Southwest Airlines Revises MAX Return To Service To August

Simple Flying | February 13, 2020

Southwest Airlines, the largest operator of the 737 MAX, has revised its expectations to say that it will not include the troubled aircraft in schedules until August. Previously the airline had said it hoped the plane would return by 6 June. The continued grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX jet is causing an ongoing issue for several airlines. None more so than Southwest, which has 34 grounded MAX aircraft and 310 on order, making it the operator of the largest fleet of MAX aircraft.

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AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

Yamaha Motor and ShinMaywa Conduct Early-Stage Test Flight of Small Aircraft

Yamaha Motor Co | September 27, 2022

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan; President, CEO and Representative Director: Yoshihiro Hidaka) and ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. (Headquarters: Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan; President and CEO: Tatsuyuki Isogawa) conducted an early-stage test flight of a prototype small aircraft at Fujikawa Gliding Field in Shizuoka Prefecture on September 21 This flight was run as part of the joint research project for small aircraft begun by both companies last year. The aircraft tested was an R&D aircraft owned by ShinMaywa, the XU-L (Experimental Utility aircraft – Large type), which was equipped with an existing 499cc engine manufactured by Yamaha Motor. Following the success of this early-stage test flight, both companies plan to continue this joint research endeavor.

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AIR TRANSPORT

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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DEFENSE AND SPACE

Inventory Levels Continue Climb Across Aviation Categories, Values in Decline

Sandhills Global | July 07, 2022

According to the latest Sandhills Global market reports covering the aviation industry, values for piston single, turboprop, and jet aircraft may have peaked this May. All aviation categories displayed month-to-month value decreases from May to June, and with the aviation market showing signs that values might continue their drop in the near future, sellers could need to adjust asking values going forward based on the available inventory. The market reports show that rising inventory levels are a major contributor to decreasing aviation values, and this June marked the fourth consecutive month of inventory expansion across all categories. Sandhills' aviation products include Controller, Controller EMEA, Executive Controller, Charter Hub, Aviation Trader, Aircraft Cost Calculator, and AircraftEvaluator. AircraftEvaluator is Sandhills' proprietary asset valuation tool for all types of aircraft, built using the same technology behind FleetEvaluator. Widely used and trusted across equipment, truck, and trailer industries, FleetEvaluator identifies asset values with unparalleled accuracy. The key metric used in all of Sandhills' market reports is the Sandhills Equipment Value Index (EVI). Buyers and sellers can use the information in Sandhills EVI to monitor equipment markets and maximize returns on acquisition, liquidation, and related business decisions. Chart Takeaways This report includes detailed analysis of asking values and inventory trends in the worldwide used aircraft market along with charts that help readers visualize the data. It describes and quantifies important trends in the buying and selling of used piston single, turboprop, and jet aircraft. U.S. and Canada Used Piston Single Aircraft With the 21% M/M inventory increase in June, used piston single aircraft inventory has now increased each of the last five months. Inventory levels were up 15% year-over-year. The Sandhills EVI shows asking values decreased 1.4% M/M; on a YOY basis, values are up 22% from June 2021. U.S. and Canada Used Turboprop Aircraft In the turboprop category, the Sandhills EVI showed an 8.5% M/M inventory increase, a gain nearly identical to the category's 8-percentage-point increase from April to May. Despite inventory increasing for the fourth consecutive month, turboprop inventory levels were still down 52% YOY. Asking values for turboprops were down 1% M/M; but when compared to June 2021, values are up 32% YOY. Global Used Jet Aircraft Although used jet inventory increased for the fifth consecutive month, jumping 15.3% from May to June, inventory levels across the globe are down 34% YOY. The Sandhills EVI shows asking values decreased 3.1% M/M with asking values this June coming in at $12.7 million. When compared to one year prior, jet aircraft values are up 27%. About Sandhills Global Sandhills Global is an information processing company headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our products and services gather, process, and distribute information in the form of trade publications, websites, and online services that connect buyers and sellers across the aviation, construction, agriculture, and commercial trucking industries. Our integrated, industry-specific approach to hosted technologies and services offers solutions that help businesses large and small operate efficiently and grow securely, cost-effectively, and successfully. Sandhills Global—we are the cloud. About the Sandhills Equipment Value Index The Sandhills Equipment Value Index is a principal gauge of the estimated market values of used assets—both currently and over time—across the construction, agricultural, commercial trucking, and aviation industries represented by Sandhills Global marketplaces, including Controller.com, AuctionTime.com, TractorHouse.com, MachineryTrader.com, TruckPaper.com, and other industry-specific equipment platforms. Powered by FleetEvaluator and AircraftEvaluator, Sandhills' proprietary asset valuation tools, Sandhills EVI provides useful insights into the ever-changing supply-and-demand conditions for each industry.

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BUSINESS AVIATION

Advanced Space Announces CAPSTONE Separation To Start Solo Journey Mission to Moon for NASA

Advanced Space | July 05, 2022

Advanced Space LLC., a leading commercial space tech company pioneering the pathfinder mission, spacecraft separated from Rocket Lab's Photon upper stage after its launch on June 28. The Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment spacecraft has orbited Earth while raising its position to be thrusted beyond low-Earth orbit on a trajectory to the Moon. Advanced Space and Terran Orbital teams will take over operations for CAPSTONE as the spacecraft bids farewell to its ride from Rocket Lab. CAPSTONE™ is owned and operated by Advanced Space on behalf of NASA. It will be one of the first CubeSats, or small satellites, to fly in cislunar space – the orbital area near and around the Moon – and demonstrate an innovative spacecraft-to-spacecraft navigation technology. "Our Advanced Space team has been prepared and ready to manage and navigate the CAPSTONE mission for months. I have been in the industry for over 40 years, and to see a spacecraft of this size perform this type of lunar mission demonstrates how technological advancements have made possible this class of mission to succeed. It is extraordinary to contribute to the industry in this groundbreaking manner." Thomas Gardner, Advanced Space director of engineering and the CAPSTONE program manager The microwave-sized spacecraft, built and designed by Terran Orbital, will now use its own propulsion and the Sun's gravity to reach the Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit around the Moon. The NRHO is the orbit planned for NASA's Gateway, a lunar space station that is part of the Artemis Program. "Getting to this point, we have learned a tremendous amount already, and the time has come to execute our unique expertise for this monumental Moon mission for NASA," said Bradley Cheetham, Advanced Space chief executive officer and CAPSTONE principal investigator. "Over eleven years ago, we started Advanced Space with a purpose to enable the sustainable exploration, development, and settlement of space. CAPSTONE represents the manifestation of our focus on building programs and technologies that will enable this vision for the future." About Advanced Space Advanced Space supports the sustainable exploration, development, and settlement of space through software and services that leverage unique subject matter expertise to improve the fundamentals of spaceflight. Advanced Space is dedicated to improving flight dynamics technology development and expedited turn-key missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Learn more about what Advanced Space is creating; check out the CAPSTONE mission page.

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Take a seat on the wingtip of the GameBird GB1 as pilot Philip Steinbach throws the aircraft through a hardcore aerobatic routine at the 2018 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI.

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