John Morris

John Morris
Editor-In-Chief,
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.

Articles
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).
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.
 
Blogs
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 3

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 17

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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