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July 31, 2014 - 12:05pm

Bombardier confirmed on Thursday that it is engaged in discussions with Chinese interests over possible production of the Q400 turboprop regional airliner in that country, presenting it with another option for advancing the program’s geographical presence while political disturbances threaten to disrupt a planned partnership in Russia.

July 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

Although the Italian Prosecutor has discontinued investigations of alleged wrongdoings in the sale of 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters to India for VVIP transport, the fate of the aircraft remains unclear. AgustaWestland has agreed to pay a “negligible fine (which)…is not in any way an admission of any wrongdoing or liability,” said a statement from Finmeccanica, which further noted that the Prosecutor had “specifically acknowledged the non-involvement” of the parent company.

July 30, 2014 - 2:15pm

[Updated July 30 with new information]

July 30, 2014 - 12:47pm

Final assembly of the Boeing 787-10, the newest and longest member of the Dreamliner family of airplanes, will take place exclusively in North Charleston, S.C., the manufacturer announced today.

July 30, 2014 - 11:46am

Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders told investment analysts on Wednesday that he doesn’t see an impending end to the upward cycle in demand for airliners despite the spate of order cancellations Airbus’s civil division suffered during the first half of the year.

July 30, 2014 - 9:40am

Boeing’s 2014 commercial pilot and mechanic demand forecast, released today, reflects a 7-percent increase in pilot demand over last year’s projections and a 5-percent increase in the outlook for mechanics. In all, the world’s aviation system will require 533,000 new commercial airlines pilots and 584,000 new commercial airline mechanics over the next 20 years, according to Boeing.

July 29, 2014 - 4:42pm

The International Civil Aviation Organization has agreed to establish a task force early next week to identify “gaps” in the system used by the airline industry to assess risk of flying over conflict zones.

July 29, 2014 - 4:30pm

Czech airframer Aero Vodochody has confirmed two customers for most, possibly all, of the L-159 advanced light combat aircraft (ALCA) that were surplus to Czech air force requirements. American tactical flight support contractor Draken International will acquire up to 28 aircraft, redesignated L-159E. Meanwhile, a deal with Iraq finally reached the contract stage last month, an Aero Vodochody spokesman told AIN at the Farnborough Air Show.

July 29, 2014 - 9:30am

The apparent lack of a cohesive international system for assessing threats in airspace over conflict zones has revealed itself again in differing conclusions reached by major Persian Gulf airlines about the dangers of flying over Iraq.

July 28, 2014 - 6:30pm

Grob Aircraft revealed another military customer for the G 120TP turboprop trainer. The Mexican air force has ordered 25 and optioned another 15 in a deal worth about $110 million including ground-based training aids. Indonesia, Argentina and Kenya previously selected the German-built aircraft.

 
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