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September 19, 2014, 8:53 AM

Although a $2.2 billion upgrade of India’s Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters is progressing, around a quarter of the fleet of 49 is grounded because a contract for spares has remained unsigned for years, AIN has learned from sources involved in the program.

 

September 19, 2014, 8:32 AM
Su-30SM

The Russian defense ministry has ordered seven more Su-30SM two-seat fighters worth 13 billion roubles, boosting the total to be acquired to 72. Of these, the Russian air force is getting 60 and naval aviation 12. An initial contract for 30 was placed in 2012. Some have reportedly been deployed to Crimea.

September 19, 2014, 8:20 AM

Root-cause analysis of the F135 engine failure that grounded the F-35 fleet in July will be completed by the end of the month. Meanwhile, the problem is already sufficiently understood for Pratt & Whitney to have devised an interim fix. F-35s are flying again, but with borescope inspections mandated every three flying hours.

September 19, 2014, 8:07 AM
Boeing JStars replacement proposal

Boeing is now proposing the 737-700 Boeing Business Jet airframe for the emerging U.S. Air Force JStarsTARS (Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System) replacement program. Eyeing the same requirement, meanwhile, Northrop Grumman has been flying a smaller, company-owned Gulfstream G550 development aircraft.

September 19, 2014, 7:46 AM

The threat of renewed U.S. government budget sequestration in FY2016 loomed large at this week’s U.S. Air Force Association (AFA) conference and exposition. Nevertheless, Air Force leadership seemed confident that they could protect their top-priority procurements: the F-35 stealth fighter, KC-46 tanker and the long-range strike bomber (LRS-B). This same week, the U.S. Congress passed a continuing resolution to enable uninterrupted spending on operations and procurement from October 1, the start of FY2015. A definitive National Defense Authorization (NDA) for FY2015 is not expected until January.

September 18, 2014, 3:10 PM

Dassault recently wrapped up flight-testing that would see its Falcon 7X become the first certified business jet to operate at the world’s highest commercial airport–14,470-foot-high Daocheng Yading Airport in China’s Sichuan province. The certification effort is intended to meet demand in Western China for business jets capable of operating at small high-altitude airports in the region.

September 18, 2014, 2:45 PM

Air travel to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas region remains problematic, in the wake of Hurricane Odile’s passage on Monday. The category-three storm was the largest ever to make landfall on the country’s Baja California peninsula, lashing the tourist region with heavy rain and high wind. As a result, affected airports in the area are closed to non-humanitarian general aviation traffic at least through the weekend, according to Universal Weather & Aviation.

September 18, 2014, 2:40 PM

The FAA has received more than 2,000 comments about its proposed policy regarding the non-aeronautical use of airport hangars. In response to the flood of comments and extension requests from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and others, the FAA extended until October 6 the comment period for the proposal, which states that hangars are to be used only for storage or maintenance of aircraft.

September 18, 2014, 2:35 PM

The East Hampton, N.Y. town board is expected to pass a resolution tonight rejecting future federal airport funding, clearing the path for it to limit and/or ban certain types of aircraft operations–including helicopters, jets and seaplanes–at East Hampton Airport beginning with the 2015 summer tourism season. The town could impose an Aspen-style slot system on all traffic in combination with curfews and significantly increased landing fees, fuel prices and hangar rents.

September 18, 2014, 2:30 PM

GAMA and global standards body ASTM International are in Brussels this week hosting a workshop where it appears that the rewrite of EASA CS-23 and FAA Part 23 aircraft certification rules is taking shape, aiming for proposed rules to be published by both agencies next year. Known as the “CS/Part 23 Reorganization” initiative, the effort drops weight as a measure of performance or complexity.

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