Interception of a Russian Il-20M in the Baltic Sea by German and British Eurofighters
German and British Eurofighters intercepted an Il-20M, escorted by two Russian Su-27s, with their transponders switched off. It is likely that the Il-20M was carrying out a reconnaissance mission in the vicinity of southeast Sweden, where 26,000 troops are currently stationed.
A British RC-135 escorted by Typhoons in the Black Sea
A British RC-135W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft performed a patrol in the Black Sea while being escorted by two Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighters. This mission was visible on the different sites tracking the aircraft. The operation also included a KC.Mk2 Voyage tanker to refuel the two fighters.
Ukraine turns Russian TOS-1A thermobaric MLRS against the invader
Ukraine has already integrated nearly 3,000 pieces of Russian equipment captured mainly in the major counter-offensives of September and October 2022. After tanks, air defense systems and artillery pieces, a TOS-A1 thermobaric multiple missile launcher was observed in a Ukrainian convoy.
Fourth Russian MiG-31 crash in a year
On April 26, the Russian Armed Forces lost their fourth MiG-31 fighter in almost a year. The two crew members were able to eject. While the cause of this incident is not yet known, the aircraft was seen and filmed on fire shortly before it crashed.
Slight delay for the Belgian F-35
Belgium was supposed to receive its first four F-35As by the end of 2023. However, according to Belga, only two Lightning IIs will be delivered this year. The other two are scheduled for early 2024. This delay is explained by previous delays on other aircraft that have accumulated on the assembly lines following the COVID.
Air Algérie specifies its needs in Airbus and Boeing aircraft
Air Algérie has just specified its needs in single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft. Boeing 737 MAX 9 for the former and Airbus A330-900 and A350-1000 for the latter.
Expliseat raises 17 million euros and opens a factory in Angers
Thanks to the new site in Angers, Expliseat will be able to triple its industrial capacity.
JetBlue announces third European destination with Amsterdam
The low-cost airline will launch daily flights from New York JFK starting August 29 and from Boston starting September 20.
Lufthansa's Airbus A350 becomes a climate research aircraft
The Lufthansa Group and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are turning the Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 "Erfurt" into a flying research laboratory. The measuring probe will record more than 100 different trace gases, aerosols and cloud parameters. First flight in 2024.
Tarmac Aerosave and Donecle sign agreement for aircraft inspection by drone
Tarmac Aerosave, an expert in aircraft and engine life cycle management, and Donecle, a manufacturer of drones specifically for aviation maintenance, have signed an agreement to develop automated aircraft inspections.
CFM and StandardAero expand LEAP open MRO network
CFM International and StandardAero have signed a CFM Branded Services Agreement (CBSA) for both LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines. Under the terms of the agreement, StandardAero will provide the full scope of LEAP Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services for operators worldwide.
MRO : Lufthansa Technik and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries signed collaboration agreement
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME) announced the recent signing of an agreement regarding a close cooperation in the field of aircraft component services on Boeing 777 and 787.
MRO : Joramco inks new maintenance agreement with Emirates
Under the agreement, Joramco will perform nose to tail C checks and modifications on Boeing 777 aircraft from the Emirates fleet.
Air Corporate (Italy) orders 43 Airbus helicopters at EBACE 2023
Air Corporate, Italy's leading business aviation operator, placed a firm order with Airbus for 43 helicopters on the final day of the Ebace 2023 European business aviation show. The helicopters include 40 single-engine helicopters (H125/H130) plus three Airbus Corporate Helicopters ACH160s in Line configuration.
Cessna launches the Citation Ascend
Textron Aviation announced on May 22, 2023 its latest addition to the legendary 560XL series, the Cessna Citation business jet - the Cessna Citation Ascend. Unveiled on the eve of the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), the Citation Ascend is designed to bring an entirely new cockpit, improved performance and a more luxurious cabin to the mid-size business jet market.
Stratolaunch successfully completes Talon-A vehicle separation test
Stratolaunch LLC announces that it has successfully completed the separation test of the Talon-A separation test vehicle, TA-0. The flight was the eleventh for the company's Roc launch platform and the second time the team has conducted flight operations in the Western Range at Vandenberg Space Force Base off the central California coast.
First flight of the first mass-produced L-39NG
Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody has successfully flown the first mass-produced L-39NG aircraft. During the flight, the pilots tested the functions of the trainer aircraft as part of the factory's standard sortie program. The flight tested the performance of the L-39NG in its normal operational envelope.
Boeing Expands ecoDemonstrator Flight Testing, Adds "Explorer" Planes
Boeing today announced its 2023 plan to evaluate 19 technologies on the Boeing 777 ecoDemonstrator, as well as the addition of "Explorer" aircraft to test specific technologies. The first ecoDemonstrator Explorer aircraft, a 787-10 Dreamliner, will be used in partnership with four countries for operational efficiency testing.
Joby Aviation to deliver two aircraft to Edwards Air Force Base
Joby's contract with the U.S. Air Force is now worth $131 million and includes the supply of nine Joby aircraft. The first two will be delivered to Edwards Air Force Base, becoming the first electric air cab to be stationed at a U.S. Air Force base. USAF pilots recently flew Joby aircraft, becoming the first to complete an eVTOL transition flight as the sole pilot flying.
Two MQ-9A Block 5 delivered to Spain
General Atomics delivered 2 UAV MQ-9A Block 5 to Ejercito del Aire (Spanish Air Forces)
Joint venture: Ukraine to produce Turkish UAVs
According to Vadym Ihorovych, Managing Director of Ukrspetsexport, Ukraine and Turkey are currently developing a joint venture for the production of Turkish UAVs.
Chernobyl : UAV Elios 2 sent into Reactor five
Flyability announced having conducted an inspection inside Chernobyl’s Reactor five, using its UAV Elios 2.
Last step for Virgin Galactic before commercial flights
On May 25, Richard Branson's company carried out the final test flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket plane, prior to the start of tourist operations. Two pilots and four passengers were on board.
More than 100 orders for French electric thruster manufacturer ThrustMe
The Paris-based startup announced on May 25 that it had exceeded 100 orders for two of its products dedicated to cubesats.
A new 100% private crew on the International Space Station
SpaceX launched the Axiom 2 mission on May 21, which will allow four new private astronauts to spend a week around the Earth.
Canada transfers an An-124 from Volga-Dnepr to Ukraine
Since February 27, a heavy transport plane Antonov 124-100 of the Russian company Volga-Dnepr is grounded at the Toronto airport. Following new sanctions put in place by Canada, responsibility for the aircraft will be transferred to the Ukrainian authorities. The Volga-Dnepr group is going through a very difficult period, with grounded planes, the obligation to separate 200 pilots,...
Is Russia preparing the return of tanks from the 1950s?
Numerous photos and videos confirm that the Russian Armed Forces are moving T-54 medium tanks on their rail network. Their final destination seems to be Ukraine, but their usefulness there will be limited and they will be very vulnerable to Ukrainian battle tanks, delivered battle tanks or modern anti-tank systems. The longer the conflict in Ukraine drags on, the more the Russian Land Forces seem to pull out older and older vehicles from their stocks.
French Crotale in Ukraine: first interception of a Russian missile
A video confirms the first confirmed destruction carried out by a Ukrainian Crotale NG anti-aircraft system. The Ukrainian Armed Forces have received two launchers and missiles from France to increase their anti-aircraft and anti-missile capabilities by the end of 2022.
Northern Macedonia confirms delivery of 4 Su-25s to Ukraine, talks underway for Mi-24s
Northern Macedonia has officially confirmed that this summer it transferred its 4 Su-25 attack aircraft to Ukraine. The latter had not been used since 2004 and will probably be cannibalized to maintain the Ukrainian Su-25 fleet. A delivery of Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships is reportedly under discussion, but these are most likely Mi-24s that have also been retired and are not operational.
13 MiG-29s and Slovak anti-aircraft systems for Ukraine
Following the recent Polish announcement, Slovakia confirms that it will deliver 13 MiG-29 fighters, 10 of which are fully operational. A still unknown number of Kub-M2 short-range anti-aircraft systems will also be transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Ukraine will receive Polish MiG-29s in the next few days!
Poland is about to deliver four of its MiG-29 fighter aircraft to Ukraine in the next few days. These aircraft will be joined by others that require maintenance before delivery. In total, the Ukrainian Air Force is about to receive more than a dozen Polish fighter jets... and perhaps more, if other countries decide to follow Poland.