Category: Manufacturers & MRO

Robinson Introduces The Two-Place R44 Cadet

Reading Time: 1 minute Robinson Helicopter Company plans to debut the R44 Cadet, a two-place R44, in the first quarter of 2016. While suitable for a wide variety of utilitarian applications, Robinson developed the Cadet with the training market in mind. The Cadet retains the same basic airframe, rotor system, and Lycoming O-540-F1B5 engine as the R44 Raven I; […]

Garmin Releases Terminal Safety Solutions

Reading Time: 1 minute At this week’s NBAA show in Las Vegas, Garmin announced a new series of aviation products that are designed to make the runway environment safer. By providing audible and visual cues, Terminal Safety Solutions alert the pilot of threats to safety in the airport environment. The Terminal Safety Solutions include SurfaceWatch, TerminalTraffic and SafeTaxi. SurfaceWatch […]

Wizz Air Renewed MRO Contracts with Lufthansa Technik

Reading Time: 1 minute Eastern European low-cost carrier Wizz Air has renewed two eight-year MRO contracts with Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) and Lufthansa Technik Budapest (LTB) for line maintenance services on its fleets based in Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. Under the agreements, LTMI and LTB will provide a single point of contact for all line maintenance issues, preventive […]

Etihad and Air France-KLM Expand MRO Cooperation

Reading Time: 1 minute Etihad Airways has expanded its cooperation with Air France-KLM through a component maintenance agreement for its Boeing 777 fleet. The precise value of the 10-year deal was not given, although Etihad said it was worth several hundred million dollars and would start February 2016. It will give Etihad and its equity partners access to a […]

Gulfstream G550 and G650ER Claims Speed Record

Reading Time: 1 minute The Gulfstream G550 arrived for this year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition after setting a new speed record between Macau and Las Vegas. The G550 departed Macau International Airport for McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Nov. 14, 2015. The 6,586 nautical-mile/12,197-kilometer trip was covered in 12 hours and 8 minutes at […]

Gulfstream G500 Makes NBAA Debut

Reading Time: 2 minutes Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s all-new Gulfstream G500 made its first cross-country trip for the 2015 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015). The flight test aircraft arrived at Henderson Executive Airport on Nov. 13 to join the G650ER, G550, G450, G280 andG150 in Gulfstream’s static display. The G500 flew from Savannah/Hilton Head International […]

TAP Portugal Signs Major Airbus Order

Reading Time: 1 minute Portuguese national carrier TAP Portugal has signed a firm order with Airbus for 53 aircraft from the European manufacturer, it announced Nov. 13. The deal will see TAP Portugal taking 14 A330-900neo plus 39 A320neo family models, consisting of 15 A320neos and 24 A321neos. The carrier is already an all-Airbus customer, with a current fleet […]

Chromalloy Unveils New Gas Turbine Engine Component Machining Facility in Guaymas, Mexico

Reading Time: 1 minute At a grand opening ceremony and tour in Guaymas, Mexico, Chromalloy announced that its new state-of-the-art gas turbine engine machining facility is operational and producing first article test production on aircraft engine components. “Chromalloy’s new 36,000 ft² manufacturing center is a dedicated precision machining facility for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) new engine components,” said Thomas […]

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Completes First Flight

Reading Time: 1 minute Mitsubishi has successfully completed the first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the first commercial plane to be developed in Japan since the 1960s. The MRJ took off from Nagoya Airport on November and completed a 1.5 hour flight. “Operational performance of the MRJ was far better than expected. We had a significantly comfortable […]

MRJ Suffers Further Setback to Inaugural Flight, Now Set for Nov. 11th

Reading Time: 2 minutes It was at the 47th Paris Airshow that Mitsubishi unveiled its plans for the first Japanese plane to be built since the NAMC YS-11 in the 1960s, an aircraft that never actually became profitable. The development has been subject to a number of delays, including those in the procurement of the Pratt & Whitney engines. […]