Spirit | June 21, 2020
As the travel industry begins to rebound from the devastating impact of COVID-19, many airlines finally feel safe enough to resume their flight schedules.
Among them—Spirit Airlines. As reported by the Riviera Maya News, Spirit, beginning June 26, plans to resume more than 30 flights from major U.S. cities to Cancun, but the airline says that’s still dependent upon travel restrictions being lifted.
During the last week of June, Spirit has 11 flights scheduled to the sunny Mexican city. July brings most of the flights, including ones from cities such as Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Denver, New York, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Austin, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Boston, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale and more.
Garmin | June 07, 2021
Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced an agreement with Deutsche Aircraft to provide the state-of-the-art Garmin G5000 integrated flight deck for the innovative D328eco Companion™ flight deck. Deutsche Aircraft is developing the new D328eco, which is expected to give the regional air transportation market a more sustainable and environmentally friendly aircraft option by 2025.
Engineered to reduce flight crew workload and simplify operations
The G5000 integrated flight deck for the D328eco aids in Simplified Vehicle Operation (SVO) by simplifying the crew interface and integrating critical aircraft systems and other features into touchscreen displays, helping to reduce flight crew workload. Pilots can simultaneously view important flight data linked to the G5000 such as maps, charts, checklists, electronic documents and manuals, flight plan information, traffic alerts, weather, and more for quick and easy access in busy flight environments. The incorporation of touchscreen overhead controls simplifies the overhead panel with electronic circuit breakers, switches, and overall system status presented in a clean touchscreen interface.
Enhanced situational awareness with Garmin technologies
Garmin SafeTaxi is an available feature of the G5000. It helps pilots more easily navigate the busy airport and terminal environments by featuring geo-referenced airport diagrams that display runways, taxiways, and ramp information that dynamically adjusts based on where the aircraft is on the field. To increase situational awareness of flight crews during lower visibility operations or busy taxi environments, SafeTaxi identifies airport Hot Spots and overlays that hold short lines on airport diagrams to provide teams with an active representation of threats during ground movement and helps avoid runway incursions.
In addition, SurfaceWatch enhances situational awareness and adds a safety tool in the terminal environment by providing visual and aural cues to help prevent flight crews keep from taking off and landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short, or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight.
Garmin has pioneered synthetic vision systems (SVS) for years and is now bringing its revolutionary synthetic vision technology (SVT™) to the Part 25 air transport market with the G5000 integrated flight deck. Garmin SVT is a safety-enhancing feature that presents flight crews with a 3D virtual depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic, and the runway environment to help pilots increase situational awareness in all phases of flight.
When navigating around challenging weather and storm cells, the GWX™ 8000 StormOptix weather radar provides a complete picture by using automatic threat analysis to better profile significant weather with four times greater color palette than typically found in other weather radars on the market. In addition, GWX 8000 StormOptix eliminates the requirement to adjust the radar manually and simplifies the operational process to help mitigate task saturation often associated with operating complicated weather radar platforms.
Optimized to enable future technologies
The G5000 for the D328eco is designed with flexibility in system architecture to meet future needs by enabling software updates and new technologies more quickly. In addition, the G5000 has the advanced architecture to support exceptional mission capabilities through the touchscreen controllers without needing to make hardware changes, ultimately simplifying the process for these operations.
The G5000 for the D328eco boasts a multitude of other situational awareness and performance features that are desirable to air transport operators, including:
• Operators gain access to more airports, and lower approach minimums throughout the world as the G5000 has PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability;
• Active and passive traffic surveillance functionality using advanced TCAS II/ACAS II technology and featuring patented Garmin ADS-B target correlation and tracking for cutting edge traffic management and airspace monitoring;
• Future Air Navigation System (FANS-1/A+) and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) support and services, including Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC), functions en route;
• Optional Iridium transceiver providing worldwide weather datalink in addition to voice and data communications;
• Touchscreen controller allows crews to access Takeoff and Landing Data (TOLD) and other advanced performance data.
Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of OEM, aftermarket, military, and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions, and other products and services known for innovation, reliability, and value.
About Garmin International, Inc.
Garmin International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Garmin, SafeTaxi, and G5000 are registered trademarks, and SurfaceWatch, Garmin SVT, and GWX are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
About Deutsche Aircraft
Founded on the proud heritage of Dornier and Germany’s reputation for engineering design, quality, and innovation, Deutsche Aircraft is the new purpose-driven German Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Built on the heritage and expertise of 328 Support Services GmbH, the Type certificate holder of the Dornier 328 aircraft (D328 aircraft), Deutsche Aircraft will enable future development of the D328 platform and exploit future technologies and capabilities to produce a more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly aircraft to drive the future of aviation toward a zero-emission flight objective. Together with the participation of the German Government, Deutsche Aircraft is leading the way in a new era of clean aviation and is addressing the need to protect our planet and inspire future generations for cleaner, safer, and more efficient air travel.
AerCap, GE Capital Aviation Services | March 15, 2021
AerCap Holdings N.V. the global leader in aircraft leasing, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with General Electric under which AerCap will acquire 100% of GE Capital Aviation Services, a GE business.
The combined company will be an industry leader across all areas of aviation leasing, with over 2,000 owned and managed aircraft, over 900 owned and managed engines, over 300 owned helicopters and approximately 300 customers around the world.
Aengus Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of AerCap, said, "We are excited about this opportunity to bring together two leaders in aviation leasing. AerCap and GECAS both have industry-leading teams, attractive portfolios, diversified customer bases and order books of the most in-demand new technology assets. This combination will enhance our ability to provide innovative and attractive solutions for our customers and will strengthen our cash flows, earnings and profitability.
"GECAS is a highly attractive business and this transaction continues our strong track record of capital allocation. As the recovery in air travel gathers pace, this transaction represents a unique opportunity that we believe will create long-term value for our investors," added Mr. Kelly. "This business combination will also strengthen our longstanding partnership with GE Aviation, which we look forward to working with closely in the future."
Key Strategic Benefits
The transaction provides the following key strategic benefits:
• Leading aircraft leasing platform with expanded customer breadth and reach, given AerCap and GECAS's complementary customer bases with limited overlap.
• Best-in-class trading platform with deep market insight and relationships: over the past four years AerCap and GECAS have sold on average over $5 billion of assets per year.
• Narrowbody aircraft will represent approximately 60% of the combined aircraft fleet.
• New technology aircraft will represent approximately 56% of the combined in-service fleet, expected to grow to approximately 75% in 2024.
• Attractive order book of 493 new technology aircraft, more than 90% of which are narrowbodies.
• Premier engine leasing business adds revenue diversification and greater ability to provide innovative solutions to our airline customers.
AerCap is the global leader in aircraft leasing. AerCap serves approximately 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and has its headquarters in Dublin with offices in Shannon, Los Angeles, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle and Toulouse.
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is a world-leading aviation lessor and financier. For over five decades, we have partnered with our customers to find solutions to their challenges and helped their businesses to thrive. Whether your need is for narrow or widebody aircraft, regional jets, turboprops, freighters, engines, helicopters or materials, our name has become synonymous with trusted relationships, domain expertise and an ability to execute. GECAS offers a broad array of financing products and services on these assets including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, capital markets, and airframe parts management. GECAS owns, services or has on order approximately 1,700 aircraft.