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  • FLIGHT TEST: Gulfstream goes farther and faster with G650ER

    News | 06 Mar 2015 11:24 | Mike Gerzanics

    It has been over ten years since I flew a large cabin Gulfstream when, I was awed by the G550’s ability to fly eight passengers in comfort over 12,500km (6,760nm). With the clean sheet G650 Gulfstream has advanced the state of the art in several areas. Since it received FAA certification in September  2012, over 100 examples of the large cabin ultra-long range twin jet have been delivered. The G650ER is an enhanced range version of the G650, offering sumptuous accommodations and a 925km range increase. When Flight International was offered an opportunity to fly the G650ER, I was excited to see just how far Gulfstream had raised the bar over the last decade.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/FLIGHT-TEST-Gulfstream-goes-farther-and-faster-with-G650ER-409557/
  • Marenco tweaks rotor hub design on SH-09

    News | 05 Mar 2015 17:00 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Marenco Swiss Helicopter is making tweaks to the main rotor hub of the SH-09 light-single based on data from flight tests that began last October.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Marenco-tweaks-rotor-hub-design-on-SH-09-409829/
  • Sikorsky plans vibration-free helicopter demo

    News | 05 Mar 2015 15:28 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Sikorsky plans to complete development of a hub-mounted vibration suppressor (HMVS) for helicopters with a follow-up demonstration later this year, says a top engineering executive.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Sikorsky-plans-vibration-free-helicopter-demo-409819/
  • ​Sikorsky considers shuttering, selling light helicopter lines

    News | 05 Mar 2015 13:55 | Dan Parsons

    Sikorsky has canceled production of the S434 light single helicopter and divesting two other light helicopter production lines is under consideration, company officials say.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Sikorsky-considers-shuttering-selling-light-helicopter-lines-409816/
  • Start-up proposes radical approach to high-speed VTOL

    News | 04 Mar 2015 20:27 | Stephen Trimble

    ​As a new era of high-speed rotorcraft unfolds, a California-based aviation start-up unveiled yet a new approach to solving the puzzle of vertical flight: a combination tilt-wing and joined-wing with propulsive pitch control.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Start-up-proposes-radical-approach-to-high-speed-VTOL-409779/
  • Composite Helicopters to revive KC630 flight tests after crash

    News | 04 Mar 2015 18:42 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Flight tests of the KC630 light-single should resume by the end of the year after New Zealand-based Composite Helicopters integrates design changes adopted following a non-fatal crash of a prototype in November.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Composite-Helicopters-to-revive-KC630-flight-tests-after-crash-409775/
  • Germany's FAI Rent-a-Jet posts record profits

    News | 04 Mar 2015 16:55 | Kate Sarsfield

    German business aircraft charter and management company FAI Rent-a-Jet has posted record profits for 2014, thanks largely to an increase in global demand for its air ambulance service.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Germanys-FAI-Rent-a-Jet-posts-record-profits-409763/
  • First UK-registered Challenger 350 enters service with Naljets

    News | 04 Mar 2015 12:39 | Kate Sarsfield

    ​Business aviation charter and management company Naljets has taken delivery of the first UK-registered Bombardier Challenger 350. The aircraft joins a second super-midsize type – a Gulfstream G200 – and a large cabin Challenger 605 in service with the Newcastle, northern England-headquartered operator.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/First-UK-registered-Challenger-350-enters-service-with-Naljets-409746/
  • Royal Jet awards BBJ engine MRO contract to SR Technics

    News | 04 Mar 2015 09:57 | Kate Sarsfield

    VVIP charter operator, Royal Jet, has awarded Switzerland's SR Technics a five-year contract to maintain, repair and overhaul the CFM International CFM56-7B engines on its six Boeing Business Jets - the largest BBJ fleet.in the world.  Work on the first narrowbody began late last month at SR Technics facility in Zurich..http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Royal-Jet-awards-BBJ-engine-MRO-contract-to-SR-Technics-409711/
  • Honda Aircraft installs first HondaJet simulator as certification nears

    News | 04 Mar 2015 04:20 | Kate Sarsfield

    ​Honda Aircraft is installing the first HondaJet simulator at its headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina ahead of the light business jet’s entry into service in the first half of this year.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Honda-Aircraft-installs-first-HondaJet-simulator-as-certification-nears-409678/
  • Daher drops Socata brand from the TBM line

    News | 04 Mar 2015 04:07 | Kate Sarsfield

    ​French industrial conglomerate and aerostructures company Daher, has dropped the Socata branding from its TBM line ending a 26-year association between two well-known names in the business and general aviation industry.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Daher-drops-Socata-brand-from-the-TBM-line-409686/
  • Air Methods launches Bell 407GXP with blockbuster order

    News | 04 Mar 2015 03:56 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Bell Helicopter launched a slightly heavier weight variant of the 407GX with an blockbuster order for 200 aircraft from Air Methods, a helicopter emergency services company.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Air-Methods-launches-Bell-407GXP-with-blockbuster-order-409728/
  • Bristow endorses AW609 for commercial ops

    News | 03 Mar 2015 23:47 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Helicopter services provider Bristow has agreed to work with AgustaWestland to optimise the AW609 for commercial operations, as it endorses the capabilities of the first civil tiltrotor aircraft to enter certification testing.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Bristow-endorses-AW609-for-commercial-ops-409721/
  • Robinson Helicopter sees R66 bounce-back in 2015

    News | 03 Mar 2015 22:51 | Stephen Trimble

    ​After a steep drop in production in 2014, Robinson Helicopter expects sales and deliveries to rebound this year and remain at least steady for the long-term.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Robinson-Helicopter-sees-R66-bounce-back-in-2015-409720/
  • MD Helicopters to redesign MD902 Explorer

    News | 03 Mar 2015 22:44 | Stephen Trimble

    MD Helicopters has announced plans to redesign the MD902 Explorer light-twin utility helicopter with new parts developed in-house as part of a campaign to boost sales by making the aircraft more affordable.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/MD-Helicopters-to-redesign-MD902-Explorer-409719/
  • Aeris launches Eclipse 550 shared-ownership programme

    News | 03 Mar 2015 13:50 | Kate Sarsfield

    ​Aeris Aviation – the independent European distributor for the Eclipse 550 – has launched what is believed to be first shared ownership programme in Europe for the very light jet, and hopes to sign up the scheme’s first owners before the end of the month.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Aeris-launches-Eclipse-550-shared-ownership-programme-409676/
  • ​Bell Helicopter sees success in 2015 for clean-sheet commercial rotorcraft

    News | 03 Mar 2015 00:46 | Dan Parsons

    Bell Helicopter is betting on two clean-sheet commercial rotorcraft to boost its presence in the civilian helicopter market, and, while neither has entered production, the company has hundreds of customers lined up for the light-single and super-medium offerings.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Bell-Helicopter-sees-success-in-2015-for-clean-sheet-commercial-rotorcraft-409651/
  • Solar Impulse 2 completes 12h training flight

    News | 26 Feb 2015 17:46 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Only days before launching a historic, round-the-world flight, the Solar Impulse 2 staged a 12h test flight on 26 February from Abu Dhabi.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Solar-Impulse-2-completes-12h-training-flight-409506/
  • National Police Air Service to close ten bases

    News | 26 Feb 2015 16:07 | Kate Sarsfield

    ​The National Police Air Service (NPAS) of England and Wales is closing ten bases over the next two years a following hefty cut to its budget. The publicly-funded service will operate 23 aircraft from 15 sites strategically located across the two regions.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/National-Police-Air-Service-to-close-ten-bases-409492/
  • Many pilots 'medically-impaired' due to toxic cabin air

    News | 26 Feb 2015 08:09 | David Learmount

    ​The Global Cabin Air Quality Executive heard at its annual conference in London yesterday that at least 3% of airline pilots are flying with degraded physical and mental performance caused by repeated exposure to neurotoxins in the aircraft cabin air, and may become actually incapacitated during flight if their exposure continues.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Many-pilots-medically-impaired-due-to-toxic-cabin-air-409456/
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