Ian Sheppard

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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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UK Lunar Lander Will Be Tested in UAE

The Lunar Lander-Hopper is being developed in the UK in cooperation with Ukraine's Yuzhnoye design bureau.

These suits are made for launching

The Under Armour suits are designed for use by space tourists on Virgin Galactic's suborbital flights from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
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Airlines

Etihad Signs Dispatch Deal WIth Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace will assist Etihad Airways in maximizing the performance and availability of its fleet.
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Airlines

Collins Clinches FlyBig PaxLink Order

FlyBig is a start-up airline that will benefit from PaxLink enabling reservation management and numerous other functions.
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Avionics

Transworld Selected as BendixKing Distributor

Bendix King and Transworld Aviation have entered into a distributor agreement covering the world outside North America.
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Rotorcraft

Helicopter Market Turning Corner at Last, Say Pundits

Speakers at Vertical Flight Expo heard that after ten turbulent years, the helicopter market could be recovering from the oil price downturn.
Aircraft

Pilatus Gears Up to Celebrate 80th Anniversary

The pride of the Swiss aerospace industry has reached new heights in recent years with its first jet, the PC-24.
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Airports

London Biggin Hill Sees Significant Scope for Growth

It is the closest airport to central London (apart from space-constrained London City), and certainly the closest business aviation airport.
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Schedaero To Roll Out Flight Crew App at NBAA-BACE

Avinode subsidiary Schedaero says new iOS crew app allows direct entry by pilots, and push notifications including pilot and aircaft status.
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Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Isle of Man Cleared in Bizjet Tax Avoidance Review

A detailed UK Government review found the Isle of Man correctly implemented and administered UK and EU VAT law for aircraft and yachts.