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Long-range aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces celebrates its 101st anniversary

Today the Long-range aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces celebrates its 101st anniversary. At the present time the Long-range aviation is equipped with strategic missile-carrying aircraft Tu-160 and Tu-95MS, long-range bombers Tu-22M3, air tankers Il-78(M), special purpose aircraft A-30B, ai...

Gama Aviation climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

In February 2016, 19 Gama Aviation employees will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Kiomboi hospital in Tanzania. Alongside other medical operations, the hospital handles approximately 8,000 births a year. They only have enough water for one hour a day. Because of the lack of w...


DC-3 enters ninth decade

The Douglas DC-3 is still going strong 80 years after its first flight took place on December 17 1935. The first DC-3s were built for American Airlines and featured either eight sleeper berths (called the Douglas Sleeper Transport) or a standard configuration of 21 seats. The DC-3 proved one of aviation’s most successful programs, with about 16,000 aircraft built between 1935 and...

Indonesian T-50 crashes during aerial display

A Korea Aerospace Industries/Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle jet trainer/light combat aircraft belonging to the Indonesian air force crashed on 19 December, during an aerial display at Yogyakarta, Java. The T-50 is believed to have been flying to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the air force’s flight school and local reports claim the supersonic aircraft spiralled to the ground, killi...

SpaceX Falcon 9 booster achieves epic vertical landing

SpaceX has pulled of a monumental feat in aerospace engineering by landing its upgraded first-stage Falcon 9 rocket booster at Cape Canaveral, Florida, while successfully putting 11 Orbcomm communications satellites on orbit. In the 20th space flight for the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and 6th launch this year, the company won over its doubters by reigniting the first-stage booster stage upon re-en...

5 bodies found in plane wreckage in California orchard

Five people have been found dead in the widely spread wreckage of a small plane that crashed into an almond orchard in California near Bakersfield, authorities said. The plane became the subject of a search after disappearing from radar, Kern County sheriff's Sgt. Mark King said, and federal authorities are investigating the cause. He expected the names of the victims to be released Monday....

New to USA the Merlin PSA: Personal Sport Aircraft

The Merlin PSA, an affordable high-performance single-seat Personal Sport Aircraft. Imagine an all-aluminum aircraft with a cantilevered wing, 120 mph cruise speed, plenty of cabin and luggage space, all for under $35,000! And this includes the builders' assistance program in sunny Florida. The Merlin PSA is available now as a quick-build E-AB (Experimental Amateur-Built, &qu...

RFDS retains “most reputable charity” title

Research consultants AMR’s charity reputation index has named the Royal Flying Doctor Service as Australia’s “most reputable charity” for a fifth straight year. The AMR report found the RFDS received top marks on six of the seven criteria the company’s charity reputation index was based on, namely service, innovation, workplace, citizenship, governance, leader...

Walking on a plane’s wings takes more than just a prayer

The world’s only aerobatic formation wing-walking team, the Breitling Wingwalkers, is in the UAE and competing in this year’s Al Ain Air Championship. The British team consists of two 1930s Boeing Stearman bi-planes in bright orange colours, two experienced pilots and two incredibly fit ladies who ride on top of the plane while doing daring stunts. The pilots, Martyn Carrington a...

Police question Shoreham air show disaster pilot Andy Hill

The 51-year-old is interviewed under caution, four months after vintage jet he was flying crashed on A27. Shoreham pilot Andy Hill has finally been quizzed by detectives about the air disaster that killed 11 people, police revealed on Friday. Four months after the fatal crash, the 51-year-old was interviewed under caution in connection to the tragedy when the vintage jet he was flyingcrashed...

Flashback Friday: 80th Anniversary of the Douglas DC-3

This week marked the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas DC-3, considered to be the first airliner capable of turning a profit by transporting passengers alone. The Design work of the DC-3 began in 1934, upon request of C.R. Smith, president of American Airlines, who wanted a longer DC-2 that would carry more passengers, and another with railroad-type sleeping berths, to car...

Op-Ed: Amazon Prime Air – Attack of the Drones?

This is an Amazon Prime Air delivery vehicle, it has a range of fifteen miles: (Photo Credits: Amazon) But, because it has Jeremy Clarkson as its spokesman, I don’t care. I use Amazon all the time. After all, I lead an esoteric life of hermitage, I hate brick and mortar stores, I order incredibly hard-to-find books on Russian aviation and local traffic terrifies me. ...

Turbomeca Marks a Million Flight Hours with U.S. Coast Guard

Turbomeca (Safran) yesterday celebrated a major achievement: 1 million hours flown by U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphins fitted with the Arriel 2C2-CG engine. Operating a fleet of over 200 Arriels, the U.S.C.G. is one of Turbomeca’s major US customers. The occasion was celebrated in presence of U.S.C.G. Lieutenant Commander Edward S Apontes, and several Turbomeca represen...

Netherlands retires last Alouette III helicopters

After a service life spanning 51 years and more than 450,000 flight hours, the Royal Netherlands Air Force will retire its last four Aérospatiale SA316 Alouette III helicopters from use on 1 January, 2016. An official transfer from the air force's 300 Sqn to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) took place at Gilze Rijen air base on 15 December. Anno Gravemake...

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Aircraft Interiors Middle East

25/02/2020 - 27/02/2020
United Arab Emirates, Dubai

Korea Aero Summit 2020

04/03/2020 - 05/03/2020
Korea, Republic, Seul

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First conclusions of Singapore Airshow 2020

A lot of professionals and aviation lovers were worried on the eve of Singapore Airshow opnening. What is th situation due to coronavirus? Is it safe to come and visit the show? Were all possible...

MAVERIC revealed by Airbus - blended wing aircraft demonstrator

Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls - MAVERIC, was revealed by Airbus, its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstr...

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Low-Cost Carriers to boost Middle East aviation market

Low-Cost Carriers are driving growth in the Middle East aviation market, recording a 9.3% increase in seat capacity in 2019, according to CAPA Centre for Aviation. Indeed, LCC’s share of to...

Green Africa signed an MoU for 50 Airbus A220s

An MoU was signed by Green Africa Airways for 50 A220-300 aircraft, one of the major orders to be placed globally for the A220 programme and the largest ever from the African continent. ...