Rolls-Royce may have effectively exited the narrowbody sector, but its widebody Trent family is powering ahead thanks to strong competitive positions on both Airbus and Boeing product. The UK engine manufacturer's big powerplant strategy is the centrepiece of our commercial engines package and the cover story - In Trent we trust - in the 28 February issue of Flight International. In news we report on the Trent XWB's first flight on wing.
We also brave the elements by dropping into GE's cold weather testing facility in Winnipeg, Canada and look at the new engine projects under development to power a possible larger turboprop airliner - a category of transport not seen since the late 1960s with the likes of the Lockheed L-188.
Elsewhere in news, Qantas delays the Dreamliner as part of a cost-cutting drive and why Airbus believes its A330 passenger-to-freighter conversion will appeal to a part of the market unconvinced by its new-build A330 Freighter. We have news on a heavier A380 and report on evidence suggesting that the modern cockpit threatens the ability of pilots.
Plus, we have the latest on how the Anglo-French defence pact will affect aviation, and how the USAF is pushing the T-38 trainer replacement back to 2020. And we look at how the successful launch of the European Space Agency's Vega rocket is giving a boost to Italian propulsion specialist Avio.