AIR International - February 2019

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FEATURES

F-22 RAPTOR
David C Isby outlines challenges to the US Air Force F-22 force.

F-35 LIGHTNING II
David C Isby updates the status of the F-35 Lightning II fleet.

CHENGDU J-20
Piotr Butowski analyses the Chengdu J-20.

SHENYANG FC-31
Andreas Rupprecht provides an update on the Chinese FC-31.

SUKHOI Su-57
Piotr Butowski provides an update on Russia’s Su-57 fighter.

VIRGIN GALACTIC’S SPACE SHOT
Mark Broadbent reports on a recent Virgin Galactic milestone.

DRONE PILOT TRAINING
Dick Wels visits the 558th Flying Training Squadron.

MIDSIZE MATTERS
Mark Broadbent reports on midsize airliner developments.

MANAGING RESOURCES
Dr Simon Bennett reviews the area of crew resource management.

NATO TLP: ACROSS GENERATIONS
Riccardo Niccoli reports from the first Tactical Leadership Programme involving the F-35 Lightning II.

BELL 407GXi: THE LEGACY CONTINUES
Ian Frain profiles the Bell 407GXi helicopter.

AUSTRIAN AIRLINES AT A NEW ALTITUDE
Andreas Spaeth reports on fast-growing Austrian Airlines.

AIRSCENE

LEADING STORIES
UK F-35B IOC, more A220s, KC-46A and the 2018 Airbus and Boeing deliveries and orders totals.

LIGHTNING DELIVERY
Australia becomes the seventh country to receive the F-35 Lightning II, with delivery of its first two examples to RAAF Williamtown.

MILITARY NEWS
King Airs, Citations, final Egyptian Rafales.

KLu F-16s BACK HOME
The homecoming of Dutch F-16s from what is likely to be their last Middle East deployment.

SPANISH AIR DEFENCE
A report from Eagle Eye, one of the major air defence exercises in Spain.

MILITARY HELICOPTERS
Sea King farewell tour, QinetiQ retires Gazelles, SB-1 Defiant breaks cover.

COMMERCIAL NEWS
A319 certified, milestone E-Jet, Level’s plans, TUI 737 MAX.

BLOOMING CHINESE DRONES
The numerous UAVs under development in China.

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
Fully-autonomous VSR700, ApusDuo HALE system.

INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE & RECON
Luftwaffe extends Heron-1 contract, NATO E-3 upgrade complete.

NEWS COLUMNS

RUSSIA
New Flankers, upgraded Flankers and a Backfire’s maiden flight.

UNITED STATES
Artificial intelligence and the future of US airpower.

BACK PAGES

COMMERCIAL HELICOPTERS
NPAS H135s, HEMS H145, Polish Black Hawk.

BIZJETS
BBJ 777X, Global 7500 enters service, G500s delivered.

SUPERSONIC QueSST
Looking ahead to the X-59.

DIGITAL TOWERS
A revolution in air traffic control.