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Helitune opens its doors to the future

Northern Devon aerospace engineering company,Helitune opened its doors on 30 January to a host of local community groups from schools to sport clubs as well as its key suppliers, highlighting the specialist technology that is uniquely built at the company’s headquarters in Torrington.

Helitune, which has over 30 years’ proven track record within the arena of Vibration Health...

A plane takes flight

Government backs South West as world leader in Smart and Sustainable Aviation

The Heart of the South West LEP, West of England Combined Authority, and Department for International Trade have launched a Smart and Sustainable Aviation High Potential Opportunity for the South West.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has recognised the South West of England as a High Potential Opportunity (HPO) for the development, demonstration, and adoption of new and...

A AW159 Wildcat helicopter. Photo: Leonardo

Yeovil: 340 jobs secured with £360m Wildcat helicopter deal

Helicopter manufacturer Leonardo has secured a multi-million pound military contract that will sustain 340 jobs in the region.

Leonardo will now deliver the next stage of the Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract, which confirms the next five-year period of the 34-year contract originally signed in 2012.

The contract will sustain over 340 industry jobs,...

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Airbus A380 powered by cooking oil takes to the skies

An Airbus A380 has completed a three hour flight powered primarily by cooking oil, the aerospace firm has announced .

The aircraft took off from Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, France, on Friday 25 March. The flight lasted about three hours, operating one Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The fuel was made from Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty...

Spirit of Innovation in flight

‘Spirit of Innovation’ stakes claim to be the world’s fastest all-electric vehicle after test flights in the South West

Rolls Royce's all-electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft may soon be confirmed as the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft, after setting three new world records in the South West this month.

Ratification for the records is pending, with the data havig been submitted to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – the World Air Sports Federation who control and certify world...

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Bristol-based CFMS joins project to revolutionise aircraft testing

The Bristol-based Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) will join aerospace experts from across the UK in a landmark £10.54m project to transform how aircraft wings are tested.

The Smarter Testing initiative is jointly funded by the UK Government’s Aerospace Technology Institute Programme and led by Airbus Operations. The objective is to develop a new testing and certification...

Bristol's flying taxi start-up Vertical Aerospace close to $2bn merger, Sky News reports

A Bristol-based flying taxi start-up is in "advanced talks" about a $2bn merger deal that would see it listed on a US stock market, according to Sky News .

The report said that Vertical Aerospace, which was started five years ago by OVO Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick, is in talks with Broadstone Acquisition Corp in a deal would see the start-up go public in New York.