ARDIDEN 3C OBTAINS EASA TYPE CERTIFICATION
20/04/2018

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) engine type certification for its Ardiden 3C. Powering the Avicopter AC352, the engine has been jointly developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines, Dongan and HAPRI, parts of the Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) consortium. Known in China as the WZ16, it should be […]

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) engine type certification for its Ardiden 3C. Powering the Avicopter AC352, the engine has been jointly developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines, Dongan and HAPRI, parts of the Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) consortium.

Known in China as the WZ16, it should be certified by CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) in September 2019. The Ardiden 3C/WZ16 will be the first helicopter engine to be certified by both CAAC and EASA.

Commented Franck Saudo, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, “this certification is a major milestone in the Ardiden 3C/WZ16 program. It confirms that the engine is performing extremely well and represents a major step for the AC352 flight test program. We now look forward to CAAC certification and are fully committed to supporting Avicopter as it approaches entry-into-service.”

The Ardiden 3C/WZ16 is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,700 to 2,000 shp power class. It features a remarkably compact modular architecture, a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and a low cost-of-ownership. Compared to engines operating in the same power range, it offers ten per cent lower fuel consumption.

Ardiden 3C flight test campaign started in December 2016 with the AC352’s maiden flight. Another variant, the Ardiden 3G, has also been selected by Russian Helicopters to power its Ka-62 which made its first flight in May 2017.

Since first ground tests of its two variants, the Ardiden 3 range maturation and certification campaign has accumulated more than 10,000 hours of trials, and will demonstrate a high level of maturity at entry-into-service.

With over 500 engines in operation, China represents a major strategic market for Safran Helicopter Engines. One of every two Chinese-registered helicopters is equipped with a Safran engine or licensed product. This level of business is the result of 40 years of cooperation with industry in China.

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TEXTRON AVIATION ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR 2018 CUSTOMER CONFERENCE
20/04/2018

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it will welcome former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Charlie Precourt as the keynote speaker to headline its 2018 customer conference, which will be held May 14-16 in Wichita, Kansas. “I am delighted to welcome Charlie Precourt as our keynote speaker and to hear […]

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it will welcome former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Charlie Precourt as the keynote speaker to headline its 2018 customer conference, which will be held May 14-16 in Wichita, Kansas.

“I am delighted to welcome Charlie Precourt as our keynote speaker and to hear him share his firsthand experiences earned through a diverse and prestigious career spanning from inside the cockpit of a fighter jet to the commander’s seat of the space shuttle,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Customer Service. “As customers come from around the world to Wichita for our annual conference, we look forward to an opportunity to share, learn and collaborate, ensuring Citation, King Air and Hawker ownership and support are second to none.”

Charlie Precourt is currently the vice president and general manager of the Propulsion Systems Division of the Orbital ATK Corporation, which manufactures numerous rocket propulsion systems for the Department of Defense and NASA. He is also the vice chairman of the Board of the Experimental Aircraft Association and is EAA’s safety committee chairman. Additionally, he serves as the chairman of the Citation Jet Pilot Association’s Safety Committee. He is a former NASA astronaut and space shuttle commander as well as a US Air Force test pilot. At NASA, he was the agency’s chief astronaut, responsible for the selection, training a flight certification of 20 space shuttle crews and five international space station crews.

Throughout the three-day event, customers will have access to Textron Aviation leaders and can attend a variety of seminars presented by subject matter experts and supplier representatives addressing aircraft maintenance and operation. Conference seminars will be grouped either by aircraft model or by general aviation topic, such as new products, fleet operations, airspace management, international operations and other general interest topics.

Outside of the conference seminars, attendees will also be offered tours of the company’s 1CALL center and the Textron Aviation production lines in Wichita, as well as have access to a static display showcasing some of the latest new product and aftermarket offerings from Textron Aviation.

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STANDARDAERO SIGNS NEW THREE-YEAR DEAL TO SUPPORT AIR GEORGIAN CRJ100/200 FLEET
20/04/2018

StandardAero recently signed a new, three-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement to provide support for 17 Honeywell 36-150RJ auxiliary power units (APUs) equipping Air Georgian’s fleet of CRJ100/200 aircraft. The services will be provided at StandardAero’s Maryville, Tennessee facility. StandardAero is an authorized MRO facility for some of the industry’s most popular APUs, including […]

StandardAero recently signed a new, three-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement to provide support for 17 Honeywell 36-150RJ auxiliary power units (APUs) equipping Air Georgian’s fleet of CRJ100/200 aircraft.
The services will be provided at StandardAero’s Maryville, Tennessee facility. StandardAero is an authorized MRO facility for some of the industry’s most popular APUs, including the GTCP 36-100/-150, RE220 and APS2300.
Air Georgian Limited is a privately owned airline based at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, ON, Canada, with hubs at Calgary International Airport and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Air Georgian principally operates as an Air Canada Express Partner with Air Canada, providing scheduled services on domestic and trans-border routes.
Commenting on the announcement, Leo Cordeiro, Vice President, Aircraft Maintenance with Air Georgian, stated: “Air Georgian is looking forward to the relationship with StandardAero. I am confident that their team of talented professionals will be active partners focused on the reliability and performance of our CRJ APUs.”
“Securing this agreement with Air Georgian expands our leadership position on one of the industry’s leading APUs and extends our valued relationship with one of our most important Canadian airline customers,” added Peter Turner, President of StandardAero Airlines & Fleets. “We look forward to providing Air Georgian with responsive APU services over the next three years, thereby ensuring the comfort and on-time departure of the airline’s passengers.”

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ROCKWELL COLLINS’ VENUE™ CABIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN LATIN AMERICA
20/04/2018

Mexico-based ALE Service Center has completed the first installation of Rockwell Collins’ VenueTM high-definition cabin management and entertainment system in Latin America. The project, completed at the service center’s facility in Toluca, also included the first non-United States (U.S.) installation of StageTM on demand total content delivery solution. “ALE Service Center and Rockwell Collins have […]

Mexico-based ALE Service Center has completed the first installation of Rockwell Collins’ VenueTM high-definition cabin management and entertainment system in Latin America. The project, completed at the service center’s facility in Toluca, also included the first non-United States (U.S.) installation of StageTM on demand total content delivery solution.

“ALE Service Center and Rockwell Collins have been working together for decades, which makes this milestone so important for both of our companies,” said Fernando DosSantos, Rockwell Collins’ director of Marketing/Business Development for Latin America and Canada. “We are proud to have worked with them on bringing this ideal travel experience both to Latin America and their private business jet customer.”

“We’ve received great feedback from our customer about how intuitive Venue is to use, and how well it meets their specific needs” said Gustavo Velazquez, Customer Service Manager with ALE Service Center. “We’re eager to bring Venue and Stage to even more of our customers in this region. In fact, our second installation should soon be underway.”
With more than 1,100 installations completed, Venue is the market leader of cabin management solutions for business aircraft. Known for its reliability and open-architecture design that enables future technologies, Venue also comes with Rockwell Collins’ proven customer support. Since it was first unveiled in 2007, Venue’s progressive capabilities have made it the ideal solution for a variety of aircraft platforms ranging from turboprops to long-range business jets and VIP aircraft.

Stage on demand helps entertain passengers through its massive library of more than 1,500 Hollywood and international movies and TV episodes – over half of which are available in high definition. Stage also allows passengers to stay informed through its business news, weather and sports feeds, along with destination and event information.

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DUNCAN AVIATION NAMES AEROLINEAS EJECUTIVAS ALLIANCE PROGRAM MEMBER FOR MEXICAN SUPPORT
20/04/2018

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce the growth of its Alliance Program into Mexico with a Duncan Aviation Alliance agreement signed this week by Aerolineas Ejecutivas, a highly respected service provider in the country. The goal of the Duncan Aviation Alliance Program is to enhance market presence and customer service levels for corporate jet operators […]

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce the growth of its Alliance Program into Mexico with a Duncan Aviation Alliance agreement signed this week by Aerolineas Ejecutivas, a highly respected service provider in the country. The goal of the Duncan Aviation Alliance Program is to enhance market presence and customer service levels for corporate jet operators around the world. Duncan Aviation has two other Alliance Program members, Air Alsie and JetSupport in Europe.

The Duncan Aviation Alliance Program is designed to support the customers of both Duncan Aviation and its Alliance Program members. To this end, Duncan Aviation’s customers located in Mexico and Latin America will benefit from having more convenient regional support. Duncan Aviation and Aerolineas are currently sharing best practice procedures and solidifying a long-term business relationship to further enhance overall service and support for business aircraft owners/operators and the business aviation communities in Mexico and Latin America. These services include airframe and engine maintenance, engine overhaul, landing gear overhaul, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) upgrades, Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and engineering, parts and components sales, paint and interior refurbishment, and aircraft sales opportunities. The Alliance Program will also explore the potential for niche field support services in Mexico, and process and product innovation to shorten aircraft service downtimes.

“Aerolineas Ejecutivas has been a valued customer of Duncan Aviation for decades and we are very pleased to be able to take our partnership to a new level,” says Mike Minchow, Duncan Aviation Vice President of Service Sales. “This agreement is a way for us to more readily share information and better support mutual customers and the industry as a whole. We are extremely selective in our choice of Duncan Aviation Alliance Program members. Selection criteria is based on market coverage requirements, capabilities and reputation of the prospective partners.”

Aerolineas Ejecutivas is the only company in Latin America whose operation covers all aspects of business aviation. Its services include charter and air taxi, aircraft sales, aircraft management, ground support, and aircraft maintenance.

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DAHER LAUNCHES “ME & MY TBM” SMARTPHONE APP
19/04/2018

TBM aircraft owners and operators were introduced today to Daher’s revolutionary new smartphone application that significantly enhances operating efficiency, optimizes maintenance management and ensures they are operating their very fast turboprop aircraft to the highest safety standards. Unveiled during a keynote presentation at Germany’s AERO Friedrichshafen general aviation show, the cloud-based “Me & My TBM” […]

TBM aircraft owners and operators were introduced today to Daher’s revolutionary new smartphone application that significantly enhances operating efficiency, optimizes maintenance management and ensures they are operating their very fast turboprop aircraft to the highest safety standards.

Unveiled during a keynote presentation at Germany’s AERO Friedrichshafen general aviation show, the cloud-based “Me & My TBM” app for Android and iOS leverages data that is automatically collected during every phase of flight.

“The ‘Me & My TBM’ app provides unique and valuable feedback on TBM flights, from key parameters of the engine and other systems to a full range of statistics accessible wherever the aircraft goes,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit.

This eliminates the need to send flight logs, as well as trend and report data files to the CAMP maintenance tracking system, avoiding the fastidious task of downloading data on a personal computer – while also directly updating aircraft counters on the CAMP system.

In addition, advanced customer support is now possible at operators’ discretion, as the “Me & My TBM” app gives TBM Care teams the capability to access and analyze all flight parameters in less than one hour after a flight.

“The ‘Me & My TBM’ app’s current version is just a first step,” Chabbert added. “We are committed to further developments, offering TBM owners and pilots more personalized services in the future: predictive maintenance, proactive support and auxiliary services. This tool takes flying the TBM very fast turboprop aircraft to a new level.”

Available for all TBM 910 and TBM 930 model year 2018 aircraft, “Me & My TBM” can be downloaded from Google Play Store for Android phones and from Apple Store for iOS phones.

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FLIGHTSAFETY UPDATES THE FLIGHT DECK OF ITS SIMULATOR USED FOR BOMBARDIER DASH 8 300 AIRCRAFT TRAINING
19/04/2018

FlightSafety International announces a significant upgrade to the flight deck of its simulator used for Bombardier Dash 8 300 aircraft training. The simulator is located at the FlightSafety Learning Center in Toronto, Canada. “This upgrade of our Bombardier Dash 8 300 aircraft simulator reflects FlightSafety’s commitment to provide our Customers with the highest quality training […]

FlightSafety International announces a significant upgrade to the flight deck of its simulator used for Bombardier Dash 8 300 aircraft training. The simulator is located at the FlightSafety Learning Center in Toronto, Canada.
“This upgrade of our Bombardier Dash 8 300 aircraft simulator reflects FlightSafety’s commitment to provide our Customers with the highest quality training using simulators that are equipped with the latest technology according to their specific needs,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President.
FlightSafety will replace the original electromechanical and electronic flight and engine instrument systems in the simulator with five Universal Avionics EFI-890R flat panel integrated smart displays purchased from Field Aviation.
Four of these panels present the pilots with navigation and situational awareness. The fifth displays engine information. The system provides full redundancy by allowing information to be switched between the displays. The modifications to the simulator are expected to be completed before the end of 2018.
The Toronto Learning Center currently offers six full flight simulators for Bombardier aircraft. They are used to provide training for the Bombardier Dash 6, Dash 7, Dash 8 100, 200 and 300 aircraft as well as the Q400. Training for the Bombardier Dash 8 series aircraft is also provided at FlightSafety Learning Centers in Atlanta, Georgia; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Seattle, Washington.

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IN LESS THAN 9 MONTHS, DART AEROSPACE BRINGS THE 505 BEARPAW TO THE GLOBAL MARKET
19/04/2018

On July 13th 2017, DART Aerospace gathered key members of its Canadian product development team, based in both Calgary, Alberta and Hawkesbury, Ontario to kick off a project for bearpaws on the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The goal of the project was simple: bring to the global marketplace the performance, value and user friendliness […]

On July 13th 2017, DART Aerospace gathered key members of its Canadian product development team, based in both Calgary, Alberta and Hawkesbury, Ontario to kick off a project for bearpaws on the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.
The goal of the project was simple: bring to the global marketplace the performance, value and user friendliness that customers have come to expect from a DART Bearpaw. With DART Bearpaws present on nearly every production skid gear equipped helicopter today, it was an obvious decision for DART to develop this product.
“The objective was to bring a lightweight bearpaw product to market that provided better stability when the Bell 505 lands in soft conditions”, said David Shepherd, DART VP of Certification. “We were also successful at incorporating a full length wearplate option to improve longevity and ease installation”.
On April 10th 2018, less than 9 months after kicking off the project, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for this product, joining the already approved Transport Canada (February 23) and European Aviation Safety Agency (March 22) STCs. With these three approvals and the associated bilateral agreements upwards of 70%, the helicopter operating world can legally install this product.
All this was accomplished in a project that lasted less than 9 months and included flight testing.
“Overall we are proud of the product we’ve put forward and the speed with which we were able to execute the program” concluded Shepherd.

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BLACKHAWK EXPANDS EASA APPROVAL FOR XP140 ENGINE+ UPGRADE
18/04/2018

Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. has expanded the EASA Approval of the Cessna Caravan XP140 Engine+ Upgrade to include the MT 5-Blade composite propeller and the Aero Acoustics Kit. The approval of this pairing allows European Caravan operators to take advantage of the tremendous performance enhancements offered by these three packages, all while meeting the European noise […]

Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. has expanded the EASA Approval of the Cessna Caravan XP140 Engine+ Upgrade to include the MT 5-Blade composite propeller and the Aero Acoustics Kit. The approval of this pairing allows European Caravan operators to take advantage of the tremendous performance enhancements offered by these three packages, all while meeting the European noise requirements.

The Blackhawk XP140 Engine+ Upgrade provides a 37% increase in climb rate, a 22% decrease in take-off distance, and decreased starting temperatures by 100°C. The XP140 was also recently granted a Time Between Overhaul (TBO) extension of 400 hours, bringing the base TBO to 4000 hours, which reduces operating and maintenance costs for owners.

The MT 5-blade composite propeller and Aero Acoustics Kit further enhance utility by reducing noise, Foreign Object Damage (FOD), and increasing gross weight capabilities. Paired with the factory-new XP140, the combined results of this package elevate the Cessna Caravan to better-than-new standards.

The first Caravan upgraded with this performance package belongs to Skydive ENPC, the first parachutist club in The Netherlands. The installation, performed by Mastenbroek Aeroskill, took only 10 days with the assistance of Don Moore from Blackhawk.

“The PT6A-114A was nearing its extended overhaul limit including a large amount of component replacements,” said Frank van Ierssel, Skydive ENPC’s Chief Pilot. “Together with Mastenbroek Aeroskill, we found that the Blackhawk XP140 upgrade kit was a very suitable replacement that would allow us to get our skydivers to the needed altitude even faster. Mastenbroek Aeroskill really did an excellent job, and the whole conversion was completed in only 10 days, superb!”

“We are pleased to offer this performance enhancement package to the European Caravan market,” said Jim Allmon, President & CEO at Blackhawk. “These upgrades greatly enhance the utility of these hard-working aircraft and transform them into true power players. Our mission is to elevate your mission, and we believe the XP140, MT 5-blade propeller, and Aero Acoustics Kit combination delivers unrivalled performance.”

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SAFRAN SIGNS TWO NEW BY-THE-HOUR SUPPORT CONTRACTS
18/04/2018

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International, covering engines powering the operators’ H125 and H130 fleets. Each contract formalizes a seven year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 16 Arriel 2D engines for Papillon with an additional three engines added over […]

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International, covering engines powering the operators’ H125 and H130 fleets. Each contract formalizes a seven year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 16 Arriel 2D engines for Papillon with an additional three engines added over the next two months and six engines for Rainier with one additional engine this spring.
Commented Thierry Derrien, President & CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines USA, “it is with great pride that Safran Helicopter Engines enters into these partnerships with Papillon and Rainier. We appreciate the opportunity to provide this support solution for their H125 and H130 helicopters. Delivering best-in-class solutions is a top priority for Safran and we are delighted with the progress of our collaborations.”
SBH® (Support-By-the-Hour) is a comprehensive “pay as you fly” service solution that provides financial stability through a process of predicting through-life scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs, and smooths cash flow based on a fixed cost per engine flight-hour.
Lon Halvorson, Principal, Papillon Airways, Inc (PAI) and President and CEO, Rainier Heli International (RHI)– “Papillon, Rainier, and Safran Helicopter Engines USA have been working towards this mutual goal for a very long time and we are pleased to have finalized this Agreement that will be a benefit to both parties”.
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is one of the largest aerial sightseeing operators in the world, flying an estimated 600,000 passengers annually on daily tours to the Grand Canyon. Rainier Heli International provides helicopter leasing solutions to the international marketplace. Both companies are owned by the Halvorson family.

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PIPER ANNOUNCES JET-A POWERED SEMINOLE
18/04/2018

Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced today that they have selected the Continental Motors Group new CD-170 compression ignition engine fuelled with Jet-A to power the Piper PA-44 Seminole. The world’s leading multi-engine training aircraft will also feature counter rotating engines, giving flight schools and training organizations a single lever, FADEC training system with a history of […]

Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced today that they have selected the Continental Motors Group new CD-170 compression ignition engine fuelled with Jet-A to power the Piper PA-44 Seminole. The world’s leading multi-engine training aircraft will also feature counter rotating engines, giving flight schools and training organizations a single lever, FADEC training system with a history of innovation, simplicity and economy.

After selecting the CD-155 Jet-A engine to power the Archer DX, Piper Aircraft extends its Jet-A powered range of trainer aircraft with the PA-44. The Piper Seminole is an advanced twin-engine trainer that has enabled thousands of pilots to earn their multi-engine rating. It is used by flight schools across all continents and is known for its reliability, all metal construction, stable flight characteristics, counter rotating engines, and its modern avionics suite.

“Our experience with the Archer DX convinced us and our customers that we could deliver the best twin-engine training platform using the Continental Jet-A engine. We are extremely happy with the collaboration with Continental Motors. As the undisputed leader of Jet-A engines in general aviation they understand perfectly the pilot training market and our own needs.” said Simon Caldecott, CEO of Piper Aircraft.

“Our relationship with Piper on the Archer DX has allowed Continental Motors to expand its products to provide solutions required by pilot training organizations across the world.”, said Rhett Ross, President of Continental Motors Group.

The CD-100 family of compression ignition engines are extensively used in flight schools around the world with retrofit kits for many popular airframes are also available and certified in over 72 countries.

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NEWS UPDATE FROM THE LONDON HELIPORT
18/04/2018

The London Heliport, London’s only licensed heliport, handled 11,900 total movements (including exempted movements) in 2017, representing a 5% increase in activity, slightly less than 2016. The trend toward medium to large twin-engined executive helicopter movements also continued into 2017 with types like the Leonardo AW169 recently becoming available for public charter for the first […]

The London Heliport, London’s only licensed heliport, handled 11,900 total movements (including exempted movements) in 2017, representing a 5% increase in activity, slightly less than 2016. The trend toward medium to large twin-engined executive helicopter movements also continued into 2017 with types like the Leonardo AW169 recently becoming available for public charter for the first time (with Halo and Starspeed).

Interlining with business jets activity accounted for 20% of traffic during the year with the likes of Castle Air, Capital, Atlas, Halo Aviation and Starspeed departing London Biggin Hill, Luton, London Oxford Airport, Farnborough and Stansted Airports. The London Helicopter sightseeing flight company, based at Battersea and Redhill and now under the ownership and AOC of A2B Aero is into its sixth year. It offering continues to be popular, especially among overseas visitors or for those looking for that special occasion.

London Heliport is undergoing a major investment to upgrade its communications equipment, including a new transmitter and receivers to meet the new 8.33 mHz spacing regulations for VHF Ground-Air communications. New voice-switch and recording equipment is part of the upgrade which is due for completion by the end of April.

Early this year a partnership agreement was ratified with the Meteorological Office to upgrade available sensor equipment enabling the London Heliport to disseminate METAR data widely to the aviation community and make official forecasting available for the first time in history using skilled qualified met. observers within the heliport ATC team. Preparatory work is complete and installation of new sensor equipment is expected to commence this month, with regulatory approval from the CAA anticipated following a three-month trial to prove the reliability of observations and the data produced. This will result in a significant enhancement of weather information available to air crew of conditions when entering the challenging airspace and operating environment of the London heli-route system.

Work also continues with the regulator and airspace manager to secure the future of the London Heliport as the airspace and operating/regulatory environment evolves and new helicopter types and technologies emerge.

Representatives from the London Heliport will be at EBACE, co-hosted with sister company London Oxford Airport on fuel provider Air BP’s Stand B29.

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CAE QUALIFIES CAE 7000 XR SERIES AIRBUS A320 (FFS) FOR EXTENDED ENVELOPE AND ADVERSE WEATHER TRAINING
18/04/2018

CAE announced at the World Aviation Training Symposium (WATS) the qualification of its first CAE 7000XR Series Airbus A320 full-flight simulator (FFS) to FAA Part 60 Change 2 requirements, covering Extended Envelope and Adverse Weather Training. This key achievement was made possible following an industry collaboration held earlier this year at CAE with the OEM, […]

CAE announced at the World Aviation Training Symposium (WATS) the qualification of its first CAE 7000XR Series Airbus A320 full-flight simulator (FFS) to FAA Part 60 Change 2 requirements, covering Extended Envelope and Adverse Weather Training. This key achievement was made possible following an industry collaboration held earlier this year at CAE with the OEM, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and several US airline customers.

Following the identification of Loss of control In-Flight (LOC-I) as the number one cause of fatalities in commercial operations over the past decade, Extended Envelope and Adverse Weather Training events will become mandatory training requirements by the FAA by March 2019. With this latest qualification, flight crews will be able to train for full stalls, upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT), icing conditions, gusting crosswind landings and bounced landings on CAE’s 7000XR Series Airbus A320 FFS based on Airbus modelling and flight test data.

“As the leader in training, we are extremely proud to qualify the first FAA-approved Airbus A320 FFS for Extended Envelope and Adverse Weather Training. This accomplishment was made possible, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the FAA and our airlines partners in the US, leading up to the qualification”, said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “This industry-first achievement is a testament to CAE’s commitment to shaping the future of pilot training, leading the way in safety and security, to serve the entire industry, including all of our airline partners and air passengers the world-over”.

This accomplishment follows the qualification of Extended Envelope and Adverse Weather Training by CAE of all Boeing aircraft types. CAE continues to work with regulatory authorities including the FAA and all original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to complete the qualification on all other commercial aircraft types.

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BLACKHAWK GAINS EASA APPROVAL FOR THE KING AIR 350 XP67A ENGINE+ UPGRADE
18/04/2018

Blackhawk is excited to announce that the Company has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for the King Air 350 XP67A Engine+ Upgrade. Keys to the upgrade include two factory-new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines and new 5-blade composite propeller assemblies and spinners from MT-Propellers, which meet the stringent EASA noise level requirements. […]

Blackhawk is excited to announce that the Company has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for the King Air 350 XP67A Engine+ Upgrade.

Keys to the upgrade include two factory-new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines and new 5-blade composite propeller assemblies and spinners from MT-Propellers, which meet the stringent EASA noise level requirements. Training, support, and a five year/2,500 hour enhanced new-engine warranty are also included.

“We are pleased to bring the world’s fastest King Air to Europe as a practical replacement to many jets,” said Jim Allmon, President and CEO at Blackhawk. “Operating the XP67A-powered King Air 350 in Europe will result in comparable block times as many jets, but at a much lower operating cost. Coupling the German-engineered MT 5-blade composite propellers with the PT6A-67A engines ensured that we met the stringent EASA noise requirements without sacrificing performance. We foresee that this new program will maximize value and expand the King Air 350 market to a much larger customer base throughout Europe. There is nothing in the world that compares to a Blackhawk-powered King Air 350 in terms of speed, safety, and utility at such a low operating cost.”

Blackhawk is currently taking reservations for 2018 delivery positions. For more information on the Blackhawk XP67A Engine+ Upgrade, stop by the Blackhawk booth #A3-407 at AERO Friedrichshafen April 18-21, 2018.

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LONDON OXFORD AIRPORT HAILS 10 YEARS OF CONSISTENT GROWTH
18/04/2018

London Oxford Airport, ranked the fifth busiest UK business airport in the UK and amongst the top 20 in Europe, is among a handful of UK business airports that have seen consistent growth post the financial crash of 2007. According to Eurocontrol figures published last month, London Stansted (with its five FBOs) leads the ‘most […]

London Oxford Airport, ranked the fifth busiest UK business airport in the UK and amongst the top 20 in Europe, is among a handful of UK business airports that have seen consistent growth post the financial crash of 2007.
According to Eurocontrol figures published last month, London Stansted (with its five FBOs) leads the ‘most recovered’ with a 35% 10-year growth. But London Oxford is a close second with an overall 32% growth.
London Luton Airport retains its crown as the number one airport for business aviation movements, but it and a few other London-centric airports have become “increasingly squeezed for slots, to the benefit of airports like us,” said James Dillon-Godfray, Head of Business Development, speaking at London Oxford Airport’s pre-EBACE 2018 media briefing last week. ‘With night flights constrained at key peer airports we can still operate to midnight seven days a week.’
The uptick in the number of large cabin business aircraft movements it saw last year continues, while the 20% increase in helicopters handled in 2017 shows no sign of reducing. Rotary activity will increase further when the Children’s Air Ambulance moves to Oxford in May.
In fact, far from suffering from the ‘Brexit effect’, the UK has been experiencing a 5% increase UK wide since the beginning of the year, according to WINGX data analysis.

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