Saturday, December 31, 2016

USAF releases T-X trainer RFP

U.S. Air Force has released the much anticipated request for proposal (RFP) for the Advanced Pilot Training (T-X) competition to replace its ageing T-38 trainer jet fleet.

Friday, December 30, 2016

M-345 basic trainer complete maiden flight


The first prototype of the Aermacchi M-345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) two-seat basic jet trainer has successfully completed its first flight from Venegono Superiore airfield (Varese, Italy) on December 29.

USAF release RFP for E-8C JSTARS replacement

E-8C JSTARS aircraft USAF Photo

U.S. Air Force has released a request for proposal (RFP) to replace its E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft fleet with a modern and efficient business jet based platform.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

COMAC C919 commence taxi trials

COMAC has commenced taxi trials of the C919 narrow-body passenger jet, more than a year after rolling out the first prototype in November 2015.

Airbus postpones delivery of 12 A380 jumbo jets

Airbus has postponed delivery of 12 A380 jumbo jet planes to the type's biggest customer -Emirates, as part of cutting production rate of the double decker passenger jet.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

PLAAF receive first Su-35 fighter jets

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Russia has delivered the first batch of four Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E advanced fighter jets to Chinese PLA Air Force (PLAAF).

Monday, December 26, 2016

Agni-5 ICBM successfully tested for fourth time

India has successfully completed the fourth test fire of its longest range nuclear capable ballistic missile, the Agni-V.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Russian Tu-154 transport crashes into Black Sea

A Russian defense ministry transport aircraft on flight to Syria from Moscow has crashed into the Black Sea, off the Sochi coast.

India tests new precision guided bomb

Indian Air Force Specat Jaguar fighter bomber File Photo

India has successfully tested an new precision guided bomb capable of engaging ground targets from standoff distances.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Kongsberg complete JSM long range flight

The Kongsberg has carried out the first long range flight test of its Joint Strike Missile (JSM), being developed to arm Norwegian F-35 stealth fighters.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Improved production spec Scorpion jet debuts

Textron AirLand has carried out successful maiden flight of the first production conforming Scorpion jet.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

30th anniversary of Rutan Voyager nonstop world flight

On Saturday, December 17th, the team who participated in building, testing, and flying the Rutan Voyager gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its flight at the Mojave Air & Spaceport in Mojave, California.

Contract awarded for French Tiger HAD Mk 2 development

Contract to upgrade French Army Airbus Helicopters Tiger HAD attack helicopters has been signed between OCCAR, Airbus Helicopters and TDA Armements on 15 December 2016.

Airbus-Iran sign 100 aircraft deal

Iran Air and Airbus have signed a firm contract for 100 aircraft, building on an initial commitment signed in January 2016 in Paris.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Norway to become fifth P-8A operator

Norway will become the fifth nation to operate the Boeing P-8 maritime patrol aircraft after U.S. government cleared the deal on Dec. 20.

Chinese AC352 helicopter complete maiden flight

Chinese version of the Airbus Helicopter H175 medium lift helicopter has completed maiden flight from Harbin, seven years after its European version first took off.

Video shows Colombian Boeing 727 crash

A Boeing 727-200 aircraft operated by Colombian AeroSucre crashed shortly after taking off from the Puerto Carreno's German Olano Airport.

Antonov rolls out first An-132 prototype

 Antonov has rolled out the first An-132 Demonstrator transport aircraft on Tuesday, developed for and with Saudi Arabian support.

Boeing-Saab T-X trainer complete maiden flight

Boeing and Saab carried out the maiden flight of the T-X trainer aircraft designed specifically to meet a U.S. Air Force requirement for a advanced pilot trainer aircraft on Tuesday.

Monday, December 19, 2016

IAI delivers first G550 based AEWS to Italy

Photo: IAI
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has delivered the first Gulfstream G550 based Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft to Italian Air Force.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Russian Il-18 turboprop passenger jet crashes

An Ilyushin Il-18 turboprop passenger aircraft operated by Russian Defense Ministry has crashed in Bulunsky district of Yakutia.

Indonesian Ex-RAAF C-130H crashes

An Indonesian Air Force C-130H military transport plane crashed in remote Papua highlands in the east of country on Sunday early morning local time.

India developing new medium range ballistic missile

Agni I test fire in 2012

India is developing a new short range ballistic missile to replace its first generation Pakistan focused ballistics missiles Prithvi and Agni I developed in the 1980s.

Friday, December 16, 2016

AR equipped E-2D complete maiden flight

Northrop Grumman Copyright

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed the first flight of an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye equipped with aerial refueling capability.

Australia operationalise Challenger SAR aircraft

Australia’s new dedicated search and rescue aircraft, the Bombardier Challenger CL-604 has officially entered service with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

RAAF C-27J Spartan achieve IOC

Royal Australian Air Force Leonardo C-27J Spartan medium lift transport aircraft fleet has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC), Defense Minister Marise Payne announced today.

ANA inducts first A320neo in Japan

Tokyo-based airline ANA has taken delivery of its first A320neo becoming the first A320neo operator in Japan.

Extended Range Gray Eagle complete maiden flight

General Atomics carried out successful first flight of the company’s production representative MQ-1C Gray Eagle ER Unmanned Aircraft System from its El Mirage Flight Operations Facility in Adelanto, Calif., on October 29th.

CS300 enters revenue service with airBaltic

The Bombardier CS300 airliner entered commercial service with Latvian airline airBaltic on Wednesday with a maiden commercial flight from Riga to Amsterdam.

airBaltic is operating the CS300 aircraft in a 145-seat, two-class configuration. The airline has ordered a total of 20 CS300 aircraft.

The C Series aircraft wing, center wing box, wing-to-body fairing, empennage, aft fuselage, and nacelles are all made of composite materials allowing for over 2,000 lb. of weight savings.

Composites not only make the aircraft lighter, they also reduce the number of components in the assembly and allow for greater simplicity and lower costs.

The C Series fuselage is manufactured using Third Generation Aluminum-Lithium, one of the most advanced aluminum alloys on the market. It is a lot lighter, about 40% more fatigue resistant and 250 % more resistant to corrosion than traditional aluminum.

The aircraft has the best-in-class maintenance program with 850 flight hours and 8,500 flight hours for A-check and C-check respectively as well as a 12-year interval for heavy structural checks.

Since entering revenue service with SWISS, the CS100 aircraft has completed more than 1,600 flights — carrying over 156,560 passengers, covering over 1,181 500 km and serving 18 destinations.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

PW GTF powered A321neo receive FAA-EASA certification

Following a comprehensive flight test program, the Airbus A321neo powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today.

Boeing delivers first upgraded NATO E-3A AWACS

Boeing delivered to NATO the first of fourteen E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with cockpit upgrades that improve mission-readiness, decrease customer costs and reaffirm Boeing’s overall commitment to the fleet.

Pegasus XL launches CYGNSS satellites

Orbital ATK's Pegasus® rocket successfully launched the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) satellite for NASA.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Italy receive first ATR-72 MP maritime patrol aircraft

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has delivered the first two ATR 72MP maritime patrol aircraft to the Italian Air Force.

Saudi Arabia receives first batch of advanced F-15SA fighter jets

Saudi Arabia has received the first batch of four Boeing F-15SA fighter jets, the most advanced F-15 Eagle fighters jets that first flew thirty years back.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Boeing begin final assembly of 787-10

Boeing assembly line in North Charleston, S.C., started final assembly of the first 787-10 Dreamliner, marking yet another on-time milestone for the development program.

CYGNSS launch aborted following pump anomaly

NASA has aborted the launch of the CYGNSS micro-satellites following an anomaly with the rocket release system.

PIA grounds all ATR airliner fleet following fatal crash

Pakistan International Airlines have grounded its all ATR turboprop airliner fleet following the fatal crash of the type on December 7.

Canada select C-295W for SAR mission

Canada had selected the Airbus C295W tactical transport plane for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program.

Germany receive first operational A400M airlifter

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the German Air Force its first A400M transport aircraft qualified for tactical operations and able to fly in areas subject to military threats.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Russian Su-33 skids off Admiral Kuznetsov carrier

A Russian Su-33 fighter jet embarked onboard the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier skidded off the carrier runway after an attempted landing on Saturday, Dec 3.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

VSS Unity complete maiden glide test

VSS Unity glides home after release from WhiteKnight Two.

The SpaceShip Two VSS Unity has successfully completed maiden glide test from Virgin Galactic's space port in Mojave on Saturday.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Spirit delivers first 737 MAX thrust reverser

Wichita based Spirit AeroSystems has delivered the first thrust reverser with a new composite inner wall for engines on the Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft.

Air France takes first 787 Dreamliner

Air France took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet, seven years after the type first flew.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bolivia suspends LAMIA license following fatal crash

Bolivia has suspended the license of charter airline LAMIA Bolivia following crash of the airline's only aircraft in Columbia on Monday night.

Emirates debuts A380 on shortest route

Emirates today launched the world’s shortest scheduled Airbus A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and 1 hour 10 minutes on the return journey.

Russian ISS resupply mission fails after Soyuz third stage anomaly

The Soyuz rocket blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the Progress 65 Spacecraft.

An anomaly has occurred during the third stage separation of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, carrying the Progress 65/MS-04 cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.

USAF test modifications to improve C-17 fuel efficiency

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter is by far one of the biggest fuel consuming aircraft in U.S. Air Force fleet due to its high utilization rate to deliver troops and cargoes to U.S. bases around the world.

Since the type's first flight in 1991, worldwide fleet of 279 C-17 ever produced had crossed 3 million flight hours.

 (U.S. Air Force photo/Kenji Thuloweit)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Certifiable Predator B completes maiden flight

The Type-Certifiable Predator® B (TCPB) drone variant completed its first flight test at the General Atomics's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif., on November 17th.

Black Box of crashed RJ85 recovered

Black box of the crashed Lamia Airlines BAe Systems Avro RJ 85 aircraft carrying Brazilian soccer team has been recovered from the crash site.