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NBAA releases full schedule for Las Vegas convention

NBAA has released the schedule for the 2021 edition of BACE, to be held October 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. The annual convention will offer its traditional three days of exhibits and indoor aircraft displays at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as the static aircraft display at Henderson Executive Airport. A packed schedule of sessions will focus on new technologies, business models, and utilization plans, other trends, and safety and operational considerations. NBAA-BACE will be held at the brand new, state-of-the-art west building at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). The LVCC has outlined detailed safety protocols that will be in place during NBAA-BACE.


Dufour Aerospace publishes specifications of its tilt-wing eVTOL Aero3

Dufour Aerospace recently published specification details on the Aero3, its flagship product. This piloted, multi-purpose hybrid VTOL aircraft is a successor to the unmanned demonstrator aircraft test flown since 2020. Aero3 will feature a decentralized electric main propulsion system of eight motors powering six propellers fixed to the main tilt-wing and two smaller tail propellers. Its large cabin allows for a 6- or 8-seat configuration. The design features a cruise speed of 350 km/h (189 knots) and a range of up to 1020 km (551 nautical miles). Said Thomas Pfammatter, CEO and Co-founder of Dufour Aerospace: “The tilt-wing design of Aero3 combines the best of the worlds of helicopters and airplanes. It is the perfect tool to serve future Advanced Air Mobility markets because it is efficient and safe.”

“Our test flights with a large-scale demonstrator and the wind tunnel tests have clearly confirmed the exceptional performance and versatility of the tilt-wing design,” said Jasmine Kent, CTO and Co-founder of Dufour Aerospace. “The tilt-wing is a proven aerodynamic concept with a long history of thousands of flight hours in several projects, such as the inspirational Canadair CL-84, so there are fewer risks than with other VTOL concepts. We are confident that this aircraft can be built successfully to meet certification requirements.” The Swiss company is simultaneously working on a smaller, unmanned aircraft named Aero2. Aero2 is designed for logistics applications, inspection, monitoring, mapping, and public safety tasks.


Unruly passengers

Disruptive US airline passengers have been fined upward of $1m in civil penalties this year, with a majority of the fines related to refusing to wear face masks, as required by federal law. In any other year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sees 100 to 150 instances of bad passenger behavior, but 2021 has proven to be much more challenging. Of the whopping 3,900 incidents this year, 2,867 – or 74% – were related to refusal to wear masks, the FAA said. Among all cases of poor passenger conduct, there were 34 passengers facing more than $500,000 in fines. The total amount of proposed civil penalties exceeds $1m this year.


Complete Aircraft Group acquires Aerocare Aviation Services

Complete Aircraft Group (CAG), a UK-based independent specialist provider of aviation solutions, including the supply of aircraft tooling, parts, and components to airlines worldwide, is proud to announce the acquisition of established business aviation MRO Part 145 provider Aerocare Aviation Services Limited (AASL). The AASL team has been operating for over three decades, providing maintenance, repair, modifications, interior refurbishment, and exterior paint, all to OEM standards. Aerocare will retain its name under the new ownership.

The acquisition propels Exeter based CAG, founded in November 2020, firmly into the corporate aviation arena. Hawarden Airport / Chester-based AASL undertakes work on aircraft types including Hawker, King Air and Embraer Phenom 300, for leading charter companies, as well as private owners. The combined businesses bring together 100 talented individuals under CAG CEO and Founder, Warren Crook.


People: RAeS appoints David Edwards as CEO

Victor CEOs Toby Edwards (left) and James Farley (right)

David Edwards has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in place of Sir Brian Burridge who is stepping down. David Edwards will take over as Chief Executive on 20 September.

Until recently David was Chief Executive of the Air Charter Association and led that organization through a significant period of change and growth and represented the sector to government and regulators during the Brexit transition and Covid-19. He also has experience as a former Executive Vice President of Qatar Airways and 15 years with Gama Aviation, where latterly he headed the company’s expansion into the Middle and Far East, as well as serving on the group’s board. David has been a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society since 1999 and was appointed a Fellow in 2010. He’s had a Private Pilot’s Licence since he was 17 and holds a degree in Transport Management from the University of Plymouth. David is a strong advocate for diversity, inclusion and encouraging the next generation of talent to join the aviation and aerospace industries.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is the only global organization serving the entire aviation and aerospace community as both a learned society and a professional engineering institution. As such, the RAeS is independent, evidence-based and authoritative, relying on a body of knowledge going back more than 150 years.

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