The Schools Aerospace Challenge winners for 2016 were announced at the Awards Reception held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London on Monday 21st November.
UK DEFENCE Secretary Sir Michael Fallon confirmed on November 1, that the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatic team is to re-equip with new aircraft. He said that the team’s current Hawk T1s are in need of replacement and a decision will be made within the next two years. Fallon said that it is too early at this stage to say what type of aircraft will replace them.
NEWLY ACQUIRED Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130T Hercules 5040 (c/n 5040, ex USMC/163022) completed its delivery flight on October 9, when it landed safely at Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base, Cebu, in the Philippines. It had left Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Arizona, on October 5.
RUSSIAN NAVY aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (063) transited southwards through the English Channel on October 21, along with a Task Group of seven other Russian naval vessels en route to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where its aircraft will participate in operations against ISIL and other terrorist groups in Syria.
RUSSIAN NAVY aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (063) transited southwards through the English Channel on October 21, along with a Task Group of seven other Russian naval vessels en route to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where its aircraft will participate in operations against ISIL and other terrorist groups in Syria
A THIRD C-27J Spartan has entered Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service. The aircraft, A34-003 (c/n 4182, USAF/12-27050), arrived at RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales, on October 18 at the end of its ferry flight from prime contractor L-3 Communications’ facility in Waco, Texas. The aircraft had routed through the UK, passing through RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, where it made an overnight stop on October 1-2. It then continued via Pisa, Italy, before continuing through the Middle East and Asia before arriving in Australia.
AN ADDITIONAL AW139 has joined the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Air Wing, supplementing two already in service. The new helicopter, AS1630 (c/n 31625, ex I-PTFT), was delivered on September 22.
US STATE Department approval has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of two Cessna AC-208B Combat Caravan aircraft and related equipment, training, and support. The proposed order, worth an estimated $65.3 million, was announced today, October 7, by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which had notified Congress of this possible sale earlier.
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS has begun the flight test campaign for the public services variant of the H175 medium twin-engine helicopter. The company announced on October 12, at Helitech in Amsterdam that an initial flight-test campaign had been successfully concluded after 12 flights. This included a demonstration carried out with launch customer Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service (GFS) which, as previously reported in AFMD, placed an order for seven of this new variant in September 2015.
Flight-testing of the public services variant will resume in December, with two additional aircraft to support the certification process ahead of a planned entry into service in late 2017.
BANGLADESH HAS become the latest nation to acquire the Airbus C295W medium airlifter with an order for a single aircraft for Bangladesh Army Aviation. Airbus Defence and Space announced the contract for the aircraft on October 11.