Air International 2014-10
Sending three B-2 Spirit bombers to Red Flag 14-1 represented a higher percentage of a frontline force committed to the exercise than any other major US combat aircraft.
A B-2 pilot walks to his aircraft during an engine-running crew swap at Andersen AFB, Guam. In August the USAF deployed three Spirits there.
Early morning servicing under way at Whiteman AFB.
The USAF has recently deployed B-2s to increase the type’s visibility overseas. Here Spirit ot Indiana is pictured taxying at RAF Fairford in June 2014.
The B-2 Spirit remains distinctive after 20 years in service.
The newly-formed Merlin Carrier Air Group taxiing out for departure for Exercise Deep Blue - its first deployment
Ship deck crew welcome two HM2s aboard HMS Illustrious during the recent Exercise Joint Warrior.
The nine Merlin HM2s depart RNAS Culdrose for Exercise Deep Blue.
An 824 NAS HM2 during a recent training mission over Cornwall.
An 824 NAS HM2 practising confined area landing operations, an essential part of the work-up for both shipborne and secondary role operations, near RNAS Culdrose.
HM1s arrived for upgrade at AgustaWestland's facility, Yeovil, UK from RNAS Culdrose approximately every six weeks - the task taking around nine months for each.
De-humidification under way on an 820 NAS HM2 below deck on HMS Illustrious during Exercise Joint Warrior in April 2014.
Sonobuoys being prepared for use aboard HMS Illustrious during Exercise Joint Warrior.
The Rockwell Collins glass cockpit, with its five 10in x 8in (254 x 203mm) displays, is a key feature of the night vision goggle-compatible HM2.
RNAS Culdrose 4 The cockpit dynamic simulator is part of the advanced training facilities at Culdrose. Lockheed Martin
The HM2’s rear crew can process information, attack multiple targets above and below the surface and disseminate this information via Link-11 data links more quickly than in the HM1.
The Irish Coast Guard S-92A crew at Sligo (left to right): Francis Perris, Ciaran Ferguson, Pat Joyce, Conal McCarron, Paraic Slattery and Gerard Fagan.
Winch practice on S-92A EI-ICG on a relatively calm day over the sea.
The S-92A's avionics have considerably modernised the Irish Coast Guard’s SAR fleet.
Teamwork is essential when operating from fields and mountains or in confined areas.
The Panasonic Toughbook Ordnance Survey and Admiralty Chart-based moving map is linked to the radar and the FLIR.
The Mi-171 A2’s rotor hub and blades were derived from those fitted to the Mi-38.
The Da Vinci is a tailored version of the AW109SP Grand New equipped with single controls and an electronic flight information system.
The GrandNew is a follow-on from the popular AW109S Grand.
The mock-up of the Trekker at Heli-Expo in Anaheim was actually an AW 109 Power airframe fitted with skids.
In two-pilot configuration, the Trekker’s Garmin 1000H avionics consist of two displays for the pilot in the right seat and one for the co-pilot.
The large cabin in the GrandNew offers room for up to six passengers - or up to two stretchers plus medical attendants.
An artist's impression of the Trekker in the air: the type combines the GrandNew's stretched fuselage with skids.
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 is the first operational unit; one of its E-2Ds is pictured here above its NAS Norfolk, Virginia, home base.
Возможности E-2D Hawkeye значительно расширены по сравнению с ранними вариантами. На снимке - два первых опытных самолета, использовавшихся для отработки бортовых систем новой машины.
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye в настоящее время проходят палубные испытания. Самолет оснащен сложным комплексом бортового радиоэлектронного оборудования, включающего новую РЛС.
VX-1 undertook the E-2D’s IOT&E effort to develop tactics, techniques and procedures.
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christina Irwin directs a VX-23 E-2D at Patuxent River.
Lt Michael McGhan, assigned to the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, performs pre-flight checks on an E-2D Hawkeye at NAS Patuxent River.
A VAW-125 about to launch from NAS Fallon, Nevada; the squadron is scheduled to move to Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan to join the Carrier Wing 5, operating on the USS Ronald Reagan.
Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Ronnie Josey signals for the launch of a VX-1 E-2D.
A VX-20 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye makes its first carrier take-off aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) during carrier suitability trials.
The Il-20MS was designed to undertake strategic reconnaissance during peacetime, to allow accurate order of battles of potential foes to be compiled.
Ilyushin Il-20M variants, top to bottom: Il-20M, Il-20MS, Il-20M Anagramma and Il-20M Monitor.
KLM will take delivery of its 17th and final A330 by the end of the year.
One of the other A350 test aircraft, msn 004 (F-WZNW), sports the logo of first operator, Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways will be the first airline to operate the A350, with the first delivery due in the fourth quarter of the year.
Santiago in Chile was one of the final stops on the route-proving tour, undertaken as part of function and reliability testing.
A350 msn 005 at Auckland during its route-proving trials.
A350 pilots will be able to move the approach chart to one of the central multi-function displays to brief for the landing.
The route-proving flights were an opportunity to test the A350's cabin features.
A flight test station in economy class was used throughout the world tour to monitor and verify flight performance data.
Taranis undergoing tests on the BAE Systems Warton radar range
The S-76A++s used by CHC Helicopters on the SAR contract are equipped with a rescue winch on the starboard side of the cabin, while some of the fleet (including this example) have a nose mounted FLIR turret.
S-76A VH-LHN (c/n 760300) was registered to CHC Helicopters in May 2003.
S-76A VH-LRP (c/n 760122) was built in 1980 and delivered as N176CH, before being acquired by Lloyd Helicopters in 1988 prior to that company becoming part of CHC in 1999.
EC135T3 launch customer Aiut Alpin Dolomites will replace its T2i (l-HALP), used for mountain rescue missions in the Italian Dolomites.
The SBGS EC135T2s each have a FLIR Systems UltraFORCE 2 and a Nightsun searchlight mounted on the nose.
An early production EC135T3 with only 9.5 hours on the clock was demonstrated to Aiut Alpin pilots at Trento in July 2014.
The latest variants of the EC135 are the P3 and T3, powered by different engine options. The EC135T3 uses the Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 Plus.
The EC135T3 made its European debut at the Berlin Air Show in May 2014.
The EC135T3 revised air intakes are compatible with inlet barrier filters to provide engine protection from sand, dust and FOD.
The span of the EC135T3’s composite horizontal stabiliser has been increased, endplate fins removed, and the ventral fin beneath the Fenestron deleted.
The Airbus Helicopters EC135 production line at its Donauworth plant in Germany.
The Thales glass cockpit with Garmin GTN750 GPS nav/comms and GPS systems display.
The forward-looking infrared sensors are used to detect criminals at night or in dense woodland.
Two EC120Bs were the first modern helicopters that arrived on the SBGS Aviation Unit more than a decade ago.
The airline's remaining four MD-11s will be phased out in October 2014.
The current production-standard Mi-171A (this one is operated by UTair) is now regarded as an ageing design and Russian commercial operators have raised requirements for a more modern aircraft featuring a rapidly re-configurable cabin and a type certification in accordance to European and US airworthiness requirements.
The Mi-171 A2’s rotor hub and blades were derived from those fitted to the Mi-38.
The first prototype Mi-171A2 (OP-1) pictured during its public debut at the MAKS airshow at Zhukovsky near Moscow in August 2013.
An attractive payload/range capability and a considerable increase in the cruise speed are promised for the Mi-171A2 due to the all-new rotor system and more powerful and fuel-efficient engines.
Only minor cosmetic changes were made from the Mi-171's external layout to reduce development time and costs.
A forward-facing KOS-17 camera, mounted in the nose of the helicopter, covers a 120° arc in the horizontal plane for enhanced situational awareness.
The X-shaped tail rotor provides better efficiency and produces 20% less noise.
Pall intake filters are intended to provide reliable operation and save the engines from wear and tear in dusty and sandy conditions.
Four 6x8 in LCD screens show flight/navigation and system information and a central 15 in display provides digital map information or video images derived from the enhanced visibility system.
Compared to its predecessor, the Mi-171A2’s fuselage structure is almost the same with the only difference being a reinforced floor in order to allow installation of crash-resistant passenger seats.
A computer-generated image of the yet-to-be-developed search and rescue version of the Mi-171A2.
The first flight test PC-24 during the type’s roll-out at Buochs on August 1, 2014.
Honeywell’s Primus Apex avionics, including SmartView synthetic vision and graphical planning systems, feature in the PC-24’s cockpit.
Six seats is the standard configuration for the PC-24 but five other cabin layout options are available.
Pilatus has designed the PC-24 to operate from rough-field strips, as can its PC-12 turboprop.
The two-screen Garmin G1000 avionics selected for the Jet Ranger X.
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X's cabin accommodates three passengers at the rear and two pilots or one pilot and passenger up front.
Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mock-up displayed at EBACE at Geneva in May 2014.
Artist’s impression of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light helicopter.
St Maarten in the Dutch Antilles, currently served with a 747, is one of the destinations KLM’s 787 Dreamliners will fly to after entering service.
KLM's 48 Boeing 737s, along with Cityhopper’s E-Jets and Fokker 70s, feed its Schiphol hub.
KLM’s hub at Amsterdam Schiphol is central to the airline’s business model.
The ARC Horizon flight deck in the Bell 525 Relentless uses Garmin G5000H avionics, including four large screens.
The Lift Assist Tail Boom Design features the vertical tailplane cantered slightly to the left. This mock-up lacks the sponsons for the main undercarriage, which were added in 2014.
Bell aims to capture a large percentage of the booming energy platform support role with the Model 525 Relentless. PHI was the first potential customer identified, the original mock-up being unveiled in its colours.
Bell is also promoting the Model 535 Relentless for the maritime search and rescue role.
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