Thursday, September 29, 2016

MRJ arrives in U.S. for flight testing



The first Flight Test Aircraft (FTA-1) of  MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) has completed its ferry flight to United States, after two failed attempts.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A330neo enters final assembly


Airbus has commenced final assembly of its first A330neo, an A330-900, at its Final Assembly Line in Toulouse with the joining of the wings to the centre fuselage at station 40.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

First Japanese F-35A rolled out


The first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II was rolled out from the Lockheed Martin's production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 23.

Beale AFB resume U-2 flights

Upgraded Indian Mirage 2000 fire MICA missile


An upgraded Indian Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000 fighter successfully test fired a MBDA MICA air to air missile for the first time.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Bell unveil new V-247 tiltrotor design

Bell helicopters unveiled a new unmanned tiltrotor design named the V-247 Vigilant, the third tiltrotor design from the company.


The V-247 unmanned aerial system (UAS) will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft is mainly intended to meet a US Marine Corps requirement.

First Indian Rafale to arrive by 2019


India and France signed a long pending contract to acquire 36 Rafale fighters by India, ending a four year old negotiations between the two sides.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

737 MAX begin route proving trials


Boeing has commenced route proving trails of its new 737 MAX single aisle passenger jet ahead of maiden delivery next year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

USAF U-2 crashes during training flight


A U-2S high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by U.S. Air Force has crashed in a unpopulated area in Sutter County, California.

USAF's next generation bomber named B-21 Raider


U.S. Air Force's next generation bomber has been officially named the B-21 Raider, revealed during the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference on Sept. 19.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Navy Growler flies on 100 percent Biofuel

U.S. Navy photo by Adam Skoczylas

A U.S. Navy Boeing EA-18G electronic attack aircraft completed a 100 percent biofuel powered flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland in September.

Limited F-35A fighters precautionarily grounded


U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin has precautionarily suspended flight operations of 15 newly delivered F-35A stealth fighters following a manufacturing quality issue.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Piaggio Aero to roll out second HammerHead UAV prototype


Piaggio Aerospace will shortly roll out the second prototype of its P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), to expedite the flight test process which took a hit when one of the flight test aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in last May.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NTSB release initial findings on Southwest Flight 3472 uncontained engine failure


National Transportation Safety Board has issued an investigative update to the ongoing investigation of an Aug. 27, 2016, uncontained engine failure on Southwest Airlines flight 3472 which resulted in loss of left engine inlet cowl.

Trigana Air Boeing 737 freighter involved in gear up landing


A Boeing 737 freighter operated by Indonesia's Trigana Air Service was involved in a belly landing, while landing at the Wamena Airport in the province of Papua on Tuesday.

F-35 augments Aegis BMD capability


U.S. Marine Corps F-35B and the U.S. Navy's Aegis Anti Ballistic Missile Weapon System worked together for the first time during a live fire exercise.

Boeing rolls out T-X trainer prototype


Boeing unveiled the first and second prototype of its trainer aircraft for U.S. Air Force T-X advanced pilot trainer competition co-developed with the Saab.

Monday, September 12, 2016

2015 USAF F-16 Crash in Germany caused due to engine malfunction


U.S. Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board says the crash of a F-16 fighter in Germany in 2015 was caused due to an engine malfunction.

Blue Origin reveal New Glenn heavy lift rocket


Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos revealed his Blue Origin space company's new rocket design, designed to take human and commercial satellite payloads into orbit, which the company has been developing since four years.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Canada become first export customer for RQ-21A Blackjack UAS system


Canada became the first foreign customer for the Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air System, following signing of agreement with U.S. Defense Dept.

PW engine delivery delay affect Bombardier CSeries delivery


Bombardier has revised delivery forceast of the new Bombardier CS100 commercial jet that entered service with SWISS Airline in July.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

SpaceShip Two begin captive flight trials



Virgin Galactic has commenced captive trials of the SpaceShip Two VSS Unity with its carrier ship WhiteKnight Two on Thursday.

India's GSLV operational with indigenous cryogenic engine


India carried out the first operational flight of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle equipped with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) in its tenth flight (GSLV-F05) on Thursday.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Maiden flight for Indian Light Utility Helicopter


Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd have successfully carried out the maiden flight of the indigenous Light Utility Helicopter on Tuesday from its Bangalore facility.

China-Ukraine to revive An-225 program


China and Ukraine have signed a agreement to revive production of the world heaviest aircraft, the An-225 Mriya transport plane.

Govt auditor slams Australian Tiger attack helicopter


Australian Army's Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters acquired from Airbus Defense and Space has been slammed by the national auditor for having shortfalls against its initial requirements stipulated.

Friday, September 2, 2016

F-35 shoots down last QF-4 Phantom target aircraft

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson)
Ahead of ending the QF-4 program later this year, a QF-4 Phantom target aircraft from the Holloman air force base in New Mexico flew its final unmanned mission above the White Sands Missile Range on August 17.

KC-135 tanker turns 60 with USAF


The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker military aerial refueling aircraft marked its 60 the anniversary with the U.S. Air Force on August 31.

MBDA-Qatar sign coastal defense system contract


European missile maker MBDA has signed a contract with Qatar to supply coastal defense system for the peninsular country.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes during static test

Falcon 9 on launch pad during a previous mission in August 2016

A SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicle exploded while preparing for a pre-launch test from the launch complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Thursday morning at approximately 9:07 am.

Afgan receive final four MD-530F scout attack helicopters


 (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes)

The final four MD-530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters have arrived at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan, completing the Afghan Air Force's 27 strong helicopter fleet.