Flight International issue - 21-27 October
See images of the Airbus-owned A340-600 testing Pratt and Whitney's Geared Turbofan in the new GTF gallery on AirSpace. The aircraft embarked on a 75 flight hour test programme for the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G geared turbofan (GTF) engine to "evaluate the performance of the new engine architecture".
Take a look at a video of an aborted takeoff involving an Ilyushin IL18 somewhere in Africa. Few details are available but join other users in the AirSpace discussion about how, what and where it happened.
The MA600 took off on its first flight last week and Flight has some images of the aircraft in a growing gallery.
User Runlikehell has posted a gallery of impressive aircraft images predominantly made up of the F-22 Raptor but there are others including one he took showing Blue Angels formating above a car park at the bottom of a runway.
FlightBlogger wonders whether the 787's first flight will slip into 2009. He says in his blog: "Key ground vibration tests need to be completed on Dreamliner Two before Dreamliner One can fly as well. With a 36-day slip in assembly completion and 39-day strike, the October 29 first flight now finds itself in January."