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New PC-12 for Irish Air Corps

Yesterday (April 1), a new PC-12NG (c/n 1898, HB-FXT) conducted a test flight at the Pilatus factory in Stans, Switzerland, wearing the Irish tricolour and Irish Air Corps serial 280.

Israel hosts US F-35s in first joint training exercise

Israeli Air Force (IAF) Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir fighters and US Air Force (USAF) F-35A Lightning IIs have taken part in exercise Enduring Lightning – the first joint training exercise dedicated to the fighter to be held by Israel.

First production-representative MQ-9B rolled out

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has rolled out and flown the first production-representative MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned combat air system (UCAV).

Boeing’s F-15QA completes first flight

Boeing has successfully completed the first flight of the F-15QA (Qatar Advanced) – the most advanced variant of the Eagle family to be manufactured so far.

US funds F-35 hydraulic power generation system repair capability

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract modification – worth US$14.9m – to fund repair capabilities for the hydraulic power generation systems of low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 11 F-35s.

Nigeria’s first A-29B makes maiden flight

Embraer Defense & Security and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have announced that Nigeria’s first A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft has successfully completed its maiden flight.

Next two Air National Guard F-35A bases selected

The Department of the Air Force has selected Truax Field, Wisconsin, and Dannelly Field, Alabama, as the next two Air National Guard (ANG) bases to become home to the F-35A Lightning II.

USAF completes flight tests on Skyborg testbed

Last month, the USAF’s Emerging Technology Combined Test Force (ET-CTF) completed flight tests on its new autonomous aircraft testbed in support of its ongoing Skyborg project.

Saab delivers first GlobalEye

Saab delivered the first GlobalEye Swing Role Surveillance System aircraft to the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) on April 29. 

Airbus hands over 17th A400M to France

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered its 17th A400M heavy-lift tactical transport to the Armée de l’Air (AdlA, French Air Force).

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia – The Rise and Fall

As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip on the commercial aviation industry, Virgin Australia became its next casualty after entering voluntary administration on April 21. Thomas Haynes examines the airline’s history and analyses what went wrong for Australia’s second largest carrier.

Chinese Y-20A delivers aid in first overseas mission

A Xi’an Aircraft Industry Group Y-20A, belonging to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has delivered medical supplies to Pakistan, marking the type’s first operational overseas mission.

Wizz Air

Wizz Air’s First Abu Dhabi Destinations Revealed

Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced five new routes connecting Europe with Abu Dhabi, the first of its new UAE subsidiary. The airline is planning to launch services to Budapest and Bucharest from June and Cluj-Napoca, Katowice and Sofia in September.

Air Canada Fleet Exit

Which Aircraft is Leaving Air Canada with Immediate Effect?

In a bid to reduce its costs, Air Canada is accelerating the retirement of 79 older aircraft from its fleet including the Boeing 767, Airbus A319 and Embraer E190, with the latter exiting immediately. The decision comes as the flag carrier revealed a C$1bn (£599m) net loss for the first quarter, compared to a C$345m (£197m) profit for the same period last year.

VE Day: The Road to Victory

Our experts discuss the key turning points of World War II, and pay tribute to its heroes