Category: GENERAL AVIATION

‘Flying Bum’ Set For First Flight as Civilian Aircraft

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Airlander 10, known in Britain as “the Flying Bum” because of its unique structure, has slowly edged its way out of a hangar in central England ahead of its debut flight as a civilian aircraft. Purchased by Britain-based aviation company Hybrid Air Vehicles in 2013, the 92m helium-filled airship was originally developed for the […]

Aviation Trust Fund Losing Billions Because Of Fuel Fraud Law

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Aviation Trust Fund has lost between $1 billion and $2 billion since the enactment of a 2005 law that was designed to prevent fuel fraud, according to a new watchdog report. In last year’s surface transportation bill, Congress directed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study how much jet fuel tax revenue has been […]

ICAO Leaders to Highlight Aviation Growth in Asia-Pacific

Reading Time: < 1 minute Addressing aviation leaders at the 53rd Conference of Asia and Pacific Directors General of Civil Aviation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, ICAO’s Council President and Secretary General stressed the need for greater partnership and cooperation and a globally-aligned approach to safely and sustainably manage aviation’s tremendous current growth, which is particularly strong in the Asia and […]

First RAAF PC-21 Completes Maiden Flight

Reading Time: 2 minutes The first Pilatus PC-21 advanced trainer for the Royal Australian Air Force has completed its first flight. Bearing both Swiss civil registration HB-HWA and its ADF military serial A54-001, the aircraft completed its first flight from Pilatus’s Stans, Switzerland facility on July 21. “This initial flight of the first Australian PC-21, only seven months after […]

Hybrid-Electric Airbus E-Fan 1.2 to Debut at Oshkosh

Reading Time: < 1 minute Powered by a gasoline-electric propulsion system, the new prototype is a precursor to a production version now in development in France. The Airbus E-Fan 1.2, a new version of the aerospace giant’s vision for the future of general aviation flight, will make its U.S. debut next week at EAA AirVenture, highlighting a brand-new hybrid-electric propulsion […]

Airbus Beats Boeing on Orders at Farnborough

Reading Time: 2 minutes Airbus beat Boeing to end the Farnborough Airshow with 279 orders and commitments worth USD$35 billion at list prices, but orders from both plane makers fell compared with the sister show in Paris last year. Airbus, which had been behind Boeing leading up to the show, reported firm new deals for 197 aircraft worth $26.8 […]

IATA Signs MoU with the African Union Commission

Reading Time: 2 minutes The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and The African Union Commission (AU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand strategic cooperation to further the continent’s economic and social development with the benefits of safe, efficient and sustainable air transport in Africa. The MoU was signed by Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO and […]

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft to Open Its First Overseas Office in China

Reading Time: < 1 minute JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) announces the company’s plans to open its first overseas client liaison office. Beijing office is the first step taken to implement the business strategy focused on the brand’s global marketing and setting up corporate offices in other key markets. Beijing office, scheduled to be opened by the end of 2016, […]

Virgin Atlantic to Buy 8 Airbus A350-1000s

Reading Time: < 1 minute Virgin Atlantic said it would buy Airbus Group SE A350 long-range planes while retaining the option to eventually take the aircraft maker’s A380 superjumbo. Virgin Atlantic said it would introduce 12 A350-1000 planes at a list price value of $4.3 billion. The airline would receive the first one in 2019, Chief Executive Craig Kreeger said […]

Gulfstream G500 Makes European Debut at Farnborough International Airshow

Reading Time: 2 minutes Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s all-new G500 made its European debut last week, traveling across the Atlantic to participate in the Gulfstream static display at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow. The G500 flew nonstop from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport to Farnborough Airport in 6 hours and 55 minutes, accomplishing the 3,732-nautical-mile/6,912-kilometer flight at an average speed of Mach […]