Air International 2017-03
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The second Be-200 prototype seen taking off from water. The jet amphibian is said to feature the same aerodynamic efficiency as the conventional aircraft, as well as excellent behaviour when moving on water.
The second Be-200 prototype on the water slipway after a demonstration flight in Gelendzhik harbour
The Be-200 can execute salvo water drops of up to 12 tonnes in 0.8 to 1 second, at a speed of about 135kts (250km/h).
The Be-200 is advertised as capable of operations from any water surface with a depth of 9ft (2.6m) and a length of at least 4,360ft (1,330m).
The Be-200 sports high-mounted engines which are well protected from water spray by means of lateral strakes in the nose and the high-mounded wings.
A MChS Be-200ChS seen at low level over Portugal during fire-fighting operations in 2007.
A MChS Be-200CHS climbs up the slipway at Gelendzhik harbour for servicing and refuelling after a sortie.
The MChS was the launch customer for the Be-200. It has a fleet of six aircraft, with a further six on a firm order and another ten slated to be ordered in the future. RF-21515 was the first example to be delivered in July 2004 and is seen at its home base at Ramenskoye near Moscow.
The Be-200’s original design concept called for a multipurpose amphibian for use in the military, paramilitary and civil sectors, first for the demanding fire-fighting role.
A good view of the Be-200’s high-mounted engines, T-tail and the rear of the boat-style hull that features a rudder on the bottom to improve stability and controllability on take-off, landing and manoeuvring on water.
Azerbaijan is the only export customer, with one Be-200ChS (taken from the MChS order) delivered in 2009 and operated by the country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations.
This is the first Taganrog-built Be-200ChS, intended for MChS, seen here during its first flight on September 16, 2016, still in primer.
A close-up view of the underwing floats that contribute to stability when still and moving on water.
A production-standard Be-200ChS and the second Be-200 prototype at the TANTK Beriev plant undergoing modifications.
The Be-200ChS cockpit sports six flat-panel LCD displays and fighter-style control sticks for the pilots.
A look inside the Be-200ChS cabin, configured here with 43 passenger seats.
Workers at the Oklahoma Logistics Center, install components on an E-3 Sentry as part of the Block 40/45 upgrade during programmed depot maintenance.
An E-3G cockpit fitted with the DRAGON flight deck, the first of 24 AWACS aircraft configured with the system.
New mission crew workstations on the E-3G provide crew with greater levels of automation to help them fight each air battle.
A US Air Force airman navigates an E-3G for a mission above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex during Exercise Northern Edge 2015.
462 Escuadron, equipped with the F/A-18A+ Hornet, is tasked with air defence of the Canary archipelago and maintains fighters on quick reaction alert 24/7, 365 days a year.
F/A-18A+ Hornet.
DACT 2017 involved five Ejercito del Aire fighter units and three Italian Eurofighters as international guests.
The Canary Islands offer an ideal environment for undertaking dissimilar air combat training due to the good weather and large areas of unrestricted air space for manoeuvring.
The NH90 has an initial operational capability for SAR in Belgium? but delays to the programme have extended the Sea King Mk48's OSD to the end of 2018 at least.
No.6 Squadron ‘Flying Can Openers’ based at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray deployed eight Typhoons to Nellis for Red Flag 17-1. Typhoon FGR4 ZK321/EG is seen departing the Nevada base on a mission.
DACT 2017 involved five Ejercito del Aire fighter units and three Italian Eurofighters as international guests.
An Ala 14 Eurofighter from Albacete makes its way to the runway for a day time Shadow mission.
A new Ala 14 Eurofighter lacking a unit code on the fuselage.
A Sea King Mk48 being prepared for a mission at Koksijde. The Belgians retained the sand and green camouflage that was applied for the Sea Kings’ original customer, Egypt, but a red nose was added to distinguish them for SAR duties.
A visit by 40 Smaldeel to RNAS Culdrose last year led to some flying along the north Cornwall coast, as seen here with RS05 in front of Godrevy Lighthouse.
The Sea King celebrates 40 years in Belgian service this year; RS05 retains the ’25 Years' anniversary markings applied 15 years ago, although there are plans for some changes to be made.
The Belgian SAR force has attended more than 3,300 shouts, saving over 1,750 people, since operations began.
Search and rescue missions were flown by a CN235 VIGMA from 802 Escuadron; the unit's Super Pumas were maintained on alert to provide SAR coverage during the whole exercise.
A C295M of Ala 35 acted as a slow mover.
An Ala 14 Eurofighter from Albacete makes its way to the runway for a day time Shadow mission.
This photo, taken at Tehran Mehrabad Airport on January 19, 2017, shows the first commercial flight using Iran Air’s initial A321 EP-IFA, with the city of Tehran in the background.
Iran Air’s Chief Executive Officer says the arrival of the new aircraft symbolises how the lifting of sanctions can bring results for Iranian citizens.
Airbus formally delivered Iran Air’s first A321 during a handover ceremony in Toulouse on January 11, 2017.
A321 EP-IFA at Iran Air’s facility at Mehrabad Airport following its delivery.
Iran Air is due to receive 98 aircraft from Airbus, among which are 20 Airbus A320 family jets and 24 Airbus A320neos.
The Iran Air A321 is configured with 194 seats, each of which have in-flight entertainment screens - a first for Iran Air.
F-35A Lightning II 13-5072/HL (c/n AF-78), with tail markings for the 388th Fighter Wing commander undergoing flight line maintenance at Nellis Air Force Base on January 24, 2017.
By early November 2016 the three flight test aircraft had completed about 20% of the E190-E2 certification process; approximately 21,000 hours of testing using specialised static test rigs had also been completed.
The E190-E2 is scheduled to enter ser­vice in 2018, followed by the E195-E2 in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2021.
The first prototype E2, PT-ZEY(c/n 20001), pictured during its May 23, 2016 first flight.
The E190-E2 is optimised for 97 to 114 seats, the E195-E2 for 120 to 146 seats and the E175-E2 for 80 to 90 seats.
Two of the three E190-E2s involved in the flight test campaign: these aircraft will be joined by a fourth prototype in early 2017.
The 23,000lb (102kN) thrust PW1900G powers the E190-E2; the same engine will also power the E195-E2 while the 17,000lb (75kN) thrust PW1700G will be fitted to the E175-E2
Compared to the earlier E-Jet the overhead stow­age bins have been enlarged and can accept the standard roll-on cabin bag, stowed wheels first.