AIR International - September 2012

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LEADING NEWS COLUMNS 

Raptors, Pariahs and Gadgets
Fixed or not fixed, Robert F Dorr outlines the ongoing problem with the F-22 Raptor and some new gadgets for Air Force One.

Airlift in Transition
New aircraft types continue to re-equip the RAAF’s Airlift Group including some surprises, Nigel Pittaway provides the detail.

FEATURES

 

TAKOVER, MAFIA AND OLD IRON – TWENTY YEARS OF AIR COMBAT COMMAND
Robert F Dorr looks at the history of Air Combat Command and the challenges it is facing. 

 

BOMBARDIER BOUNCE BACK
After a difficult 2011 Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s sales have rebounded and the company is looking ahead to the first flight of its CSeries.  Mark Broadbent talks to its President, Mike Arcamone.

 

PUMAS ON THE LINK
Ian Harding profiles the Hungarian Air Force Gripen-equipped 1st Tactical Fighter Squadron.

 

RUSSIA’S RESTYLED HELICOPTER
Piotr Butowski provides an overview of the Kamov Ka-62 medium helicopter.

 

GERMAN EUROFIGHTERS SCALP ALASKAN RAPTORS
Jon Lake reports on the recent deployment by Eurofighter-equipped JG 74 to Red Flag Alaska.

 

RUSSIAN LIGHT TWIN
Piotr Butowski provides the latest details of the Ansat light turbine twin helicopter built by Kazan Helicopters. 

THUNDER OVER THE OUTBACK
Nigel Pittaway reports on Pitch Black 2012, Australia’s largest biannual exercise. 

THREE FIFTY TAKES SHAPE
Jorge Penalba spoke to Didier Evrard, executive vice president of Airbus and head of the A350 programme.

SEA BREEZE 2012
Richard Gennis visits Naval Air Station Saki in the Ukraine.

 

COLOMBIA’S RED FLAG DEBUT
AIR International reports from Nellis AFB, Nevada on the first deployment to exercise Red Flag by the Colombian Air Force.

 

EIGHT SIXTY’S NEW BIRD
Ian Harding describes the first deployment made by Royal Netherlands Navy NH90s to the UK.  

RUSSIAN T-BIRD
Piotr Butowski looks at the past and the future of Russia’s new-generation Yak-130 lead-in fighter trainer.

 

HOT IMPULSE
Salvador Mafé and Francisco Francés report on the latest joint attack helicopter training exercise undertaken by the Spanish and French Armies.

THREE TWENTY NEO
Jorge Penalba spoke to Alan Pardoe, Head of Marketing at Airbus, about the A320neo.