October 2018

Aviation International News

October 2018

  • This issue includes the results of this year’s AIN Product Support survey on engine manufacturers. A new contender has taken over the top spot in turbofans, but most of the OEMs are also showing improvements in customer satisfaction.
  • Though almost lost in the maelstrom that is Capitol Hill, FAA reauthorization has taken strides toward a long-term funding plan. That saga continues beyond press time, so keep an eye on AINAlerts for updates.
  • With some significant cash changing hands, Safran and Dassault Aviation have settled their differences over the latter’s problems with its Silvercrest engine. Separately, Safran has realigned its overall corporate focus with the acquisition of one of Rockwell Collins’s business units.
  • On the commercial aviation front, Boeing reports it is catching up on production lags involving the next-gen Max versions of the single-aisle 737 line. And Virgin Australia announced it has converted Max 8 orders to Max 10s.
  • On the lighter side, a Pilatus PC-12 pilot has developed an ingenious device for boarding one of his wheelchair-bound passengers. And AIN editor-in-chief Matt Thurber got the chance to sample MyGoFlight’s budget-priced head-up display - in a Cirrus piston single.
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