AIR International UK - 2018 January

AIR International UK - 2018 January
2018 January
AIR International Magazine - For the best in modern military and commercial aviation 
Established in 1972, AIR International has established an unrivalled reputation for authoritative reporting and coverage of the full spectrum of aviation subjects. 
More recently, we have tried to improve the magazine from cover to cover. We have more correspondents and top aviation writers from around the world, offering even more exciting news, features and stunning photography. 
Published monthly, AIR International has more pages than ever, all still dedicated to commercial and military aviation. Our new, more contemporary and colourful design, packed with more images and improved graphics make each page easier on the eye and, most importantly, more enjoyable to read.
  November and December proved to be months laced with notable events in the F-35 Lightning II programme. Following arrival of the first three Royal Norwegian Air Force aircraft at Main Air Station Ørland, the United States made the largest ever deployment of the type to the Republic of Korea. Eighteen F-35s, 12 US Marine Corps F-35Bs and six US Air Force F-35As arrived at Kunsan Air Base to participate in Exercise Vigilant Ace. The five-day joint Republic of Korea and United States event started on December 4. Vigilant Ace involved 230 aircraft. Six F-22 Raptors were also deployed to Kunsan making the event the largest fifth-generation fighter and F-35 deployments to date.
  On November 28, the 412th Test Wing based at Edwards Air Force Base led Exercise Orange Flag to evaluate further the F-35’s interoperability with other combat aircraft types flown by the US Marine Corps and US Navy. Twenty-eight aircraft participated in the test event, named after the test colour – orange, operating – in addition to Edwards, from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and Naval Air Station Point Mugu, both in California.
  East of the eastern seaboard in the nation of Israel, the Israel Air and Space Force announced an initial operational capability declaration for its F-35I Adir following a yearlong work-up to the official inspection.
  In Russia, more military aircraft programmes made the news with the roll-out of the latest Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber, the maiden flight of the first Beriev A-100 AWACS aircraft and the establishment of a second division in the Russian Air Force heavy transport branch.
  Airbus and Boeing dominated the order book announced at the Dubai Air Show, along with news of the certifi cation of the A350-1000, plus announcements on the first A321neo, assembly of the first A330-800neo and a first look at the Boeing 777X flight deck. Elsewhere, Pilatus Aircraft announced it had received EASA and FAA certifi cation of the PC-24 business jet, and Textron Aviation launched the Cessna 408 SkyCourier.
  Details of all these commercial stories can be found in this issue.
  That’s about it for this year, other than to wish all our readers a peaceful Christmas and prosperous New Year.

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