Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tata to co-produce Javelin in India

US Army soldiers fire a Javelin during a large-scale platoon live-fire exercise

Javelin™ Joint Venture have signed a letter of intent (LOI) with India's Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (SED), to explore co-development and production of the U.S. built Javelin anti-armor missile system.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wreckage of Swiss F/A-18C crash located in Alps

Wreckage of a Swiss Air Force F/A-18 fighter that went missing in the Alps mountain range on Monday afternoon, has been located in the Susten Pass.

THAI takes first A350 XWB

Thai Airways International (THAI) received its first Airbus A350 XWB jetliner, becoming the eighth operator of the new passenger jet.

India tests Scramjet engine

India became the fourth nation to test an air-breathing Scramjet engine, with the successful flight testing on Sunday Aug 28 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Antonov An-178 enters series production

Antonov has commenced series production of the new An-178 medium weight transport aircraft which is currently undergoing certification trials.

Airbus rolls out first China Airlines A350 jetliner

Airbus has completed cabin furnishing and engine installation of the first Airbus A350 XWB for China Airlines (CAL).

ANA 787 flights affected by engine corrosion issue

An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet was forced to return to Tokyo's Haneda Airport, after one of its engine failed shortly after take off.

The Flight 241 bound to Fukuoka landed back without incidents on Thursday, in the latest string of incidents caused by the Rolls Royce engine.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A400M demonstrate capability to operate from unprepared runways

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated the capability of the A400M airlifter to operate from unprepared runways.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Airlander 10 crash lands during second flight

The hybrid airship Airlander 10 has sustained damage on landing during today's flight from Cardington, England.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CS100 complete 30 day service with SWISS

The first Bombardier CS100 commercial jet has completed more than one month in commercial service with launch customer SWISS Airline.
Bombardier CSeries

The aircraft which entered service on July 15 is performing as expected and demonstrating technical reliability according to Bombardier.

Cessna Citation Longitude prepares for first flight

Cessna has completed initial ground engine tests on its new mid-size Citation Longitude, ahead of first flight of the prototype aircraft in the coming weeks.

North Korea test fires sub launched ballistic missile

North Korea has successfully test fired a submarine launched ballistic missile for the first time from its east coast on Wednesday.
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GE and ATEC to develop new engines for US Army Apache and Black Hawk fleets

The U.S. Army has awarded Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney, and GE a contract for preliminary design review of a new engine for the Army’s fleet of UH-60 Blackhawk and AH-64E Apache helicopters.

Apache crew trainer delivered to South Korea

Boeing has delivered to South Korea the first simulators for training pilots for the Boeing Apache Attack helicopters ordered by the country.


Civilian C-130J freighter to fly in 2017

The first LM-100J commercial freighter, based on the C-130J Super Hercules military airlifiter continues to make significant progress, reaching major production milestones at the Lockheed Martin's Marietta facility.

Forward fuselage of LM-100J under assembly Lockheed Martin Photo

Boeing to unveil T-X trainer next month

Boeing has offered a sneak peak into its T-X trainer design, ahead of unveiling the aircraft officially next month.

The clean sheet design developed partnering with Swedish Saab, features shoulder mounted anhedral wings and tail plane with side mounted engine air intakes having splitter plate.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Iran unveil indigenous turbojet engine

After successfully reverse engineering the U.S. built Northrop Grumman F-5 fighter, Iran has unveiled cloned turbojet engine of the fighter on Sunday.

Dubbed the "Owj" the engine closely resembles the General Electric J85 turbojet engine that powered the F-5 supplied to the Islamic Republic in the 1960s and 1970s.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Northrop's T-X trainer jet revealed during taxi trials

The first prototype of Northrop Grumman's T-X trainer jet for the U.S. Air Force Advanced Pilot Training competition has been revealed during taxi trials at Mojave, California on Aug 19.

David Kern photo
The low risk, clean sheet design by Northrop's subsidiary Scaled Composite carries heritage of its own T-38 Talon trainer jet, which it is intended to replace.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

USAF contracts for 30 more Reaper drones

U.S. Air Force is acquiring an additional 30 General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper armed drones under a $ 370.9 million contract.

These strike UAVs are USAF's primary unmanned remote ground attack aircraft with secondary surveillance roles and are currently employed extensively in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan to eliminate terrorist targets.

ANA inducts 50th Boeing 787

Japanese ANA (All Nippon Airways) became the largest operator of Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet, with the induction of 50 th aircraft.

ANA was also the launch customer for the type when it purchased 50 Dreamliners in 2004.

Boeing awarded KC-46A production contract

U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $2.8 billion contract for the production of KC-46A tanker, which will replace USAF's ageing KC-135 tanker fleet.

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The low-rate initial production for the first two lot of 7 and 12 planes respectively, as well as spare parts was granted after Boeing successfully demonstrated KC-46A's aerial refueling capabilities stipulated by the USAF called the "Milestone C".

Adversary A-4 Skyhawk crashes

An Douglas A-4 Skyhawk fighter jet operated by Draken Intl as an adversary aircraft for U.S. Air Force crashed while a training mission.

The aircraft crashed on a public land at approximately 7:40 am this morning, while supporting USAF's 57th Wing operations, adjacent to the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

First A330 regional delivered to Saudia

Airbus delivered the first A330-300 Regional wide-body passenger jet to Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia in Toulouse, France.

Specially optimized for regional and domestic operations, the A330-300 Regional will boost capacity on several of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ most in-demand routes, enabling the airline to generate additional efficiencies while offering its passengers an unprecedented comfort level.

USAF strategic bombers mission together in South China Sea

In a major strategic power projection, all three U.S. Air Force strategic bombers carried out an integrated mission for the first time in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on Aug 17.

The Air Force Global Strike Command's B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit, simultaneously took to the sky during their first integrated bomber, flew a formation pass over Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, dispersed and then simultaneously conducted operations in the South China Sea and Northeast Asia.

The flight also marked the integration of three heavy aircraft with distinctive features.

The eight engined subsonic B-52 first entered service in the 1955 and is one of the longest running aircraft program. The aircraft marked 60 years in 2015 and is expected to fly until 2040.

It is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles without aerial refueling.

The four engined supersonic B-1 Lancer entered USAF service in 1986. The aircraft featured a blended wing design, and can operate in low and high speeds due to its variable sweep wing.

The B-2 is a stealth bomber with flying wing design for penetrating heavily defended enemy facilities unnoticed. The type entered service in 1997 and can carry  40,000 lb (18,000 kg) weapon payload to over 6,900 miles unrefueled.

Several B-1s and more than 300 Airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, arrived at Andersen AFB, in early August to replace the B-52s assigned to Minot AFB, North Dakota. Effective Aug. 15, the B-1s are temporarily located at Guam to carry out US Pacific Command's (USPACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission.

The B-52 Stratofortress were deployed from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.

The three B-2s also arrived in theater from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Aug. 9 to conduct local sorties and regional training and integrate with partner nations.

USPACOM’s area of responsibility covers 52 percent of the globe, which makes strategic bombers an effective long-range global attack capability, assuring our allies while deterring potential adversaries.

Airlander 10 takes to skies

Hybrid airship Airlander 10 successfully completed maiden flight on Wednesday, over Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

The maiden flight originally scheduled for Sunday, was abandoned following a technical glitch.

At 302 ft, the helium filled blimp is the longest and the largest aircraft in the world. The short flight was piloted by David Burns and Simon Davies.

Christened the Martha Gwyn in April, the Airlander 10 is designed to stay airborne for up to five days at a time to fulfil a wide range of communication and survey roles, as well as cargo carrying and tourist passenger flights.

Airlander is powered by four 350 hp V8 diesel engines, located, with two engines in the forward of hull and two in the stern. Thrust from all engines can be vectored for takeoff/landing/ground handling operations.

The airship will now undergo 200 hours of test flights over a number of months, ahead of a series of trials and demonstrations to prospective customers.

UK orders third Zephyr-S pseudo satellite system

UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) has placed a third order for the solar powered Airbus Zephyr-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system. The £13-million contract was awarded to Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) and will be built from its Farnborough facility.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Russian bombers start striking ISIS from Iranian base

Russia began operating bomber planes from Iranian territory to strike ISIS targets in Syria on Tuesday.

On August 15, Russia deployed its Tu-22M3 long range strategic bombers and Su-34 fighter bombers to the Hamadan airbase located in North West Iran.

MQ-9 Reaper UAV tracks ballistic missile target

A modified MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle successfully tracked a ballistic missile launch during an trilateral exercise in June.

The missile tracking test was executed as part of the Pacific Dragon (PD) exercise, a trilateral Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) tracking event between the U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, and South Korean Navy held between June 26-28 off the coast of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Kauai, Hawaii.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

UK contracts for ASRAAM missiles to arm F-35B stealth fighters

Missile maker MBDA has won a £184 million contract to produce an updated version of the ASRAAM heat seeking air-to-air missiles.

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These additional stockpile of missiles will arm the new F-35B supersonic stealth combat aircraft for Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy from 2022, operating from land and the UK’s two new aircraft carriers respectively.

Monday, August 15, 2016

B-52 releases JASSM from internal bay

U.S. Air Force B-52 Strategic bomber completed maiden release of the Joint Attack Surface Standoff Missile from its internal bay, enhancing the venerable bomber's standoff precision strike capability.

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Three JASSMs were released using the new Conventional Rotary Launcher in the internal bay, replacing the legacy Common Strategic Rotary Launcher, which was only capable of carrying unguided munitions, or “dumb bombs."

U.S Navy Goshawk trainer crashes, two pilots ejects safely

A U.S. Navy T-45C Goshawk trainer jet crashed southwest of Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas, at approximately 9:20 p.m. central time on August 14.

The aircraft, assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 21, crashed during a routine training mission over Brooks County.

Sukhoi SportJet cabin debuts at Rio Olympics

After unveiling the concept at 2016 Farnborough Airshow in July, Sukhoi is exhibiting a full size mock-up of the SportJet cabin during the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Massage table inside the cabin
Based on its SuperJet regional aircraft platform, the SportJet is configured exclusively for professional athletes, were they can rest and recover and train while cruising at 40,000 ft.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Russian Tu-22M3 bombers carries out long range strikes against ISIS in Syria

Russia continued its strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria using long-range strategic bombers on Sunday.

Six Russian Air Force Tu-22M3 long-range bombers carried out concentrated strikes with high-explosive fragmentation munitions in the south-west, east, and north-east of  Deir ez-Zor, a city in the eastern part of Syria.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

USAF approve KC-46A tanker production

U.S. Air Force approved production of its newest strategic tanker aircraft- the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, after successfully completing several aerial refueling demonstrations.

KC-46 refuels a A-10 aircraft using the boom
The Milestone C approval was granted by Frank Kendall, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Images: Leonardo resume AW609 tiltrotor flight testing

Leonardo has resumed flight test activities of its AW609 commercial tiltrotor program using the first prototype (A/C1) after restarting ground tests in April.

The program was grounded following fatal crash of the second prototype in Italy during flight testing in 2015.

The A/C1, the only flying platform in the program was relocated to Philadelphia from Arlington on Wednesday. The aircraft will soon be flown to Italy for further flight tests.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Marine Corps begin CH-53E complete overhaul

U.S. Marine Corps has begun complete overhaul of its CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters to significantly increase the number of operationally fit aircraft as the platform’s readiness had dipped to unsustainable levels in the recent years.

The issue first came to light following the January 2014 crash of an MH-53E Sea Dragon-the Navy’s version of the aircraft-off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, during a routine training exercise.

Three of the five Sailors onboard were killed. The subsequent investigation determined that electrical wires inside the aircraft had chafed against and breached a fuel line, sparking a fire that flooded the cabin and cockpit with thick smoke.

The crash prompted an inspection of all CH/MH-53s for signs of chaffing between cabin fuel tubes and electrical wiring.

Investigation revealed that both variants were in poor state as they are some 30+ years old, and in that 15 years were flown in combat theatre.

“What was discovered was that the material condition of the aircraft, both the CH-53E and the MH-53E, was degraded,” said Col. Hank Vanderborght, program manager for the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office (PMA-261) at Naval Air Systems Command.

Problems found included material condition of the aircraft, supply system agility, and issues with maintenance publications, support equipment and training along with a lot of different issues that compounded the problem.

In response to the findings, a two-step strategy was devised to improve readiness of the fleet, the first step being a complete “reset” of all 147 aircraft, a process expected to take three years. During which every airframe will be put through an on-average 110-day process of stripping the aircraft down completely, rebuilding it and changing out any high-time components.

The reset validation aircraft was completed in April at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, and flew back to the West Coast in June. The next five CH-53Es have begun the process—three at New River and two at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.

Maintenance crews had already replaced fuel lines and redone the wire bundles in most of the Super Stallions as a direct response to the January 2014 crash, increasing the current percentage of ready CH-53Es to about 30 percent, an increase from last year when only about 20 percent of the aircraft were ready to fly, The second step involves addressing those remaining “systemic” issues, a preventative step meant to ensure another reset is not needed in the future.

Vanderborght stressed that one aspect that will require particular attention is the training of CH-53E maintainers, most of whom have spent their entire careers in the Marines during a time when the focus has been on quickly turning out aircraft rather than taking the time to digest and learn the systems they’re working on.

“We’ve been at war [on terrorism] since 2001, so many of today’s senior maintainers in the Marine Corps joined when our modus operandi has been to make mission at all times. They’ve been taught to maintain airplanes by fixing what’s broken and get it back to the mission,” Vanderborght said.

“Before 2001, maintainers would troubleshoot the system and take a long time to understand it, so there was a lot of knowledge developed by on-the-job-training. We’ve kind of lost all that knowledge. I would say the Marines today—not to their fault—are not as knowledgeable about the aircraft as they were prior to the war, Vanderborght said.

Source: NAVAIR

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Honeywell engine to power Trifan 600 prototype

Denver based startup XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) has selected Honeywell HTS900 turboshaft engine to power its first prototype of TriFan 600 vertical takeoff airplane.

XTI has entered into a preliminary agreement with Honeywell to supply two engines for the piloted two-third subscale prototype of TriFan 600, along with an additional engine for use in XTI's Ground Propulsion Test System.

The engine incorporates a next-generation dual-centrifugal compressor architecture and is rated at 820 shaft horse power.

The TriFan 600 is a six-seat aircraft that will have the speed, range and comfort of a business jet and the ability to take off and land vertically, like a helicopter.

Using three ducted fans powered by two turboshafts, the TriFan 600 lifts off vertically and its two wing fans rotate forward for a seamless transition to cruise speed, at 400 miles an hour and a range of up to 1,600 miles.

XTI will build an operational propulsion jet stand that will house the Honeywell engine, drive train system, fans and flight controls. Once these important milestones are reached, XTI will complete development of the two-thirds piloted flying prototype.

Earlier XTI has announced that it will fly the first prototype within two years.

The company is headed by former veterans from Sikorsky, Cessna and Piper aircraft companies.

Airbus sign H225M helicopter deal with Kuwait

France sealed a contract with Kuwait for the sale of 30 Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters on Tuesday.

The $1.1 billion deal along with associated support and services package, was signed between Kuwait Defense Ministry and Airbus Helicopters during the visit of the French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to the Gulf country.

These multi mission helicopters will equip Kuwait Air Force and Kuwait National Guard to carry out a wide variety of missions such as combat search-and-rescue, naval operations, medical evacuation and military transportation.

The 11 ton rotorcraft which can carry up to 29 troops/personnel in cabin seats can operate from both ships and from land, even in icing conditions.

With its large cabin and two large sliding cargo doors the H225M is a perfect tactical transport helicopter for troops and cargo. It can also carry a maximum of 4750 kg load on external sling.

Caracal's 700 nautical mile range can be extended by air to air refueling which can be performed while in forward flight or during hover.

The helicopter has an all-weather capability supported by state-of-the-art night vision goggle compatibility.

It is powered by two new generation Safran Makila 2B turboshafts rated at 1776 kW each, driving a composite five bladed main rotor with a new airfoil cross section to reduce vibration levels.

The deal was vital for Airbus Helicopters as backlog for the type has depleted and afflicted by grounding of Super Puma, H22M's commercial variant in April, following a fatal crash in Norway which killed all the 13 onboard.

Evidence suggest a potentially catastrophic gearbox fault which resulted in separation of the main rotor from it while flying.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

World largest aircraft Airlander 10 rolled out

World's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 hybrid airship was rolled out from its hangar in Bedfordshire, UK on Saturday.

The 92 m long airship will now commence ground testing ahead of maiden flight.

This hybrid design offers low noise, low pollution ultra-long endurance point-to-point cargo-carrying capacity with reduced operating cost.

Built by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the Airlander 10 was originally built for the cancelled US Army's Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) program, designated HAV 304.

The airship was then repurchased by HAV in 2013, and refurbished for civilian purposes including surveillance, monitoring, communications, cargo and aid delivery, passenger roles and potential military roles.

With a width of 43.5 m (143 ft) and height of 26 m (85 ft), the Airlander 10's helium filled fabric laminated hull occupies 38,000 cubic meter volume.

Sixty percent of the lift is provided by the buoyancy while the elliptical hull cross section allied to a cambered longitudinal shape provides up to 40 percent, drastically reducing operating cost compared to current fixed wing surveillance platforms.

Multiple ballonets located fore and aft in each of the hulls provide pressure control. Four fins are provided for horizontal and vertical stability.

It is powered by four 325 hp, 4 litre V8 direct injection, turbocharged diesel engines, each attached to five carbon composite battens. Two engines are mounted forward on the hull and two on the stern of the hull for cruise operation.

All four engines are configured in ducts with blown vanes to allow vectored thrust for take-off/landing/ground handling operation.

For landing, pneumatic tubes / retractable skids on the underside of the two outer hulls provide multi-surface ground operation including amphibious capability.

Maximum weight is 20,000 kg and the airship has an endurance of 5 days when manned and up to two weeks when unmanned. It can cruise at 80 knots and loiter at 20 knots.

The carbon composite payload module which sits behind the cockpit, fitted under the enormous belly can carry a payload of up to 10,000 kg including passengers or cargo.

The yet to be announced first flight will be from and to Cardington Air Field, near Bedford, followed by extensive flight testing for 200 hours over a number of months and then a series of trials and demonstrations to prospective customers, HAV says.

HAV has benefited from over £60 million of investment in the aircraft from the US Government and approximately £7 million of EU and UK Government grants.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Image: Amazon unveils Amazon One cargo plane

Amazon today unveiled its first ever branded air cargo plane during Seafair's Air Show, an annual community celebration taking place in Amazon's hometown of Seattle.

The Boeing 767-300, operated by Amazon's air cargo provider Atlas Air, is flying in the Seafair Air Show to thousands of Seattle residents and Amazon employees.

The airplane, named Amazon One, is one of 40 that Amazon has agreed to lease through air cargo partners Atlas Air and ATSG.

There are currently 11 dedicated airplanes flying for Amazon as of today with additional airplanes rolling out over time. In an ode to its Prime members, Amazon's first airplane in its dedicated fleet features a tail number made up of a Prime number.

First batch of Pipistrel Virus arrive in India

Slovenian light aircraft manufacturer, Pipistrel delivered the first batch of two Virus SW 80 carbon-fibre microlight aircraft to India for pilot training.

The delivery is part of the 194 microlights ordered by Indian Defense Ministry to equip Indian Air Force, Navy and National Cadet Corps (NCC) in October 2015.

The semi-knocked down aircraft were delivered to Hindan Airbase, New Delhi in mid-July. The first assembled aircraft took-off on 19 July piloted by Capt Vijay Thakur and Wg Cdr Ashok Kumar of IAF.

Locally called 'Garud', the two-seat trainer is capable of take-off and landing on prepared as well as semi-prepared surfaces.

The aircraft is powered by an 80 HP Rotax 912 UL2 aviation certified engine and can reach a maximum speed of more than 220 km/h, fly for more than 3 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 6000 meters.

Safety features include a Ballistic Parachute Rescue System, which can lower the aircraft to ground safely, Energy Attenuation Seats and a Kevlar reinforced cockpit cell.

Contract stipulates to complete delivery of all the aircraft within a period of thirty months after the first delivery.

Currently Pipistrel is training Indian instructors and mechanics to maintain and fly the aircraft.The first batch of Engineers and technicians successfully completed their training on 22 July 2016. 

U.S. Navy conduct V-22 Osprey carrier delivery trials

U.S. Navy conducted a Fleet Battle Experiment using its future carrier onboard delivery platform, the CMV-22B Osprey from July 22 to Aug 4.

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The tiltrotor Osprey will replace the 50 year old Northrop Grumman C-2A Greyhound cargo aircraft, which first entered service in 1966.

COD aircraft ferries supplies, personnel and replacement parts between shore bases and an aircraft carrier at sea.

The experiment explored, analyzed and documented the characteristics of operating a detachment of MV-22s as the COD platform for the carrier strike group.

This Fleet Battle Experiment will inform the tactics, techniques and procedures for the CMV-22B Osprey to seamlessly accomplish the COD mission during fleet operations.

During the FBE, 34,590 pounds of cargo and 563 passengers were transported to and from the Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) via the MV-22B Ospreys. One notable advantage of the V-22 as the carrier on-board delivery platform is its ability to deliver logistic support to the carrier at night.

U.S. Marine Corps provided the aircraft, aircrews and maintainers from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) and Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) to enable the experiment by replicating the future intended Navy CMV-22B capabilities when delivered.

V-22 Osprey, which can take off and land like a helicopter, enable cargo and troop transportation between ships other than aircraft carriers, as it does not require runways like the C-2A. It can also carry a 20,000 lb payload, double that of C-2A, even though on shorter ranges.

The CMV-22B will have additional fuel tanks to extend range to 1,150 nmi (1,320 mi; 2,130 km). Navy plans to acquire 44 aircraft, with first delivery to start in 2020. 

Argentina request T-6C trainer aircraft sale

U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of Beechcraft T-6C+ basic trainer aircraft to Argentina.

Argentina has requested sale of twenty-four T-6C+ Texan trainer aircraft along with training, and support estimated  to cost $300 million.

The proposed sale will revitalize Argentina's capability to train its pilots and fulfill border control missions, especially along its porous northern border.

The Argentine Air Force (AAF) will use the enhanced capability to redevelop a professional pilot corps and as a deterrent to illicit activity.

The T-6C is a purpose built military pilot training aircraft equipped with ejection seats, collision-avoidance and ground awareness warning systems, a pressurized cockpit and personal locator beacons for each pilot.

The AAF is very experienced working with the Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop family of engines which they currently have on their T-34, King Air, and Cessna Caravan aircraft. Given the logistical commonalities with the aircraft already in its fleet, the AAF will be able to support and field the new T-6C+s.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Virgin begin SpaceShip Two ground trials

Virgin Galactic has began trials involving the second prototype of the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, the VSS Unity which was unveiled on Feb 19.

Maiden taxi test was carried out on Monday, to evaluate and calibrate the navigation and communications/telemetry systems.

For the taxi trials, VSS Unity was pulled by a Range Rover Autobiography, as the air launched spacecraft have only a rocket engine to ascend to space.

Ground test began after completing integrated systems verification and will now proceed to flight tests soon.

Meanwhile, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST) has awarded Virgin Galactic an operating license for the spacecraft.

The FAA-AST approval which will ultimately permit commercial human space flights, preceded an in-depth review of the vehicle’s system design, safety analysis and flight trajectory analysis.

The first prototype VSS Enterprise was lost in an in-flight break up during flight testing in October 2014, near Mojave, killing one of the two pilots.

The SS2 is air launched from a mother ship WhiteKnight Two from an altitude of 50,000 ft. The rocket-plane then ascends to an altitude of 100 km above earth, on its own power, enabling the six passengers to experience micro gravity for up to 6 minutes, after which it glides back to the runway. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Emirates Flight EK521 crash lands in Dubai

An Emirates Airline flight EK521 crashed while attempting landing at Dubai International Airport today, at approximately 12:45 local time.

The Boeing 777-300 was flying from Thiruvananthapuram, India, carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew. All passengers and crew were evacuated safely due to the quick response of the teams at Emirates and Dubai International Airport.

Air traffic control communications indicate the aircraft was attempting a go around after a missed approach.

The aircraft which was cleared to land on runway 12L, slammed into the runway, without deploying the landing gear and slid on belly and engines for some seconds. Later the right engine got separated from the wing, before coming to rest.

With the emergency slides deployed, the passengers were evacuated swiftly within a minute. The crew members were the last to leave the aircraft, exhibiting commendable professionalism.

The aircraft later caught fire and exploded sending a huge debris in to air.

The aircraft with registration A6-EMW powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines and was delivered to Emirates in March 2003.

Both the Captain and the First Officer have over seven thousand hours of flying experience each.