Month: May 2012

Cockpits Upgrades For US And NATO E-3 Sentry AWACS

Cockpits Upgrades For US And NATO E-3 Sentry AWACS

Analysis, Defense, Featured, Headline, Systems
A $368 million EMD (Engineering Manufacturing and Development) Defense contract with Boeing will finally see both NATO and USAF fleets of E3-A/B/C Sentry Airborne Warning And Control Systems (AWACS) retrofitted with advanced digital flight decks. The 32 E-3s aircraft in the US Air Force inventory along with the 16 aircraft operated by NATO, all delivered between 1977 and 1985 have been some of the most recognized military derivatives of the legendary Boeing 707-320B designed in the 1950's. Despite continuous upgrades to the AWACS battle management/radar processing systems,enhancing the rotating dome-mounted AN/APY-2 radar performance under the current Block 40/45 configuration, the E-3 Sentry have mostly retained obsolescent analog cockpit flight instruments. The upgrade works on the aircr...
UAE and UK Take Delivery Of Respectively 5th and 8th Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

UAE and UK Take Delivery Of Respectively 5th and 8th Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

Defense, Featured, Headline
The United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defense, and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force took delivery of respectively, their 5th and 8th Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on May 22nd and May 18th 2012. For the UAE air arm, the new aircraft is joining four other C-17 aircraft delivered last year which are based in Abu Dhabi. Boeing also expects to deliver the last of six C-17s ordered by the UAE in 2010 during the current year. For the UK Royal Air Force which began operating the type in May of 2001, the induction of an 8th aircraft with the 99 Squadron at Brize, Norton was highly anticipated. During its ten plus years operating the type, the RAF has continuously demonstrated the growing operational demands for the capabilities that the C-17 aircraft provides. The 74,000 accumulated...
Lufthansa Takes Delivery Of First Boeing 747-8I Equipped With long Awaited New Business Class Seat (Video)

Lufthansa Takes Delivery Of First Boeing 747-8I Equipped With long Awaited New Business Class Seat (Video)

Airlines, Analysis, Headline
Germany's main carrier Lufthansa took delivery of the first evr 747-8 Intercontinental to enter passenger service. The aircraft official hand over to Deutsche Lufthansa AG took place on April 25th 2012. The ceremony was attended notably by Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Christoph Franz, chairman of the Executive Board and chief executive officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The ferry flight to Germany saw the new aircraft registered as D-ABYA depart Everett airfield on May 1st with about 30 passengers and crews on board including company's senior executives. The arrival event in Germany was marked by the aircraft conducting a touch and go maneuver at the Hamburg airport Lufthansa's maintenance base before flying along to the carrier's Frankfurt main staging ...