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06 Mar 2023

North American Aviation Newsletter

Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) president Urges Streamlining of Notam System

Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) president Jason Ambrosi urged lawmakers to provide multi-year funding for improving the notam system and stressed that it must be streamlined to ensure that the most critical information is effectively conveyed rather than “simply the volume of information.” The goals are to streamline the system, make it ICAO compliant, and make it relevant to the route of flight.

Aviation Capital Group Announces New Appointment

Aviation Capital Group announced that Alan Mangels has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing for ACG. Mr. Mangels was previously with CDB Aviation and also spent a number of years at Rolls-Royce and Airbus and will be responsible for covering the North American region. 

ecube goes global as first teardown project gets underway at U.S. facility in Coolidge, Arizona

ecube’s recently founded Americas base, located within Coolidge Municipal Airport, has welcomed more than ten aircraft since its launch and now sees first teardown project commence with inaugural U.S. disassembly customer Killick Aerospace. This project, an Airbus A319, is the start of what is forecasted to be a successful growth period at Coolidge.

Gulfstream Celebrates Ultra-long-range G700 Jet in New York City

Gulfstream Aerospace celebrated the recent achievements of the soon-to-be-certified G700 earlier this week at its Manhattan Sales and Design Center. The G700 recently completed a world tour that resulted in 25 speed records.

SKY Leasing Raises $770 Million for Sky Fund V

Sky Leasing announced  the final closimng of Sky Fund V, L.P. The Fund closed oversubscribed with approximately $770 million in capital commitments with strong support from existing and new investors. The Fund is a continuation of the investment program of SKY Leasing focused on providing
capital solutions to airlines seeking fleet modernization primarily through the sale-leaseback of
new aircraft deliveries.

Universal Hydrogen Successfully Completes First Flight of Hydrogen Regional Airliner

Universal Hydrogen flew a 40-passenger regional airliner using hydrogen fuel cell propulsion. The aircraft nicknamed ‘Lightning McClean’ departed from Grant County International Airport (KMWH) and flew for 15 minutes, reaching an altitude of 3,500 MSL. The flight, conducted under an FAA Special Airworthiness Certificate, was the first in a two-year flight test campaign expected to culminate in 2025 with entry into passenger service of ATR 72 regional aircraft converted to run on hydrogen. The company has a rapidly growing order book with 247 aircraft conversions from 16 customers valued at $1 billion in conversions backlog and over $2 billion in fuel services over the first ten years of operation.

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