Friday, December 2, 2016

Spirit delivers first 737 MAX thrust reverser

Wichita based Spirit AeroSystems has delivered the first thrust reverser with a new composite inner wall for engines on the Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft.

Air France takes first 787 Dreamliner

Air France took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet, seven years after the type first flew.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bolivia suspends LAMIA license following fatal crash

Bolivia has suspended the license of charter airline LAMIA Bolivia following crash of the airline's only aircraft in Columbia on Monday night.

Emirates debuts A380 on shortest route

Emirates today launched the world’s shortest scheduled Airbus A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and 1 hour 10 minutes on the return journey.

Russian ISS resupply mission fails after Soyuz third stage anomaly

The Soyuz rocket blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the Progress 65 Spacecraft.

An anomaly has occurred during the third stage separation of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, carrying the Progress 65/MS-04 cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.

USAF test modifications to improve C-17 fuel efficiency

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter is by far one of the biggest fuel consuming aircraft in U.S. Air Force fleet due to its high utilization rate to deliver troops and cargoes to U.S. bases around the world.

Since the type's first flight in 1991, worldwide fleet of 279 C-17 ever produced had crossed 3 million flight hours.

 (U.S. Air Force photo/Kenji Thuloweit)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Certifiable Predator B completes maiden flight

The Type-Certifiable Predator® B (TCPB) drone variant completed its first flight test at the General Atomics's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif., on November 17th.

Black Box of crashed RJ85 recovered

Black box of the crashed Lamia Airlines BAe Systems Avro RJ 85 aircraft carrying Brazilian soccer team has been recovered from the crash site.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Israel to purchase 17 more F-35A jets

Israeli government has cleared purchase of another 17 F-35A conventional take off and landing fighter aircraft, bringing the total on order to 50 jets.

Airbus delivers Panther ASW helicopters to Indonesia

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three AS565 MBe Panther submarine hunter-killer helicopters to Indonesia.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

First Omani Eurofighters takes to skies

Picture Copyright: Vodka Burner

The first two Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets destined for Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) have completed maiden flight from BAE Systems final assembly facility in Warton, Lancashire, UK.

The twin seat trainer variants ZR410 and ZR411 are part of 12 aircraft deal signed in 2012 and will be delivered in 2017.

Oman was the second of the three Middle East nations who have ordered this European multi-national fighter. Currently Saudi Arabia operates the type and Kuwait have 28 on order.

The new Typhoon fleet will replace Oman’s Sepecat Jaguar fighter-bombers retired in 2014 and complement the F-16 C/D fighter jets acquired from USA.

The fleet will be based at the newly constructed Adam airbase, located about 100 miles south west of capital Muscat.

The Eurofighter is powered by twin EJ200 jet engines rated at 90 kN each that enable it to achieve a top speed of Mach 2 and a maximum altitude of 55,000 ft.

Under its 13 external hardpoints, the Typhoon can carry a wide range of missiles, bombs and sensors to form Oman's frontline fighter fleet. The Typhoon's fighter-bomber swing role capability is evident from its ability to carry up to 6 bombs whilst also carrying six missiles, a cannon and a targeting pod.

Only 15% of the aircraft’s surface is metal, delivering stealth operation and protection from radar-based systems. 

Saab Gripen E undergoing engine ground tests

The ground testing of the Saab Gripen E combat jet is in full swing ahead of maiden flight scheduled for second quarter of 2017.

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