Supersonic passenger transport is mounting a come back. Even so, flying at twice the speed of sound is old news. The next frontier will be on-demand aviation in an urban setting, meaning the arrival of the long promised flying car. Perhaps not in orderly lanes of bubble top flying traffic similar to TV’s The Jetsons, but it appears that the flying car is making inroads.
For several years now, the development of aviation biofuels has been all the rage and there is plenty of hype out there as to how biofuels are going to revolutionize the skies. But how viable is the hype and when will this groundbreaking technology really start to pay off?
On Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)--a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation has introduced a major evolution of its satellite connectivity service with the introduction of its third generation communications network.
Investments in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are burgeoning throughout the aerospace and defence sector and could be the next big wave in regard to the industry’s digitization.
More than 90% of airlines are set to ramp up investment in advancing wireless services for cabin crew and pilots over the three years to 2020 – an 18% increase since SITA’s 2016 Airline IT Trends survey. This is according to award-winning connected aircraft services expert SITAONAIR, as it presents SITA’s 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights into the connected aircraft.
Emirates and Thales have signed an agreement to equip their newest Boeing 777X fleet with the latest generation broadband inflight connectivity using Inmarsat GX Global Network.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Emirates have unveiled a range of industry firsts that will be introduced on the airline’s newest Boeing 777-300ER on display at the Dubai Airshow this month.
The latest 20-year air passenger forecast predicts more than half the world’s growth will be in Asia Pacific with 2.1 billion additional passengers in 2036, more than double the current traffic in the region[1]. At FTE Asia EXPO, SITA, the IT provider to the air transport industry, will showcase technology for airlines and airports to efficiently manage this major growth.
An evolving multi-link ACARS landscape, embracing cutting-edge cockpit connectivity and solid VHF foundations, will remain the backbone of the aviation industry for the foreseeable future. So says SITAONAIR in its latest white paper, ACARS: Timeless tech for the connected aircraft age.
GE Aviation's Digital Solutions and Tableau Software today announced an agreement to empower commercial and military airline customers across the aviation industry with agile visual analytics that can help improve fuel efficiencies, aircraft safety and consumers' overall flying experience.
Need to catch a fast ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh? Get ready to hail your first “air taxi” – and maybe sooner than you think.
Klau Geomatics, which focuses on developing UAV PPK solutions, released new survey technology for drones and manned aerial mapping, ultimately designed to provide highly accurate autonomous flight. The company explains its Real Time PPP (Precise Point Positioning) enables 3 to 5 cm initial positioning accuracy, anywhere in the world, without any base station data or network corrections.
Rolls-Royce is the launch customer for SITAONAIR’s e-Aircraft DataHub, described by the developer as a neutral aircraft data management service designed for airlines and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). This includes focusing on issues like minimizing airline maintenance costs and maximizing aircraft availability.
WinAir of London, Ont., plans to unveil its Dashboards enhancement at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) convention and exhibition running in Orlando, Fla., from October 16 to 18. The company explains the enhancements will be available as an add-on option for all new WinAir Version 7 packages (Operator, Heliops, MRO, CAMO, Custom, and All Inclusive), and to existing clientele with specific modules in their current package.
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions of Calgary, Alta., has integrated its AFIRS 228S component, which stands for Automated Flight Information Reporting System, with Spectralux’s Envoy FANS data link unit, which stands for Future Air Navigation System. Together, the systems offer an upgrade option for airlines to obtain what FLYHT describes as a cost-effective FANS over Iridium solution – a requirement for flying over the world’s oceanic regions.
Boeing through its HorizonX Ventures arm made an investment in Digital Alloys Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based company developing high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing systems that produce 3D-printed parts for aerospace and other production applications. Additive manufacturing is quickly moving beyond the early adoption phase in several industries, including aerospace. Today, Boeing has more than 60,000 3D-printed parts flying on space, commercial and defense products.
C&L Aerospace, part of C&L Aviation Group, received Transport Canada Civil Aviation approval for Securaplane Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) Batteries, for Saab 340 aircraft. Securaplane Technologies is a Meggitt PLC Company based in the UK.
Rockwell Collins unveiled a new aviation resource management system to help airlines manage aircraft, fuel and cabin crew expenses and enable non-stop global operations. The aviation resource management system (ARMS) is described by the company as a turnkey, cloud-based platform comprised of modules that cover every aspect of an airline’s operations as well as a unified database. It enables operational data to flow and in real time between airline functions.
CAE and Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, have announced the expansion of their training relationship through the provision of two new Airbus A320 FFS and the signature of an exclusive 10-year training centre operations services agreement to support the airline's growth in Europe.
This fall, the Tork brand, made by Essity (formerly SCA) landed in the Aviation industry with its wide range of tasked-based wipers. Designed specifically to meet the demands of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MROs) technicians, Tork wipers help minimize aircraft maintenance downtimes, making the use of rags obsolete.
No mission is impossible – P3 proved it again by developing the world’s smallest and lightest halon-free cabin fire extinguisher. On September 21, the consulting and engineering company was acknowledged by Airbus with the Innovation Award for creating an innovative solution the aircraft manufacturer needed, but nobody else could provide.
Following FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization for InSight, Universal Avionics has announced FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the new display system installed on the Cessna Citation VII aircraft. FAA STC No. ST02654LA covers the installation of the InSight Display System, Engine Interface Unit (EIU), TAWS Class A, and UNS-1Fw SBAS-Flight Management System with ADS-B Out.
CTT Systems AB (CTT), the market leader in aircraft humidity control systems, has announced a Zonal Drying order for additional 14 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s from Pobeda Airlines (a low-cost airline in the Aeroflot Group) to be line fitted from February 2018.
Fanshawe College's Norton Wolf School of Aviation welcomed visitors to an open house on March 24. Dozens of guests toured the school's impressive training facility housed in what used to be the Jazz hanger at London International Airport in London, Ont. Instructors and students were on hand to guide visitors through six classrooms, three avionics labs, two battery-testing labs, a composite layup room, a metal shop, an A320 maintenance simulator room and the huge 50,000-square-foot hanger floor easily housing around 20 aircraft plus multiple engines, components and work tables. 
Fatigue management is of the utmost importance to all ATAC members. This is why ATAC has been fully involved in the regulatory change process over the past seven years. We are keen to see this issue thoroughly evaluated and that the resulting proposals be truly effective and yet at the same time sustainable and pragmatic.
JetBlue today began accepting applications for the second cycle of its innovative new pilot recruiting pathway – Gateway Select – the airline's competency-based training program for aspiring pilots.
On July 1, 2017, draft amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) regarding pilot hours of work and rest periods were published. And according to Transport Canada (TC), the rationale for the new regulations is to ensure that they are based on the latest science regarding fatigue, to comply with ICAO standards, which require that regulations be based on scientific principles, and to bring Canada in line with the United States and Europe.
Boeing, through its subsidiary Jeppesen, has announced a three-year service agreement with the University of North Dakota Department of Aviation to provide the school with its industry-leading navigation and electronic flight bag (EFB) services.
Canada boasts one of the safest regulatory operating environments in the world but there is plenty of room for improvement – and changes are necessary to ensure it remains safe and secure in the months and years ahead.
Having concluded my first full calendar year as a lawyer within the aviation industry, one point stands vividly clear: the technical competency regulator of Canada’s aviation industry lacks the efficiency and responsiveness warranted by our country’s advanced state of civil aviation.
In the March/April issue of Wings, Transportation Safety Board chair Kathy Fox painted a compelling argument for the importance of recorders of all forms – voice, video and data – in accident investigation.
With more reports of reckless drone use around airports and aircraft, the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today commended minister of transport Marc Garneau on the immediate introduction of new interim drone rules.
Minister Garneau announced today an Interim Order which provides safety rules for recreational drone use.
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. has selected AviationManuals as its preferred Safety Management System (SMS) provider for its clients.
Rising Star Award Katie Gwozdecky, MSc candidate, Flight Lab, University of TorontoGwozdecky is a private pilot and graduate of the University of Toronto’s Mechanical Engineering program. She joined the University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT) where she lead as Director of Space Systems to pass a student levy, raising nearly half a million dollars to fund the launch of the first amateur satellite from U of T, HERON MKII, in 2019. This levy is the first of its kind in Canada enabling high-volume fundraising for student teams. Gwozdecky’s passion for space engineering has led her to pursue a MASc at the Space Flight Lab at the University of Toronto beginning this September.Return to list of 2018 Elsie Award winners for more personal storiesA favourite story on my journey, by Katie Gwozdecky: My cross-country flight for my PPL was quite an experience. I did my flight after I had already completed my PPL flight test, so I wasn’t worried about my skills, but flying alone to two different airports is very different than doing steep turns and special landings with an instructor. I flew the trip with my primary instructor a few days prior so I was familiar with the route (CYRO -> CYGK -> CXBR -> CYRO). When I arrived, I had to brief with a different instructor (on any other flight, no problem, but on my qualifying cross country, I was getting nervous). So, I get the plane ready, open my flight plan and I’m off to Kingston. At each airport I had to turn off the plane and get stamped by the dispatch, which in Kingston, was easy. From there, I had a pretty strong headwind so I had to gun it as fast as I could. At Brockville, there was no one at dispatch answering the radio. I had to park the plane and run around the airfield with time ticking to bring the plane back not only before my booking expired but also before my flight plan was due. After running in and finding no one to stamp my book, I texted my primary instructor who just said to take a selfie. So of course, like any self-respecting millennial, I did. But I was late at this point and my primary said, “Get back in the plane!” I climbed back in and doing my best to get back to Ottawa airspace. At 6,000 feet and cruise heading into Ottawa Terminal airspace, I’m on the radio giving my intentions when my window latch comes undone on the passenger side and it flings open. Now, not only am I trying to communicate with Terminal, but I am trying to reach over and close the window. I did it once, but then it opened two more times on my approach to CYRO, so I decided to prop it open with an old map. And naturally, the map goes flying! As I descended, the window managed to stay closed, but I’m nervous it’s going to pop open the moment I turn final for runway 27 at CYRO. Thankfully, it doesn’t and I make it down. Not only did I survive my trip but I was greeted by my brother and mom with a bottle of champagne. What an incredible way to complete my PPL training. I am so appreciative of everyone at Rockcliffe for their support, humour and optimism throughout my licensing. I was able to train there twice a day, every day, over the course of a couple months in 2016. In that time, not only did I gain a greater appreciation for the family I found there, but also for my own – especially for my Mom, who motivated and financed me. I also discovered how adventurous and brave pilots must be to fly.Return to list of Elsie Award winners for more personal stories
Last fall, the YYC Calgary International Airport launched an industry-leading facility that recycles glycol. The facility transforms used de-icing fluid into a reusable product, providing both environmental and economic benefits.
In November, Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City (YQB) opened a new international terminal that will double the size of the infrastructure in the hopes of attracting more flights. But that could be a challenge, since the airport still doesn’t offer public transport to the city and a lot of local residents prefer to fly out of Montreal.
The approval of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flying and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are major milestones in becoming an international go-to facility for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) research and development and operator training in Alma, about 230 kilometres north of Quebec City.
In my short time working here on Wings, I've quickly become amazed at the complexity and sophistication of the aviation business. It's certainly not something an outsider like me can just jump into and offer anything substantive. The goodness, the acronyms...
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that Air Philippines Corporation, operator of Philippine Airlines affiliate airline PAL Express, has signed an eight-year Smart Parts agreement to provide component management for the airline’s 12 new, dual-class Q400 aircraft.
FlightSafety International has announced a new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A Series Pilot Familiarization Course designed specifically for Agricultural Aircraft operators. Training is planned to begin in Brazil early next year. Additional locations will be added according to customer needs.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that CemAir (PTY) Ltd of South Africa has concluded a firm purchase agreement for two new Q400 turboprops, and has also signed the lease of a used Q400 aircraft that was delivered this month, paving the way for the new aircraft to be delivered afterwards. The letter of Intent (LOI) from CemAir, which was signed on June 21 at the 2017 Paris Air Show, has now been converted into a firm order.
Textron Aviation has announced its new twin-engine, high-wing, large-utility turboprop – the Cessna SkyCourier 408. FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company and longtime Textron Aviation customer, has signed on as the launch customer for up to 100 aircraft, with an initial fleet order of 50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more. Entry into service for the clean-sheet design Cessna SkyCourier is planned for 2020.
The second annual All Canada Aeromedical Transport conference (ACAT) is set to go in Mississauga, Ont. Nov. 21-23 and this year’s event promises to build on the strong safety foundation set by last year’s inaugural gathering.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that it concluded a firm purchase agreement for two new Q400 turboprops with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) in September 2017.
Textron Aviation has announced at Dubai Airshow that it is has begun delivery to Tuareg Aviation Ltd for 10 Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops. The aircraft will be operated by Mack Air (Pty) Ltd to provide charter, cargo and logistic services between a network of independently owned bush safari lodges in the popular Okavango Delta and Kalahari Plains regions of Botswana. The aircraft will partially replace Mack Air’s current fleet, which currently also includes Grand Caravan turboprops.
For the first time at the MRO Americas Conference and Exhibition, Boeing [NYSE: BA] is announcing five new products and services across its services portfolios, all geared towards continuing enhanced digital transformation and MRO value improvement.
IMP Electronic Systems has announced that it has recently been awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) incorporating a Rockwell Collins Pro-Line 21 integrated avionics system adapted for the Hawker Beechcraft 1900D 19-passenger twin turboprop commuter category aircraft.
Raisbeck Engineering has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA for Hartzell Propeller's newest structural composite swept blade props designed specifically for Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprops.
Quiet Technology Aerospace has delivered its first set of their upgraded inlet for the Gulfstream G200 in August and the second set in September. The light weight Carbon Graphite Composite Engine Barrels terminate the recurring issue of expensive and time-consuming corrosion on the G200’s PW305 engine inlets.
AAR has secured its first Airbus NEO fleet customer by signing a long-term component support agreement with Hawaii’s largest airline, Hawaiian Airlines.
AAR has secured an extension of its contract supporting Air Austral’s fleet of B737NG aircraft, which began in 2009.
Approximately one-third of unionized employees at the Abbotsford-based aircraft maintenance company Cascade Aerospace could be laid off in the coming months.
AAR has signed a long-term, multimillion-dollar agreement with Polish charter carrier Enter Air to provide full power-by-the-hour (PBH) component inventory management and repair services on 19 Boeing 737-series aircraft, including the 737CL and NG.
When it comes to replacement parts, the large OEMs would prefer to have a monopoly on the aftermarket business. But as with any industry, the presence of alternative aftermarket products of comparable, or even better, quality drives down prices. For the aviation industry, this competition comes from smaller independent MROs as well as PMA parts manufacturers.
Associated Air Center (AAC) has received the industry’s first approval for a Boeing 787 Series aircraft Limited Airframe rating from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), authorizing the company to perform composite bolted major repairs and alterations on 787 Series composite aircraft.
AAR has signed a long-term, multimillion-dollar contract to provide power-by-the-hour (PBH) component inventory management and repair services to Dubai-based flydubai. The agreement represents a significant expansion of AAR’s commercial footprint in the Middle East.
Vector Aerospace has announced that it has entered into exclusive Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A engine service agreements with four leading agricultural aviation and aerial firefighting operators in Australia.
Honda Aircraft Company at the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, revealed a new upgraded aircraft, called the HondaJet Elite. The aircraft, explains Honda, has achieved an extended range of 17 per cent (+396km), in addition to updated avionics and cabin structures. With a new range of 1,437 nautical miles, Honda claims HondaJet Elite is now the furthest-flying aircraft in its class.
Bombardier Business Aircraft has unveiled the Nuage, which the company describes as the first new seat architecture in business aviation in three decades. The seat is currently being used on Bombardier’s Global 7000 aircraft.“In designing the Nuage seat, we examined every conceivable passenger need and comfort that might arise while seated in flight and launched our process from there,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This empathetic design philosophy inspired us to craft a seat unlike any other – the most innovative seat the industry has seen in three decades.”The Nuage seat is designed to maximize comfort and relaxation on long-haul flights, following news earlier this month that the Global 7000 aircraft will be the longest-range business jet ever built, with a maximum operation range of 7,700 nautical miles. The Global 7000 aircraft is on track to enter service during the second half of 2018. Bombardier describes the Nuage as providing an all-new, ergonomically perfected deep recline position. The company explains, that unlike other aircraft seats where only the back reclines, pushing the body forward and leading to discomfort, the Nuage features a patented tilt link system that dips the seat as the back is reclined, keeping the body fully supported with no added pressure on the legs. The Nuage seat also features a fluid movement system and patented floating base, explains the company, which allows the seat to track and swivel naturally; and without visible floor rails, further enhancing its streamlined look. The fluid movement system also includes a centre swivel axis for an intuitively centred point of rotation in any position, allowing the passenger to swivel with high precision.The Nuage seat is equipped with a tilting headrest, which Bombardier explains to provide optimal neck support in every position while helping to maintain an effortless line of sight when watching TV or reading in a reclined position.
On 7 December 2017 Pilatus obtained type certificates from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US-American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for its entry on the global market.
Canadian companies and communities continue to rely on non-scheduled business aviation to provide essential access and increase productivity, according to the Canadian Business Aviation Association’s (CBAA) 2017 Economic Impact of Business Aviation report.
The PC-24 development project has now entered its final phase, the most challenging tests have all been successfully completed. The three PC-24 prototypes have made a total of 1,250 flights for 2,000 hours in the air so far. Function reliability tests are currently underway with P03, which corresponds to the production standard.
A recently released study of U.S. corporations found overwhelming evidence of the ubiquity of business aviation at America’s leading firms. The study, undertaken by NEXA Advisors, looked at top corporations across a variety of dimensions, including innovation, customer service, brand value, corporate citizenship and financial performance, and found that in each case more than 90% of the firms recognized for excellence in these areas utilized corporate aviation assets. | READ MORE
With a slate of new business aircraft and some promising prospects for its military airplanes, Textron Aviation chief executive Scott Ernest is feeling pretty good about the future of the company.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today brought to a close its 2017 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), and event organizers reported the show was an all-around success, highlighting the strength of the industry, the host community of Las Vegas, NV, and the association, on its 70th anniversary.
he National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) this week presented hero-pilot Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger with the association’s American Spirit Award, for speaking out in opposition to the highly controversial concept of air traffic control (ATC) privatization.
Textron Aviation Inc. has announced at the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) that it is in the process of delivering the 100th Cessna Citation Latitude midsize business jet. The milestone aircraft, which comes just 26 months after the first Latitude entered service, will be handed over to NetJets, Inc., this week at Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita, Kansas.
Avfuel Corporation has become the latest service provider to join the RocketRoute MarketPlace, giving their customers the advantages of a fast, convenient way to prepare trips, view pricing and place orders globally.
Textron Aviation Inc. is further simplifying ownership and maintenance for Cessna Citation, Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan customers with its new turn-key, factory-direct maintenance solution: ProMaintenance. Customers enrolled in ProMaintenance will benefit from Textron Aviation facilitating the complete management of scheduled, unscheduled and aircraft on ground (AOG) maintenance events.

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