midnight aircraft has hit another key milestone with completion of Phase 1 of its flight test program. Utilizing learnings from the previous four years of flight testing, Archers Midnight aircraft finished the flight test phase in approximately three months, which is significantly faster than Archers full-scale prototype aircraft - Maker.

Honda Aircraft Company Delivers 250th HondaJet
Honda Aircraft Company Delivers 250th HondaJet

Honda Aircraft Company today announced delivery of the 250th HondaJet since it began customer deliveries in late 2015. The milestone underscores the aircraft's prominence in the business aviation market. The 250th HondaJet recently rolled off the production line and completed the Standard Certificate of Airworthiness (SCoA), and Honda Aircraft Company associates celebrated the milestone with a special event at the company's global headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Eola and Luxaviation announce helicopter alliance
Eola and Luxaviation announce helicopter alliance

EOLA, already present in helicopter services in Monaco and France through its subsidiaries Monacair and Héli Sécurité, acquires a minority stake in Luxaviation Groups helicopter company Starspeed, a British company specializing in helicopter management for owners. EOLA provides helicopter passenger transport, helicopter management and maintenance services for owners. Starspeed, a subsidiary of the Luxaviation Group, is a leader in the management of helicopters in the United Kingdom. The company also offers passenger transport services through its Penzance service, serving the Isles of Scilly, and provides training for qualified helicopter pilots.

Embraer deliveries increased 13% in 2023
Embraer deliveries increased 13% in 2023

Embraer delivered 75 aircraft in 4Q23, with 49 executive jets (30 light and 19 medium), 25 commercial jets and 1 military C-390 jet. In 2023, Embraer supplied 181 aircraft, an increase of 13% compared to 2022 when the company delivered 160. The company continues to face supply chain delays which have affected 2023 deliveries.

Gulfstream president honoured as Living Legend of Aviation
Gulfstream president honoured as Living Legend of Aviation

Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace, received the Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award during the 21st Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards ceremony held om 19 January in Beverly Hills, California.

Lilium and AJW Group form strategic collaboration
Lilium and AJW Group form strategic collaboration

AJW Group, a world-leading independent aircraft component parts, repair, and supply chain solutions provider, and Lilium N.V developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, have signed an agreement to develop global material services and distribution to support the Lilium Jets global aircraft operations and Liliums Aftermarket Services Business.

Bombardier Unveils University of Victoria as First Announced Academic Partnership in the Pan-Canadian EcoJet Research Project
Bombardier Unveils University of Victoria as First Announced Academic Partnership in the Pan-Canadian EcoJet Research Project

Bombardier unveiled the first of many academic collaborations on its trailblazing pan-Canadian and sustainability-focused EcoJet Research Project. Bombardiers long-standing partnership with the University of Victoria Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR) and British Columbias SME Quaternion Aerospace was announced in a press conference hosted by the University. The three organizations presented how their shared vision of the positive role innovation plays in the sustainable transformation of the Canadian aerospace industry resulted in a fruitful collaboration on the flight-testing program of Bombardiers EcoJet project.  

Airbus partners with Tata Group to set up Indias first helicopter Final Assembly Line in the private sector
Airbus partners with Tata Group to set up Indias first helicopter Final Assembly Line in the private sector

In a major boost to Make in India, Airbus Helicopters has announced that it is partnering with the Tata Group to establish a Final Assembly Line (FAL) for helicopters in the country. The FAL will produce Airbus best-selling H125 helicopter from its civil range for India and export to some of the neighbouring countries.

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US bizjet market dips 6% in stormy January 2024
US bizjet market dips 6% in stormy January 2024

Business jet activity ticked up this week compared to last week, as the US market emerged from the winter storms. So far this year, US bizjet is trending down 6% compared to January 2023, but is still tracking well up on pre-pandemic January 2019. Europe is a different case, with several countries seeing less traffic this January than in January 5 years ago.  

Avia Solutions Group acquires Australian airline Skytrans
Avia Solutions Group acquires Australian airline Skytrans

Avia Solutions Group, the world's largest ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) provider with a fleet of 199 aircraft, has signed a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire Australian airline, Skytrans. The acquisition process is planned to be completed in March 2024, subject to the fulfillment of specific transaction conditions.

Duncan Aviation extends Embraer service center authorization for five additional years
Duncan Aviation extends Embraer service center authorization for five additional years

Duncan Aviation has announced that the company signed an agreement with Embraer Executive Jets to extend the companys Embraer Service Center authorizations for another five years.

Pilatus to take over the 230 employees and machinery of RUAG Aerostructures Schweiz AG
Pilatus to take over the 230 employees and machinery of RUAG Aerostructures Schweiz AG

From the second quarter of 2024, Pilatus will gradually take over RUAG Aerostructures Schweiz AGs entire workforce of around 230 employees, as well as all its machinery.

GAMA applauds European Parliaments adoption of Electric Aviation Report
GAMA applauds European Parliaments adoption of Electric Aviation Report

During its plenary sitting in Strasbourg on Tuesday (16th Jan), the European Parliament adopted Erik Bergkvists Own Initiative Report on 'Electric Aviation - a Solution for Short and Mid-Ranged Flights'.

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