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First flight for Sharklet-equipped A319

Fresh from Airbus is this image showing the first flight of a Sharklet-equipped A319, which made its maiden sortie on 23 November from Hamburg to Toulouse. It’s the third member of the A320-family to get the wing-tip modification and will enter service in the second quarter of 2013. Airbus

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NBAA: Comlux orders Sukhoi’s Superjet 100

Swiss heavyweight Comlux has snubbed the industry’s big brands to become launch customer for the VIP version of Sukhoi’s Superjet 100 airliner – just four months after the variant was announced at the Paris air show. The order for two Sukhoi Business Jets, plus two options, was unveiled today by SuperJet International, the joint venture […]

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Airbus prepares to transport first A350 upper wing-cover

Picture credit: Airbus  Airbus is preparing to transport the first A350 upper wing-cover from Germany to the airframer’s main wing facility in the UK. It has loaded the upper cover, manufactured at its Stade plant, onto one of its A300-600ST freighters for transit to Broughton over the next few days. Continue reading…

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The Solar Impulse aircraft arrives at Le Bourget Airport

  Photo credit: Mario Fourmy/ABACAPRESS.COM One of the biggest attractions of the Paris air show, the sun-powered Solar Impulse, has arrived in Le Bourget at its second attempt, after a 16h 5min flight from Brussels. The prototype, which is powered by batteries charged by the sun, will be on display at the show, where – […]

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‘Sunrise’ 747-8I on cover of Flight International

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, […]

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Dassault installs FLIR infrared camera on Falcon 7X

Dassault has completed a flight test using a new FLIR Systems infrared camera (photos below) designed to differentiate between laminar flows and the more typical turbulent flows on a wing. Part of the “Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft” effort under the European Clean Sky research programme, the equipment and analyses are precursors to planned “smart laminar […]

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Fokker 50s test iPad-based electronic flight bag

Swedish regional carrier Amapola is testing a new electronic flight-bag cockpit installation, based on the portable Apple iPad, for its Fokker 50 turboprop fleet. Initial installation of the touchscreen iPad technology took place on the first aircraft in November, and the carrier has secured Swedish civil aviation authority clearance for the Class 2B fit. Read […]

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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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RTA-70, India’s regional aircraft

India’s first indigenous regional aircraft, the RTA-70, could be powered by turbofan engines (below), with the government viewing it as a stepping stone to larger aircraft. Although the RTA-70 (regional transport aircraft-70) was originally envisaged as a 70- to 90-seat turboprop, the Indian government asked National Aerospace Laboratories to investigate the use of turbofans. NAL […]

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