William Hynett CEO of Britten-Norman (L) and Bob Seely MP for Isle of Wight (R) open new production line.
Aviation engineering news

Aircraft manufacturing returns to the UK as Britten-Norman opens IOW production line

Aircraft manufacturing has returned to the UK for the first time in decades as Britten-Norman opens its new production line for BN Islander aircraft at Bembridge, Isle of Wight. The Islander has been produced in various variants for 50 years but production was moved to Eastern Europe in the 1960s, [read more]

Aviation engineering news

ATR wins order for two new ATR42 aircraft

French regional turboprop specialist ATR has been awarded an order for two new ATR42-600 aircraft by Maldavian Airlines. The national airline of the Maldives will use the new more efficient aircraft to replace older generation aircraft and will join its existing two ATR72-600 and one ATR42-600 aircraft already in its [read more]

Air cargo news

Menzies Aviation appoints new global head of cargo

Menzies Aviation has announced it has appointed a new global head of cargo as it seeks to continue its rapid growth the air freight sector. Beau Paine will take on the role as well as retaining his current role of Senior vice president cargo (OSEA). Mr Paine joined Menzies Aviation [read more]

A Frecce Tricolori jet explodes as hits the ground near Turin
Air show news

Frecce Tricolori crash kills 5-year-old girl in Turin

A crash during a practice flight of the Frecce Tricolori, the aerobatic team of the Italian Air Force, has killed a 5-year-old girl on the ground. Footage of the accident shows the aircraft “Pony 4”, an Aermacchi MB-339, break off from the formation and descend towards the ground as it [read more]

Airbus handsover the firsdt C295 built for the Indian Air Force at a ceremony in Seville, Spain
Aviation engineering news

First Airbus C295 delivered to Indian Air Force

Airbus Defence and Space has handed over the first Airbus C295 military transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) this week at Airbus; site in Seville, Spain. The first IAF C295 was equipped in a transport configuration and with an indigenous electronic warfare suite and is the first of [read more]

An RC-135 Rivet Joint from RAF Waddington (OGL)
Military aviation news

Russia attempted to shoot down an RAF Rivet Joint aircraft

Russian fighter jets launched two missiles at a Royal Air Force (RAF) RC135 Rivet Joint spy plane in an attempt to shoot it down last september according to a report by the BBC. The incident was previously known about and Russia claimed the launches were caused by a “technical malfunction” [read more]

Airline news

Vietnam Airlines signs up for 50 Boeing 737 Max jets

Asian carrier Vietnam Airlines has signed a deal with Boeing to purchase 50 Boeing 737 Max jets as it seeks to grow its fleet. The carrier has selected the versatile 737 Max 8 variant which offers a significant increase in fuel effeciency compared to the older -800 models. The order [read more]

ISS Aerospace announces NEW tactical UAV for time critical tasking

ISS Aerospace launches new ‘time-critical tasking’ UAV

Berkshire-based ISS Aerospace has announced a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for time-critical tasking missions. The tube-launched WASP M4-TL is man-portable and deployed in less than 3 seconds and can be operated physically by a person, or remotely if mounted on a vehicle, infrastructure, or ship. After its initial rocket launch from [read more]

A USAF F35 Lightning II demonstrates at Farnborough
Aviation engineering news

Construction begins on German F-35 factory

Construction of an F-35 production facility in Weeze, Germany has begun following a groundbreaking ceremony attended by top officials including the Supreme Commander of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). Rheinmetall, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin are working in partnership for the new state-of-the-art factory which will build the centre fuselage [read more]

ATR aims to have fleet of 25+ ATR 72-600 in Korea
Aviation engineering news

ATR sets sights on South Korean market for its ATR72-600

French regional turboprop manufacturer ATR is targeting South Korea’s domestic and short-haul market with its ATR72-600 with plans to have a 25-30 strong fleet in the region by 2030. ATR made the forecast at a media briefing on Day 1 of the inaugural Gyeongbuk Aerospace, Defence and Logistics Exhibition (GADLEX) [read more]

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