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Latitude Technologies of Victoria, British Columbia, received a Transport Canada issued Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its ENode engine data acquisition unit. The company supplies flight data monitoring, flight-following and satcom technology.
Arved von zur Muehlen has been appointed chief commercial officer for WestJet, a role he is scheduled to begin on January 2, 2019, subject to Canadian Immigration approval.  
An independent jury formed by MPC and PRIME Research selected Airbus for the Innovation Award presented at the AIRTEC 2018 conference, held November 20 to 22, in Munich, Germany. The jury, consisting of experts from both the automotive and aviation industries, concluded that the future of urban air mobility can only be addressed by comprehensive concepts rather than by individual aircraft.
United Technologies Corp. on November 26 announced the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition and plans to separate into three independent companies. By completing the Rockwell Collins acquisition, United Technologies Corp. (UTC) creates one of the world’s largest aerospace systems suppliers, Collins Aerospace Systems. The businesses of Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney are to comprise a new UTC entity.
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, received a $2.76 million interest-free WINN repayable loan by Western Economic Diversification Canada.
The first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft with a medevac interior has been handed over to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS Western Operations). Pilatus presented the key to PC-24 serial number 105 to RFDS CEO Rebecca Tomkinson on November 26 in Stans, Switzerland.
Temperature on the tarmac at Orlando Executive Airport is easily reaching above 100 degrees Fahrenheit even if the official high for October 17 registers 94 – 10 degrees above the norm. A sign of the times, perhaps; dozens of business jets on static display provide a clearer picture of change.
The risk of cyberattacks poses the biggest threat to airports and aviation in general, according to a U.S. airport official. In today’s technologically driven airports, there are basically no areas or functions that do not rely on some type of digital network, Tampa International Airport general counsel Michael Stephens told a joint hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Cyber Security and Transportation Security subcommittees in September.
Is there a depth government won’t sink to interfere with air transport and over-regulate an airline’s right to manage its own capacity? News out of Washington is that Congress passed a bill in September to give the Federal Aviation Administration a year to establish a minimum space between airline seats. Bureaucrats, start your tape measures.
TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the world’s first widebody A330neo, with an order for another 20 such aircraft, which features Airbus’ new Airspace cabin in addition to the improved operating economics and range associated with a new-generation plane. The new aircraft, leased from Avolon, will be deployed on routes from Portugal to the Americas and Africa.


Porter Airlines is sponsoring a new mentorship program with Northern Lights Aero Foundation to attract and retain more women in aviation and aerospace. Claiming to hold the highest percentage of female pilots in Canada among competitors, currently at 13 per cent of its total group, versus what is pegged at a five per cent average for the overall industry, Porter will leverage its strong track record in this area to help develop the NLAF initiative.
Jeju Air, a low-cost airline based in South Korea’s Jeju Island, is ordering 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes with options for 10 additional jets. The deal, valued at up to US$5.9 billion at list prices, is the largest order ever placed by a Korean low-cost carrier.
Boeing and SparkCognition today announced plans to launch SkyGrid, a company that will focus on the future of urban aerial mobility. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid will develop a software platform to help provide safe, secure integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace. This will include working with regulatory agencies to streamline the flight plan approval process for UAVs in a SkyGrid ecosystem.
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development sector led by Navdeep Bains, announced the launch of the Centre for Air Travel Research. To be managed by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the centre is the world's first and only facility designed to study the air travel experience from start to finish; from check-in to terminal, to security, boarding, flying, and deplaning.
Wayne Cave of Chinook Helicopters, fixed-wing division, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, received the 2018 David Charles Abramson Memorial (DCAM) Flight Instructor Safety Award. The presentation was made on November 14 by Adam Wright at Air Transport Association of Canada’s conference and tradeshow in Vancouver, BC.


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