Global Aerospace Adds New Light Aircraft Policy Benefit

Industry insurance provider Global Aerospace has launched an aircraft breakdown assistance program as an additional benefit for its light aircraft operators. According to the company, the new program—supported by maintenance management provider Savvy Aviation—will offer policyholders complimentary 24/7 access to a dedicated toll-free assistance hotline staffed by experienced airframe and powerplant and inspection authorization technicians. …

Airbus Zephyr Pseudo-satellite Gets New Funding

Airbus Defence and Space described some new funding for its Zephyr high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) project in the UK. The Zephyr is a lightweight, solar- and battery-powered unmanned aerial system. Previous experimental versions have flown above 60,000 feet for up to 14 days. In early 2016, AIN reported that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) ordered …

Embraer Reports E190-E2 Spec Improvements

Expecting certification of the new E190-E2 “in the coming weeks,” Embraer on Friday issued several final specifications for the airplane, including 1.3 percent less fuel burn than original estimates and a 750 nautical mile improvement in hot-and-high ranges from London City Airport and Mexico City. Originally targeting the first of half of this year for …

California Firm Partners on Chinese Genav Development

California-based aviation services provider Threshold Aviation Group has announced a partnership with Chinese firm YXST Aviation Industry Development on a program to establish and operate airports, FBOs, repair stations, and pilot-training facilities in Northern China. YXST was established to provide general aviation services in the region, and has the exclusive right to develop at least …

FAA/EASA Task Force To Announce MMEL Solution Soon

Flight planning company Flight Service Bureau expects the joint FAA/EASA workgroup to soon provide a solution to the master minimum equipment list (MMEL) versus minimum equipment list (MEL) “debacle.” Last year, ramp checks on some U.S. aircraft in France exposed the fact that EASA and the FAA have different interpretations of the ICAO standards for …

Wx24 Pilot App Adds Cloud-Cover Feature

The Wx24 Pilot app has released an updated version adding several features, including cloud-cover information from the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD), the product’s developer announced. “With the new cloud-cover feature, a VFR pilot can now determine not only if it’s legal to fly, but whether it’s safe,” said Paxton Calvanese, the app’s developer. “The …