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News from Aviation Week & Space Technology
October 27th
Lockheed Martin and Turkey-based Roketsan are to codevelop a medium-range cruise missile for internal carriage on the F-35. Final integration of the 1,000 lb.-class SOM-J weapon is planned for 2023 as part of the Block 4 capability upgrade. Designed to me...
October 27th
Greg Psihas has become vice president-corporate development for the Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda, Maryland. He was corporate vice president-mergers and acquisitions at Applied Materials.  Guy Hachey, retired president/chief operating officer of Bo...
October 27th
Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Kremlin-controlled aircraft maker Irkut, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corp., based on Russia’s worsening economic situation. The U.S.-based credit rating agency says it still believes Irkut and other...
October 27th
Asia-Pacific Staff India’s share of a new fighter effort slides as R&D contract deal nears Though India and Russia are nearing a deal on a “joint effort” to develop a fifth-gen...
October 27th
Mergers and acquisitions activity in the U.S. aerospace and defense industry slowed in the third quarter, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Total deal volume slipped to the lowest level in 11 quarters, and was the weakest since the second quarter of 20...
October 27th
Embraer’s KC-390 is a now a reality, but could its partners’ economic pressures hold it back? With new and potential orders, Embraer sees bright future for KC-390 airlifter. Emphasizing its multirole capability along...
October 27th
The steady drop in oil prices is not yet raising concerns at Boeing or on Wall Street that airlines will alter their emerging pattern of lining up a historically high percentage of new deliveries as replacements for less efficient, older-generation aircra...
October 27th
JetBlue Says . . . I would like to respond to your recent editorial about CEO Dave Barger’s departure from JetBlue Airways (AW&ST Oct. 13, p. 58). read more
October 27th
Moody’s Investors Service believes the European transport infrastructure industry will remain stable over the next 12-18 months on growth in traffic volume. “We expect EU airport passenger levels to grow by 2-6% in 2014 and 1-4% in 2015, mainl...
October 27th
Even as world military expenditures fell again last year, commercial aerospace entered its 12th year of consecutive growth. read more
October 27th
A spacecraft designed to test reentry techniques for a future lunar-sample return mission lifted off from the Xichang launch facility on a Long March 3C Oct. 23 (Oct. 24 local time) on a week-long mission that will take it around the Moon. Citing a spokes...
October 27th
Regardless of legal issues, NASA’s selection of two crew capsules limits ‘downmass’ options NASA’s commercial crew program is in court now, so the lawyers will get a say in deciding how the U.S. and its space-explora...
News from FlightGlobal
October 23rd
​Under the metallic and composite skin of Gulfstream’s new G500 and G600 lie several new innovations that came to light in supplier announcements and interviews at the NBAA convention.
October 23rd
Saab says it is on track to sign a contract with Brazil to provide its air force with the Gripen NG multirole fighter, following the nation's selection of the type for a 36-aircraft purchase in December 2013.
October 22nd
​Three global investment firms have launched a new leasing service – dubbed Global Jet Capital – with more than $2 billion in available financing catering to the large-cabin, long-range business jet market.
October 22nd
​Singular Aircraft is to begin a flight test certification campaign of its new Flyox I unmanned air vehicle in the next two weeks, starting in the arctic.
October 22nd
The British Antarctic Survey expects to order unmanned vehicles that can carry sensors or spare parts in weather too harsh for manned aircraft.
October 22nd
Towed through a haze of green and yellow smoke, depicting Brazil’s national colours, and columns of fireworks, the civilian-marked KC-390 exited Embraer’s construction hangar in Gavião Peixoto into an apron spot located directly in front of guests at a ro...
October 22nd
Dassault Aviation boss Éric Trappier has congratulated rival Gulfstream on the unveiling of two new models, while also cheekily suggesting that the Savannah firm is merely following in its footsteps.
October 22nd
​Discovery Aircraft is debuting its XL-2 piston single at the show where it announced plans to expand its general aviation aircraft offering beyond the two-seat type and the five-seat, twin-engined Discovery 201, which is also on display.
October 22nd
​Initial carbonfibre wing covers for the first Airbus A350-1000 have been completed, as structural work on the largest member of the family progresses.
October 22nd
​Israel Aerospace Industries has expanded its range of airborne maritime surveillance radars by announcing the availability of its ELM-2022ES for patrol aircraft and the ELM-2022ML for unmanned air systems.
October 22nd
A group of UK multi-crew pilot licence (MPL) trainees dropped by their sponsoring carrier because of restructuring were immediately taken on by another airline, busting the “myth” that an MPL is not transferable, according to CTC Aviation chief commercial...
October 22nd
​Airbus is aiming to introduce a higher-weight version of the A321neo in early 2019, in a bid to reinforce the type’s challenge to the Boeing 757 market.
News from AviationNews
October 23rd
China carrier signs definitive agreement for 767BCFs SEATTLE, Oct. 23, 2014 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today that SF Airlines has placed an order for an undisclosed number of 767-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversions (Boeing Converted Freighters). S...
October 23rd
  SEATTLE, Oct. 23, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is pleased that Kunming Airlines has committed to purchase 10 737s, including four Next-Generation 737-700s and six 737 MAX airplanes. The commitment, valued at $897 million at current list prices, is subj...
October 23rd
Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos will receive technical suggestions in creating the country’s super-heavy carrier rockets by the end of 2014, an agency department head said Thursday. “We expect to receive designs from leading enterprises by the end...
October 23rd
MQ-8C Fire Scout completes “slope testing” POINT MUGU, Calif. – Oct. 23, 2014 –Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) successfully completed precision sloped landing tests Aug. 27 with the MQ-8C Fire Scout at Naval Base Ventura County, Point ...
October 23rd
Italian electrical transmission grid operator Terna has taken delivery of two Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e rotorcraft to perform surveillance and maintenance support for power lines that deliver electricity throughout the country. These two Ecureuil famil...
October 23rd
First example of collaboration between Bombardier and Falcon Aviation Services to expand the Q400 NextGen airliner fleet in Africa Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today welcomed Dakar-based Senegal Airlines to the family of Q400 NextGen aircraft customers ...
October 23rd
  EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — Three Airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load here, Oct. 10. Staff Sgt. Zachary Watts, the 5...
October 22nd
(Reuters) – Turkish carrier Atlasjet is in the final stage of talks on the order of 50 airplanes, Chief Executive Orhan Coskun told Reuters on Wednesday. Coskun declined to say whether closely-held Atlasjet will order the aircraft from European plan...
October 22nd
The airborne capabilities of Thailand’s navy and air force will be significantly enhanced with the acquisition of two mission-ready Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft types: the light-utility EC645 T2 and the 11-ton-class EC725. The Royal Thai Navy signed for ...
October 22nd
Airlines and pilots will both benefit from the Common Type Rating pilot training on the A350 XWB and A330 jetliners, further extending Airbus’ concept of flight operational commonality between its fly-by-wire aircraft families. The new regulatory approval...
October 22nd
Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced that three of its AW609 test pilots have received from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots the prestigious Iven C. Kincheloe award and were recognized at the Society’s annual gala. The Kincheloe Award recognizes...
October 21st
The fourth prototype of the new multirole Mi-38 helicopter has carried out a series of ground runs and completed its first flight at Russian Helicopters’ (part of State Corporation Rostec) Kazan Helicopters’ test flight centre. The helicopter ...
News from CombatAircraft.com News
October 23rd
A Russian spy plane has been intercepted by Nato jets over the Baltic Sea, the alliance says, amid heightened tensions in the region. Estonia summoned Russia's ambassador on Wednesday after its military said the Ilyushin-20 plane had entered its airspace ...
October 22nd
Claims by a Libyan lawmaker that airstrikes by Egyptian planes against jihadists in the country were actually conducted by Libyan pilots appears highly unlikely, according to two aviation experts. The Egyptian intervention marked the first time in decades...
October 22nd
The Russian Ministry of Defense has denied the claim by the Estonian military that a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft breached Estonian airspace, the Ministry's Media Affairs and Information Department said on Wednesday. "The Russian military aircraf...
October 22nd
Roketsan and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] signed a teaming agreement today for collaboration on the SOM-J, a new generation air-to-surface Standoff Cruise Missile for the F-35 Lightning II. The SOM system is an autonomous, long-range, low-observable, all-w...
October 22nd
A single US airdrop of weapons that were intended for Kurdish fighters and most likely fell into the Islamic State (IS) hands will not give any odds to IS fighters, Pentagon Spokesperson Steve Warren said. "One bundle of weapons and medical supplies, aird...
October 22nd
With Islamic State (ISIS) militants proving more resilient to US-led airstrikes than was originally envisaged, US President Barack Obama’s strategy in Iraq and Syria is coming under ever-greater scrutiny. Over the weekend, Sen. John McCain, a Republican, ...
October 21st
Robbin Laird, a member of our Board of Contributors, and Ed Timperlake conducted what looks like it will be the last interview with Gen. Mike Hostage, the head of Air Combat Command, before he retires in early November. Hostage has overseen the Air Force’...
October 21st
NATO scrambled fighter jets - including two Canadian F-18's - twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing. Lt. Col. Robert Gericke sa...
October 21st
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has grounded its entire fleet of Russia-developed Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft to undergo safety checks, an IAF spokesperson said in an official statement Wednesday. "The fleet has been grounded and is undergoing technical checks ...
October 21st
U.S. Defense Department leaders have called for a renewed effort to sustain America’s military technological dominance, but to do so they will have to fight an uphill battle against entrenched bureaucratic interests competing over a shrinking budgetary pi...