Saturday, May 31, 2014

PW1500G Engine Failure Grounds CSeries Flight Tests

Bombardier has suspended flight tests of CSeries aircraft following an engine related incident on Friday.

MH370: Bluefin-21 Completes Underwater Search

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Bluefin-21, deployed to locate Flight MH370 debris, has completed its last search mission.

Friday, May 30, 2014

AirTanker Delivers 9th Voyager MRTT to RAF

AirTanker delivered ZZ338, the ninth Airbus A330 MRTT Voyager to British Royal Air Force under the Future Strategic Tanker Transport (FSTA) program on Thursday, completing the core fleet.

France to Order 12 Airbus A330 Tanker Transport Aircraft

RAF A330 MRTT Voyager Refuelling C-130 airlifter
French Air Force is expected to place its first order for Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft later this year.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

MBDA Sea Ceptor Selected To Equip RNZN ANZAC Frigate

New Zealand Ministry of Defence has selected MBDA Sea Ceptor Local Area Air Defence System to equip Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC frigate as a part of Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) program.

Boeing 787 Recieves 330 Minute ETOPS Certification

Air Canada 787
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval for additional extended range operations for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

RAF RC-135 Rivet Joint Spy Planes Debuts in UK Airspace

Royal Air Force flew its first Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint intelligence gathering and surveillance aircraft in UK airspace for the first time on May 23.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thales IESI System Selected for Brazilian Army Fennec

Thales has been selected to provide its Integrated Electronic Stand-by Instrument (IESI) to modernise Brazilian Army Esquilo/Fennec helicopter fleet.

Snecma PPS 5000 Plasma Thruster Selected for Spacebus Satellite Platforms

Snecma (Safran) and Thales Alenia Space France has signed an agreement on May 20 to use Snecma PPS®5000 all-electric plasma thruster propulsion system as the standard equipment on Thales Alenia Spacebus satellite platforms.

SIGINT Pod Equipped Gray Eagle UAS Flies

General Atomics has successfully completed second endurance flight of the U.S. Army's Improved Gray Eagle® (IGE) prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

Friday, May 23, 2014

NTSB Issues New Measures For Lithium-Ion Battery Certification


U.S. National Transportation Safety Board had issued a series of recommendations related to the evaluation and certification of lithium-ion batteries for use in aircraft systems, as well as the certification of new technology.

EBACE: Pilatus PC-24 Secures 84 Orders

PC-24 photo: Pilatus

Pilatus PC-24 business jet secured an impressive order for 84 jets during first two days of EBACE 2014 at Geneva.

ILA: Elbit DIRCM to Equip German A400M Airlifters

Elbit J-Music DIRCM
German Air Force has selected Elbit System's J-MUSIC infrared counter measure systems for it Airbus A400M airlifter.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ILA Berlin: Diehl Offers GILA Rockets to German Tiger Attack Helicopters

GILA Rocket photo:Diehl Defense

Diehl Defence is offering the 70 mm GILA (Guided Intelligent Light Armament) guided rocket for German Tiger attack helicopters, to augment its precision air-to-ground capability.

SM-3 Completes First Test Launch from Aegis Ashore Test Site

SM-3 Interceptor Launch
U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy, conducted the maiden flight test of the Raytheon Standard Missile-3 from the Aegis Ashore weapon system, which is designed to protect U.S. deployed and NATO forces in Europe from ballistic missile attack.

IAE Ships First V2500 E5 Engines For Embraer KC-390

V2500-E5 Test Engine for Embraer KC-390 photo:IAE
International Aero Engines (IAE) has shipped, first six prototype V2500-E5 turbofan engines, that will power Embraer KC-390 multi-role tanker/transport aircraft.

EBACE: Pratt Whitney PW307D to Power Falcon 8X

Pratt & Whitney PW307D turbofan engine will power the new Ultra Long Range Dassault Falcon 8X business jet announced at the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Boeing 737 MAX Cross 2000 Orders

Boeing 737 MAX photo: Boeing
Boeing 737 MAX super efficient single aisle airplane program, surpassed 2000th order, with the addition of 30 orders from unidentified customers this week.

AUVSI: Stark Launches ArrowLite Tactical UAS

Hand Launched Stark ArrowLite

Stark Aerospace launched a ArrowLiteTM hand launched, single operator tactical UAS at the concluded 2014 AUVSI Unmanned Systems exhibition.

Saab Gripen Losses Swiss Deal

Swedish Saab lost a $3.5 billion fighter jet deal with Switzerland, after a national referendum rejected it.

EBACE: Fokker to Supply Emphannage for HondaJet

Fokker Aerostructures will supply the empennage structure for the HondaJet light business jet, Honda announced at EBACE 2014.

EBACE: Fokker Unveil Panoramic Window For BBJs

Geneva, Switzerland

Fokker unveiled a Panoramic Window design for Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) at EBACE 2014.

TAI Delivers First Batch of T129 Attack Helicopters

T129 Helicopters

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) delivered the first batch of T129 ATAK Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopters to Turkish Armed Forces on 22nd of April 2014.

EBACE: Gulfstream Launches World’s Longest-Range G650ER Business Jet

Image Credit:Gulfstream

Gulfstream announced a new ultra-long-range business jet - the G650ER, during the EBACE airshow in Geneva, Switzerland.

Embraer-Brazilian Air Force Sign KC-390 Production Contract

Embraer KC-390
Embraer and Brazilian Air Force signed the series production contract of KC-390 military transport aircraft, today during the opening ceremony of the final assembly

EBACE: EASA Approves Phenom 300 Steep Approach Operation

Geneva, Switzerland

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Embraer Phenom 300 light business jet for steep-approach operation, which enables the Phenom 300 to approach airports at increased descent angles of up to 5.5 degrees, Embraer announced during the EBACE 2014.

EBACE: GE Honda Aero Delivers First HF120 Production Engines

GE Honda HF120 photo:Honda
GE Honda Aero Engines delivered the first shipset of HF120 production jet engines to Honda Aircraft Company to power production HondaJet light business jets.

EBACE:Honda Reveal Production HondaJet

First production jet  photo: Honda
Honda revealed its first production HondaJet light business jet at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

USAF Field CONECT Upgraded B-52 Strategic Bomber

U.S. Air Force has introduced the first upgraded B-52 strategic bomber featuring an advanced communications system, developed by Boeing.

Dassault Falcon 8X Cutaway

EBACE: Dassault Launches Ultra Long Range Falcon 8X Jet

 Geneva, Switzerland

Dassault Aviation launched its new ultra long range Falcon 8X jet at the EBACE 2014, the newest and the fifth member of the Falcon family. It is a stretched version of Falcon 7X jet.

The Falcon 8X will offer a range of 6,450 nm (11,945 km) and will feature the longest cabin of any Falcon with lower operating costs.

First flight is expected in early 2015 with certification in the middle of 2016 and initial deliveries before the end of 2016.

The 8X will compete against Gulfstream’s G550, G650 and Bombardier’s in-development Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.

With eight passengers and three crew, the Falcon 8X will be capable of flying 6,450 nm non-stop at .80 Mach.  It will be powered by an improved version of the Pratt and Whitney Canada PW307 engine that equips the Falcon 7X. 

Combined with improvements to wing design, the new power plant will make the 8X up to 35% more fuel efficient than any other aircraft in the ultra-long range segment, affording a corresponding savings in operating costs.

The Falcon 8X is expected to have a balanced field length of about 6,000 ft (1,829 m) and an approach speed of 106 kts (197 kph) at typical landing weight. 

The Falcon 8X will be equipped with a totally redesigned cockpit modeled after the Falcon 5X.  It will feature a new generation of the EASy flight deck equipped with a head-up display that combines synthetic and enhanced vision and offer a dual HUD capability.

Image: Boeing Delivers 787 to Air Canada

Rolled out from paint hangar at Everett

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Canada Deploys Six F-18 Fighters to Romania

Two Canadian CF-18 Hornet. Photo courtesy of Canadian Air Task Force by Master Corporal Roy MacLellan

Canada has deployed an Air Task Force of six Boeing CF-18 Hornet fighter jets to Campia Turzii, Romania, on 7 May 2014.

The deployment is part of NATO’s measures to reassure its commitment to Central and Eastern European allies, following tensions between Ukraine and Russia over Russian annexation of Crimea.

The six CF-18 fighters from 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron, based at 3 Wing Bagotville in the Province of Quebec, may later join NATO’s air policing mission in Eastern Europe.

The Task Force is trained to perform air defence, air superiority, training, aerospace testing and evaluation, and tactical support missions.

The CF-18 fighters are to conduct multinational training exercises as part of Canada’s commitment to its NATO Allies.

The Canadian Air Task Force have begun to work and train with their Romanian counterparts.

NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltic region is currently led by four Polish MiG-29 fighters and supported by four United Kingdom Typhoon fighters both deployed to Siauliai, Lithuania and four Danish F-16 fighters deployed to Ämari, Estonia, and four French Rafale fighters, currently deployed to Malbork, Poland.

In addition the Alliance operates AWACS platforms from France and the United Kingdom as well as one NATO AWACS aircraft over Poland and Romania.

EASA Announce Stringent Black Box Features

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced new stringent proposals for flight recorders and underwater locating devices following the mysterious crash of Flight MH370.

Airframe Tests on MRJ In Summer

Mitsubhishi will begin static strength test of its Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) test aircraft this summer.

Video: India's Indigenously Developed Long-Range Nirbhay Cruise Missile

Sikorsky To Develop Autonomous Black Hawk

Sikorsky will develop an optionally piloted variant to its legendary Black Hawk helicopter by converting a retired UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopter.

U.S. Approves Australian AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile Deal

U.S. Defense Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale of short range AIM 9X-2 Sidewinder air to air missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support worth $534 million.

Block II Harpoon Missiles For Brazilian P-3 Orion

U.S. has approved Foreign Military Sale of Boeing AGM-84L Harpoon Block II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support worth $169 million to Brazil.

Video: Russian Proton M Crashed

Friday, May 16, 2014

Russian Proton M Rocket Exploded In-flight

Proton M on launch pad before crash Credit: Khrunichev
A Russian Proton M satellite launch vehicle crashed shortly after lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the Express-AM4R communication satellite.

Russia threaten's to stop RD-180 and NK-33 Rocket Engine sales To U.S.

RD-180 Rocket Engine

Russia has threatned to halt the sale of RD-180 and NK-33 rocket engines to U.S. for use in any defense related space programs in retaliation to U.S. sanctions

Airbus A400M Arrives In Mexico

A400M in Mexico photo:AIRBUS

Airbus A400M new generation airlifter arrived for the first time in Mexico, for a series of demonstration flights.

Aircraft was flown by the Experimental Test Pilot Ignacio “Nacho” Lombo, the aircraft landed at Mexico D.F. International Airport on Thursday.

The A400M will stay in Mexico until the 23 May.

U.S. Approves AT-6C Light Attack Aircrafts For Iraq

AT-6C Aircraft photo:Beechcraft

US Defense Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Beechcraft AT-6C Texan II light attack aircrafts to Iraq.

Rolls Royce Ships First Production Trend XWB Engine

Rolls-Royce has shipped the first production Trent XWB turbofan engine that will power the Airbus A350 XWB's entry into commercial service with Qatar Airways later this year.

Turbomeca Arrius 2R Completes Maiden Test Run

Arrius 2R test run                    photo:Turbomeca

Turbomeca’s new Arrius 2R turboshaft engine completed its maiden engine test bench run on April 29th 2014 at the company’s Bordes factory in south western France.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

French Mirage 2000-5 Crashed

Droits : © Armée de l'air 

A French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 fighter crashed on Monday at around 16:00 hrs near Briey, north eastern part of France.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Northrop and Yamaha Teams to Offer RMAX Unmanned Helicopter

R-Bat Inflight  photo:Northrop Grumman
 Northrop Grumman and Japanese Yamaha Motors have agreed to work together to develop and market an innovative small, unmanned autonomous helicopter system.

OANS Debuts On Airbus A320 and A330 Families

             OANS Display                 photo:AIRBUS

Airbus has extended the On-Board Airport Navigation System (OANS), first developed for the A380 to its single-aisle A320 and widebody A330 airliner families.

Northrop Completes IFF Upgrade On RAF E-3D Sentry AWACS Fleet

RAF E-3D Sentry
Northrop Grumman has completed a complex Mode S upgrade to the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) interrogator on the Sentry E-3D Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet of Royal Air Force based at Waddington, UK.

Black Knight Transformer Aerial Truck

Black Knight Transformer Prototype
Advanced Tactics Black Knight Transformer, is a roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft which can vertically take off and land like a helicopter and travel on ground like an off-road vehicle.

BAE Tests Conformal Fuel Tank Equipped Eurofighter Wind Tunnel Model

CFT Equipped Eurofighter  photo:BAE Systems
BAE Systems is conducting high speed wind tunnel tests on a conformal fuel tank equipped Eurofighter Tranche 3 fighter model to assess its aerodynamic characteristics.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A350 Performs Water Ingestion Tests

Airbus A350 has successfully performed water ingestion certification testing to demonstrate its ability to operate on wet runways.