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November 12, 2011 - 9:50am
David Donald
Afghan Air Force Cessna 208B trainer.

Training is just getting under way of the first military fixed-wing pilots to be taught to fly in Afghanistan since the early 1990s. The initiation of the first course follows the delivery of three Cessna 182T basic trainers in September, and three Cessna 208B Caravans for advanced instruction on October 22.

November 12, 2011 - 9:40am
Julian Moxon

The Dubai Air Show will be the occasion for the first Gulf Aviation Training Event being held tomorrow and on Tuesday. The theme, “Averting the crisis: selection and training of Middle East-based flight crew for the next generation,” has attracted a number of prominent speakers.

November 12, 2011 - 9:30am
Julian Moxon
CAE simulator in the Middle East.

According to a recent report by Boeing, the Middle East will need more than 37,000 pilots to fly the aircraft due to be delivered there over the next 20 years. But the region faces a serious lack of adequate training facilities. “Pilot requirements for the Gulf region will grow at a faster rate than local pilots can be trained,” concluded Boeing in its latest pilot and technician forecast.

November 12, 2011 - 9:20am
Gregory Polek
Bombardier C100

Bombardier expects to complete all the so-called data sets for the CSeries airliner by year-end, as it continues its march toward a second-half 2012 first flight of the 100- to 125-seat CS100.

November 12, 2011 - 9:10am
Ian Goold

With engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, Airbus is developing an enhanced A350-1000 variant with “outstanding [increased] payload and long[er] range, the best economics and 25-percent lower fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions than [the Boeing 777-300ER].”

November 12, 2011 - 9:00am
Ian Goold
Airbus A350XWB

Since the Boeing 787 entered service last month, the spotlight has turned toward Airbus, which is working hard on the competing A350XWB.

November 12, 2011 - 8:57am
Ian Goold

Rolls-Royce arrives at this week’s Dubai Air Show pleased with the “very positive” results achieved during 1,200 hours of testing eight examples of the new Trent XWB engine developed for the planned Airbus A350XWB twin-aisle twinjet. The first Trent XWB has recently been fitted to Airbus A380 (MSN001) and is expected to fly shortly.

November 12, 2011 - 8:37am
Chad Trautvetter
HyperMach SonicStar

HyperMach’s planned 20-seat supersonic business jet (SSBJ)–SonicStar–will be able to fly at speeds up to Mach 4.0, the company said on Friday. This is faster than the Mach 3.6 top speed announced when the V-tailed aircraft was first revealed at June’s Paris airshow.

November 12, 2011 - 8:34am
Ian Goold
Airbus A350

Airbus has pushed back the planned first flight of the Airbus A350XWB from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. Last Thursday, the European airframer admitted that it has had to revise its production schedule, blaming the slippage on delayed subassemblies being produced by partners in Europe and the U.S., including GKN Aerospace and Spirit Aerosystems.

November 12, 2011 - 8:02am
Chris Pocock
Boeing F/A-18E

Production of the Boeing F-15 Strike Eagle is currently due to end next year, after the last of 60 F-15K models for Korea and 24 F-15SG models for Singapore are completed.

 
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