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_Tony Osborne

_Tony Osborne
EASA Certifies EC145 T2 

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Airbus Helicopters ’new version of the EC145 light twin-engine helicopter.

EASA certification for the EC145 T2 covers single-pilot , instrument flight rules ( IFR ) and night-vision goggle operation , the manufacturer says. EASA has not yet published the certification documents on its website, due to the Easter break.

Bristow Takes Delivery Of AW189s 

Oil and gas helicopter operator Bristow Group has taken delivery of its first AgustaWestland AW189 super-medium helicopter.

The first aircraft , G-OENB , was delivered to the company ’s base at Norwich, Norfolk on April 18, having been registered on the U.K. civil register the day before. The aircraft is due to begin operations in the next few weeks.

Lockheed Preparing For F-35 U.K. Deployment
Lockheed Martin, with officials from the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.K. defense ministry, are putting the finishing touches on plans for the F-35's international debut in the U.K. this summer.
Turkey Takes Delivery Of First A400M 
Airbus Defense and Space has finally handed over the first of 10 A400M airlifters to the Turkish air force (THK).
Turkish officials formally accepted the aircraft—the third production aircraft, MSN9—six months later than planned, from the final assembly line in Seville, Spain, Airbus announced April 4.
Both Airbus and THK officials had been in protracted negotiations about the aircraft’s handover.
U.K. ‘Istar Cliff’ Now Seen As Less Steep 
Senior RAF officials say that an expected loss in airborne intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition and reconnaissance (Istar) capability after the conflict in Afghanistan will not be as severe as first thought.
Senior officers described the planned cuts of systems—such as the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned platform and Beechcraft Shadow, both purchased as urgent operational requirements (UOR), as well as the planned retirement of the Raytheon Sentinel radar-reconnaissance aircraft, also planned for retirement after operations i
Qatar Beefs Up Its Arsenal 
Qatar has become the new darling of the defense contractors after announcing plans to spend 87 billion riyals ($23 billion) on new equipment for its armed forces.

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