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  • Dash 8 hybrid electric propulsion-c-P&WC
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    P&WC recruits H55 to supply battery for hybrid-electric demonstrator

    2022-05-19T11:00:00Z

    Pratt & Whitney Canada has chosen a battery system supplier for its regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator programme, tying up with Swiss specialist H55. The engine manufacturer is engaged in a government-backed project – partnering with De Havilland Aircraft and Collins Aerospace – to create a regional aircraft, based on the ...

  • Ladoga windtunnel-c-TsAGI
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    Windtunnel tests examine stability of new Russian 44-seat ‘Ladoga’ turboprop

    2022-05-18T11:19:00Z

    Windtunnel tests have been conducted on the Russian 44-seat regional turboprop under development by Ural civil aviation plant UZGA. The low-speed windtunnel and airflow-visualisation tests on the high-wing twin-engined aircraft – formerly the TVRS-44 but subsequently named ‘Ladoga’ – have been carried out at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute. Researchers have ...

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    ATR powers ahead with hybrid-electric Evo

    2022-05-18T07:00:00Z

    Manufacturer kicks off feasibility studies for new hybrid-electric turboprop variant to deliver 20% fuel-burn saving, with new model to arrive before the end of the decade.

  • C919 first customer test flight title-c-Comac
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    First customer C919 conducts maiden test flight

    2022-05-16T08:35:00Z

    China’s first Comac C919 bound for a customer has carried out its first test flight, with a 3h sortie from Shanghai. The twinjet, powered by CFM International Leap-1C engines, lifted off from Pudong airport at 06:52 on 14 May. Comac says the aircraft (B-001J) flew for 3h 2min, and that ...

  • British Airways 787 Trent 1000 engine-c-British Airways
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    Rolls-Royce hopeful on more 787 wins for Trent 1000 as durability issues fade

    2022-05-13T17:47:00Z

    Rolls-Royce is hopeful that it can increase the market share of its Trent 1000 on the Boeing 787 now that the engine’s durability issues are, in its view, behind it.

  • 777-300ER freighter conversion-c-IAI
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    Cargojet turns to IAI for freighter conversion of 777-300ERs

    2022-05-13T05:51:00Z

    Canadian operator Cargojet has signed for conversion of four Boeing 777-300ERs into freighters, through an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries. The Israeli firm has been developing a freighter modification for the twinjet type, a programme initiated in co-operation with US lessor GECAS – since acquired by AerCap. Cargojet is taking ...

  • Echelon 3-c-Venturi
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    Venturi targets 2030 for arrival of all-electric 44-seater

    2022-05-12T10:18:00Z

    Dutch start-up Venturi Aviation remains confident that it can bring to market by 2030 a 44-seat, all-electric regional aircraft which will be more competitive than those offered by the sector’s incumbents, despite the range limitations imposed by battery technology.

  • STOL ATR 42 first flight title-c-ATR
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    Short take-off ATR 42 variant carries out maiden flight

    2022-05-11T12:48:00Z

    Turboprop manufacturer ATR has conducted the maiden flight of a short take-off variant of its ATR 42-600 from Francazal airport near Toulouse. The 30- to 50-seat aircraft, designated the 42-600S, is designed to operate to and from reduced-length runways. ATR says the aircraft (F-WWLY) departed Francazal at 10:00 on 11 ...

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    PD-8 nears installation on Il-76 testbed as bench work wraps up

    2022-05-11T09:35:00Z

    Russian state technology firm Rostec is edging towards flying the Aviadvigatel PD-8 prototype engine on an Ilyushin Il-76 testbed, following completion of bench tests. The PD-8 is intended as an alternative powerplant on the Irkut Superjet 100, as well as an engine for the Beriev Be-200 amphibian. Rostec says the ...

  • ZeroAvia HARE infrastructure title-c-ZeroAvia
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    Hydrogen refuellers to support ZeroAvia’s US flight-test programme

    2022-05-10T07:09:00Z

    Hydrogen-electric propulsion specialist ZeroAvia is co-operating with Shell affiliates which will design and construct commercial-scale mobile refuellers for the company’s California test facility. The agreement will support ZeroAvia’s flight-test programme following the recent delivery of a Dornier 228 to the site. This aircraft is to be fitted with the company’s ...

  • Air France A350F-c-Air France
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    Single-aisle orders lift Airbus figures while long-haul activity remains stagnant

    2022-05-09T16:49:00Z

    Airbus’s single-aisle business was lifted in April by the order for 80 jets from lessor BOC Aviation, although the drought of twin-aisle activity was alleviated only slightly by Air Frances’s firming of four A350 freighters. BOC has ordered 60 A321neos and 20 A320neos. Air Canada and Iberia are taking four ...

  • Texel Air 737-800BCF-c-Texel Air
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    Texel Air to take another pair of 737-800 freighters

    2022-05-09T09:25:00Z

    Middle Eastern operator Texel Air is ordering another pair of Boeing 737-800 converted freighters, having received the region’s first example in January. The Bahraini cargo carrier has signed an agreement to acquire the additional jets, according to Boeing. It already had orders for two of the modified jets and will ...

  • Finnair A321-c-AirTeamImages
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    APOC and SmartLynx source four ex-Finnair A321s for freighter conversion

    2022-05-06T11:07:00Z

    Aircraft trader APOC Aviation and Latvian carrier SmartLynx Airlines have together purchased a package of four former Finnair Airbus A321s for passenger-to-freighter conversion.

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

    2022-05-06T10:50:00Z

    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 ...

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    Airbus to introduce new Thales flight-management system across range

    2022-05-06T06:05:00Z

    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
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    Software snag spurs urgent A350 directive on elevator control

    2022-05-05T13:18:00Z

    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
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    Airbus chief insists titanium sourcing ‘protected’ over near term

    2022-05-05T11:00:00Z

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

    2022-05-04T21:23:00Z

    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
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    Airbus pushes back A321XLR service entry to 2024

    2022-05-04T20:32:00Z

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

    2022-05-03T11:22:00Z

    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 ...