AIR International - May, 2018

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FEATURES

AIRBUS A350-1000
Nigel Pittaway reports on how Airbus is focusing on the growing Asia-Pacific market after recently completing a region-wide demonstration tour with the A350-1000.

RAFALE WEAPON TRAINING
Jan Kraak visited the annual air-to-ground live firing exercise for Armée de l’Air Rafale crews at BA120 Cazaux.

AIR SUPERIORITY
Lon Nordeen reviews the current stock of western air superiority fighters, air-to-air missiles carried and similar systems in development by China and Russia.

AUSTRIA’S POLICE FLYERS
Stefan DeGraef and Edwin Borremans visit the Austrian Flugpolizei helicopter unit operating a mixed fleet of types.

MONTENEGRO AIR FORCE
Sven van Roij visited the Balkan country of Montenegro, the newest member of NATO, and tells us about the small nation’s air arm.

FINNAIR
Andreas Spaeth writes about how the Scandinavian carrier is gaining from huge demand in China and Japan and is promoting Helsinki as a time-saving gateway to Europe.

60o STORMO
Riccardo Niccoli visited the Alfredo Barbieri military airport at Guidonia near Rome to learn about Italy’s military gliding school.

SUPER HORNET
Lon Nordeen reports on a ground-breaking service life modification programme to sustain the US Navy’s Super Hornet fleet.

AVIANO – AMERICA’S FIGHTER TOWN IN ITALY
Riccardo Niccoli visited Aviano Air Base, home to the F-16-equipped 31st Fighter Wing, and learns about its training and importance to NATO.

MAP MAKERS
Mark Broadbent profiles the activities of the Ordnance Survey Flying Unit, a specialist organisation that maps Britain from the air.

AIRSCENE

LEADING STORIES
Supersonic X-plane, NORAD 60 CF-18, Dutch defence plans.

FIRST TO FLY
Chen Chuanren reports on the delivery of the first Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10.

MILITARY NEWS
Republic of Korea Air Force F-35A, F-16s for Croatia, Chinese carrier.

UK TRAINING
Pastures new: Grobs and King Airs go civil in the latest UK Military Flying Training System changes.

MILITARY HELICOPTERS
Restructure for the Royal Navy’s Merlin HM2 force, last Griffins and Squirrels leave RAF Shawbury.

COMMERCIAL NEWS
Boeing 777-9 production, Embraer delivers E190-E2, Hi Fly announces it will operate the A380 and Qantas begins direct flights to Australia with 787-9s.

AERIAL FIREFIGHTING 2018
Jim Dunn reports from this year’s Aerial Firefighting conference held at McClellan Field, California.

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
Avenger ER’s long-duration flight, new weapons under consideration for the MQ-9 Reaper, Nigerian CH-3 operations.

INTEL, SURVEILLANCE AND RECON
GlobalEye’s first flight, UK Protector contract, Philippines boosts surveillance capabilities with King Air and ScanEagle.

NEWS COLUMNS

US AIR FORCE
Pegasus stumbles: more KC-46A delays and deficiencies.

US NAVY
An F-35 wrap-up, an MQ-25 clean-sheet design and V-22 pre-negotiated prices.

CHINA
The Sino-Russian CR929 airliner.

ASIA-PACIFIC
Indian Air Force issues request for proposals for new fighter.

BACK PAGES

FIXING PROBLEMS
Overcoming issues with the A320neo’s geared turbofans.

COMMERCIAL HELOS
Sikorsky promotes the Firehawk in South America, and the 50th anniversary of the Fenestron.

BIZJETS
Falcon 2000 FANS upgrade.

BABY 737 MAX
The smallest 737 MAX variant flies.

FIGHTING THE FIRES
BAe Airtankers are in demand.