Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HeliVert to assemble AW 189 in Russia

Russian State Corporation Rostec, Italy’s Finmeccanica and Russian oil company Rosneft have signed a tripartite agreement to launch production of Agustawestland AW 189 helicopters in Russia.

ARJ-21 achieve Chinese type certification

The first Chinese locally built regional jet COMAC ARJ-21, has achieved Chinese type certification on Dec. 30.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Washington under Raytheon JLENS aerostat surveilance

U.S. Army’s Raytheon built JLENS aerostat based radar surveillance system have been lofted high above rural Maryland for the first time, to monitor potential incoming threats against Washington DC.

AirAsia QZ8501 debris confirmed

Indonesian civil aviation directorate and National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) has confirmed the debris spotted is indeed from the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Possible AirAsia Flight QZ8501 debris spotted

As the search entered the third day, possible debris of the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been spotted near the last reported location of flight.

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 presumed crashed to ocean

The AirAsia flight QZ8501, which went missing on Sunday morning, en route to Singapore from Indonesia, is presumed crashed to ocean.

AirAsia QZ8501: Australia deploys P-3C Orion

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has deployed a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft to assist in the Indonesian-led search for missing Air Asia flight QZ8501.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

USAF KC-46 program achieve maiden flight

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) aircraft #1 on Dec. 28.

AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Airplane details

The missing AirAsia Airbus A320-200 airliner with the registration number PK-AXC, operating flight QZ8501, was only 6 years old.

The aircraft was delivered to AirAsia on 15 October 2008, leased from German based Doric Leasing Corp.

Powered by CFM 56-5B engines, the aircraft had accumulated approximately 23,000 flight hours in some 13,600 flights. The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.

The captain in command had a total of 20,537 flying hours of which, 6,100 flying hours were with AirAsia Indonesia on the Airbus A320. The first office officer had a total of 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia.

Indonesia AirAsia operates a fleet of 30 A320s, with an additional four of the type on order. AirAsia is the largest A320 Family airline customer in the world.

The Airbus A320-200 is a twin-engine single-aisle aircraft seating up to 180 passengers in a single-class configuration. The first A320 entered service in March 1988. By the end of November 2014, over 6000 A320 Family aircraft were in service with over 300 operators. To date, the entire fleet has accumulated some 154 million flight hours in some 85 million flights.

Did bad weather brought AirAsia QZ8501 down?

More than 9 hours after losing contact with the AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 en route to Singapore from Indonesia, search operations coordinated by Indonesia continues in the Java Sea.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Updated: AirAsia Airbus A320 gone missing

An AirAsia Airbus 320-200 airplane carrying total 162 passengers and crew from Indonesia to Singapore has gone missing on Sunday morning.

EASA certifies AW189 SAR variant

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the Search and Rescue (SAR) variant of the AgustaWestland AW189 medium weight helicopter.

Qantas retires last Boeing 767 airliner

Qantas today retired its last Boeing 767 widebody jetliner, almost 30 years after the type entered its fleet.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A350 production to reach 10 per month

Airbus is ramping up production of its new generation A350 XWB airliner to meet customer demand, following maiden delivery to Qatar Airways on December 22.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Canada to acquire additional Boeing C-17 airlifter

The Royal Canadian Air Force will acquire a fifth aircraft to augment the current Boeing C-17 (CC-177) Globemaster III fleet.

India flight test Panchi UAV

India successfully flight tested, a wheeled version of the Nishant Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) called Panchi, capable of taking-off and landing fron small airstrips.

Video: Qatar A350 XWB first delivery

RD-181 to replace Antares's AJ-26 engine

Orbital Science Corp. announced that it will replace the current AJ-26 first stage engines onboard its Antares launch vehicle with another Russian engine, the RD-181.

Russia successfully launch new Angara-A5 heavy lift launcher

The new Russian heavy lift launch vehicle, Angara-A5, has been successfully launched on its maiden test mission from the 1st Test Cosmodrome at Plesetsk on December 23.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Two USAF C-17 squadrons to be inactivated in 2015-16

US Air Force's Air Mobility Command, which operates the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter, will inactivate two C-17 squadrons during the next two years based on the President's Defense Budget for fiscal year 2015.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Upgraded Tu-160 and Tu-95 Bombers delivered to Russian Air Force

Tupolev's Kazan aircraft plant has delivered overhauled and modernized Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers to Russian Air Force.

Airbus delivers first A350 to Qatar Airways

Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB, the world’s latest generation widebody airliner, to launch customer Qatar Airways today, from its Toulouse final assembly line in France.

Iraqi F-16Ds begin training at Tucson

The first two Iraqi Air Force F-16D fighter jets has arrived at the Tucson International Airport, Arizona on Dec. 16, allowing Iraqi pilots to fly and train in their own aircraft.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Maiden A350 delivery tomorrow

Airbus and Qatar Airways are set to open a new chapter in commercial aviation together with the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft, on 22 December 2014 in Toulouse, France.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Astronaut’s-Eye View of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Re-entry

AgustaWestland sign Offset MoUs for Polish helicopter deal

Helicopter maker AgustaWestland has signed offset MoUs with four major Polish companies, as a part of tender to supply multirole helicopters to Polish Armed Forces.

FAA certify PurePower GTF engine for A320neo

PW-1100G-JM Geared Turbofan Engine of Airbus A320neo
The Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine for the Airbus A320neo family has achieved US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification.

Friday, December 19, 2014

777X to feature more Rockwell Collins avionics

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract by Boeing to provide its next-generation, large-format flight displays, integrated surveillance system and select flight control systems as standard equipment on the Boeing 777X.

F-35 Sustainment: Japan-Australia selected in Asia-Pacific region

Australia and Japan has been selected to provide regional maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the Lockheed Martin F-35 in the Asia Pacific region.

Orion complete cross country journey, back at KSC

Orion on the Well Deck of USS Anchorage Photo credit: NASA

The Orion spacecraft has completed its 2,700 mile cross country journey from Naval Base San Diego to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Thursday.

Rolls Royce Derby facility to produce Trent XWB turbofan

Rolls-Royce announced that its Derby facility in England will be the main production centre for the new Trent XWB turbofan engine that exclusively powers the Airbus A350 XWB airliner.

Russian Proton rocket mark 400th launch

Proton M Credit: Khrunichev
Russian workhorse satellite launch vehicle Proton marked a historic 400th launch on December 15, after the Proton M integrated launch vehicle successfully blasted off from Baikonur launch pad to inject the Russian Yamal-401 communication satellite.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Germany induct first Airbus A400M

Airbus Defence and Space has formally delivered the first Airbus A400M military transport ordered by Germany.

Second SpaceShipTwo to fly in 2015

Second SpaceShip2 under assembly image:Virgin Glactics

After the tragic loss of the first SpaceShipTwo called Enterprise, during its 55th test flight, Virgin Galactics is advancing the assembly of the yet to be named second SpaceShipTwo.

Dassault unveil first Falcon 8X Business Jet

Falcon 8X © Dassault Aviation - S. Randé

Dassault Aviation rolled out the first prototype of its new flagship Falcon 8X, the latest addition to the trijet Falcon business jet family.

India successfully launch GSLV MK3 launch vehicle

Indian Space Research Organisation successfully completed the maiden launch of its new GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle, the biggest rocket built by India, today (December 18, 2014) morning from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lockheed Athena rocket selected for Kodiak Launch Complex

Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) has selected Lockheed Martin’s Athena rocket as its launch vehicle for small and medium lift missions from the Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC), Alaska.

South Korea select IAI Heron UAS

South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced its selection of Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Heron-1 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)

USAF approve JASSM-ER full rate production

The U.S. Air Force has approved full rate production of Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range(JASSM-ER).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AirAsiaX orders 55 Airbus A330neo jets

AirAsia X, the long haul affiliate of Asia’s largest low cost airline AirAsia, has placed a firm order for 55 Airbus A330neo widebody aircraft.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Triumph to take over Spirit's Gulfstream wing production

Triumph will take over Spirit AeroSystem's loss making production of the Gulfstream G650 and G280 wing programs located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Greece to buy 10 CH-47D Chinooks

US State Department has approved Foreign Military Sale of CH-47D Chinook helicopters to Greece, along with associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $150 million.

PW&C to invest US$ 1 billion for engine development

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a division of the larger US-based Pratt & Whitney (P&W), has announced an investment of over $1 billion in research and development (R&D) over the next 4.5 years to develop the next generation of high-performance aircraft engines.

Northrop delivers first SABR radar

SABR AESA Radar Image Credit:Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman has delivered the first engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) to Lockheed Martin.

China to be largest aviation market in 10 years

With domestic passenger traffic, more than quadrupled over the last 10 years, China is poised to become the world’s number one aviation market within the next 10 years.

Australian Heron-RPA complete Afghan mission

Australia’s Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) flew its last mission in Afghanistan recently, ending a 5-year long deployment as a part of Operation Slipper- Australian contribution to the war in Afghanistan.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Italy-Turkey to be F-35's European maintenance centres

As part of the Lockheed Martin F-35's global sustainment strategy, US Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the European Region.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Eurofighter release Storm Shadow missile

Copyright Eurofighter
Italian Eurofighter partner Alenia Aermacchi, has successfully conducted the first release of Storm Shadow bunker buster cruise missile from Eurofighter Typhoon as part of integration trials for Typhoon' Phase 2 Enhancements.

France receive Block-2 Tiger attack helicopters

Airbus Helicopters’ has delivered the first two HAD Block 2 version Tiger attack helicopters to French Army.

Airbus sign Falcon Eye spy satellite contract with UAE

Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, along with Thales Alenia Space as co-prime contractor has signed a contract with the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAEAF) for the development, manufacture and launch of Falcon Eye, high-performance optical Earth-observation satellite system.

Czech extends Gripen fighter lease

Saab Gripen Fighter
Saab has received an order from Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the extended lease of Gripen from Sweden to the Czech Republic.

USAF invests in SWIR camera to improve airborne surveillance

Unmanned Northrop Grumman Global Hawk UAV
The need for unmanned aerial vehicles that can provide 24-hour surveillance and deliver understandable imagery still exists among Air Force warfighters.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Upgraded Antares and Atlas-V to complete Orbital's CRS missions

Orbital Sciences Corporation has announced new details of its plans to resume cargo flights to the International Space Station (ISS), following failure of company’s last resupply mission using its Antares rocket to the ISS on 28 Oct.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

V-22 Osprey demonstrate forward firing capability

Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andy M. Kin
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft successfully demonstrated forward-firing capability during a exercise that took place last month at the United States Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

UK-France award A400M maintenance contract

Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright
UK and France has jointly awarded the common in-service support contract to Airbus Defence and Space to support their newly inducted Airbus A400M airlifter fleet.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Airbus gears up for maiden A350 delivery

Airbus is gearing up to the first official delivery of its highly anticipated next generation A350 XWB widebody jetliner to Qatar Airways on 13 December.

Friday, December 5, 2014