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B-21 Raider set to be unveiled before year’s end

The stealth bomber is the arguably most anticipated military aircraft in history – the ‘sequel’ to the $2 billion, UFO-like B-2 Spirit. 

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Lego 747 takes pride of place in Magma boardroom

Belgium teenager Silas De Kunst spent six months building his incredible recreation of the Queen of the Skies, which was created from 6,000 plastic bricks.

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Starlink can provide 100 Mbps inflight Wi-Fi

SpaceX’s Starlink internet service has been selected to provide in-flight Wi-Fi for JSX Air and Hawaiian Airlines.
The first test run of the new system was carried out last week with a flight from Burbank California to San Jose carrying about twelve passengers.

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Queen’s ‘final flight’ most tracked in Flightradar history

The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, ZZ177, departed at 5:42pm on Tuesday as flight KRF01R and landed at RAF Northolt at 6:54pm

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General Dynamics wins USAF cyber contract

The company has been tasked with designing, developing and delivering a classified data at rest (DAR) high assurance Inline Media Encryptor (IME).

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Boeing unveils new combat aircraft facility

The purpose-built centre is expected to house the production of advanced composite components for current and future combat aircraft.   

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Poland unveils Apache acquisition plans

The announcement followed a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

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World Cup lifts Dubai–Doha daily flights from 6 to 48

The massive number of travellers during the competition will also see the Qatar capital’s airport break its record for most daily departures on 25 November, with 333 scheduled.

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Saudi Arabia to launch new international airline

Saudi Arabia plans to invest up to $30 billion USD to launch a second national airline as part of its Vision 2030 plan to diversify its economy. The new airline is one part of a larger investment into the civil aviation sector in the country, which the nation plans to invest $100 billion into by 2030.

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Northrop confirms long-range missile launch from B-2

Upgrade work undertaken by the prime on the batwing stealth bomber will enable it to fire ‘JASSM-ER’ missiles so it can “hit any target, anywhere”.

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Frequentis lands Royal Netherlands Air Force deal

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has awarded a contract to Frequentis to replace its three end-of-life voice communication systems (VCS).

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Airbus’ Zephyr drone misses world record flight by hours

Airbus ground control team lost contact with the Zephyr drone on August 19th while it was flying far above Arizona in the stratosphere, just hours before it was set to break a world record for the longest continuous flight in history.

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Repatriating to and retiring in Australia in uncertain times

Promoted by MGD Wealth 2022 has confronted us all with grim economic and financial news, including an inevitable end to the rise in asset prices with most financial markets having fallen significantly in the last six months.  For Australian expats, planning and managing the transition back to Australia has become more complex with increased asset

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Last ever 747 to roll off Boeing’s production line

Boeing is set to end production of the 747 aircraft, with Atlas Air to receive the last delivery of Boeing 747-8F later this year when the final production stage is completed, marking the end of an era in the aviation industry.

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US B-2s leave northern Australia

It comes as the US marked the occasion by releasing incredible new images showing aircraft from the two countries flying together in formation.

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Boom secures third airline buyer for supersonic jets

Boom is promising significantly shorter flight times than current commercial aviation, with its Overture jets capable of flying at supersonic speeds of up to Mach 1.7 over water.

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Singapore Airlines restarts routes to China

The airline has also released figures showing another successful month in their steady climb back to pre-pandemic levels.

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Boeing restarts 787 deliveries after 14-month hiatus

Delivery of the Dreamliner was initially halted in late 2020, before being resumed in early 2022 and halted again at the end of May 2021 at the request of the FAA due to quality problems.

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Northrop tests new radar against cruise missiles

The defence giant said the G/ATOR device successfully tracked multiple missile threats simultaneously, tracking each target after launch.

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UK agrees CAMCOPTER drone deal for search and rescue

Bristow received its first Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 system in 2019, consisting of two aircraft, a ground control station and engineering and logistic support as a proof-of-concept capability.

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JetBlue to take over Spirit Airlines

Just hours after Spirit Airlines walked away from its merger deal with Frontier Airlines, JetBlue secured a deal to takeover the highly-sought after budget carrier for $3.8 billion.

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Spirit walks away from Frontier merger

Spirit Airlines has walked away from its merger negotiations with Frontier Airlines, as it continues negotiations over a possible deal with rival JetBlue.

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US Super Hornets test long-range, anti-radiation missiles

The exercise, which took place at the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of California, involved launching Lockheed Martin’s new AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER) missiles. 

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IAI to deliver surveillance aircraft to NATO country

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has agreed a US $200 million deal with an undisclosed NATO member in Europe for the delivery of one of its Special Mission surveillance aircraft. The plane is scheduled to be built by IAI Group and its subsidiary ELTA Systems, which specialises in radar and intelligence solutions. It’s currently in use

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Northrop Grumman unveils ‘supersonic aircraft’ project

The aircraft will be designed to carry up to 80 passengers at twice the speed of currently deployed platforms, with the potential to support government and military missions requiring rapid response.

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RAF Typhoons to receive multi-billion-dollar upgrades

The new radar system is expected to improve the fleet’s electronic warfare (EW) capability, enabling the aircraft to simultaneously detect, identify and track multiple targets in the air and on the ground.

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Heathrow to introduce daily passenger cap

London Heathrow Airport has asked airlines to stop selling seats on flights over the summer, after introducing a temporary cap on daily departing passengers for the very first time.

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Global Poseidon fleet size hits 150

Boeing has announced that it has delivered its 150th P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, marking the latest milestone for the defence and aerospace company’s ISR platform.

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Boeing says MAX 10 variant could be scrapped

Boeing could be forced to scrap its plans for the largest variant of its embattled 737 MAX jet, the MAX 10, over possible regulatory issues.

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Airbus axes another Qatar A350 order

Airbus is rumoured to have cancelled Qatar Airways’ order for a fourth A350 amid an ongoing dispute over aircraft defects.

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EasyJet flight escorted by SASF F-18 after bomb threat

An EasyJet flight travelling from London to Menorca in Spain was escorted to its destination by a Spanish F-18 fighter jet, after a teenager allegedly made a false threat about a bomb onboard the aircraft.

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European aviation sees more disruption as widespread strikes loom

European travellers could see more disruption to their travel plans as airline and airport workers across the continent prepare to strike, as they lobby for better pay and working conditions in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic.

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Branson visits Antonov AN-225 airport in Ukraine

The six-engine behemoth — dubbed ‘Mriya’, or ‘Dream’ in Ukrainian — was the world’s largest cargo plane and a favourite of enthusiasts worldwide.

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NASA seeks partner to make low-emission narrowbody

The agency said it would fund one or more projects to design, build and test a “large-scale demonstrator,” which is scheduled to include an airframe configuration and related technologies.

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Spirit again rejects JetBlue bid

The airline has instead asked shareholders to back a bid from low-cost rival Frontier Group Holdings at a meeting on Thursday.

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Airports won’t fully recover from COVID until late 2024

Airports Council International’s latest report said the industry is struggling to deal with “significant headwinds” such as labour shortages, inflation and the risk of an economic downturn.

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Top Gun sequel passes $1 billion at box office

Maverick is already nestled in the top 50  biggest money-making movies of all time and is likely to land in the top 30 should it continue to hold its huge audience.

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Everything you need to know about chaos at global airports

People around the world are anxious to travel again as pandemic restrictions are being lifted. But those planning to jump on a plane for a vacation have been frustrated by the chaos in the airline industry. In both North America and Europe, thousands of flights have been cancelled and hundreds of thousands of passengers have

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Spirit to make decision on JetBlue offer by 30 June

In a statement released on Wednesday, Spirit also said Frontier and JetBlue are being given access to the same due diligence information, after JetBlue’s CEO Robin Hayes previously criticized the airline over not “acting in good faith” during the negotiations.

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American’s regional pilots to get ‘groundbreaking’ pay rise

Seeing pay up to 70 per cent higher than before, the two airlines – Envoy Air and Piedmont Airlines -will become the highest paid regional pilots in the US.  

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Union backlash over Wizz Air boss’ ‘fatigue’ comments

In an internal briefing, CEO Jozsef Varadi said that “we are all fatigued” but it is “required to take the extra mile” amid ongoing aviation challenges.

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Airline union strikes in Italy cause mass cancellations

On Wednesday, workers from Ryanair, Malta Air, easyJet, Volotea and Crewlink that are members of Uiltrasporti (Italian Union of Transport Workers) and Filt Cgil (Italian Federation of Transport Workers), joined a four-hour national strike from 10am to 2pm.

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JetBlue boosts its deal for Spirit by $100m

In a statement on Monday, the Long Island-based airline said it was enhancing its reverse-breakup fee that will be paid to Spirit shareholders in case the deal falls through and fails to win regulatory approval to US$350 million – US$3.20 per Spirit Share – up from its original price of US$200 million.

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US gifts Soviet-designed helicopters to Ukraine

This latest package is the 11th drawdown of equipment from the US Department of Defense’s inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.

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Feature: How fighter jet pilots withstand high G

Bradley Elliott discusses what aviators can do to help their bodies fight back against the effects of extreme acceleration.

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BA staff voting to launch industrial action over pay cuts

In a statement released on Monday, the union, which has over 1.4 million members, is asking check-in staff to join the ballot in a bid to reverse a ten per cent pay cut that was made early in 2020. The workers “are angry” because the company has already restored management’s pre-pandemic pay.

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Southwest unruly passenger sentenced to 15 months in custody

Vyvianna M. Quinonez, the now 29-year-old female who was on a Southwest Airlines Flight from Sacramento to San Diego on 23 May, 2021 during the attack, has also been ordered by the US District Court to pay $25,981.57 in restitution, on top of a $7,500 fine.

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Delta Air Lines ‘strategically’ cuts summer schedule

In a statement released on Thursday, the Atlanta-based airline said as travel demand hikes up, it is making a “number of adjustments to minimize disruptions”, such as “strategically” reducing its summer flight schedule.

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Bombardier unveils ‘fastest’ business jet since Concorde

The Canadian-based aircraft company in a statement on Monday said that this new jet would incorporate elements of its predecessor, the Global 7500, but with “incredible performance enhancements”. 

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Qantas says the 787-9 has thus been performing flawlessly in Qantas service. (Qantas)

Qantas Perth-London route kickstarts after 2 year pause

Flight QF9, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is scheduled to depart from Perth at 6:50pm on Monday, landing at London Heathrow after more than 17 hours in the air.

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