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.

Eurojet Works With KAI, Korean Airlines On KF-X 
Eurojet is working with both prospective bidders for South Korea’s KF-X program, as the industry prepares responses to a second call for offers due this month.
Fuel Price Drop Does Not Deter Cathay’s A340-Retirement Plan 
On the same day as the first A340-300 is retired, three Boeing 747-400s will also leave the fleet.
GX Airlines, Latest Hainan Airlines Offshoot, Begins Flying 

The latest Hainan Airlines subsidiary, government-backed GX Airlines, has begun flying from its base in the southern province Guangxi.

An Embraer 190 operated the first flight on Feb. 13 from the provincial capital, Nanning, to Haikou on the island province Hainan, just 380 km (236 mi.) away.

Marand Aims To Deliver Four F-35 Fin Sets in 2015, 10 In 2016 

Australian manufacturer Marand, the second source for the twin tail fins of the Lockheed Martin F-35, is ramping up to build 10 sets of the aerostructures in 2016, following its first delivery a year ago. 

Under contract to BAE Systems, Australian industry is due to make 722 sets of fins. The prime source is the BAE’s plant at Samlesbury, England.

Quickstep Composites Technology Possible For F-35 
The F-35 program has no firm plan to shift to Quickstep’s glycol-based production method. But Quickstep, with Lockheed Martin’s support, has run tests on hundreds of pieces made with the process.
BAE To Support South Pacific F-35s In Australia 
BAE expects to expand its operation at RAAF Williamtown, Newcastle, for maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrades of F-35 airframes. "Depending on the customer’s requirements, new infrastructure may be required at our facility in Williamtown," a BAE spokeswoman says.
China Airlines’ Mainland Services Suit Potential Transfer Business 
Obtaining these transfer rights has taken longer than expected, Chairman H.H. Sun says.
South Korea Calls For Feb. 24 Bids For KF-X 
Airbus has reportedly linked with Korean Airlines (KAL) for the program while Boeing has confirmed that it will not participate.
Chinese-Generated Report Details Country’s Aircraft Technology Progress  5
An official Chinese report outlines the efforts that Avic’s factories and research institutes are putting into advanced manufacturing technology, from friction-stir welding to resin-transfer infusion.
Australia Enjoys F-35 Offsets It Did Not Demand 
A former precision manufacturer for the automobile industry is building tail fins for the F-35.
China Airlines Focuses On East And South Of Mainland 
Probably more than anything, Taiwan’s China Airlines wants access to transfer traffic from mainland China.
Ten TransAsia Pilots Fail Engine-Out Test 
Ten of the 49 pilots from Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways who attempted an oral test on handling ATR 72 aircraft in the event of engine failure have been suspended from flying.
Russo-Chinese Widebody Concept Design Underway 11
A joint widebody airliner project between Russia and China is one step closer to coming to fruition.
India Makes Room For A Private Defense Sector 
India’s private defense contractors are jumping into the space that the government has opened for them. Many have experience, but not always enough. And the biggest projects look too risky for them.
Huaxia Leasing Orders 20 C919s 
The order follows a contract for 30 C919s signed in November by the leasing subsidiary of China Merchants Bank.
Mar 5, 2015

GE’s Failed Play For Honeywell (2001)

Industry consolidation may well be coming, but there will probably not be a repeat of the Darwinian spectacle that occurred between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s....More
Mar 4, 2015

1957: Broken Arrow 22

The most capable interceptor of the 1960s might not have been American or Russian, or even British, French or Swedish....More
Mar 2, 2015

1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015

U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 4

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac 1

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
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

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
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More

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