Archive | May, 2012


Goin’ Scootin’ with Barry

Singapore Airlines (SIA) long-haul low-cost carrier, Scoot, has named two of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft after a Facebook campaign conducted by the airline. The first aircraft, registered 9V-OTA, was christened “Barry” and its second aircraft, registered 9V-OTC, was named “Goin’ Scootin’”.  You can also see pictures of Scoot’s aircraft painted in its full livery. “Barry” – […]

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(Bad) PICTURES: joint Russia/India medium transport aircraft

Yesterday India’s HAL, Russia’s United Aircraft, and thetwo firms’ joint venture signed an agreement to get started on the MediumTransport Aircraft programme.I found a few images of what this aircraft is supposed tolook like. From a public relations perspective, it would be greatif these guys could align their images, and then furnish us journos withnice, […]

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Checking out Airbus’ facility in Toulouse:

Luck was with me last week and I had the chance to spend three days in Toulouse where Airbus had invited about 150 journalists for an annual technical briefing at its headquarters.  Besides two days of briefings where we got updates on various programmes such as the A350, A380 and the much talked about sharklets, […]

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VIDEO: Finally, footage of ‘naval’ Tejas maiden flight

One month after the fact, a video showing the ‘naval’variant of the HAL Tejas during its maiden flight has appeared on YouTube. After being rolled out inJuly 2010, this variant only made its first flight nearly two years later, on27 April 2012. While the main landing gear on this variant appears to bemore robust than […]

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VIDEO: Chinese Ka-28 pilot barely averts crash at sea

Singapore-based military aircraft photographer @alert5 just shared this cool clipfrom Chinese TV of a Kamov Ka-28 barely escaping disaster as it attempts toland on a Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy Type 054A frigate.  Thankfully the pilot managed to do a goaround and land safely. On the second landing attempted I was impressed by the 16 guys(looked […]

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Scoot unveils aircraft painted in full livery

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) long-haul, low-cost subsidiary, Scoot, has unveiled its aircraft painted in full livery. The airline, which will operate ex-SIA Boeing 777-200s, is in final stages to prepare for its inaugural flight on 4 June to Sydney, followed by Gold Coast on 12 June. Scoot will also operate services to Tianjin and Bangkok in […]

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Japan Airlines gets in the Olympic spirit with a specially painted aircraft

Japan Airlines (JAL) will deploy a specially painted aircraft on selected domestic routes to show its support for the country’s sportsmen and sportswomen, who will be participating in this year’s summer Olympics. A Boeing 777-200, registered JA772J, will feature the official slogan of the Japanese Olympic Committee – “Gambare! Nippon!” (“Go for it! Japan!”). The […]

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Will Australia cap F-35 buy at 72?

The greatest single question facing the Lockheed Martin F-35programme is how many will end up actually being bought?  Barely a week goes buy without one of thefuture operators such as Canada, Japan, or Norway expressing concern about theaircraft’s cost. Australia is in the same boat. It originally talked aboutbuying 100, and has far as I […]

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PICTURES: Advance Aviation G200 and EC135

I asked Thailand’s Advance Aviation for an image or two oftheir Gulfstream G200 or one of their helicopters for use in my story about thecompany. They ended up sending quite a few over. I did not have room forall of them in the story, but they make for good blog fodder, especially theEC135 shots, which […]

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VIDEO: M1A1 flies aboard RAAF C-17

Earlier this week the RAAF announced that it had flown anM1A1 Abrams main battle tank aboard a Boeing C-17, the service’s first timeperforming this feat. In the video, it’s interesting to see how much spaceremains on either side of the tank when it is in the hold. There is still more than enoughspace for guys […]

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