Air International 2015-04
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Indian Air Force Su-30MKI, serial number SB-318, took part in the flying display.
Indian Air Force Su-30MKI, serial number SB-413, took part in the flying display.
A BRAHMOS-A missile under an Su-30MKI ‘Flanker’ was on display at Aero India;
SAR coverage of Dutch waters has been outsourced to Belgian company NHV for at least five years. Among the Dauphin 2s used for this purpose is AS365N2 OO-NSZ (c/n 6420).
The first Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Airborne Mine Counter Measures MCH-101, 8656, during a test flight on January 20, 2015. The helicopter was delivered on February 27.
Bristow will operate 11 specially-configured S-92s from five bases for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
A US Army UH-60L Black Hawk from 2-501st AVN is loaded onto the Military Sealift Command RoRo vessel MV Cape Race (T-AKR 9960), while berthed at the Liberian National Port Authority’s Port of Buchanan, Liberia, on February 16, 2015. The ship transported US Army helicopters back home after supporting the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Tornado GR4 ZA461 of No.XV(R) Squadron, in special markings for the unit’s 100th anniversary during a training sortie on March 2, 2015, the day before the new colours were unveiled. The unit was formed on March 1, 1915, at Farnborough, Hampshire.
A Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 refuels two RAF Tornado GR4s on March 4, 2015 over Iraq during operations against ISIL. The RAF has continued to carry out air strikes in Iraq as part of Operation Shader since last October. In addition to the GR4s, Hellfire-armed RAF Reapers are also being used to target ISIL militants in the country.
India’s first series-production Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) LA-5001 (c/n SP-1) made its public debut at this year’s show.
Tejas KH-2002 (c/n TD-2) was on display with a dummy version of the DRDO Astra Mk1 beyond visual range air-to-air missile;
Tejas KH-2013 gave a spirited display at this year's Aero India.
Tejas naval prototype 3002 (c/n NP-2) was on display at this year’s show, and featured Leading Edge Vortex Controllers and a tail hook.
A tail hook and Leading Edge Vortex Controllers of Tejas naval prototype 3002 (c/n NP-2).
This upgrade to the existing flying White House comes just weeks after the Pentagon announced the selection of the Boeing 747-8 to replace the VC-25A as the next presidential aircraft.
Five air forces have ordered the PC-21. This aircraft is one of 55 that will be delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force.
MD Helicopters is to refresh its MD 902 Explorer.
West Atlantic has taken delivery of another Boeing 767-232, SE-RLA (c/n 22224, formerly N747AX). This is the Swedish cargo airline's second 767 and is one of three examples that will join its fleet this year.
The Ka-52K prototype 062, modified at Kamov with folding rotor blades, shortened forward-folding stub-wings and capable of carrying the Kh-35 anti-ship missile.
RQ-4 N782NA, one of two Global Hawks used by NASA, is studying water vapour in the layer between the tropopause and the stratosphere.
An 81st Fighter Squadron Embraer A-29B Super Tucano 13-2004, the fourth aircraft delivered, undertaking the first sortie with an Afghan Air Force (AAF) pilot from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, on March 5, 2015. The aircraft is one of 20 that will be delivered to Moody for AAF pilot training, on completion of which all 20 will be handed over to the AAF.
The Bristow Group and AgustaWestland are to co-operate on the development of the AW609 tiltrotor.
The DRDO announced at Aero India 2015 that the A330 had been selected as the new airborne early warning and control aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
The third Japan Coast Guard EC225LP, JA691A/MH691, during its formal hand-over ceremony on January 16, 2015.
AS532U2 Cougar Mk2 S-453, seen on stand-by at Leeuwarden in January 2015, is one of two from 300 Squadron that took over the patient airlift role on January 1, 2015.
Vietnam Airlines will be the second A350 XWB operator. Its first aircraft, pictured here after painting, is due to be delivered to the carrier in June 2015.
A Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 refuels two RAF Tornado GR4s on March 4, 2015 over Iraq during operations against ISIL. The RAF has continued to carry out air strikes in Iraq as part of Operation Shader since last October. In addition to the GR4s, Hellfire-armed RAF Reapers are also being used to target ISIL militants in the country.
French firm Heli Union will be the first operator of a new increased-weight derivative of the AW139.
Robinson has signed a ten-year agreement with Rolls-Royce for 1,000 RR300 engines.
Solar Impulse 2 HB-SIB on the second leg of its round the world flight from Muscat in Oman to Ahmedabad, India.
Final ground tests in progress on C-FFDK ahead of its first flight.
The first CS300 flight test aircraft, C-FFDK, during its first flight.
HAL claims that initial operational capability of the Light Combat Helicopter will be declared in the autumn of 2015.
The third Light Combat Helicopter technology demonstrator (c/n TD-3) made its maiden flight on November 12, 2014 and made its debut appearance at this year’s Aero India.
The Gulfstream G650ER set two new world records during a round-the-world flight from New York to Savannagh, via Beijing.
Surf Air is providing executive travel to its members between West Coast US cities.
N9195A is Surf Air’s fourth PC-12 and one of 15 ordered by the Santa Monica-based company, which also has options on 50 others.
Turkish Airlines’ A321-200 TC-JSJ (msn 5633) wears a special scheme incorporating the colours of the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. The aircraft, pictured here at Manchester, is operating across Europe on Turkish Airlines' network from its Istanbul hub.
Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead Prototype 001 unmanned aerial system takes off for its maiden flight from Trapani-Birgi Air Base on December 22, 2014.
PC-24 testing started with ground engine runs at Stans.
The second Bell 505 JetRanger X C-FTVN (c/n FTV-2) during its first flight.
Air Cargo Global Boeing 747-481F OM-ACA (c/n 34016) arrives at London Stansted Airport. This is one of two 747-400s normally operated by the Slovakian cargo airline from Bratislava and Frankfurt on routes to Dubai, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Shanghai It was at the Essex airport flying in place of the Atlas Air 747 on the twice-weekly flight to there from Lagos.
Transavia Boeing 737-8K2 PH-HZW (c/n 29345) departs Groningen-Eelde Airport, showing the new colours of the Dutch carrier. The entire fleet will have the revised scheme by 2019. Transavia will receive two new 737-800s in April/May 2015, bringing the airline's total fleet in the Netherlands to nine 737-7K2s and 24 737-8K2s.
The hoist operator/mechanic salutes to the people attending the disbandment ceremony at Leeuwarden on January 15, 2015 during the final AB412 flypast.
The crew of the final AB412 flight: Eelco Tolsma, Derk Rus and Wim de Wijn.
The cockpit arrangement on the H160 mock-up at Heli Expo 2015 is considerably different to the original concept of the X4 programme.
Beautiful lines are found all over the H160.
The Fenestron-covered tail rotor is the largest of any on an Airbus Helicopter and has been ‘double canted' to a 12° angle to improve anti-torque control.
The F-35 Integrated Test Force is conducting final weapons separation tests for the Block 2B software using all three variants of the JSF. F-35A AF-04 is shown taking off from Edwards Air Force Base in California loaded with four 500 lb GBU-12 laser-guided bombs and two AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.
The first F-35 to be completed by the the Final Assembly and Check Out facility at Cameri, Italian Air Force F-35A AL-1, after roll-out from the production line on March 12, 2015.
Metal Master's FLARIS LAR 1 four-seat jet, built from carbon fibre and able to operate from grass, is due to fly in the coming weeks.
India's second EMB 145i, KW-3556, will be accepted by the Indian Air Force by the end of this year.
Guimbal's Cabri G2 two-seat piston helicopter has just gained its FAA certification.