AIR International - February, 2018

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FEATURES

RUSSIAN MILITARY AVIATION IN CRIMEA
Vladimir Trendafilovski describes the complex organisation of Russia’s aviation forces deployed on the Crimean Peninsula.

FIGHTING FIRE IN CALIFORNIA
Scott Dworkin visited the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit as it battled the Thomas fire with its Bell Huey helicopters.

BANGLADESH AIR FORCE
Richard Vandervord reports from Dhaka, Bangladesh, on last year’s Victory Day celebrations.

SEA KING ASAC7
Ian Harding brings us up to date with the activities of the Royal Navy’s Sea King ASaC7-equipped 849 Naval Air Squadron: the Baggers.

NATIONAL POLICE AIR SERVICE
Dr Simon Bennett flew with a Police Air Support Unit to witness first-hand the challenges faced, capabilities used and skills imparted to police the streets of the UK.

AH-64D APACHE
Jeroen van Veenendaal reports from the only United States Army AH-64D Apache battalion in Europe, at Ansbach Germany.

NETWORK AIRLINES
Mark Broadbent presents an overview of some of the big trends affecting full-service airlines in different markets worldwide.

SPANISH NAVAL AVIATION
Roberto Yáñez and Alex Rodriguez provide an overview of one hundred years of naval aviation in Spain.

SCANEAGLE: THE AGILE UAV
Mark Broadbent reports on the increasing use of the Insitu ScanEagle UAV in commercial tasks, from wildfires in North America to surveying infrastructure in Australia.

PIAGGIO P.166
Dino Marcellino covers an air patrol mission by the Guardia di Finanza and 60 years of the charming Piaggio P.166.

AIRSCENE

LEADING STORIES
Headline news from around the aviation world.

MQ-25 STINGRAY
Insight into the recent unveiling of Boeing’s contender for the United States Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray competition, dubbed the T1.

BELL V-280 VALOR
Mark Ayton details two minutes of magic when the Bell V-280 tiltrotor achieved its maiden flight in Amarillo.

MILITARY NEWS
Poland’s Orlik upgrade, Jordan’s Border Patrol Aircraft, and a Dakota surveying Australia.

B-250
Piotr Butowski profiles the Calidus B-250 Bader light attack aircraft following its launch last November at the Dubai Air Show.

MILITARY HELICOPTERS
Enhanced Mi-171E, Dutch Chinook upgrade, French Tiger HAD retrofit.

COMMERCIAL NEWS
Lots of A321neo orders, second C919 flies and Korean CS300 delivery.

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
BAE Systems MAGMA, the NASA Ikhana, autonomous UH-1H and more.

INTEL, SURVEILLANCE AND RECON
Bundeswehr Heron, Airbus Zephyr, RQ-7 Shadow retirement.

NEWS COLUMNS

ITALY
A renaissance for Italy’s aerospace industry?

RUSSIA
Tactical aircraft deliveries.

UNITED STATES
Defeating ISIS, upgrading aircraft.

CHINA
Busy times with civil and military developments.

ASIA AND AUSTRALIA
Fighters, tankers and transports.

BACK PAGES

A BATTERY-POWERED QUADCOPTER?
Airbus powers up its ‘iron bird’ CityAirbus battery-powered quadcopter.

A SUPERSONIC BIZJET!
Reno-based Aerion and Lockheed Martin hook up to develop the supersonic AS2 business jet.

ULTRA RANGE AIRLINERS
Mark Broadbent writes about the demand for ultra-long-haul airliners led by Qantas: London to Sydney non-stop!

WORLD’S WIDEST AIRCRAFT
The six-engine Stratolaunch taxied under its own power for the first time.