Aircraft News

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…

Sometimes getting around to doing something isn’t as much a matter of planning or decisiveness as it is pure circumstance. Such was the case for me when I got the message that it was time to do some transponder work on my vintage Cherokee. Like many VFR pilots, I request flight following whenever I fly…

You know the sound. You get in your vehicle, put the key in the ignition, turn the key, and hear the starter turn over in a slow, ow, ow, ow growl…until it dies. You have a dead battery, and you need a jump to get going. So you jump it. Once you have it started,…

1973 Cessna 177b (Cardinal) It’s probably not all that often that an airplane owner brings their plane in for an annual inspection and leaves with a smile. However, for seven years I was lucky enough to have that experience. During that time, I lived in Delaware, and the shop I used for my annual was…

Aerolineas Argentinas has signed for four Airbus A330-200s as part of a fleet modernisation plan. The purchase agreement follows a tentative deal for four 272-seat twinjets reached towards the end of last year. Aerolineas has yet to disclose an engine selection for the aircraft. It had originally said it intended to take delivery of two in early 2015,…

Author : Flight Global Deliveries of business and general aviation aircraft continued their resurgence last year thanks to the rising demand for midsize jets and piston-engined types, according to the latest statistics from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), released on 11 February. Worldwide shipments between January and December climbed by over 4% to 2,454…