Month: June 2013

Indian Air Force Mi-17V-5 Helicopter Crashes While Conducting Rescue Mission In Flood Ravaged Area; 20 Fatalities.

Indian Air Force Mi-17V-5 Helicopter Crashes While Conducting Rescue Mission In Flood Ravaged Area; 20 Fatalities.

Defense, Headline
  A Mi-17V-5 helicopter belonging to the Indian Air Force and flying rescue missions to rain-affected areas crashed today near Gaurikund, India. The doomed chopper had been on his third rescue mission of the day carrying 20 people on board including 5 IAF personnel along with National Disaster Management Authority para military rescue crews assigned to the relief mission.   The chopper who had been returning to Gauchar after its 3rd sortie of the day to rain disaster sites in Guptakashi and Kedarnath crashed in very bad weather on its return leg to Gauchar.   The 8 fatalities initially announced accounted solely for those whose bodies had been recovered while it is becoming more likely that all 20 occupants aboard the aircraft may have perished. India's times report that...
SAS To Order 8 A350-900 To Replace A340 & 4 A330-300 Enhanced. Long Haul Fleet To Receive Cabin Upgrades.

SAS To Order 8 A350-900 To Replace A340 & 4 A330-300 Enhanced. Long Haul Fleet To Receive Cabin Upgrades.

Featured, Headline
  SAS announced that it had signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 12 new aircraft plus 6 options for its long haul fleet.   The $3.3 Billion package that will be financed via sales/lease back and export credit financing. Under the deal some existing aircraft will also receive cabin upgrades. The newly revamped modern long haul fleet secures a lower operating cost and a sustainable growth on the short and longer term.   The carrier will initially receive 4 A330-300 Enhanced as early as the middle of 2015. By 2018, 8 new A350-900 will begin arriving in time to replace the current A340 whose leases are due to expire. Options for another 6 A350-900 have also been secured.   The cabin upgrades that are due to be completed in 2015 will keep th...
After Controversy Over Sensitive Technology, Boeing Finally Allowed To Complete Mid-Life Upgrade Of 4 French E3-F AWACS To Block 40/45 Configuration

After Controversy Over Sensitive Technology, Boeing Finally Allowed To Complete Mid-Life Upgrade Of 4 French E3-F AWACS To Block 40/45 Configuration

Analysis, Defense, Featured, Headline, Systems
  Boeing has resumed work on the Mid Life Upgrade program for the four Boeing E3-F AWACS flying with the French Air Force.As Boeing's main subcontract on the project, Air France Industries will undertake most of the work at its main facility at Le Bourget Airport near Paris. Boeing is nonetheless retaining most of the main engineering and quality assurance responsibilities. The first AWACS to receive the upgrade should be able to return to service in 2014 while the rest of the fleet will fly the upgrade by 2016. The works consist of $354 million worth of hardware and software improvements. Once available on the French Air Force four E3-F AWACS, the only other user of the highly advanced variant will be the USAF as none of the others AWACS operators(NATO' s 17 E3-C, UK's 7 E3-D, Saud...
Airbus Celebrates The First Flight Of Its New A350XWB

Airbus Celebrates The First Flight Of Its New A350XWB

Airlines, Featured
Today's June 14th 2013 marked a pivotal moment in Airbus industry history as its newly designed A350XWB airplane took to the sky for the first time. The innovative twin engine wide body aircraft is conceived to be highly fuel efficient (25% lower burn than current technology) would allow the European plane manufacturer to challenge head-on Boeing's state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner. The test aircraft registered as F-WXWB landed at Toulouse Blagnac field at 2:05pm local time after having departed at 10:00 am local time. The crew of six operating the flight comprised the two test pilots accompanied by four test flight engineers, one of whom was assigned to monitoring the performance of the Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines powering the aircraft. The flight testing program which has officially been...