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.


Mitsubishi Regional Jet First Flight Nov. 11 
Mitsubishi Aircraft says it plans to fly the MRJ regional jet for the first time on Nov. 11.
Chinese Air Force Declares Supersonic Trainer Operational 
The Chinese air force has declared operational the Avic JL-9 Mountain Eagle, a supersonic trainer matched to the performance of the country’s latest fighters.
China’s Scramjet Claim Puzzles U.S. Hypersonic Researchers  89
China boasts a first in flying a regeneratively cooled, kerosene-fueled scramjet engine, but this feat seemingly repeats what the U.S. achieved in 2010-13 with the hypersonic X-51A.
Cooling Challenges Overcome In China Scramjet Test 
The successful test, announced last month, followed the January 2014 flight of a Chinese hypersonic glider.
Avic Says Y12F To Get FAA Certification Next Year 
The long-delayed Avic Y12F utility aircraft should receive an FAA type certificate next year, the Chinese manufacturer says.
Korean SAM Improvement To Counter Tactical Ballistic Threats  1
The next version of South Korea’s new surface-to-air missile will complement L-SAM in the anti-ballistic-missile role.
Japan Chooses KC-46A, Airbus Prolongs A330 MRTT 
A330 MRTTs will be available until at least 2025 as newly built aircraft, with the A330-200 staying in production for the purpose, says Airbus. This follows studies of an MRTT adaptation of the A330-200’s successor, the A330-800.
China Southern Chairman Si Under Investigation 
China Southern Airlines Chairman Si Xianmin is under investigation for serious breaches of discipline, the state news agency Xinhua says, using the usual euphemism for official corruption.
Lockheed Martin: S. Korea Budget Can Cover Full F-16 Upgrade 
Lockheed Martin expects a full program of 134 F-16 upgrades will fit into a cash-strapped South Korean modernization project that has been delayed again.
China Express Seeks A320s, International Flights 
Regional-jet operator China Express Airlines is negotiating to acquire Airbus A320s, with a view to flying internationally, according to an industry source familiar with the negotiations.
Australia Defense Shifts Toward Increased Support For U.S.  2
Australia, finding itself unaccustomedly close to a major theater of potential hostilities, is inclined to offer more support to the U.S., including access to its territory.
Newly Rolled Out C919 Ready For Ground Testing  1
The first C919 is complete inside and is now ready for ground testing, says Comac.
Comac Rolls Out C919 3
Comac rolled out the first C919 at its new plant next to Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Nov. 2., announcing that it planned to make the first flight in 2016.
Comac Rolls Out C919, Sets 2016 First-Flight Plan 
The first 158-seat aircraft is not only structurally complete, but work on installing on-board equipment is also finished, says state-owned Comac. I
Hainan Airlines Plans Las Vegas, Tel Aviv Services 
The carrier has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to operate the Las Vegas service three-times weekly with 787s.

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