Bradley Perrett

Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Bradley Perrett, based in Beijing, covers China, Japan, South Korea and Australia. He is a Mandarin-speaking Australian who has lived in China since 2004.
Before joining Aviation Week in 2006 he was a macroeconomics, politics and aerospace journalist with Reuters. Perrett holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Avic Stovl Work Likely Reflects Military Interest  1
China appears to be taking steps toward developing stovl aircraft, but lack of a propulsion system likely makes this a long-term proposition.
Chinese Bizjet Fleet Growth Seen Dropping Further
The Chinese business aircraft market will probably weaken further this year, with fleet growth of only about 10% because such factors as an anti-corruption crackdown continue to hold down demand, says a consultancy that compiles the most detailed figures on the market in China.
EVA Keen To Merge Uni Into Mainland Ops 
While awaiting the change, Taiwan’s second-largest airline is continuing with merger plans, which it sees bringing not only operational efficiencies but also a stronger Taiwanese offering for the Star Alliance.
Avic Stovl Work Only A Hint At Possible Deployment 
Avic’s preliminary development of technology for a short-takeoff-vertical-landing (Stovl) fighter, discussed by state media this week, probably means that the Chinese military has some interest in operating such an aircraft but does not necessarily mean it has a concrete plan to do so.
Work Begins On Australian F-35 Base Facilities  1
Meeting U.S. requirements for security of the F-35 is a key issue behind building new infrastructure at Royal Australian Air Force bases from which the aircraft will operate.
Russia, China Agree On Super Heavy Helicopter 
Russia says China will act as an investor—wording that suggests that Russia will provide know-how while China pays. Russia has no requirement for the aircraft, so Beijing and Avic are obviously driving the whole program.
Joy MA60 Was Throttled Down Before Hard Landing 
The regulator faults the turboprop airliner’s pilots and the airline, Joy Air, for the accident at Fuzhou in Eastern China.
C919 Unlikely To Meet Former 2018 Delivery Target 
Comac scheduled the original 2018 date last year. But the likely timing for first delivery is fairly unpredictable, program officials said.
Hainan Leasing Two 787-9s From Air Lease Corp. 
The aircraft from Air Lease will apparently begin flying for the Chinese airline in the first half of next year.
Security Needs Drive Australian F-35 Base Program 16
Australia has begun building the infrastructure it will need to support its planned force of at least 72 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings, with much of the work driven by U.S. demands for tightened security of the aircraft and their systems.
MA60 Wing Detaches, Pivots In Runway Excursion 16
The complete wing of an Avic MA60 turboprop airliner became partly detached then pivoted on the fuselage when the aircraft ran on to grass on landing on May 10.
Japan Revisits Slow Aircraft Capable Of Firing Huge AAMs  9
A small research effort reveals that Japanese defense ministry technologists believe a radical alternative to the fighter as an instrument of air control may soon be available.
Japan Studies AAM-Launching Missileer Aircraft 
Japan, challenged with a numerically superior Chinese fighter force, is re-examining the 1950s concept of exercising air control with low-performance aircraft firing high-performance missiles.
China’s Jilin Province To Set Up Airline 
The new airline may launch this year, the state-owned group that runs the province’s airports said. The carrier would presumably be based at Changchun Longjia International Airport. Changchun is the capital of Jilin.
Big Chinese Carriers Swing To Solid Profits In Q1 
In the case of the largest Chinese carrier, China Southern, the shift in fuel prices helped cut unit costs by about 7%, analysts at Singaporean brokerage UOB Kay Hian have estimated.
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