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August 27, 2014, 10:11 AM
First Qatar Airways A350-900

Launch customer Qatar Airways released photos of the first Airbus A350-900 it expects to receive this year, freshly painted at the manufacturer’s assembly plant in Toulouse, France. The airline has ordered 80 of the new widebodies: 43 A350-900s and 37 -1000s.

August 27, 2014, 7:54 AM

The deployment of four UK Royal Air Force Tornado combat aircraft to perform overwatch of Iraq, and an unconfirmed report last week that more might be deployed to do surveillance of northern Nigeria, serves to illustrate the ongoing value of the aging but effective “Tonka.” Although the RAF fleet is due to be retired in 2019 in favor of the F-35, upgrades are ongoing, with another one announced recently. Meanwhile, the German air force intends to keep its Tornado fleet until at least 2025, with its own upgrades.

August 26, 2014, 10:08 PM
Advanced Hypersonic Weapon

The U.S. Army terminated the second test flight of its Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) concept vehicle soon after launching it on August 25 after detecting a “flight anomaly,” the Pentagon said.

August 26, 2014, 5:07 PM

The engineering team for GE Aviation’s new GE9X turbofan has completed development of the new carbon fiber composite material that will allow the powerplant for Boeing’s new 777X airliner to use fewer, thinner fan blades. Combined with the use of new composite case technology developed for the GEnx program, the engine will be around 1,000 pounds lighter than its predecessor.

August 26, 2014, 3:10 PM

Following a “tepid” first quarter, business aviation flying made a strong comeback in the second quarter, according to business aircraft hourly-cost maintenance provider JSSI. The company’s business aviation index for the second quarter shows that global business aviation flight activity ramped up by 8 percent quarter-over-quarter and 3 percent from a year ago.

August 26, 2014, 3:01 PM

Pilatus Aircraft has signed a 10-year agreement with Tata Aircraft Systems Ltd. (TASL) for assembly of PC-12 aerostructures at TASL’s facility in Hyderabad, India. Under the deal, TASL will deliver the first complete PC-12 NG structure in the second half of 2016. The project includes tooling, jigs and training of TASL’s personnel at Pilatus facilities in Switzerland.

August 26, 2014, 2:56 PM

Second-quarter business jet deliveries climbed by 30 percent in North America, but this gain was more than offset by deficits in the rest of the world, according to data released yesterday by UBS Global Research. Global business jet shipments, excluding very light jets, fell 1 percent during the quarter, dragged down by losses in other world regions: -50 percent in Asia-Pacific outside China/India, -39 percent in China/India, -23 percent in Western Europe and -21 percent in emerging countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

August 26, 2014, 2:51 PM

The Melbourne (Fla.) Airport Authority is expected to approve Embraer Executive Aircraft’s plans for a Legacy 450/500 assembly facility during a special meeting tomorrow morning. Embraer has proposed constructing a $76 million, 250,000-sq-ft building that would be situated between its business jet delivery center and Phenom 100/300 assembly facility on the north side of Melbourne International Airport.

August 26, 2014, 2:48 PM

An EASA rule that takes effect in October opens the door to offshore oil-and-gas helicopter passengers’ using personal electronic devices (PED), but operators seem unlikely to go ahead with the much-desired change. The Annex 4 of Part-CAT grants exceptions to the general principle–no PED use in flight–and makes it clear that implementation is at the discretion of the operator. A company can thus allow the use of PEDs during all phases of flight, though transmitting PEDs such as cellphones are not allowed to be used during taxi, takeoff and landing.

August 26, 2014, 2:45 PM

The delayed ADS-B OUT equipage mandate in Europe has been voted for by the European Union’s Single Sky Committee, but it has not yet been adopted by the European Commission, according to a spokesman for the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport Unit E2–Single Sky & Modernization of Air Traffic Control. The adoption and publication in the official journal of the amendment to regulation No.

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