Dassault Finds Buyers for Belgian Aeronautics Firm SABCA

Aviation International News | February 07, 2020

Dassault Group has reached a deal to sell its 97 percent shareholding in SABCA to a new joint venture between Belgium’s sovereign wealth fund SFPI/FPIM and independent Belgian MRO provider Sabena Aerospace. In a statement released Friday, SABCA chairman and CEO Thibauld Jongen said the proposed acquisition offers a “very exciting perspective” for the future of the Brussels-based OEM that employs some 1,000 staff across three sites in Belgium and one facility in Casablanca, Morocco. The profile of the new shareholders, he asserted, “fits perfectly our needs for accelerating and intensifying the deployment of our strategic transformation plan initiated a few years ago. The new constellation creates a true aerospace leader in Belgium, with a strong position in civil aviation, defense, and space.”

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Amid the Sudden COVID-19 Surge, National Airlines Airlifts Testing Kits to Various U.S. States

National Airlines | January 13, 2022

Responding to the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., National Airlines is airlifting testing kits to different states in the country. During this month-long mission, in a series of N8 B747-400F flights, around 4,000,000 testing kits will be delivered to the respective state authorities for distribution across hospitals and COVID-19 testing centers. Flights originating from Chinese regions like Shanghai (PVG), Zhengzhou (CGO), Wuhan (WUH), and Tianjin (TSN) are headed to New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Texas (IAH), and Chicago (ORD) with the testing kits. Later this month, National Airlines is also shipping COVID-19 testing kits to Canada and the U.K. from South Korea and China. Lately, new variants of the COVID-19 virus are triggering a sudden spike in cases and there is an immediate requirement for multiple batches of testing kits, as early detection is vital to controlling the virus spread especially among children and those going back to work. "This is yet another mission by our teams to support governments in mitigating the recurring COVID-19 spread. Our aircraft, crew, and teams will continue to ensure the timely delivery of emergency medical supplies and equipment to support the various nations fight against COVID-19." - Mr. Christopher J. Alf, Chairman, National Airlines. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Airlines, with its B747-400 Freighter fleet of six aircraft, has been at the forefront partnering with International Governments and Aid Agencies, coordinating missions, and delivering immediate medical supplies such as protective masks, PPE kits, oxygen cylinders, COVID-19 vaccines, and other equipment to crisis-hit regions. About National: National Airlines is a U.S. FAA-certificated Part 121 air carrier, with a fleet of six B747-400F's, A330-200, and B757-200 which provides global cargo and passenger solutions. National Air Cargo offers international freight forwarding, sea-to-air multi-modal transportation and logistics solutions worldwide. Established in 1990, the global reach of National is maintained via global operations centers and strategically located offices in the U.S., Middle East, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Universities Space Research Association Elects Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as its Most Recent Member

USRA | June 23, 2022

USRA officially admitted Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to its ranks of prestigious universities on June 10, 2022 bringing the membership of the Association to a total of 116 members. As the largest fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, Embry-Riddle serves nearly 33,000 students and offers more than 100 degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. level, in the areas of aviation; applied science; business; computers and technology; engineering; security, intelligence, and safety; and space. The eligibility criteria for USRA membership includes demonstrated significant contributions in space or aerospace research fields by faculty, and a substantial commitment to a course of studies and dissertation research leading to the doctorate in one or more related fields. Members participate in the governance of USRA through the election of members to the USRA Board of Trustees and establishment of the Association's bylaws. "We are very pleased to welcome Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a USRA member. Its long-standing record of academic achievement and aerospace workforce development will strengthen our Association and its impact on space research, now and into the future. We look forward to Embry-Riddle's participation in USRA's Council of Institutions." Dr. Jeffrey A. Isaacson, USRA's President and CEO The University has built an enviable record of achievement in every aspect of aviation and aerospace. The curriculum at Embry-Riddle covers the operation, engineering, research, manufacturing, marketing, and management of modern aircraft and the systems that support them. The University also engages in extensive research and consulting that address the unique needs of aviation, aerospace, and related industries The University's claim to be the most respected university specializing in aviation and aerospace programs is well founded. Established in 1926, today its residential campuses are located in Daytona Beach Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, with another 110 locations worldwide providing remote learning. The school's 185-acre campus in Daytona Beach serves some 7,000 students and dates to 1965. About USRA Founded in 1969, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences at the request of the U.S. Government, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is a nonprofit corporation chartered to advance space-related science, technology, and engineering. USRA operates scientific institutes and facilities, and conducts other major research and educational programs. USRA engages the university community and employs in-house scientific leadership, innovative research and development, and project management expertise.

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AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

Aviation Capital Group Announces Delivery of One Boeing 737-8 MAX to Icelandair

Aviation Capital Group | March 17, 2022

Aviation Capital Group LLC (“ACG”) announced the delivery of one new Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft on long-term lease to Icelandair. This Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines, is part of a multi-aircraft transaction between ACG and the airline. “With this delivery, we are delighted to complete the purchase and leaseback of two Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft and the long-term financing through ACG’s Aircraft Financing Solutions program of one Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft with Icelandair,” said Robert Lewandowski, Managing Director of ACG. “We look forward to continuing our close and long-standing relationship with the Icelandair Group and working with them on their future financing needs,” added Roger Carley, Vice President of Marketing for ACG. “Icelandair is delighted to team up with ACG, a long-lasting business partner, on this transaction. The renewal of our fleet with new eco-efficient airplanes like the Boeing 737 MAX is an important step towards reaching our ambitious goals of reducing the company’s carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.” Bogi Nils Bogason, CEO of Icelandair About Aviation Capital Group Aviation Capital Group was founded in 1989 and is one of the world’s premier full-service aircraft asset managers with over 440 owned, managed and committed aircraft as of December 31, 2021, which are leased to approximately 90 airlines in approximately 45 countries. ACG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Century Corporation.

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DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

ZEVA Successfully Completes Historic First Test Flight

ZEVA | January 15, 2022

ZEVA, a pioneer in zero-emission electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft transportation, successfully achieved its first untethered, powered, controlled flight test for its full-scale ZEVA ZERO flying wing airframe utilizing its eight zero-emission electric motor-driven propellers. The major milestone for the Tacoma-based startup was captured in this new video in rural Pierce County, Washington, on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 as part of its rigorous test program to achieve FAA airworthiness certification. The uncrewed ZEVA demonstration aircraft completed four flights, totaling more than four minutes of controlled hovering, simulated taxiing maneuvers at slow speeds, and limited vertical climb maneuvers. Its compact airframe is designed for a single pilot and is small enough to fit in a standard automobile parking space. The vehicle is projected to cruise at speeds of up to 160 mph with a range of up to 50 miles, optimizing point-to-point travel. “This is a huge inflection point for ZEVA as we join an exclusive set of proven flying eVTOL platforms, and a testament to the relentless hard work and ingenuity of our entire team over the past two and half years, We are dissecting our learnings from our critical first taxiing flight, which is a direct result of the support we’ve received from our investors and community, leading us to bring in additional talent to spearhead this historic moment. We are eager to continue to our next stage of hover flight testing on our road to certification and eventual autonomous flight allowing anyone, not just pilots, to access zero-emission point-to-point travel.” -Stephen Tibbitts, CEO and Chairman of ZEVA. ZEVA experienced tremendous growth this year, with the addition of Gus Meyer as flight control engineer and several other key hires. The team completed more than 50 successful tethered flights, showcased the ZEVA ZERO aircraft at the Dubai Air Show in November, and was awarded a grant by Washington’s Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) to work with Washington State University on ZEVA Aero’s aerodynamic configurations to optimize the vehicle’s thrust and controls. ZEVA has also worked with NASA in conjunction with its Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge. ZEVA will continue hover flight tests and advance to transition flight testing this spring to fine-tune the unique Superman-like trajectory of the aircraft design. The patent-pending design is expected to be available for pre-order for consumers for a $5,000 deposit as early as spring of this year, with an eventual price tag for the first production units estimated at under $250,000. About ZEVA ZEVA is bringing personal air transportation to everyone with an affordable, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft called the ZERO. The Tacoma, Washington startup launched in 2017. ZEVA’s founding team delivers decades of experience leading teams of engineers and managing multi-million dollar R&D budgets to develop and mass-produce electronics at both start-ups and multinational corporations.

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