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  • ZeroAvia Dornier 228-c-ZeroAvia

    ZeroAvia receives second Dornier 228 to support US hydrogen-electric certification


    Hybrid-electric propulsion specialist ZeroAvia has taken delivery of a second Dornier 228 which will supplement the conversion and test programme already underway on another of the type. The 19-seat aircraft will be US-based, located in California, and act as a platform for new component and integration tests. Registered N409VA, the ...

  • FMS-c-Thales

    Airbus to introduce new Thales flight-management system across range


    Airbus has selected Thales to provide a new flight-management system for its aircraft range, based on the French aerospace company’s PureFlyt product. The system has been adapted to Airbus’s specific requirements and is intended to become available at the end of 2026. It will be used for the A350 and ...

  • A350-1000 tail-c-Airbus

    Software snag spurs urgent A350 directive on elevator control


    Operators of certain Airbus A350s have been instructed urgently to implement a number of operational and dispatch restrictions over a software snag which could lead to loss of elevator control. The issue centres on the introduction of a flight-control software standard, known as X13, on production aircraft and which is ...

  • A320neo production-c-Airbus

    Airbus chief insists titanium sourcing ‘protected’ over near term


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury believes the airframer has sufficient protection in titanium supply, following the imposition of sanctions on the Russian market. Speaking during a first-quarter briefing, Faury insisted that Airbus’s operations on the supply side were protected in the “short to medium term”. The company is looking to ...

  • A320neo-c-Airbus

    Airbus commits to building 75 A320s a month after supply-chain analysis


    Airbus is committing to a substantial hike in A320 production rates to 75 aircraft monthly over the next three years. Chief executive Guillaume Faury disclosed during a first-quarter briefing that the airframer aimed to reach the output level in 2025. The company had already been moving to raise the monthly ...

  • A321XLR paint-c-Airbus

    Airbus pushes back A321XLR service entry to 2024


    Airbus has pushed back entry into service of the long-range A321XLR, as a result of certification demands. The aircraft – which the airframer aims to fly by the end of the second quarter – had originally been intended for initial deliveries next year. But Airbus says “certification requirements” have meant ...

  • A320neo take-off-c-Airbus

    Airbus tweaks A320 software to address rare go-around pitch-up anomaly


    Airbus has tweaked the flight guidance software for A320-family jets to address a pitch-up issue which could occur under certain circumstances on go-around. The modification followed an incident involving an unstable approach by an A321neo during which a go-around was initiated with the autopilot engaged. According to the European Union ...

  • A321XLR forward-c-Airbus

    Airbus rolls out initial A321XLR in livery highlighting twinjet’s range


    Airbus has unveiled the paint scheme on its first A321XLR, the longest-range variant of its single-aisle twinjet range. The aircraft is carrying a livery featuring landmarks from New York and Rome, on its port side and London and New Delhi on the starboard, to illustrate the additional range of the ...

  • A320neo CFM Leap-c-Airbus

    Further A320neo rate rise could be on the cards as CFM agrees 2024 Leap-1A delivery volumes


    Airbus may be preparing to confirm a further rate rise in 2024 for its A320neo family after engine supplier CFM International agreed to an unspecified delivery volume for that year.

  • STOL-c-ATR

    ATR readies first STOL prototype for early stage flight tests


    Turboprop manufacturer ATR is nearing completion of the first phase of modifications to a 42-600 test aircraft to turn it into a short take-off and landing (STOL) variant.

  • C919_Test aircraft

    Comac aircraft not an ‘investable asset’ for Avolon - at least in the short term: Slattery


    Chinese airframer Comac may have to wait several more decades before Western lessors back its aircraft, but that point will nonetheless definitely arrive, says Avolon’s chief executive.

  • L-410NG-c-UGMK

    Czech firm acquires L-410 manufacturer Aircraft Industries from Russian owners


    Czech defence electronics and aviation technology company Omnipol Group has agreed to acquire the entirety of the aerospace firm Aircraft Industries from its Russian owners. Russian mining entity UGMK has controlled the company since 2008 when it acquired a 51% share of the firm, which produces aircraft including the L-410 ...

  • Qatar A350-1000 MSN420-c-Airbus

    Airbus and Qatar Airways wrestle over right to resell rejected A350s


    Among the legal jousts between Airbus and Qatar Airways arising from their court clash is an attempt by the airline to prevent the airframer from reselling A350s built for the carrier but individually cancelled after Qatar’s refusal to take delivery. Airbus has been cancelling A350s which had been completed and ...

  • ePlane2-c-HarbourAir

    Harbour Air plans first flight of certifiable electric Beaver by end-2023


    Canadian regional operator Harbour Air will not begin flight testing a certifiable version of its modified electric-powered seaplane until late 2023, blaming supply chain issues and a revised development process for the delay.

  • Qatar A321neo-c-Airbus

    Qatar loses court bid to force Airbus to build cancelled A321neos


    Qatar Airways has lost a bid to force Airbus to continue producing A321neo jets, after a judge in London dismissed a request from the airline after the airframer cancelled Qatar’s order for 50 of the type. FlightGlobal was in London’s High Court to hear the ruling on 26 April, which ...

  • MC-21-310

    Domestic radio systems under development for MC-21


    Russia’s Irkut MC-21 will have an option for domestically-built communications systems, under the government’s import substitution strategy for the aviation industry. The Ruselectronics division of state technology firm Rostec has developed short- and long-range systems for the twinjet. Rostec says the division’s Polet arm will deliver 20 radio units, and ...

  • Airbus Broughton-c-Airbus

    Airbus avoids strikes at UK plants as workers accept revised pay offer


    Airbus appears to have averted the threat of industrial action at key UK plants after workers accepted an improved pay offer. The offer comprises an 8.6% pay rise over 13 months, a backdated payment, and additional holiday time over the next two years. Acceptance of the pay deal follows a ...

  • A330-800-c-Airbus

    EASA certifies A330-800 with 251t take-off weight


    Airbus has secured formal certification of the 251t version of the A330-800, the highest weight variant available for the twinjet. The airframer had indicated in February that certification tests on the aircraft were complete and that European Union Aviation Safety Agency approval was likely in April. Airbus first flew the ...

  • eXtra Wing Performance title-c-Airbus

    Windtunnel tests advance Airbus active-wing demonstrator


    Airbus is progressing towards flight-testing a demonstrator based on the Cessna Citation VIII executive jet, which will feature advanced wing technologies, following completion of windtunnel testing. The airframer’s ‘eXtra Performance Wing’ programme is intended to explore active wing control through such modifications as pop-up spoilers, gust sensors and multifunctional trailing ...

  • Qatar A321neo-c-Airbus

    Legal spotlight of Qatar A350 dispute turns to cancelled A321neos


    One consequence of Qatar Airways’ bitter dispute with Airbus over A350 fuselage paint deterioration has been Airbus’s cancellation of the carrier’s A321neo order, with the result that the airline is attempting to block the termination. Airbus’s legal argument for the 17 January cancellation of the 50 A321neos is based on ...