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.

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 

The Weekly of Business Aviation will not publish issues on Dec. 29 or Jan. 5. The next issue will be dated Jan. 12.

Embraer, FlightSafety Complete Legacy 500 Pilot Training 
Embraer and FlightSafety International have completed the training of the first class of pilots for the new Legacy 500 executive jet using a simulator certified to Level C standards by the FAA and Brazil’s ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil).
Apr 28, 2015

When the Pentagon First Let Women Fly in Combat (1993) 11

Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. defense secretary proposed allowing women to fly in combat. Now, the first female fighter pilot is a member of Congress....More
Apr 27, 2015

NavWeek: Ready, Willing and Abe

Asia-Pacific watchers agree – there’s a lot riding on this week’s U.S. visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....More
Apr 27, 2015

Looking Ahead, And Back, At U.S. Airline Profits (1959)

Predictions of potential U.S. airline record earnings were made by Aviation Week 56 years ago....More
Apr 25, 2015

Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission 1

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015

Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 2

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More

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