Aviation News in Brief 23 June 2020

APOC Aviation, Geo Connect, Peach Aviation, Emirates, Bye Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, NASA


APOC finalises A319 teardowns: Formerly operated by Air Macau, APOC Aviation has acquired two A319-132 airframes (MSN 1758 and 1790) earlier in the year for part-out. After assessment the majority of the harvested A319 parts are being returned to serviceable status by APOC’s audited group of MROs and OEMs. Stock from MSN 1790 has now been shipped back to the Rotterdam warehouse to form part of the company’s rapidly expanding inventory of spares. APOC Aviation also announced it has promoted Karim Grinate to the position of vice president of component sales as the organisation evolves its airline support programmes. Grinate has been with the company for just over a year and has steered the performance of the component sales division as it has sustained triple digit annual growth across the business. As our airline customers seek to re-start their operations across the world we are pleased to announce the induction of a broad inventory of A320 family compatible components. We’re ready to provide a range of highly flexible support options, including exchange/lease/loan programmes. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis we have built on our reputation for innovation and developed some exclusive packages, including free unit opportunities which have been very successful as operators seek to minimise their costs”, Grinate said.

Geo Connect Asia announces 2021 return to Singapore: International events organiser Montgomery Asia announces 24 and 25 March 2021 as the new dates for its flagship geospatial and location intelligence event for Southeast Asia, Geo Connect Asia. To be held at Suntec Singapore, Geo Connect Asia 2021 will be a focal point for the burgeoning ASEAN geospatial industry, combining an exhibition and range of conferences to provide a forum for an industry which is crucial to regional development. Themed “Global Solutions for Asia’s Geospatial & Location Intelligence Markets”, Geo Connect Asia 2021 will be Southeast Asia’s inaugural geospatial services and location intelligence event. The rapid and ongoing digitalisation of the global economy has led to a similar acceleration in demand for geospatial intelligence. In what has been dubbed “the Smart Revolution”, the growing ubiquity of smart technologies and big data across many industries has given the geospatial industry an integral role in future economic development, as both businesses and governments demand increasing volumes of geospatial data and more accurate location intelligence.

Peach Aviation opens new routes: Peach Aviation announced the inauguration of two new routes between Tokyo (Narita) and Kushiro, and Tokyo (Narita) and Miyazaki, from Saturday, 1 August with return flights each day on both routes. One extra return trip will be added between Tokyo (Narita) and Amami each day for a total of two daily round trips from Friday, 7 August to 16 August. The route between Tokyo (Narita) and Kushiro will be the first service to connect Narita Airport with eastern Hokkaido. Eastern Hokkaido is a popular tourist destination, boasting four national parks including Shiretoko, a World Natural Heritage site. Beautiful scenery, multiple activities, and gourmet cuisine can all be enjoyed in this magnificent natural environment.

Emirates prepares as Dubai planes reopen: Emirates said it is preparing to welcome travellers to Dubai as the government prepares to reopen the UAE member to business and leisure visitors from 7 July, while putting in place careful measures to ensure the health and safety of travellers and communities. Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates chairman and CEO said: “I would like to thank HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed for their latest directives to reopen air travel which show their vision for Dubai as a world leader in business and tourism. This is a strong affirmation of Dubai’s readiness to resume aviation and economic activity after comprehensive planning, review, and preparation. We are confident that the multi-layered measures that have been put in place in the air, on the ground, and throughout our city, enables us to mitigate risks of infection spread and manage any required response effectively. We believe that cities around the world are conducting ongoing reviews and will soon follow suit to update their border entry requirements for international travellers.”

Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 2 demonstrator begins new flight tests: Bye Aerospace has begun the next phase of its flight test programme for its two-seat all-electric eFlyer 2 technology demonstrator. George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said the flight-test programme is focused on collecting flight envelope engineering data for the three propellers being considered for the FAA-certified production version of eFlyer 2. The criteria for selecting the confidential propeller finalists included the propeller’s light-weight requirement along with the propeller’s aerodynamic design evaluated against the eFlyer 2’s flight training mission. In addition to return to flight testing, Bye said the Critical Design Review for eFlyer 2, a significant milestone in the FAA Part-23 certification process, was completed 5 June 5. Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer family of aircraft, including the two-seat eFlyer 2 and the four-seat eFlyer 4, aims to be the first FAA Part 23-certified, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training, air taxi and general aviation markets.

Virgin Galactic signs agreement with NASA for ISS flights: Virgin Galactic announced the signing of a Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Johnson Space Centre to encourage commercial participation in orbital human spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS) while enabling the development of a robust economy in Low Earth Orbit. Under the agreement, Virgin Galactic will develop a new private orbital astronaut readiness programme. This programme will include identifying candidates interested in purchasing private astronaut missions to the ISS, the procurement of transportation to the ISS, on-orbit resources, and ground resources. Supporting and coordinating the use of ISS resources will be an important point of integration required for each private astronaut mission. The next generation of space traveller is interested in a variety of space experiences. Building on its commercial spaceflight training experience, Virgin Galactic believes it can provide an unparalleled, personalized customer experience for orbital space travel. NASA is seeing greater demand for use of the ISS for scientific and technological research and development, commercial activity, and international collaboration. Private astronaut experiences could range from private citizen expeditions to government-enabled scientific research missions.

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