Monday, October 31, 2016

Aerojet complete Boeing CST-100 launch abort engine hot-fire tests

Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on two Launch Abort Engines (LAE) featuring innovative new propellant valves for Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner service module propulsion system.

Friday, October 28, 2016

UPS order boosts Boeing 747-8 backlog

Boeing announced a major order for its 747-8 Jumbo Freighter, doubling the current poor backlog for 15 aircraft.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

South Korea receives Taurus cruise missiles

South Korean Air Force received its first batch of Taurus KEPD 350K air-launched standoff cruise missiles to arms its Boeing F-15K Strike fighters.

SWISS orders another 777-300ER

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) confirmed a new order for one Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) widebody jetliner, that will replace another Airbus A340-300 in its fleet.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sikorsky CH-53K completes intial operational testing

The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed initial operational testing by the U.S. Marine Corps to verify the key capabilities of the heavy lift helicopter.

The week-long operational assessment by Marine Corps pilots, aircrew and maintainers marked an important step in support of a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Milestone C decision early next year.

French Surveillance plane crashes in Malta

A surveillance configured Fairchild SA227 Metroliner twin prop aircraft operated by Luxemberg based CAE Aviation crashed shortly after taking off from the Malta International Airport.

Airbus-DCNS to develop new naval drone for France

French ship builder DCNS and Airbus Helicopter will design a tactical naval Unmanned Helicopter for France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) program.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Scorpion jet complete first weapon trials

The Scorpion twin jet has completed its first weapon firing exercises from the White Sands Missile Range, Textron Airland announced.

Operating from USAF's Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB) in New Mexico, the exercise demonstrated the Scorpion’s close air support mission capability through the successful deployment of three widely used weapon systems.

Russia commence flight testing of improved Mi-28 attack helicopter

Russian Helicopters commenced flight testing of the improved Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopter on October 12, from its plant in Moscow.

The maiden test flight comes after the helicopter achieved first hover flight on September 9.

India-Russia ink Ka-226 local production agreement

Russia and India signed an agreement to jointly produce the Ka-226T light multirole helicopter in India.

The agreement was signed by Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev and the head of Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaikin with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chairman and Managing Director Suvarna Raju.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Spirit becomes first U.S. Airliner to operate A320neo

Florida based Spirit Airline became the first U.S. Airline to take the improved Airbus A320neo single aisle passenger jet.

Headquartered in Miramar, the airline took delivery of the very first of 50 A320neo Family aircraft the low-cost carrier has ordered, on Tuesday.

US approve additional Hellfire armed Cessna Combat Caravans for Iraq

U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of armed Cessna AC-208 turboprop light attack aircraft to Iraq.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Spain receive first Airbus H215 heavy rotorcraft

Spanish Air Force received its first Airbus Helicopters H215 heavy helicopter on October 3 from Airbus plant in Albacete.

C-295W demonstrate aerial refueling capability

Airbus C295W tactical military transport plane successfully demonstrated its aerial refueling capability on September 29 over Spain.

NASA's subsonic ultra efficient transport plane program moves ahead

Boeing's hybrid wing body aircraft concept has turbofan engines on top of the back end, flanked by two vertical tails to shield people on the ground from engine noise
NASA is working to develop next breakthroughs in commercial aviation, as part of its New Aviation Horizons, an ambitious 10-year accelerated research plan announced earlier this year to develop more greener passenger jets.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Citation Longitude complete maiden flight

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation announced the successful first flight of its Citation Longitude super-midsize jet.

The flight comes less than a year after the company unveiled new details of the revolutionary aircraft in last November.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Improved A330 MRTT completes maiden flight

Airbus Defense and Space successfully completed maiden flight of an improved A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Boeing bags $18 billion aircraft deal from Qatar Airways

Boeing has won a large commercial aircraft deal from Qatar Airways worth a potential $ 18.6 billion, for its twin aisle and single aisle aircraft.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

India to upgrade Jaguar fighters

Indian Air Force will upgrade its SEPECAT Jaguar deep penetration strike fighters to maintain enough combat force as attrition and delayed acquisitions dwindled fighter squadrons.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dassault delivers first Falcon 8X business jet

Less than two years after its first flight, Dassault Aviation has delivered the first Falcon 8X ultra long range business jet to the Athens based Amjet from its Bordeaux-Merignac facility.

Derived from the Falcon 7X, the triple engined business jet can fly 6,450 nm or 11,945 km, allowing it to fly passengers comfortably from Beijing to New York, Hong Kong to London or Los Angeles to Moscow nonstop.