Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
BREAKING NEWS Airbus launches the A330neo family, Japana€ s Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin is rolled out, RAF Sentinels reprieved, Sikorsky gets CRH-60 order, Draken buys Aero Vodochody L-159As, Etihad confi rms record 777X order, Bangladesh orders AW139s,RNZAF T-6C Texan II fl ies and Moody AFB becomes the preferred training base for Afghanistana€ s Super Tucanos. GENERAL NEWS HMS Queen Elizabeth christened, France retires the Mirage F1, AMXs leave Afghanistan, QF-16 survives live-fi re test, Myanmar looks to build the JF-17, Su-25s rushed to Iraq, Il-22PP begins state trials, production HondaJet fl ies, Citation X+ is certifi ed, Airbus rolls out the fi rst A320neo, MRJ prototype comes together and the last CH-147F is delivered. LEADING NEWS STORIES Air New Zealand welcomes the Boeing 787-9 Chris Kjelgaard visited Everett to take part in the celebrations. Filling the Gap The European Defence Agency is working on a multiproject approach to tackle the shortage of tanker capability on the continent, as Kees van der Mark found out. Buffs, Spirits & Bow Waves Ian Harding and Matthew Clements report on a deployment of B-2 and B-52 bombers to the UK. Etihad Edges Nearer to Alitalia Mark Broadbent describes Etihada€ s bid to buy Italian airline Alitalia. Features HIGH-TECH IN HAMBURG Lufthansa Technik is the worlda€ s largest, most technologically sophisticated aircraft maintenance and technical services group. Chris Kjelgaard finds out what makes it tick. FRANCEa€ S AIR DEFENDERS a€ PART 1 The French Air Force has one of Europea€ s most comprehensive air defence networks, including Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighters, as Henri-Pierre Grolleau explains in the first of a two-part feature. THE SOLAR SPIRIT The zero emissions Solar Impulse is being prepared for a round-the-world fl ight that its creators hope will show what clean technology can achieve. Mark Broadbent reports. TURKISH WAR GAMES Riccardo Niccoli visits Konya Air Base in mid-western Turkey for the latest edition of exercise Anatolian Eagle. CSERIES Despite an engine incident, Bombardier says its CSeries airliner will enter service in the second half of 2015. James Careless reviews the programme. TERRITORIAL TENSIONS Andreas Rupprecht describes increased tensions between China and Japan after China established an air defence zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea. FLYBE REFRESHED A new look and a revised network a€" change is under way at Europea€ s largest regional airline. Mark Broadbent outlines. THIRD STREAM Chris Kjelgaard details the design of the F-35a€ s propulsion systems and reports on development possibilities. ATLANTIC NICHE The Faroe Islandsa€ national airline is profitable despite the operational and commercial demands it has to face, considers Dominik Sipinski. UTILITY TWIN Alexander Mladenov details the features, uses and development of the Ka-226 utility helicopter. INNOVATION AT EASYJET Highly sophisticated technology is being trialled by the low-cost airline easyJet to make its operations even more efficient, as Mark Broadbent explains.
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