Air International 2016-03
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This rear view of an AH-1Z shows the hover infrared suppression system which is an integral part of the exhaust system.
The AH-1Z is equipped with the M197 20mm Gatling gun and carries approximately 650 20mm rounds.
Maintainers make adjustments to the ammunition feeder of the M197 Gatling gun.
This AH-1Z is configured with two different launchers; a seven shot LAU-68 for 2.75 inch rockets and a four-round M272 for AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.
Moving the AH-1Z requires four ground handling wheel sets. Towing is possible up to a max weight of 18,500 lb over smooth surfaces.
The forward ground handling wheel sets (in white) have steerable wheels.
The low air speed probe on the forward left hand side of the aircraft feeds the digital air data system which provides real time wind direction, wind speed, outside air temperature, air speed data.
AH-1Z pilots say the Zulu is faster, carries more fuel and weapons compared to an AH-1W but a harder aircraft to employ because of the amount of information captured by the sensors which needs to managed.
The Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight System is a targe-aperture, mid-wave, forward looking, infrared/electro-optical sensor housed in a gyro-stabilised turret mounted on the nose of the helicopter.
The primary structural components of the main rotor hub are two fibreglass two-arm yokes in a stacked arrangement. Composite main rotor blades are made from fibreglass and epoxy.
Flight line crew attach a brace to a main rotor of an AH-1Z prior to maintenance on the rotor hub.
The Thales TopOwl Helmet-Mounted Sight and Display system comprises a modular, protective helmet with day and night avionics to present a head-up display of visual aids and intensified night images to the pilot.
Russia is reviving Il-114 production 25 years after the type’s first flight.
The latest L 410 Turbolet under flight test in the Czech Republic.
The field of view from the cockpit is pretty good for a high-wing aircraft, although there is a blind-spot in a turn.
At 7,500ft the aircraft has a true airspeed of 130 kts for a fuel flow of around 120kg/hr.
Mountain­ous terrain is just one of the rugged environments where the PC-6 is designed to perform.
A PC-6 shows its wide 16m wingspan over its Swiss homeland.
The view from the cockpit is good, despite the aircraft's long nose.
The Porter's short take-off and landing characteristics are remarkable.
Amphibious floats are one option for customers, along with skis.
Left: The mark of a true bush plane - even the tailwheel has a mudguard. Middle: The undercarriage legs have steel-spring, oil-damped shock absorb­ers. Right: The main undercarriage legs look spindly, but they are extremely strong and are braced to the aircraft belly.
The G950 gives the instrument panel a very clean, uncluttered appearance. Note that the throttle, propeller and fuel condition controls are arranged in a non-standard layout, as the big throttle lever is in the middle.
The large sliding doors on both sides of the cabin can be opened in flight, useful for carrying specialist equipment, such as this forward-looking infrared camera.
The last Su-34 built for test and evaluation, T10V-8/side number 48, joined its predecessors on December 20, 2003. In August 2008 aircraft 47 and 48 participated in the war with Georgia jamming Georgian air defence radars.
The Su-34 tactical bomber is replacing the Su-24M Fencer, provides a 30-50% greater range in similar flight profiles; has much more advanced targeting and navigation systems and new types of armament.
An Su-34 of the 559th Independent Bomber Aviation Regiment based at Morozovsk carrying a Kh-59M on the centreline pylon (partly hidden from view), two Kh-31 air-to-surface missiles, plus two R-27 air-to-air missiles on the under wing pylons and an R-73 on each wing tip.
By the end of 2015, 73 production standard Su-34s had been built, from a total of 129 ordered. The Su-34 was commissioned into service on March 18, 2014, when a formal decree was signed by the President of Russia.
Su-34 21 rolls-out from landing at Voronezh Air Base in December 2012 home of the 47th Composite Aviation Regiment: the first Russian Air and Space Force operational Fullback unit.
Since the end of 2011, Su-34s have been fitted with TA14-130-35 auxiliary power units mounted inside the aircraft’s tail booms with exhaust grilles on the port side of the boom. Note the seven chaff and flare dispensers mounted in underside of the tail boom.
The electronically scanned antenna of the Fullback's V004 radar made by Leninets in St Petersburg.
The ventrally-mounted I255 B1/02 Platan laser and TV sight (shown deployed) is stowed inside the fuselage during cruise.
The two-seat side-by-side cockpit of the Su-34 features five MFI-66 MFDs, two PS-2 control panels and standby analogue instruments. Note the ShKAI-34 head-up display at the pilot’s left position.
For reconnaissance the UKR-RL pod with a Pika X-band side-looking radar will be carried on a pylon between the engines for reconnaissance missions.
Forty ATR 72-600s have been ordered by the Iranian Government for Iran Air as part of a slew of orders for western airliners following the easing of sanctions.
The Cargo Flex option on the ATR 72-600 was first delivered to PNG Air in Papua New Guinea late in 2015.
The ATR 72-600 cabin seats from 68 to 78 passengers, depending on an operator's seating choice.
Xi'an Aircraft Company is targeting Western certification for the MA700.
Cessna manufactures the Latitude fuselage using vertical tooling with integrated robotics.
The Latitude’s spacious flight deck features the Garmin G5000 system comprising three 14-inch high-resolution displays and four Garmin touch controllers.
The Latitude's cabin features a flat floor with 72 inches of head-room and windows positioned for a good view from each of the six seats.
The 27 member airlines of Star Alliance operate logojets with the alliance's branding applied. This Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-200, TC-JNB (msn 704), pictured at Brussels Airport in January 2016, was recently repainted into the Star livery.
RUAG is restarting series production of the Do 228NG, with the company foreseeing demand for the aircraft in Africa and Latin America.
Four Avengers are assigned to 750 NAS at RNAS Culdrose, with ZZ503 pictured here.
The squadron's flight hours are contracted to 2,500 hours per year at present, although that may increase to 3,100.
The Avenger T1 is a standard Beechcraft King Air 350ER (Extended Range) that provides an extra 1,000lb of fuel. Its main modifications are the multimode telephonic radar and internal Tactical Mission Trainer (Air) system.
A team of ten experienced Cobham Aviation engineers is responsible for maintaining the four Avengers. Maintenance includes a phase check every 200 hours and four phased inspections.
On a radar homing mission off Cornwall’s southwest coast, the instructor uses identified radar targets, manipulates these using the Tactical Mission Trainer Air synthetic mode and blends additional synthetic radar threats.
The Observer manages small white dots of light, determines the interaction between them, builds a tactical picture and takes action.
C-12J 86-0081 conducts an engine start on the ramp at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
C-12J 86-0078 sits on the ramp at Yokota Air Base, Japan prior to engine start.
Captain Matthew McPhail (left seat) and Lieutenant Chase Cooper (right seat) at the controls of C-12J 86-0078, radio call sign Mojo 17, makes a right turn with Mt Fuji ahead.
An internal view of a C-12J showing a spectrum aero bed.
Close-up on the guidance section of the GBU-49 HOB (Height of Burst) bombs.
All Mirage 2000s are flown with a full allocation of flares.
Mirage 2000Ds are equipped with upward firing flares dispensers on top of the traditional launchers mounted below the fuselage.
Maintenance is carried out in harsh conditions, but the Mirage 2000 proves remarkably reliable.
A Mirage 2000D lined up on the runway at Niamey ready to take off for yet another mission. The aircraft is fitted with an ATLIS laser designation pod.
This Mirage 2000D cruises high over Africa on its way towards the target area in northern Mali.
Two F/A-18Cs from Fl St 11 chased by an F/A-18D fitted with new multifunction displays introduced in the UG25 upgrade programme.
Two Swiss Hornets releasing flares while in flight over the Alps. They are loaded with two AIM-120C-7 and two AIM-9X live missiles.
Note the JHMCS helmet of the pilot flying this F/A-18C, and the identification light on the fuselage side, a feature also used by Canadian Hornets.
Hornet J-5018 taxies back to the cavern. Note on the ventral fuel tank the radio frequency to be used by the pilots of intercepted aircraft.
Low clouds and light snow, the typical winter environment at Meiringen, and the narrow valley where the base is located provide challenging flying conditions.
F/A-18C J-5018, the flagship of Fl St 18 'Panthers’, crosses a minor local road, open to traffic, while taxiing from the cavern. The cavern and the air base are not located on the same military ground.
Two Hornets taxiing from the cavern facility at Meiringen into the base, before a training mission.
Two F/A-18Cs from Fl St 11 chased by an F/A-18D fitted with new multifunction displays introduced in the UG25 upgrade programme.
UK regional carrier Flybe is one of the Dash 8 Q400’s largest customers; it currently operates 50 examples of the aircraft. Here G-JEDP (c/n 4085) is seen approaching Paris CDG.
The first cargo combi Dash 8 Q400 was delivered to Ryukyu Air Commuter in December 2015.
Bombardier offers a dual-class layout for the Q400 mixing business and economy classes, as seen here in this Ethiopian Airlines aircraft.