Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sea Ceptor to equip Brazilian corvettes

The Brazilian Navy has selected MBDA’s Sea Ceptor air defence system for its next generation Tamandaré class corvettes.

First F-35C squadron reach 1000-hour mishap free operation

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Andy Wolfe/Released
US Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant squadron, the "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, has reached a milestone in November 2014 by surpassing 1,000 mishap-free flight hours in the F-35C.

F-35 to become nickel-free, maintainer friendly

Image Credit:Lockheed Martin
Nickel alloys are used in several components of fighter aircraft due to its ability to resist extremely high temperatures, however working with these materials can be dangerous for maintainers and requires special handling procedures.

Orion mated with Delta IV rocket

The first flight test of Orion, NASA’s next-generation spacecraft that can carry astronauts to deep space missions, is getting ready for Thursday, Dec. 4 launch date.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Liebher to built Airbus X4 helicopter tail rotor gearbox

Airbus Helicopters have awarded Liebherr a make-to-print contract for the tail rotor gearbox for its under development latest generation X4 helicopters.

GE9X's TAPS Combustor show good results

Component testing of the TAPS III (twin-annular pre-mixing swirler) combustor for the GE9X engine for the Boeing's new 777X widebody jetliner is demonstrating promising results.

The GE9X TAPS III combustor is a unique third-generation combustion system that pre-mixes air and fuel prior to combustion for leaner burn and fewer emissions than conventional combustion systems. The TAPS combustion was introduced on the GEnx engine for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8 aircraft and was enhanced for the TAPS II combustor in CFM International's LEAP engine for narrowbody aircraft.

First glimpse of stretched CS300

On Novemeber 16, the first stretched CSeries model- the CS 300 was glimpsed outside Bombardier's factory in Mirabel, Quebec, undergoing fuel flow testing to ensure fuel system integrity.

Named the Flight Test Vehicle 7, the FTV 7 will proceed to ground taxi tests ahead of the planned first flight by the end of the year.

The aircraft has additional second pair of over-wing exit doors.

The CS300 can seat from 130 to 149 passengers and offer the same 20 per cent less fuel burn like the 100 seat CS100.

Latvia's Air Baltic is the launch customer for the "extra capacity" jet, with 10 on order. Bombardier has recieved firm orders for 180 CS300s and 63 CS100s.

Photo credit: Patrick Cardinal

UK F-35B complete initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV

Copyright © 2014 BAE Systems

A UK test team including personnel from BAE Systems, has successfully completed initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States.

Airbus flight test new EC645 helicopter

© Airbus Helicopters / Charles Abarr - 2014

Airbus Helicopters successfully completed maiden flight of its new lightweight military multi-role helicopter, the EC645 T2 (LUH SOF), from company’s Donauwörth location in Bavaria, Germany.

First UK A400M arrive at RAF Brize Norton

Picture: Steve Lympany, Crown copyright

The first of the UK’s A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft has been officially unveiled at its new home at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The UK is the third country to operate the aircraft, after France and Turkey. This is the first delivery as part of the £2.8 billion program for 22 A400Ms, which is known in service as the A400M Atlas.

The aircraft will replace the existing fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules which have been the tried and trusted workhorse of the RAF’s air transport fleet for decades. The new generation airlifter combines the intercontinental range of the RAF Boeing C-17 airlifter with the ability to do the tactical rough landings of the C-130 Hercules.

Prime Minister David Cameron was guest of honour at a ceremony to celebrate the acceptance of the aircraft at RAF Brize Norton, which is in his parliamentary constituency, where the entire Atlas fleet will be based. He was accompanied by Minister for Defence Equipment Support &Technology Philip Dunne.

At Brize Norton the Airbus A400M will operate alongside the RAF’s Airbus Voyager multi-role tanker transport fleet. The wings of both aircraft are built in the UK at Filton and Broughton respectively. Additionally the Voyager’s engines are produced in the UK by Rolls-Royce, which is also a member of the Europrop International consortium that produces the A400M’s TP400 engines.

Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright
Manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space, A400M Atlas will represent major advances on its predecessor, capable of flying almost twice as fast, twice as far and carrying almost twice as much cargo. The aircraft was assembled in Seville, Spain.
With a cargo capacity of 32 tonnes and a hold optimised for carriage of heavy vehicles, helicopters or cargo pallets, the aircraft is capable of supporting a wide range of operational scenarios.

The A400M Atlas will be able to transport the growing family of 30 tonne protected mobility vehicles, including the recently ordered Scout fighting vehicle or Foxhound vehicles.

It is also capable of carrying up to 116 armed forces personnel, including paratroopers.
Altogether the A400M supports some 8,000 jobs in the UK including around 900 Airbus Group employees working directly on the aircraft at Filton. To date eight nations have ordered 174 aircraft of which the first seven have now been delivered.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UK sign F-35B contract

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)
UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a contract for the production of first batch of four Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth combat aircraft.

Sukhoi Superjet-100 achieve VNAV certification

The Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) issued a Supplemental Type Certificate for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), permitting the usage of Vertical Navigation (VNAV) functionality at all stages of flight.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 represents the first Russian built aircraft to achieve VNAV certification at all stages of flight.

IAC AR confirmed that VNAV functionality can be used on Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in its Basic version. The VNAV will be possible at all stages of the SSJ100 flight, as well as in the airports with non-precision approach.

The VNAV or vertical navigation is an aircraft function that calculates a vertical profile of the flight in accordance with the assigned path, considering aircraft performance, as well as all speed and height restrictions applied to a specific path.

VNAV functionality provides vertical profile keeping recommendations to pilots during climb and cruising. It also ensures a fully automatic control during descend and approach.

VNAV functionality of Sukhoi Superjet 100 significantly decreases crew workload and ensures compliance with all applicable restrictions.

Currently Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company is working on VNAV certification at IAC AR for the SSJ100 Long Range version. Moreover, the Company plans to achieve validation by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of the VNAV functionality, certified by IAC AR, for the SSJ100 Basic and Long Range versions.

The SSJ100 VNAV functionality was tested on both “Electronic Bird” integration bench designed to test new equipment, software and aircraft systems, and during the real flights at SSJ100 prototype 95003 at Ramenskoe airfield in Zhukovskiy, near Moscow. There were 58 test flights on the “Electronic Bird” integration bench and 24 flights performed by the test aircraft.

During the bench running and ground tests, the VNAV was successfully demonstrated on the SSJ100 at all stages of flight: take-off, climb, cruising, descending, approach and missed approach. The tests also confirmed the accuracy of the assigned vertical profile-keeping performance, in accordance with the applicable rules of IAC AR, EASA and FAA.

Source: Sukhoi

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sagem demonstrate drone integration to civil airspace

French Sagem has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the feasibility of unmanned aircraft being integrated in a shared (manned/unmanned aircraft) airspace, in compliance with civil aviation regulations and air control procedures.

F-22 and F-35 train together

US Air Force conducted the first ever integrated operational flight training exercise between its fifth generation stealth fighter fleet. U.S. Air Force deployed four F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to Eglin Air Force Base, earlier this month for the unit's first operational integration training mission with the F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing here.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Insitu to develop ScanEagle 2

During the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference 2014 in October at Paris, Insitu announced the ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle aerial surveilance platform.

Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours, ScanEagle 2 provides increased payload power and expanded payload options, a more robust navigation system, better image quality due to a fully digital video system and a state-of-the-art, purpose-built propulsion system from Australian Orbital Engines.

The aircraft’s new architecture also maximizes commonality with all Insitu systems, reducing training, hardware and life-cycle costs. The UAV has less endurance of 16 hours against the 24 hour for the ScanEagle. The reduced payload makes way for more powerful onboard ISR equipments.

Engineered for unmatched performance, ScanEagle 2 employs a whole-systems approach to affordability and higher reliability that includes a new propulsion system – the first reciprocating internal combustion propulsion system designed and manufactured specifically for Small-Unmanned-Aircraft-Systems-class vehicles.

ScanEagle 2 also enables commonality with other unmanned systems thanks to an open-architecture ground control system, as well as a launch-and-recovery system it shares with Integrator, Insitu’s other unmanned platform.

The miniature UAV-4 feet long with and 10 foot wingspan, is designed as a low-cost, long-endurance autonomous unmanned vehicle (UAV) to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data or communications relay.

Key features:
  • Endurance: 16+ hours 
  • Ceiling: 19,500 ft / 5,950 m
  •  Cruise speed: 50-60 knots / 25-30 m/s 
  • Engine: heavy fuel (JP-5 or JP-8) or gasoline engine 
  • Payload Integration On-board power: 100-150 W for payload (varies with engine type) 
  • Empty structure weight: 41.8 lb / 19 kg 
  • Max takeoff weight: 51.8 lb / 23.5 kg
  • Max horizontal speed: 80 knots / 41.2 m/s 
  • Max payload weight: 7.7 lb / 3.5 kg 
  • Length: 5.6 ft / 1.71 m 
  • Wingspan: 10.2 ft / 3.11 m
As standard payload ScanEagle carries either an inertially stabilized electro-optical or an infrared camera. The gimbaled camera allows the operator to easily track both stationary and moving targets, providing real-time intelligence.

Insitu is a Boeing subsidiary located in Bingen, US. ScanEagle is based on Insitu's Seascan miniature robotic aircraft and draws on Boeing's systems integration, communications and payload technologies.

ScanEagle is launched autonomously via a pneumatic wedge catapult launcher and flies pre-programmed or operator-initiated missions guided by GPS and its onboard flight-control system.

It is retrieved using a "Skyhook" system in which the UAV catches a rope hanging from a 50-foot high pole. The patented system allows ScanEagle to be runway independent and operate from forward fields, mobile vehicles or small ships.

Friday, November 21, 2014

General Atomics flight test collision avoidance system for UAVs

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), announced two key technological advances related to its ongoing Sense and Avoid (SAA) system development for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

Kaman to support Peru's SH-2G Super Seasprite upgrade

Kaman Corp. announced that it has entered into a contract with General Dynamics Canada to remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite aircraft and provide support for the operation of a fifth aircraft for the Peruvian Navy. The program value to Kaman is expected to exceed $40 million.

KAI deliver KT-1P trainer to Peru

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has delivered the first two KT-1P turboprop trainer aircraft to Peru.

Delta orders 50 Airbus widebody aircraft

Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 50 new Airbus widebody aircraft, including 25 A350-900 and 25 A330-900neo aircraft.

Dynamatic to build Bell-407 airframe assemblies

Employees from Bell Helicopter, Textron India Private Limited, and Dynamatic Technologies Limited
perform installation of lower frame into the first assembly of the Bell model 407 aft fuselage at
Dynamatic’s facility in Bengaluru.

Bell Helicopter announced an agreement with Dynamatic Technologies Limited of Bangalore, India, establishing Dynamatic as a single source supplier of major airframe assemblies for the Bell 407GX and 407GT helicopters.

France announce order for Airbus A330 MRTT

French Defense Ministry has selected Airbus to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

XCOR successfully test XR-5H25 engine

The XR-5M15 prototype engine is run at XCOR's test site on the Mojave Spaceport

Commercial space flight start-up XCOR Aerospace has completed the latest test series of the XR-5H25 rocket engine it is developing under contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Captor E-scan radar contract for Eurofighter signed

Defence Ministers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain met in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday 19th November to witness the signing of a €1billion contract for the development of the Captor E-Scan active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Aerojet and NASA test 3D printed rocket engine part

Additive manufacturing also known as 3-D printing, is changing the speed, cost and flexibility of designing and building future machines for space and earth applications. The manufacturing technique has the potential to improve efficiency and bring down the cost of space launches and other earth applications.

Unmanned K-Max® Helicopter and Indago Quadrotor demonstrate firefighting capability

A team of Lockheed Martin and Kaman K-Max unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its unmanned firefighting operations.

During the demonstration, the Indago quad rotor effectively identified hot spots, and provided data to an operator who directed theto autonomously extinguish the flames. In one hour, the unmanned K-MAX helicopter lifted and dropped more than 24,000 pounds of water onto the fire.

The unmanned K-MAX provided heavy lift services by autonomously dipping water from a pond and delivering it precisely to the fire location.

Manufactured by Kaman and outfitted with an advanced mission suite by Lockheed Martin, unmanned K-MAX has a twin-rotor design that maximizes lift capability in the most challenging environments.

The heavy lift capability delivers effective firefighting and resupply operations to firefighters on the ground.

Using its electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) camera, K-MAX can locate hot spots and designate the location to its operator for water drops at that location.

K-MAX has proven the ability to autonomously conduct resupply operations with the capability to deliver to four different locations. Its flexible multi-hook carousel is suited for attachments such as water buckets, litters and medical supplies in a highly stable system, allowing it to accomplish a wide range of missions.

The Indago VTOL quadrotor features an extended hover, perch and stare capability that provides military, civil and commercial customers with aerial reconnaissance in crowded areas unreachable by fixed-wing unmanned aircraft systems.

The VTOL’s gimbal mount includes electro-optical and infrared sensors and a laser illuminator to provide continuous 360-degree panning capability.

Nexcelle nacelle to improve COMAC C919 efficiency

Nexcelle’s engine nacelle on CFM International’s LEAP-1C turbofan engine Integrated Propulsion System (IPS), will provide key operational advantage to the new generation Chinese COMAC C919 airliner.

The LEAP-1C is the exclusive western powerplant for COMAC’s C919, and is the first new-generation Integrated Propulsion System for an airliner. Nexcelle’s nacelle is a key contributor to the IPS operational advantages, which include improved aerodynamics, lower weight, higher reliability and easier maintenance.

With the first LEAP-1C engine now undergoing evaluations on a modified GE Aviation Boeing 747 flying testbed aircraft at Victorville, California, USA, Nexcelle is providing continuing support for this activity – and is preparing for COMAC’s subsequent startup of C919 prototype flight testing in Shanghai, China.

Key features of Nexcelle’s IPS nacelle system for the LEAP-1C include an all-new translating O-Duct thrust reverser configuration; a fan cowl that is structurally integrated to the engine; an integrated mounting system for reduced engine distortion and enhanced on-wing performance; along with a low drag front end that incorporates a directed flow nozzle deicing system. The IPS’ installed performance is further enhanced by a low drag, low weight pylon developed by COMAC concurrently with the nacelle.

Nexcelle’s first O-Duct nacelle component to equip CFM International LEAP-1C engines on COMAC’s C919 jetliner is readied for shipment from Aircelle. Image Credit: Nexcelle

A major innovation in Nexcelle’s nacelle design for the LEAP-1C is its one-piece composite O-Duct configuration, which replaces a traditional thrust reverser’s two-piece “D” doors. When deployed, the O-Duct moves aftward to the reverse thrust position, eliminating drag links in the engine’s secondary flow-path, enhancing the airflow path and improving fuel consumption – while also increasing thrust reverser efficiency. The O-Duct deployment is performed with an evolved electrical thrust reverser actuation system.

Another of the nacelle system’s technological advances is the directed flow nozzle deicing system, which more efficiently swirls engine bleed air within the inlet lip – providing weight, efficiency and maintainability improvements from traditional nacelle deicing systems that use Piccolo tubes.

Nexcelle’s LEAP-1C nacelle also incorporates the extensive use of lightweight and noise-attenuating composite materials, benefitting from the proven experience of the joint venture’s parent companies in their respective nacelle and thrust reverser product lines.

In parallel, Nexcelle’s two parent companies – Aircelle (Safran) and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS) – are completing their industrial set-up for LEAP-1C nacelle series production, working closely with their supply chains.

The establishment of Nexcelle’s support infrastructure for C919 operators also is moving forward, involving the creation of an on-line customer portal and the organization of support/services resources within its parent companies.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Nexcelle is a 50/50 joint venture of Safran (Aircelle) and GE Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), which are leading suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures.

F-35C complete maiden night flight aboard aircraft carrier

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Andy Wolfe

The F-35C Lightning II carrier variant of Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first carrier-based night flight operations aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego on Nov. 13.

LCH TD-3 complete maiden flight

The third prototype of Indian Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) dubbed Technology Demonstrator TD-3, completed its successful maiden flight on 12, November, from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's Bangalore plant.

Northrop to upgrade Litening pods to G4 configuration

Northrop Grumman has received an award of $116 million to upgrade AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING Advanced Targeting Systems for the United States military.

Lockheed begin InSight Mars lander assembly

Artistic concept of InSight Mars Lander
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Lockheed Martin has started the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase for NASA’s InSight Mars lander spacecraft, which is scheduled to be launched in March 2016.

A350 begin Asian demonstration tour

The new Airbus A350-900 airliner has embarked from Toulouse for its first demo tour taking it on an 11-day trip around Asia.

Airbus to develop A330 based Beluga Transporter

Airbus has decided to increase its Beluga transporter fleet from current 5 to 10, to meet the production ramp-up for the new generation A350 XWB and other aircraft.

Boeing resume 787 ecoDemonstrator flight tests

Boeing has resumed flight tests with the ecoDemonstrator 787 Dreamliner to develop and validate new technologies that improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

Chinese CX-1 and BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

Chinese CX-1
During the Zhuhai Airshow, held from 11-16 Nov. China unveiled the new CX-1 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rolls-Jiangsu sign M250 engine deal

Rolls-Royce and Chinese Jiangsu A-Star have signed a new, long-term agreement to supply M250 turboprop engines for the Extra EA-500 composite turboprop business aircraft.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

GE-MTU sign GEnx TCF MRO contract

German MTU Aero Engines has concluded a strategic agreement with U.S. engine manufacturer GE Aviation on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the GEnx turbofan engine's turbine center frame (TCF).

RAF Tornado-GR4 complete Afghan mission

RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2014
Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter fleet have completed their mission in Afghanistan and are heading back to the UK after more than five years of operations in the country.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Honeywell to continue power Scorpion jet

© Textron
Honeywell Aerospace has been selected as the production aircraft engine supplier for the Textron AirLand Scorpion light aircraft. Honeywell's TFE731-40AR-3S turbofan engine which currently powers the development stage, will be also used in production aircraft.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sukhoi SuperJet cleared for reduced thrust take-off

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC)received a Supplemental Type Certificate, for Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner to perform reduced thrust takeoffs.

CFM LEAP continue certification testing

LEAP-1B engine under ground testing  photo: CFM
CFM International’s LEAP turbofan engine is performing exceptionally well in ground and flight testing on the path to engine certification and flight tests on the Airbus A320neo and COMAC C919 in 2015.

Lockheed receive Paveway-II LGB contract

Lockheed Martin received $40.3 million majority share of U.S. Air Force's follow-on production contract of Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB)kits for fiscal year 2014.

A350 receive FAA Type Certification

Airbus A350 XWB new generation airliner has achieved US Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification on 12th November, weeks ahead of commercial service entry with launch customer Qatar Airways. The aircraft received EASA Type Certification on 30th September.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AVIC to build 777X composite empennage tips

Boeing 777X Artistic Rendering
During the ongoing China Airshow 2014, Boeing announced it has awarded a contract to Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China’s largest state-owned aviation company, to produce composite empennage tips for the 777X beginning in 2017.

PurePower engines complete 12000 hours of testing

PW-1100G-JM Geared Turbofan Engine of Airbus A320neo
Pratt & Whitney's PurePower® engine family reached another milestone this year when it exceeded 12,000 hours of testing.

Safran-AVIC teams to develop turboprop engine

French Safran and Chinese AVIC has signed, through their respective companies Snecma and SAIC, a framework agreement to begin a joint venture in China to design and field a turboprop engine for commercial aircraft, during the ongoing 2014 Zhuhai Air Show.

The JV will test and produce power turbines and flame tubes for the two parent companies.

This agreement was signed by François Planaud, Snecma (Safran) Vice President & General Manager Commercial Engine Division and Peng Jianwu, Chairman of SAIC (AVIC), with the presence of Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Ambassador of France in China; Bruno Cotté, Executive Vice President-International of Safran; and Li Fangyong, Executive Vice-President of AVIC.

Snecma and SAIC will hold respectively 50% of total stock right in this new common entity located in China, which will hire around fifty specialized engineers (most of them will be recruited locally), meanwhile, this new entity will have facilities of design, testing and production.

The agreement has, moreover, extended the partnerships established over 30 years among Safran, AVIC and other companies of aviation industry and of Chinese civil aviation.

It completes particularly the agreements signed in the past: such as Ardiden 3C / WZ16 (developed through the cooperation between Safran Turbomeca and AVIC Dong’An); COMAC ARJ21 Program (flight control restitution system supplied by Sagem) and C919 program (equipped with LEAP engine of CFM International, nacelle of Nexcell and wiring systems of Labinal).

Barak-8/LRSAM successfully tested

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD), conducted a successful test of the Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System against a flying target in a range in Israel on Monday.

Tejus PV-6 trainer completes maiden flight

The second prototype of Indian LCA Tejus trainer, called the PV-6 completed its maiden flight on November 8.

Video: CSeries FTV1 back in air

Bombardier has resumed flight test with the CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1) on November 6, 2014.

The FTV1 re-joined the flight test program following the completion of engine and ground runs as well as the structural repairs to the aircraft resulting from the engine-related incident that occurred on May 29 at Bombardier’s Mirabel facility.

This marks the third CSeries Test Flight Vehicle to re-join the flight test program. FTV2 and FTV4 resumed flight testing in September 2014. FTV4 has been deployed to the Bombardier Flight Test Centre (BFTC) in Wichita, Kansas alongside FTV3 which is expected to resume flight testing in the coming weeks.

Longer Range Superjet airframe to undergo fatigue testing

The longer range variant of Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR regional jetliner will undergo airframe fatique testing to prove its service life.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bell 505 complete maiden flight

Bell Helicopters has carried out successful first flight of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter. The maiden flight took place at the company's Mirabel, Québec manufacturing facility on Monday.