Heading to Le Bourget? What better way to brief yourself for the week ahead than Flight International’s bumper Paris special issue? Aside from our usual news section, the 132-page issue contains updates on many of the big programmes likely to be in the news next week, including the Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Bombardier CSeries, Lockheed Martin F-35 and Dassault Rafale.
Our cover story is a flight test of the Airbus Military A400M as launch customer France takes its first delivery of the European transporter. Mike Gerzanics takes the controls of the turboprop on a sortie from the manufacturer’s test flight facility in Toulouse.
We have a cutaway of the Embraer Super Tucano, with an accompanying technical description of the remarkably versatile trainer.
There are features on the new weapons from Airbus and Boeing in the narrowbody war, the A320neo and 737 Max, plus an analysis of how Embraer plans to revamp its regional jet range. We examine Comac’s progress on the ARJ21, Mitsubishi’s strategy with the MRJ, and the Superjet’s prospects now that Sukhoi and its Superjet International partner have begun delivering the Russian regional jet to customers. Plus, we look at the likelihood of more merger and acquisition activity in the aerospace sector, Europe’s place in space and how the oil and gas sector is driving development in the civil rotorcraft sector.