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    Inquiry opens into firefighting 737 accident in southwest Australia


    Australian investigators have opened an inquiry into an accident involving a Boeing 737 firefighting aircraft near Ravensthorpe in the southwest of the country.

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    Airbus prepares to deliver converted A330-200 after EFW modification


    Airbus has taken delivery of an A330-200 converted from a passenger to freighter configuration, ahead of its being handed over to an Asian operator. The aircraft underwent modification at the EFW facility in which Airbus is a partner. EFW identifies the airframe as MSN810, a Rolls-Royce Trent-powered example which was ...

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    Personal perspectives on the legacy of the Boeing 747


    As Boeing on 31 January brought and end to more than 50 years of jumbo jet production, FlightGlobal gets some perspectives on why the 747 meant so much to those who knew the aircraft.

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    Last of the jumbos: Boeing closes chapter with final 747 delivery


    Boeing has delivered its final 747, closing a chapter on an aircraft that revolutionised travel, linked distant cities, made the world seem smaller and became a symbol of American industrial might and of last century’s jet-set culture.

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    New Hong Kong firm Fly Meta to take converted 777-300ER freighters


    Four converted Boeing 777-300ER freighters are to be delivered to a Hong Kong-based cargo charter carrier through a lease agreement with AerCap. The aircraft are being converted into 777-300ERSFs under the Israel Aerospace Industries modification programme for the twinjet type. IAI had embarked on the programme with US lessor GECAS ...

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    Analysts explore spin recovery modes for proposed TVRS-44 turboprop


    Russian researchers have continued performance analysis of the proposed UZGA TVRS-44 Ladoga twin-turboprop, with assessment of unusual attitudes.

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    Airbus continues recruitment ramp-up to feed new technological activities


    Airbus is embarking on a recruitment drive to hire another 13,000 personnel this year, matching its effort last year.

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    TVRS-44 undergoes performance analysis for water ditching scenarios


    Russian analysts have been examining the behaviour of the proposed UZGA TVRS-44 turboprop during ditching events. The aircraft – also known as the ‘Ladoga’ – is a twin-engined high-wing design intended to accommodate 40-50 passengers. Researchers at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute have completed a series of tests for an emergency ...

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    Israeli firm to supply 777-8 freighter’s main cargo door


    Israeli firm Elbit Systems is to supply the large main-deck cargo door for the Boeing 777-8 freighter, under an aerostructures agreement with the US airframer. Elbit will also supply cargo doors for the current 777F. It will provide the structures through its wholly-owned Eblit Systems-Cyclone subsidiary, the company states. “This ...

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    Il-114-300 engine certified as derivative for TVRS-44 takes shape


    Russian authorities have certified the engine for the modernised Ilyushin Il-114-300, while the manufacturer is developing derivative test powerplants for a proposed future turboprop. The Klimov TV7-117ST-01 engine is being combined with a six-blade propeller for the Il-114. Federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia has issued a type certificate for the ...

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    Airbus insists A350 lightning-protection change unconnected to Qatar dispute


    Qatar Airways has highlighted Airbus’s introduction of an alternative to expanded copper foil for lightning protection on the A350, but the airframer insists it is not a reaction to its skin-paint dispute with the carrier. The airframer attributes paint cracking on the A350 to different thermal expansion rates of the ...

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    Embraer’s turboprop ‘not on ice’ insists Meijer


    Discussions with key systems suppliers must conclude before any launch decision, says Commercial Aviation head

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    Second SSJ-New airframe delivered for structural testing


    Russian airframer Irkut has delivered the second SSJ-New aircraft intended for strength testing, transferring it from its Komsomolsk production centre to Novosibirsk.

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    First commercial 737 Max flights take off in China after four-year hiatus


    China Southern Airlines has restarted commercial flights with its Boeing 737 Max aircraft after a hiatus of nearly four years, marking the return to service of the type in the country amid little fanfare. 

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    Putin scolds industry minister over status of aerospace contracts


    Russian president Vladimir Putin has scolded industry minister Denis Manturov during an extraordinary exchange over the state of aircraft orders. Putin hosted a meeting with several government officials, with Manturov among them, on 11 January. Manturov updated the president on planned delivery of 63 aircraft to Aeroflot Group – including ...

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    Cryogenic tank designs tested for proposed Russian 50-seat regional aircraft


    Russian analysts are examining ways to reduce the aerodynamic impact of external cryogenic tanks on smaller aircraft types, as it continues work on a proposed 50-seat design. While cryogenic fuels – including liquid hydrogen and liquefied natural gas – are more environmentally-beneficial, their low-temperature characteristics prevent the use of normal ...

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    Airbus rounds off year with A350 freighter and A330neo orders


    Airbus long-haul activity picked up slightly in the closing weeks of last year, with the airframer recording an order for four A350 freighters from an undisclosed customer. It also booked 10 A330neos from lessor Avolon and a pair of A350-900s from a client identified simply as ‘financial institutions’ during December. ...

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    Bartini eVTOL undergoes windtunnel tests in Moscow


    Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute has been supporting development of a tiltrotor eVTOL through windtunnel testing. The Bartini Design proposal has four 10-bladed rotary fans – two fore and two aft – and is intended to convey two to four passengers at speeds up to 160kt, and have a range of ...

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    Complexity of eVTOL designs leads EASA to study modelling for certification support


    Europe’s safety regulator is to explore the expanded use of modelling and simulation to support certification of future eVTOL aircraft, given that the broad variation in designs makes assessment by flight-testing alone impractical. Part of a wider programme evaluating the effects of digital transformation on aviation processes, the project aims ...

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    Russian regulator approves domestic wing and engines for MC-21


    Russian civil aviation regulators have approved the switch to a domestically-produced composite wing and engine on the Irkut MC-21. Irkut has developed the -310 variant of the MC-21 which is powered by the Aviadvigatel PD-14 engine, while Russian industry is also supplying composite wing components to replace foreign-built equivalents on ...