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British navy celebrates aviation centenary

Picture credit Rex Features/Jonathan Hordle Britain’s Royal Navy marked the centenary of its aviation with a celebratory flypast over HMS Illustrious on the River Thames today. Forty naval aircraft led by four Merlin attack helicopters and including Sea Kings, Hawks and Jetstreams, flew directly over “Lusty” the strike carrier moored near Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval […]

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Micro rotorcraft demonstrates endurance in first flight

Prox Dynamics’ 15g (0.59oz) 100mm (3.93in) rotorspan PD-100 Black Hornet helicopter prototype Hornet-3a made its maiden outdoor flight on 7 April in Asker, Norway. Continue reading…

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AgustaWestland AW149 mock-up unveiled

  AgustaWestland has formally unveiled a full-scale mock-up of its AW149 armed utility helicopter at the IDEF exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. Continue reading….

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Pic of the Week (31 March) Chinook in Berniec’s gallery

This image of a Chinook was uploaded by AirSpace user Berniec and can be seen in this week’s Flight International in the Pic of the Week section. You can also see this image and lots of other great photographs of Chinooks in Berniec’s gallery.

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A flying hotel helicopter? Or is it an early April Fool?

We at Flightglobal aren’t entirely convinced by the flying hotel called the Hotelicopter. The aircraft is modelled on the Mil V-12 (Russian heavy-lift helicopter) and the Hotelicopter Company supposedly bought one of the prototypes from the Mikhail Leontyevich Mil helicopter plant in Panki-Tomilino, Russia in 2004 and have been engineering the world’s first flying hotel ever since. In […]

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Pic of the Week (10 March) aviators in dramatic landscapes

If you liked this image you can see more images in our Voyage – General Aviation in Dramatic Locations gallery.

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Future looks bright for Eurocopter in Asia-Pacific region

Amid an uncertain business environment in 2009, the Asia-Pacific region is one silver lining for Eurocopter despite the dark clouds that are gathering around the global helicopter market. Continue reading….

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Hindustan Aeronautics Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter

  Picture credit Hindustan Aeronautics Aerospace companies from Brazil, China, Japan and Russia lead the way in development and production of 21st century aircraft – can Indian companies step up as well? Continue reading this feature within the India special report…. Read more of our India Special Report in time for next week’s Aero India. […]

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EC135 to be used as wind farm maintenance helicopter

UK helicopter operator Bond Air Services ordered a Eurocopter EC135 to be used exclusively for wind farm maintenance in the UK, the first such application in the country, says Eurcopter. Read on… 

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Afghan national army air corps gets surplus Czech air force stocks

The Afghan national army air corps has received its first three of six Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters to have been donated from surplus Czech air force stocks. Read more…

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