ExpressJet Airlines Reaches New Contract Agreement with Flight Attendants

Aviation Pros | March 11, 2020

ExpressJet Airlines announced that a new four year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) went into effect on Mar. 9, covering the airline's Flight Attendants represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. The new agreement, implemented following the conclusion of an arbitration proceeding, includes wage increases for the Flight Attendants and combines two previously separate work groups into one seniority list and contract.

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Gaining efficiency and lowering costs have become the unofficial mantras of the energy sector during the latest industry downturn. As the supply-demand imbalance dragged down commodity prices and profits, many companies have turned to technology to improve operations. While the basics of aerodynamics remain unchanged there has been a significant change in the flight operations around the world. One of the key trends in this segment is automation.


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AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

Evolv Technology Works To Set Standards for Sensitive Information in the Physical Security Industry

Evolv Technology | August 16, 2022

Evolv Technology, the global leader in AI-based weapons detection security screening, recently surveyed security professionals at Evolv’s customers’ organizations on the topic of transparency and sensitive security information and reports that 96% of the two dozen respondents believe that such information should not be made available to the general public.The need to provide transparency without helping potential attackers is a fundamental paradox of the security industry. While aviation security has clear specifications classified by the Transportation Security Administration in the US and European Civil Aviation Conference in the EU, other venues for which advanced security screening is being used have not yet formalized set standards around transparency. Evolv is working to set that standard. The company discloses sensitive information only to trusted security partners to prevent the exposure of potential vulnerabilities and compromising customers’ security plans. The Company recently underwent NCS⁴’s operational exercise with its Express® system and earned an overall composite score of 2.84 out of 3 and chose not to make the full report public as part of the Evolv transparency statement. It is a position agreed to by leading security experts as methods of advanced screening continue to be used in more venues around the world.The less that is shared with the general public the better chance we all have at someone not finding a weak point in any security posture,” said one of the survey respondents. People who say that absolute transparency is best simply don't understand the security business,” said John Pistole, former administrator of the United States TSA and a former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “They apparently don't have an informed perspective or insight into just how determined bad actors are in their efforts to harm individuals, countries, and companies.Security professionals do not want anyone to release information that helps attackers defeat their systems,” said Randy Smith, western region director, Security Detection. “Fans, students, concertgoers, and healthcare workers have a right to their safety. To release sensitive security information is irresponsible and potentially life threatening. “Similar to cybersecurity and counterterrorism, protecting the methods and means, and sharing them only with trusted security partners is critical to preventing the exposure of potential vulnerabilities. All systems have weaknesses. In aviation, it's illegal for the people who know all the details to share them publicly, Mike Ellenbogen, cofounder and chief innovation officer at Evolv. “Established security experts understand the basic requirement to keep detailed sensitive information away from anybody who might use the information to exploit or attempt to penetrate a physical security system, and that includes the general public. Those who are saying otherwise truly do not understand the industry and are putting the public at risk. Evolv’s mission is to make everywhere safer. Public disclosure of sensitive security information objectively makes people less safe.” Mike Ellenbogen, cofounder and chief innovation officer at Evolv. About Evolv Technology Evolv Technology (NASDAQ: EVLV) is transforming human security to make a safer, faster, and better experience for the world’s most iconic venues and companies as well as schools, hospitals, and public spaces, using industry leading artificial intelligence (AI)-powered weapons detection and analytics. Its mission is to transform security to create a safer world to work, learn, and play. Evolv has digitally transformed the gateways in places where people gather by enabling seamless integration combined with powerful analytics and insights. Evolv’s advanced systems have scanned more than 250 million people, second only to the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States. Evolv has been awarded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SAFETY Act Designation as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) as well as the Security Industry Association (SIA) New Products and Solutions (NPS) Award in the Law Enforcement/Public Safety/Guarding Systems category. Evolv Technology, Evolv Express®, Evolv Insights™, and Evolv Cortex AI™ are registered trademarks or trademarks of Evolv Technologies, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.

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Private Jet Company Volato Expands and Evolves Offering with Gulfstream G280 Fleet Agreement

Volato | September 17, 2022

Volato, the most efficient way to experience a luxury private jet, today announced a new relationship with Gulfstream and a fleet order of Gulfstream G280 aircraft. With four on firm order, the aircraft will add significant capability to Volato's existing fleet of HondaJet Elites. This expansion evolves Volato's business model as they look to service a greater share of the private aviation market. Volato will be the first company to fractionalize the Gulfstream G280, preselling fractions in multiples of eighths, and will take delivery of its first G280 aircraft in early 2024.The ten-seat configured Gulfstream G280 brings the unique benefits of Volato's program to the super-mid cabin fractional customer: fly as little or as much as you like, plus, earn revenue every time your aircraft flies a live mission, evolving their business model from The most efficient way to fly luxury private with four or fewer passengers to The most efficient, friendly and rewarding way to experience a luxury private jet. "When we launched Volato, our strategy was to initially target the largest segment of the market that was not being directly addressed: short haul flights with only a few passengers,From listening to our customers' needs and recognizing that our innovative business model is not just limited to light jets, we are excited to expand our model to larger aircraft so that HondaJet owners can fly their edge case missions that are farther or with more passengers, while welcoming a new category of luxury private jet customer to Volato's superior experience." Matt Liotta, Co-Founder and CEO of Volato The Gulfstream G280 features the largest in-cabin experience and greatest efficiency in its class. The Gulfstream G280's revolutionary wing design and engine technology result in prime fuel-efficiency, reducing operational costs and supporting environmental sustainability. Volato will offset the CO2 in every gallon of fuel through its program with 4AIR, continuing its commitment to minimize its environmental footprint.When considering expanding our fleet offerings, the cabin experience and operating efficiency were important considerations,said Nicholas Cooper, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Volato. "Gulfstream and the G280 was the clear choice as being best in class and we are excited to begin this relationship with Gulfstream.Gulfstream is grateful to Volato for the confidence they have placed in us and in the Gulfstream G280 as they expand their fleet, said Scott Neal, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Gulfstream. The G280 is an outstanding aircraft, and I look forward to Volato's customers benefiting from its cabin comfort and class-leading performance capabilities. The Gulfstream G280 will service Volato's existing owner's private aviation needs through direct fractional ownership or access to the aircraft through their HondaJet fractional ownership. As owners can fly as little or as much as they like, while earning a revenue share whenever their aircraft flies a live leg, there is no downside to having ownership in both programs, owners simply choose the most efficient aircraft for their mission. Volato's Gulfstream G280 fleet will service the United States and nearby countries. Volato operates one of the largest and most modern fleets of HondaJets in the world with 11 aircraft and 18 on order, and now offers fractional shares in four Gulfstream G280's, the Stretch Jet Card: the only in-fleet jet card that rewards flexibility, and Volato Aircraft Management Services with a focus on HondaJets and large cabin aircraft. With IS-BAO Stage 2 and ARGUS Platinum safety ratings, and an accident-free history, Volato operates with the highest safety standards of any HondaJet operator. In addition, Volato offsets the CO2 on every gallon of fuel used by its fleet through its program with 4AIR, and provides pilots with robust training and a balanced lifestyle. Volato is positioned to be an industry leader as it continues to develop the most innovative solutions in private aviation. About Volato: Volato is a full-service aviation company providing modern ways to enjoy luxury private jets through innovative, friendly, and sustainable solutions. Volato provides a fresh approach to fractional ownership, aircraft management, jet card and charter programs. Volato's fractional program uniquely offers flexible hours and a revenue share on every live mission for owners in a fleet of bespoke HondaJet Elites which are optimized for missions of up to four passengers, and Gulfstream G280's which are optimized for missions of up to ten passengers.

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Sidus Space Celebrates the Successful Space-Qualification of Dhruva Space’s Satellite Orbital Deployer

Sidus Space, Inc. | July 06, 2022

Sidus Space, Inc. a Space-as-a-Service company focused on mission critical hardware manufacturing; multi-disciplinary engineering services; satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations; and in-orbit support is proud to announce that Dhruva Space’s Satellite Orbital Deployer successfully achieved space-qualification on June 30. Dhruva Space’s Satellite Orbital Deployer has been successfully tested and space-qualified in the PSLV C53 mission. By achieving space qualification, the Deployer has proven that it can withstand and operate properly in the harsh environment of space, a necessary and critical milestone. The launch took place at 18:02 IST on June 30, 2022, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India. In December 2021, Jamie Adams, Sidus Space CTO participated in a Zero-G flight demonstration designed to simulate a microgravity environment to test the spring-loaded mechanisms and electronics that unlatch the door on the Orbital Deployer. Sidus Space will integrate Dhruva’s CubeSat deployer with its own Phoenix Deployer which is in development. The Phoenix Deployer accommodates a customized configuration of 3, 6 or 12 CubeSat deployers based on each mission’s need. This combined capability will allow the Sidus Space / Dhruva Space partnership to offer full-service CubeSat launch options to a large variety of customers. “Our successful testing and space-qualification of Dhruva Space’s Satellite Orbital Deployer marks a new chapter in India’s space history, and the PSLV C53 mission is an iconic milestone in the journey of Dhruva Space. This is also a big win for the Dhruva Space team who have all worked together with unrelenting determination to ensure the success of ultimately gaining space heritage. We look forward to supporting our international clients with CubeSat Deployers, Integration and Launch Services. The continued support from Sidus Space Inc over the past two years has been invaluable and we look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership.” Speaking on the success of the space-qualification, Sanjay Nekkanti, CEO, Dhruva Space Private Limited Sidus Space and Dhruva Space initially entered into a partnership in 2020 to collaborate and catalyze the design, development and commercialization of new innovative space technologies and services. This partnership, which leverages each company’s technologies, increases the breadth and depth related to both offerings and customers. In line with Sidus’ focus on international partnerships, in May 2022, Sidus Space and Dhruva entered into a new agreement to reinforce and expand their commitment to a continued partnership and collaboration. This partnership will support the missions of the space programs in India and the United States through strategic alignment and value-add agreements related to satellites, Mission Operations Centers, Ground Stations, space-related hardware and software, and other technologies. About Sidus Space Sidus Space located in Cape Canaveral, Florida, operates from a 35,000-square-foot manufacturing, assembly, integration, and testing facility focused on vertically integrated Space-as-a-Service solutions including end-to-end satellite support. The company’s rich heritage includes the design and manufacture of many flight and ground component parts and systems for various space-related customers and programs. Sidus Space has a broad range of Space-As-a-Service offerings including space-rated hardware manufacturing, design engineering, satellite manufacturing and platform development, launch and support services, data analytics services and satellite constellation management. Sidus Space has a mission of Bringing Space Down to Earth™ and a vision of enabling space flight heritage status for new technologies while delivering data and predictive analytics to domestic and global customers. Any corporation, industry, or vertical can start their journey off-planet with Sidus Space’s rapidly scalable, low-cost satellite services, space-based solutions, and testing alternatives. More than just a “Satellite-as-a-Service” provider, Sidus Space is a trusted Mission Partner–from concept to Low Earth Orbit and beyond. Sidus is ISO 9001:2015, AS9100 Rev. D certified, and ITAR registered. About Dhruva Space Private Limited Dhruva Space, founded in 2012, is a full-stack space engineering solutions provider based in Hyderabad, India, and in Graz, Austria. The company is active across space, launch, and ground segments, and supports civilian and defense clients worldwide. Dhruva Space offers satellite/s coupled with Earth station/s and launch services as an integrated solution or individually as technology solutions to power space-based applications on Earth and beyond. In October 2020, Dhruva Space was recognized with the National Startup Award by the Government of India for its efforts in Satellite and Space Technology. In March 2022, Dhruva Space was accoladed ‘Best SpaceTech Startup’ by Entrepreneur India’s StartUp 2022 Awards, and in April 2022, the company was featured in Fortune India’s ‘40 Under 40: India’s Brightest Young Minds’ edition.

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Canada Jetlines Receives Canadian Transportation Agency Licenses to Operate Domestic, Non-Scheduled International and Scheduled International Services

Canada Jetlines | August 23, 2022

Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (“Canada Jetlines”) the new, all-Canadian, leisure airline, announced today that the Canadian Transportation Agency has issued Canada Jetlines airline licenses.“Canada Jetlines is pleased to announce that it has received its Domestic, Non-scheduled international, and scheduled international service licenses from the Canadian Transportation Agency. With the Air Operator Certificate that was issued on August 18, 2022, by Transport Canada, Canada Jetlines has now completed all government requirements and obtained all certification to start operations. “I am extremely proud of this achievement and the hard work completed by all the employees and the support we received for this project from Ed Wegel and his team at GlobalX, as well as all our other partners. I want to pass my appreciation for the trust our partners have put in the Canada Jetlines team, Eddy Doyle CEO Canada Jetlines. “We will be announcing our fall schedule shortly with an updated inaugural flight date and are excited at the possibilities ahead of us to provide Canadians with a new air service,” said Duncan Bureau Chief Commercial Officer of Canada Jetlines. “Canada Jetlines is fully staffed and ready to fly. As a start-up during the pandemic, we emphasize preparation and collaboration and are currently staffed to welcome guests to travel with us,” said Eddy Doyle, CEO of Canada Jetlines. “Part of the many benefits of beginning as a startup airline out of the pandemic is our staffing. We don't have to worry about bringing back team members, retraining, and so on. We are fully trained, with the full complement of crew and team members.” To learn more about limited time specials for travelers visit Jetlines.com and sign up for email updates for ticket discounts and news on upcoming destinations. Follow Canada Jetlines on all social media platforms and follow #CanadaJetlines for the latest. About Canada Jetlines Canada Jetlines is a leisure focused air carrier, which will utilize a growing fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft. The air carrier was created to provide Canadians with value vacation choices and convenient travel options to fly to fantastic leisure destinations within Canada, the U.S.A., Cuba, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Bahamas, and other Caribbean nations. Canada Jetlines will provide exciting vacation packages to iconic Canadian destinations and beyond via strong partnerships with airports, CVB’s, tourism entities, hotels, hospitality brands, and attractions. With a projected growth of 15 aircraft by 2025, Canada Jetlines aims to offer the best-in-class operating economics, customer comfort and fly-by-wire technology, providing an elevated guest centric experience from the first touchpoint. The efficient aircraft design merged with the experience of the all-Canadian management team, allows for accessible flight options without sacrificing quality or convenience. The carrier will use a state-of-the-art web booking platform, making the turnkey solution available to consumers, travel agents, and tour operators, with the capability of generating revenue on reservations and ancillary sales with the aim to provide more revenue opportunities to current and future agent partners and all the work that they do. We look forward to working with you to create memorable travel experiences for consumers. To learn more, please visit www.jetlines.com and follow on all social media platforms for news and updates.

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