Spirit Offering More Than 30 Flights to Cancun From Major US Cities

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.

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As discussed in the May 2015 Closed Loop/Avascent white paper, the advent of eEnablement (eE) is poised to revolutionize the aviation ecosystem by using “data creation, subscription, analysis, consolidation, and value-added capabilities” to help airlines more effectively achieve inherent operational and customer engagement missions. Furthermore, eE will ensure an airline’s ability to integrate into the broader airline environment, where sharing data is vital to future success.


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Acquisition of SimpleFlying.com by Valnet Inc.

SimpleFlying.com | December 29, 2021

Valnet Inc. (or “Valnet”) has successfully completed the acquisition of SimpleFlying.com (the “Company”), the leading online destination for aviation enthusiasts. The Company is a reference in the aerospace industry, providing the latest news and information on aircraft, airlines, airports, passenger experience, and other aspects of commercial aviation. In 2021, the Company also co-hosted its first ever Future Flying Forum, an industry-focused event for aviation professionals and enthusiasts alike. “Simple Flying has been an incredible journey, from what started out as a personal passion for airlines and the commercial aviation industry has turned into a platform read and loved by millions. I would like to personally thank everyone who has been involved and made Simple Flying possible, both past and present. This acquisition marks an exciting next step in Simple Flying's journey and I'm excited for the future of the platform.” -Simple Flying Founder and CEO, Arran Rice Valnet is looking forward to integrating Simpleflying.com within its portfolio of brands and build upon the Company’s strong foundations - loyal readers, quality publishing and brand authority. This acquisition further strengthens Valnet’s position as the leading digital content investor that aligns itself with market-leading digital publishers. About Valnet Inc. Driven by passion and performance, Valnet’s overarching goal is to create and distribute content to millions of users daily across our brands. With more than 3 billion web sessions and 20 billion Youtube views, Valnet is the leading digital content investment company that owns and operates a diversified portfolio of premier publishing and studio assets. About Simple Flying Simpleflying.com has been online since 2018, making it one of the fastest-growing digital publishers in the commercial aviation vertical. The site served over 7 million unique monthly visitors in November 2021.

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Axiom Space and Italian Government Sign Historic MOU to Expand Commercial Utilization of Space

Axiom Space | May 26, 2022

Axiom Space, a leader in human spaceflight currently building the world's first commercial space station, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian government to further their existing collaboration, including the potential for the development of space infrastructure integrated with the future Axiom Station. The agreement was signed by the President and CEO of Axiom Space, Michael Suffredini, and Italy's Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, Vittorio Colao, on 19 May in Rome, Italy. While the MOU is exploratory in nature, areas of cooperation outlined in the agreement include mutual definition of potential user requirements as well as technological solutions and operational concepts for an Italian module that could later be developed and integrated into the Axiom Space Station. The project could take the form of a public-private framework with the governance and business models developed over time. Other areas of cooperation include collaborative development and implementation of research supporting space exploration and technology, including advanced materials, pharmaceuticals, on-orbit manufacturing, space security, aerospace medicine, simulation and robotics, and other areas of mutual interest as determined by the two parties, as well as training and mission operations. The MOU – a first-of-its-kind approach between the Italian government and a private international corporation - is the latest effort between Italy and the Houston-based Axiom Space. Earlier this year, Axiom announced Italian Air Force (ItAF) Colonel Walter Villadei as the company's first international professional astronaut. He is currently in training in Houston. Col. Villadei has been selected by Axiom as a backup on the Ax-2 mission, and an initial agreement has been signed for a reservation on a mission targeting late 2023. Based on ItAF's significant competencies in the field of astronautics, modeling and simulation, and aerospace medicine, such a mission will allow the implementation of multidisciplinary scientific and technological experiments from the Italian research and industrial community and will further strengthen the relationship being established under the MOU just signed. Together, these agreements between Axiom and Italy demonstrate the promise and viability of business to government (B2G) relationships that can help grow and expand the commercial space economy across multiple industries and market sectors. A Joint Working Group, composed of representatives from Axiom and institutions and industrial representatives appointed by the Italian Government, will pursue the implementation of the MOU. "As one of the first European countries invested in the International Space Station, this agreement with the Italian government will bring an experienced partner to Axiom Station, helping to open a new paradigm as we build this next generation microgravity platform in low Earth orbit. The MOU is a significant addition to Axiom Space's long-standing relationship with Italy and reflects our shared commitment to expand global access to space and grow the LEO economy while advancing science and technology to benefit all of humanity." Michael Suffredini Axiom Station will provide the international community with a modern, efficient, and cost-effective space infrastructure that enables microgravity research, further technological developments, and operations to continue seamlessly after the ISS end of life. The collaboration between Axiom and Italy will harness microgravity for the development of advanced scientific research, innovative technologies, on-orbit manufacturing, and space exploration. "The agreement intends to deepen cooperation for the development and implementation of projects in the aerospace sector…[it represents] the enrichment of the excellent and historical bilateral relations between the United States and Italy, with cooperation also in the field of commercial space flight seen as an opportunity to develop a new chapter of the human presence around the Earth and on the Moon for the benefit of the whole humanity", according to a statement released by the Italian government. The agreement with Italy adds to Axiom Space's list of recent accomplishments in its efforts to grow the commercial space industry. Earlier this month, Axiom Space celebrated the groundbreaking at the company's new, long-term headquarters at Houston Spaceport, which will be home to the development and construction of Axiom Station. Axiom Space also recently welcomed home the Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) crew after successfully completing the first all-private astronaut mission to the ISS. The company has also signed agreements with several nations, including Hungary and the United Arab Emirates to fly on future space missions. About Axiom Space Axiom Space is guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while privately building its successor, Axiom Station, the first permanent commercial destination in Earth's orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

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AerAdvise Group Debuts Landmark European Headquarters beside Dublin International Airport Ireland

AerAdvise Group | March 01, 2022

AerAdvise Group Debuts Landmark European Headquarters beside Dublin International Airport Ireland. The new AerAdvise European Headquarters are located at the 2nd Floor, No.1 Northwood Avenue, Dublin, Ireland. "The decision to relocate comes as part of the company's ambitious 5 year growth strategy in Ireland providing specialist services to the international aviation markets. This move is a very pivotal start to the New year for us and highlights a solid commitment to our customers, partners and continued collaboration during a particularly challenging period for our industry globally. Our new European headquarters also provides the necessary new functional working space for staff with the added ability to host our customers and their clients during challenging projects. Moving forward in 2022 we will also see some further exciting news from the group in several areas including new hires to the business." - AerAdvise Group CEO Patrick Toner "To date the market has welcomed or TES "Technical Engineering Solutions" these include both our Technical Services, Records Reviews & CAMO offerings and through this, we will continue to expand these services further in the months ahead starting with our new records storage solution and onsite presentation of aircraft records." -AerAdvise Chief Technical Officer Mr John Whitty About AerAdvise Group AerAdvise offers a suite of integrated specialist aviation solution services including Technical Services, Records Reviews & CAMO regulated services to aviation customers internationally.

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HONEYWELL SELECTED BY LOCKHEED MARTIN SIKORSKY-BOEING TO POWER DEFIANT X HELICOPTER IN KEY U.S. ARMY PURSUIT

Honeywell | February 15, 2022

Honeywell has been selected to provide its new HTS7500 turboshaft engine as the power behind the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing DEFIANT X® helicopter, currently a contender to win the U.S. Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition. The HTS7500 turboshaft engine is the newest and most technologically advanced model in Honeywell's family of military engines, which includes the iconic T55 engine that has powered the H-47 fleet for over 60 years. Like the T55, the HTS7500 is a highly reliable engine designed to thrive in austere environments and to perform to keep military personnel safer. The HTS7500 enhances mission readiness and exceeds mission power and fuel consumption requirements. The new engine comes equipped with a modernized control system, which enables a highly secure flow of engine data. The control system improves operating capabilities, reduces life-cycle costs, and ensures engine health status through its digital thread road map. "This engine builds upon the battle-proven architecture of the T55, but the HTS7500 takes engine performance, reliability and efficiency to a whole new level, The engine is structurally similar, which is great for maintainers in the field because they can use current tools and training. However, when it comes to performance, the HTS7500 is 42% more powerful than the T55-GA-714A and has the lowest total weight compared to other engines in its horsepower class." -Dave Marinick, president, Engines and Power Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. "We're committed to the U.S. Army's focus on modernization and multidomain operations, and the selection of Honeywell's latest engine technology for the DEFIANT X® is proof of that commitment, The HTS7500 checks all the right boxes for the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing team and the Army, and we are excited to play a part in the future of vertical lift for our Army customer and Team DEFIANT." -Ricky Freeman, president, Defense and Space, Honeywell Aerospace. The DEFIANT X® will be the fastest, most maneuverable assault helicopter in history. It can fly two times faster and farther than the Black Hawk and is currently being tested in a digital combat environment, where it continues to prove its unmatched range and survivability. FLRAA was initiated by the U.S. Army in 2019 to develop a new utility helicopter that will replace the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk starting in 2030. The Black Hawk was developed in the 1960s and 1970s and was selected by the U.S. Army in 1976. FLRAA will provide the next generation of capability for decades to come for the U.S. Army, and the HTS7500 has been built to provide world-class reliability and time on wing for this next generation of aircraft. Engines designed by Honeywell have been at the forefront of aircraft propulsion for nearly seven decades, shaping aviation's progress in civilian and military applications around the world. Honeywell's high-performance, high-power engines combine rigorous testing with rugged design, ensuring smoother operation in the harshest environments. Continuous improvement programs have resulted in engines that today provide more power with lower fuel consumption, enhanced safety and proven reliability. About Honeywell Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.

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As discussed in the May 2015 Closed Loop/Avascent white paper, the advent of eEnablement (eE) is poised to revolutionize the aviation ecosystem by using “data creation, subscription, analysis, consolidation, and value-added capabilities” to help airlines more effectively achieve inherent operational and customer engagement missions. Furthermore, eE will ensure an airline’s ability to integrate into the broader airline environment, where sharing data is vital to future success.

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