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Bell unveils full-scale design of air taxi at CES 2019


14 January 2019


At the consumer electronics show CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada last week, Bell revealed the configuration and full-scale design of its vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi.


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Modern Aviation acquires FBO at Boeing Field in Seattle


8 January 2019


Modern Aviation has acquired Gateway USA, which operates one of the two main FBOs at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. 


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First delivery of HondaJet Elite in Japan


7 January 2019


At a ceremony at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport), Honda Aircraft company celebrated the delivery of a HondaJet Elite for the first time in Japan. 


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Spirit AeroSystems plans further expansion in Wichita, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma


3 January 2019


A year after revealing growth and investment plans at its site in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit AeroSystems has announced a second significant expansion.


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Boeing and Embraer approve the terms of strategic aerospace partnership


18 December 2018


Boeing and Embraer have approved the terms of a strategic partnership, announced earlier this year, designed to help both companies to accelerate their growth in global aerospace markets.


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First delivery from Boeing 737 Completion and Delivery Center in Zhoushan, China


17 December 2018


Boeing and joint venture partner Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) have celebrated the delivery of the first airplane from the new 737 Completion and Delivery Center in Zhoushan, China. 


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Kazakhstan's Air Astana receives first E190-E2 Jet


14 December 2018


Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, has received its first Embraer E190-E2. The airline will receive four additional E190-E2s next year.


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Production milestone for Pratt & Whitney and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


13 December 2018


Pratt & Whitney and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. (MHIAEL) recently achieved a significant production milestone on the Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1200G engine, powering the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. 


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Pratt & Whitney inaugurates new Aerospace Engineering Center in Puerto Rico


12 December 2018


Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, has inaugurated the Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico Aguadilla Engineering Center in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. 


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Lockheed Martin and Airbus sign agreement on aerial refuelling


10 December 2018


Lockheed Martin and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly explore opportunities to meet the growing demand for aerial refuelling for US defence customers.


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Skyborne Technology acquires Florida airport for unmanned aircraft systems


7 December 2018


Skyborne Technology has acquired Costin Airport in Gulf County, Florida, for flight operations, manufacturing and unmanned aircraft systems training.


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SKF to consolidate aerospace manufacturing in Europe


6 December 2018


SKF is planning to consolidate its aerospace manufacturing in Europe by closing a factory in the UK and moving production to facilities in Italy and France.

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Airbus’ Urban Air Mobility team to create an entire industry from scratch


30 November 2018


With the establishment of its new Urban Air Mobility unit, Airbus aims to lay the foundations for more efficient and sustainable city travel. 


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UTC to split into three after completing Rockwell Collins acquisition


26 November 2018


United Technologies Corp has completed the acquisition of Rockwell Collins, one of the largest acquisitions in aerospace history, and now intends to separate its commercial businesses into three independent entities.


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Helitech International looks forward to new identity


23 November 2018


Thousands of rotorcraft professionals flocked to Helitech International 2018 in Amsterdam in October, looking to source the most innovative new equipment and solutions from more than 150 international suppliers.


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Boeing and SparkCognition to launch joint venture SkyGrid


22 November 2018


Boeing and SparkCognition are planning to launch SkyGrid, a new company aiming to enable the future of urban aerial mobility. 


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New era dawns for Airbus corporate jets


20 November 2018


The ACJ320neo took to the air for the first time from Hamburg on 16 November, successfully completing a two hour and 40 minute first flight.


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Lockheed Martin Skunk Works starts cutting X-59 parts


19 November 2018


Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has begun to manufacture the first parts for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, in a quest to remove restrictions on supersonic commercial air travel over land.


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Hyundai Motor Co partners with unmanned aerial vehicle start-up


16 November 2018


Hyundai Motor Company has formed a strategic partnership with Top Flight Technologies Inc, a start-up in hybrid-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies.


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Boeing and Safran JV approved to start operations


12 November 2018


Boeing and Safran have received regulatory approvals for the joint venture they announced in June, to design, build and service aircraft auxiliary power units. 


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Magellan awarded C$140 million contract extension with Airbus


9 November 2018


Magellan Aerospace Corporation has secured a six year contract extension with Airbus for the manufacture of A350 XWB centre wing box and keel beam detail parts. 


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Bombardier’s Dash 8 program acquired by Longview Aviation


8 November 2018


Bombardier has agreed to sell its entire Dash 8 program, including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production Q400 program, to Longview Aviation Capital Corp . . . 


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Urumqi Air to take five ARJ21-700 aircraft from COMAC by end of 2019


6 November 2018


Urumqi Air has agreed with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) to take delivery of two ARJ21-700s by the end of this year and three more in 2019.


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American Airlines orders another 15 E175s from Embraer


5 November 2018


Embraer and American Airlines have signed a firm order for 15 E175 jets, valued at $705 million on current list prices, for delivery in 2020.


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Superior Technical Ceramics acquired by Artemis Capital Partners


29 October 2018


Superior Technical Ceramics, based in St. Albans, Vermont, has been acquired by Artemis Capital Partners, a private equity firm founded in 2010 and based in Boston, Massachusetts. 


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STARS air ambulance to replace ageing fleet with Airbus H145 


26 October 2018


After an extensive RFP process, the Airbus H145 has been selected as the replacement aircraft for STARS aging fleet of air ambulances, becoming the first H145s in HEMS configuration to enter Canada.


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Embraer KC-390 transport aircraft receives Brazilian type certificate 


24 October 2018


Embraer has received type certification for its multi-mission cargo plane KC-390 from Brazilian aviation authority Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil. 


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Aegean Airlines selects Pratt & Whitney GTF engines for its Airbus A320neo aircraft 


22 October 2018


Athens-based Aegean Airlines has selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to power up to 62 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.


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Goodrich de-icing solution chosen for Cessna SkyCourier 


19 October 2018


UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Textron Aviation to provide Goodrich brand pneumatic de-icers and support services for the Cessna SkyCourier twin-engine turboprop program.


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Arrowhead Products adds STS Component Solutions as distribution partner


18 October 2018


Aerospace component manufacturer Arrowhead Products of Los Alamitos, California has named STS Component Solutions of Palm City, Florida as an authorized distribution partner for its commercial aftermarket products.


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Boeing launches disruptive computing organization


17 October 2018


Boeing has launched a new Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N) organization to develop computing and communications solutions for advanced commercial and government aerospace applications.


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Gulfstream opens Manhattan Sales and Design Center


11 October 2018


Gulfstream Aerospace Corp has opened a Sales and Design Center in Midtown Manhattan, to serve one of the world's busiest business-aviation regions. 


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AE Industrial Partners acquires The Atlas Group


9 October 2018


Private equity investor AE Industrial Partners has acquired Aerostructures Acquisition LLC (doing business as The Atlas Group), a manufacturer of assemblies for commercial, military and business aircraft. 


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Helitech International’s new Technology Showcase Theatre


5 October 2018


The latest innovations in rotorcraft technology come under the spotlight in a series of dynamic presentations at this year’s Helitech International, taking place in Amsterdam from 16-18 October 2018. 


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US Army awards Boeing $160 million to continue Chinook rotor blade support


3 October 2018


Boeing will continue its support for the US Army's inventory of H-47 Chinook rotor blades with a new $160 million contract award.


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