AIR International - June, 2018

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FEATURES

AIRBUS A380
How do airlines use the A380? How has the aircraft evolved since its debut a decade ago? What is its future? Mark Broadbent looks at Europe’s super jumbo in service, some of the upgrades made to the aircraft and future development options.

DARK DUNE
Jan Kraak reports on the latest annual aerial refuelling exercise conducted by EC725 Caracal-equipped EH 1/67 at BA120 Cazaux.

EMBRAER’S E2
Mark Broadbent reports on the refreshed, re-engined Embraer E-Jet after the E190-E2 recently entered service with launch operator Widerøe.

RUSSIAN AIR AND SPACE FORCE
Alexander Mladenov explains how accelerated fleet recapitalisation and intensified training is growing numerical strength and overall mission capability, and sharpening the Russian Air and Space Force’s claws.

FRENCH FREISLAND
Ludo Mennes and Frank Visser cover participation by the Armée de l’Air in this year’s Exercise Frisian Flag at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands.

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES
Andreas Spaeth reports on how Ethiopian Airlines, now Africa’s biggest airline, is aspiring to make a global impact beyond its home continent.

COMMANDO MERLIN
Ian Harding details the upgrade of the UK Merlin HC3 transport helicopter into one for naval service.

F-15: AGING CHAMP OF AIR SUPREMACY
David C Isby reviews the US Air Force fleet of McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles.

TURKEY’S COAST GUARD
Carlo Kuit and Paul Kievit profile the roles and equipment of the Turkish Coast Guard.

AIRSCENE

LEADING STORIES
Airborne for a year, KC-46A delays, B-21 Raider progress, Turkish F-35 and more.

DEBUTS OVER RED SQUARE
Piotr Butowski reports from Moscow on this year’s Victory Day flypast, which included the Su-57 fighter.

MILITARY NEWS
F-35C carrier qualifications complete, Tu-22M3M first flight, India withdraws from fifth-generation fighter, Phenoms enter service, Austrian DA40s, Il-112Vs.

MILITARY HELICOPTERS
Nigerian Mi-35Ms, Danish EH101 redelivered, Ka-226T configuration finalised, MH-60R approved for Mexico.

INTEL, SURVEILLANCE AND RECON
MQ-9 demonstration in Japan, Euro MALE launched, spy-plane at Mildenhall.

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
VRT300, Fire Scout, upgraded ScanEagle, Niger UAV base, hangar drones.

MILITARY ENGINES
Key developments in the US Army’s Improved Engine Turbine Programme.

COMMERCIAL NEWS
A330 production cut, Cathay Pacific A350-1000, American’s orders.

NEWS COLUMNS

FRANCE
Unmanned air vehicles and a farewell tour by the Mirage 2000N.

RUSSIA
Il-96 contract termination, carrier upgrade, MiG-31K and new UAS.

UNITED STATES
Anglo-American airpower: transatlantic hybrid.

AUSTRALIA
Final Spartan arrives, Poseidon deploys and F-35 training receives a boost.

BACK PAGES

URBAN MOBILITY
Airbus and Audi announce a new partnership.

BIZJETS
Global 7000 enhancements and Swiss Air-Rescue Rega Challenger 650.

CARGO UPSWING
Lots of activity in the conversions market, including the first 737-800BCF delivery.

CABIN INTERIORS
Would you sleep below deck?