West Star Aviation Plans Major Expansions At Three Sites

By Molly McMillin Dec 08, 2021
West Star Aviation is planning major facility expansions over the next three to five years for its sites in East Alton, Illinois; Grand Junction, Colorado; and Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The move is to keep up with growing demand for maintenance, overhaul and repair services, the company says.
Business Aviation
KlasJet Expects Repatriation Flights To Rise With Omicron Variant
With the outbreak of the omicron COVID variant and resulting cancellation of many international flights, some private operators have returned to flying repatriation flights to help those stranded by the airlines without a way to return home.
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Signature Aviation Buys Vail Valley Jet Center FBO In Colorado
Signature Aviation has purchased Vail Valley Jet Center at Eagle County Regional Airport in Gypsum, Colorado. 
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Amprius Validates Fast Charging Of Energy-Dense Batteries

By Graham Warwick Dec 08, 2021
Amprius Validates Fast Charging Of Energy-Dense Batteries Graham Warwick, graham.warwick@aviationweek.com The end state vision for urban air mobility is high-tempo operations that enable a convenient and affordable mode of public transportation.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Eve eVTOL Orders Headline Australia’s AAM Interest

By Graham Warwick Dec 08, 2021
Australian interest in advanced air mobility is intensifying, with two local operators signing agreements with Embraer company Eve Urban Air Mobility for a total of 60 electric air taxis.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Saudi Helicopter Operator THC Orders 26 Airbus Rotorcraft

By Tony Osborne Dec 08, 2021
The Helicopter Company (THC) is purchasing H145 light-twins and medium-twin ACH160 models.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Plan Ahead For FAA Registry Dec. 31 Closure, NBAA Cautions

By Molly McMillin Dec 08, 2021
With a federal holiday falling on Friday, Dec. 31, parties wishing to finalize transactions for new or pre-owned aircraft with the FAA Registry in Oklahoma City by the end of 2021 should take note.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Tier 1 Picks MagniX Propulsion For Electric R44

By Graham Warwick Dec 08, 2021
Tier 1 Engineering has selected a MagniX electric propulsion unit for its modification of the Robinson R44 light helicopter to battery power.
Aerospace

FAA Issues Airworthiness Directives To Protect Against 5G

By Bill Carey Dec 07, 2021
The FAA on Dec. 7 released airworthiness directives (AD) requiring operators of helicopters and passenger-carrying airplanes to prohibit certain operations requiring radio altimeter (RadAlt) data when in the presence of 5G wireless transmissions.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Sikorsky Secures Type Certification For Commercial Black Hawk

By Graham Warwick Dec 07, 2021
The FAA has issued Sikorsky a type certification for its Black Hawk helicopter, for the first time enabling civil and commercial customers to buy new-build aircraft, designated the S-70M, direct from the manufacturer.
Aircraft & Propulsion

DroneUp Buys AirMap For Unmanned Traffic Management Capabilities

By Bill Carey Dec 07, 2021
AirMap's unmanned aircraft systems traffic management (UTM) platform will enable DroneUp to expand its operations to be able to fly drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of a remote pilot, a capability considered key to the industry’s success.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

With PNT, GNSS Increasingly Contested, Safran Buying Orolia

By Michael Bruno Dec 06, 2021
Safran on Dec. 6 said it has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire Orolia from majority shareholder Eurazeo alongside the company’s founders and management to expand its product line and local country footprints.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Airline Execs: Small Companies Leading Return Of Business Travel

By Victoria Moores Dec 06, 2021
Some of the airline executives attending the World Aviation Festival in London say officials of smaller companies are returning to the air quicker than those of larger corporations, which remain bound by travel restrictions.
Airlines & Lessors

Business Aviation Briefs: Sky Aviation Orders Additional eFlyer 800s

Dec 04, 2021
Skye Aviation, an aircraft leasing company specializing in all-electric aircraft, has placed an order with Bye Aerospace for two additional eFlyer…
Business Aviation

Business Aviation Briefs: Duncan Aviation Moves Operations In Teterboro, NJ

Dec 04, 2021
Duncan Aviation has moved its satellite operations in Teterboro, New Jersey, into hangar space provided by Meridian, a fixed base operator at…
Business Aviation

Business Aviation Briefs: Apex Flight Training Takes Delivery of First Of Two P2012s

Dec 04, 2021
The first of two new Tecnam P2012 Sentinel SMP aircraft has arrived at Apex Flight Academy at Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei. The nine…
Business Aviation

Business Aviation Briefs: Russian Helicopters, AJ Holding Form Venture To Sell Helicopters Abroad

Dec 04, 2021
Russian Helicopters Holding Co., a division of Rostec State Corp., and UAE-based AJ Holding have set up a joint venture called Alpha Aviation to…
Business Aviation

Business Aviation Briefs: Garmin Adds Twin Comanche As First Light Twin For GFC 500 Autopilot

Dec 04, 2021
Garmin International has added the first light-twin aircraft, the PA 30/39 Twin Comanche, to its list of aircraft in flight-test development for the…
Business Aviation

Business Aviation Briefs: SureFly Approves Air Plains Services For Installations

Dec 04, 2021
Air Plains Services a Wellington, Kansas-based general aviation engine and avionics upgrades provider, has been approved by SureFly as an approved…
Business Aviation

Methanol-to-Hydrogen Generators Targeted At Electric Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Dec 03, 2021
Element 1 plans to bring its on-demand methanol-to-hydrogen generator technology to fuel-cell propulsion applications in aerospace.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Irish eVTOL Training Provider Established

By Graham Warwick Dec 03, 2021
VertX plans to part to develop Ireland’s first operational vertiport at Shannon Airport.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Yingling To Convert Beechcraft 1900Ds Into Cargo Carriers

By Bill Carey Dec 03, 2021
Under the agreement, announced on Dec. 2, Wichita-based Yingling will reconfigure and upgrade 32 turboprop airliners for Alpine Air.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Helijet’s Scheduled Flights To Become Blade UAM Services

By Graham Warwick Dec 03, 2021
Helijet-owned helicopters will operate the Blade flights on existing routes and new services to be developed jointly.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Business Aviation’s Eye On The Omicron Variant

By Molly McMillin Dec 02, 2021
Members of senior leadership teams are asking important questions about whether the omicron variant will have an impact.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Transport Canada Certifies Dassault Falcon 6X Engine

By Bill Carey Dec 02, 2021
The new member of P&WC’s PurePower PW800-series engines has undergone 4,900 hr. of engine testing.
Aircraft & Propulsion