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Argentina to sign for AESA-equipped Kfir fighters

Argentina is expected to sign a contract on 10 November covering the purchase of 14 Kfir Block 60 fighters. The nation's air force opted to acquire upgraded examples of the Israel Aerospace Industries-produced combat aircraft, which have been non-operational for two decades. IAI had...

Case for A380 is 'inevitable' – Leahy

Airbus has underlined its faith in the A380, despite slower-than-desired activity and an absence of sales for the type so far this year. Chief operating officer for customers John Leahy, speaking at the Dubai air show, insisted that the “case for the A380 is inevitable”. He is conf...


Airbus Helicopters speeds progress on H160

Airbus Helicopters has taken its in-development H160 twin-engined helicopter to a speed of 176kt (202km/h) during flight tests, and believes a never-exceed speed (Vne) of 180kt should be achievable. Disclosing the flight-test progress at a Dubai media briefing held at the H160 mock-up on the static display, Benoit Terral, sales promotion manager for the type, said the velocity was achieved duri...

SuperTucano propels into the African Market

A number of African countries have turned their attention to the Embraer EMB-314 A29 SuperTucano aircraft. Jon Lake looks at the reasons why. For many years, some African air forces have been guilty of letting considerations of national prestige govern their combat aircraft procurement.  In many cases, supersonic fighter interceptors have been purchased or acquired which have had litt...

Set to blast off in the seat of power

Flying into the future of the UAE is New Zealand's Martin Aircraft Company and Martin Jetpack. The company signed an exclusive contract with the Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) at the Dubai Airshow on Monday to become the launch customer for the world’s first practical jetpack. “The fuel-run jetpack flies at up to 5,000 feet and solves problems that others can’t with its abil...

Bombardier Q Series aircraft may soon be able to be serviced in Abu Dhabi

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is in discussions with Abu Dhabi Aviation with the aim of establishing an authorised service facility (ASF) for Bombardier's Q Series turboprop regional airliners. The facility was announced at the Dubai Airshow yesterday. The two parties have signed a memorandum of understanding on the ASF, with final agreement subject to acceptance of commercial terms and...

Inmarsat to Showcase Next Generation of Aviation Connectivity Solutions at Leading Asian Trade Events

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, will showcase its ground-breaking new Global Xpress (GX) inflight connectivity service at two of Asia's leading aviation trade shows this month. The Asia Pacific region is a strategically important market for GX, which is set to enter global commercial services later this year as the first high-speed broadban...

Chinese Fifth-generation Fighter Goes on Show

China’s AVIC is displaying a model of the FC-31 fifth-generation fighter for the first time at Dubai, having first aired the concept at Airshow China in Zhuhai last year. A product of the Shenyang concern, the FC-31 is based to a large extent on that of a “J-31” prototype (31001) that has been flying since 2012, but shows some notable differences from that aircraft. The fins are...

Beechcraft seeks AT-6 certification as Iraq mulls offer

Beechcraft Defense's AT-6 Wolverine might soon have a launch customer, with a letter of offer and acceptance for six light-attack turboprops being prepared for the government of Iraq. In partnership with the US Air Force, Beechcraft intends to offer Baghdad six aircraft initially, with options for more in increments of six. That offer is likely to be delivered next month. The US State...

Upgrade of a test bench for Tu-160’s engines is being completed in Samara

Overhaul and upgrade of a test bench owned by Kuznetsov Company (Samara) is being carried out by Ural Department of Spetsstroy of Russia. At present the interior is being decorated and pre-commissioning activities are in progress.  “The test bench is the building, which has varying number of floors, and it is fitted with a vertical intake shaft and vertical exhaust silencer. It is de...

The Egyptian holding KATO Investment and Irkut Corporation to cooperate on the MS-21 project

At the Dubai Airshow-2015 the head of the Egyptian holding KATO Investment Dr. Ibrahim Kamel and President of Irkut Corporation Oleg Demchenko agreed to develop cooperation on the MS-21 project. Purchasing agreement on 6 MS-21 aircraft by the Cairo Aviation airline (an affiliate of the KATO Investment) has been signed within the cooperation programme. The agreement also envisages an option for...

FLIGHT TEST: Diamond's DA62 glitters

Diamond Aircraft is set to make its debut at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas, where it will be promoting its all-new DA62 diesel piston twin as a platform for corporate and charter operations. First deliveries, to European customers, will be followed soon by the first US aircraft – serial number 10, which is the machine that will be on show at NBAA. This wi...

Bell 525 to become world's first fly-by-wire helicopter

The Bell 525 Relentless is ready to revolutionize the helicopter industry as the world's first fly-by-wire (FBW) commercial helicopter. Thanks to years of experience developing fly-by-wire systems, Bell Helicopter has channeled this expertise into creating a new standard for pilot controls. FBW technology replaces the traditional manual flight controls with a digital interface that provides...

Irkut upbeat on Su-30SM prospects

Moscow-based aircraft manufacturer Irkut is showcasing the multirole Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter at the Dubai air show, among a host of military products on display from the Russian industry delegation. The forecast for Su-30SM orders exceeds more than 100 aircraft, but Russian officials are already planning a major upgrade programme for the twin-engined fighter. Rostec chief executive Sergey Che...

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Special Davos event support by Dassault Aviation

Dassault Aviation elite team of service specialists, equipment and rapid response aircraft will be positionned at airports near Davos the week of January 20th.  Dassault Aviation makes globa...

The first fully automatic vision-based take-off demonstrated by Airbus

Airbus has successfully performed the first fully automatic vision-based take-off using an Airbus Family test aircraft at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. The test crew comprising of two pilots, two flight t...

Daher results 2019 - 68 turboprop aircraft from its TBM and Kodiak product lines

Daher announced business results of 2019 for its expanded turboprop-powered aircraft family, with the company logging sales of 48 TBMs in the TBM 910 and TBM 940 versions, along with 20...

Airbus BelugaXL entered service, adding 30% extra capacity to the fleet

The BelugaXL has entered into service! It means 30% extra transport capacity in order to support the on-going production ramp-up of commercial aircraft programmes. The aircraft, which is an...

New Rolls-Royce facility to develop cleaner, quieter, more-efficient jet engines

A new Rolls-Royce facility which will develop jet engine technologies set to transform flight, reduce emissions and set new benchmarks for efficiency has opened in Bristol, UK. The composite technolog...

2019 for Airbus - strong commercial aircraft performance

Airbus SE delivered 863 commercial aircraft to 99 customers in 2019, outpacing its previous output record set in 2018 by eight percent. In the 17th yearly production increase in a row, Airbu...

Airbus - increased investment, expansion of aircraft manufacturing in the U.S.

As part of Airbus plan to produce 63 A320 Family aircraft per month in 2021, the company will expand its industrial footprint in the U.S. by increasing the production rate of A320 family aircraft...

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40 additional A321neo aircraft for CALC

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited, a full value-chain aircraft solutions provider for global airlines, has reached an agreement with Airbus on its remaining backlog, and includes an additi...

Full slate of Gulfstream customer-centric support events 2020

Gulfstream Aerospace Customer Support organization will host a comprehensive schedule of customer-focused events in 2020, including its biennial Operators & Suppliers Conference, two Customer...

Liebherr Aerospace Brasil partners PTI Technologies

Liebherr Aerospace Brasil entered a new partnership with PTI Technologies and signed a contract to become the supplier of hydraulic manifolds for Embraer’s latest aircraft. Liebhe...

Toyota became lead investor to develop and produce Joby Aviation eVTOL aircraft

Toyota is exploring a new flight path for mobility through a new collaboration with Joby Aviation, an aerospace company that is developing and commercializing all-electric eVTOL aircraft to enabl...

Daher results 2019 - 68 turboprop aircraft from its TBM and Kodiak product lines

Daher announced business results of 2019 for its expanded turboprop-powered aircraft family, with the company logging sales of 48 TBMs in the TBM 910 and TBM 940 versions, along with 20...

Leonardo awarded contract for 32 TH-73A helicopters by U.S. Department of Defense

Leonardo, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract valued at USD 176,472,608 for the production and delivery of 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, su...

Turkish Aerospace to display HÜRKUŞat Kuwait Aviation Show

Turkish Aerospace will participate in the Kuwait Aviation Show which will be held on 15-18 January 2020. Participating in the fair first time with the HÜRKUŞ Advanced Training Aircraft ...