This year’s Singapore Airshow, overshadowed by coronavirus, had fewer attendees and exhibitors. But the show wasn’t devoid of news—including a possible major development from Boeing. Listen in as our team discusses.
Its flying days at an end, the no-longer-grim General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, serial number 00-003, has been retired to act as a static exhibit for 432nd Wing of the U.S. Air Force at Creech AFB, Nevada – and it is performing that very role this week in the Changi aircraft park, carrying the badges of the 17th, 18th, 20th and 22nd Attack Squadrons.
It’s rare for an airshow to offer a chance to get into the cockpit and fly – so when we saw that Alsim had brought their AL172 simulator to Singapore, we sent along our resident flying instructor to put the device through its paces.
Boeing appears to be redirecting its next new airliner project to compete more directly with the long-range Airbus A321XLR rather than take on the broader 757-767 replacement market previously studied under the shelved New Midmarket Airplane project.
The prospects of urban air mobility flights in Singapore took a key step forward with the signing of an agreement between Airbus and the island state’s Civil Aviation Authority to improve regional connectivity.
As the U.S. Defense Department accelerates hypersonic weapons fielding, the air force’s top commander in the Pacific region emphasizes that the missile isn’t the only technology required to realize an operational capability to strike targets at speeds faster than Mach 5.
Dassault has completed the critical design review of its next business aircraft, the long-range, widebody Falcon 6X twinjet, and is closing in on the preliminary design of the advanced low-noise follow-on.
Pratt & Whitney’s growing Asian presence has received another boost with the selection by China Airlines’ LCC subsidiary Tigerair Taiwan of the PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) to power 15 Airbus A320neos.
Production of the composite blade set for Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan future large civil engine family demonstrator is getting underway at the company’s Bristol facility, representing the official start of parts manufacturing for the first test engine.
FAA administrator Steve Dickson sounded a positive note on the Boeing 737 MAX recertification process, telling reporters the agency is “narrowing the issues” leading to an upcoming certification flight.
Skylock, an anti-drone industry leader that provides solutions for governments, critical infrastructures and homeland security organizations, is featuring its Dronelock system for locating, detecting and neutralizing drones at Singapore Airshow 2020.