Saturday, February 28, 2015

Airbus confirm A380 break-even in 2015

Tom Enders, Airbus Group Chief Executive Officer during the annual press conference confirmed the Airbus A380 program will break-even in 2015.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Airbus to increase A320 production, reduce A330 rate

Airbus has decided to further increase the production rate for its very successful A320 single aisle family to 50 aircraft per month from Q1 2017, matching market demand.

CS300 completes maiden flight

The first prototype of the Bombardier CS300 airliner has completed its maiden flight successfully.

HAL delivers 75 Hawk trainer jets

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over 75th Hawk trainer aircraft to Indian Air Force (IAF) at an event during the concluded Aero India 2015.

Flight MH370: 40 percent search completed

The underwater search to locate the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 continues as the world prepares to commemorate a year.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rolls Royce inaugurate single crystal blade manufacturing facility

Rolls-Royce officially inaugurated its new £110 million Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF) during a ceremony by UK Business Minister Matthew Hancock.

Aerojet to develop green propellants

Aerojet Rocketdyne was awarded a contract to research and develop environmentally sustainable monopropellants and gas generators for rocket and missile propulsion and Divert Attitude Control Systems.

Airbus certifies Sagem WEFA ACMS

Airbus has certified the WEFA system made by Sagem (Safran), intended to remotely track the situation and maintenance status of Airbus A320 commercial jetliners.

Thales-Aseslan to develop LMM launcher

Thales and ASELSAN of Turkey have signed a new cooperation agreement during IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi to continue joint development of a Missile Launcher System that incorporates Thales’s Lightweight Multi-role Missiles (LMM) and the Missile Launcher System of ASELSAN.

Successful firing of MBDA MMP land combat missile

French Defence Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement) successfully carried out the first firing of MMP (Missile de Moyenne Portée or Medium Range Missile), the successor to the Milan weapon system on Feb 2.

Italy to be launch customer for Piaggio HammerHead UAV

The Italian Air Force will be the launch customer of the P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), a state-of-the-art multipurpose UAS, designed and developed by Piaggio Aerospace.

This decision was announced at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi, in presence of the Italian Air Force Chief, Lt. Gen. Pasquale Preziosa. Piaggio Aerospace will deliver three UAS systems – 6 air vehicles and 3 ground control stations – complete with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) configuration to the Italian Air Force in early 2016.

The P.1HH platform is a derivative of the very successful Piaggio Aerospace P.180, the fastest twin turboprop aircraft in the world, with a proven service record of over 20 years and more than 800,000 flight hours.

Developed in partnership with Finmeccanica-Selex ES, the P.1HH HammerHead UAS is currently going through a comprehensive development and certification flight test campaign, conducted at the Trapani Birgi Italian Air Force base.

Piaggio also announced maiden flight of the HammerHead UAV at the event.

Raytheon to develop extended range AMRAAM-ER missile for NASAMS

Photo: Raytheon
Raytheon has begun development on an extended range variant of the combat-proven Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM ®).

Piaggio announce maiden flight of P.1HH Hammerhead UAV

Piaggio Aerospace announced today at IDEX 2015 the successful maiden flight of the Prototype 001, a major milestone in the program development of the P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). The maiden flight was completed last December at the Trapani Birgi Italian Air Force base.

A400 refuels two Spanish F\A-18s

The Airbus A400M airlifter has further proved its credentials as a tanker by successfully demonstrating simultaneous air-to-air refuelling of two F/A-18 fighters.

In the course of four flights, the A400M performed 74 contacts and dispensed 27.2 tonnes of fuel to the Spanish Air Force aircraft.

Refuelling was conducted using the Cobham 908E wing dispense equipment at altitudes of 20,000ft - 33,000ft, and airspeeds of 180kt - 300kt – the preferred refuelling envelope for fighters.
A400's basic fuel capacity of 50.8 tonnes which can be increased by the use of extra cargo hold tanks.

The standard A400M aircraft has full provisions for air-to-air refuelling (AAR) operations already installed and only requires the rapid installation of the optional air-to-air refuelling kit to become a tanker.

On a typical tanking mission where it would loiter for 2 hours at a range of 500 nm (930 km) from base, the A400M would have a potential “fuel give-away” of 34,000 kg (75,000 lb).

JDAM-ER demonstrate range increase

The Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) demonstrated significant range increase while maintaining its expected accuracy during flight testing conducted by Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Eurofighter sign Phase 3 capability upgrade contract

Eurofighter has signed the Phase 3 Capability Enhancement contract with partner nations valued at €200 million, which improve the capabilities of the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet.

Friday, February 20, 2015

IAI TaxiBot operational at Frankfurt Airport

Following approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Lufthansa LEOS, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, has commenced operations with the innovative TaxiBot aircraft tractor

BAE awarded Indian Hawk support contract

BAE Systems has secured a five-year contract worth GBP 18.5 million from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to provide a comprehensive package comprising Ground Support Equipment, Spares, Support and Training for the Hawk Mk 132 advanced jet trainer.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Aero India: BrahMos integrated Su-30MKI delivered to IAF

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd handed over the first BrahMos missile integrated Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter to Indian Air Force in an exclusive event today at Aero India 2015.

Gulfstream G650ER circumnavigates the globe in one stop

G650ER Image Credit:Gulfstream
Gulfstream announced that its G650ER ultra long range business jet has circumnavigated the globe in one stop and set two city-pair records recently.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sierra Nevada acquires Dornier 328 rights

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)has completed acquisition of a UK- and Germany-based aircraft company, 328 Support Services GmbH (328),

Aero India: SuperJet Business variant presented

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft presented its business version of its Sukhoi Superjet 100 at Aero India 2015.

The passenger version was part of the static display of the air show which was inaugurated today, in Bengaluru.

SSJ100 business version is based on a technical platform of SSJ100 basic modification. Thanks to its newly designed cabin interiors, the presented aircraft can offer an outstanding comfort for up to 19 passengers. The range is up to 4 600 km at a cruising speed of 0,81 Mach.

In December 2014 the Sukhoi Superjet 100 in the business version performed its first passenger flight to India carrying the Russian team involved in the Russian-Indian summit. The SCAC forecasts 50 SSJ100 sales by 2030 in India.

Airbus drops PW210 engine for X4 helicopter

Airbus Helicopters have decided not to pursue a growth version of the PW210E engine for its under development X4 helicopter program.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

PW800 series engines achieve Canadian certification

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has received Transport Canada type certification for its PurePower 800 series engines following rigorous tests.

Egypt signs Dassault Rafale deal

© Dassault Aviation - F. Robineau

Egypt on Monday, February 16, signed the contract with France to acquire 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

A-Darter missile successfully test fired

The joint team from South Africa and Brazil successfully flight tested the A-Darter air-to-air missile on Feb 9, validating its superior maneuverability.

Aero India 2015: IAF Sarang team to enthral audience

Famed aerobatic teams from around the world will enthral audiences at the 10th edition of Aero India 2015 airshow, from Feb 18-22 at Bengaluru.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Aero India 2015: IAI to make mini-UAS in India

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and India's Alpha Design Technologies have signed a teaming agreement for the production and marketing of mini-Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in India, ahead of Aero India air show, to be held in Bangalore, India, from February 18-22.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Diehl IRIS-T SAM complete trials

photo: Diehl Defense

German Diehl Defence´s IRIS-T Surface Launched (IRIS-T SL) Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) completed a series of trials at its full envelope.

CSeries complete flutter test successfully

CSeries FTV4 takes off 
Image Credit: Patrick Cardinal
Bombardier confirmed that the CSeries program has successfully completed the flutter testing milestone.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Predator XP validate long endurance flight capability

The export licensed General Atomics Predator® XP, an derivative of the mission-proven MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, has successfully completed its long endurance flight.

Lockheed's Legion Pod enable joint-targeting

Lockheed Martin introduced a new multi-function sensor system that provide unique detection and tracking data for joint targeting operations between multiple aircraft in radar-denied environments named Legion Pod.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Know female pilot of USAF U-2 ISR fleet

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bobby Cummings
Flying 70000 feet above the earth’s surface, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal is one of eight female pilots to ever fly the Lockheed Martin U-2 high altitude surveillance aircraft and the only black female pilot during the aircraft's history.

A Bronx, N.Y. native, Tengesdal is a U-2 pilot and 9th Reconnaissance Wing inspector general who was recently selected for promotion to the rank of colonel.

Tengesdal has been deployed to multiple locations and has flown missions in support of Operation Olive Harvest in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition, she has also aided in preventing terrorism and piracy in the Horn of Africa. Throughout her career, she has logged more than 3,400 flight hours and more than 330 combat hours.

First flown in 1955, the U-2 provides high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in direct support of U.S. national objectives. The aircraft enables the capture of imagery and delivers intelligence to decision makers worldwide.

These missions are often at altitudes equivalent to approximately 13 miles. Pilots are required to wear full pressure suits during flight, similar to those astronauts wear. According to many aviation experts, limited visibility caused by the required helmets, along with the U-2’s bicycle landing gear, makes it arguably the most difficult aircraft to land.

After high school, she attended the University of New Haven in Connecticut and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Afterward, she attended Officer Candidate School in the Navy, commissioned as an ensign in September 1994, and attended flight training shortly after.
The first aircraft she flew was the US Navy's SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, used for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, anti-ship warfare and special operations.

In 2004, Tengesdal followed her dream of flying higher and cross-commissioned into the Air Force, joining less than 1,000 pilots to join the U-2 program at Beale.

The U-2 pilot training is a rigorous nine-month course. Every candidate must conduct training missions aboard the TU-2S, a dual seat trainer aircraft located only at Beale. A solo high-flight occurs as a final challenge. Upon completion, pilots are often deployed around the world.

The U-2 is very sensitive to crosswinds which, together with its tendency to float over the runway, makes the aircraft notoriously difficult to land. As it approaches the runway, the cushion of air provided by the high-lift wings in ground effectis so pronounced that the U-2 will not land unless the wing is fully stalled.

A landing U-2 is accompanied on the ground by a chase car and an assisting U-2 pilot calling off the angles and declining aircraft height as the aircraft descends.

Aug. 1, 2015, will mark the 60th anniversary of the U-2; making it one of the few aircraft to operate in the USAF for more than 50 years, which include the B-52 Strategic Bomber, C-130J and Ch-47 Chinook helicopter.

Northrop announce clean sheet design for T-X Trainer program

Northrop Grumman has announced a new clean sheet design for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer program rather than fielding a modified version of the BAE Hawk jet trainer.

British Airways receives approval for Boeing Electronic Logbook

British Airways have received operational approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority to use Boeing’s Electronic Logbook (ELB) on their 787 Dreamliner fleet.

GE successfully tests World’s first rotating Ceramic Matrix Composite Material for Sixth-Gen Combat Engine

A turbine rotor with blades made from CMCs after a test. The yellow blades are covered with an environmental barrier for experimental purposes. Since blades made from CMCs are so light, they allow engineers to reduce the size and weight of the metal disk to which they are attached (the shiny steel part in the center), and design lighter and more efficient jet engines. Image credit: GE Aviation.
GE Aviation successfully tested the world’s first non-static set of light-weight, ceramic matrix composite (CMC) parts by running rotating low-pressure turbine blades in a F414 turbofan demonstrator engine designed to further validate the heat-resistant material for high-stress operation in GE’s next-generation Adaptive Engine Technology Demonstrator (AETD) program currently in development with the United States Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).

Boeing-Korean finalize Five B777 Freighter order

Boeing and Korean Air today finalized an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters, valued at more than $1.5 billion at current list prices.

Boeing to consolidate key defense-space programs

Boeing is consolidating management of key defense and space development programs into a new organization to enhance its performance on the pre-production development activities, address development risks and affordability issues.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bangalore gears up for Aero India 2015

Bolstering the “Make in India” theme in defence manufacturing -- Aero India-2015 -- the 10th international edition of the aerospace and aviation exhibition will be held at Bengaluru from February 18-22, will also include sectors like defence manufacturing and airport infrastructure besides aerospace, defence and civil aviation.

First RAF A400M named 'City of Bristol'

UK’s first A400M Atlas has been named “City of Bristol” by the Royal Air Force in a rare honour to highlight the important role industry in the city has played in the delivery of the aircraft.

The wings of the next-generation military transporter plane were designed and manufactured at the Airbus factory in Filton, Bristol, with a number of other businesses in the city, including Rolls-Royce, GKN Aerospace, and Atkins, demonstrating a range of high quality aerospace skills which support the A400M program.

Bristol is at the heart of the UK aerospace community which has progressed through time and industry from the Bristol built engines like Jupiter - the most successful aero engine of the 1920s - through to famous jets such as Concorde.

This tradition continues with state of the art work being carried out at Airbus’s Filton site on wings for the A400M, supported by complex work packages from GKN, Rolls-Royce and Atkins.

A total of 22 A400M Atlas aircraft have been ordered by UK which will gradually replace the existing fleet of C-130 Hercules.

Germany suspends NH-90 flights

Germany has grounded its fleet of NHI NH-90 helicopters following discovery of a design flaw in its electrical system.

IAI unveil Global 5000 based Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled its new generation ELI-3360 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) based on a modified Bombardier Global 5000 business-jet platform.

Designed by IAI's ELTA Group to provide maritime domain situational awareness and maritime superiority, the new MPA provides the most sophisticated surveillance, reconnaissance and armament systems to be installed on a business-jet to date.

The system incorporates the advanced ELTA ELM-2022 Maritime Patrol Radar, an electro-optical sensor, the ELL-8385 ESM/ELINT system, and a comprehensive communications suite comprising radios, broadband SATCOM and data-links as well as advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) and self-protection Suite.

The integrated multi-mission Command & Control Suite includes multi-purpose operator workstations and a weapon and stores management system which controls the under-wing weapons that may include torpedoes and anti-ship missiles for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW) as well as dispensable Search & Rescue (SAR) stores.

The new generation ELI-3360 joins IAI's series of Special Mission Aircraft (SMA), and is based on IAI's 30 years of experience in supplying advanced maritime domain sensors and integrated systems to leading customers worldwide.

IAI's line of business-jet SMA includes the operationally proven Gulfstream G550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW), and the G-V Signal Intelligence Aircraft (SEMA) - the world's first business-jet based mission aircraft.

Monday, February 9, 2015

LRSAM undergo developmental trials

US Air Force B-1 Bomber releases a Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) during a test flight in 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo)
The US Navy, US Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have completed a successful test of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)- US military's next generation anti-ship missile, on Feb. 4, marking a significant step in maturing key technologies for the future operational weapon system.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Egypt-France negotiate Rafale deal

Egypt will become the first export customer for the French Dassault Rafale fighter jet if the ongoing talks is successful.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Transasia Flight GE235: As It Happened

On February 4, 2015, TransAsia Airways passenger flight GE 235, an ATR 72-600 aircraft, B-22816, took off from Songshan Airport at 1051 Taipei time for Kinmen Airport

Second Naval Tejus NP2 flies

The second Naval prototype (NP2) of India's first indigenously developed carrier-borne fighter, the LCA Tejus Navy made its first flight today in Bengaluru.

Dassault Falcon 8X achieve maiden flight

Falcon 8X © Dassault Aviation - Ph. Stroppa
Dassault Aviation announced that the company’s new flagship, the ultra-long range Falcon 8X, successfully completed its first flight on Friday, a little more than one month after rollout.

Friday, February 6, 2015

US approve MQ-9 Reaper to Netherlands

RAF Reaper in Afghan photo: UK MoD Copyright
US State Department has approved Foreign Military Sale of hunter killer MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and associated equipment,

Thales FMS for UH-60V upgrade

Thales has been selected by Northrop Grumman to supply its Flight Management System software, i-FMS200 to upgrade the US Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters.

Eurolot to cease operation from April

Polish regional airline Eurolot, has announced suspension of operations from April, citing financial problems.

HAL to supply 14 Dornier Do-228 aircraft to IAF

Indian state run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has bagged a major defence contract to supplying 14 Dornier Do-228 aircraft to the Indian Air Force.