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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Boeing, the world’s largest and leading aircraft company, along with Avolon, the leading global aircraft leasing firm recently announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 75 737 MAX 8s at the 2017 Paris Air Show. This commitment is predicted to boost Avolon’s need to achieve customer demands in the single-isle market. This agreement will also provide Avolon with the rights to purchase an additional 50 737 Max 8s. Avolon’s Chief Executive Officer, Dómhnal Slattery, provides his opinion on the Memorandum of Understanding


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On April 6th 2017, there was an article posted to Flight Global by Kate Sarsfield in which she talks about how the Austrian manufacturer Diamond Aircraft, is entering the helicopter market by released the light single piston engine rotorcraft concept called the DART 280.


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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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Era Group Inc., as one of the leading global helicopter operators, is announcing its partnership with Leonardo Helicopters to showcase the AW189. The announcement came as they revealed the AW189 helicopters will be on display at the 2017 HAI Heli-Expo, which is the world’s largest trade show. Era was the initial customer for the AW189 helicopter in December of 2015.


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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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Jet Support Services, INC or JSSI has decided to jump into the helicopter market. JSSI has already witnessed a monster growth since the announcement. They have seen a 250 percent jump in new contracts, which have been bringing in a 600 percent growth in contract value over the past year. To date JSSI’s concentration has been on hourly maintenance for a variety of different aircrafts, charging mostly hourly per maintenance call. Roughly two years ago the company decided to renew its focus on helicopter market. The company had always offered helicopter programs for decades but decided to push the market segment recently.


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When you hear airbus you think of quality because Airbus brings state of the art engineering and ingenuity when it comes to airplanes and helicopters. Helicopters are very popular for few reasons, one is that it is really easy to take off and land anywhere and this makes it very convenient for search and transferring goods to areas that are not easily accessible.


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Elbit Systems has announced that they have secured a $110 million contract in order to modernize and maintain Mil Mi-17 transports for an undisclosed country in the Asia-Pacific region. The helicopter upgrade contract will be carried out over the course of a five year period.


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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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On January 23rd, 2017 Michael G Ubisch wrote an article for FlightGlobal talking about how ATR is planning to improve the ATR 42. They plan to do this by increasing the capability of operating from remote airfields.


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In recent news, the Japanese Police Agency has purchased two of the latest Helionix-equipped helicopters for latest incorporation to fleet. These helicopters are one of a kind in the fleet being the first helionix Aircrafts that the Japanese police has ever had. The rightful owners of the helicopters will be the Wakayama Prefectural Police and the Kumamoto Prefectural Police to try to improve the quality of missions. The purchase of the H135 has been the first order of an aircraft from the Japanese Police Agency since they purchased the AS365 N3+ and H155 aircrafts in the year 2015. The estimated time of delivery for the H135 Is said to be in the year 2019.


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Turkish Aerospace Industries has begun the works to manufacture a latest light utility helicopter. The helicopter is known by the TAI T-625 and was introduced to try to be a leading competition in the defense market. Initially created to replace the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) “legacy UH-1H Huey utility helicopter” also a top choice in the lighter helicopter division.


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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 December 16 2016th, S.L. Fuller wrote an article for Rotor Wing International talking about how Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems will support the Sea Hawk H-60 Sikorsky which will cover two operators. These two operators are the U.S. Navy and Saudi Arabia.


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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 22 2016, Airbus posted an article on their website talking about how Airbus is delivering their last Ec135 T2 for the HATS or Helicopter Aircrew Training System for the Australian Defense Force. There was six of these that were recently delivered thus completing all the deliveries on time. There were 15 helicopters in total that were delivered. The EC135 T2 is part of the H135 series which consists of Light twin engine helicopters. The beginning flights of the EC135 T2 started in Nowra, Australia.


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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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Lockheed Martin has gained to upgrade the US militaries night vision Apache Aircrafts “Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/ PNVS). Retaining a good relationship with between the two on Oct. 4, the US ARMY granted Lockheed a $49.3 million contract to update “(M-DSA) upgrade kits and spares which will allow improvements on mission’s outcomes. The newest installments have become a part of the U.S Army’s Lot 1 production and will begin to take place in March 2019.


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