Aerospace Technology-Updates The latest content updates from the web site en-us Aerospace Technology-Updates First Central American satellite to launch in 2016 The Central American Aeronautics and Space Administration (ACAE) has announced that the first Central American satellite, built in Costa Rica, will be launched into space in 2016. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Unmanned aircraft systems test site in North Dokota to go operational next month The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that the first of six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research will begin operations in May, around 2.5 months ahead of schedule. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 T2 rotorcraft gains EASA certification Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 T2, a variant of the company’s EC145 rotorcraft family, has secured European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, which will allow customer deliveries to begin later this year. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT China’s Shandong Airlines places $4.6bn order for 50 Boeing 737s Chinese carrier Shandong Airlines has agreed to purchase 50 Boeing 737 jets, worth $4.6bn at list prices, in a move to grow its fleet and facilitate future business expansion. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Gulfstream Aerospace signs 60-aircraft deal with Minsheng Financial Leasing General Dynamics subsidiary Gulfstream Aerospace has signed one of the largest orders in its history in a deal to sell 60 aircraft with Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drones manufacturer based in New Mexico, US, for an undisclosed sum. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Airbus launches new ACJ319 corporate jet variant Airbus has rolled-out a new version of its corporate jet, ACJ319 Elegance, offering customers an enhanced cabin that allows them to create a customised layout. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Eutelsat-9B Communication Satellite Eutelsat-9B is a communication satellite being manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, and will be operated by Eutelsat Communications. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT China's Qingdao Airlines to launch operations with Airbus A320 Chinese airline Qingdao Airlines is set to launch operations, and has taken delivery an Airbus A320 on lease from Hong Kong's China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC). Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Bluefin-21 AUV’s first mission in hunt for MH370 is unsuccessful Autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin-21, deployed in the southern Indian Ocean, has completed its first mission in the search for flight MH370 without success. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Cathay Pacific Airways selects IAE to manage Dragonair’s V2500 engines IAE International Aero Engines has entered into a V-Services fleet hour agreement (FHA) with Cathay Pacific Airways to manage 48 V2500 engines operated by the carrier's wholly owned subsidiary Dragonair. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Bluefin-21 robotic submarine to join MH370 hunt Australian teams searching for traces of flight MH370 are planning to send a robotic submarine deep into the southern Indian Ocean in order to determine whether the recent signals detected were from the missing jet's black boxes. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT MH370 search crew confident over latest signals, says Australian PM Australian search teams are confident that the underwater signals picked up in the southern Indian Ocean this week are possibly from flight MH370’s black box, the country’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Bombardier completes maiden flight of Learjet 85 aircraft Bombardier Aerospace has completed the first flight of its Learjet 85 aircraft, marking the beginning of the jet's flight test programme that will lead to the first customer delivery. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT AIM Aviation reveals concept interior at 2014 AIX Aircraft interiors company AIM Aviation has unveiled a new concept interior at the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Germany. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Solar Impluse unveils new aircraft for round-the-world flight Solar Impulse project team Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have unveiled their new solar-powered aircraft in Switzerland this week, with Solar Impulse 2 designed to circumnavigate the globe. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT AW109 Trekker Helicopter AgustaWestland unveiled AW109 Trekker, a new light twin-engine helicopter with skid landing gear, at Heli Expo 2014 held in Anaheim, California, in February 2014. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:25:00 GMT SAT introduces new VMT version for Airbus A320 technical training Swiss International Air Lines subsidiary Swiss Aviation Training (SAT) has introduced a new version of its Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT) software for Airbus A320 technical training. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Sentinel-1A Environmental Monitoring Satellite Sentinel-1A is an Earth observation satellite developed as part of the European Copernicus programme, previously known as the European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT European Commission proposes strict rules to regulate civil drones The European Commission has proposed new stringent standards to better regulate the operations of civil drones or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT