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February 14, 2021

French Ministry of Defense Buys 4 TBM 940s

Delivery Of The TBM 940 Fleet Will Begin In The Summer Of 2021

The French Ministry of Defense has announced a framework agreement to acquire four Daher TBM 940 very fast turboprop aircraft for use by the country’s flight test centers, along with associated services for the operation of these airplanes. Delivery of the TBM 940 fleet will begin in the summer of 2021, replacing TBM 700 versions that have been used since 1992 by the Flight Test division of the French Defense Ministry’s DGA (Direction générale de l’armement) procurement agency. The TBM’s duties include flight testing and safety support, as chase airplanes, in liaison flights, and for operations away from the primary test center locations.

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Embraer Delivers 71 Jets In 4Q20 And 130 Total Jets In 2020

As Of December 31, The Firm Order Backlog Totaled USD 14.4 Billion

Embraer delivered 71 jets in the fourth quarter of 2020, of which 28 were commercial aircraft and 43 were executive jets (23 light and 20 large), which represents a decrease of 10 aircraft in the quarter in comparison with 4Q19.The Company delivered a total of 130 jets in 2020, comprised of 44 commercial aircraft and 86 executive jets (56 light and 30 large), which represents a decrease of almost 35% compared to 2019, when 198 jets were delivered.

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Coulson Aviation FireLiners Dominating Australian Skies

Two FireLiners Were Working Side By Side With a Coulson C-130

It must be QUITE the sight... In something that has been rarely seen in aerial firefighting in Australia, three large air tankers have been working in Western Australia (WA) together as part of the aerial effort to support emergency services and protect communities under threat of fire. Two 737 FireLiner's and a C-130 were working closely together laying lines of fire retardant that made a real difference to minimizing the danger and impact to communities under threat of fire. 

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Flying Taxi Concepts Gain Traction But Practical Challenges Remain

There's A Lot Of Outside Funding Coming Into The Space...

By Brian Foley Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is suggested by some industry participants and investors to be the next big disruptor in air transportation. It's envisioned that Jetson-like, small flying pods, often battery powered, will whisk passengers on short intra-city or regional hops starting with the press of an app, all while leaving an ecologically friendly footprint at relatively economical air travel fares. Known as eVTOLs for Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing, these vehicles and support ecosystem are argued by some to be the most significant civil air transportation development since the jet age. They have spawned hundreds of individual air vehicle designs,

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Astronics Bags $11M Collins Aerospace Order

Supports Growing Business Jet Connectivity Demand

Astronics has been awarded an order of approximately $11 million from Collins Aerospace (“Collins”) for business jet connectivity equipment. The order is a follow on to previous orders for inflight connectivity (IFC) hardware that Astronics has been providing to Collins. Astronics’ equipment supports the growing interest in the business jet connectivity services offered by Collins Aerospace. Having received many strong customer reviews, Collins’ system provides unparalleled highspeed world-wide connectivity that enables a broad variety of remote conferencing services as well as streaming entertainment.

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