Ian Sheppard

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ATC

Saab’s Digital Tower Joint Venture Builds on Civil Success

Swedish remote tower venture continues to grow its business, and is making its first forays into military ATC with the UK's RAF.
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Regulations and Government

Europe Aviation Still Facing Uncertainty as Brexit Talks Stall

With Brexit, aviation still needs to be ready for anything, especially if the UK is going to have to pull away from EASA.
Aircraft

Comlux Making Aircraft Available in Crisis for At-cost Charter

Comlux is a VIP transport specialist but is currently making its aircraft available for at-cost charter to help in the present crisis.
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Aircraft

Dornier Seastar 'New Generation' Completes First Flight

New Seastar starts test flight campaign in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
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Airlines

UK Airlines Start Using Government Loan Arrangements

With aviation in the UK all but grounded, the government is addressing emergency loan applications on a case-by-case basis.
Engines

Rolls-Royce Civil UK Sites Close for One Week Due to Covid-19

British engine maker Rolls-Royce is closing its UK facilities temporarily while focusing on supporting customers, including air freight operations.
Charter & Fractional

VistaJet Offers Covid-19 Support, Short Aircraft Leases

“Global” business jet operator comes up with ways it can help during the COVID-19 pandemic, including free empty-leg flights for governments.

BBGA Expects Full Bizav Fleet Grounding Soon in UK

British business aviation association thinks there will come a point soon when the fleet is grounded.
Aircraft

Airbus Pauses Production Temporarily in France and Spain

European OEM Airbus says it needs to implement measures to protect employees, while also assessing the overall virus crisis.
Accidents

Sala Report Highlights Dangers of Illegal Charters

The UK AAIB’s report is a tour de force on why higher safety requirements for commercial operations protect unwary passengers.
Charter & Fractional

Jackson Takes Back Control of Fly Victor

Fly Victor has been acquired as a “going concern” and aims to be profitable this year.
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Regulations and Government

BBGA Focuses on Sustainability, Illegal Charter, Brexit

The BBGA went ahead with its event with hot topics on the agenda, against a backdrop of the coronavirus, which that morning put paid to Flybe.
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Rotorcraft

Gama Aviation Springboards into Heli Special Missions World

On the day it announced the sale of its US Air business to Wheels Up, Gama Aviation spelled out its helicopter ambitions in Europe.
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Aircraft

Airbus Highlights Benefits of Higher-weight A330neos

The most capable A330 ever will be an entry-level widebody that can span the Pacific basin.
Aircraft

Dassault Reports Strong 2019, Preps Future Falcon

French group Dassault performed well in 2019 mainly thanks to export orders for its Rafale fighter.
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Fly Victor, RocketRoute Parent Files for Administration

Bringing together Fly Victor and RocketRoute has failed and both companies are now for sale.
Maintenance and Modifications

Liebherr-Aerospace Touts Local Heat Exchanger Repair Capabilities

Germany’s Liebherr is increasingly taking repairs closer to its customers.
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Aircraft

Terma To Provide U.S. ANG F-16s With Flare-capable Pylons

A NATO contract could lead to more F-16 countries selecting Terma's pylon upgrades.
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ATC

Fokker, CMC Offer GNSS/ADS-B Solution After Cargolux Success

The novel approach for ADS-B Out developed for Cargolux is now being considered by other airlines.
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ATC

Bizcraft Get Breather as Euro Datalink Mandate Begins

Europe’s datalink requirement has come into force with last-minute exemptions for older airliners and business types up to narrowbody bizliners.
Environment

CJI Conference Hears Bizav Image Under Fire From Several Directions

Speaker at CJI London focus on addressing business aviation’s image problems—environmental, safety, and the "fat cat" perception.
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Aircraft

Bombardier’s Coleal Bullish on Bizav

Business aviation could see growth, mainly in the large cabin segment, if it enhances customer experience while fending off environment critics.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Schiebel Camcopter Supports River Pollution Emergency

The Camcopter has found myriad uses as a surveillance UAV, and has added emergency response to its repertoire.
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Safety

AAIB: Learjet 45 Nose Gear Collapse Due To Crew Braking

A Learjet 45's nose gear collapsed due to likely inadvertent crew braking during a towed pushback, mirroring at least three other similar incidents.
Environment

Leading Bizav Names Featured on ICAO CORSIA List

ICAO list of affected operators show business aviation is firmly part of global carbon-offsetting scheme.
Aircraft

Rolls-Royce Unveils Electric Race Plane

UK government-backed ACCEL venture is designed help spur development of electric propulsion technologies.
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Charter & Fractional

WiJet Closes French Subsidiary

Charter broker has pulled out of France having pulled out of the UK last year, and will now operate from Luxembourg.
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Accidents

VistaJet Global Skids off Runway at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

There were no reported injuries to the four occupants as the Global 6000 departed the runway on landing.
Airlines

Thales Reveals Next-generation FMS, PureFlyt

France’s Thales Group says all OEMs could benefit from PureFlyt, giving it a chance for adoption on Boeing airliner programs.
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Engines

Egyptair, GE Sign CFM Mx MOU

Egyptair has signaled its intention to contract with GE Aviation for consultancy services to help it develop CFM56-7B engine support.
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