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China to Unveil Narrow-Body Jet, Showcasing Aerospace Ambitions

China is poised to unveil a prototype of its first homegrown passenger jet that it hopes will compete with airliners from Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE, setting the stage for the plane's first flight. Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, also known as COMAC, will roll out its single-aisle C91...

COMAC Rolls Out First C919 in Shanghai

On November 2, 2015, the first COMAC C919 with blue and green coatings to be assembled in Shanghai, rolled out of the newly-built final assembly workshop. Rollout means the completion of installation of body segments and airborne systems, which are ready for ground tests, and also laid a solid found...


Cirrus to Begin Knoxville Construction Within 60 Days

Cirrus Aircraft says it hopes to start construction within the next two months on its planned distribution center and showroom at McGhee Tyson Airport, with a goal of completion by mid-2016. Company and local government officials gathered Thursday afternoon for a groundbreaking for the $15 million "Vision Center," which is expected to create 170 jobs. On Wednesday, the Metropolitan...

Airbus still sees in-seat IFE as optimal solution for longhaul flights

Airbus is again disputing the notion that embedded inflight entertainment systems are headed for the scrap heap now that the option of wireless entertainment is available to airlines. Three years ago, Airbus interiors marketing manager Patrick Candelier told this author that wireless IFE “is the type of solution that will come as a complement to the wired IFE system in the longhaul m...

Airbus Statement: Metrojet A321-200 Flight 7K-9268 Accident over Sinai Peninsula

Airbus regrets to confirm that an A321-200 operated by Metrojet was involved in an accident shortly after 6:17 local time (04:17 GMT) over the Sinai Peninsula today. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia). The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to all those affected by this tragic accident of Flight 7K...

Boeing likely to match Airbus on single-aisle output: source

Boeing Co is likely to broadly match European rival Airbus SA  in notching up production of single-aisle aircraft to 60 a month, but the timing of Boeing's move remains uncertain, according to a person familiar with the situation. Airbus said on Friday it would lift monthly output of its top-selling A320 to 60 in mid-2019, a 20 percent jump over its prior target of 50, and a move...

Russian Helicopters Showcases Latest Helicopters at FIHAV-2015

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in Havana International Fair (FIHAV-2015), where it will showcase its helicopter range - both current commercial models that operators from diverse countries are already familiar with and upcoming commercial helicopters. FIHAV-2015 will be held in Havana, Cuba, from 2-7 November 2015. Russian Helicopters' exhibition can be f...

AW609 Prototype Crashes in Italy, Killing Both Pilots

An AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor prototype crashed in Italy this morning while on a routine test flight, killing both crewmembers. The aircraft went down outside Santhia in Vercelli province. Italy’s National Agency for Flight Safety (ANSV) is investigating. Unconfirmed Italian press reports indicate that one of the engines was on fire before the crash. In a writte...

First Airbus Helicopters final assembly line in China to be set up in cooperation with Sino-German Ecopark

Historic partnership paves the way for the establishment of an H135 final assembly line and a comprehensive industrial hub in China. Sino-German Ecopark, located in Qingdao, Shandong province, makes commitment to acquire 100 H135s to be produced locally over the next 10 years for Chinese general aviation needs. Airbus Helicopters consolidates its position as the leading helicopter...

Airbus to Boost A320 Production to 60 a Month in Mid-2019

To match ongoing high demand for its bestselling A320 Family, Airbus has taken the decision to further increase the production rate of the Single Aisle Family to 60 aircraft a month in mid-2019. The decision follows thorough studies on production ramp-up readiness in the supply chain and in Airbus sites to allow the ramp-up. To enable the ramp-up Airbus will extend its capacity in Hamburg with...

Chinese Plane Maker Sends New Performance Chart

The Chinese manufacturer of the MA60 and Y12E aircraft delivered to Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) last year has sent a revised performance chart as the two planes did not meet the performance specifications sent earlier. NAC's Managing Director Sugat Ratna Kansakar said that they received the revised performance chart for the two aircraft on Monday, and were doing an internal techni...

Exova Helps Advance New Aerospace Material

Global testing group Exova has undertaken a test programme on a new corrosion-resistant stainless steel alloy (CRES) for a consortium of leading aerospace organisations. The new material is being developed for use in landing gear components and is unique in its strength, lightness and affordability.  Exova provided the consortium with a comprehensive range of tests to determine strength, f...

CFM Delivers First LEAP-1B Engines to Boeing

CFM International has delivered the first advanced LEAP-1B engines to Boeing to support factory rollout of the first 737 MAX airplane before year end and first flight in early 2016. “The entire team has done an outstanding job getting the LEAP-1B engine to this point,” said Allen Paxson, executive vice president of CFM International. “We have put...

Mitsubishi Aircraft gets regulatory clearance for MRJ’s first flight

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has given its approval for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. to conduct the first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). The clearance was the final regulatory hurdle before the MRJ’s first flight could take place. After repeated delays, the MRJ’s first flight is now scheduled for the week of Nov. 9. Mitsubi...

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First flight of Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ Helicopter

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter, developed by Sikorsky and Boeing, achieved first flight at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach, Floridasite.  "DEFIAN...

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The 16th Aerial Firefighting Europe event returned with a new entry, the C-27J in firefighting configuration. The C-27J firefighter with roll-on/roll-off Fire Attack Syst...

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First flight of new Il-112V aircraft to take place at the end of March

The first flight of new Russian military transport aircraft Il-112V will take place at the end of March or start of April, a source in the defense-industrial complex told TASS on Thursday. "It...