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Romania Air Force to receive F-16 Fighting Falcon Training System


8 May 2017


Lockheed Martin is to deliver a tailored simulation-based F-16 training environment for the
Romanian Air Force. 


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Bristow announces new search and rescue contract with Hess Corporation 


5 May 2017


Bristow US LLC has been awarded a contract with Hess Corporation for medevac and search and
rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. 


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EDM to manufacture E170 Door Trainer for S7 Airlines


4 May 2017


EDM, a leading global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, has won
an order to manufacture an E170 Door Trainer for S7 Airlines.


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Pratt & Whitney selects ANSYS engineering simulation software


3 May 2017


Aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has signed an agreement with ANSYS to provide its
engineering simulation software and services. 


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Embraer and American Airlines sign a contract for four additional E175s


28 April 2017


Embraer and American Airlines Group have signed a firm order for four E175 jets. The contract,
worth US$182 million, is in addition to an original order placed by the airline in 2013 for 60 E175s.


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Ball breaks ground on expansion to Aerospace Manufacturing Center


24 April 2017


Ball Corporation has broken ground on an expansion of its Aerospace Manufacturing Center (AMC)
in Westminster, Colorado. When fully completed, the 145,000 square foot expansion will . . . 


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PT Dirgantara Indonesia signs up for 34 Honeywell engines 


21 April 2017


PT Dirgantara Indonesia is to buy 34 new Honeywell turboprop engines, the largest aerospace
contract between the two companies to date. 


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MAG Aerospace acquires Discovery Air Fire Services


20 April 2017

MAG Aerospace has acquired Discovery Air Fire Services Inc, formerly a subsidiary of Canada-based
specialty aviation provider, Discovery Air Inc. 


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Boeing completes successful first flight of 737 MAX 9


18 April 2017


The Boeing 737 MAX 9 has completed its first flight, over Puget Sound off the coast of the US state of
Washington, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery in 2018.


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BAA and Luxaviation announce new strategic alliance


17 April 2017


Business Aviation Asia Ltd, one of the largest and most influential business aviation operators in Asia Pacific,
has announced a new strategic business alliance with related company Luxaviation Group.


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Boeing selects Plano, Texas, site for global services headquarters


14 April 2017


Boeing has selected a site in Plano, Texas, for the headquarters of its new Global Services business unit,
which will be operational in July.


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F. LIST Canada to open production facility in Greater Montréal


10 April 2017


F. LIST, the Austrian manufacturer of high-class interiors for business and private jets, is to open
a new production facility in the Greater Montréal area by the end of 2017. 


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P&F Industries acquires Jiffy Air Tool


7 April 2017


P&F Industries, Inc has acquired Jiffy Air Tool, Inc, a Nevada based manufacturer and distributor
of pneumatic tools and components, primarily sold to aerospace manufacturers. 


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Toray consolidates North American composite materials businesses


4 April 2017


Toray Industries, Inc has decided to consolidate its North American carbon fiber composite materials businesses into one. 


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XCOR partners with Syncroness, Inc. for rapid product development


3 April 2017


XCOR Aerospace, a pioneer in the rapid development of long-life, reusable rocket engines, has chosen Syncroness Inc of Westminster, Colorado as a development partner, setting the stage for advanced product development. 


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Airbus Selects Unabiz to advance research in digitalization of aircraft maintenance operations


31 March 2017


Airbus has selected UnaBiz to advance research in digitalization of aircraft maintenance operations through the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. 


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Honeywell leads $243 million infrastructure modernization project at Tinker Air Force Base


29 March 2017


Honeywell and the US Air Force have announced a $243 million facility modernization project at Tinker
Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. 


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AAR awarded 15-Year $909 million landing gear contract by USAF


28 March 2017


AAR has been awarded a fixed-price contract for over $909,000 by the US Air Force for the Landing Gear Performance-Based Logistics One program, with work expected to be completed by 2032.


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Lockheed Martin to open new F-35 components facility in Johnstown


24 March 2017


Lockheed Martin is to expand production for components of the F-35 Lightning II with a new facility
in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, including more than 40 new jobs by the end of 2018.


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Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announce future plan


23 March 2017


Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have shared their vision for the future of the combined carrier, after
the merger last December.


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Valence Surface Technologies acquires MAPSCO Inc.


22 March 2017


Trive Capital, the Dallas-based private equity firm, has announced that its portfolio company,
Valence Surface Technologies, has acquired Magnetic & Penetrant Services Company (MAPSCO). 


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Bristow forms new search and rescue consortium for the Gulf of Mexico


21 March 2017


Bristow US LLC has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc for medevac and search and
rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico.


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Delta to begin Seattle to Chicago-O'Hare service


20 March 2017


Delta Air Lines is adding three daily flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) from
Seattle and will now serve all of the top 10 Seattle destinations. 


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Bluesky acquires US aerial survey company Col-East


17 March 2017


British aerial mapping innovator Bluesky International is expanding its business into North America
following the acquisition of Col-East Inc, a Massachusetts based aerial survey company.


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Chinese leasing company orders 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft


14 March 2017


Boeing and CDB Aviation Lease Finance (CDB Aviation) have announced an order for 30 737 MAX 8
airplanes. Valued at $3.3 billion at current list prices, the order was previously unidentified on
Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.


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Sikorsky announces ab initio pilot training with Bristow Group


10 March 2017


Sikorsky and Bristow Group are working to enter into a long-term agreement that establishes
Bristow as Sikorsky's preferred supplier for ab initio pilot training for Sikorsky aircraft customers
at Bristow Academy. 


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Magellan Aerospace secures multi-year Airbus contract


8 Mar 2017


Magellan Aerospace has signed an agreement with Airbus to supply complete crown module assemblies
for all variants of the A350 XWB aircraft. 

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Honeywell forecasts reduction in new global helicopter deliveries over next five years


7 March 2017


In its 19th annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, Honeywell forecasts 3,900 to 4,400
civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2017 to 2021, roughly 400 helicopters fewer than the 2016
five-year forecast.


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Honeywell to deliver 10 more engines for Eagle Copters 407HP conversions


6 March 2017


Honeywell will deliver ten HTS900 helicopter engines to Eagle Copters Ltd. in 2017 after Eagle
placed a new order for eight additional engines in January.


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Lockheed Martin hybrid aircraft makes a Straightline for Asian market


3 March 2017


Straightline Aviation Ltd, operators of Lockheed Martin's revolutionary new Hybrid aircraft,
is specifically targeting the Chinese and Asia-Pacific markets. 


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Sikorsky transfers S-70i helicopter to Aselsan for Turkish Utility Helicopter Program 


2 March 2017


Sikorsky has transferred to defense electronics firm Aselsan an S-70i Black Hawk helicopter for use as
the prototype aircraft for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP). 


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Precision Aviation Group expands MRO capabilities in Australia


1 March 2017


Precision Aviation Group, a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide
aerospace and defence industry, has completed the third expansion in four years at the Brisbane,
Australia based EASA, CASA & FAA Approved Repair Station. 


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Jeppeson agrees five year contract with Air Baltic


27 February 2017


Jeppesen, part of the Digital Aviation business unit of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has agreed
a five-year service contract with Air Baltic, the flagship carrier of Latvia. 


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TransDigm acquires Takata Corporation's aerospace business


23 February 2017


TransDigm Group Incorporated has acquired the stock of SCHROTH Safety Products GmbH and certain
aviation and defense assets and liabilities from subsidiaries of Takata Corporation for approximately
$90 million in cash.


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Safran enhances jet engine nacelle support capabilities


22 February 2017


Safran Nacelles has strengthened its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) expertise with the creation
of an MRO Center of Excellence at the company's Pont-Audemer facility in France's Normandy region.


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metaAir offers laser protection for Airbus


21 February 2017


Metamaterial Technologies Inc (MTI) and its optical filters division, Lamda Guard, have entered into
a new agreement with Airbus to validate, certify, and commercialize its laser protection product
metaAIR™ for aviation. 


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Boeing debuts 787-10 Dreamliner


20 February 2017


The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, has made its first public
appearance at Boeing South Carolina. Thousands of employees at the site in North Charleston turned out
to celebrate the event, together with US President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

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Juneyao Airlines finalizes order for five 787-9 Dreamliners


17 February 2017


Boeing and Juneyao Airlines have announced the finalization of an order for five 787-9 Dreamliners,
valued at about $1.32 billion at current list prices. The new order, which also includes options for
five more 787-9s, represents the Shanghai-based private airline's first Boeing order . . . 


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Mesa Airlines secures $100 million engine financing facility from TCP


16 February 2017


Los Angeles based alternative investment firm Tennenbaum Capital Partners (TCP) has agreed to provide
a $100 million engine financing facility to the regional airline Mesa Air Group. 


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Pratt & Whitney to expand facilities in Columbus, Georgia 


15 February 2017


Pratt & Whitney is to invest approximately $386 million in its Columbus, Georgia, facility to
increase the production of parts and maintenance services and to reduce costs for new and
existing engine programs. 


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Magellan Aerospace announces construction of new manufacturing and assembly plant in India


14 February 2017


Magellan Aerospace is to construct a new manufacturing and assembly facility in India. 
The 140,000 sq ft building will be constructed on seven acres in the Aerospace Special Economic
Zone near the Bangalore International Airport. 


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Bell Helicopter unveils first 505 Jet Ranger X from Mirabel production line 


10 February 2017


Bell Helicopter is celebrating the assembly of the first model of its latest aircraft since its new assembly line
was established in Mirabel, Québec last year.


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Mixed reactions to Canadian Government’s repayable funding for Bombardier 


9 February 2017


The Government of Canada is to provide $372.5 million in repayable contributions to Bombardier Inc.
to support the development of the Global 7000 business aircraft through the Strategic Aerospace and
Defence Initiative (SADI), and the C Series, under existing contribution programs.  


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Global aerospace control surface market expected to reach $4.3 billion by 2021


7 February 2017


The future of the global aerospace control surface market looks good with opportunities in commercial
aircraft, regional aircraft, general aviation, and military aircraft segments.


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Liberty Hall Capital Partners acquires Quatro Composites


3 February 2017


Liberty Hall Capital Partners has announced the acquisition of Quatro Composites, LLC, a leading
supplier of highly engineered advanced composite structures, components and assemblies for the
aerospace industry. 


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Etihad and Lufthansa extend cooperation


2 February 2017


Etihad Aviation Group and Lufthansa German Airlines, part of Europe's largest aviation group, have unveiled
details of a new commercial partnership.


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Composites One acquires Canadian-based BMB Solutions Composites


1 February 2017


Composites One, a North American supplier of composites raw materials and value added services, has completed the purchase of Canadian-based BMB Solutions Composites.


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FEAM to be first US-based MRO as a Boeing GoldCare line maintenance supplier


31 January 2017


FEAM Maintenance / Engineering has signed a multiyear agreement with The Boeing Company as the first
US-based MRO to provide GoldCare line maintenance services. 


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Dos Rios Partners acquires Pathfinder Aviation


30 Jan 2017

Dos Rios Partners, a Texas-based private equity firm, has acquired Pathfinder Aviation from its founder and previous owner, Michael Fell. 


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Made In Space and Axiom Space join up to manufacture in low earth orbit


26 January 2017


Made In Space and Axiom Space have announced an agreement to manufacture products in space.


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Mayo Aviation adds CJ3 to charter fleet


24 January 2017


Mayo Aviation, Inc., a private jet management company headquartered at Centennial Airport in

Englewood, Colorado, has added a stunning Cessna Citation CJ3 to its expanding charter fleet.


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Airlink becomes first South African airline to acquire Embraer E-Jets


20 January 2017


Airlink, Southern Africa's largest independent regional airline, is acquiring five E-Jets - three E170s
and two E190s, from ECC Leasing, a wholly-owned Embraer subsidiary. 


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Flynas orders 120 A320neo aircraft


17 January 2017


Flynas, Saudi Arabia's leading low-fare carrier, has signed an agreement with Airbus for
120 A320neo Family aircraft.


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Deloitte expects global aerospace and defense revenues to grow in 2017


13 January 2017


The global aerospace and defense industry is expected to return to growth in 2017, with sector revenues
estimated to grow at two per cent, according to Deloitte's 2017 Global aerospace and defense sector outlook.


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Honeywell and EAD Aerospace boost in-flight connectivity for Airbus A319 


12 January 2017


Honeywell has received European Aviation Safety Agency certification for its JetWave high-speed satellite communications hardware on the Airbus A319. 


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FEAM launches eight fully operational line stations


9 January 2017


F&E Aircraft Maintenance (FEAM) has launched eight fully operational new line maintenance stations
in the United States.



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Lynx FBO Network acquires two new locations


6 January 2017


The Sterling Group, a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, has announced that its platform company, Lynx FBO Network, has completed two acquisitions at Anoka County-Blaine Airport serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.


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JetBlue and Premier Aviation sign a five-year heavy maintenance and paint agreement


4 January 2017


Premier Aviation has signed a five-year Embraer 190 heavy maintenance and paint agreement with New York’s
home town airline JetBlue. 


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Wencor Group and AmSafe Bridport enter new partnership


3 January 2017


AmSafe Bridport has appointed Wencor Group as its official stocking distributor and inventory
management partner worldwide. 


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Largo Resources targets vanadium at aerospace alloy sector


29 December 2016


Largo Resources has announced that it intends to produce, qualify and sell its vanadium products

at the specifications required for use in the aerospace alloy market sector.


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China Southern Airlines chooses Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines


19 December 2016

Pratt & Whitney has delivered the first PurePower engines to China Southern Airlines, the first

mainland Chinese airline to take delivery of an Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by this engine. 


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Vector Space Systems

Successful engine test and Arizona factory approval 


15 December 2016


Vector Space Systems today announced the successful test of its first stage 5K-lbf engine of the Vector-R

launch vehicle.


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2017 AeroDef Manufacturing Event: What's influencing aerospace and defence?


10 December 2016


SME's AeroDef Manufacturing event will bring together the leading companies and executives from aerospace

and defence manufacturing from 6 to 9 March 2017 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas. 


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Sikorsky signs contract with Chilean Air Force for six S-70i Black Hawk Helicopters


7 December 2016


Sikorsky has successfully concluded contract negotiations with the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile)

for six S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters for the service's medium-lift helicopter recapitalization program.


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Jazz Technical Services to perform airframe maintenance for CommutAir


6 December 2016


Jazz Aviation has been awarded a two-year heavy maintenance contract by CommutAir, a United Express

carrier based in North Olmsted, Ohio. 


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Raytheon plans Southern Arizona expansion


28 November 2016


Raytheon Company plans to expand its Southern Arizona operations by adding nearly 2,000 jobs at the

Missile Systems business headquarters over a five year period. The company plans to hire . . . 


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Boeing delivers 10th 787 Dreamliner to Vietnam Airlines


25 November 2016


Boeing and Vietnam Airlines celebrated the delivery of the flag carrier's 10th 787-9 Dreamliner today.


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Saab and Embraer inaugurate the Gripen Design and Development Network in Brazil


23 November 2016


Defence and security company Saab and Embraer Defense & Security have inaugurated the Gripen Design

and Development Network (GDDN) in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo. 


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AAR and Air New Zealand form strategic partnership for components


22 November 2016


AAR, a global aviation aftermarket supplier, has entered into a long-term contract with Air New Zealand to provide nose-to-tail, cost-per-flight-hour rotable inventory support . . .


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Vector Aerospace completes landmark engine test at UK facility


21 November 2016


Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)

services, has recently completed its first Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW305A engine test at its

Fleetlands facility . . . 


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Straightline Aviation to use hybrid airships for Northern Quebec mine


18 November 2016


Straightline Aviation has signed an agreement with Quest Rare Minerals Ltd to provide dedicated air services for the transport of ore concentrate, supplies and personnel using Lockheed Martin's hybrid airships.


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Boom Supersonic prototype unveiled in Denver


16 November 2016


Denver-based start-up Boom Supersonic has unveiled the XB1, a one-third-size prototype of the 45-seater

plane it plans to put in the air by the early 2020s. 


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Puma Energy acquires BP terminal in Northern Ireland


10 November 2016


Puma Energy, the globally integrated midstream and downstream energy company, has signed

a purchase agreement with BP to buy its bulk storage fuel terminal in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 


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UK chosen as a global F-35 repair hub


9 November 2016


The Ministry of Defence has announced that the UK has been chosen by the F-35 Program Office to be

a global repair hub providing maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for F-35 avionic and

aircraft components. 


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EDAC Technologies acquires Flanagan Industries


8 November 2016


EDAC Technologies has acquired Flanagan Industries, an aerospace engine component manufacturing

business, located in Glastonbury, Connecticut.


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Airbus Defence and Space to order two C295 simulators from CAE


7 November 2016


Airbus Defence and Space has signed a memorandum of understanding with CAE of Canada for

the acquisition of two additional Full Flight Simulators for the C295 medium transport and

surveillance aircraft. One device will be located at . . . 


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Global Aviation Services acquires D&D GSE


4 November 2016


Global Aviation Services, LLC has acquired D&D GSE Support, Inc, a leading ground support

equipment (GSE) maintenance provider serving the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International

Airport (FLL). The acquisition further enhances . . . 


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Boeing and COMAC expand collaboration on environmental efficiency and sustainable growth


2 November 2016


Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) have signed a new agreement to expand

their joint research collaboration in support of the long-term sustainable growth of commercial aviation.


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