AIR International - November 2017

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AIRSCENE
Top stories in military and commercial aviation from around the world.

SCORPION
Mark Ayton spoke with members of Textron Aviation’s flight-test team about the design concept and production evolution of the Scorpion jet.

F-35 LIGHTNING II
David C Isby spoke with Admiral Mat Winter, the new F-35 Program Executive Officer, about sustaining the fifth-generation fighter.

DRAKEN INTERNATIONAL
Frank Visser and Ludo Mennes detail the first deployment of L-159s to Europe by American company Draken International.

LOGANAIR
Mark Broadbent profiles the proudly Scottish airline Loganair, again flying under its own name.

VMU-4
Joe Copalman reports on an interesting deployment to southern California by Marine UAV Squadron 4.

SWORDFISH
Jon Lake provides an overview of the Saab Swordfish, a futuristic maritime patrol aircraft based on the Bombardier 6000 business jet.

F-15 EAGLE & F/A-18 SUPER HORNET
David C Isby profiles the latest variants of the F-15 Eagle and F/A-18 Super Hornet.

GRIPEN E
Jerry Gunner spoke with Saab’s chief test pilot about the Gripen E’s flight test programme to date.

EUROPEAN AIRLINES
Dominic Sipinski assesses whether a new association of airlines in Europe will be effective.
 
KC-46A PEGASUS
David C Isby brings us up to date with the progress of one of America’s most important weapons systems.

A330 MRTT
Nigel Pittaway reports on one of Europe’s most important military aircraft programmes, the Airbus A330 MRTT.

C-130J SUPER HERCULES
Matthew Clements visits the 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, which flies the C-130J-30 Super Hercules.

AIR BALTIC
Dominic Sipinski reports how Air Baltic is strengthening its Riga hub as it seeks a private investor.

TANKERS AND SYSTEMS
David C Isby lays out the different options available to those wanting to buy an air-to-air refueller.

MH-60R SEAHAWK
Nigel Pittaway details the Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopters and its service roadmap.

HONEYWELL GODIRECT
Mark Broadbent explains how Honeywell is embracing big data to help operators.

F-15E STRIKE EAGLE
David C Isby spoke with two F-15E Strike Eagle aircrew about the aircraft, its upgrades and other requirements.