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Dassault Falcon wasted no time in introducing the replacement for the Falcon 5X, announcing an enhanced jet for a similar price. Rod Simpson was present for the introduction of the new Falcon 6X… Occasionally, promising aviation projects can turn into a nightmare. Such was the case for Dassault whose Falcon 5X, originally rolled out at Bordeaux amid a…

Rolls-Royce has agreed to develop turboshaft engine options for Bell’s V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant tiltrotors. The V-280 Valor is powered by GE Aviation’s T64-GE-419 engine, though future variants of the aircraft will feature the option to install a Rolls-Royce power plant, says Bell. Bell V-280 Valor Bell “Bell and Rolls-Royce are developing an end-to-end…

Virgin Trains USA plans to partner with airlines to offer seamless connections to travellers when its extension to Orlando International airport opens, the country’s first in-terminal long-distance rail connection at an airport. The private rail operator, previously known as Brightline, plans to enter into interline agreements with JetBlue Airways and other major airlines via Orlando…

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant compound helicopter made its first flight at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Florida site on 21 March. The Defiant flew without its rear propeller engaged; moving slowly forward, rotating around its centre axis and hovering not far above the tarmac in a video released by Sikorsky and Boeing. The flight lasted more…

Troubled US oil and gas specialist Bristow Group has secured from two finance providers a vital grace period giving it another month in which to file an overdue set of quarterly accounts. Had the lenders – PK AirFinance and Macquarie Leasing – not agreed to the extension until 15 April, Bristow would have been in…

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey first flew 30 years ago today on 19 March 1989. Since, the Bell-Boeing joint venture behind the tiltrotor has produced more than 375 examples, which have accumulated more than 450,000 flight hours, the manufacturers say. The transport is flown by all American military services except the US Army. The US…

By Igor Bozinovski Serbia intends to acquire three Airbus Helicopters H215 heavy-twins for operation by its interior ministry. Deliveries will begin in 2021, running until the following year, says interior minister Nebojsa Stefanovic. Airbus Helicopters Belgrade has existing commitments for nine H145M light-twins, split between its air force (five) and interior ministry (four); an initial…

Jet Airways has delayed paying interest on debentures coming due on 19 March, and grounded four more jets over defaults on lease rentals as the carrier’s cash crunch show little sign of abating. The carrier disclosed that its interest payments “will be delayed owing to temporary liquidity constraints” in a stock exchange statement. It did…

Increased sales at Leonardo’s helicopter division and its electronics, defence and security systems business were the main drivers behind a 4.3% rise in the Italian aerospace group’s revenue in 2018, to €12.2 billion ($13.8 billion). The manufacturer says it delivered 177 rotorcraft during the year ended 31 December – up from 149 units in 2017…

US helicopter operator PHI has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the face of continued weakness in the offshore oil and gas market and other financial pressures. Louisiana-based PHI says it has been working since last spring to address the company’s problems, including its matured debt, and to strengthen its balance sheet. PHI had…