Archive | May, 2009


Boeing’s culture challenger the ScanEagle

With Boeing’s support since 2002, Insitu has famously adapted the SeaScan unmanned air system from a tuna boat accessory into the ScanEagle, which has essentially invented an operational niche for a small tactical UAS (STUAS) for the US Navy and a Tier II platform for the US Marine Corps. Continue reading

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Bolivia poised to get surplus Czech L-159 combat aircraft

  Bolivia appears set to become the first nation to acquire surplus Aero Vodochody L-159s from the Czech Republic, with its government having approved funds for an expected $57.8 million deal for six of the light combat and trainer aircraft. Continue reading…

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BA to ground eight 747s

Picture credit: oneworld British Airways is to ground 16 aircraft for the upcoming winter season, to rein in capacity following the sharp decline in passenger demand. The airline will ground eight Boeing 747-400s and eight 757-200s to cut capacity by 4% for winter 2009-10. Continue reading…

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Silverstone to host international air sports event

Northamptonshire’s Silverstone race circuit is host international air sports event, the 25th FAI World Aerobatic Championships on 28 and 29 August. The event, organised by Flying Aces in partnership with the British Aerobatic Association will feature along with the eighth round of the MSA British Touring Car Championship series. 

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AgustaWestland clinches Egyptian deal

AgustaWestland has clinched an order from Egypt’s Petroleum Air Services for an AW139 helicopter plus an option for two more of the medium twins. The deal marks the … continue reading…

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On this day in 1965: Sir Geoffrey de Havilland died

Sir Geoffrey de Havilland died 44 years ago today. Pictured is a De Havilland Mosquito on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London. In 1942 Flight published a feature on the Mosquito in its “Aircraft types and their characteristics” series, in which the aircraft was described as the “RAF’s latest, and probably fastest, light reconnaissance- bomber.” See […]

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Pic of the week (26 May) Air France taking off from CDG

This week’s image was taken by AirSpace user Erwan ei Air France A318 F-GUGB taking-off from Paris CDG, back in July 2005.

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Lisa Airplanes plans launch of larger seaplane

French start-up manufacturer Lisa Airplanes is planning to launch a six-seat turbine-powered version of its Akoya ultralight seaplane within the next five years boosted by demand from its growing international customer base for a larger stablemate. Details of the new aircraft are sketchy, but Troillard says the new family member will have similar features to […]

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On this day in 1988: Southwest Airlines paints Boeing 737 as a whale

On this day in 1988 Southwest Airlines unveiled a Boeing 737-300 painted in an unusual livery. Southwest Airlines and the US State of Texas SeaWorld of Texas joined up to promote   Texas as a major tourist attraction. Southwest’s website said: “Southwest becomes Sea World of Texas’ official airline and creates “Shamu One,” a Boeing 737 […]

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This week in 1932: Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly solo across Atlantic

  Aviatrix Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make solo flight across the North Atlantic, from Harbour Grace in Newfoundland to Derry in Northern Ireland. flying a Lockheed Vega. Here’s a video produced by Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Naturally Flight recorded the event in […]

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