Lockheed Martin LM-100J and Russia’s new Irkut MC-21 airliner made their maiden flights in late May. Both are detailed in this month’s issue – the MC-21, appears on the front cover for the first time.
AIRSCENE, our monthly news section, provides an exclusive report on the Alenia-Aermacchi M-345 trainer; roll-out of one of the world’s largest aircraft - the Stratolaunch - at Mojave, California; a shoot-out by Austrian Eurofighters in Germany; Tiger tails from this year’s NATO Tiger Meet in France; a show report from HeliRussia including the maiden flight of the Kamov Ka-62 helicopter; and the usual mix of commercial and military stories from around the world.
Lead feature this month is an overview of America’s Doomsday plane; the US Navy’s E-6B Mercury, a military derivative of the Boeing 707. Tasked with various strategic missions, the E-6B makes interesting reading.
Other FEATURES cover issues surrounding gender equality in the airline industry; the RAF’s air mobility operational conversion unit – No.24 Squadron – tasked with A400, C-17A and C-130J crew training; engine exchange services for commercial aircraft; Exercise Atlantic Trident involving four of the world’s most advanced fighters – the F-22 Raptor, F-35A Lightning II, Typhoon FGR4 and Rafale – all packing a magnificent punch; Serbia’s MiG-29 Fulcrum fleet, its status and new aircraft; an overview of the highly-capable Alpha Jet, now in its final months of service with the Portuguese Air Force; Italy’s new M-346 Fighter Attack variant of the successful M-346 jet; and a look at Luftwaffe Eurofighters dropping bombs over the North Sea.
Packed with back-to-back news stories and features from cover to cover, no other aviation magazine packs so much in to 100 pages.
AboutWelcome to your all new AIR International
Launched in 1972, over the years AIR International has established an unrivalled reputation for authoritative reporting and coverage of the full spectrum of aviation subjects.
More recently we have tried to improve the magazine from cover to cover. We have more correspondents and top aviation writers from around the world, offering even more exciting news, features and stunning photography.
AIR International has more pages than ever, all still dedicated to commercial and military aviation. Our new, more contemporary and colourful design, packed with more images and improved graphics make each page easier on the eye and, most importantly, more enjoyable to read!
So what’s new in AIR International?
There’s more coverage of all the latest news stories and events, now split by geographical region. Furthermore, we have introduced news columns and a section of 'news in pictures'. Plus, there are dedicated news reports, more features and factual insider information.
AIR International still offers an unrivalled focus on the world of modern aviation. One big change is that we have new exclusive interviews providing answers from the people at the forefront of both military and commercial aviation.
The military segment still covers all aircraft and helicopter types in service with the world’s air arms. However there are new air exercise reports, offering worldwide coverage of activity, with editorial focus placed on their objectives, training value and the latest systems in action.
Additionally, there’s heightened exposure of UAVs with reporting on how unmanned aerial vehicles continue to evolve and adopt more military and scientific roles.
The commercial section continues to have great features and profiles on airlines. However we reveal how the airlines work. Moreover, we feature aircraft and helicopters in a variety of operations and roles within companies, institutions and para-civil organisations.
There is a new focus on technology with the latest systems used for research, flight test and science.
We believe that these changes have improved the reading experience of all of our readers whilst retaining AIR International’s rich tradition of aviation journalism and why not see for yourself!