Charles Lindbergh made history when he flew non-stop from New York to Paris on May 20-21, 1927 in the Spirit of St. Louis in 33 hours, 30 minutes. His grandson, Erik, repeated the feat 75 years later on May 2, 2002 in 17 hours, 7 minutes.
Competitive video gaming is a professional sport that generates more than $700 million a year, so why not drone racing?
By pushing the atmospheric envelope at the edge of Earth’s stratosphere, the Airbus Perlan 2 glider’s next tests should pave the way for both future aviation on Mars and Earth-based commercial hypersonic aircraft, Allan McArtor, the Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group recently told Forbes Magazine.
Panasonic Avionics and All Nippon Airways CO. have announced a partnership to launch ANA SKY Live TV and broadband Internet services on domestic aircraft that fly routes across Japan.
Panasonic Avionics has confirmed that more than 1,000 commercial aircraft are operating on its Global Communications Services network. Panasonic’s worldwide Ku-band satellite network today delivers broadband communications services and global live television over 99.6 per cent of all commercial aviation routes.
Almost all 765 new self-service kiosks, which air transport IT provider, SITA, has jointly designed with Air France-KLM, are now in operation at Amsterdam’s Schiphol and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. Packed with the latest features, the sleek new kiosks allow passengers to quickly and easily check-in for flights, print bag tags or purchase additional services.
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. has received Canadian Technical Standard Order (CAN-TSO) Design Approval, CAN-TSO-C159b for the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 228S. The certification, granted by Transport Canada, represents an additional level of airworthiness standards met by AFIRS.
EgyptAir has signed a five-year contract with air transport communications specialist, SITA, for the implementation, management and modernization of the airline’s entire communications network. This will provide mission-critical connectivity to EgyptAir’s headquarters and across more than 190 sites around the globe.
Latitude Technologies has received Transport Canada CAN-TSO-C159b approval of the company's DL150 SDU (Satellite Data Unit) built to Technical Standing Order C159b "Next Generation Satellite Systems (NGSS) equipment." The DL150 SDU utilizes the Iridium(R) satellite network to provide global pole-to-pole coverage and also meets the component fitment requirement of AC 20-140B "Guidelines for Design Approval of Aircraft Data Link Communications System Supporting Air Traffic Services (ATS)." The company has begun taking orders for immediate shipping of the DL150 SDU to channel partners across the world.
On September 29, Indra presented the unmanned version of its P2006T MRI maritime reconnaissance and intelligence aircraft at the London conference series on maritime reconnaissance. Indra’s General Manager of Defense and Security, José Manuel Pérez-Pujazón, took advantage of the multinational’s participation in the conference series to make the announcement.
L-3 Aviation Products and Thomas Global Systems have announced at NBAA that they have signed an alliance agreement to cooperate in the development of certain CRT-to-LCD display upgrade products that eliminate CRT-related maintenance costs, downtime and obsolescence issues, while providing a cost-effective growth path for cockpit upgrades.
Esterline CMC Electronics has announced that Swiss International Air Lines is the first customer to select the company’s PilotView Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) factory option on their Bombardier C Series aircraft.
Installing cameras in the cockpits of commercial airplanes is one subject that would most certainly generate lots of heated debates between proponents and opponents. This is especially true after an incident or accident where knowing what had transpired inside the cockpit seconds or minutes before a catastrophic malfunction or mysterious crash is absolutely crucial in determining the root cause(s) and/or any contributing factor(s).
Larson Electronics continues to experience significant expansion into the film entertainment industry with their latest debut in the new film “Deepwater Horizon”, set to be released in September 2016.
For manufacturers looking to improve productivity and increase their return on investment, POP Avdel has introduced the new ProSert XTN20 blind rivet nut installation tool.
Always on the lookout for new aerial challenges and technical innovations, from Oct. 5-16, Hamilton tested the impact of gravity on the chronometric performance of its mechanical watch movements in a campaign of parabolic flights.
Amadeus has announced the launch of a cutting-edge Travel Intelligence solution for airlines, Amadeus Schedule Recovery, which minimizes disruptions to operations caused by external events such as bad weather or air traffic control congestion.  Amadeus Schedule Recovery serves as a recommendation engine, using data analytics to help quickly and efficiently identify the most critical issues, and act upon them.
In recognition of the Breitling Jet Team’s incredibly successful first ever North American tour, Breitling is pleased to unveil the Chronomat GMT Breitling Jet Team American Tour limited edition timepiece, announced at the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Airshow.
Spectronics Corporation has its pulse on the latest and most advanced leak detection solutions, and the Spectroline MDE-2000NC MarksmanT II ultrasonic diagnostic tool is one such notable achievement.
Eliminate the dangers of electrical arcing when working on static-sensitive components in and around aircraft and other industrial applications with the new Electro Static Discharge-Safe Precision Pliers from Snap-on Industrial.
Safe Flight Instrument Corporation has announced the SCc –an Angle of Attack (AoA) based system has been certified by the FAA and is currently available for certificated aircraft in the general aviation market.
July 21, 2015 - Concorde is well known for designing “Drop In Replacements” and is pleased to have developed and certified five new products for 2015.
Garmin has announced an expanded Connext ecosystem, which broadens compatibility to include the Garmin aera 796/795 aviation portable GPS, ForeFlight Mobile and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. With compatible Garmin avionics, customers can wirelessly receive ADS-B weather and traffic, as well as display precise GPS position data and back-up attitude information within these compatible products and devices.
The new Giddings & Lewis V Series from Fives Machining Systems is a versatile line of vertical turning centers for shops looking for a dependable, multi-purpose lathe capable of handling a wide range of parts, including pumps, valves, gears, bearings, compressors, wheel hubs, jet engine housings and more. With high metal removal rates and high precision, the V Series lathes offer unmatched standard features and superior value.
Neil Wilson has some big shoes to fill but he certainly has the right attitude and perspective to meet the challenge.
FlightSafety International has announced that it has received Level D qualification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration for two Cessna Caravan aircraft simulators located at its Wichita East Learning Center. The simulators are equipped with Garmin G1000 and Garmin G600 avionics. Qualification by other authorities will be accomplished in accordance with customer requirements.
FlightSafety International continues to augment and redistribute its Cessna aircraft training programs.
Pan Am International Flight Academy and parent company ANA Holdings (Pan Am) is offering a combined training program for pilots seeking to earn both an EASA type rating along with the matching FAA type rating concurrently, at their Miami Training Center and World Headquarters.
FlightSafety and Pratt & Whitney Canada have announced the expansion of their training services agreement originally signed in 2010.
During its 206th session on Nov. 18, the 36-State Governing Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a formal Declaration. The Declaration stated that the Council would ensure continuous leadership of ICAO on environmental issues relating to international civil aviation, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  
Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT), the joint venture between Emirates and CAE, has announced at the 2015 Dubai Airshow that it has signed a five-year business aviation training agreement with Arab Wings to expand its training program with ECFT from 3 to 11 aircraft types.
It’s not often that I get a blank stare on my face and need someone to carefully repeat what has just been expressed to me. But that’s precisely what Mike Hamel was tasked to do this past fall, after he detailed our mission plan for my introduction to Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).
Canada has a pay as you go business model for air transport. The merits of the model versus the United States, where aviation infrastructure is subsidized, can be heavily debated, most recently in a 2012 Senate report, The Future of Canadian Air Travel: Toll Booth or Spark Plug, which recommended abolishing airport rent.
On a November morning in 2012, eight people boarded a Cessna 208B in Snow Lake, Man., bound for Winnipeg. The trip was expected to take a little over two hours, but barely one minute into the flight, tragedy struck. According to our investigation report released earlier this year, the aircraft was overweight, and its takeoff and climb performance was reduced by accumulated ice on the leading edges of its wings and tail, and it crashed into a nearby wooded area, killing the pilot and seriously injuring all seven passengers.
So what does it take to make your mark in the world of aviation and aerospace? It’s all about having a flexible, hardworking, “can do” attitude while being as resilient and proactive as possible. And if you really want to make your mark, copious quantities of passion for your chosen field goes a long way.
Jan. 23, 2015 - Wings and Helicopters Careers in Aviation 2015, is a one-stop resource to landing an exciting career in avation. It contains breif descriptions of several leading aerospace sectors, as well as valuable information on education and training. | READ MORE
Each year, quality assurance expert Medina Quality names the best in-flight caterers in the business at a ceremony celebration presented by a global roster of major airlines that participate in the Quality and Safety Alliances In-Flight Services (QSAI).
The rise in popularity and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has attracted much attention recently. We have recently seen a major uptick in drone use by private companies. Drones have been regulated for some time through federal aviation regulations, but the accessibility of drone technology has led Transport Canada (TC) to consider revisiting the regulations to ensure they keep pace with current interest and use.In many industries, both private actors and government bodies are using UAVs in new and innovative ways. Arising from this technological leap forward are a number of new legal issues, particularly in the area of privacy. A special consideration for companies employing or supplying drones for public or para-public use is the possibility of infringing on privacy rights protected by s. 8 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canadian citizens have a right to privacy, including rights that prevent the government from collecting information about them in certain circumstances. The use of drones to take photographs or video, or to collect other data, can be open to challenge. For example, in the Supreme Court of Canada case of R. vs. Tessling, 2004 SCC 67, the RCMP used an airplane equipped with forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) cameras to obtain images of heat radiating from a building suspected of housing a marijuana grow-op. The FLIR images did not show the inside of the building. Using these images, the police obtained a search warrant to search the suspect’s property, finding the grow-op they suspected was there.The suspect argued that the FLIR photographs breached his s. 8 right to privacy. The Supreme Court disagreed, noting that the images produced by the current FLIR technology were not truly invasive, because they did not allow the police to “see” inside the suspect’s home. The Court emphasized, however, that improvements in the technology may lead to a different result in future challenges. The principles in Tessling have been applied to other types of searches where authorities have used non-traditional surveillance techniques.Because police forces are clearly linked to the government, their use of UAVs is subject to the Charter. But what about private companies that provide services to public bodies? Is the Charter something they should consider when using UAVs? At the moment, Charter implications for using drone technology remains an open legal question. To date, there are no reported court decisions that consider the issue.Some guidance may be taken from a line of cases where the courts consider whether a private citizen or entity is acting as an “agent” for law enforcement. In these cases, courts consider whether the private citizen or entity has been asked or directed to assist with a search. For example, in R. v. Wilkinson, 2001 BCCA 589, a landlord took it upon himself to investigate the residence of a tenant and, after finding a marijuana grow-op, advised the police. Because the landlord was not asked or told to investigate by police, the court allowed the evidence found during the search to be used against the accused. However, in R. v. Liang, Yeung, et al, 2007 YKTC 18, police asked a Yukon Electric employee to go onto the accused’s property in search of an electrical bypass. The employee discovered the bypass, and the police used that information to make an arrest. The court concluded that because the police had specifically directed the Yukon Electric employee, the employee was an “agent” of the police and his actions were subject to the Charter.Based on these cases, private contractors hired for the specific purpose of conducting searches should be aware that the results of those searches may be subject to Charter scrutiny. Ultimately, the impact on the non-government actor may be minimal, as the remedy for a Charter breach is to expunge the evidence from the record. However, beyond the Charter issues, there are general privacy concerns that may expose a company to civil liability, or even criminal charges. Private contractors may wish to seek a lawyer’s opinion regarding the legal implications of their UAV activities. Amanda Winters is an associate of the Aviation Practice Group at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP. The Aviation Practice Group handles legal matters of special concern to the aviation community across Canada and internationally. For more information, go to
It was a long dry summer out west, the warmest summer on record (based on 140 years or so of record keeping). Following a winter that saw record low snowfall in many areas, the result was reservoirs at record low levels and unprecedented water restrictions. Looking south at the fire season in California and even up into Washington State, you can’t help wondering what the future holds for what used to be the “wet coast.”
DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, the air, ocean and road freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Back in 1815, the history of yellow-branded logistics started with Louis Danzas establishing "Danzas", which would become a worldwide renowned shipping company over the course of the following 20 decades.
I didn’t get a drone for Christmas. Or for my birthday.
Last year’s Canadian Business Aviation Association’s (CBAA) convention and exhibition in Edmonton experienced a 60 per cent increase in operator attendance. Rudy Toering, CBAA chief executive, sat down with Wings to discuss advocacy, changes at Transport Canada (TC) and plans for the upcoming conference June 16-18 at Avfuel H-18 St. Hubert in Montreal.
A big sigh of relief was heard March 31st when the federal government finally released the RFP for the Fixed Wing Search And Rescue (FWSAR) Project with little public fanfare. It’s a document that gives little clue of the long and winding road getting to this point, nor the frantic race to the finish line a mere six months later.
Edmonton - Three North American pipeline industry leaders - Enbridge Pipelines Inc., TransCanada Corporation, and Kinder Morgan Canada - have signed a Joint Industry Partnership (JIP) agreement to conduct research into aerial-based leak detection technologies, in the interest of enhancing across-the-board pipeline safety.
It may seem counterintuitive to operate an aerial surveillance program with aircraft painted fire engine red and the word “surveillance” in big block letters on both sides, but that is exactly what the federal government is doing with great success.
The New Year promises to be an interesting one for Canadian airlines. The two majors, WestJet and Air Canada, are coming off successful years, with high load factors and happy shareholders. It was such a good year in 2014, in fact, that at least two different groups (Canada Jetlines and Jet Naked) announced they are on the hunt for the capitol required to provide Canadians with the option of an ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) flight experience, staking out the bottom of the market. I would have thought, however, that the “ultra-low cost” crowd had already been hovered across the border by the lure of dirt-cheap flights on antique aircraft.
The November announcement of a memorandum of agreement signed by Air Canada and Air China to stimulate growth in air traffic between the two countries could mean Montreal is a step closer to getting its long awaited non-stop Montreal-Beijing route.
Where is the price of oil headed over the next 12-months? The crystal ball remains cloudy. At the annual Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin, Ireland in January, duelling experts predicted the cost of oil could hover around the US$40 a barrel mark for at least the next couple of years, or creep up to US$100 a barrel by spring. There is enough room between the extremes to drive a fleet of tanker trucks through.
Troubleshooting problems with aircraft is often a challenging prospect. Every AME has at least a few good stories about seemingly unsolvable problems encountered while working in the field. The job often grinds to a standstill as others in the shop try their luck to lend a hand and sort it out. Part of being a mechanic, on any type of machinery is the ability to bear the frustration and keep a cool head when things go wrong. We all know “Murphy’s Law” and no one is exempt. “Whatever can go wrong usually does.”
StandardAero has launched a new, customized accelerated response program to support  PT6A turboprop engine operators with hot section inspections, repairs and on-site field services.
Premier Aviation Overhaul Center has announced the signing of a long-term agreement with Republic Airways Holdings for the provision of airframe heavy maintenance on Republic Airways' fleet of E-170 and E-175 aircraft. Republic Airways Holdings is the owner of Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. The airline currently operates a fleet of Embraer 170s, Embraer 175s, and Bombardier Q400s.
Flying Colours Corp. KSUS has been awarded by Bombardier Business Aircraft the Authorized Service Facility Excellence Award in the North American category. According to Bombardier, the win exemplifies quality, performance and commitment to customers, as well as support of Bombardier’s strategy to deliver outstanding customer experience through superior performance.
Field Aviation has extended its contract with the Swedish Coast Guard (SCG) to provide engineering, maintenance and logistics support for the SCG’s three Dash 8 Q300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The original contract began in 2009, and with this new agreement will continue for another 5 years, until 2021, with an option to renew for two additional years.
Flying Colours Corp is broadening the expertise of its sales team with the appointment of former Bombardier Aerospace interiors specialist Clint Bloom as Sales Manager – Interiors. Bloom will be based in Tucson, Ariz., with a remit that covers the entire U.S. and Canada, as required.
Vector Aerospace is celebrating the third anniversary of supporting operators in the Asia-Pacific region from its engine MRO facility in Brisbane, Australia.
UTC Aerospace Systems is expanding its rescue hoist and cargo winch systems maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
AJW China has announced the signing of a prestigious PBH agreement with West Air, part of the Hainan Group.  The agreement supports engine LRUs for West Air’s fleet of V2500 powered A320s.  Over its 10 year duration, the escalating agreement will support West Air’s growing fleet of A320s, which is projected to increase from the current 17 aircraft to 64 by 2020.
Singapore - Vector Aerospace Corporation has announced the opening of its new MRO facility in Singapore and signing of MOU with Republic Polytechnic.
Singapore - Flying Colours Corp. has inaugurated its interiors facility at the Bombardier Service Centre, Seletar Airport, Singapore. The grand opening ceremony, which took place on April 21, welcomed 40 guests including owners, operators, and a distinguished aviation elite, to celebrate the company’s latest venture in Asia. 
March 19, 2015, Wood Dale, Il. - AAR has announced that AAR Airlift has been awarded a contract by the United Nations for airlift services in Central Africa. The contract is valued at approximately $19 million.
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