Helicopter Press Release uploaded a web log entry to Vertical Magazine talking about how ground run testing will become soon. There is a third prototype, coined the A/C3 of AgustaWestland that will finish its ground run at the company’s facilities in Cascina Costa, Italy. This is considered a huge milestone for the company in terms of advancement in testing and research for its flight activities.

When doing the testing, the AW609 A/C3 had all its engines and systems at full operational capacity. This test was done with the intentions of receiving FAA certification which will allow for the aircraft to be deemed as air worthy.

In terms of specifications, the AW609 has the ability to have cruising speeds up to 275 knots at an altitude of 25,000 feet. This aircraft also has the capabilities to travel at a range of 1,000 nautical miles which makes this aircraft proficient in the civil aviation realm of aerospace. The wingspan of this aircraft is 38 feet with a length of 44 feet. The weight of this aircraft is 10840 lbs. This aircraft carries a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6. The aircraft can also carry 2480 lbs of fuel.

The AW609 was made by AgustaWestland which is owned by Finmeccanica S.p.a. AgustaWestland was founded in 2000 with headquartered in Rome, Italy. There are over 12,000 employees that work for the company. AgustaWestland mainly works within the helicopter industry. Bell Augusta Aerospace also worked in conjunction with AgustaWestland. This company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Space exploration and studies continue to enhance human life by becoming the world’s eye from above. Accountable for one third of the space operations is the United States of America. The first satellite was launched into space in February 1958. U.S satellites are mostly operated for electronic, intelligence, weather, technology, surveillance, missile detection, and communications.

The CSA (Canadian Space Agency) is Canada Space Organization which operates fleets of satellites as well as hybrid and micro aircraft. Canada does not own a launch system as of date and relies on the US, India and Russia to launch their aircraft.

China has advanced technology worldwide in all aspects, but it comes to only have the second largest fleet of spacecraft’s that orbit the globe. The Chinese Space organization goes by CSNA (The Chinese National Space Administration). China also has an additional state owned space program that specializes in the design and development of the launching vehicles, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

The DLR (the German Aerospace Center) became worthy to the world with their successful launch of their satellite: AZUR. The DLR launched several spacecraft for telecommunications, navigation and earth observation satellites and other missions involving the moon and other planets.

Frances Aeronautic program is a state owned company, Center National d'Etudes Spatial (CNES). The CNES is in charge of developing and execution of space activity programs in the scientific community. They are also a big part of the ESA (European space agency) with the headquarters stationed in Paris.

India Space Research Organization (ISRO) began to launch spacecraft’s in 1975, and have launched over 80 plus to date. They operate earth observation, communication, and IRNSS using the India’s own INSAT and GSAT series satellites.

The Beginning of Japan's launching began in 1970, by launching Osumi making it the fourth country to have the capability to launch a space craft. The Satellites are currently using for communications, earth, Meteorological and astronomical observations.

Reigning Supreme, Luxembourg continues to be one of the leading operator of communicating and remote sensing satellites. It is home to SES (Société Européenne des Satellites) and Intelsat the world’s leading telecommunications satellite operators.

Russian Federation: Russia’s space program is now the third largest aerospace fleet to operate. Russia’s space program goes back to 1957 when the Soviet Union launched “Sputnik 1 “in 1957.

United Kingdom: The United Kingdom is one of the larger contributors to the ESA also owning a space program of their own: The United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA). Their first launch was in 1962 with the launch of Ariel 1 being third after the US and the USSR.

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The semi-annual update to the safety list also known as “EU Airline Blacklist” is set to be released this week on June 16th. The updated Air Safety List is expected to allow Iran Air to operate more aircraft per the decision of the European Commission. According to the last update which was released in December 10th of 2015, Iran Air is only allowed to deploy 12 specific aircraft to the EU. Among those allowed are ten Airbus A300s and two A310s however more Iran Air aircraft will be cleared following the recent safety inspections by the EC. On May 31st – June 1st , a decision was made by the EU’s Air Safety Committee in which all member states supported the easing of the operating restrictions on Iran Air as confirmed by the Aviation Daily.

The exception to that is Iran Air’s Boeing 747s and Fokker 100s which will remain blacklisted at this present time. Iran Air has two 747s and fifteen Fokker 100s in its fleet with the Fokker having an average age of 24 years, the 747-21AC at 28 years old and the 747SP-86 pulls up the rear at the ripe old age of 39 years old. The Air Safety Committee’s decision has yet to be made public with the decision having to first be formally transmitted to the European Parliament (EP) along with the Council before EC can publish its updated list.

The decision to ease Iran Air’s operational restrictions to EU comes on the heels of preliminary purchase agreements signed by ATR and Airbus for over 160 aircraft. The EC banned most of Iran Airs fleet from flying to EU because of safety concerns back in 2010 and an EC official recently emphasized that the EU Safety List is truly “all about safety” citing that the EC or Eu's Air Safety Committee would refrain from clearing Iran Air’s operations for simply just political or economic reasons. Additionally, the EASA team has also performed a third county operator (TC)) audit of Iran Air in anticipation of its application for EASA TCO authorization. EC and EASA will be present in an inspecting capacity and not as consultants providing technical assistance. Airbus has also released a statement reassuring that the relaxation of the operational restrictions of Iran Air will not affect their deal in any way.

We are in continuous talks with the customer and the required governmental authorities to have all necessary authorizations in place before starting any delivery.

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Aerospace Manufacturing and Design released an article on May 19th 2016 talking about how American Airlines has taken delivery on the Airbus A321 in Mobile, Alabama. This Airbus A321 aircraft is considered to be the first US produced Airbus in world history.

Because of this milestone for both American Airlines as well as for Airbus, there were many employees to witness this event in history. Over three hundred employees of American Airlines and Airbus were present at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in on Mobile, Alabama.

Here is what Bob Le-kites, the Airbus Americas executive vice president customers, has to say about this delivery.

The relationship between American Airlines and Airbus is a long and successful collaboration to provide the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft for both of our customers. American Airlines already operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and the largest A321 fleet. With this delivery, we are adding a very special aircraft to those already sporting the American livery – an Airbus aircraft built here in the USA. This is the first of many American Airlines airplanes to be delivered from Mobile, and we are proud it will join a growing, thriving fleet.

David Seymour, the American Airlines senior vice president of Integrated Operations also wanted to talk about this milestone in history.

Having Airbus produce its world-class aircraft in the United States has simplified our delivery process. It’s an honor to take delivery of this A321 today, and we thank everyone working in this facility for producing a high-quality aircraft for us.

The Mobile, Alabama Airbus facility uses a single aisle assembly line in order to produce and manufacture this Airbus A321 aircraft.

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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its seventh and final navigational satellite from the "Satish Dahawan Space Center" located in Sriharikota. These launches began in 2013 and finally ended on April 28, 2016.

The Indian government run space agency is headquartered in Bangalore was established in 1969. They remain true to their vision of harnessing space technology for national development, while pursuing space science research and planetary exploration.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched all previous satellites at separate times and have reached their designated orbital positions.

  • The first navigation satellite IRNSS-1A was launched back in July 2013 and cost $19 million.
  • The second satellite, IRNSS1B was officially placed in its orbit in April 2014.
  • The third satellite, IRNSS-1C was successfully launched and placed October 2014
  • The fourth navigation satellite, IRNSS-1D was launched in March 2015
  • The fifth navigation satellite, IRNSS-1E was successfully launched in January 2016
  • The sixth navigation satellite, IRNSS-1F reached its orbital point in March 2016

The final flight, IRNSS-1G lasted only 19 mins and 42 seconds, at an angle of 17.867 degrees towards the world’s equator. While in space, there will be four orbital maneuvers that will position the satellite at its geostationary coordinate, 129.5 degree East longitude.

The IRNSS-1G will not be operational for another few weeks before reaching its final destination. The Indian Space Research Organization plans to use these satellites for GPS Standard Positioning Services and Restricted Services.

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Garmin has announced that they are now offering a system upgrade to the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators. These GTN updates are installed on certain helicopters only but will offer safety upgrades as well as cockpit resource management enhancements that are specifically geared towards single-pilot operations. The update applies to all GTN navigators with the v6.11 software and can be installed on the Bell 206/407 series as well as the MD Helicopters MD 369 E/F/FF and Eurocopter AS350 B2/B3, EC130 B4, EC 130 T2.

The two prominent safety feature upgrades include a wire strike alert system, a fuel range ring and animated weather graphics. Wire Aware graphically depicts wire-strike hazards while providing both visual and auditory alerts if HTAWS is enabled on the moving map and terrain pages. Included in the features is a system that animates and displays weather radar data from a variety of sources thus making all important in-flight decisions easier. The system upgrades also have a fuel flow sensor that can overlay two fuel range rings on the moving map with one indicating the flight distance possible given the remaining fuel with another subtracting a customizable amount of reserve fuel.

Another added bonus to the upgrade system is a feature for pilots to enter flight plans and navigating way-points. The Fast-find feature uses a predicative logic to provide way-points and airports in the user’s GPS vicinity. The new system allows users to input common aviation frequencies without the initial “1” or trailing zeroes and displays the facility name next to a tuned frequency for positive identifications.

This Garmin Aviation Checklist Editor that has been added allows pilots to create custom checklists, way-points and flight plans on their PCs at which point they can load them via a data card onto their GTN system. Lastly a tool for SAR operators is included in the system as well. This will automatically generate flight plans using four SAR search patterns: Expanding Square, Parallel Line Search and Orbit and Sector Search. Founded in 1989 by Gary Burrell and Min H. Kao, the company specializes in innovative GPS (Global Positioning System) technology that has wide-spread applications in aviation, marine, fitness, outdoor recreation, tracking and even mobile apps.

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Finmeccanica, one of the main global players in defense, aerospace, and security, has recently come to an agreement with a Chinese company in order to provide more than two dozen helicopters. This purchase agreement was signed on April 12th in Shanghai at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition. The Chinese operator and distributor, Sino-U.S. Intercontinental Helicopter Investment, will be receiving from Finmeccanica twenty-five AW119Kx light single-engine helicopters. Deliveries are anticipated to start in June, as Sino-U.S. Intercontinental Helicopter Investment has ordered these helicopters in an emergency medical configuration. This purchase agreement is part of a larger framework agreement for the purchasing of sixty AW119Kx helicopters all the way through to 2017.

These recently purchased AW119Kx light single-engine helicopters will be operated by Sino-U.S. Intercontinental Helicopter Investment’s sister company, KingWing General Aviation, when the helicopters enter into service this fall.

KingWing also secured follow-on agreements with Shanghai Regional Hospital for the supply of medical staff and with Shanghai Emergency Medical Center for the coordination of logistics and operation of the emergency call and dispatch center,” reported Joseph Ambrogne from Aviation Today. “Sino-U.S. also secured an agreement with Eastern General Aviation for a pair of AW109SP light twin-engine helicopters that will become available starting next month for utility missions, such as power-line surveying.

The AW119Kx light single-engine helicopters are powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6B-37A. The AW119 Koala aircraft is a utility helicopter that seats up to eight passengers. This aircraft was designed to target operators who prefer lower running costs of a single-engine aircraft in comparison to a twin-engine aircraft. The new AW119Kx variant is integrated with the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, which enables to aircraft to offer improved safety, increased situational awareness, as well as reduced pilot workload. Primary flight as well as other vital information is displayed for the pilots on two 10.4 inch multi-function displays featured in the cockpit. In addition to this, there is an independently powered stand-by display which is nearby in case of system failure.

Under this purchase agreement, Finmeccanica will be providing training and support as part of their framework agreement for sixty AW119Kx helicopters which will be acquired through to next year.

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Sometimes, it is hard to figure out how to navigate a website when you are unfamiliar with the website. It takes a lot of time and effort to figure these things out. It can even be somewhat troublesome or frustrating if you are not getting the desired results, no matter what you do.

This tutorial will show you how to navigate Aviation Sourcing Solutions website in order to avoid all the headaches and excessive button clicking.

The first thing you have to do is look through our menu. There are menu options that will assist you to find your desired manufacturers’ parts, such as manufacturers, part types, FBO search, avionic support and MRO support. Clicking through these menu options will make your task easy in finding your essential things. There is a menu option named company; hovering over this will show you other options which are About Us, our Privacy Policy, Terms & Conditions, quality guidelines, Legal Notice and Contact Us page. We recommend you to go through all these pages to know more what we are and what we deliver.

You can also search parts by taking keywords into the parts box in the top center of the website. Proceed to click search button once you put the keywords into the search box; afterwards you’ll be provided with various results related to your search. Proceed to RFQ by picking your desired one. You can filter by part number, manufacturer and part type.

There is a question that comes in every customers’ mind that why should I buy here? So, what makes us great and marks as a better purchasing platform are:

  • We are an ISO 9001, BBB Accredited and FAA AC 0056 certified distributor.
  • We respect your privacy as none of customers’ data is shared with anyone under any circumstances.
  • We don’t do parts’ sourcing from China.We do X-ray analysis for quality detection.
  • Quality control inspection and preparing test report before sending the parts.
  • We use GD4 for testing purpose.

To understand a little bit more about Aviation Sourcing Solutions, here is what the website has to say about itself.

Aviation Sourcing Solutions is an ISO 9001, BBB Accredited and FAA AC 0056 certified distributor. Our commitment to quality is shown at every step of the process from the initiation of your order to the customer service provided after delivery.

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Lockheed Martin won orders from two top airline carriers for full commercial flight simulators.  Allegiant Air will be adding a brand new Allegiant A320 simulator to their current equipment portfolio. While Hawaiian Airlines adds the LMCFT A320 to go with their already owned LMCFT A330 simulator.

Allegiant Air headquarters, which is based in Las Vegas already, holds several LMCFT simulators used for their Allegiant and Avenger Flight Group training. The business model of Allegiant Air caters to primarily leisure travelers, mostly focused on colder northern climate travelers seeking warm weather destinations and high traffic tourist spots.

Hawaiian Airlines is the largest airline in Hawaii and is the 8th largest commercial airline in the United States.  The main hub is located at Honolulu International Airport, operating lights to Asia and the United States mainland. Hawaiian Airlines is said to be the oldest US carrier that has never had a fetal accident, and tend to rank near the top of the lists with the lowest cancellations, over sales and baggage handling claims.

Lockheed Martin, one of the top American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD.  They provide an array of commercial aviation training products and services, with top products such as Airbus A320, A330 & Boeing 737, 767, 777 and 787 full flight simulators.

With LMCFT being recognized by many for their training efficiency with their simulators, there have been rumors that CAE will acquire LMCFT. CAE a global leader in training solutions and inter-graded technology expects to strike a deal to increase their training services throughout their training centers in Brazil and South Korea.

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The United States navy has just awarded a contract to Bell Helicopter worth north of $170 million dollars for the manufacture and delivery of nine AH-1Z aircraft along with nine auxiliary fuel kits to Pakistan. The US Department of Defense released a statement that the combat helicopters are expected to be manufactured and delivered to Pakistan under the Foreign Military Sales Program. September of 2018 is the expected date for the competing of this contract.

In another statement issued by the Defense Department, the Naval Air System Command, Patuxent River, Maryland is recognized as the contracting activity for Pakistan with more than $170 million dollars of foreign military sales funds obligated at the time of award while none of it is assured to expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The US Department of State has already approved the possible sale of 15 AH-1Z Vipers to Pakistan back in April of 2015. The AH-1Zs came with Hellfire missiles and support with an expected worth up to $925 million dollars.

The contract included the costs for the manufacture and delivery of 19 Lot 12 AH-1Zs, 15 Lot 12 UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters, 21 auxiliary fuel kits and one Lot 13 UH-1Y for the Pakistan government. Following that approval, the US government has approved the sale of up to eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan by Lockheed Martin Corp. The approval which came in February of this year includes radar and other equipment with a valuation of nearly $700 million dollars. The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine combat chopper based on a previous SuperCobra model that was developed for the US Marine Corps and boasts a top speed of 420 kilometres per hour and an impressive range of 610 kilometres.

The Pentagon Defense Security Cooperation Agency which oversees foreign arm sales has stated that the F-16s would bolster Pakistan’s Air Forces’ ability to conduct counter-insurgency/terrorism operations while allowing it to operate at night and in all-weather environments. Lawmakers have been notified about the US Government’s approval for the sale of these AH-1Zs.

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