AIR International - January 2015

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A380 SUPPLEMENT
AIR International highlights aspects of the Airbus A380 super jumbo in service.

LEADING NEWS STORIES

HANDS ON, AT LAST AIR International’s Mark Ayton attended
the acceptance ceremony for the RAF’s first A400 Atlas.

FC-31 Piotr Butowski describes the Shenyang FC-31, following its
public debut at Airshow China in Zhuhai during November.

LIGHTNING, ASRAAM AND PAVEWAY IV Mark Ayton reports on the first
F-35B trials of UK-specific weapons.

AGGRESSORS, THE SIXTY WHISKEY AND JSTARS Robert F Dorr provides
the latest stories from around the US Air Force.

LIGHTNING, ROMEOS AND SEA DRAGONS Rick Burgess gives the latest top
news stories from the US Navy and Coast Guard.

EAGLES TO LIONS Shlomo Aloni details the Israeli Air Force M-346 Lavi trainer
following its official inauguration.

Su-35 IN CHINA Piotr Butowski outlines the latest on the protracted sale of the
Sukhoi Su-35 to China.

BREAKING NEWS
More coalition aircraft deploy to fight ISIL, Boeing starts Dreamliner green diesel tests, France confirms plan to order A330 tankers, RAF Reapers in action over Iraq, and the first SH-2G Sea Sprite is handed over to the RNZAF.

GENERAL NEWS
Fifth J-20 fl own, Nigerian interest in the Scorpion, Japan selects RQ-4 Global Hawk, E-2D Hawkeye and V-22 Osprey, and Mi-171A2 commences flight testing.

Features

DUTCH GORILLAS
Arnaud Boxman and Kees van der Mark visited the Dutch F-35A Lightning II team at Eglin Air Force Base.

LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN
Ian Harding spent a day with 736 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose home of Royal Navy fast jet operations.

LAST OF THE WESTERN TRI-JETS
Tom Allett joined the retirement celebrations for KLM’s MD-11 fl eet.

SOUTH PACIFIC TEXANS
Nigel Pittaway fi nds out about the T-6 Texan’s capabilities with the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

SYSTEMS THINKING
Dr Simon Bennett considers the benefi ts of a systems-thinking approach to accident investigation.

TANKER TURNS THE CORNER
Nigel Pittaway assesses the KC-30A in Royal Australian Air Force service.

THOMSON: CHANGING THE FACE OF FLYING
Tom Allett reports how Thomson Airways is reinventing itself from airframe choice to destination report.

THE INNOVATIVE NEW YORKER
Andreas Spaeth discovers the world of US airline JetBlue.

ONE SEVEN ONE
Stefan Degraef and Edwin Borremans profi le Swedish Air Force JAS 39 Gripen operations.

POLAR FLYERS
Mark Broadbent looks at the British Antarctic Survey Air Unit.