Virus Crisis Shutters Airbus’ Urban Helicopter Service

By Graham Warwick Apr 01, 2020
Airbus is to continue investing in urban air mobility despite shutting down Voom, its on-demand helicopter booking service, citing the impact of the novel coronavirus crisis.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

FAA Finalizes Remote-Inspection Guidance

By Sean Broderick Apr 01, 2020
The FAA has released long-awaited policy on using video links and other “remote technology” to conduct inspections and help validate regulatory compliance, adding to a growing set of procedural changes meant to accommodate social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Number Of U.S. ATC Facilities Affected By Coronavirus Climbs

By Bill Carey Apr 01, 2020
The FAA on April 1 listed 21 air traffic control (ATC) facilities that have been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus, one more than double the number the agency reported a week earlier.
Airports & Routes

North American Bizav Activity Declines In February

By Molly McMillin Apr 01, 2020
February business and general aviation activity in North America declined 0.2% compared to a year ago, although with leap year the month had one extra day, according to Argus International data.
Marketplace

Thrush Aircraft Records ‘Strong’ 1Q Following Restructuring

By Molly McMillin Apr 01, 2020
Thrush Aircraft, a maker of agricultural and firefighting aircraft based in Albany, Georgia, said it turned in a “strong” first quarter in 2020 and more than doubled its number of employees, following completion of a restructuring from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2019.  
Marketplace

Astronics Cutting Workforce, Tapping Financing In Wake Of COVID-19

By Michael Bruno Apr 01, 2020
Astronics, the already embattled provider of aircraft seat technology and other interior products, is “adjusting its workforce” to align with a dropoff in demand due to the coronavirus and sudden economic slowdown.
Interiors & Connectivity

FAA Releases Proposed Pilot Database Rule

By Bill Carey Mar 31, 2020
Under a proposed new regulation, air carriers would be required to enter and share pilot records in an FAA-managed Pilot Records Database (PRD) before making hiring decisions.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Signature Aviation Suspends Guidance Amid Lower Flight Activity

By Molly McMillin Mar 31, 2020
Aviation service provider Signature Aviation has seen a material decline in flight activity across its network in recent days, with activity down 65% per day as customers observe temporary stay-at-home orders. 
Marketplace

Embraer Resumes Critical Operations In Brazil

By Molly McMillin Mar 31, 2020
Embraer is resuming essential operations in Brazil, such as customer support, aircraft maintenance and manufacturing, following a temporary shutdown because of the spread of the coronavirus causing COVID-19, the company said. 
Business Aviation

FAA Proposes Airport Noise Standards For Supersonic Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Mar 31, 2020
Responding to a congressional directive to exercise leadership in enabling the return of supersonic air travel, the FAA has proposed noise certification regulations for new supersonic aircraft.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Piper To Build Medical Face Shields During Pandemic

By Molly McMillin Mar 30, 2020
Piper Aircraft, based in Vero Beach, Florida, has set up a small assembly line to manufacture thousands of plastic medical protective face shields for area hospitals during the novel coronavirus pandemic. 
Business Aviation

Electric Light Aircraft Progressing Toward First Type Certifications

By Graham Warwick Mar 30, 2020
Slovenia’s Pipistrel Aircraft is close to receiving European type certification for its Velis Electro electric-powered light aircraft. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Next-Generation Seastar Amphibian Gets Airborne

By Tony Osborne Mar 30, 2020
Dornier Seawings has completed the first flight of its new-generation Dornier Seastar amphibious aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Charter Operator Faces Grounding After Manila Crash

By Adrian Schofield Mar 30, 2020
Philippine authorities are likely to ground charter operator Lionair while they investigate the cause of a fatal Mar. 29 crash that is the second such accident involving the operator in the past seven months.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Constant Aviation Applies Antimicrobial Shield To 250 Aircraft

Mar 28, 2020
Constant Aviation, a maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, is treating business and private aircraft with MicroShield 360, an antimicrobial shield approved by the FDA.
Business Aviation

FAI Rent-A-Jet Conducts Evacuations Related To COVID-19

Mar 28, 2020
FAI rent-a-jet AG, an air ambulance provider and special mission operator based in Germany, has been working to help evacuate those in need.
Business Aviation

IATA Calls On Governments To Support Cargo Sector’s COVID-19 Efforts

Mar 28, 2020
IATA has called on governments to help ensure air cargo supply lines stay open to allow them to contribute to efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, saying bureaucratic procedures needed to be streamlined to avoid unnecessary delays.
Business Aviation

KlasJet Offers Flights For Chinese, European Citizens Wanting To Return Home

Mar 28, 2020
KlasJet, a business aviation company and division of Avia Solutions Group, has announced repatriation processes in response to COVID-19.
Business Aviation

Embry-Riddle Offers Free Courses To Florida, Arizona Students

Mar 28, 2020
Embry-Riddle is offering free for-credit online courses to all high school junior and senior students in Florida and Arizona.
Business Aviation

AVIUS Air Delivery Preparing Cargo UAV To Deliver Emergency Supplies

Mar 28, 2020
Yates Electrospace Corp. has launched AVIUS Air Delivery to provide immediate air response for humanitarian relief efforts, including natural disasters and pandemics such as the COVID-19 crisis.
Business Aviation

FAA Issues Guidance On Overflow Aircraft Parking

Mar 28, 2020
The FAA, responding to airport operators seeking help on how to manage rising numbers of grounded aircraft as commercial operators reduce service, has issued national guidance on parking “overflow” aircraft.
Business Aviation

Patient Airlift Services Cancels Flights For 30 Days

Mar 28, 2020
Patient Airlift Services (PALS) has canceled all flights for the next 30 days, effective immediately, to protect pilots and passengers from the spread of the coronavirus causing COVID-19.
Business Aviation

Embraer Bizjet Deliveries Continue In 2020 Despite COVID-19

By Molly McMillin Mar 27, 2020
Embraer now expects a delay beyond June 23 for approval by the European Commission for its plan to sell Boeing 80% of its commercial aircraft business for $4.2 billion in cash, officials told analysts in a March 26 earnings call.
Business Aviation

Grounding Of Commercial Aviation Impacts Weather Forecasting

By Graham Warwick Mar 27, 2020
The drastic reduction in commercial aviation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has slashed the number of atmospheric data reports from aircraft in flight, which is impacting weather forecasts.
Aircraft & Propulsion

 

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