AIR International - March 2014

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News

BREAKING NEWS
Kuwait has its first C-17A Globemaster, BA ends Atlas Air 747-8F lease, the US Navy flies the second MQ-8C Fire Scout, Oman’s new F-16C Fighting Falcon takes to the skies while the UAE looks forward to a further 30 Desert Falcons, and the UK and France talk UCAVs.

GENERAL NEWS
New Hercules gunship flies, Rafale upgrades get the go-ahead, AW189 cleared for delivery, Citation Latitude begins taxi tests, RAF begins TriStar withdrawals, Saudi F-15SA Eagles fl y west for upgrades, and the Russian Navy plans land-based fighter units.

TARANIS – THE WOOMERA BOOMERANG
AIR International details the UK’s Taranis technology UCAV demonstrator.

UK FAILS TO IMPRESS
Jon Lake assesses why the UAE said no to a British defence deal that included Typhoon fighters.

TESTING TIMES
David Isby reviews the content of this year’s US Operational Test and Evaluation report.

UNWANTED AIRCRAFT
Robert F Dorr outlines the inventory.

THREE ‘FREE’ EA-18G GROWLERS
Rick Burgess presents the latest major stories from the US Navy.

ALIGNED TO KEEP YOU FLYING
Mark Broadbent reviews a new aero engine maintenance service proposed by Rolls-Royce.

EUROCOPTER
AIR International reports from the annual Eurocopter media briefing in Paris.

Features

KEEPING SCORE: LUFTHANSA GROUP REMODELS
Chris Kjelgaard finds out about SCORE, Lufthansa’s biggest-ever restructuring programme.

ÉTENDARD EXCELLENCE
The Super Étendard is still providing the Aéronavale with valuable capabilities. Jan Kraak tells the story.

CULTIVATING SAFETY
Sociologist Dr Simon Bennett describes the less tangible measures of safety in aviation.

RAPID RESPONDERS
Nigel Pittaway visits the US Marine Corps’ 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Australia.

THE FLYING LINESMEN
Mark Broadbent discovers how the National Grid operates a Bell 429 to check power lines.

SOUTH AMERICA’S SKY TANKERS
Sérgio Santana reviews the current status and future trends of the tanker fleets operated by South American air forces.

DESERT MIRAGES IN EUROPE
Kirk Paloulian attended the first exercise between the Hellenic and Qatar Emiri Air Forces and their Mirage 2000s.

POWERED BY THE SUN
An American company is building unmanned solar-powered aircraft with the potential to remain airborne for years, as Mark Broadbent discovered.

GOING DUTCH IN SPAIN
Kees van der Mark profiles Dutch participation in the Tactical Leadership Programme.