John Morris

John Morris
Aviation Week ShowNews

John has led Aviation Week's ShowNews, the best-read daily news magazine of aerospace trade shows, for nearly two decades. His background in business journalism before joining Aviation Week includes stints at Reuters, the American Banker daily banking newspaper and as business news editor at the Milwaukee Journal and the Cincinnati Enquirer.
A lifelong aviation enthusiast, John has been a private pilot for 34 years and won an award at EAA Oshkosh for his restoration of a vintage British Auster army spotter aircraft. He is currently building a 1920s Staaken Flitzer biplane from plans. John attended his first Farnborough Air Show in 1952, when just eight months old.

Africa Expansion: A Key Universal Strategy
Expansion of its services in Africa is a key part of growth plans for Universal Aviation, the ground support division for Universal Weather & Aviation.
Morocco To Host New Business Aviation Show
Plans to establish the Middle East’s second regional, biannual business aviation show are swinging into high gear in Morocco and at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association.
Morocco To Host New Business Aviation Show 
Plans to establish the Middle East’s second regional, biannual business aviation show are swinging into high gear in Morocco and at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association.
Luxaviation Acquires ExecuJet; Forms World’s No.2 Bizjet Operator 
ExecuJet manages a fleet of 165 business aircraft worldwide—including a significant number of Bombardier Global and Gulfstream-sized jets—boosting Luxaviation’s combined fleet to more than 250 business aircraft, second only to NetJets.
VistaJet Close To Chinese Operation 
VistaJet, operator of the world’s largest privately owned Bombardier business aircraft fleet, hopes to enter the Chinese market for in-country charters “within weeks.”
Nextant Prepares For First Chinese Delivery 
The first Nextant 400XTi sold to a Chinese customer will be delivered later this year following the remanufactured business jet’s certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) at the end of 2014.
China Leads Helicopter Demand In Asia 
The active fleet of civil piston and turbine-engine helicopters in the Asia-Pacific region grew 9% last year to 2,463 aircraft, led by Greater China, where the total soared 29%, or by 149 aircraft, to 655 helicopters last year.
Airbus Erases World’s First VVIP A380 From Order Book 
After languishing in storage in Toulouse for the last several years, the world’s first and only VVIP Airbus A380 has been retired.
Continental Targets China For Diesel Power 
Continental Motors Group has set sights on its home market to retrofit diesel engines for China’s fleets of training aircraft.
FlightSafety To Set Up Middle East Training Center 

A business jet and helicopter training Center of Excellence will be set up in the Middle East by FlightSafety International and helicopter operator Abu Dhabi Aviation.

“Selecting FlightSafety to provide industry-leading flight simulators and proven instructional technologies for the new Learning Center will establish Abu Dhabi as a major aviation hub and center of excellence for training in the Middle East,” says Nadir Al Hammadi, chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation. 

Turbomeca Marks Two Major Milestones 

Two major milestones coincided within days of each other at Turbomeca, the French manufacturer of helicopter engines: the 40th anniversary of the first flight of its Arriel engine, and the entry into service of its latest engine, the Arrius 2B2 Plus. The Arriel family, ranging from 650 to 950 shp, powers more than 40 helicopter models, including the Airbus Helicopter Dauphin and Ecureuil. The 11,500 Arriel engines produced have logged more than 42 million flight hours.

Embraer, FlightSafety Complete Legacy 500 Pilot Training 

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