Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
BREAKING NEWS Proposed budget cuts force the US Air Forcea€ s leadership to look at retiring whole fleets of aircraft, with the A-10 Thunderbolt II, MC-12W, KC-10A, B-1B and F-15C under scrutiny. AgustaWestland flies the first production AW189, Airbus Military celebrates the official delivery of the initial A400M Atlas, and the US Navy re-establishes VFA-101. GENERAL NEWS The RAF says a€~goodbyea€ to the VC10, the Aurora Orion UAS flies, the QF-16 makes its first unmanned flight, Afghanistan becomes the latest C-130 Hercules operator while Belgium celebrates 40 years flying the type, Alitalia seeks aid, AgustaWestland delivers the 600th AW139, four Russians fl y around the world in R66s, Embraer marks 1,000 E-Jet deliveries, Airbus looks at a regional A330, Lufthansa says a€~yesa€ to the 777-9X, Cessna puts wings on its Citation Latitude prototype and AIR Internationala€ s staff go to the cinema to watch Planes. Features TYPHOON SPECIAL AIR International presents an overview of the current status, operators and weapons of the Typhoon as it fights to secure major orders in the Gulf. WORLD TANKERS PART TWO AIR International completes its two-part series of the worlda€ s tankers REGIONAL EVOLUTION Mark Broadbent reports on BAE Systems Regional Aircrafta€ s expanding and evolving business. MERLIN MARK TWO As the Merlin Mk 2 enters service with the Royal Navy, Ian Harding visits RNAS Culdrose to review its upgrades. FRENCH OPEVAL Henri-Pierre Grolleau looks at the work of the French Air Forcea€ s CEAM. GULF STRIKE Jim Dorschner reports on the arms market in the Gulf region. GULF PATROL The maritime patrol aircraft on offer to the Gulf, by Jim Dorschner. DUBAIa€ S BUDGET AIRLINE Dominik Sipinski looks at flydubai. GULF SURVEILLANCE Jim Dorschner investigates.
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