Exciting new Developments in Aviation
There will be many new aircraft in the skies over the next few months and years which are under development now. The first to be seen may be the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a fuel efficient single aisle commercial plane, designed to be an affordable way of accessing new destinations. It has just achieved US Federal Aviation Administration certification after four years of intensive testing, and, with over 3,600 orders in place already, is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history. It won’t be long before it is in use worldwide.
Airbus cold weather testing
Meanwhile, Airbus have recently carried out successful extreme cold weather testing in northern Canada on the new A350-1000, proving reliability in temperatures as low as -37°C. The next stage of testing will include high altitude take-off and landing in La Paz.
In Switzerland the eye-catching third PC-24 prototype could be seen in the skies on its maiden flight on March 8th. Certification of this striking blue business jet is expected in late 2017.
Military aircraft developments
Among military aircraft a major milestone was achieved when the RAF’s 32 (The Royal) Squadron took delivery of their first Augusta Westland AW109E helicopter in early February. It was warmly received by RAF pilots who appreciate its efficiency, enhanced avionics and improved safety. On the other side of the world, Yokota air base in Japan received the first of 14 C-130J Super Hercules at an arrival ceremony on March 7th. This aircraft was assigned to the 374th Airlift Wing and Pacific Air Forces, and its value in supporting humanitarian functions such as delivering food, water and supplies was particularly emphasized.
In other news, the Air Canada fleet is now sporting new livery to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada. The retro style is designed to highlight both their aviation history and future-looking spirit.