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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB’s maiden sortie

Much as the title suggests – here’s Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB powerplant, which will eventually power the Airbus A350, on its maiden flight on board Airbus’s A380 MSN1 flying test bed. Credit: Airbus

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Airbus bolts Trent XWB to flying testbed

Very much as the title of the post suggests: Airbus has mounted the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine to its A380 flying testbed as it gears up to launch the flight test campaign. With its 118-inch diameter fan, it’s fair to describe the engine, which will power the A350, as “quite big really”. Credit: Airbus

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Because you can never have too many black and white shots…

…here’s a pic from the excellent MoD flickr stream of an RAF groundcrew conducting an engine test on a Tornado GR4 aircraft from 617 Squadron under at night at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. Credit: Sgt Ross Tilly, RAF

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Re-engined 737 gets Boeing board approval

Probably the most predictable news of the week - Boeing has given the go-ahead for the launch of its re-engined 737. If the rendered pics reveal anything it’s that the new version of the twinjet has the same sculpted nacelles as the 787 and that Boeing is dropping the 700/800/900 designation in favour of the -7/8/9 […]

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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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A Qantas A380 landing into Toulouse

Qantas A380 spotted landing after ferry flight into Toulouse yesterday afternoon from Hamburg, where its interior was fitted), prior to its handover in the near future. Picture credit Andre Fantome

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Engine cowling section falls off Qantas A380

    Flightglobal content on the incident Asian Skies Blog: VIDEO: Qantas A380 after emergency landing in Singapore  AirSpace gallery – Qantas A380 engine failure  Story: PICTURES & VIDEO: Qantas A380 makes emergency landing after losing engine cowling  Story: SIA has no plans to ground A380s after Qantas incident Profiles Airline: Qantas Aircraft: Airbus A380 Airport: […]

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Image of the Week: Kelowna Flightcraft DC-10-30F

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 5 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user Steelhead. His photo depicts the No. 2 engine Kelowna Flightcraft DC-10-30F C-GKFB. The photo was taken at Hamilton (YHM), Ontario in Canada. Start a gallery on AirSpace for your chance at having your photograph featured as our […]

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A350′s Trent XWB engine runs for first time

Rolls-Royce has conducted a first-time run of its new Trent XWB engine for the Airbus A350 family. The engine ran yesterday on a test-bed at the manufacturer’s Derby facility. Rolls-Royce says the operation initiates the “most extensive pre-flight programme in Trent history”, ahead of flight tests on an A380 in 2011. Seven Trent XWB development […]

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GE90 Engine Undergoing Inspection

This photo of a GE90 engine accompanied our article on how a bustling engine remote diagnostics business at GE Aviation is fuelling a new family of prognostics health management (PHM) tools to further boost safety while cutting disruptions, maintenance costs and shop visit durations.The article was part of our special section on MRO Americas 2010: […]

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