Nigel Pittaway reports on how Airbus is focusing on the growing Asia-Pacific market after recently completing a region-wide demonstration tour with the A350-1000.
RAFALE WEAPON TRAINING
Jan Kraak visited the annual air-to-ground live firing exercise for Armée de l’Air Rafale crews at BA120 Cazaux.
Lon Nordeen reviews the current stock of western air superiority fighters, air-to-air missiles carried and similar systems in development by China and Russia.
AUSTRIA’S POLICE FLYERS
Stefan DeGraef and Edwin Borremans visit the Austrian Flugpolizei helicopter unit operating a mixed fleet of types.
MONTENEGRO AIR FORCE
Sven van Roij visited the Balkan country of Montenegro, the newest member of NATO, and tells us about the small nation’s air arm.
Andreas Spaeth writes about how the Scandinavian carrier is gaining from huge demand in China and Japan and is promoting Helsinki as a time-saving gateway to Europe.
Riccardo Niccoli visited the Alfredo Barbieri military airport at Guidonia near Rome to learn about Italy’s military gliding school.
Lon Nordeen reports on a ground-breaking service life modification programme to sustain the US Navy’s Super Hornet fleet.
AVIANO – AMERICA’S FIGHTER TOWN IN ITALY
Riccardo Niccoli visited Aviano Air Base, home to the F-16-equipped 31st Fighter Wing, and learns about its training and importance to NATO.
Mark Broadbent profiles the activities of the Ordnance Survey Flying Unit, a specialist organisation that maps Britain from the air.
Supersonic X-plane, NORAD 60 CF-18, Dutch defence plans.
FIRST TO FLY
Chen Chuanren reports on the delivery of the first Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10.
Republic of Korea Air Force F-35A, F-16s for Croatia, Chinese carrier.
Pastures new: Grobs and King Airs go civil in the latest UK Military Flying Training System changes.
Restructure for the Royal Navy’s Merlin HM2 force, last Griffins and Squirrels leave RAF Shawbury.
Boeing 777-9 production, Embraer delivers E190-E2, Hi Fly announces it will operate the A380 and Qantas begins direct flights to Australia with 787-9s.
AERIAL FIREFIGHTING 2018
Jim Dunn reports from this year’s Aerial Firefighting conference held at McClellan Field, California.
UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
Avenger ER’s long-duration flight, new weapons under consideration for the MQ-9 Reaper, Nigerian CH-3 operations.
INTEL, SURVEILLANCE AND RECON
GlobalEye’s first flight, UK Protector contract, Philippines boosts surveillance capabilities with King Air and ScanEagle.