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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.
Monday, January 26, 2015
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.
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.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
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.
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)
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
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
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
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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.