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General aviation flights declining in New York, nationwide
Every Wednesday, a friendly pilot landed at Long Island MacArthur Airport with bagels and coffee to share with the mechanics at Edward Libassi's shop. On Thursdays, another pilot arrived with hot cross buns. Those social drop-ins have largely ended — one of the many signs of a major decline in general aviation flights on Long Island and nationwide that has spanned nearly 15 years. The prolonged downturn has Libassi, longtime owner of A&P Aircraft Maintenance, longing for the bustling days of old.
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Vector Aircraft Services renews its contract with Commsoft to continue using OASES
Aviation Pros
Commsoft, a world leader in aviation engineering and maintenance systems, is delighted to announce that Vector Aircraft Services, an established, independent asset management and continuing airworthiness service provider, has renewed its contract to continue using OASES for a further three years in a 15 concurrent user deal. Commsoft's flagship product, OASES is a "best-of-breed" MRO IT system which offers an industry-leading technical sophistication whilst being intuitively user-friendly. To allow for scalability, OASES is structured in a modular format and Vector has selected the Airworthiness, Planning, Core, Materials and Line Maintenance modules.
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Globe-girdling Gulfstream G650ER gets its wings
The world's longest-range business jet–the Gulfstream G650ER–was certified recently by the FAA, the Savannah, Georgia-based aircraft manufacturer announced. Gulfstream Aerospace revealed the 7,500-nm business jet in May at EBACE and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ERs to customers by year-end, a few months ahead of previous delivery date projections. Available for both new aircraft and as a retrofit for in-service aircraft, the approximately $2 million ER option stretches the G650's 7,000-nm range to 7,500 nm at a cruise speed of Mach 0.85.
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1st Nextant remanufactured business jets arrive in UK
Aviation Pros
Nextant Aerospace, maker of the Nextant 400XTi — the world's only remanufactured business jet — and the forthcoming Nextant G90XT turboprop, announced the delivery of its first 400XTi to the UK. It will be the U.K.'s first remanufactured aircraft and will be operated by Norwich-based SaxonAir. This aircraft is the seventh 400XTi delivered to Europe and the first to the U.K.
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AirplaneGeeks Podcast: 319 Aircraft Salvage
In an interview with guest Rachel Payne, the discussion covers how aircraft salvage company FAST Aviation locates airplanes, gets them back flying, or parts them out to support general aviation aircraft owners. Payne and her hosts also discuss Hangar Swap, the new marketplace for aviators.
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CFM begins first leap engine flight tests
Aviation Week
The first version of CFM's new generation Leap engine family entered flight testing recently, when the Leap-1C variant completed its initial aeromechanical evaluation at Victorville, California, on General Electric's Boeing 747 flying testbed. The internal mechanics of the Leap-1C are identical to those of the Leap-1A engine that powers the Airbus A32neo. The A320neo is to enter flight testing in the coming months.
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GE delivers 1,000th engine to China Eastern
Aviation Pros
In a special ceremony, China Eastern Airlines and GE celebrated the 1000th GE engines to be delivered to the airline. This includes engines produced by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between GE and Snecma of France. As strategic partners, GE and China Eastern have been in close cooperation for two decades. China Eastern became a GE and CFM customer in 1994 with an order for five CFM56-5C-powered long-range, four-engine Airbus A340 aircraft.
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Lockheed Arm inks MRO services deal with European Aviation
Executive Biz
A Lockheed Martin division will provide European Aviation with jet engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services both on-site and at facilities in Canada and the U.S. under a four-year exclusive contract. Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions will perform work on 60 CFM56-3 turbofan engines at a European Aviation facility and LMCES sites in Montreal and San Antonio, the company said. "We are delighted that European Aviation selected Lockheed Martin to maintain their fleet of CFM56 engines," said Amy Gowder, LMCES vice president.
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