In a sign of the increasing maturity of Bombardier’s CSeries airliner, the first test aircraft for the stretched, 135-seat CS300 variant flew for about 5 hours on its first flight from Mirabel, near Montreal, on Feb. 27....More
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Airbus Helicopters unveiled the H160 at the Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida, last week. Airbus photo. The mid-size aircraft will replace the AS365 Dauphin and compete with AgustaWestland’s AW139, Sikorsky’s S-76 and the Bell 412. In addition to articles on rotorcraft, this issue features a special report on runway safety and articles on the first flight of Bombardier’s larger CSeries aircraft, the CS300; enhancements to the Falcon 9 space launch vehicle and missile defense tests in Israel.
The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More