Air International 2020-06
Focus: UAV, Rotary, Business, Technology
The HH-60W Jolly Green Giant II undergoing extreme testing in the McKinley Climatic Laboratory.
An RAF 27 Squadron Chinook at St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight in April 2020, during tests of patient transfer to the mainland.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force has received its first new-build CH-47F.
The GA-ASI SkyGuardian explored UAV operation in civil airspace in the NASA trial.
In early April 2020, Dassault offered a Falcon 900 and an 8X belonging to Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) to the French defence ministry, to support the government's efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis. DFS also supplies the flight crews. The aircraft have been used to supply logistics and support medical activities as part of Operation Resilience, run by the French Air Force's Air Defence and Air Operations Command. DFS is the manufacturer's maintenance and flight operations support organisation, based at Le Bourget outside Paris. The aircraft conducted the first mission on April 5, carrying 26 doctors and medical personnel from Brest, Brittany, to Paris.
Undisclosed Latin American operators are set to receive upgrades to their contingent of Hermes 900s.
The latest version of the Embraer Phenom 300E has been approved by Brazilian, US and European authorities.
The Seastar CD2 prototype, SN1003, during its maiden flight.
CHINA'S AG600 Kunlong - a large, domestically-developed fixed-wing amphibious aircraft - has completed its first maritime test flights in the Hubei Province.
IN RECENT ground tests, NASA's first all-electric aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell, has successfully demonstrated its ability to transmit its telemetry signal, so the ground team can accurately track mission-critical data in real-time during a flight. The data will be recorded to inform post-flight analysis to measure the X-57's success in meeting its objectives, which will help NASA to set certification standards for future electric aircraft. The tests took place at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, with taxi and flight trials taking place in the near future.
On March 30, 2020, the FAA proposed noise regulations for supersonic aircraft currently being developed, such as the Aerion AS2.
German developer Wingcopter is working with United Parcel Service (UPS) to create new package delivery drones.