Aircraft News

GE Aviation’s CT7-2F1 turboshaft engine received Federal Aviation Administration type certification. The engine is a variant of the CT7 family of turboshafts and is to power the forthcoming Bell 525 Relentless, a twin-engined, medium-lift helicopter. The CT7 family of turboshafts also power the Leonardo AW189 and Sikorsky S-92. Bell 525 flight test Bell The Bell…

Russian carrier Red Wings has scrapped plans to acquire a batch of Airbus A220-300s, citing economic considerations for the decision. Red Wings had disclosed last year that it was intending to lease six aircraft – then still known as the Bombardier CS300 – for services on its joint network with Nordavia. It had planned to…

Asiana Airlines suspended share trading on the Korea Exchange on 22 March. In a brief stock exchange statement, the carrier attributed the suspension to an “audit opinion non-conformity”. South Korean media reports indicate that Asiana’s external auditors Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers have issued a “limited opinion” on the airline’s audited report. A report from news.joins.com indicate that…

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…

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…