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Embraer of São Paulo, Brazil, is aiming to find its next CEO before its Ordinary General Assembly on April 22, 2019, after announcing Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva is stepping down with his elected two-year term now complete. The announcement comes shortly after Embraer shareholder approval of the still pending transaction with Boeing.
Vmo Solutions of Halifax and SKYTRAC formalized an integration agreement that will see the integration of OC, Vmo’s Web-based operational control software. with SKYTRAC’s flight data monitoring solutions. As a result, end-users will have increased visibility into their operations and the ability to make more informed decisions.  
British Airways unveiled its new business-class seat, called Club Suite, and confirmed this upgrade will arrive on the first of its A350 aircraft in July 2019. Club Suite provides direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
Turkish Airlines has signed on as the official airline partner of Toronto FC of Major League Soccer for 2019. This is the airline’s first sponsorship deal with a Canadian major league sports team, expected the agreement to generate greater brand awareness in Canada.
Magellan Aerospace Corp. on March 15 announced new agreements valued at $48 million, with the Canadian government to perform the licensed manufacture of LUU-2 illumination flares for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
Lufthansa Group on March 13 announced two separate orders to add 20 Airbus and 20 Boeing airliners to its fleet, the largest in Europe. The deal for 20 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft – described by Boeing as the fastest-selling widebody airplane of all time – is valued at up to US$5.8 billion per list prices.
Boeing chairman, president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg issued the following statement on Sunday, March 17, regarding the report from Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges:
Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone within a project called Agency by Air. The company states this marks the first time for drone technology to be deployed in true port conditions to deliver light maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage.
C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, which oversees the Airbus A220 program, is changing its official name to Airbus Canada Limited Partnership.
Bombardier, based on the recent General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) annual shipment and billings report, states its Challenger 350 in 2018 was the world’s most delivered business aircraft. With 60 deliveries last year, the Challenger 350 comprised 58 per cent of all deliveries in the super mid-size segment.
Marc Garneau just before noon today, March 13, held a press conference in Ottawa to address Transport Canada’s position on the growing worldwide grounding – by both airlines and aviation governing bodies – of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft over the past four days, following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on Sunday, March 10, in which 157 people died, including 18 Canadians.

No cause has yet been identified in the Ethiopian Airlines ET302 disaster, but concerns grew this week based on similarities to the October 29, 2019, fatal accident involving a MAX 8 (flight JT610) operated by Lion Air, in which 187 people died. With the investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines 302 disaster ongoing, no connection has been made between the two flights.

“The tragic accident of the Ethiopian flight that occurred a few days ago has really touched the hearts of many Canadians. Not only because it was such a tragic accident, 157 people lost their lives, but also 18 were Canadians,” said Garneau, as he opened today’s press conference. “It has driven things home to us in a very personal way… this was a great loss for our country.”


RELATED: Eighteen Canadians dead in Ethiopian Airlines 302 crash

Garneau then issued a Transport Canada safety notice to suspend the operation of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft in Canadian aerospace, which includes international operators of the aircraft and domestic operators Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines and WestJet.

“As a result of new data that we received this morning and had the chance to analyze, and on the advice of my experts and as a precautionary measure, I am issuing a safety notice,” continued Garneau. “This safety notice restricts commercial passenger flights from any operator of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 or MAX 9 variant aircraft, whether domestic or foreign, from arriving, departing or overflying Canadian airspace.”

Garneau explained, that shortly after the ET302 accident, he convened a panel of Transport Canada civil aviation experts who consulted with the industry, international partners, and those actually flying the 737 MAX to conduct an assessment. “The advice they have provided is based on the information that they have been receiving. The requirements for new procedures and training for Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 flight crews, that we have already put in place here in Canada,” he said.



Investigations into the Lion Air crash focused on the 737 MAX anti-stall system, designed to prevent a plane from pointing upward at too high of a rate and angle, creating issues with measuring air speed and altitude. “The angle-of-attack sensor was faulty on the Indonesian flight [JT610] and essentially gave the impression that the nose was too high,” explained Garneau this morning, noting the software, called MCAS, and pilot countered each other more than once just moments before the JT610 accident.

Garneau also noted the development of software fix in relation to MCAS was put into motion after Lion Air investigation, which is likely to be put into place by all 737 MAX operators in the coming weeks. He again urged caution in connecting the causes of the two accidents, even as Transport Canada felt the new information it used to issue the suspension of the 737 MAX in Canadian airspace crossed a safety threshold.

“[The] new information that we received and analyzed this morning comes from validated satellite-tracking data, suggesting a possible, although unproven similarity in the flight profile of the Lion Air aircraft,” said Garneau, “And I caution that this new information is not conclusive and we must wait [for] further evidence.”

Garneau continued to describe the satellite-tracking data analyzed this morning, which is commonly collected when aircraft take off to provide the course of flight and also an aircraft’s vertical profile, as well as any fluctuations in that vertical profile. “My experts have looked at this and compared it to the flight that occurred with Lion Air six months ago in October; and there are, and I hasten to say not conclusive, but there are similarities that exceed a certain threshold in our minds with respect to the possible cause of what happened in Ethiopia… and that is why we’re taking these measures,” he said.


Transport Canada has been in close communication this morning with Canada’s 787 MAX operators about the safety notice, noting there was “no push back” because they realize the importance of these safety measures. Transport Canada also communicated its decision this morning with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which on March 12 issued a Continued Airworthiness Notification for the Boeing 737 MAX.

RELATED: Transport authorities ground 737 MAX

“My departmental officials continue to monitor the situation and work with international partners, including the investigation agencies and certifying authorities, to establish the conditions for the safe return to service,” said Garneau. “I will not hesitate to take swift action should we discover any additional safety issues. Canadians expect and are entitled to a safe transportation system today and for the future. I want them to be able to fly with confidence.”
Airbus on March 11 in Ingolstadt, Germany, for the first time unveiled a demonstration model of its CityAirbus aircraft, targeting the Urban Air Mobility sector. The French company ultimately expects the electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle to be fully autonomous.

The CityAirbus, which is to be initially equipped with four 140 kW batteries (each generating 110 kWh of energy), eight rotors and seating for four, is scheduled to begin testing this summer in Germany at Manching airfield near Ingolstadt, where CityAirbus development partner Audi Group holds its biggest production site and the second-largest automobile plant in Europe. With 44,000 employees, Audi Ingolstadt by 2017 had produced more than half a million cars.

CityAirbus was developed at Airbus’ factory also nearby in Donauwoerth, Germany. The company is initially targeting a cruise speed of up to 120 km/h and a 50 km range. It is to hold eight fixed-pitch propellers, powered by Siemens direct-drive engines that rely on an equal number of 100 kW electric motors. The fixed-pitch propellers of the CityAirbus present a different concept than Bell’s recently introduced (January 2019, full-scale design) Nexus VTOL, which features six tilting ducted fans – described as Bell’s powered lift concept. The Nexus is to be powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system being developed by Safran.

RELATED: Bell unveils full-scale design of air taxi

Nexus also includes technology partnerships with EPS, which will provide the energy storage systems; Thales, providing Flight Control Computer (FCC) hardware and software; Moog, developing flight control actuation systems; and Garmin will integrate avionics and the vehicle management computer (VMC).

The millions – potentially billions – of R&D dollars being invested by aerospace companies like Airbus, Bell, Boeing and Safran, among others and well-funded start-ups, signals a growing need for aggressive action on regulation. There are also a handful of well-funded aerospace start-ups like Germany’s Volocopter (partnered with Daimler) targeting UAM – and, of course, Uber.

Most helicopter manufacturers, and their key suppliers in areas from engines and structures to avionics and interiors, are in a position to add systems to the Urban Air Mobility sector (UAM), particularly under the current business environment of development partnerships.
UPDATE: March 13, 4:30pm EST: The FAA temporarily suspends Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from U.S. airspace, issuing the following statement: "The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory. The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today. This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision.
WINGS and HELICOPTERS magazines, both properties of Canada’s largest business-to-business media network through parent Annex Business Media, announces WestJet as the Premier Sponsor of the 2019 Careers in Aviation Expo (CIA) program.
MHD-ROCKLAND Services’ recently established Flight Operations Division based at the Keystone Heights Airport in Starke, Florida, focuses on training (pilots and flight engineers) for border patrol and military operations on the P-3 Orion, and its civilian variant the L-285D.

The operation, formed in mid-2017, will leverage WinAir Version 7 to manage its aircraft maintenance programs, while ensuring FAA compliance of their recently acquired fleet of five L-285D (P-3C / CP-140) aircraft. In addition to ramping up operations for these five aircraft, the Flight Operations Division, managed by senior program manager, Todd Falconer, is also preparing for its commercial Aircraft Operator Certificate (AOC).

WinAir explains the Flight Operations Division will concentrate primarily on the training of P-3C flight crews, drawing on the experience of parent company MHD-ROCKLAND Inc., which has operated in the aerospace industry for over 50 years. The parent company is also a U.S. Government channel partner and holds one of the world’s largest privately owned P-3 and C-130 inventories.

WinAir of London, Ont., explains that MHD-ROCKLAND received an initial recommendation to leverage WinAir technology from director of maintenance (DOM), Clifford Sabel, who is a previous WinAir user. “From our initial conversations with our DOM, we knew that we were dealing with an aviation maintenance software provider that had the knowledge, expertise, and experience to help us commence our operation,” said David Dorrance, VP corporate development at MHD-ROCKLAND Inc. “Hearing first-hand about the benefits of working with WinAir spoke volumes about the company’s focus on their client’s success.”

MHD-ROCKLAND Services also used WinAir’s Pre-implementation Consultation service. During this business review, WinAir consultants visited the company’s facility to analyze current processes and provided a comprehensive audit report and change management strategy. WinAir explains, that upon completion of this Pre-implementation Consultation, MHD-ROCKLAND Services reached the conclusion that WinAir Version 7 was the inventory and maintenance software that they required to kick-start its business.

“Assisting our clients with improving their processes based on aviation industry best practices is of the utmost concern for our company,” said WinAir’s managing director, Kyle Vergeer. “We were happy to learn that MHD-ROCKLAND Services found the Pre-implementation Consultation to be beneficial and are thrilled that they have made the decision to sign on with WinAir.”

In addition to selecting WinAir Version 7, MHD-ROCKLAND Services opted to use WinAir’s Aircraft Template and Data Migration services to assist with ease of implementation. With these services, WinAir explains the Florida operation will ensure they are working with accurate information from the start and will gain from significant time-savings.
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