AIR International UK - 2019 January

AIR International UK - 2019 January
2019 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.
  LOTS OF things continue to happen in the modern fighter world. During the four weeks of this issue’s production month, a Chengdu J-10 with thrust-vectoring control made its public flying debut at the Zhuhai air show, the same venue for the first fourship appearance in public of the stealthy J-20 Dragon.
  Around the international F-35 programme, Aeronautica Militaire F-35A Lightning IIs participated in the first NATO Tactical Leadership
Programme course at Amendola Air Base, Italy, where during the media day the Italian Chief of Air Staff declared initial operational capability for the jet. As AIR International closed for press, the programme announced the F-35’s initial operational test and evaluation had commenced at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
  In the UK, two RAF Marham-based F-35Bs participated in the first multinational exercise Point Blank, which involved US Air Force F-15E
Strike Eagles and Armée de l’Air Rafale fighters, a nice link to the world of the Dassault Aviation jet, which has also achieved some notable
events this past few weeks. The first aircraft for the Indian Air Force made its maiden flight from Bordeaux-Mérignac on October 30, the
day before the Direction Générale de l’Armement announced the Rafale F3-R standard was cleared for service release. Meanwhile, Dassault
Aviation has withdrawn its Rafale from the Canadian fighter competition, reportedly after the company and French government raised concerns over its ability to meet Canada’s interoperability and intelligence sharing requirements. Elsewhere in Europe, our dear friends at Eurofi ghter announced the world’s Typhoon fleet had amassed 500,000 flight hours on November 9, an impressive statistic with which to finish the year.
  And what about the commercial jetliner world? Well, plenty of interesting things happening there, too. The girls and boys of Boeing Commercial Aircraft at Everett, Washington, achieved power-on for the first time on the Boeing 777X. Airbus handed over the first A330-900 to TAP Portugal and the company has given the clearest indication yet that further development of its A321neo is likely.
  You can read about all these stories in this issue, along with profiles of the world’s heavy-lift helicopters arranged across 12 pages providing details of the aircraft, operations and ongoing upgrade programmes – our main theme this month.
  Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll find details of Airbus’ plan to increase urban air mobility, the Royal Navy’s new cutting-edge test squadron,
the last British Airways Boeing 767, development of a bioelectric hybrid aircraft in the Cotswolds, and recent weapon testing successes by the Army Air Corps’ Wildcat AH1.
  AIR International’s February 2019 issue will include a 22-page feature on the world’s fifth-generation fighters, and will be on sale in the UK and around the globe from January 24.
  Lastly, the AIR International team wish all our readers a prosperous 2019.

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