Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator

Jim Bridenstine was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the US Senate as the 13th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. As administrator, he has led NASA in advancing American aeronautic, science, and space exploration objectives since April 23, 2018. Under Bridenstine’s leadership, NASA launched its new human lunar exploration mission,Read More

Spacety releases first images of SAR satellite on China’s new Long March 8 medium-lift rocket

Chinese startup Spacety released the first images from Hisea-1, a C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite, launched in December on China’s new Long March 8 medium-lift rocket. Three days after launch, Spacety began receiving data from Hisea-1’s SAR payload built by the China Electronics Technology Group. On Dec. 27, Spacety acquired its first batch ofRead More

Inmarsat introduces GX5 to the Middle East

Inmarsat has confirmed the commercial service introduction of GX5, the company’s newest, geostationary satellite to date. GX5 is the fourteenth satellite currently in service with Inmarsat and provides additional capacity to Europe and the Middle East on the industry-leading Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band high-speed satellite broadband service. The satellite, launched in November 2019, delivers approximatelyRead More

CAE expands into digital flight crew management with Merlot Aero acquisition

CAE recently acquired a leading civil aviation crew management and optimization software company, Merlot Aero for $25 million. This acquisition not only marks CAE’s expansion into digital flight crew management but also represents an important milestone to unify the digital flight operations ecosystem. This will allow CAE to provide an end-to-end offering of digitally-enabled crewRead More

Horizon Flight Academy to receive Entrol’s FTD simulator for Bell 505

Entrol has completed the development of a Flight Training Device (FTD) level 2 simulator for the highly popular single-engine Bell 505, the replacement for the long-standing JetRanger. The first customer for the 505 FTD is Abu Dhabi based Horizon International Flight Academy, which has a large fleet of Bell 505 for training helicopter pilots inRead More

Helicentre Aviation Academy opens 2-week scholarship application window

Helicentre Aviation Academy has opened a two-week application window to apply for a £10,000 scholarship to part-fund a place on its 2021 Integrated CPL(H) course with ATPL(H)/IR TK (Theoretical Knowledge). The full-time, 12-month course is a fast-track route to becoming a professional helicopter pilot, and is the only integrated rotary CPL course approved in theRead More

Pratt & Whitney launches comprehensive maintenance coverage

Pratt & Whitney has introduced a comprehensive level of pay-per-hour engine maintenance coverage called Platinum for its new PT6 E Series engines powering the Pilatus PC-12 NGX aircraft. This coverage is offered through the Eagle Service Plan. Nicholas Kanellias, vice-president, general aviation at Pratt & Whitney said, “As the first turboprop engine in general aviationRead More

EngineStands24 introduces engine stand tracking

EngineStands24 adds to their promise for the ultimate customer convenience and introduces new top-notch engine stand tracking. EngineStands24, a subsidiary of a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, Magnetic MRO, has announced they have recently upgraded the engine stands tracking system, adding new tracking devices to the current stand pool.Read More

Magnetic MRO completes full VIP aircraft interior refurbishment for Embraer Legacy 600

MAC Aero Interiors, subsidiary of a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, Magnetic MRO, has recently successfully completed a full VIP aircraft interior refurbishment project for a private charter flights management company. Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft have been delivered to Magnetic MRO hangars in Tallinn, Estonia, in September. The ProjectRead More

SpaceX to launch 28 satellites for Pentagon’s space agency

SpaceX has been awarded a $150.4 million contract to launch as many as 28 satellites for the Pentagon’s space agency, the Defense Department announced in December. The contract is to launch a mix of small and medium spacecraft of different sizes that the Space Development Agency is acquiring from multiple vendors. That includes 20 data-relayRead More