Sunday, June 29, 2014

Australian AGM-158A JASSM achieve FOC

© 2013 Lockheed Martin
Australian AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-Off Missile (JASSM) fleet has achieved Final Operational Clearance (FOC).

Boeing Delivers 1500th 747 to Lufthansa

Boeing-747-8 ©Boeing
Boeing delivered the milestone 1,500th 747 to come off the production line to Germany-based Lufthansa Airlines.

Friday, June 27, 2014

USAF selects Sikorsky CRH-60 Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky has been awarded a contract by U.S. Air Force to develop a new combat search and rescue helicopter.

FAA ups Serbian aviation safety rating to Category 1

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the highest Category 1 rating to Serbian aviation safety after being found compliying with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards.

First MRJ Prototype Structurely Completed

Completed MRJ Prototype

Mitsubishi has completed mounting of PurePower®PW1200G engines on the Mitsubishi Regional Jet’s (MRJ) first flight test aircraft at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) final-assembly factory.

Embraer E-Jets E2 family debut in 2018

Embraer E-jet

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has completed the Joint Definition Phase (JDP) of its second generation E190-E2 jet design, at the end of May, by conducting the preliminary design review.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bombardier Receives FAA Certification for the Challenger 350

Challenger 350

Bombardier Challenger 350 business jet has received full type certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This follows Transport Canada certification on June 12, 2014.

Cessna Citation X+ achieves FAA certification and first delivery

World's fastest civil aircraft, Cessna Citation X+ business jet, has achieved Federal Aviation Administration type certification.

Typhoon's Brimstone 2 integration study contract awarded to BAE

Eurofighter Typhoon Flight tests with Taurus KEPD 350 missile
BAE Systems have been awarded an initial study contract, valued at £5 million by the UK Ministry of Defence to evaluate the integration of the MBDA Brimstone 2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PSLV-C23 to launch SPOT-7 on June 30

PSLV-C24 Lift off
Indian Space Researh Organisation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C23, is scheduled to orbit Airbus Space and Defense SPOT-7 satellite

NTSB finds flight crews over reliance on automated systems led to Asiana Flight 214 crash


The National Transportation Safety Board in a board meeting held on June 24, determined that Asiana flight 214 crashed when the airplane descended below the

SuperJet granted CAT IIIA Automatic Landing approval

Sukhoi Superjet
Russian civil aviation authority Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) has granted approval for Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner to execute automatic landing under CAT IIIa ICAO.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

F-35A damaged in fire

A US Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighter was forced to abort its sortie after it caught fire while attempting to take off from Florida Air Force base on Monday morning.

The fire erupted in the aft section of the aircraft, according to a US Air Force statement. The pilot immediately shutdown the engine and escaped unharmed.

The aircraft is assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, which trains F-35 A/B/C Lightning II pilot and maintainer, for the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force.

The incident comes nearly two weeks after a Russian Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter prototype caught fire, as it descented for landing.

On June 13, F-35 test flights were temporarily halted for inspections of an oil flow management valve fitting inside the engine.

The Air Force variant F-35A is targeted to achieve Initial Operational Capability in August 2016.

Monday, June 23, 2014

ScanEagle Operational with Royal Navy

ScanEagle is launched from a ship by pneumatic catapult [Picture: Boeing Defence UK]
British Royal Navy's first unmanned air system-ScanEagle is operational as part of a £30 million contract signed with Boeing Defense UK.

Fifth A350 joins test fleet

The A350 developmental test fleet is complete with the last and fifth prototype aircraft MSN005, making maiden flight on June 20.

Airbus X3 Hybrid Helicopter to rest at French Museum

X-3 with a French Alpha Jet (© Anthony Pecchi - 2013)
Airbus Helicopter's X3 hybrid helicopter demonstrator will be exhibited at the French national musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (Air and Space museum) at Paris-Le Bourget airport, following retirement in 2013.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sikorsky Powers S-97 RAIDER Avionics

Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER prototype  photo:Sikorsky
West Palm Beach, Florida

Sikorsky has turned on electrical power for the first time on its revolutionary S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter prototype, signaling successful installation of avionics systems.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Airbus A350 Completes Hot Weather Trials

Airbus A350 XWB flight test aircraft (MSN3) has completed hot weather testing in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The tests checked the engines and aircraft systems at temperatures reaching above 40 degree.

The aircraft was  flight and ground tested, including heat soak tests. The airplane was left on the ground in the sun for several hours and checks later performed on various cooling systems.

CFM Conducts Successful LEAP-1B Test Run

LEAP-1B engine under ground testing  photo: CFM
CFM International has begun ground testing of the all-new LEAP-1B engine for the first time on June 13, three days ahead of schedule.

Monday, June 16, 2014

FAA & EASA Certifies Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The stretched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for entry into service.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Indo-French Garuda-V Air Exercise Concluded

IAF Su-30MKI, MIG-21, MIG-27 and French Rafale fighters

The fifth Indo-French bilateral Air Exercise “Garuda-V” was held from 2-13 June at Indian Air Force Station Jodhpur, with both sides fielding their frontline fighters.

B-2 Stealth Bomber trains with RAF

B-2 arrive at Fairford airbase, England USAF photo

Two US Air Force B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bombers were deployed to the U.S. European Command area of operations and arrived at RAF Fairford, England on June 8.

DARPA-US Navy Agreement to Develop Tern Concept

Unmanned Northrop Grumman Global Hawk UAV
DARPA and the Office of Naval Research (ONR)recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on a joint DARPA/Navy research and development program called Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN).

Antonov An-70 Completes State Trials

An-70 photo:Antonov
 Ukrainian ANTONOV AN−70 widebody medium military STOL transport plane have passed state joined tests and started long range flights.

Lockheed Receives Contract For Minuteman III ICBM Reentry Subsystem

Lockheed Martin has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force with an initial value of $109 million for sustainment of the reentry subsystem for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Liebherr Nose Gear Steering Control Unit for Second Gen E-Jets

Embraer E-jet

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has selected German Liebherr Aerospace to supply the nose wheel steering control module for their E-Jets E2,

Citation Sovereign+ business jet receives EASA certification

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Cessna’s new Citation Sovereign+ business jet featuring enhanced climb performance

Oxley Landing and Taxi Light for Saab Gripen

Oxley LED landing light
Oxley Group has received a order for the supply of LED landing and taxi lights for Swedish Saab Gripen fighter aircraft.

Spirit Aero Delivers 5000 737 NGs

Spirit AeroSystems employees gather at the company's Wichita facility to celebrate 5,000 Next-Generation 737 deliveries to  Boeing. (PRNewsFoto/Spirit AeroSystems Inc.)

Aerostructure manufacturer Spirit has successfully completed 5,000 Next-Generation 737 fuselage deliveries to Boeing.

Rebels down Ukrainian IL-76 transport plane

Ukrainian Air Force IL-76
Pro Russian rebels have shot down a Ukrainian Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 transport plane while landing at the airport in Lugansk

Boeing Finalise Japanese 777X Suppliers

777X  photo: Boeing

Boeing has reached an agreement with five key Japanese aerospace majors for significant work on its new under development 777X airplane.

Bombardier Challenger 350 Achieves Canadian Certification

Challenger 350

Bombardier Challenger 350 super mid-size business jet has been awarded Transport Canada (TC) type certification enabling deliveries to begin in 2014.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

EASA Certifies PW127N Engines for ATR-72

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the improved Pratt & Whitney PW127N turboprop engine for ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliner.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Emirates Airline cancels A350 Order

Airbus suffered its biggest-ever order cancellation after Dubai based Emirates Airline canceled its order for 70 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft in light of their fleet requirement review.

Bombardier Resume CSeries Engine Ground Runs

Bombardier resumed engine-ground run trials on its CSeries CS100 flight test vehicles (FTVs) in Mirabel, Québec after an engine fire on FTV1 prototype on May 29 resulted in grounding of flight test fleet.
The engine fire was later traced to Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) in the PW1500G engine.

Scorpion Jet's Debut at Farnborough and RIAT Airshows

photo:Textron AirLand
The Textron AirLand Scorpion will make its airshow debut this July, appearing at two of the world’s premier defense aviation exhibitions

Fire damages Sukhoi T-50 prototype

Fire damaged T-50 prototype  Photo: Sukhoi
The fifth prototype of Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter was damaged due to a inflight fire, above its right engine air intake on June 10.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Emirates to begin A380 flights to India

Emirates Airline will expand its Airbus A380 double decker service network to 28 destinations, with the launch of daily A380 flights to India's Mumbai International Airport on 21st July.

Pilot killed in Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon crash

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A Spanish Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet operated by 11th Wing Air Base crashed on Monday on approach to Morón airbase, Sevilla.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

U.S. Navy Trident SLBM Achieves 150 Successful Test Flights

One of two Trident II D5 missiles tested onJune 2. Photo: U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy’s Lockheed Martin built submarine launched Trident II D5 ballistic missile have achieved 150 successful test flights.

Image: First Iraqi F-16 Delivered

Iraqi F-16 photo:Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin delivered the first of 36 4th generation Block 52 F-16 multi-role fighter jets to Iraqi Air Force on June from its facility Fort Worth.

“Iraq joins 27 other nations around the world who depend on the F-16 Fighting Falcon to maintain peace and security,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

This year, F-16 Fighting Falcon celebrates 40 years of evolution, with more than 4,540 aircraft delivered, and production is expected to run through 2017.

Airbus Beluga Flies with Patrouille de France

 An Airbus Beluga transporter aircraft flew a formation flight with the French Air Force’s famed “Patrouille de France” aerobatic demonstration team above Toulouse, France on 30 May.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

CSeries PW1500G Engine Failure Traced to Low Pressure Turbine

Bombardier said the sudden loss of power and uncontained failure of a Pratt & Whitney PW1500G Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine on the Bombardier CSeries test aircraft has been traced to the low pressure turbine (LPT).

F-35 and RAF Eurofighters Fly in Formation for First Time

An F-35 flew in formation with two RAF Eurofighter Typhoons for the first time, over the skies of Edwards Air Force Base, California.

The flight performed their first airborne linking, during the interoperability testing to ensure the interoperability of the platforms and allows any refinements for a successful future joint missions.

Hermes 900 to Replace Swiss Ranger UAV Fleet

Elbit Hermes 900 UAV photo:Elbit

Switzerland has chosen Israeli Elbit System's Hermes 900 HFE unarmed reconnaissance drone system to replace its ADS 95 RUAG Ranger UAV by 2020.

U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet Crashed

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed into the water while approaching USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) aircraft carrier for landing, at approximately 10 p.m. PDT on June 4.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Embraer Delivers 500th Phenom Business Jet

São José dos Campos, Brazil,

Embraer delivered the 500th Phenom family jet on Wednesday, the milestone was reached only in five-and-a-half years after entry into service of the first aircraft.

Mitsubishi Receives First PW 1200G GTF Engines for MRJ

Mitsubishi received the first PurePower® PW1200G engines to power the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) flight test prototypes from Pratt & Whitney's Mirabel Aerospace Centre in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

USAF B-52 Bombers Arrive in RAF Fairford

A B-52 lands at RAF Fairford, U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best

U.S. temporarily deployed three USAF B-52 Stratofortresses Strategic Bombers to RAF Fairford airbase, UK on June 4.

MH370: Curtin University Scientists Report New Lead

Scientists from Australian Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology along with colleagues from the United Nations’ Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) and Geoscience

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Airbus A350 Makes Debut Passenger Flight

Airbus A350 XWB successfully completed the two “Early Long Flight” campaign in typical airline operating conditions, with airline crew and Airbus employee as passengers, using its cabin equipped MSN 002 prototype aircraft.