Air Côte d'Ivoire is the flag carrier of Ivory Coast, located in Abidjan. The airline opened its doors on November 12th 2012 and it is partially owned by Air France. Their team made of 578 staff, including 87 pilots, 174 flight attendants, 66 airplane technicians and 251 people on the ground work hand in hand to give customers the best experience. “Notre plus beau voyage, c'est vous” is the company slogan meaning “Our best trip is you” .


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A new contract has been announced by Boeing this month. It comes in light of the movement to modernize maritime patrol capabilities by the US Navy, the Australian Air Force, and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force. Boeing is planning on enabling this by way of a $2.2 billion contract for at least 17 new P-8A Poseidon aircraft.


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Just outside of Las Vegas is one of the U.S. military’s most important bases, Nellis Air Force Base. Some of the most advanced combat training programs are conducted there. One of these is Exercise Red Flag 17-2. It is the largest, most comprehensive and realistic training exercises. The Spanish Air Force Eurofighters are currently participating in this training exercise.


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Tracking services might not seem too new but this is something that airlines and airplanes have been lacking for quite some time. We have heard of the missing flights that went on in the past few years, having tracking technology on board will not only make the airlines more reliable; but it will make the passengers of the plane including the crew members and the pilots to feel safer.


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It was declared last year that the Royal Thai Force and the Directorate of Aeronautical Engineering (DAE) is going to be trained on the entire country’s C-130 Aircraft System because of a contract signed by PPI Technical Services. It’s going to be a straight forward operation where PPI is going to instruct the Royal Thai Air Force and the DAE maintenance specialists on accurate repair and testing methods that they can follow to ensure quality of work. A brief description of the C-130 aircraft is known as the C-130 Hercules turboprop military transport aircraft which has been designed by Lockheed Martin and utilizes four engines that use a Hamilton Standard 54H60 propeller system.


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On November 22nd 2016, Eliana Fishler wrote an article for Israel Aerospace Industries talking about how the company is leading in finding a way to prevent mid air collision with civilian aircrafts. This is dubbed the CWS or collision warning system.


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On November 16th 2016, Courtney E. Howard the Chief Editor of Intelligent Aerospace wrote an article that talks about how H3 Dynamics in both Austin, Texas and Singapore is launching a new type of UAV or unmanned aerial vehicle also known as an UAV or UAS (unmanned aircraft system). This can be launched by hand and has the capability to be in flight for up to 10 hours with distances of 500km plus.


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The U.K. Ministry of Defense has announced that effective immediately, the U.K. will be home to an F-35 Repair Hub in support of the F-35 Maintenance Program which will support thousands of jobs in North Wales. The F-35 Program Office has designated the U.K. as a global repair hub in order to provide maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for the F-35 avionic and aircraft components. Hundreds of European-based F-35 aircrafts are expected to be serviced and maintained in the North Wales location over the lifetime of the program.


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The U.S. Air Force training and simulation experts have recommended upgrading flight simulators for Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircrafts in order to match the upgraded cockpit avionics to assist pilot training. A $38.8 million dollar contract has been announced by officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.


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Orlando, Florida holds a very exciting project from Thales Flytlink. Thales Flytlink’s original headquarters is located within France, that’s where it all started. Flytlink is the one who provides for Flight Deck Avionics and Passenger Connectivity. The whole purpose of Flytlink is to provide a larger range of global aviation connectivity solutions. Communication will exceed excellence with Flytlink. Communications in cockpits are going to be excellent due to Flytlinks availability to enhance iridium satellite. Not only is Flytllink great for communication skills, it will also provide much more safety for pilots.


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On August 16, 2016 San Diego experienced a major event. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. accomplished a tracking missile test under a contract that supported missile defense from a legit agency. There were two unmanned aircrafts that had Raytheon multi-spectral targeting systems that sighted a ballistic missile target and acted on the US Navy vessels. The reason this test was very important was due to the practice needed on adequacy to defeat missile defense.


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Piaggio aerospace shifts its priorities and investments a whole 360, converting over to another line of work. From being a well-known worldwide MRO company to later transitioning to a supplier of defense and special mission aircrafts. As of July 28th 2016 an Air framer published an industrial plan to help elevate the Piaggio company to becoming a well-known supplier as well as their previous MRO company.


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The US Navy Reaches out to the experts at Raytheon for a newer intergraded heat seeking missile. Constructed for as a short range air to air contact through jet fighters and other combat aircrafts. In estimated cost for the overall expenses in the contract round up to be more over a quarter billion dollars.


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The Lockheed Martin F-35B has recently been acquired by the United Kingdom. The F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-engine, single-seat, all weather stealth multirole fighters. It is currently undergoing final testing and development by the United States. The F-35B variant is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the aircraft. Due to threats such as foreign object damage, the vertical takeoffs and landings are riskier. As of 2014, the F-35B variant is limited to 400 knots and 4.5 g. The maiden test flights of the F-35B was held in June of 2008.


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On July 14th, 2016 Nick Statt wrote an article on Boeing and how it is planning to make use of Google’s Glass in order to build airplanes. For those who don’t know what Google Glass is, it is a company that uses augmented reality in order to build airplanes.


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Saab, the Swedish automobile company, has recently signed a deal with the United Arab Emirates in November at the Dubai Air Show. This deal is worth $1.27 billion, as Saab will be responsible for heavily adapting the Global 6000 business jet in order to be capable of conducting land and maritime surveillance, electronic intelligence duties, as well as airborne early warning and control, or AEW&C. Saab has already began work in order to modify a couple of Bombardier Global 6000 business jets into its swing-role GlobalEye configuration for the United Arab Emirates, its lead customer.


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Calgary-based WestJet Encore Ltd. has just announced that they’ve awarded Bombardier Commercial Aircraft an order for nine of their Q400 tuboprop Jets. The transaction is the culmination of a conversion of options initially booked by the airline’s parent company WestJet and is expected to increase the total of WestJet Encore’s Q400 aircraft fleet to 45. The order is estimated to be around $293 million US based on the average list price of the Q400 aircraft. Ferio Pugliese, President of WestJet Encore raved about how Bombardier’s Toronto-built Q400 turboprop airliner has allowed WestJet to further expand from their Western Canada base to communities from coast to coast across the entirety of Canada and into the US where they are continuing to expand their network.


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L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace has recently been awarded an indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Air Force for their KDC-10 aerial refueling tankers. This contract is estimated to be valued around $1.9 billion. Under this indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace will be providing logistics integration as well as support for the aircrafts.


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James Drew wrote an article for Flightglobal talking about how the Canadian training and simulation firm, CAE, is working along side with Draken, an American aviation contractor in order for the company to offer 16 Douglass A-4 Skyhawks fir the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Royal Canadian Air Force will be using these 16 Douglas A-4 Skyhawks for their combat training.


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The Ch-47 Chinook has been a staple of the US Army since the early 70’s and remains one of the most iconic aircraft in American history to this day. Although the US Army has no immediate plans and intentions to replace the venerable aircraft, when the time does come for it to move on from the Ch-47 Chinook, the AVX aircraft will be its successor. With a 27.2t (60,000lb) tiltrotor replacement and  13.4m (44ft) propellers, the AVX tiltrotor aircraft has been deemed the most perfect fit for a heavy-lift cargo aircraft by an independent advanced rotorcraft design shop. The Texas-based shop in Benbrook has several Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aerodynamicists as staff and with the wealth of experience and knowledge between them have approved the AVX as the most sensible and probable successor to the storied Chinook. The CH-47 is among the last of the current-generation helicopters that are intended to be slowly phased out in favor of a next-generation design.


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