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 …

Cobham Gains New NATO Contract For EW Training

Cobham’s Special Mission business has won a follow-on contract to provide electronic warfare and threat simulation training to NATO for up to five years. The company will continue using its fleet of 12 modified Dassault Falcons that are based in the UK and that also fly on a separate threat simulation contract for the UK …

FAA Faces Furloughs in Event of Government Shutdown

U.S. lawmakers are still attempting to build support for a continuing resolution (CR) that would avert a shutdown of many government functions, including those involving the FAA. But the lack of a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program threatens the prospects for the CR. The federal government is funded through January 19, but …

VistaJet Sees Double-digit Growth in Flight Hours

VistaJet had its strongest ever year in 2017, with flight hours “up markedly” year-on-year, the company announced today. In fact, VistaJet increased market share across the globe and saw double- and even triple-digit growth in flight hours, with the U.S. up 38 percent; UAE, 44 percent; Oman, 300 percent; and Asia, 16 percent. “If current …

NTSB: Severe Vibration Triggered Bell 525 Breakup

The fatal July 6, 2016 in-flight break-up of Bell 525 flight test vehicle 1 (FTV-1) was caused by “severe vibration of the helicopter that led to the crew’s inability to maintain sufficient rotor rotation speed (Nr), leading to excessive main rotor blade flapping, subsequent main rotor blade contact with the tail boom, and the resultant …

Emirates Throws Airbus Lifeline with A380 Commitment

Emirates Airline ended months of speculation about the immediate fate of the Airbus A380 program Thursday as the Middle East carrier signed a memorandum of understanding calling for an eventual firm order for at least 20 of the superjumbos and options on another 16. Valued at $16 billion based on list prices, the deal would …