Archive | October, 2010

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Second Lynx Wildcat makes flight debut

AgustaWestland’s second AW159 utility helicopter has made its flight debut in support of the British Army/UK Royal Navy Lynx Wildcat programme. The aircraft – dubbed TI2 – underwent general handling checks on its debut, and “performed as expected”, the company says. Achieved at its Yeovil site in Somerset on 14 October, the event should be […]

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India’s Rustom 1 UAV makes successful flight

India has completed a successful test flight of the Rustom 1, a new indigenous unmanned air vehicle. Developed by India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), the Rustom 1 flew for 12min, despite “inclement weather”. The test flight took place at a general aviation airfield in Hosur near Bangalore. Continue reading… (Photo: Aeronautical Development Establishment)

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Sikorsky unveils S-97 for high-speed scout and attack helicopter contest

Building on the record-breaking X2 demonstrator, Sikorsky has launched the S-97 Raider programme to fly and test a high-speed scout and attack helicopter. The coaxial-rotor, compound helicopter, scheduled to complete first flight within 50 months, will carry weapons and troops like the Russian Mil Mi-24, but fly faster than 200kt (370km/h) in cruise, and 220kt […]

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Beluga delivers A320P2F training mock-up

An A300-600ST Beluga, below, delivers an A320 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) training mock-up. In recent A320PTF news, Airbus Freighter Conversion’s launch customer for the A320PTF conversion programme has found a client to lease three of the jets, but target certification has been pushed back to late 2012.AerCap, a lessor headquartered in the Netherlands, signed an order for […]

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Nimrod gets the axe under UK defence review

Cameron singled out the RAF’s long-delayed Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol aircraft (below) programme for individual criticism, noting that its cost has doubled despite planned airframe numbers having been cut from 21 to nine. He scrapped the acquisition, despite more than £3 billion ($4.7 billion) having already being spent. Continue reading our analysis of the winners […]

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Flight International cover 26 October-1 November: Business jets on the way to recovery

This week Flightglobal publication Flight International reports the show news from last week’s National Business Aviation Association show where NetJets’ mega order for up to 125 Phenom 300s indicate the biz aviation sector is pointing the way to recovery. There’s more NBAA news here. The cover photograph shows a Phenom 300 at the NBAA static […]

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Image of the Week: ‘Wild Things’ Frontier tails at Denver

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user mjc772 (Mike Chalmers). Mike calls his photo “Wild Things” after the three tail finds depicted on Frontier Airbus jets. In April parent company Republic Airways announced Frontier would be the surviving brand for Republic’s operations, thus ending […]

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First Piaggio P180 medevac in USA

Air Ambulance Worldwide has become the first operator in the USA to use a Piaggio P180 Avanti II for medical evacuation missions. The air ambulance-configured twin turboprop – which is based in Palm Harbor, Florida – is used to transport patients to hospitals or other care facilities across the USA and beyond.“The unobstructed space available […]

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Altaire cabin interior

Piper has reinvented its first jet-powered offering with the Altaire, a larger, sleeker evolution of the single-engined PiperJet that is now scalable and directed at the business sector as well as the owner/operator market. While the all-metal proof-of-concept aircraft was anchored on the rectangular Meridian turboprop fuselage with a 122cm (48in) spacer, the Altaire will […]

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Interior of Avro busness jet

On the eve of this year’s National Business Aviation Association General Meeting & Convention (which we covered at our dedicate show site here) BAE announced it had placed two more Avro Business Jets (ABJ) in service, bringing the number of ABJs in service or conversion to 24 worldwide.BAE says one of the newest operators is […]

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