Archive | January, 2011

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Image of the week: Scan Eagle launch sequence

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user UASman (Benjamin M. Trapnell, Associate Professor, Director UAS Technology Integration and Education at the JDO School of Aerospace Sciences).His photo is a composite of a Insitu Scan Eagle’s launch sequence. The launch was in support of flood […]

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Gulfstream: Flawless performance for G650 “get home” mode

Gulfstream says its test pilots and engineers invoked a “safe mode” control actuation system on a G650 prototype for more than 2h on 21 December, demonstrating the viability of the electrically powered backup technology. Continue reading….

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A350 final assembly to begin “before end 2011″

Airbus has indicated a schedule slip for A350 development, no longer identifying the third quarter of 2011 as the date for commencing final assembly, instead stating only that it will begin before the end of the year. Continue reading…

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Globemaster III at sunset

On AirSpace, user flyvertoset posted this image of a Globemaster III at sunset at Canadian Forces Base Trenton (CFB Trenton) on the tarmac while the sun sets Photo source: Canadian Department of National Defence flyertosset’s bio flyertosset’s image gallery

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US Airways A320 Flight 1549 spends final days in museum

The US Airways Airbus A320 Flight 1549 ditched into the Hudson River west of New York City after a departure from LaGuardia Airport in the afternoon of 15 January 2009. The aircraft is currently on its way to being a permanent feature Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read John Croft’s article….    

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Airbus A400M in fatigue test rig in Dresden

Airbus has released these two images as its A400M begins fatigue testing in Dresden, Germany. Airbus says the test airframe, MSN5001, will be “subjected to a punishingregime of loads, 24 hours per day, for an initial four weeks, eventually simulating 160 flights perday.”“The first 1,665 simulated flights are required for European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)type […]

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Presidential Tu-154 crew pressured to attempt fatal approach

Pilots of the governmental Tupolev Tu-154 which crashed in Russia killing Polish president Lech Kaczynski were mentally pressured by the presence of senior officials into attempting the fatal landing, Russian investigators have concluded. Continue reading… Read David Learmount’s Global airline accident and safety review for 2010  

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Virgin America commits to 30 A320neos

Virgin America will become the launch customer after committing to 30 of Airbus’s re-engined A320neo (new engine option),” says Airbus, although it says no engine selection has been made. Virgin America chief executive David Cush disclosed the agreement yesterday in Toulouse. It covers 60 A320 aircraft in total, 30 of which are the A320neo. In December 2010 […]

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Image of the week: Kulula 737 on approach to JNB

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user chowchow (Martin Thompson). His photo depicts a Kulula 737 on approach to Jo’burg’s OR Tambo airport. Start a gallery on AirSpace for your chance at having your photograph featured as our Image of the Week.

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Turkish F-4E carrying AGM-142 Popeye missiles

Our correspondent Tolga Ozbek spotted in the new Turkish air force calendar this rare image (scanned, below) of one of the air force’s McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantoms (they call the upgraded model the F-4E 2020 Terminator, defence editor Craig Hoyle says) carrying two Rafael AGM-142 Popeye air-to-surface missiles.

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