Innovations
With longer-range jets continuing to dominate new business aircraft sales, Bordeaux, France-based Dassault Aviation fast-tracked its first ultra-long-range aircraft by stretching the highly regarded fly-by-wire Falcon 7X tri-jet. The new Falcon 8X was announced only a year ago at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, but is already in test flight mode, and initial deliveries are proposed for late next year.
While air travel plays a major role in Canada’s economy, it also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. On June 1, 2012, the Government of Canada introduced its Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation, developed with the Canadian aviation industry to increase efficiency and improve environmental performance in the sector.
March 19, 2015, Lausanne, Sui. - Thursday is a special day in the history of space exploration. It is the day, 50 years ago, that Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space.
Since the near meltdown of the global financial system in 2008, the economies of the G20 nations have struggled to recover. Some countries have had greater success than others in their quest for sustainable growth.
First there was Air France flight 447, and then, Malaysia Airlines flight 370. They were there, and then they were gone. MH 370 made no distress call, there were no signs of technical malfunction or engine failure, and the weather was just fine. But, somewhere over the Andaman Sea, something had gone horribly wrong.
MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) appears to be on a roll, not to mention an order backlog of around $3 billion, about $1 billion more than a year ago.
For those of you who might think the aviation industry lacks the glitz of a Hollywood gala, then you obviously haven’t experienced the electricity brought on by the introduction of a new aircraft. Such an experience becomes even more dramatic when that event takes place in an exotic city in the Middle East. Those lucky enough to get an invite to the early January introduction of the new Airbus 350 XWB with launch customer Qatar Airways in the capital city of Doha, experienced just such a spectacle.
Feb. 26, 2015, Melbourne, Aus. - Australian researchers have unveiled the world's first 3D-printed jet engine, a manufacturing breakthrough that could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient jets.
When NorOntair’s Dash 8-100 powered into the sky in December 1984, it marked one of the most important events in Canadian aviation history. Not only did the fledgling airline, a subsidiary of the provincial government’s Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, provide essential passenger service connecting the dots in remote Ontario locations, but it also debuted the PW100, one of the crowning jewels of Longueuil, Que.-based engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC).
Oct. 27, 2014, Woodbury, N.Y. - General aviation and commercial transport aviation are very different in many respects, yet they share a common goal: improve the passenger experience.
Oct. 16, 2014, Botucatu, Brazil - The Ipanema agricultural airplane, powered by ethanol (hydrated alcohol) – EMB 202A, will celebrate its 10th anniversary since certification on Sunday, October 19.
Oct. 9, 2014, Hungtington Beach, Ca. - Boeing has completed environmental and performance qualification testing on the aircraft satellite communications antenna system it is developing for multipurpose satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Company (Yahsat) of the United Arab Emirates.
Oct. 9, 2014, Calgary - FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. presented its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) and FLYHTStream technologies at the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) public Emerging Flight Data & Locator Technology Forum in Washington, D.C. on October 7 to the NTSB acting Chairman Chris Hart.
Sept. 22, 2014, Ottawa - NAV CANADA has announced a plan by Aireon LLC to provide a global emergency tracking solution that will be available free of charge for all automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft.
Sept. 18, 2014, Toronto - Flight Level Media Ltd. (FLM) and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have signed a five-year Software Applications License Agreement that supports the integration of FLM’s passenger applications for Panasonic’s in seat and wireless platforms.

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