Dec 6, 2009
Airbus Military has revealed its long-term flight-test program for the A400M transport, with its first example expected to launch the schedule with a 3h debut flight late next week. Aircraft MSN001 has already completed several medium-speed taxi trials to above 80kt (148km/h), and should make high-speed runs this weekend, says Eric Isorce, head of the A400M integrated flight-test operations team. The work will culminate in a rejected take-off run at about 120kt. Ground activities conducted by the test team since mid-November have identified several minor faults, says Ed Strongman, Airbus's chief test pilot, military programs. These have including a tachometer fault caused by loose connectors which limited the aircraft's braking, and poor anti-skid performance. A new software load has been supplied to rectify the latter hitch. Dec 3, 2009
European turboprop manufacturer ATR has handed over the fourth and final VIP ATR 72-500 to the Royal Thai Air Force as interest in the executive version of its twin-turboprop regional airliner family continues to grow. The Thai aircraft - used exclusively by the country's royal family, government and military officials - have helped to spur interest in the ATR 42 and 72, particularly from other customers in Asia, says ATR. "We have opened discussions with a number of potential clients in Asia and across the world who are looking for aircraft with low operating costs and large cabins," says the EADS and Alenia joint venture.
Dec 1, 2009
The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (MSDF) has taken...