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Antonov attempts to freeze Russian An-124 operations

Antonov attempts to freeze Russian An-124 operations

September 9, 2016 at 10:45 am 0 comments

Antonov is attempting to freeze Russian An-124 operations, while at the same time thawing out an old freighter that has been in the freezer for the last eight years. Yesterday we looked at the way Ukraine’s Antonov Group might market its outsize and heavylift capacity after announcing the breakup ofRead More

Unknown Hong Kong-based company to restart An-225 production in China?

Unknown Hong Kong-based company to restart An-225 production in China?

September 2, 2016 at 8:32 am 0 comments

According to a press release put out by Ukraine-based Antonov on 30 August, a two-part “cooperation agreement” was reached with a Chinese company identified as “Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC)” to resume production of the An-225 Mriya (of which only one has been built to-date). Noting that “both stagesRead More

RIP Joe Sutter — Father of the 747

RIP Joe Sutter — Father of the 747

August 31, 2016 at 8:59 am 0 comments

Joe Sutter, “the father of the 747” died yesterday. He was the lead engineer and project manager for the development of the original 747 in the late 1960s, and below, we offer a video featuring an interview with him at the first flight of the 747-8 in 2010. But before that, hereRead More

Part 107 and the future of drone pizza deliveries

Part 107 and the future of drone pizza deliveries

August 30, 2016 at 10:50 am 0 comments

Days could be numbered for the pizza delivery guy with newly-released unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ‘Part 107,’ as the first set of rules governing small commercial drones is known, will surely spur previously forbidden experimental UAS activities across a wide-range of industriesRead More

Tunisia-based Express Air Cargo's 737-400F

Cargo’s increasing allure in the Maghreb

August 26, 2016 at 10:45 am 0 comments

Northern Africa’s cargo scene is bustling with two companies planning to add cargo capacity; first Tunisian start-up Express Air Cargo is nearing send-off of its maiden freighter flight, and second, Libya-based passenger-carrier Afriqiyah Airways is purportedly mulling the launch of its own freighter flights. Back in June, Cargo Facts reportedRead More

IPR redelivers its first large-door ATR72 converted freighter

IPR redelivers its first large-door ATR72 converted freighter

August 25, 2016 at 10:58 am 2 comments

Switzerland-based IPR Conversions redelivered an ATR72-202F to Canada’s Summit Air following conversion to large cargo door configuration. This redelivery is something of a milestone not just for IPR and Summit, but for the air freight and express industry as well. In 2002, ATR began offering passenger-to-freighter conversion of ATR42 andRead More

First flight of the Airlander 10

First flight of the Airlander 10

August 19, 2016 at 9:54 am 1 comment

UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd this week conducted the successful first flight of its Airlander 10 hybrid aircraft. A video of that flight is below, but first, a bit of technical information. Hybrid Air Vehicles describes the Airlander as an aircraft that combines “the characteristics of fixed wing aircraft and helicoptersRead More

Is the end in sight for the 747 — Part III

Is the end in sight for the 747 — Part III

August 17, 2016 at 9:08 am 0 comments

Today we conclude our three-part look at the future of Boeing’s 747 progam. In Part I we looked at the almost-fifty-year history of the 747, and noted Boeing’s warning that unless orders pick up, it is “reasonably possible that we could decide to end production of the 747.” Until recently, Boeing has saidRead More