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GOING HOME FOR THE LAST TIME

Last Tornado Flight

The iconic RAF Tornado jets have landed on British soil after flying for the last time. After entering service in 1979 the jets have been used all over the world - most recently bombing Isis with missiles to push the terrorist group back through Syria and Iraq.

Squadron members were welcomed back by family and friends as they landed this afternoon at RAF Marham, Norfolk. Originally named the Tornado GR1 the aircraft’s first use in live operations was during the Gulf War in 1991, when 60 Tornado GR1s were deployed from bases in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Later they were upgraded to the GR4 model, which has been used ever since over the skies of Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. From now on they will only be used for training purposes over the UK, before the Typhoons officially take on the mantle in March.

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SUPERSONIC JET DEVELOPMENT

Aerion

Boeing says it’s making a significant investment in Aerion to accelerate the development of the Nevada-based company’s supersonic business jet.

The partnership announced very recently appears to be a closer tie than the relationships Aerion once had with two of Boeing’s rivals, Airbus and Lockheed Martin.

Neither Aerion nor Boeing disclosed financial terms of the investment, but Boeing said it would provide Aerion with engineering, manufacturing and flight test resources, as well as strategic vertical content, to bring Aerion’s AS2 jet to market.

The AS2 is designed to fly at speeds as high as Mach 1.4, or about 1,000 mph. The companies said the AS2 could save about three hours on a transatlantic flight while meeting environmental performance requirements.

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LATEST LANDINGS

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BOOST SYSTEMS – HUMAN EXTERNAL CARGO!

BEDROOM ON BOARD

Bedroom on board

Qatar Airways' Qsuite ticket includes the first-ever business-class double bed and stowable privacy panels that give passengers a private room.

Qatar Airways just blessed Los Angeles with soon-to-be-daily flights in and out of LAX with aircraft featuring Qsuite, the airlines’ over-the-top business class. L.A. is just the sixth U.S. gateway to operate the flights with Qsuite amenities.

Los Angeles travelers can look forward to what is basically their own bedroom on board. A Qsuite ticket includes the first-ever business-class double bed and stowable privacy panels that give passengers a private room.

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LIVE FLIGHT TRACKING

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EMBRAER PRAETOR 600 REVIEW

Embraer Praetor 600

Ever since Embraer upended the aviation community at the NBAA Convention in Orlando last year, with the shock revelation of two new fly-by-wire aircraft, the Praetor 500 and 600, I have been desperate to fly them. So it was with surprise and delight I received an invitation to go to the factory in São Jose dos Campos, and in short order found myself on my way to Brazil for an appointment with a Praetor 600.

Sitting on the apron, the 600 is longer than any of its competitors. It’s not the tallest, the fastest or the widest super-mid size aircraft, but in a crowded and competitive field it is the one with, by far, the most range. And at 3,900nm/7,223km it’s awfully close to Gulfstream GIV types.

The Praetors are made of aluminium and composites, where Embraer thinks it makes sense, which saves weight and reduces maintenance. The new winglets blend the best of both and are made of metal with composite leading edges.

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POTENTIAL BLACKHAWK REPLACEMENT

Boeing Sikorsky

Designed and built by Sikorsky, a division of Lockheed Martin, the SB-1 features substantial differences over conventional helicopters. Regular helicopters use their main rotors for lift while the tail rotor stabilizes the helicopter and prevents it from whirling like a top.

The SB-1 however generates lift and stability through the use of not one but two main rotor sets rotating in opposite directions. The push propeller, also known as a “pusher propulsor” generates forward thrust, making the aircraft even faster.

Sikorsky pioneered the combination of counter-rotating blades and a propulsor with the X-2 technology demonstrator, and then the S-97 Raider scout helicopter. The SB-1 is the largest of the three.

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THE ART OF FLIGHT …

Damien Charrit

FROM THE RACES …

RedBullAirRace

When the Red Bull Air Race began in 2003 nobody envisaged that it would become one of the world's most thrilling motorsports.

The Red Bull Air Race features the world's best racing pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill.

Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight raceplanes, pilots hit speeds of 370kph while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low level slalom track marked by 25-metre-high, air-filled pylons.

Pilots will be competing in the Master Class category in races across the globe for the title of 2019 Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

The objective is to navigate an aerial racetrack featuring air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time, incurring as few penalties as possible.

For the 12th consecutive season, the quest for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship will kick off at 370 km/h above the crystal-blue waters of Abu Dhabi's famous Corniche on 8-9 February 2019.

In what has become a traditional highlight on the racing calendar, the motorsport-loving capital of the Emirates will welcome the high speed, low-altitude action once again.

The season opener in Abu Dhabi will be the first time to see the 2018 World Champion Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic taking on 13 of the world's best Air Race pilots in the campaign to defend his title.

The 2019 Race Calendar is out and competitors are ready to fly!!

BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER


BirdLife

In South Africa there is considerable concern about the conservation status of certain bird species.

Fortunately there are organizations such as BirdLife striving to conserve birds, their habitats and biodiversity through scientifically-based programs, through supporting the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources and through encouraging people to enjoy and value nature.

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