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  • Countdown begins for Airbus A350-1000

    The A350-1000 is to perform its first test flight on Thursday 24th November. The stretched version of the new Airbus long-haul aircraft is scheduled to take off from Toulouse-Blagnac at 10h30, local time. Watch the video of the final assembly and engine-tests, with no comment. Read the article.
     

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  • A400M performs first air-to-air refuelling with second A400M

    An A400M has successfully completed the first air-to-air refuelling of another A400M. The trailblazing manoeuvre has just taken place above Seville, in southern Spain. Over fifty contacts were carried out during two test flights using the centreline hose. Watch the video with no comment. Read the article.
     

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  • Dassault opens new Maintenance facility for Falcon near Bordeaux

    Dassault Aviation has just inaugurated a new maintenance facility near Bordeaux, in the south-west of France. The new plant will meet the increased demand for repair and overhaul services for the first Falcon 7X jets delivered. See the video without commentary. Read the article.
     

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  • Airbus group delays Perlan 2 glider stratospheric flight

    Airbus group has announced its decision to delay a stratospheric flight by its Perlan 2 glider in Argentina – aimed at gathering vital information on climate change and the state of the ozone layer.
     

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  • First images of test flight by Bombardier’s Global 7000

    The Bombardier Global 7000 successfully competed its first test-flight above Toronto, Canada on 4th November. The new twin-engined business jet is scheduled to enter into service in the second half of 2018. Watch the video without commentary. Read the article.
     

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  • Public debut for Chinese J-20 stealth jet

    The new J-20 fighter aircraft has made a public debut in Zhuhai at Airshow China. Footage from the Chinese CCTV news agency filmed on 1st November showcases two J-20s demonstrating their manoeuvrability in the air. See the video without commentary. Read the article.
     

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  • Boeing Opens Composite Center for the 777X in St Louis

    For its newest 777X jet, Boeing has just opened its first commercial aircraft plant at St Louis (Missouri). The new plant will be used for the manufacture of composite wing and tail parts for the new long-haul American aircraft. Watch the video with no commentary. Read the article.
     

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  • Airbus delivers its 10,000th aircraft

    Airbus delivered its 10,000th aircraft to Singapore Airlines on 14th October. Delivery of the first Airbus plane, an A300, goes back to 1974. Since then production has sped up considerably.
     

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  • Airbus Helicopters: why voluntary redundancies are a risk

    Poland's last-minute decision to ditch an order for 50 Caracal comes as a blow to Airbus Helicopters. It's just the latest in a series of setbacks suffered by the division over the last few months. "Further measures" are under review. Read the article.
     

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  • Progress report on the Clean Sky program

    At the Greener Aviation conference held this week in Brussels, Clean Sky has done a progress report on the two phases of its European research program, at a crucial moment.
     

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  • EADS to Airbus

    It’s official. From 1st of January the Airbus group will simply be called Airbus, the name of its commercial aviation department. Since EADS’ creation it has taken 16 years to get there. Read the article.
     

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  • Dassault Aviation Hands Over First Falcon 8X

    Dassault Aviation has delivered on October 5 its first Falcon 8X, marking the entry into service of the company’s new ultra-long range flagship. Amjet Executive took delivery of the aircraft at Dassault Aviation’s Bordeaux facility. Watch the video. Read the article.
     

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  • Why is Safran selling its I&S subsidiary, ex-Morpho?

    Safran is selling its Identity and Security, ex-Morpho, to the American fund Advent International, who own Oberthur Technologies. The transaction will be finalised in 2017. But why would they do this considering that the security sector is in full bloom? Read the article.
     

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  • Silence Twister: the first Swiss electric aerobatic aircraft

    The very first electric aerobatic aircraft carried out its first flight on the 21st September in Switzerland. It can carry out aerobatic manœuvres and reach over 180 mph. Watch the video. Read the article.
     

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  • Boeing 2707: the American Supersonic that Never Flew

    In the sixties Boeing designed a supersonic commercial aircraft that could carry 277 passengers at 1,800 mph. A life-size mock up had even been built but everything came to an abrupt halt in 1971.
     

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  • India acquires 36 Rafales from Dassault Aviation

    Dassault Aviation has officially announced the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets to India. The contract was signed in New Delhi today, 23rd September. This is the largest export order so far for the French fighter jet and comes after nine years of negotiation.
     

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  • The Training Jet: a Necessary Step for Fighter Pilots

    Boeing and its partner Saab have just rolled out their new training jet: the T-X. It’s intended use is to train all future F-15, F-16 and F-35 US Air Force pilots. This will be a necessary step for all trainees.
     

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  • ONERA: futuristic projects in sight

    This year, ONERA is celebrating its 70th birthday but far from slipping into retirement, this scientific research centre is buzzing with projects, some of which are aeronautical, like NOVA and AMPERE that we present here. Watch the video. Read the article.
     

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  • Maiden Flight for Virgin Galactic’s new vessel

    As we announced on the 7th of September, Virgin Galactic’s new space vessel (VSS unity) has just entered into service. Securely attached to the shuttle, the vessel carried out its maiden flight from the Mojave Desert in California. Watch the video (no commentary). Read the article.
     

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