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The FAA and EASA have certified the first lithium ion battery for engine start and main ship use in light aircraft. Mid-Continent Instrument announced at HAI Heli Expo Tuesday that the TrueBlue TB17, a 17 amp hour battery designed for piston and light turbine aircraft, is now available for OEMs to incorporate into new aircraft. Read More
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Qantas is expected to cut up to 5,000 jobs, including pilots, and sell off its terminal lease at the Melbourne airport as it struggles to get out of debt, according to media reports this week. An official announcement from the airline is expected on Thursday. A Qantas spokesman wouldn't comment on the speculation, but said the airline will have to make "some tough decisions" to cut $2 billion in expenses over the next three years. In the U.S., helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky also is continuing to reduce jobs, with 600 cuts announced on Friday. Read More
Under a proposed new budget for the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Monday, the Air Force would shut down its fleet of A-10 "Warthog" close air support aircraft and also would retire the U-2 spy plane. Funding would be continued to develop the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a new aerial refueling tanker, and the unmanned Global Hawk system. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also recommended investing $1 billion in "a promising next-generation jet engine technology," which should provide savings in fuel and maintenance costs. Read More
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The bright spot in the bleak aviation market of the past five years has been helicopters and there's no sign of their continued strong performance abating. In its annual five-year forecast for the industry announced at the opening of the Helicopter Association International Heli Expo convention in Anaheim, CA. Read More
Heli-Expo is under way this week in Anaheim, Calif., and safety is a major theme. The FAA just last week released its final rule on helicopter safety, which requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, more on-board safety equipment, and improved communications and training. The NTSB this week issued two helicopter Safety Alerts to promote proper maintenance and simulator training, and the board said its session at the Expo on Monday morning, on "Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accidents," drew a full house. Helicopter Association International, host of the event, on Monday launched its "Land and Live" program to promote safe decisionmaking. Read More
Bell Helicopter unveiled a new short light single class helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, at the Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday. The five-seat turbine helicopter is designed to be safe, easy to fly, and affordable, according to Bell. "It's an exciting time to be at Bell Helicopter, working side-by-side with our customers to create the next generation of vertical lift," said CEO John Garrison. The Jet Ranger X is a multi-mission helicopter, designed to support a wide variety of operations categories, including the utility segment, corporate and private owners, and training schools. Read More
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Analysts keep finding good news about the business jet market and the latest is UBS's David Strauss, who says there's a sustained uptick in business jet activity in the U.S. The Wichita Eagle says Strauss figures the use of newer business jets is almost back to "pre-crisis levels" and that use of older airplanes is still in decline. Read More
More than 17,000 people are expected to attend the Abu Dhabi Air Expo in the United Arab Emirates through Thursday. The show began Tuesday and is in its third year. Read More
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