Saturday, January 31, 2015

Eurowings debuts A320 and new livery

German regional airline Eurowings owned by Lufthansa Group, will start flying its new Airbus jetliner from Sunday, Feb. 1.

Sequestration casts shadow on shrinking-aging USAF fleet

source: US DoD
By Amaani Lyle
F-15C Image Credit:USAF
Today’s Air Force is not only smaller, but its diminutive fleet is older than it has ever been, the service’s chief of staff said today in remarks at the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Canisterised Agni-V ICBM tested

India successfully test fired canister version of its 5000 km range nuclear capable Agni-V Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) today from Wheeler Island, off Odisha coast.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cessna rolls out production Citation Latitude

Cessna has rolled out the first production Citation Latitude business jet at the company’s Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility, just three years after launching the program.

ANA orders Airbus-Boeing planes

ANA Boeing 787
The largest Japanese airline- ANA Holdings has announced 15 aircraft orders with Airbus and Boeing to expand its twin and single aisle fleet.

RAF E-3D Sentry deployed to fight ISIL

RAF E-3D Sentry
Royal Air Force's E-3D Sentry airborne control and command aircraft has joined the formidable array of coalition aircraft operating against ISIL forces this week.

Qatar Airways acquires stake in IAG

Qatar Airways 787
Qatar Airways has announced today that it has acquired a 9.99 per cent stake in International Airlines Group (IAG).

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Airbus helicopters report steady performance in 2014

Airbus Helicopters reported steady performance in 2014, with heavyweight helicopters dominating deliveries.

New cannon for T-50 to be tested

This year, Russian Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) stealth fighter will be integrated with its cannon and undergo flight testing for safe operation.

LCA Tejus undergo cold soak trials

With three consecutive start-ups of its engine after overnight soak in extreme cold(around -15ºC) conditions of Ladakh winter, that too without any external assistance, Tejas, the Indian Light Combat Aircraft has achieved yet another and a rare distinction.

Qantas to provide Virtual Reality experience onboard

Australian Qantas Aurlines together with Samsung Electronics Australia has launched a new trial entertainment service that uses Samsung virtual reality (VR) technology to give customers a spectacular three dimensional experience in a 360 degree style interactive format.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Qantas donates its first Boeing 747 to museum

Qantas will donate its first Boeing 747-400, known as City of Canberra, to the Australian Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) in March.

First Malaysian A400M rolled out

A400M in RMAF Colours
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the Royal Malaysian Air Force has been rolled out at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain.

USAF picks Boeing 747-8 as next Air Force One platform

US Air Force has choosen the improved Boeing 747-8 to replace the current fleet of two iconic Boeing 747 Air Force One presidential transport planes.

Japan Airlines place 32 firm MRJ order

Japan Airlines (JAL) have signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Aircraft for the purchase of 32 firm Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft.

Airbus to unveil X4 helicopter at Heli-Expo 2015

Airbus Helicopters revealed that its next-generation X4 medium class twin-engined rotorcraft will be unveiled at the 2015 Heli-Expo trade show in Orlando on March 3.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Video: Airframe parachute save pilot and Cirrus SR22

On 25 January 2015, a pilot flying a Cirrus SR22 aircraft from the United States to Hawaii successfully deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) over the Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles from Hawaii.

WindTracer LIDAR operational at Dubai Intl Airport

Dubai International Airport has successfully commissioned and put in operation three WindTracer systems that will improve operating efficiency and flight safety.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Australian EC135 training helicopter complete maiden flight

EC 135 T3
The first EC135 T2+ helicopter being acquired by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for its new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), has successfully completed its first flight.

Greek F-16 crashed in Spain

A Greek Air Force F-16 jet has crashed in Spain during a NATO training exercise.

The plane was taking part in an exercise in the framework of NATO’s Tactical Leadership Programme, which aims to improve multinational cooperation in air operations.
Ten people died and another 13 were injured after the plane crashed during takeoff.

Greece had earlier deployed four F-16 Block 50 aircraft supported by 41 persons pilots and technicians to the Air Base Los Llanos, in Albacete Spain from 111 Combat Wing, Nea Aghialos Air base.

Bombardier begin CS300 engine run

Bombardier confirmed that the first CS300 aircraft commenced stationary engine runs in Mirabel, Canada –as a part pre-flight tests ahead of aircraft’s first flight in the coming weeks.

TBM 900 sales boost Daher-Socata perofrmance

France based general aviation aircraft maker DAHER-SOCATA announced improved performance in 2014 following increased TBM 900 turboprop aircraft sales.

Australian pilot begin F-35A training

Image Credit:Lockheed Martin
The first Australian pilot has commenced training on the F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft- Australia’s first fifth-generation aircraft.

Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, commenced training, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, United States.
SQNLDR Jackson will undergo an intensive training program before he takes his first flight in the coming months.

He will have an important future role as an Instructor Pilot for Australian and international F-35A pilots, and was selected for his operational flying skills, extensive experience and leadership.

The second Australian F-35A pilot, SQNLDR David Bell, will begin his training in mid-2015. SQNLDR Bell is a qualified Test Pilot.

The first Australian F-35A will arrive at the end of 2018 with the first operational squadron to be established by 2020. The F-35A will replace the aging F/A-18A/B Hornets at RAAF Bases Williamtown (NSW) and Tindal (NT).

Australia has 72 F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant on order.

Red Flag exercise begins at Nellis AFB

The realistic air combat training exercise Red Flag involving United States and its allies has commenced at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Naval Surion complete maiden flight

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has completed successful maiden flight test of the Naval variant of Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) Surion on January 19 in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Antonov delivers first An-70 airlifter

An-70 photo:Antonov
Antonov have delivered the first An-70 medium-range airlifter to Ukrainian Armed Forces, following completion of developmental flight tests.

The An-70 is a high-wing monoplane with four wing-mounted propfan engines, it has a full glass cockpit and fly-by-wire controls. It will replace the obsolete An-12 airlifter.

The delivered aircraft is the second prototype which was extensively flight tested. The first prototype was lost in a mid-air collision during flight testing with a chase airplane in 1995.

The Short Take Off and Landing capability allow the airlifter to take off from unpaved airfield of 600-800 m length.

An-70 is powered by four 14000 shp D-27 turboprop engines with SV-27 scimitar counter-rotating props that ensure a high cruising speed and 20-30% fuel economy in comparison with modern turbojets.
AN-70 can perform a typical transport mission of 20 tonne payload to a range of 3000 km and can carry maximum 47 tonne of cargo.

Following delivery, Antonov will now begin aircraft serial production and develop its different modifications.

ATR delivers 83 airliners in 2014

European turboprop passenger aircraft manufacturer ATR has improved its performance in 2014, achieving record sales, turnover, delivery and backlog.

US Navy approve IRST21 sensor low rate production

The crew of the F/A-18 Super Hornet carrying the Navy’s Infrared Search and Track (IRST) pod at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

The US Navy has approved low rate initial production of F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Solar Impulse Si2 circumnavigation flight path unveiled

Solar Impulse team has revealed their route to complete the first piloted circumnavigation of the Earth using a Solar Impulse 2 fixed-wing aircraft powered by sun.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

IAF inducts first LCA Tejas fighter

Indian Airforce officially inducted the first home built Light Combat Aircraft- Tejus, nearly 32 years after the program began.

The LCA Tejas Series Production-1 (SP1) was handed over by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to IAF Chief Air Marshal Arup Raha in Bengaluru on Saturday.

The Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) configuration LCA Tejus SP-1 flew for the first time last September and is being delivered with some improvements.

The fourth generation Tejas, is the smallest, light weight, single engine, single seat, supersonic, multirole, combat aircraft in its class in the world, designed to replace the large no of vintage MiG-21 fighters operated by IAF.

Tejus features a tailless, compound delta wing design powered by a single GE F404-GE-IN20 engine rated at 9,163 kg (20,200 lb) thrust.

The quadruplex digital fly-by-wire flight control system ensures acceptable handling qualities while ensuring adequate safety throughout the flight envelope. The advanced Glass cockpit open architecture system complements piloting.

Tejus has a wingspan of 8.2 m, length of 13.2 m and height of 4.4 m. With a maximum weight of 13.2 tonne, including 3.5 tonnes of weapons, Tejus can fly at a speed of 1.6 Mach, undergo +8g to -3.5g and reach service ceiling of 15 km.

IAF has placed order for 20 Tejas fighters in IOC configuration and 20 more in Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configuration.

Tejas achieved IOC in December 2013 and FOC is likely to be achieved by the end of 2015.
The second aircraft will also be ready by March 2015 for maiden flight.

The FOC configuration will add a Russian gun, upgraded software, long-range missiles, mid-air refueling capability, increase the angle of attack, enabling care free handling and an advanced Electronic Warfare suite which was flight tested recently.

Currently LCA Tejus has 60 percent indigenization, major imported content include the engine, the Elta multi mode radar co-produced with Israel and some Line Replaceble Units (LRU).

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd will produce six aircraft next year (2015-16) and subsequently scale it up to eight and 16 aircraft per year, delivering the first 20 aircraft by 2017-18.

Tejus is being developed in single seat, two seat trainer and naval variants for land and carrier borne operations.

The program has built 15 aircraft for flight testing including seven in Limited Series Production (LSP), 2 Technology Demonstrators, 3 fighter prototype, 2 trainer prototype and 1 naval prototype.These aircraft have completed more than 2800 flights.

A more capable airforce variant-Tejus Mk2 will follow after the development of Mk1 variant is completed by 2015.

The Mk2 variant will feature a more powerful GE 414 IN20 engine, and would be slightly bigger in size.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AirAsia QZ8501: Latest Update

The mission to recover the crashed AirAsia QZ 8501 aircraft main fuselage from bottom of Java Sea, continued to be hampered by a thunderstorm that surrounded the primary search area with sea waves reported around 3-5 meters high.

Video: NASA flight testing shape-changing wings

NASA is carrying out a series of grueling flight-testing on FleXSys FlexFoil Variable Geometry Control Surface- shape changing control surfaces, as a part of its Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge(ACTE) program that began last October and achieved first flight test on last November.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cseries complete intial cold weather trials

Bombardier Cseries has completed initial cold weather certification trials.

Lost UK' Beagle 2 Mars Lander spotted by NASA Orbiter

Image Credit: 
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/University of Leicester

The UK built Beagle 2 Mars Lander, thought lost on Mars since 2003, has been found partially deployed on the surface of the planet, ending the mystery of what happened to the mission more than a decade ago.

Boeing reveal Air Europa 787 Dreamliner deal

Boeing and Air Europa announced an order for 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $3.6 billion, the largest ever Boeing widebody order from a Spanish carrier.

Virgin and Qualcomm invests in OneWeb' satellite constellation program

OneWeb Ltd announced plan to build, launch and operate the world’s largest ever satellite constellation to connect billions of people through affordable high-speed Internet and telephony.

New B-52H upgrade to enable internal smart weapon capability

U.S. Air Force photo/Bobbi Zapka) 

US Air Force's B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber fleet's effectiveness and versatility will increase with the latest upgrade that will increase its smart weapon capacity by over 50 percent.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Aeroflot orders 20 more SuperJets

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) have signed an agreement on delivery of 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) airliners.

Bombardier pauses Learjet 85 business jet program

Bombardier today announced the pause of its under development Learjet 85 business aircraft program citing weak demand.

Mitsubishi begins ground tests on first MRJ prototype

photo credit: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has begun full-scale testing of the first Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) prototype, ahead of its scheduled first flight in the second quarter this year.

RAF Typhoons arrive for Red Flag exercise

A squadron of Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighter jets has arrived at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to take part in the largest, most realistic and challenging air combat exercise in the world- Red Flag, that commences on 26 January.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

From Ground to Air: New F-22 Raptor Documentary

US Air Force TV released the latest episode of the Air Force's flagship television program, BLUE. This episode of BLUE was shot on location at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, features the Airmen who work together to fix, fuel and fly F-22 Raptor, showcasing everyone from Air Traffic Controllers to Air Battle Managers, Maintenance Technicians to Fuels Specialists. The viewers will see what it takes America's most advanced fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor from ground to air.

Airbus will launch A380neo

Airbus in near term will launch a reengined and improved version of its A380 super jumbo airliner to revive its lackluster demand and drive sales.

Video: 2014 Emirates A380 mash-up

Emirates released a 3-minute long ‘mash-up’ video, marking its record launch of 10 new A380 routes in 2014.

Aero India 2015: GKN to display emergency flotation system

British multinational, GKN Aerospace’s will display its fuel systems and emergency flotation systems at the next month Aero India airshow in Bangalore, India.

First overhauled Su-30 MkI delivered to IAF

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd handed over the first overhauled Sukhoi Su-30 MkI combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force on Jan 9 from its Nashik facility.

GKN to assemble 737 MAX winglets at Washington site

Boeing has awarded GKN Aerospace a contract for final assembly and paint the Advanced Technology (AT) Winglets for the new Boeing 737 MAX.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Airbus ups aircraft prices by 3.27 percent

Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.27 per cent across the product line. The new pricing is effective from January 1st 2015.

Airbus outlines 2015 priorities

Speaking at Airbus’ year-opening press conference, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier said 2015 priorities in preparing the future

Single MQ-9 Reaper clocks 20,000 flight hours

A US Air Force Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Unmanned Aerial Vehicle has logged a record 20,000 flight hours, demonstrating superior reliability and airframe life.

Airbus launches 97 tonne A321neo with transatlantic range

Airbus today officially launched the A321neo single aisle airliner with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW).

Airbus delivers 629 aircraft in 2014

Airbus exceeded its delivery targets for 2014, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries, up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013.