Venezuela seeking an additional 12 Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia - MercoPress [feedly]

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Sukhoi Lands Second Western Customer for SSJ100 - Aviation International News [feedly]


Why Northrop Won The LRS Bomber - Breaking Defense [feedly]


Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines Agree on 787 Dreamliner Order [feedly]

Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines Agree on 787 Dreamliner Order

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L'Espagne pourrait intégrer le pool MMF - Le Journal de l'Aviation [feedly]

L'Espagne pourrait intégrer le pool MMF - Le Journal de l'Aviation

L'Espagne pourrait rejoindre le consortium formé par la Norvège, les Pays-Bas et la Pologne dans le cadre de l'appel d'offres concernant l'acquisition conjointe de plusieurs A330 MRTT. Airbus Defence & Space avait été sélectionné en décembre 2014 pour fournir quatre avions de ravitaillement en vol, dans la perspective d'une mutualisation multinationale des moyens.

Le contrat initial pourrait monter jusqu'à huit avions, en fonction du nombre de clients que l'OCCAR pourra réunir sur le projet MMF (Multinational Multi role tanker transport Fleet). La Belgique serait aussi intéressée. Dans le cas de l'armée de l'air espagnole, la décision de se joindre au pool européen ou d'acquérir les MRTT de manière autonome n'a pas encore été prise.


Airbus Targets Helo Refueling, Paratrooper Airdrops for A400M - [feedly]

Airbus Targets Helo Refueling, Paratrooper Airdrops for A400M
The British units will be fitted with a specific defensive aids subsystemsimilar to the directional infrared countermeasure installed on the Voyager A330 multirole tanker transport (MRTT) flown by the Royal Air Force. Britain gets that system as London ...


Drone developments: Tiny autonomous UAV flies without GPS - AsiaOne [feedly]

Drone developments: Tiny autonomous UAV flies without GPS
TOKYO - A Japanese graduate student has developed and marketed a small drone that can fly autonomously and stably without need for the global positioning system, or a remote controller. The palm-size drone, called Phenox2, is now on sale. "There is no ...
Tiny autonomous UAV flies without GPSNikkei Asian Review


Lockheed Martin Completes F-16 Durability Testing Milestone [feedly]

Lockheed Martin Completes F-16 Durability Testing Milestone

Lockheed Martin completed more than 27,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft at Lockheed Martin's Full Scale Durability Test facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo: Lockheed Martin.


First Airbus Helicopters final assembly line in China to be set up in cooperation with Sino-German Ecopark

  • Historic partnership paves the way for the establishment of an H135 final assembly line and acomprehensive industrial hub in China.
  • Sino-German Ecopark, located in Qingdao, Shandong province, makes commitment to acquire100 H135s to be produced locally over the next 10 years for Chinese general aviation needs.
  • Airbus Helicopters consolidates its position as the leading helicopter manufacturer in theChinese market which will need 3000-5000 helicopters in the next 20 years.

H135's final assembly line

A Letter of Intent (LOI) for the establishment of a final assembly line (FAL) of Airbus Helicopters’ H135 in China was signed today by Yao Yixian, the Sino-German Ecopark Deputy General Manager and Wolfgang Schoder, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland CEO in Hefei, Anhui Province.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel witnessed the signing ceremony. This LOI also includes a commitment by the Chinese party for 100 H135s to be assembled in the future FAL in China over the next 10 years.

Today´s agreement is a major step forward for Airbus Helicopters in China – a country which is becoming the world’s largest market for helicopters and in which the European rotorcraft manufacturer keeps increasing its footprint. An ecosystem will be developed with the Chinese partners - it will include the country’s first Airbus Helicopters final assembly line, a sales office for locally-assembled H135s to be distributed domestically, as well as maintenance, repair, overhaul and training capabilities to support the Chinese H135 fleet.

This powerful industrial hub will ensure a long-term presence for Airbus Helicopters in China.

"The signing of this LOI is another milestone in the long lasting cooperation between Airbus Helicopters and China which started 40 years ago,” said Norbert Ducrot, President of Airbus Helicopters China. “Airbus Helicopters is leading the Chinese helicopter market with a civil market share of 40% today. This collaboration is a significant development that will help us to further increase our market share, while providing proven and certified solutions to accompany the progressive opening of Chinese skies to helicopter operations.”

The H135 is one of the most popular light twin-engine helicopters in China currently, performing mainly helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and police missions. With the expected increase in civil and parapublic services demand for helicopters as China’s general aviation market continues to expand, the set up of the H135 FAL is a timely development.

Airbus Helicopters has delivered nearly 1,200 helicopters of the H135-family to customers around the globe, which have logged more than 3 million flight hours. One-quarter of this total fleet is deployed for HEMS duties. In addition to other Airbus Helicopters range operating air ambulance missions, the company leads the segment with 60% market share, which includes the top 10 HEMS operators around the world.
About Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group. The company provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to its customers who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in highly demanding environments. Flying more than 3 million flight hours per year, the company’s in-service fleet includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in 152 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs more than 23,000 people worldwide and in 2014 generated revenues of 6.5 billion Euros. In line with the company’s new identity, fully integrated into Airbus Group, Airbus Helicopters has renamed its product range replacing the former “EC” designation with an “H”.



China Aviation Supplies Holding Company orders 30 A330 Family and 100 A320 Family aircraft

A great endorsement for the world’s leading versatile wide-body A330 and the best-selling single aisle A320 Family aircraft

China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for the acquisition of 30 A330 Family aircraft and 100 A320 Family aircraft. The 30 A330s are the firm up of the commitment signed in June 2015. The GTA was signed in Beijing by Li Hai, President and CEO of CAS, and Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus, in the presence of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“We are grateful to CAS, one of our longest standing customers, for its continued confidence in Airbus and in the versatile A330 Family as well as the best-selling A320 Family,” said Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus. “With these 30 A330 options now firmed up, CAS’ total number of orders for the popular Airbus widebody is this year 75 aircraft. This strong demand in China for the A330 has been the key driver behind our decision to set up an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin, China next to the A320 Family final assembly line and delivery centre in Tianjin, which has assembled and delivered more than 240 Airbus single aisle aircraft. This will enable us to be even closer to our customers and to take our long-standing mutual beneficial partnership with China to a new height.”

The first agreements on setting up an A330 C&DC in Tianjin, China were signed by Airbus and Chinese partners in March 2014 and witnessed by French President Francois Hollande and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping. This was followed in October 2014, when Airbus, the Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in Berlin, Germany, in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, A framework agreement was signed in July 2015 in Toulouse.

According to the Airbus global market forecast, China is leading the world in passenger growth. China’s domestic air traffic will become the world’s largest within the next 10 years, and traffic volumes will quadruple in the next 20 years. In the next 20 years, Airbus forecasts a demand in China for some 5,400 new passenger and freighter aircraft including 1,700 widebody aircraft like the A330, A350 and A380.

At present, the in-service Airbus fleet with Chinese operators comprises over 1,200 aircraft (over 1,000 A320 Family aircraft, over 160 A330 Family aircraft and five A380s as well as Airbus freighters and corporate jets).

The A330 is one of the most popular widebody aircraft ever and has to date won over 1,500 orders, with over 1,200 flying with more than 100 operators worldwide. Airbus is investing hundreds of millions of Euros per year in the A330 Family to maintain the aircraft at the leading edge of innovations. The A330 Family is part of the world’s most modern and comprehensive widebody product line, which also includes the larger A350 XWB and double deck A380

The A330 family seats between 250 and 440 passengers and is one of the most efficient aircraft in the world, with the lowest operating costs in its category. Thanks to the continuous introduction of a large number of innovations, the A330 remains the most profitable and best performing aircraft in its class, boasting an average operational reliability of 99.4 percent. Worldwide an A330 Family aircraft takes off or lands every 20 seconds.

The A320 Family, seat from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covering the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density configurations on domestic to longer-range routes. To date, Airbus has sold more than 12,200 A320 Family aircraft and delivered over 6,700 CEO to more than 300 operators worldwide.

Airbus is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, and subsidiaries in the US, China, India, Japan and in the Middle East. In addition, it provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network.

Notes to editors About China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS)

China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) is a state-owned enterprise managed by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council. Its predecessor, China Aviation Supplies Company (CASC) was founded in October 1980 upon the approval of the State Import and Export Regulatory Commission and was the first company established in civil aviation industry. In October 2002, the transportation companies and supporting companies in the civil aviation industry underwent a merging and restructuring. As a result, China Aviation Supplies Import & Export Group Corporation (CASGC), as one of the six aviation transportation and supporting group companies, was officially established with the approval of State Council. In December 2007, its name was changed to China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS).

As the largest comprehensive aviation suppliers service and support provider in China, CAS acts as a neutral third party, and is a well-known brand which enjoys good image in the international aviation market. CAS keeps close partnership with Chinese airlines and foreign aircraft manufacturers, with distribution network covering the whole country and has endeavoured to optimize aviation resource allocation and build an aviation supplies sharing platform for the whole industry.

CAS official web site:


Airbus to boost A320 production to 60 a month in mid-2019

Ongoing high demand for world’s leading Single Aisle aircraft

To match ongoing high demand for its bestselling A320 Family, Airbus has taken the decision to further increase the production rate of the Single Aisle Family to 60 aircraft a month in mid-2019. The decision follows thorough studies on production ramp-up readiness in the supply chain and in Airbus sites to allow the ramp-up.

To enable the ramp-up Airbus will extend its capacity in Hamburg with the creation of an additional production line. In parallel Airbus will integrate cabin furnishing activities for A320 aircraft produced in Toulouse into the Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, and thereby harmonising the production process across all A320 Family Final Assembly Lines worldwide.

“The growing Single Aisle demand and impressive backlog for both CEOs and NEOs led us to decide on a further ramp-up,” said Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President Programmes. “I am confident that we have the highest skilled teams and the right solutions in place to gradually move to the highest production rate ever achieved in civil aviation history.”

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 12,200 orders since launch and more than 6,700 aircraft delivered to more than 300 operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320 & A321), the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. With over 4,300 orders received from more than 75 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured almost 60 percent share of the market.


Orion ESM – structural test model ready for shipment

n November Airbus DS will deliver the structural test article for the European Service Module to NASA. The structural test article is an exact copy of the flight model, only without the functionality. It will determine whether the structural and weight specifications have been met, and whether the module lives up to NASA’s crew safety requirements. Testing will take place in Sandusky in the U.S. state of Ohio, home to NASA’s Plum Brook Station test centre.

2018 is the launch year for the first Orion mission – which will be uncrewed and powered by the European Service Module built by Airbus Defence and Space. The service module fulfils the role of a power plant. It drives the capsule and provides fuel and energy. It is also equipped with oxygen tanks to supply the crew. During the mission, it remains permanently attached to the capsule, detaching only shortly before the spacecraft re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere.


[Video] A400M completes grass runway certification tests

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed certification testing of the A400M new generation airlifter on a grass runway. Tests took place over a three week period at the airfield of Écury-sur-Coole in France in September and examined the aircraft’s behaviour on grass and natural soil runways.


HAV airship receives helium lift ahead of delayed return to flight [feedly]

HAV airship receives helium lift ahead of delayed return to flight

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USAF seeks 10 commercial jets in new market survey [feedly]


Project Wing drone delivery service to take flight in 2017 [feedly]

Project Wing drone delivery service to take flight in 2017

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GoPro releases sneak peek aerial footage from its upcoming quadcopter [feedly]

GoPro releases sneak peek aerial footage from its upcoming quadcopter

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Aeroscraft ML866 (66-ton payload) Airship Reaches System Level ‘Design Freeze’ Phase


The Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros) today revealed another milestone completed in the development of the world’s first Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capable heavy-lift cargo airship, the Aeroscraft, featuring independence from external ballast. Following the engineering scale down prototype "Dragon Dream" phase of the program, the team at Aeros is now entering the design freeze phase for the ML866 (66-ton) Aeroscraft cargo airship. Aeros is currently developing main component and test articles for the patented buoyancy management system known as COSH, or control-of-static-heaviness, as well as structural components for the operational Aeroscraft with 66-ton payload. The advanced aircraft now taking shape is unique in terms of its capability, size, cargo handling and propulsion, featuring infrastructure independence with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability at max payload. COSH is Aeros’ proprietary and patented internal buoyancy management technology, which was successfully demonstrated in 2013 as part of DoD ‘Project Pelican’ with the technology demonstration vehicle measuring approximately 1:2 scale, known as ‘Dragon Dream.’

Aeros is planning to complete the configuration ‘design freeze’ for the 66-ton payload capable Aeroscraft by end of 2015 as part of fleet development efforts now underway to satisfy global demand for the vehicle’s new logistics capabilities. “We are excited to reveal production is underway on the 555-ft long ML866, and committed to achieving FAA operational certification for the first deployable Aeroscraft in approximately five years,” explains Igor Pasternak, CEO of Aeroscraft Corporation.

The Aeroscraft is a new heavy-lift, variable-buoyancy cargo airship featuring an onboard buoyancy management system, rigid structure, vertical takeoff and landing performance, and operational abilities at low speed, in hover, and from unprepared surfaces. Aeros’ unique and patented COSH technology breakthrough permits airships to efficiently address global cargo/logistics applications for the first time. This new capability will dramatically decrease the time and cost for delivering large ‘project’ and container cargo around the world, especially to austere areas with no pre-positioned infrastructure. Learn more at


– Worldwide Aeros Corp. (Aeros), a California manufacturer of airships and aerostats operating with a FAA Production Certificate, announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Aeros have reached agreement on the plan for certification of Aeros’ latest airship, the ‘40E Sky Dragon.’ Aeros expects the 40E ‘Sky Dragon’ will enter flight testing in 2016, and complete the Type Certification process with regulatory authorities before entering global service. Applications for "Sky Dragon" include border security, surveillance, early warning, search and rescue operations, port security and maritime patrol, in addition to more traditional airship roles like advertising and event broadcast. About the ‘40E Sky Dragon:’ Aeros’ latest airship, was developed as the most advanced LTA aircraft for multi-role mission capabilities and global surveillance/ reconnaissance support, building on the performance strengths of the 40D ‘Sky Dragon’ airships in global operation since 2007. The aircraft will present mission advantages including vertical takeoff, increased sensory payload capability, and single pilot operation. Presenting extended time-onstation and operational cost advantages when delivering 360 perspective of the air and ground environment, Aeros’ long-loitering 40E airship features useful payload greater than one ton, and supports ISR mission success and efficiency with multi-payload mounting systems for radar, EO/IR cameras, remote sensing technology (LIDAR), and/or communications equipment. It has the following performance characteristics: The 40E presents the next generation of non-rigid, near-to-equilibrium airships, featuring: Fly-by-wire flight control technology, glass cockpit with optimized informational displays and ergonomics, and adaptive vector thrust system. New Weigh-off-on-Wheels (WoW) landing gear design allows pilot acquisition of realtime static lift data during takeoff, and dampening control for smoother landings, while the aircraft’s revolutionary robotic ground handling and mooring system slashes ground handling requirements and operational expenses.


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