Aviation News - February 2016

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This issue of ‘Aviation News incorporating Classic Aircraft’ magazine includes:

Norwegian Ambitions
Aviation News Editor Dino Carrara examines the rapid expansion of low-cost carrier Norwegian and its growing long-haul network. 

Sea King Salute
Tim Ripley looks back at the operational history of the Westland Sea King from the Falklands to Afghanistan. 

Sukhoi Superjet – Russia’s Rising Star
Aviation News Assistant Editor James Ronayne profiles the Russian regional jet with global ambitions.

Spain’s Multi-role Boeing 707s
Rodrigo Rodríguez Costa details the career of the Spanish Air Force’s Boeing 707s which have served the country’s armed forces since the late 1980s.

Firefighting BAe 146s & RJ85s
In North America and Australia, converted BAe 146 and RJ85 airliners are being given a new lease of life working as airtankers – Fred Marsaly explains.

A-7 Corsair II – LTV’s Bomb Truck
A veteran of both the Vietnam conflict and the first Gulf War, the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II was a light attack fighter that packed a punch, as Patrick Boniface explains.

Tales from the Logbook – US East Coast May 1989 – Part Two
Gerry Manning concludes his account of a 1989 trip to the US East Coast. 

230 Squadron Sunderlands
David Nicholas recounts the exploits of 230 Squadron with the Sunderland over almost 20 years of operations with the flying boat. 


Headlines – has details on the certification of the Bombardier CS100 regional airliner, the rollout of the Boeing 737 MAX and delays to the South East of England airport expansion decision. 

Civil News – includes news of Flybe’s desire to begin operations from Northolt, Cathay Pacific’s decision to launch services to Gatwick and the unveiling of plans for a new Sydney airport. 

Military News – has stories on the retirement of the Mirage fighter by the Argentina Air Force, Saudi Arabia’s deal for the Antonov An-178 transport and the end of military search and rescue operations in the UK. 

Preservation News – this section features the latest news on the heritage aircraft scene from around the world, be it return to flight projects or new additions to museums.  This month’s section includes details of a project to restore a F4H-1F Phantom II to fly in California, the return of WG.30 G-BKGD to the Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare and the arrival of Defender AL1 ZG993 at the Museum of Army Flying.

Flight Bag – reviews of products of interest to the enthusiast.
Air Mail – readers’ letters.
Register Review
Air Base Movements
Airport Movements