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Regional aircraft industry to build 4,040 jets and turboprops over the next decade

NEWTOWN, Conn., 30 Nov. 2015. The worldwide market for regional passenger jet and turboprop aircraft is on the upswing, with manufacturers set to build 4,040 regional aircraft between now and 2024, predict analysts at market researcher Forecast International in Newtown, Conn.

Boeing to upgrade radar on 46 Air Force F-15C/D jet fighters and F-15E fighter-bombers

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 30 Nov. 2015. Jet fighter experts at the Boeing Co. will install 46 upgraded radar systems in U.S. Air Force F-15 combat jets under terms of a $281.7 million contract announced earlier this month.

Rugged coaxial connectors for aerospace and defense applications introduced by Harwin

PORTSMOUTH, England 30 Nov. 2015. Harwin Plc in Portsmouth, England, is introducing Datamate standard-layout, multiport-coaxial connectors for hi-reliability applications. Suitable for RG178 cables, the ganged connectors are available from stock with two, four, six or eight contacts.

Thales Alenia Space completes ExoMars spacecraft integration and testing built

Thales Alenia Space completes ExoMars spacecraft integration and testing built

CANNES, 27 Nov. 2015. The ExoMars 2016 spacecraft is completing integration and testing, and about to leave the clean rooms at Thales Alenia Space’s plant in Cannes, before being shipped to the launch base in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The move will signal the start of the launch campaign, including propellant filling, final functional tests, and mating with the launcher, for a launch scheduled in March 2016.

Leidos-led team wins U.S. Army contract to design, develop, integrate, and test airborne ISR system

Leidos-led team wins U.S. Army contract to design, develop, integrate, and test airborne ISR system

RESTON, Va., 26 Nov. 2015. Leidos (NYSE:LDOS), a national security, health, and engineering solutions company, won a prime contract by the U.S. Army to design, produce, integrate, and test for the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) program of record. The single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a five-year period of performance and a total ceiling value of $661.8 million.

Today in Aerospace

Sensurion Aerospace Names Robotic Skies as its UAS Global Maintenance Services Provider

November 25, 2015 Sensurion Aerospace announced today that it has selected Robotic Skies as its global field maintenance provider for its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) products. As part of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate to create a customized maintenance program for the Sensurion line of FAA- certified, industrial-grade UAS aircraft.

Oklahoma-bound Air Force tanker passes key flight test

November 25, 2015 Phillip OConnor The U.S. Air Force's new Oklahoma-bound aerial refueling tanker is headed on to the next round of flight tests, after gaining initial airworthiness certification for the aircraft outfitted with its wing-mounted pods and centerline refueling boom, according to Aviation Week. Initial airworthiness testing of the fuel dock was completed Nov.

Take a look at the Airbus A380 wings on the move in Broughton

November 25, 2015 Richard Davies @JIGSAW_72 tweeted these photographs of A380 wings on the move at the Airbus factory in Broughton We are all familiar with the sight of the Airbus Beluga flying above us delivering aeroplane wings across the world. But how many of us have caught sight of the wings being transported over ground?

Easyjet places $3.6bn Airbus order as profits surge

November 25, 2015 British no-frills airline Easyjet on Tuesday ordered 36 Airbus A320 jets worth USD 3.8 billion (3.5 billion euros) at catalogue prices, after posting record annual profits on keen demand. Easyjet said in a results statement it will purchase 30 next-generation fuel-efficient A320neo aircraft, converting options that had been announced back in 2013, and has added another six firm orders for current-generation A320s.

US Air Force Secretary completes F-16 delivery to Egypt

November 25, 2015 The US completed the delivery of the F-16 aircrafts and Apache gunship to Egypt, according to a statement from the US Embassy in Cairo. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James met Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi and other officials during a visit to Egypt, where they discussed the completion of the delivery of the F-16 fighter jets and the mutual cooperation between both countries’ air forces to fight terrorism.

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Blue Origin New Shepard reusable rocket

“Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts—a used rocket,” says Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin in Kent, Wash. “Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle flew a flawless mission—soaring to 329,839 feet and then returning through 119-mph high-altitude crosswinds to make a gentle, controlled landing just four and a half feet from the center of the pad. Full reuse is a game changer, and we can’t wait to fuel up and fly again.”

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Gulfstream G500 bizjet aircraft

The all-new Gulfstream G500 business jet (bizjet) aircraft from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) located in Savannah, Ga., completed its first cross-country flight and made its debut at the 2015 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas.  

WestJet in Calgary, Alberta, unveiled the airline's second custom-painted, Disney-themed aircraft at its Calgary hangar in Canada. The plane is inspired by Disney's Frozen and features Anna, Elsa, and Olaf in “one of the most attractive aircraft liveries in the skies today,” airline officials say.

WestJet Disney Frozen livery

WestJet in Calgary, Alberta, unveiled the airline's second custom-painted, Disney-themed aircraft at its Calgary hangar in Canada. The plane is inspired by Disney's Frozen and features Anna, Elsa, and Olaf in “one of the most attractive aircraft liveries in the skies today,” airline officials say.

American Airlines Aircraft Maintenance Technician William Donaghey snaps a cellphone photo of a stunning sunset while working on a commercial cargo jet at Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston. Donaghey and his colleagues were prepping the plane:

Burning sky

American Airlines Aircraft Maintenance Technician William Donaghey snaps a cellphone photo of a stunning sunset while working on a Boeing 737 commercial airliner parked at North Cargo at Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston. Donaghey and his colleagues were prepping the plane: "Getting the plane ready for moving up from a North Cargo overnight spot up to the gate." Working nights, he sees a wealth of sunrises, but this one proved particularly eye-catching.

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