Thursday, July 31, 2014

F-35B completes wet runway and crosswind testing

F-35B aircraft BF-4, piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Dan Levin, starts down the runway as part of wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards AFB, California. (Lockheed Martin photo by Tom Reynolds)
The Lockheed Martin F-35B destined for U.S. Marines Corps recently completed the wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

SpaceX successfully soft lands Falcon-9 first stage

                 Falcon 9 Liftoff      photo credit; SpaceX
SpaceX has carried out a successful rentry trial of its Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage, making a soft landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Boeing delivers first upgraded Chinook Helicopter to U.S. Army

Photo credit: Boeing
Boeing delivered the first multiyear II configured CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army on Tuesday, July 29, in a ceremony at the production facility in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania.

Ariane-5 Orbits last ATV cargo spacecraft

Ariane-5 lift off with ATV-5 ©ESA
The 60th consecutive successful launch of European Ariane 5 launch vehicle lofted the last European space transporter ATV “Georges LemaĆ®tre” on to the International Space Station (ISS).

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Airbus cancels Skymark's six A380 order

Airbus has terminated the six A380 airliner purchase agreement with the Japanese Skymark Airlines.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Airbus completes Brazilian P-3C Orion upgrade

Airbus Defence and Space has completed the delivery of nine upgraded P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).

Brazil to acquire 3 Airbus C295 SAR aircraft

Brazil has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the acquisition of 3 Airbus C295 turboprop aircraft, configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Airbus to design LifeRCraft Compound Rotorcraft under Clean Sky 2

X-3 with a French Alpha Jet (© Anthony Pecchi - 2013)
In the framework of Europe’s Clean Sky 2 Joint Technology Initiative, which was formally launched on 11 July at Brussels, Airbus helicopters will lead the design of a new large-scale compound helicopter

Saturday, July 26, 2014

UTC to continue C-17 Landing Gear maintenance

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Boeing to continue to provide landing gear system maintenance services in support of the United States Air Force fleet of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.

Kaman K-MAX completes Afghan deployment

The K-MAX unmanned cargo helicopter has completed its nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan.

Friday, July 25, 2014

First two Australian F-35A rolled out

© Lockheed Martin
The first two Australian Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter jets were rolled out of the Lockheed-Martin F-35 facility in Fort Worth, USA on 24 July 2014.

Airbus A350 begins route proving flights

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350 XWB, has taken off this morning for route proving flights-the final stage towards achieving certification later this year.

Indian Air Force ALH Dhruv Helo crashed

An Indian Airforce ALH Dhruv helicopter crashed near Sitapur of Lucknow area at about 1657 hrs on 25 Jul 2014.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kongsberg sign JSM Phase-3 development contract

JSM at Farnborough 2014
Kongsberg signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) for the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) Phase III development.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KAI to develop 4.5 ton Civil/Attack Helicopter

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has been selected to develop the Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) and Light Civil Helicopters (LCH) for the Korean armed forces.

French Air Force receives first upgraded E-3F AWACS

French E-3F AWACS Photo credit: Vincent Guisiano, French Air Force
Boeing delivered the first of the four upgraded Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to French Air Force on July 17.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MH17: AAIB to conduct forensic analysis of Black Box

The international investigation team, led by the Netherlands, has decided to pass the recovered MH17 black boxes to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch for forensic analysis. It is normal procedure for black boxes to be sent for analysis to the nearest laboratory authorised by the International Civil Aviation Association.

The black boxes will therefore be flown to Farnborough, UK, accompanied by Malaysian experts and other members of the international investigation team.

MH17 Black Box in Malaysian Custody

Black Box being handed over to Malaysian team

The Pro-Russian rebels has handed over the two black boxes recovered from the MH17 crash site to a Malaysian team in Donetsk.

Monday, July 21, 2014

First Captor-E AESA radar installed Typhoon unveiled

Captor-E AESA Radar

Eurofighter GmbH and Euroradar, together with BAE Systems, have delivered the first Captor-E Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar installed Typhoon for flight testing.

Russian Helicopters completes Mi-171E delivery to China

Russian Helicopters has completed the delivery of 52 Mi-171E transport helicopters to China’s Poly Technologies.

Raytheon to integrate Torpedeos on Turkish ATR-72 MPA

Raytheon has been awarded a contract to integrate torpedoes onto the ATR-72-600 ASW maritime patrol aircraft for the Turkish Navy.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Farnborough: CSeries commitments cross 500

Total commitments for the Bombardier CSeries jetliner has crossed over 500 aircraft at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Farnborough: A330neo bags 121 commitments

Airbus A330 neo
Airbus's newly launched A330neo (new engine option) widebody jetliner has won commitments for 121 aircraft at the biennial Farnborough Airshow, UK.

MH17: Malaysian Airlines defends flight path

Malaysian Airlines said that crashed MH17’s flight plan was approved by Eurocontrol, the air navigation service provider for Europe.

MH17: Russian involvement uncovers

U.S. President Barak Obama said the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down using a surface to air missile fired by Russian backed rebels in the region.

MA says crashed Boeing 777 was safe

Malaysian Airlines said the crashed Boeing B777-200 aircraft bearing registration no. 9M-MRD had a clean maintenance record.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DARPA awards XS-1 Spaceplane Phase-1 contracts

Photo credit: Boeing
 DARPA has awarded prime contracts for the Phase 1 of XS-1 unmanned reusable spaceplane development program to three companies

Airbus A330 MRTT refuels A400M

A330 MRTT refuels A400M, photo from chase F-18 photo:Airbus
Airbus A400M airlifter was successfully aerial refuelled for the first time, by an A330 MRTT Multi Role Transport Tanker.

British companies keen to join Indian Civil Aircraft program

Major British aerospace companies have evinced interest to partner in the Indian Regional Civil Aircraft program with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight shot down

More than four months after the mysterious crash of Flight MH370, another Malaysian flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has been shot down over Eastern Ukraine, near Russian border.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Qatar Airways Commits to 100 Boeing 777Xs

777X  photo: Boeing
Boeing and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for 50 777-9Xs, valued at $18.9 billion at the Farnborourgh Airshow.

Boeing Unveil 777X Interior plans

Boeing 777X Interior
Boeing at the Farnborough Airshow revealed new details about the innovative interior being created for its newest long-haul twin-aisle airplane – the 777X.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Boeing at Farnbourgh 2014

Martin Baker MK T16 ejection seats for TAI Hurkus trainer

TAI Hurkus trainer
Turkish TAI has signed a subcontract agreement with Martin Backer to supply ejection seats for TAI Hurkus turboprop trainers.

IAI unveil new helicopter safety technology

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) revealed its innovative Helicopter safety technology, which enables helicopter flight in Degraded Visual Environments (DVE), under all weather conditions.

Fokker sign F-35 In-flight opening door contract

Fokker Aerostructures has signed an agreement with Northrop Grumman for the delivery of the in-flight opening doors for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II. The agreement was signed at the Farnborough International Airshow.

MRJ bags 40 orders from Eastern Air Lines

Farnbourgh, UK

Miami based Eastern Air Lines and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an order of 20 firm MRJ90 with purchase rights for an additional 20.

Export licensed Predator XP makes first flight

General Atomics has successfully completed the first flight of export licensed Predator XP unmanned aerial vehicle.

A400M completes paratrooping trials

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the first paratrooping trials of the A400M new generation airlifter.

GE bag MRO contract for Emirates 777X's GE9X engines

Emirates airline signed a 12-year OnPointSM solution agreement with GE for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its new GE9X engines that will power its 150 Boeing 777X aircraft.

MRJ to be flight tested in U.S.

Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) will also be flight tested at the Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake, Washington in the United States, in addition to flight tests in Japan.

Rolls Royce launch Trend 7000 engine for A330neo

Rolls-Royce launched the new Trent 7000 turbofan engine that will exclusively power the new Airbus A330neo jetliner at the 2014 Faranbourgh Airshow.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Boeing to automate 777 fuselage production

Boeing announced that it is in the final phases of testing of a new method for building 777 airliner fuselages.

USAF approves Rolls Royce T56 Series 3.5 Engine Enhancement Package

Following final engineering review, US Air Force has approved the Rolls-Royce's C-130 Engine Enhancement Package.

The fuel saving T56 Series 3.5 Engine Enhancement Package for USAF C-130 Hercules airlifter fleet, will save $2 billion, while extending the life of the fleet for decades.

The Package provides a 7.9 per cent reduction in fuel use, however, fuel savings as high as 13 per cent in ground and flight testing on C-130 and P-3 aircraft has been achieved.

The enhancement allows the T56 turboprop engines to operate at significantly lower turbine temperatures, extending parts life and improving reliability by 22 per cent.

The US Congress approved $15.7 million in funding for C-130 engine enhancement in the FY14 budget to begin introduction of the technology into the USAF fleet.

The T56 Series 3.5 engine enhancement can be installed as part of a conventional engine overhaul, and does not require any aircraft or engine control system modifications.

The enhancements use proven technologies including new blade materials and advanced turbine airfoil aerodynamic designs.

The first NOAA WP-3D aircraft fully equipped with the Series 3.5 enhancements is expected to re-enter service beginning in early 2015.

In addition to the US Air Force and NOAA, international operators of C-130 and P-3 aircraft are also considering incorporating the T56 engine enhancement into their fleets.

Additionally, the Series 3.5 package has already received FAA certification for the commercial version of the T56 engine.

Pratt Whitney PW1000 GTF Engine Family Clocks 10,000 hours

Pratt & Whitney's PurePower geared turbofan (GTF) engine family has completed nearly 10,000 hours and 19,000 cycles of full engine testing, including 1,400 hours of flight time.

U.S approves AIM-9X Sidewinder missile sale to Israel

U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to Israel,

Airbus Launches A330neo

Building on the proven and popular Airbus A330 widebody jetliner, Airbus launched the re-engined and improved A330neo (new engine option) at the 2014 Farnbourgh Airshow.

Saudi Eurofighters clock 10000 flight hours

Saudi Eurofighters
Royal Saudi Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fleet has logged more than 10,000 flying hours, a significant milestone for the fleet.

New Russian Chirok Hovercraft-Drone unveiled

Chirok UAV model photo: Igor Generalov
 Russian United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation unveiled its new Chirok unmanned aerial vehicle(UAV) model at the 2014 Innoprom Trade Fair in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

MTU gets Turbine Center Frame share of GE9X Engine

German engine manufacturer, MTU Aero Engines AG will have a 4 percent workshare in General Electric's next generation GE9X engine program.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

USAF certifies SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle System

                                            FALCON 9 LAUNCH                   photo credit: spacex
U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX's Falcon 9 space launch vehicle system following, three successful flights, prerequisite to compete for USAF's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Program.