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September 25, 2014, 9:23 AM

Airbus flew its new A320neo on its first test mission on Thursday, marking the start of a 3,000-hour flight-test program scheduled to lead to certification and entry into service in next year’s fourth quarter. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofans, MSN6101 took off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France at noon local time.

September 24, 2014, 1:49 PM

Airbus predicted that the airline industry will need to spend $4.6 trillion on some 31,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years in its latest market forecast, released Wednesday.

September 24, 2014, 12:28 PM
U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton

The U.S. Navy is shifting its developmental fleet of unmanned MQ-4C Tritons across the country to introduce mission systems and continue flight- testing the new maritime surveillance aircraft. The first of three Triton system development test articles (SDTA) arrived recently at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.; the other two will follow by the end of October.

September 24, 2014, 10:45 AM

A coalition of aviation trade associations asked the FAA to fix a seven-letter mistake in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that would create major headaches for the aviation maintenance industry.

September 24, 2014, 10:40 AM

OSHA issued a final rule, effective Jan. 1, 2015, updating the appendix of industries that, because they have relatively low occupational injury and illness rates, are partially exempt from reporting requirements. Aircraft technician, maintenance and hangar operations (which are currently not exempted) remain absent from the revised exemption list.

September 24, 2014, 10:35 AM

The FAA has granted Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia repair station authorization for Gulfstream aircraft. The approval allows the MRO to support its customers in Jeddah and Riyadh with light scheduled maintenance (A checks) on the Gulfstream II, GIII, GIV and GV.

September 24, 2014, 10:30 AM

APFT Maintenance Training aviation school and Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) have signed a contract for the training of aviation technicians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The program begins in January, and the companies estimate that in five years they will train 400 students from APFT as EASA-qualified aircraft mechanics.

September 24, 2014, 10:25 AM

Palm Beach Aircraft has been named a Hartzell Propeller recommended service facility. To achieve the designation, the repair facility met a number of requirements such as on-site quality systems, process audits, and factory-trained and -qualified propeller experts. In addition, Palm Beach Aircraft Propeller is required to maintain Hartzell-approved specialized propeller tools and equipment as well as meet the company’s special-process approvals.

September 24, 2014, 10:25 AM

Aspiring maintenance and other technical professionals will have an opportunity to witness what the industry has to offer on October 3 when 250 students will participate in a science, technology, engineering and math-based (Stem) educational event. The Aerospace & Aviation Career Day at Melbourne International Airport in Florida is sponsored by Northrop Grumman and held in cooperation with the Brevard Schools Office of Career and Technical Education and the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.

September 24, 2014, 10:20 AM

AIM Aviation, a UK-based designer of custom cabin interiors, has acquired Altitude Aerospace Interiors from Air New Zealand. Altitude Aerospace Interiors is a designer of custom cabin interiors, and its proximity to the Far East and Australasian markets complements AIM’s presence in Europe, the Middle East and North America. AIM and Altitude cover the entire cabin interior, from the cockpit to the rear pressure bulkhead, offering monuments and bar units, lounges, seat modules, galleys and stowages.

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