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    EASA draws up initial certification requirements for electric and hybrid engines


    European aviation safety regulators have drawn up an initial set of certification requirements for electric or hybrid propulsion systems for future aircraft types. The in-depth special condition has been shaped from an initial proposal in January last year, following extensive comments from multiple aerospace companies including Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, ...

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    Airbus names new COO as defence and technology chiefs step down


    Airbus has named Alberto Gutierrez as its chief operating officer, succeeding Michael Schoellhorn, who will take over as the head of the company’s Defence and Space division. The change follows Defence and Space chief executive Dirk Hoke’s decision to leave the European aerospace giant. Gutierrez is currently executive ...

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    Latest Il-96-300 conducts maiden flight from Voronezh


    United Aircraft has conducted the maiden flight of the latest production Ilyushin Il-96-300, an aircraft which will be delivered to the Russian government as a special operations platform. The four-engined jet – registered RA-96024 and fitted with Aviadvigatel PS-90A powerplants – lifted off from the Voronezh facility of airframer ...

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    Slip in Airbus order total illustrates 12-month impact of crisis


    Analysis of Airbus backlog data over the year since the onset of the air transport crisis shows the airframer’s overall orders fell during the period, an extraordinary contrast to its strong annual performances over the previous decade. Airbus’s order total had risen each year by an average of over ...

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    Airbus reveals order for 20 A220s


    Airbus has revealed that an undisclosed customer has ordered 20 A220-300s, while lessor Avolon has signed for eight A320neo-family jets. The agreements in March bring the airframer’s gross order figure to 39 aircraft for the first quarter of this year. But cancellation of eight single-aisle jets – five ...

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    Airbus to test laser-based communications on airborne platform


    Airbus is aiming to integrate a laser-based communications demonstrator on an aircraft for flight testing by the middle of next year. The project, known as UltraAir, is intended to demonstrate high-speed data rate communications with geostationary satellites. Airbus and the Dutch applied scientific research organisation TNO will jointly ...

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    A350 to be converted into Lufthansa’s latest atmospheric research platform


    One of Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900s is undergoing an extensive conversion programme, being fitted with equipment to enable the twinjet to operate as the carrier’s latest climate research platform. The aircraft (D-AIXJ) was delivered to the German flag-carrier three years ago, in May 2018. Lufthansa says it will be ...

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    MC-21 back in Moscow after completing natural icing tests


    Source: United Aircraft Flight-test aircraft 73051 was transferred to Arkhangelsk for the natural icing tests

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    Airbus switching A320neo family from mechanical to electronic rudder control


    Airbus is aiming to replace the mechanical rudder controls on A320neo-family aircraft, switching to a full electric rudder system by early 2024. The modification will coincide with the entry into service of the long-range A321XLR which is being developed with the ‘E-rudder’ architecture in mind. While the initial ...

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    Vietnam allows airspace permission for 737 Max


    Vietnam has given the green light for the Boeing 737 Max to transit through its airspace, but stopped short of an outright approval for the type’s return to service. 

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    EASA validates 737 Max 8-200 certification


    European safety regulators have granted type certificate validation to the Boeing 737 Max 8-200, new high-density variant of the re-engined twinjet. In a certification document revision the European Union Aviation Safety Agency lists a validation date of 6 April, following US FAA certification on 31 March. The 8-200 ...

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    Fiji Airways set to return 737 Max to service


    Fiji Airways is set to be the first Asia-Pacific carrier to return the Boeing 737 Max into service, after Fijian civil aviation authorities lifted the grounding of the narrowbody.

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    Airbus shapes A321XLR systems layout with low-tech and hi-tech mock-ups


    One of the Airbus A321neo fuselage sections previously intended for delivery to South American operator LATAM has instead been supporting the A321XLR development programme as a system integration platform. Originally a standard A321LR centre and aft section, the fuselage of MSN8531 was withdrawn from the Hamburg Finkenwerder production line ...

  • MNG Airlines A330-300P2F-c-EFW

    MNG opts for A330-300 freighter conversions after dropping A330-200Fs


    Turkish carrier MNG Airlines has signed up for two Airbus A330-300 converted freighters, having previously abandoned orders for new-built A330-200Fs. MNG Airlines has contracted with joint-venture conversion specialist EFW for the two passenger-to-freighter aircraft, the first of which has been newly inducted to EFW’s Dresden facility for modification. ...

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    Mid-2030s zero-emission aircraft horizon 'credible': Airbus chief


    Airbus chief Guillaume Faury insists a 2035 entry-into-service horizon for zero-emission aircraft is “credible”, given the advancing work on hydrogen power. Six months ago the airframer unveiled proposed designs for zero-emissions aircraft, including a blended-wing body concept alongside more conventional twinjet and turboprop configurations. “We think it’s going ...

  • Il-112V-c-VASO

    United Aircraft restarts flight-testing of Il-112V military transport


    Source: VASO Flight-testing of the light military transport resumed at Voronezh on 30 March

  • Sir Stephen Hillier-c-CAA

    How the RAF’s former chief intends to marshal a post-Brexit CAA


    While the UK’s decision to leave EASA remains a source of contention, the CAA’s new chair Sir Stephen Hillier is determined that the agency can rise to the challenge and demonstrate its status as a “world-class regulator”.

  • A220-300 in Airbus livery

    Safran switches seat models on A220


    Safran is replacing the passenger seat models it provides on the Airbus A220 as the sole supplier-furnished equipment (SFE) manufacturer.

  • ES-19-c-Heart Aerospace

    Finnair signals interest in up to 20 of Heart’s ES-19 electric aircraft


    Finnair has signed a letter of interest through which it could acquire up to 20 electric-powered regional aircraft under development by Heart Aerospace. The 19-seat aircraft project, the ES-19, was unveiled by the Swedish-based manufacturer in 2019. Heart Aerospace is aiming to put the aircraft into commercial service ...

  • Dash 8-400-c-De Havilland Canada

    EASA clears 90-seat Dash 8-400 for European operations


    European operators of the De Havilland Canada (DHC) Dash 8-400 could soon be carrying up to 90 passengers in the twin-turboprop after the bloc’s regulator approved the modification.