Dassault Aviation Launches Falcon 10X

Dassault Aviation has announced an all-new Falcon jet. Featuring a range of 7,500 nautical miles, the Falcon 10X will fly nonstop from New York to Shanghai, Los Angeles to Sydney, Hong Kong to New York or Paris to Santiago. Top speed will be Mach 0.925. “Today we are introducing a new benchmark in business aviation,” said Dassault Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. “The Falcon 10X will offer an unrivaled passenger experience over both short- and long-duration flights, along with breakthrough safety features from Dassault’s frontline fighter technology.

Boeing Expands Capacity for 737-800BCF

Boeing has announced a new partnership with a Costa Rica-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider to create additional conversion capacity for the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter. Boeing will open two 737-800BCF conversion lines with Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA) in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The first of the new conversion lines is expected to open in early 2022, with the second anticipated later that year.

Dreamliner Flies Critical Supplies to Uzbekistan

Boeing and Uzbekistan Airways recently delivered humanitarian relief supplies to the Aral Sea region of Uzbekistan on board the airline’s newest 787-8 Dreamliner. The shipment of hospital beds, mattresses and wheelchairs will help medical personnel and facilities treat the most vulnerable of Uzbekistan’s population. This is the third humanitarian delivery flight partnership between Boeing and the airline.

Boeing Super Hornet Demonstrates Ski-jump Launch Capability

The F/A-18 Super Hornet can operate from a “ski jump” ramp, demonstrating the aircraft’s suitability for Indian aircraft carriers. The demonstrations, held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, showed that the Super Hornet would do well with the Indian Navy’s Short Takeoff but Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) system and validated earlier simulation studies by Boeing. “The first successful and safe launch of the F/A-18 Super Hornet from a ski jump begins the validation process to operate effectively from Indian Navy aircraft carriers,” said Ankur Kanaglekar, India Fighter Sales lead for Boeing. “The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet will not only provide superior war fighting capability to the Indian Navy but also create opportunities for cooperation in naval aviation between the United States and India.

Alaska Airlines Increases 737 MAX Orders and Options to 120 Jets

Alaska Airlines is buying 23 more 737-9 airplanes, building on its original order and an agreement last month to acquire new 737-9s through lease. The new deal brings Alaska Airlines’ total 737 MAX orders and options to 120 airplanes, which will give the fifth-largest U.S. carrier the scale, efficiency and flexibility to expand as air travel recovers. “We are extremely proud to be announcing this transformative agreement with Boeing,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Air Group.

737 Max Returns To US Airline Passenger Service

The 737 Max has returned to scheduled passenger service with Tuesday’s flight by American Airlines from Miami to La Guardia. The flight reportedly carried more than just some trusting passengers after the aircraft came out of nearly 2 years of limbo, it also carried the wife of the Captain, the first officer’s mother, and American Airlines President Robert Isom. No pressure, right? The schedule calls, initially, for one Miami-New York round trip a day until January, when more will join the flock. When the Max was cleared to start the process of returning to service, AAL noted that, “We know that restoring our customers’ confidence in this aircraft will come with time and importantly, transparency and flexibility.

Embry-Riddle Adds 17 New Aircraft to Fleet

As demand for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s collegiate professional Aviation programs continues to grow, the university has introduced 17 new aircraft to its training fleet. Since March 2020, 12 new Cessna 172 Nav III “SkyHawk” aircraft, from Textron Aviation, and three Diamond DA42 NG VI “Twin Star” aircraft, from Diamond Aircraft Industries (Canada), have been added to the fleet at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus

VMFA 314 Declares Initial Operational Capability (IOC) For F-35C Lightning II

In a time characterized by rapidly evolving tactics and modernized equipment, the Marine Corps has taken the next step in maintaining air superiority as Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 declares their initial operational capability (IOC) for the F-35C Lightning II. Initial operational capability declaration marks a significant accomplishment for 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), enabling VMFA-314 to deploy the F-35C onto aircraft carriers where they will be able to support combat operations anywhere in the world.

Brigadier General Chuck Yeager Has Gone West

The tweet was characteristically short… but spoke volumes, from Mrs. Yeager, @VictoriaYeage11, ‘It is w/ profound sorrow, I must tell you that my life love General Chuck Yeager passed just before 9pm ET. An incredible life well lived, America’s greatest Pilot, & a legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism will be remembered forever.’ The first man to break through Mach One, a WWII fighter pilot, and a symbol to millions around the world, Yeager’s legend was a remarkable piece of American history. He passed away Monday evening, 12.07.20. NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine noted that, “Today’s passing of Gen.

Canada Will Add Special Conditions To 737 Max Approvals

Transport Canada’s Minister Garneau has already weighed in on the Canadian responses to the ungrounding of the 737 Max… “Our government remains committed to keeping Canadians, the travelling public, and the transportation system safe and secure. “We acknowledge that the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released an Airworthiness Directive for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Through this directive, the FAA is mandating its approved changes made to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and confirms it can return to service in U.S. airspace.