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The F-35 has been approved for flight but the Pentagon apparently doesn't want it flying over any oceans for now. The aircraft was due to make its international debut at the Farnborough Airshow this week but the trip has been officially cancelled. Read More
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A fire in an F-35 engine was caused by "excessive" rubbing of fan blades in the engine, Pentagon official Frank Kendall said this week, adding that the cause doesn't appear to be a fundamental design flaw. The fleet of 97 new Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, operated by the Navy and Air Force, has been grounded since early this month, after the fire occurred on June 23 as a pilot was preparing for takeoff. The aircraft, powered by a single Pratt & Whitney engine, was scheduled to fly at the Farnborough air show this week, but missed opening day on Monday. Read More
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Sonex Aircraft flew its JSX-2 single-seat single-engine jet for the first time, last Thursday, the company announced on Monday. The jet was subsequently flown several more times and proved "fast and smooth," according to test pilot Bob Carlton. Carlton said he practiced stalls in the jet and flew at speeds above 200 mph. Read More
Airbus flew its E-Fan 2.0 technology demonstrator at the opening day of the Farnborough Airshow on Monday, and said it plans to have a certified version on the market by late 2017. The two-seat aircraft, aimed at the general aviation training market, would be the first certified all-electric aircraft in the world, the company said. It will have a flight duration of up to two hours. Read More
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A new company, MVP.aero, said this week it will debut a "radical" new amphibian LSA design at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, later this month. According to the company, the amphib will be "the world's most versatile plane." The design is by Mike van Staagen, who worked with Cirrus Aircraft for more than 20 years, where he was lead designer for the Vision Jet. The MVP represents "the aircraft of my dreams," van Staagen said. Read More
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