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Hill Air Force Base Receives First Two F-35A Lightning IIs

The first two Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing were officially delivered to the base today. The two F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing variants, known as AF-77 and AF-78, are the first of 72 F-35As scheduled for delivery to the base. "The...

Boeing sticks with 747 production plans despite sales drought

Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Friday it is sticking to current production plans for its 747 jumbo jet despite a canceled order that left no net new orders for the plane in 20 months. Nippon Cargo Airlines Ltd, a unit of Nippon Yusen (9101.T), canceled orders for four 747 freighters on Sept. 1, Boeing...


Boeing opens commercial spaceship plant in Florida

Boeing Co (BA.N) took the wraps off an assembly plant on Friday for its first line of commercial spaceships, which NASA plans to use to fly crews to the International Space Station, officials said. "This is a point in history that reflects a new era in human spaceflight," Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said at a grand opening ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center. Boeing&#...

Airbus August sales dominated by IndiGo, undisclosed buyers

Airbus passed the 4,000 mark in its order backlog for the A320neo family as it recorded a hefty month of sales in August. In total, it recorded 346 sales over the month and made 44 deliveries. The month’s tally was dominated by Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo’s order for 250 A320neos, bringing its total number of A320 family aircraft to 530. The month was also notable fo...

Head of America’s Airbus wants to see reform of ATC system

The Airbus Group Inc. Chairman and CEO, Allan McArtor, has spoken openly at an International Aviation Club lunch meeting, stating that the US national air traffic control system needs to be “free from political shenanigans” and taken out of the federal procurement system, continuing, “It’s high time to move beyond words and into action.” McArtor, himself an ex-FAA ad...

Learning to fly in bad weather

Garmin has started a Weather Radar Operations eLearning Course through the flyGarmin website. The course introduces pilots to basic and intermediate weather radar operations and goes beyond the pilot’s guide, ensuring pilots utilize the benefits provided by on-board weather radar. In addition to operational practices, this course will also cover radar interpretation and analytical...

Turbomeca Delivered First Production Arrius 2R to Bell Helicopter

Turbomeca (Safran) delivered the first production Arrius 2R engine to Bell Helicopter in August 2015, on schedule. Selected to power the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, the Arrius 2R is the only turbine in the 500 shp range to feature a dual-channel FADEC. With seven million flight hours already logged by Arrius variants, the 2R will also offer an unmatched level of maturity at entry-into-service. The h...

Airbus orders reach 754 jets after August surge

European planemaker Airbus (AIR.PA) said on Friday that it won 754 orders in the first eight months of the year, boosted by an order surge last month that included one worth $26.55 billion at list prices from Indian carrier IndiGo. In addition to the order for 250 Airbus A320neo jets from India's biggest airline by market share, the planemaker sold 40 A320-family planes to an undisclosed cu...

EIB confirms GBP 280 million support for Rolls-Royce during visit to Derby

The European Investment Bank (EIB), has officially agreed to support the research and development of Rolls-Royce aero engines through a GBP 280 million long-term loan. This loan is the largest ever given by Europe’s long-term lending institution to Rolls-Royce for investment in research and development. The EIB-backed loan supports the development of the higher thrust version...

Russia’s T-50 radar almost ready for serial production

The Tikhomirov NIIP radar system built for Russia’s first fifth-generation combat jet, the Sukhoi T-50, is “99% ready” to enter serial production but must first complete a series of development tests. The active phased array radar consists of one forward-looking X-band radar in the nose section and two side-scanning arrays as well as L-band antennas along the wing flaps. Th...

Russian Helicopters to provide Russian forces with helicopters built for Mistral-type carriers

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will deliver ship-borne Ka-52K helicopters built for use on-board Mistral-class carriers to the Russian Army. “In the near future the Russian Defence Ministry will receive Ka-52K and Mi-28NM helicopters with dual controls and significantly enhanced flight capabilities and firepower,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev sai...

TAI signed agreements with WCBKT, WZL1, ITWL and MESKO

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have signed agreements with WCBKT, WZL1, ITWL and MESKO at MSPO Kielce on 1st September. The producer of the T129 ATAK Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter signed the MOU’s at their stand on the first day of MSPO.   The MOU’s cover bilateral cooperation between the companies for introducing TAI’s T129 ATAK Advance...

Bell Helicopter Rolls Out Second 525 Prototype

Bell Helicopter is readying its second super-medium 525 twin for first flight later this year. The first Bell 525 flight-test vehicle made its maiden flight on July 1 at the company's Amarillo, Texas plant. Larry Roberts, Bell executive vice president for the 525 program, said Ship One had accumulated approximately 40 hours of test flying through the summer and that, other than some mi...

New Sukhoi SuperJet 100 B100 aircraft will be powered by higher thrust engines

A new member will join Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ 100) Family soon; it will be designated B100. Chief Designer of SSJ program Vladimir Lavrov told RIA Novosti at MAKS-2015 international airshow, that installing higher thrust engines (developed for long-range version of the jet) on the aircraft having the same takeoff weight allows customers to have more flexibility in terms of aircraft configuration...

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First A330neo operator in the Asia-Pacific - Lion Air

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Korean Air Orders 20 787 Dreamliner Airplanes

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Happy centenary to GKN Fokker!

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Single engine TH-119 helicopter obtains FAA IFR certification

TH-119 became the first and only IFR certified single engine helicopter in decades, congratulations! Now pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions...

New Heights in the Heart of the Swiss Alps

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The acquisition of Aersud Elicotteri helps strengthen Airbus Helicopters local footprint

One more step to help strengthen Airbus Helicopters local footprint in Italy has been made - the acquisition of its distributor and 50-year partner Aersud Elicotteri. The comp...

300 deliveries milestone for Challenger 350 Aircraft

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Airbus expands its aircraft deliveries using sustainable jet fuel blends

One of main problems all possible sides are discussing - how to minimize air transportation impact on environmental. Main manufacturers have confirmed their commitment to work on this cause during lat...

Qatar Airways $1 billion order for 18 Gulfstream aircraft

Qatar Airways announced a significant order for 18 Gulfstream aircraft during a ceremony at the White House on 9 July 2019 that was witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir...

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First A330neo operator in the Asia-Pacific - Lion Air

Indonesian carrier Lion Air took the delivery of its first A330-900, becoming the first airline from the Asia-Pacific region to fly the A330neo. The aircraft is on lease from BOC Aviation and is...

Korean Air Orders 20 787 Dreamliner Airplanes

Korean Air has finalized an agreement with Boeing to order 20 787 Dreamliner airplanes – including 10 each of the 787-10 and 787-9 models – valued at $6.3 billion according to list prices....

Happy centenary to GKN Fokker!

On 21 July, GKN Fokker marks its centenary. Exactly 100 years ago, aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker registered the ‘’Nederlandsche Vliegtuigenfabriek’’ which led to the formatio...

Get ready For Launch of Lightweight Pathfinder Prop

Hartzell Propeller is developing and launching the lightweight Pathfinder composite three-blade constant speed propeller, in close cooperation with CubCrafters and Lycoming Engines. CubCrafters i...

Single engine TH-119 helicopter obtains FAA IFR certification

TH-119 became the first and only IFR certified single engine helicopter in decades, congratulations! Now pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions...

300th Jet ConneX System installed for Customer Satisfaction

300th aircraft with Jet ConneX... it is a milestone, an achievement, a reason to celebrate and to talk more about that revolutionary inflight broadband service. According to Inmarsat, own...

Speed meets adventure at Daher’s EAA AirVenture exhibit

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