US Transportation Secretary announces infrastructure grants of USD 14.7m to Michigan airports

US Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced more than USD 1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants will be awarded to 405 airports in the US and six US territories, through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the secretary said.

This USD 1.2 billion federal investment will improve the nation´s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19.

The Department is awarding federal grants to the following airports in the State of Michigan:

-USD 1,957,480 to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport for infrastructure improvements and a zero emissions vehicle.
-USD 1,848,736 to Delta County Airport to install an emergency generator and rebuild runway lighting.
-USD 1,915,654 to Bishop International Airport in Flint to rebuild perimeter fencing and reconfigure an existing taxiway.
-USD 3,786,194 to Sawyer International Airport in Gwinn to improve utilities and expand a building.
-USD 3,067,462 to Ford Airport in Iron Mountain to rehabilitate a runway, taxiway and other airport surfaces, including sealing.
-USD 2,000,000 to the State of Michigan for airports throughout the state.
-USD 58,500 to Presque Isle County Airport to improve runway surfaces, including sealing.
-USD 72,420 to Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City for infrastructure improvements and a zero emissions vehicle.

The 434 AIP grants will fund critical airport infrastructure projects around the country.

Since January 2017, the FAA has delivered USD 13.5 billion to Americas airports to improve infrastructure and safety. In 2020, the Administration delivered USD 10 billion in economic assistance to Americas airports during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

China's KJ-600 performs 1st test flight

China has announced its KJ-600 carrier airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft has performed its first flight, the country said.

China is the only other country than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform.

The aircraft resembles the American E-2 Hawkeye platform which deploys from US Navy supercarriers, and from the French medium carrier Charles De Gaulle, and is expected to provide the Chinese People´s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy´s carrier air wings with at least a peer level of situational awareness to its American counterparts.

Chinese shipyards are currently constructing two Type 002 Class supercarriers, which will be the first outside the United States to integrate electromagnetic catapult launch systems allowing them to deploy heavier aircraft including fighters with more fuel and munitions as well as large AEW aircraft.

It is expected that the KJ-600 will continue flight testing until the first Type 002 Class ship begins sea trials, after which it will be integrated into its air wing.

US Transportation Secretary announces infrastructure grants of USD 14.5m to Puerto Rico airports

US Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced more than USD 1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants will be awarded to 405 airports in the US and six US territories, through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the secretary said.

This USD 1.2 billion federal investment will improve the nation´s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19.

The Department is awarding federal grants to the following airports in the Territory of Puerto Rico:

-USD 1,029,706 for Jose Aponte De La Torre Airport in Ceiba to rehabilitate the taxiway.
-USD 7,388,275 for Benjamin Rivera Noriega Airport in Culebra to purchase an emergency generator, install navigational aids, reconstruct airfield guidance signs and lighting, and rehabilitate the runway and taxiway.
-USD 6,078,645 for Luis Muoz Marn International Airport in San Juan to reconstruct the taxiway and purchase Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) equipment.

The 434 AIP grants will fund critical airport infrastructure projects around the country.

Since January 2017, the FAA has delivered USD 13.5 billion to Americas airports to improve infrastructure and safety. In 2020, the Administration delivered USD 10 billion in economic assistance to Americas airports during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Triumph Group, Airbus extend partnership to meet recovering MRO demand in Asia

Triumph Group [NYSE: TGI] has announced Triumph Aviation Services Asia (TASA) and Airbus Industries have formalized a contract extension to continue TASA´s provision of repair station services for a 40,000-item Proprietary Parts catalog, the company said.

TASA is a subsidiary of Triumph Systems & Support and serves the Asia Pacific region.

TASA´s baseline services catalog included flight control surfaces, rudders, elevators, and sharklets for the A320, A330 and A340 family. With the contract extension, TASA will continue these core services and also include a broad scope of continuous improvement workstreams in sales and support, engineering, on-site services, and logistics.

Triumph Aviation Services Asia´s capabilities include nacelle components, radomes, flight control surfaces, piece-part repairs, CNC machining, autoclave and oven curing, non-destructive testing, sheet-metal and composite repairs, wheel and brake overhauls and full pneumatic, electric, hydraulic and fuel accessory component repairs and overhauls.

Triumph Group, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, repairs and overhauls a broad portfolio of aerospace and defense systems, components and structures. The company serves the global aviation industry, including original equipment manufacturers and the full spectrum of military and commercial aircraft operators.

International Service restarts at Houston airports

Houston Airports has announced Air France, Emirates, Qatar Airways and United Airlines have joined nearly a dozen other air carriers that have resumed international service to Houston following the travel decline created by COVID-19, the company said.

The latest air carrier service restorations mark Houston´s rebound in connectivity to European, Middle Eastern and Latin American destinations. Nearly two-thirds of the airlines providing international service at George Bush Intercontinental airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby airport (HOU) have now been restored following a sharp decline of air service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Texas, Houston has the most airlines providing service to Mexico. Some airlines — VivaAerobus and Volaris — are adding new service to select destinations they had not previously served from Houston.

Houston Airports is the City of Houston´s Department of Aviation. Comprised of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD)/Houston Spaceport, Houston Airports served nearly 60 million passengers in 2019. Houston Airports form one of North America´s largest public airport systems and position Houston as the international passenger and cargo gateway to the South Central United States and a primary gateway to Latin America.

COMSovereign, Benchmark Electronics expand contract manufacturing agreement for DragonWave-X radio manufacturing

COMSovereign Holding Corp. (OTCQB: COMS) has announced the expansion of its engagement with Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE) to provide additional manufacturing capacity to produce Dragonwave-X´s flagship Harmony Enhanced and Multi-Channel (MC) model radios for mobile network backhaul infrastructure, the company said.

DragonWave Harmony Enhanced MC is a manufacturer of high capacity, long reach, multi-service radios operating in the 6-42 GHz spectrum bands.

COMSovereign selected Benchmark to provide additional capacity to ensure near-term delivery capability for customers beginning in September for its packet microwave products in support of next-generation IP networks.

DragonWave-X is a provider of microwave solutions that drive next-generation IP networks.

COMSovereign is a US-based developer of 4G LTE Advanced and 5G connectivity and data transmission systems.

COMSovereign Holding Corp. (OTCQB: COMS) has assembled a portfolio of communications technology companies that enhance connectivity across the entire data transmission spectrum.

Starburst launches early stage aviation tech accelerator program in Singapore

Starburst has announced the launch of an early stage Aviation Tech Accelerator Program in Singapore, designed to champion technology and innovation in and strengthen the country´s opportunity for future innovation, disruption and partnerships in aviation technologies, the company said.

The program is supported by Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Airlines, SATS and Panasonic Avionics Corporation, with mentorship support from community partners including Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore), Microsoft, Cocoon Capital and HFW

The program will primarily focus on relevant challenge areas shared by airlines, airports, ground handlers, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies and other connections to the aviation ecosystem. It will also focus on positioning Singapore Airlines Group & SATS for the next upturn by looking at tech to enhance the passenger experience and enable passengers to fly with a peace of mind in view of the COVID situation.

The program will accelerate 10 promising aviation startups per year from a global pool of hundreds of applicants, through an intensive 13-week program with hands-on mentorship from the participating corporations as well as Starburst´s global and local network of alumni, who will assist with investment, business development and talent acquisition.

Orbit Communication System's Tracking Antenna meets performance expectations during initial mission of Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket

Orbit Communication Systems Inc., (TASE: ORBI), a provider of precision tracking-based communications solutions, has announced Orbit´s Tracking and Telemetry Antenna Solution met all performance expectations during Virgin Orbit´s initial LauncherOne rocket launch, the company said.

Virgin Orbit´s LauncherOne mission employs a Boeing 747 carrier for launching a rocket into orbit, thus enabling cost effective and increased availability of launching of small payloads into orbit. Traditional ground launches of satellites are too costly to put small sub-100-pound satellites into orbit without a larger payload accompanying it to make the launch worth the expense, limiting the availability of rides to space for small satellites, which conduct a variety of critical missions.

Orbit Communication Systems Inc, the US subsidiary of Orbit Communication Systems Ltd., is a global provider of airborne communications and satellite-tracking maritime and ground-station solutions.

Emirates operates one-off A380 flight to PH's Clark airport

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has reported Emirates Airlines expects to be able to operate 100% of its network of destinations by summer of next year, returning to serving more than 140 cities, and gradually putting its Airbus A380 fleet back into service on routes with high demand, the authority said.

Emirates has deployed its flagship A380 aircraft to London, Cairo, Paris, Guangzhou, and Toronto, and recently increased to a second daily service to London, operated with an A380, to meet demand. The UAE carrier also operated a one-off A380 commercial flight to Clark International Airport on August 19, becoming the first scheduled commercial flight, utilizing the iconic aircraft, to operate to the Luzon-based airport.

Emirates said it has seen a huge demand for its six weekly flights from Dubai to Clark as well as in its daily flights to Manila since it resumed operations earlier in August. Emirates also recently resumed operations to Cebu as well.

Wheels Up names retired USAF general as chief operating officer

Wheels Up, a private aviation company, has announced retired US Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas W. Bergeson has been named chief operating officer as Jason Horowitz, who has served as COO since 2017, takes on the new role of Chief Business Officer (CBO), the company said.

Lt. Gen. Bergeson will be responsible for the operations of the company, while Horowitz will focus on corporate development, M&A, and business strategy.

As COO, Bergeson will provide leadership across the operations as Wheels Up continues to integrate its recent acquisitions Avianis, TMC, Gama Aviation, and Delta Private Jets. Lt.

Most recently, Bergeson served as Deputy Commander, US Central Command where he oversaw military security cooperation and combat operations within the Arabian Peninsula, Northern Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Central and Southern Asian States.

Wheels Up delivers a total aviation solution, offering three membership options–Connect, Core, and Business–that reduce the cost to fly privately.