Monday, March 31, 2014

RAF Retires Two Tornado GR4 Squadrons

British Royal Air Force retired its two Panavia Tornado GR4 fighter bomber squadrons, Number 12 (Bomber) Squadron and 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) operating from RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland on 28 March.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Black Box Of Crashed Indian Air Force C-130J Sent To US

The black box of the crashed Indian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft has been retrieved from the crash site and has been sent to US for decoding the data.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Flight MH370: Refined Data Indicate MH370 Flew Less

The international group working to refine the Inmarsat data, together with radar data and aircraft performance assumptions have further refined existing data and has come up with new technical information on aircraft performance to narrow the search area.

Eurofighter Marks 20th Anniversary Of Typhoon's Maiden Flight

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Eurofighter marked 20th anniversary of the first flight of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft on 27th March 1994.

Friday, March 28, 2014

MBDA Awarded New Anglo-French Anti Ship Missile Contract

FASGW Launched by British Lynx © MBDA UK 2014

Missile manufacturer MBDA has been awarded a Demonstration and Manufacture contract by French and British Defence Ministries for an new advanced anti-ship missile- the FASGW(H)/ANL (Future Anti Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy)/ Anti Navire Léger)on 26th March 2014.

Thales-Qatar MoU To Develop Optionally Piloted Aircraft

A pilotless F-16 | QF-16 Target Drone

Thales has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Qatar to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle – Aircraft (OPV-A), including an end to end training solution.

Saab-Pilatus Joins To Offer PC-21 For Sweden

© Pilatus Aircraft Ltd

Swedish Saab and Swiss Pilatus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide PC-21 trainer for the Swedish Air Force to replace its ageing Saab SK 60 trainers.

Airbus Helicopters and Avicopter Sign Production Agreement For EC175 Helicopters

© Airbus Helicopters/Jerome DEULIN-2014

Airbus Helicopters and Chinese’s Avicopter has signed a joint agreement for the production of 1000 EC175/Z-15 helicopters, in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President François Hollande at the Elysée Palace in Paris.

Qatar Selects Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker-Transport

Qatar has selected Airbus to supply two A330 MRTT aerial refuelling aircrafts for the Qatar Emiri Air Force.

Cirrus SF50 Completes Maiden Flight

Cirrus Aircrafts successfully completed the first flight of its Vision SF50 personal jet, C-Zero’ (C0). The C0 certification aircraft underwent rigorous ground tests before taking off from the Duluth International Airport at approximately 5PM CDT on Monday, March 24th, 2014.

South Korea Inducts First C-130J Super Hercules

Photo by Daimen A. Guarnieri, Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin delivered South Korea’s first two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from its facility in Marietta.

Indian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules Crashed

An Indian Air Force Lockheed Martin C-130J military airlifter crashed 72 miles west of Gwalior airbase on 28 March 2014. 

The aircraft was flying from Agra, New Delhi at 1000 hrs for a routine flying training mission. The crash killed all the five crew members, including two wing commanders and two squadron leaders.

Airbus Rolls Out First Asiana Airlines A380

The first Airbus A380 super jumbo for South Korean Asiana Airlines was rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, marking the completion of its painting.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dynamatic Wins Airbus A330 Flap Contract

Assembly of Flap Track Beams for the Airbus Single Aisle A320 at Dynamatic-Oldland Aerospace™, Bangalore

Bangalore based Dynamatic Technologies Limited has received an Aero Structures Contract from Airbus for the supply of Flap Track Beams for the Airbus A330 widebody aircraft, which makes it the first company in the Indian Private sector to become a Global Tier One supplier to Airbus.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Flight MH370: Retrieving Black Box Crucial

Flight MH370: How Inmarsat Confirmed Southern Indian Ocean

Initial Method

On 13 March, British satellite company Inmarsat indicated that routine automatic communications between one of its satellites and the Flight MH370 could be used to determine several possible flight paths.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

RAF Retires Lockheed Tristar Tanker Transport Fleet

British Royal Air Force has retired its fleet of Lockheed L-101 TriStar tanker transport aircraft, bringing an end to 30 years of service.

Boeing P-8 Stars In Flight MH370 Search Efforts

US and Indian Navies has deployed their latest Boeing P-8 Maritime Patrol aircrafts to search thousands of miles of sea area for the Flight MH 370 debris.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Malaysian Prime Minister Confirms Flight MH370 Ended In Southern Indian Ocean

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday that new analysis of satellite data suggested Flight MH370 went down in the Southern Indian Ocean and there was no hope for survivors.

South Korea Announce F-35 and Global Hawk Deal

South Korea has formally announced its selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft for its F-X fighter acquisition program.

Flight MH370: US Navy Sending Black Box Detection Device

U.S. Navy is sending a black box detection device to locate the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 black box in the Indian Ocean.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Interim Report Finds Sudden Mid-Air Pitch Down Of RAF Voyager ZZ333 Due To Camera Obstruction

Interim investigation report by British Military Aviation Authority (MAA) has found the Royal Air Force Voyager ZZ333 aircraft's sudden mid air nose pitch down incident on 9 Feb was caused due to human factor and not due to technical issues with the aircraft.

FAA Review Confirms Boeing 787 Safety

The joint review team comprising U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing technical experts have completed the comprehensive review of Boeing 787's critical systems.

Dual Mode Brimstone Completes Trial Onboard MQ-9 Reaper

MBDA has successfully completed trials of its Dual Mode Brimstone air to ground missile from MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), scoring nine direct hits against a range of targets including very high speed and manoeuvring vehicles.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Snecma To Supply Electric Thrusters For Eurostar Satellites

Airbus Defence and Space has signed a cooperation agreement with Snecma to use Snecma’s PPS®5000 electric propulsion engine in Airbus’s Eurostar telecommunication satellites, for positioning manoeuvres.

Chinese Satellites Spots Possible MH370 Debris

Chinese Satellite image of possibe MH370 debris

China released a satellite image of an object in the southern Indian Ocean, possibly debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

ESA's IXV Reentry Demonstrator Launch In Oct

photo: Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space has completed development of the European Space Agency’s atmospheric reentry demonstrator- the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle(IXV), and is now completing integration at it's clean rooms in Turin, Italy.

Airbus Completed Filament Winding Of Ariane 6 Motor Casing

Airbus Defence and Space has completed the first filament winding operations on a motor case for the future European Ariane 6 launcher.

MQ-4C Triton Completes Initial Flight Testing

Triton UAS photo: Northrop Grumman
US Navy and Northrop Grumman completed the intial flight test phase of Northrop MQ-4C Triton UAS at it's Palmdale, California, facility on March 13, bringing the unmanned air system closer to induction into fleet in 2017.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Embraer Rolls Out Improved E175 Airliner With Lower Fuel Burn

photo: Embraer

Embraer rolled out the first production E-175 regional airliner with aerodynamic improvements increasing fuel efficiency.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flight MH370: India Restarts Search Operations

India has restarted its search efforts for the missing Malaysian Airlines MH 370 with additional naval and air assets being deployed for searching the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea following fresh areas being designated by Malaysia.

Flight MH370: Australia Releases Satellite Images Of Possible MH370 Debris

Australia has released images of two objects, possibly debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, spotted via satellite imagery of the Indian Ocean. The sitting was disclosed by Australiian prime minister Tony Abbot in parliament.

First Italian HH-10A Makes Maiden Flight

The first AgustaWestland AW101 for Italian Air Force, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, made its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK.

Darpa Announce Phase I VTOL X-Plane Competitors

Boeing Phantom Swift Scaled Down Model
Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) has awarded contracts for the Phase I development of the Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) X-Plane with high speed and improved hover efficiency to Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Boeing, Karem Aircraft and Sikorsky.

Monday, March 17, 2014

FAA Orders Thales Instrument Landing Systems

Thales has won a contract to supply U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with an initial five Instrument Landing Systems model 420 (ILS420s) for deployment throughout the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) as a part of 5-year contract.

Australia Extends E-7A Wedgetail Sustainment Contract

Australia has extended sustainment contract with Boeing for its E-7A Wedgetail AEW&CS fleet by 5 years.

Airbus Begins Final Assembly Of A320 NEO

Airbus has started the final assembly of the first A320neo airliner at its Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse (France). The forward and aft fuselage sections where joined, which recently arrived from St. Nazaire in France and Hamburg in Germany respectively.

SaudiGulf Airline Orders Four Airbus A320 Jets

The newly launched Saudi Arabian national carrier, SaudiGulf Airline, wholly owned by Abdul Hadi Al Qahtani Group has signed a firm contract with Airbus for four Airbus A320ceo jets, to be delivered early 2015.

Lockheed Martin To Maintain South Korean Peace Krypton Reconnaissance Aircraft Systems

U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded Lockheed Martin a $9 million foreign military sales(FMS) contract to support South Korea’s Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Flight MH370: India Joins Multinational Search Efforts

After almost a week with no clues about the whereabouts of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, India has pressed its aerial and naval assets for searching westward towards Andaman Sea, after receiving help requests from Malaysia.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Airbus Delivers 6000th A320 to Air Arabia

Airbus delivered its 6000th A320 aircraft to Air Arabia during a ceremony at Airbus's Final Assembly line at Hamburg, Germany.

3500th Mi-17 Bound For India

Russian Helicopters wil deliver the 3,500th export version of its famous Mi-17 to the Indian Air Force as part of the second contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012 for 71 helicopters.

Airbus Forecast 1290 Aircrafts For India by 2032

According to Airbus's latest market forecast, India will require 1,290 new passenger jetss valued at US$190 billion by 2032 to meet its growing air traffic.

Brazilian Army To Recieve First Two Helibras Upgraded AS365 Panther Helicopters

(© Helibras/Marcio Jumpei)

Airbus Helicopter's Brazilian subsidiary Helibras will deliver the first two upgraded AS365 Panther K2 helicopter this month to the Brazilian Army Aviation Command.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A400 Completes First Phase Of Airdrop Trials

photo: Airbus Military

The Airbus A400M airlifter has completed first phase of its airdrop trials as a part of its flight test program.

Pakistan Request C-130 Hercules Upgrade

Pakistan has requested a $100 million deal with US to upgrade its Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules airlifter fleet.

USAF Proposes To Cut 500 Aircrafts in FY15 Budget Proposal

US Air Force plans to reduce nearly 500 aircrafts from its fleet over the next 5 years if the Pentogon’s Fiscal 2015 budget request is approved by US Congress.

India's Largest Civil Aviation Exhibition Kicks Off

The fourth edition of India's largest civil aviation exhibition India Aviation 2014 was inaugurated today, by Civil Aviation Minister, Shri Ajit Singh at the Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad. This year's theme of the civil aviation exhibition will be ‘Enhancing Air Connectivity'.

First F-35 Arrives at Luke Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Hazeltine

The first F-35 Lightning II fighter arrived at Luke Air Force Base on March 10, to be operated by the 56th Fighter Wing. The aircraft was flown in directly from the Lockheed Martin's factory at Fort Worth, Texas.

SpiceJet Orders 42 Next Generation Boeing 737 MAX Jets

Indian Carrier SpiceJet at the India Aviation 2014 airshow placed an order for 42 Next Generation Boeing 737 MAX 8s, valued at $4.4 billion at list prices.

Embrear E-Jets Celebrate 10th Anniversary

photo: Embraer

Brazilian Jet maker Embraer celebrates tenth anniversary of the first E-Jet deliveries.