This week Boeing's first 747-8 Intercontinental, unveiled in a surprise 'sunrise' livery that pays tribute to the first 747, City of Everett, is featured on the cover of Flightglobal publication Flight International. We look at how Boeing is for the first time in its history is tackling three simultaneous aircraft certifications. With much work to do, it's certainly sleepless in Seattle.
Also featured this week are:
- Australia special for Avalon Airshow: our country special profiles an aerospace manufacturing sector looking to boost its profile by specialising in niches, and explores the radical plans of the Royal Australian Air Force, busily inducting aircraft despite rising operational tempo. Elsewhere there is analysis of differing fortunes for the nation's business and general aviation sectors, plus the low-down on how air traffic management expertise is being shared with Asia-Pacific neighbours
- Shifting gear: Pentagon pushes to accelerate next-gen programmes at time of budget austerity
- Safer Cirrus: We award aviation's most effective internet sites and online marketers in our annual awards