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News and developments about airplanes, helicopters and unmanned air vehicles used in all varieties of operations, including airlines, military, business, commercial, general aviation and private.

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Airbus thinks it has overcome A380 structural test failure

An Airbus A380 structural failure during wing static tests in France last week do not mean Asian Aerospace 2006 visitors are in any danger when the new ver
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Gulfstream finds success in Asia/Pacific markets

During 2005 Gulfstream Aerospace sold 16 business jets in the Asia/Pacific region including the first large-cabin, long-range G450 and the second large-cab
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BAE Hawk begins 6-week regional tour

The arrival on Sunday of the BAE Systems Hawk New Demonstrator Aircraft (HNDA) marks the debut of the Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) anywhere in Asia and the s
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Gripen C/D makes airshow, Middle East debuts here

The arrival of the Gripen at the Dubai airshow represents a major milestone in an expanding marketing campaign for Sweden’s multirole fighter.
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Syria to choose between Airbus and Russian jets

Airbus is competing with Russia’s Ilyushin-Finance Co.
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In Iraq, UAVs assuming ever more deadly role

With the air war in Iraq increasingly dominated by close-air support (CAS) operations and the need to engage rapidly emerging targets in heavily populated
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Armed UAVs Have Track Record

Armed UAVs are not new: back in the days when UAVs were known as RPVs (remotely piloted vehicles) Ryan Aeronautical made several proposals to arm its BQM-3
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UAVs drive growth of Mideast aerospace biz

The defense and aerospace industries in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and some neighboring countries are growing, as seems evident from the number of exhi
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Boeing 787’s appeal runs more than skin deep

Now that Boeing has settled on a firm design configuration for its 787 Dreamliner, details that until recently looked sketchy have suddenly crystallized ju
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EO systems for pods drive fighter mods

In past decades better and more accurate weapons served as the generally accepted solution to increasing the effectiveness of an attack aircraft.
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Sukhoi Fighters to get more precision

The combat potential of Sukhoi fighters will get a boost with the addition of new Russian precision-guided munitions (PGMs) such as the Region company’s LG
Charter & Fractional

Arab Wings Receives Citation XLS

Amman, Jordan-based executive charter operator Arab Wings has taken delivery of a new Cessna Citation XLS jet.
Charter & Fractional

Saudi Company, Al Kharafi Group Order VIP Airbuses聰

An undisclosed Saudi Arabian company has ordered a VIP-configured Airbus A340-200.
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Jordan’s Seabird ready to build serial Seekers

Seabird Aviation Jordan (SAJ) plans to place the two-seat, Lycoming O-360-B2L-powered Seeker SB7L-360A aerial surveillance platform into serial production
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Airbus to test medical site in A380 cabin

Airbus To Test Medical Site for Cabins Airbus is preparing to test a dedicated medical area intended to accommodate all the equipment that airlines need fo
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A380 detour won’t derail Emirates’ long-term plans

Exactly 20 years old this past October 25, Emirates Airline expects to continue its prolific growth of the past two decades by taking delivery of an averag
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Boeing ranges wide for 200LR orders

Boeing says it can squeeze another 600 nm of range out of the new 777-200LR by adding three fuel tanks, giving the world’s longest-range commercial airline
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Super Lynx gets boost from Omani air force

The recent delivery of the last of 16 AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 helicopters to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has boosted export prospects for a pr
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Boeing won’t concede end is near for 737 line

Five years had passed since Boeing added a new member to the 737 family, leaving many wondering whether engineers in Seattle had finally stretched the airf
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Stealth FILUR flies into Neuron role

Saab’s stealthy unmanned FILUR demonstrator has now flown, revealed deputy CEO Ingmar Anderssen yesterday at the Dubai show.
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Sama light spyplane sees action in Iraq

On its stand (E504a) Jordan Aerospace Industries (JAI) is displaying its Sama CH2000 light observation aircraft, which is now in use with the Iraqi Air For
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Embraer AEW&C makes global debut

On Sunday night a Brazilian air force Embraer EMB-145 ANEW&C landed at the Dubai airshow to make the type’s first appearance outside South America, at the
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American VLJ to be built for Eastern Europeans

Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing (TAM) has concluded an agreement with Oregon-based Epic Aircraft to license-build the Epic Jet and market it in East Europe.
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Boeing offers BBJ 3 based on 737-900ER; mulling 787 BBJ

Boeing Business Jets is ready to offer a BBJ 3 based on the biggest and longest-range member of the new generation 737 family, the 737-900ER, and is about
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Aero Vodochody pushes L159 sales

Aero Vodochody is demonstrating its L-159B advanced jet trainer at Dubai 2005 in a dynamic flight display, nurturing continuing hopes of sales in the regio
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Exports of Beriev amphib follow foreign approvals

The Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (Knaapo) has launched series production of the six-seat Be-103 light amphibious aircraft.
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UAE’s F-16s almost equal futuristic JSF

The Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 60 operated by the United Arab Emirates air force could be described as military aviation’s version of a “missing link.” Its
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Sino delivers first customer SJ30, awaits production OK

One year after receiving FAA type certification for its SJ30 light jet, Sino Swearingen delivered the first customer airplane to Doug Jaffe of San Antonio,
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Socata adds authorized TBM dealer in India

EADS Socata has appointed IndUS Aviation the authorized sales representative in India for its TBM 700 and 850 turboprop singles.
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In The Works: Honda Aircraft HondaJet

Honda Aircraft and Spectrum Aeronautical both announced at the NBAA Convention that they will use the GE-Honda HF120 engine in their new business jets.