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August 9, 2014, 1:00 AM

The Latin American market in general, and Brazil in particular, continue to be red-hot markets for rotorcraft manufacturers, driven by government sales and the expansion of the regional offshore energy market, especially in Mexico and Brazil. Altogether, the market represents 9.8 percent of global demand–but that number is increasing fast.

August 9, 2014, 12:40 AM

The Prodigy Touch avionics suite for the Embraer Phenom 300 is more than just an optional upgrade that brings a touchscreen flight management system to the light jet’s cockpit. Based on the Garmin G3000 system, Prodigy Touch also brings larger displays and more functionality over the Phenom 300’s standard G1000-based Prodigy flight deck.

August 9, 2014, 12:20 AM

Following years of growth, which recently has outpaced the U.S. and Europe in the aftermath of the global economic downturn, 2014 has proven so far to be a bit of a corrective period for business aviation sales throughout Brazil and Latin America. Despite weakening performance in some areas, however, OEMs remain bullish about long-term demand for their business aircraft offerings.

August 8, 2014, 2:54 PM
Michael Huerta

The FAA mandate to equip with ADS-B OUT avionics is coming in fewer than 5.5 years, and many owners and operators are still waiting to upgrade their aircraft, either because they’re hoping prices will drop and technology will improve or they aren’t sure they’ll be keeping their aircraft beyond the deadline.

August 8, 2014, 2:26 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a new Notice to Airmen (Notam) on Friday prohibiting U.S. carriers from operating in the airspace above Iraq because of fighting there between Iraqi security forces and militants associated with the Islamic State. The sweeping prohibition came after the Obama administration began humanitarian air drops to relieve refugees in northern Iraq and warned of air strikes against the advancing militants.

August 8, 2014, 12:38 PM
Etihad, Alitalia sign investment agreement

Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad Airways and Alitalia signed an investment agreement on Friday that will see Etihad acquire a 49-percent stake in the troubled Italian flagship airline. The overall “transaction implementation agreement,” which the airlines valued at €1,758 billion ($2.35 billion), will recapitalize Alitalia with the aim of restoring it to profitability by 2017.

August 8, 2014, 7:14 AM

In the wake of recent airliner losses, carriers are bracing for substantial increases in insurance premiums when the main renewals season starts on November 1. Insurers have already made massive payouts for hull losses following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 en route to Beijing and the apparent shooting down of MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Other recent losses have included the crash of Air Algerie’s flight AH5017 in southern Mali and TransAsia Airways flight GE222 in Taiwan. Further unsettling the risk environment for air transport have been recent attacks on airports in Pakistan, Israel, Afghanistan and Libya.

August 7, 2014, 6:32 PM
PrecisionHawk Lancaster Mk III

Airlines should not expect to see unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying regularly in U.S. airspace “anytime soon,” a senior official with the Federal Aviation Administration told pilots August 7.

August 7, 2014, 2:50 PM

The 11th annual LABACE is set to open on Tuesday at São Paulo Congonhas Airport, Brazil, but with a reconfigured venue. The hangar that housed exhibit booths at previous LABACE shows is only partly available this year, so organizer Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag), Brazil’s business and general aviation association, has instead rented a large tent that will be positioned at the entrance. It will, however, have less space for exhibits than the hangar.

August 7, 2014, 2:40 PM

With the completion of a runway refurbishment project late last month at Dubai International Airport, flight operations there have been fully restored, according to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports. The project was finished ahead of a surge in air traffic at the airport for the Eid Al Fitr holidays.

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