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Embraer’s E-190-E2 in Flight Testing Operations

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aE2 2 copy Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has begun testing their next generation, updated twinjet transports, known as the E2 series. Three versions of their present line, the E-175, E-190 and E-195 were chosen for upgrades, which include a new wing design, new Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1700G/PW1900G Geared Turbofan Engines, and software improvements. The E-190-E2 was the first version built, and first flew on May 23, 2016. The larger E-195-E2 just made its first flight on March 29, 2017. The smaller E-175-E2 has yet to make its first flight. Altogether, there’ll be four E-190-E2s, two E-195-E2s, and three E-175-E2s produced for the testing programs, before deliveries to commercial operators begin on each version...Read More

Patrouille de France and New York State Police at Newburg

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Credit all photos to Bill Sarama, except where noted... It's a clear and warm Sunday morning in April in Upstate New York. What a great day to see both the French Air Force Demo Team and the NY State Police Aviation Unit, all in the same day!! On Sunday, April 23rd, the French Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the "Patrouille de France", (PdF), gave a special VIP performance at the Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. The "Patrouille de France" is the French Air Force equivalent of the US Air Force "Thunderbirds" Air Demonstration Squadron...Read More

Since the U. S. Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, Looking Back to New England

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Soon after the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 was signed, commercial flight operations (especially those of U.S. domestic airlines) began to change. New companies operating large and small airliners popped up, older, established companies went bankrupt and ceased operations, and many less profitable companies merged with others for financial considerations. The major U.S. airlines adopted the hub-and-spoke system of connecting flights, searching for a profit.

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Besides Boston's Logan International Airport, the New England market was made up of a dozen or so small to moderate cities. Air taxi and commuter services grew...Read More

DACT ’17 at Las Palmas – Gando

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Air to Air Fights where others go on holiday at Las Palmas Airport in the Canary Islands! DACT - Dissimilar Air Combat Training is a yearly exercise of the Spanish Air Force which took place in 2017 from 13th January to 27th January at Gando, the military part of the Las Palmas airport on the Canary Islands.

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The DACT exercises of the Spanish Air Force have a long tradition and took place in the last years usually in the early beginning of the year. The exercise focuses like the title suggests on Dissimilar Air Combat Training. Nowadays a lot of Air Forces use just a single aircraft type for Air Combat and most pilots have experience in fighting against aircraft of the same type they're flying in. So there is always a challenge to fight against a different type. Today the Spanish Air Force utilized with the EF-18 Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon two different types, making it easier to arrange DACT as with a single-fighter type force. Read More