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A cursory glance at Asia’s presence at Farnborough this year

With just over 12 hours before the Farnborough air showkicks off in earnest – the Flightglobal team has already been working hard toproduce tomorrow’s show daily – I thought it would be good to outline the Asianpresence at the show this year. The most visible Asian presence is the Malaysia AirlinesA380, which dominates the static […]

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Chinese J-21 Emerges! (well, something emerges – sort of)

The China Defense Blog and other Chinese defence sites haverevealed photos of a mysterious airframe travelling aboard the back of a truck,apparently from the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation to Xian Aircraft Company. This is no J-20 moment: there has yet to be a magicalappearance on a runway, followed by obsessive tweeting and blogging about afirst flight. […]

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Chinese Predator UAV look-alike crashes

The China Defence Mashup web site has published a photopurporting to be of a crashed Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle. To me it lookslike the Pterodactyl, which itself looks like the General Atomics MQ-1Predator. Apparently it went down in China‘sHebeiprovince. Villagers snapped the above photo before the military cordonedoff the area. Aside from some interesting stuff about […]

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Back in Black: more cool J-20 images

Following the J-20′s dramatic appearance a few weeks ago more images and movies have emerged on China’s Internet. A new video shows the aircraft apparently being towed. Security seems incredibly lax in this one as the avgeeks make little effort to hide their faces. It looks like they’ve found a great spot for a bit […]

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Reliance invests in nice guy Gopinath (and Deccan 360)

Here is a quick one on Capt. GR Gopinath, the founder of the former Air Deccan who now runs cargo carrier Deccan 360.He is genuinely one of the nicest guys in the Indian aviation industry, and I am absolutely chuffed that Reliance – India’s largest company – is buying a stake in Deccan 360.India, which […]

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Another step forward for China and Taiwan

Chinese and Taiwanese airlines today began operating scheduled direct flights for the first time in 60 years. For several years, they have been operating regular chartered flights. But this has been formalised into a scheduled structure after an agreement earlier this year.Yet, the good news has been tempered by the fact that the Dalai Lama, […]

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China’s neighbours will watch its military spending closely

China’s is now the world’s second largest defence spender, something that would surely alarm its neighbours who will want to speed up the modernisation of their armed forces as well.The People’s Liberation Army Air Force [PLAAF] is a big beneficiary of this money. It has inducted the Chengdu Aircraft J-10 [official video above] and Chengdu […]

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Deccan’s Gopinath writing autobiography for HarperCollins

Last night I spoke to Capt GR Gopinath who has just finished campaigning in India’s parliamentary elections where he is competing as an independent in the Bangalore south constituency. The reason I called him was to ask about his new cargo and logistics company but before we got onto that topic he mentioned that he has […]

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Chinese models

You get the usual array of interesting aircraft models at any air show, and Airshow China in Zhuhai earlier this month was no different.The Chinese were keen to display their latest unmanned aircraft although, predictably, there was very little information forthcoming on the level of development for each programme.Perhaps, that has something to do with […]

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