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    Neumann nets new roles at Deutsche Aircraft


    Deutsche Aircraft has appointed Nico Neumann as chief operating officer and joint managing director.

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    Airbus invites public to submit artistic ideas for A350F promotional livery


    Airbus is opening a public competition to design a livery for its new A350 freighter, which is expected to conduct its first flight in 2024. The competition – to be formally launched on 4 October – will run for around eight weeks with submissions due by 28 November. Airbus says ...

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    Beyond C919 certification euphoria, Comac confronts sobering realities


    Getting its C919 certificated is only the start of a potentially long journey for Chinese airframer Comac, as it will have to scale up production and grow orders amid simmering geopolitical tensions.

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    Iberia receives first A350 with updated weights and interior


    Spanish carrier Iberia has become the first to take delivery of the latest updated version of the Airbus A350-900. Airbus’s new production standard increases the use of advanced materials to trim the weight by 1.2t, while the maximum take-off weight has been raised by 3t. FlightGlobal had disclosed in June ...

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    China certificates C919 amid little media fanfare


    Chinese civil aviation regulators appear to have certificated Comac’s C919 narrowbody jet, a significant milestone which paves the way for a possible service entry by year-end.

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    ZeroAvia targets Cessna Grand Caravan for fuel cell conversion


    Advanced powertrain developer ZeroAvia has selected the Cessna Grand Caravan as the launch platform for its ZA600 hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system, with certification targeted for 2025.

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    Twenty advanced aircraft projects approved for funding under Clean Aviation scheme


    Twenty proposed projects for the European Union’s Clean Aviation scheme have been selected for funding, after a deadline for candidate programmes closed in June. The strategic research effort is intended to advance promising technologies for developing new aircraft – hydrogen-powered, hybrid-electric regional, and ultra-efficient short-range models – and speed the ...

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    SSJ-New testing advances with static-airframe assembly


    Two Irkut SSJ-New twinjets are under construction for flight-testing, as another airframe is assembled for life-cycle tests in Moscow. The flight-test aircraft are among five airframes being built simultaneously at United Aircraft’s facilities. United Aircraft says the SSJ-New, which will have Aviadvigatel PD-8 engines, will include some 40 domestic systems ...

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    Second A321XLR flight-test aircraft joins certification programme


    Airbus has commenced flight-testing with a second A321XLR, this time fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines, after it departed on its maiden sortie from Hamburg Finkenwerder to Toulouse on 23 September. The airframer is using four aircraft for the XLR certification programme, although only three will have been specifically ...

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    Airbus cautiously optimistic over near-term return of widebody order activity


    Airbus chief Guillaume Faury is optimistic of near-term return to widebody aircraft demand, but remains cautious given the sensitivity of the sector to disruption. Speaking at a capital markets briefing on 23 September, Faury said single-aisle aircraft orders had come back in “very large numbers” – as illustrated by recent ...

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    A220-500 would turn twinjet into ‘powerful’ product range: Airbus chief


    Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury has signalled to investors that a stretched A220 is necessary to turn the twinjet into a strong product family. Speaking at a capital markets event on 23 September, Faury said the ‘A220-500’ – as the possible stretch has been loosely dubbed – “makes a lot ...

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    Engine deliveries to Airbus picking up but supply-chain concerns remain: Faury


    Airbus has observed a pick-up in engine supply over the past couple of months, but believes broader supply-chain issues will not normalise until at least the middle of next year. Chief executive Guillaume Faury, speaking during a capital markets briefing on 23 September, said the airframer still had some 26 ...

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    Airbus expects monthly A320neo output to reach 50 by year-end


    Airbus is expecting to reach an A320neo monthly production rate of around 50 aircraft by the end of this year, as it progresses towards ambitious output levels for the twinjet family.

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    Regent achieves flying milestone with subscale seaglider model


    Start-up seaglider developer Regent Craft’s sub-scale prototype achieved an important milestone last month on its journey to become a viable transport option along coasts or near large bodies of water.

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    New Airbus Beluga loading system tested with German CH-53 helicopter


    Airbus has undertaken verification tests of a loading system intended for lifting outsize military cargo onto the A300-600ST Beluga transport, as the airframer begins offering the type for third-party services. The five Beluga aircraft – developed to carry Airbus aircraft structures and assemblies between the airframer’s manufacturing facilities – are ...

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    Heart highlights customer acceptance of switch to 30-seater


    Heart Aerospace insists operators are squarely behind its decision to ditch the development of an all-electric 19-seater in favour of a 30-seat hybrid-electric aircraft, with a significant number of customers having already transitioned to the updated model.

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    EASA approves Avensis Class E cargo modification for A330


    European regulators have granted a supplemental type certificate to an Airbus A330 freighter conversion programme to fit a Class E compartment. Portuguese operator TAP’s air cargo division is the launch customer for the modification, which has been supported by TAP’s maintenance and engineering arm. The programme – developed by Avensis ...

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    Russian government prolongs loan subsidy scheme for lessors taking domestic aircraft


    Russia’s government is extending a loan subsidy programme to ease the process through which lessors acquire domestically-built aircraft to lease to carriers. The programme – which was initiated a decade ago, in October 2012 – had applied to loans taken by lessors from 2008-21 but it will be extended, under ...

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    EASA examines system to maintain flight-guidance while airspeed unreliable


    European safety regulators have been assessing a request to implement a system on a large aircraft which will maintain flight-guidance functions despite the unavailability of reliable airspeed data. Unreliable airspeed typically results in the disconnection of the autopilot, autothrust and flight-directors. The system under consideration will have three operating modes, ...

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    EASA backs postponement of distress-tracking installation deadline


    European safety regulators are backing a postponement of requirements for aircraft to carry equipment to transmit position information autonomously if the flight is in distress, citing the impact of the pandemic on deliveries. Under ICAO standards this equipment – known as an emergency locator transmitter and distress tracker – will ...