Wildcat unleashed

Our helicopter test pilot Peter Gray is the first civilian to have flown the AW159 Wildcat, the latest member of AgustaWestland’s 35-year-old Lynx family. You can see what he thought of the multirole machine in our exclusive flight test in the 21 May issue of Flight International. Meanwhile, defence editor looks at export prospects for the type.

David Learmount investigates the many complications arising for the tax authorities as a result of an increasingly international airline industry and a pilot community working across national boundaries. One trend is for low-cost airlines to hire flightcrew from leasing companies, allowing pilots to base themselves in low-tax states and the airlines to keep down salaries.

In news: Northrop Grumman’s X-47B becomes the first autonomous aircraft to launch from a carrier, Emirates chief urges Boeing to “take total control” of the supply chain for its proposed 777X, and Cessna looks at oursourcing production beyond China.

 

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