Aircraft News

Cirium is the new identity for the FlightGlobal data and analytics business which combines key databases and intelligence tools for the aviation and air travel industries. Christopher Flook, Cirium chief executive, says the revamp will allow the organisation to communicate its breadth and depth of expertise to an increasingly diverse client base. “We have been…

Airbus Helicopters has ruled out the launch of any new civil rotorcraft in the short-term thanks to continued market weakness. “We do not see a need for a new helicopter in the next two to three years,” said chief executive Bruno Even, speaking in Marginane on 18 January. Although the manufacturer delivered a robust performance…

Cathay Pacific expects to post a net profit of around HK$2.3 billion ($293 million) for 2018, with signs that its transformation programme is delivering results. The guidance represents a major turnaround on the HK$1.26 billion net loss posted in 2017. “In 2018, the passenger business benefited from capacity growth, a focus on customer service and…

Qantas’s underlying profit before tax for the six months to December 2018 fell 19% to A$780 million ($559 million), as higher fuel costs offset increases in revenue.. Revenue rose 5.8% to A$9.2 billion, as RPKs grew by a marginal 0.7% despite a 0.5% decline in ASKs. Expenses were up 9% on the back of a…

The US Coast Guard commenced low-rate initial production of its service life extension and avionics upgrade programme for its Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin short range recovery helicopters. Three aircraft have been converted into the upgraded MH-65E “Echo” variant, with the first helicopter rolling off the production line on 18 December 2018, the US Coast Guard says….

Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office against the US Army’s decision to award General Electric Aviation a contract to develop a new turbine engine for the service’s helicopters. The US Army awarded a $517 million contract to General Electric on 1 February to complete engineering and manufacturing development…

Airbus Helicopters insists its offer for the US Navy’s TH-XX trainer contest provides the “lowest risk” of any bid, despite proposing a twin- rather than single-engined rotorcraft. The navy’s Request for Proposals (RFP) is “engine agnostic”, and the airframer is bidding its H135 light-twin for the 130-unit competition to replace the navy’s fleet of legacy…

Airbus Helicopters has pitched a design based on its high-speed X3 technology for a US Army programme to deliver a new armed scout rotorcraft in the mid-2020s.The move, revealed by chief executive Bruno Even, will see the European manufacturer attempt to break the stranglehold of US airframers on the army’s Future Vertical Lift effort.Bell and…

With many of the big decisions in life, and buying an airplane is definitely one of them, it takes a bit of discipline to make decisions that balance practicality and emotion. That’s understandable, as those kinds of decisions, from buying a house to deciding on a new job, revolve around some of our most important…

The FAA approved a program last September to encourage private aircraft owners to install ADS-B Out equipment as soon as possible by providing a monetary incentive. Unfortunately, the program is only authorized to last for one year, and the last date to register for a rebate is September 18, 2017. This program will send you…