During last week’s African Aerospace and Defence show in South Africa Denel Dynamics revealed that the Marlin active radar-guided missile will undertake its first flight test early next year. This will be a ground-launched ballistic trial at the Overberg Test Range to examine the missile’s basic flight systems. Successful completion of this phase will lead to programmed tests of the missile’s guidance systems, before closed-loop guidance tests are undertaken, in which the seeker controls the guidance system.
Russia has abandoned plans to build a large fleet of Antonov An-140T tactical airlifters as replacements for aging An-26s and An-72s, thanks to deteriorating relations with the new regime in Ukraine, where Antonov is based. Instead, the Russian defense ministry has revived the Ilyushin Il-112 project, a development of the Il-114 airliner, even though it was shelved in 2010 in favor of the less expensive An-140T.
A German photographer spotted a modified EC135 at Airbus Helicopters’ development facility in Donauwörth, Germany. Most striking is the light twin’s new horizontal empennage, moved to the top of the vertical fin.
The comment deadline has been extended 90 days, from October 8 to January 6, on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in July that seeks to amend qualification standards for some flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), specifically those capable of reproducing extended flight envelope and adverse weather training.
Airbus Brazilian subsidiary Helibras recently held its second “Operational Safety Days,” filling São Paulo’s Anhembi Morumbi University auditorium to its 300-seat capacity. “We’ll need a bigger place next year,” Helibras safety manager Antonio Modesto told AIN, describing the helicopter safety event as “the realization of a personal dream” with full company support.
Delta Private Jets continues to see “record growth” for charter and jet card travel, the company announced this week. In fact, it recorded a 76-percent, year-over-year increase in jet card sales last month. This follows record growth in both June and July, “with September on track for similar activity.” As demand increases, Delta Private Jets said it is able to add popular business aircraft models via its “unique” aircraft management programs–one of which offers aircraft owners a guaranteed monthly income stream–to meet customers’ needs and spur additional growth.
Russian Helicopters and Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies have started testing the Mi-171A2 helicopter with KBO-17 avionics. The first flights of the upgraded Mi-171 will take place in Moscow. The medium-twin helicopter features a five-display suite and an obstacle warning system. With the new system, the required crew is reduced to two. Certification, once slated for this year, has been postponed to 2015.
Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) on September 25 rolled out the first American-assembled A-29 Super Tucano for the U.S. Air Force’s Light Air Support (LAS) program. The single-engine turboprop will be used to provide light air support, reconnaissance and training capabilities to the Afghanistan military.
The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has agreed to inject fresh capital into regional airlines Air Cote d’Ivoire and ASKY. At a September 23 board meeting in the Togolese capital Lomé, the bank agreed to increase Ivory Coast-based Air Cote d’Ivoire’s share capital by 160 percent to CFA65 billion ($124.7 million), in the process taking a CFA2 billion ($3.8 million) stake in the company. The bank is also boosting the share capital of Togo-based ASKY to CFA25 billion ($47.9 million) and will increase its holding to CFA3 billion ($5.8 million).
Airbus flew its new A320neo on its first test mission on Thursday, marking the start of a 3,000-hour flight-test program scheduled to lead to certification and entry into service in next year’s fourth quarter. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofans, MSN6101 took off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France at noon local time.