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Aviation Festival AFA 728 x 90Skyside becomes first customer of Web Manuals Amelia AI: Vienna-based aircraft management and charter company Skyside has become the first customer to integrate Web Manuals Amelia AI for so-called AI-search function for safety and compliance management. Jonas Conrad, EFB-Admin at Skyside GmbH, says: “Web Manuals has consistently provided us with effective digital documentation solutions since 2020. Committed to being at the forefront of technology, we are excited about their latest AI-search function, Amelia. Managing a vast array of safety, operational, and compliance documents can be challenging. With Amelia, we anticipate a significant enhancement in our ability to quickly find crucial information. By leveraging Amelia’s innovative AI capabilities, we expect to reduce our workload and streamline document management processes. This will not only boost our efficiency but also allow us to focus more on critical tasks, ensuring safety remains our top priority. Web Manuals Amelia AI is set to revolutionize our operations, enabling us to perform our duties more effectively and stay ahead with new technological advancements. Web Manuals Amelia AI was released in the Web Manuals Core 2024.3 update, launched in April 2024.

HAVELSAN delivers 5th FFS to Turkish Airlines: Ankara, Turkiye headquartered flight simulator manufacturer HAVELSAN has delivered the 5th full flight simulator to Turkish Airlines. The latest device an Airbus A320 full flight simulator, which was delivered and installed in May 2024 and is currently undergoing site acceptance test, is the second Airbus A320 full flight simulator HAVELSAN has delivered to Turkish Airlines in 2024 and forms part of the airline’s procurement contract for a total of 11 Airbus A320ceo/neos and Boeing B737 MAX full flight simulators and FTDs. In the month of May another HAVELSAN constructed full flight simulator operated by Turkish Airlines achieved European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Level D certification.  “We are thrilled to announce the first Airbus A320 EASA full flight simulator certification of a HAVELSAN-manufactured device in 2024. It symbolizes our shared dedication with Turkish Airlines to ensure that the simulator training infrastructure meets standards from around the globe,” stated Mehmet Akif Nacar, Ph.D CEO of HAVELSAN. In 2024 HAVELSAN announced it would ramp up activities and support for airlines and simulator training centers including the ability to manufacturer up to eight full flight simulators per year.

BlueBox Systems introduces BlueBoxCargo: BlueBox Systems announced the launch of BlueBoxCargo, an advanced tracking solution that combines features from BlueBoxAir and BlueBoxOcean. The platform is designed to provide real-time tracking capabilities for air and ocean freight. BlueBoxCargo builds on the success of BlueBoxAir and BlueBoxOcean and represents a significant advance in logistics technology. This innovative solution integrates the robust functionalities of its predecessors and provides a unified platform that simplifies air and ocean freight management, the company said. “BlueBoxCargo is the next logical and, above all, long-planned development stage for us,” emphasises BlueBox Systems’ CEO Martin Schulze. “After developing BlueBoxAir, a solution specifically for the complex air freight industry, and launching BlueBoxOcean at the beginning of this year, we are now systematically merging the two solutions.”

CAE signs software deal with Wizz Air: CAE announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with European ultra-low-cost carrier Wizz Air to equip the airline with its Operations Control and Crew Management software. Wizz Air will also implement CAE’s Recovery Manager solutions for operational and crew disruptions. CAE’s Recovery Manager solutions enable airlines to recover from irregular operations more quickly, cost-effectively, and sustainably, the company said. “We are thrilled to embark on this journey with CAE’s next-generation Crew Management and Operations Control software. Its tailored capabilities promise scalability for years ahead. This innovative solution is set to revolutionize our operations, accelerating processes, and ultimately become a cornerstone of efficiency for our company,” said Michael Delehant, Wizz Air’s Executive Vice President & Group Chief Operations Officer. CAE also said that its new Vienna training centre will be home to up to nine full-flight simulators (FFS), including the newly announced Embraer Phenom and Bombardier Challenger 3500 aircraft. This is in addition to the Bombardier Global 6000 Vision and 7500 announced last year.  CAE will also be offering maintenance training in Vienna, Austria. The new centre is scheduled to open in Q2 2025.

MirusMirus Aircraft Seating enters the Airbus BFE catalogue: Mirus Aircraft Seating has signed a contract with Airbus that means airlines will now have a new supplier to choose from when selecting their seats for an Airbus A320 family aircraft. Its latest evolution of its popular Hawk economy class seat, the Hawk Infinity, has officially entered the Airbus Buyer Furnished Equipment (BFE) catalogue as a Potential Future Product for airlines ordering Airbus A320 Family aircraft. This enables airlines and lessors to select the Mirus Hawk Infinity economy class seat and have them installed at the Airbus Final Assembly Line through the regular BFE Management process. For the first two customers, the new Mirus seats in their ordered A321Neos will be installed in Q1 2025. Fully certified and launched in 2023, Hawk Infinity is a fully featured lightweight economy class seat designed to meet the discerning needs of airlines operating single aisle aircraft on short to medium range routes.

AURA AERO and Airbus Protect sign cooperation deal: AURA AERO and Airbus Protect have signed a cooperation agreement in view of the certification of ERA, AURA AERO’s regional transport 19-seater hybrid-electric aircraft. Both companies will share their respective expertise and collaborate on safety, cybersecurity and sustainability aspects of the ERA program and its production means. This partnership aims to support a smooth and secure ERA certification process and production schedule. It is also an opportunity for Airbus Protect to expand its expertise in new technologies such as hybrid propulsion and all-electric systems, as well as in the general aviation (CS-23) regulatory framework. ERA is a brand new eco-responsible aircraft. Concentrating many avionic, aerodynamic and propelling innovations, it is the solution to the decarbonisation of regional aviation. This aircraft addresses the environmental challenges of the 21st century, reducing C02 emissions by up to 80% compared to thermal aircraft in the same category, together with a significant reduction of direct operating costs.

STELIA Aerospace introduces OPERA ESSENTIAL: STELIA Aerospace announced the launch of OPERA ESSENTIAL, the latest addition to its OPERA family. The company said it was a sustainable, entirely autonomous seat, responsive to the passenger’s movements. Culminating from two years of a thorough lifecycle analysis and environmental impact assessment inspired by its elder sibling OPERA SA, (Single-Aisle) the design approach of OPERA ESSENTIAL gravitates around four key pillars: Mass optimisation, streamlined electrical components, incorporation of recycled and recyclable materials, all while upholding the luxurious comfort of a Business Class Long Range seat. This new design notably includes the removal of the electrical actuator and the ECU, which not only reduces the seat weight and its environmental impact, but also offers passengers full control of their comfort, with an infinite number of positions and a faster switchover to full flat-bed mode.

Lufthansa Technik extends pact with flyadeal: Saudi Arabian low-cost airline flyadeal and Lufthansa Technik are expanding their cooperation in the field of digital engineering. With the five-year contract extension for Aircraft Engineering Services and the selection of AMOS Airline Edition and AMOScloud, operated by Swiss-AS, as M&E (maintenance and engineering) software solution, flyadeal is further advancing its efforts to digitally transform technical operations. This marks a significant milestone for all partners and sets new standards for efficiency and innovation. Flyadeal has entrusted Lufthansa Technik with enhancing its maintenance and engineering processes and by selecting Swiss-AS’s AMOS Airline Edition software package and Aircraft Engineering Services. The Jeddah-based airline is well positioned to achieve operational excellence and increase productivity through the digitalisation of its technical operations. AMOS serves the airline as a central hub for managing maintenance operations, leveraging data-driven insights to optimize efficiency, ensure compliance, and drive innovation in aircraft maintenance practices. Lufthansa Technik’s Aircraft Engineering Services will continue to deliver extensive engineering solutions for flyadeal such as maintenance programs, life-time status tracking and in-depth reliability analysis of the entire fleet by using AMOS and cloud services.

Leonardo launches new MRO in UK: Leonardo continues to expand the level of service proximity and capabilities in the helicopter market by launching new projects in the UK through a long-term partnership with Aldenham Aviation. Starting with an existing building and infrastructure at London Elstree Aerodrome, operations target Part 145 maintenance capabilities to be in place within autumn this year. Further projects planned with Aldenham Aviation will increase this capability. Over 175 helicopters, including AW109s, AW169s, AW139s and AW189s are in service in the region for passenger transport, offshore transport and public services and the next-generation AW09 single engine will follow, contributing to a further Leonardo fleet expansion. Leonardo is therefore committed to ensuring even greater responsiveness and service quality by delivering technical and maintenance support in line with the evolving market requirements.

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