Viggen Unleashed

After several years of development, Leatherneck Simulations have announced the early access release of their DCS: AJS-37 Viggen in the Open Beta DCS 1.5.6.

The AJS-37 Viggen is a double-delta supersonic attack aircraft from the late Cold War. It was the backbone of the Swedish Air Force during the Cold war, serving as the main attack and anti-ship platform. The AJS is the 1990’s upgrade of this 70’s era classic, adding advanced weapons and systems.

The aircraft was designed around the pilot, with an excellent man-machine interface, supporting the pilot through the smart use of autopilot systems, radar and HUD symbology in order to deliver the ordnance onto targets from treetop level with high speed attack runs.The aircraft is armed with multiple weapon systems ranging from programmable stand-off weapons such as the RB-15F anti-ship missile to the BK90 Cluster munitions dispenser to various bombs, rockets and missiles for a wide range of target types. It can also carry gun pods and the Sidewinder series of infrared-guided missiles for air defence and self-protection purposes.

Features

  • Detailed and accurate 6-DOF (Degrees of Freedom) cockpit.
  • Extensive systems modelling:
    • CK37 aircraft computer with navigation data, time on target, and fuel calculation systems.
    • Data input/output interface and pre-planned data cartridge
    • Automatic dead reckoning navigation and terrain contour matching
    • Electrical and hydraulic systems.
    • TILS Tactical Instrument Landing System.
  • Advanced RM-8A jet engine modelling with thrust reverser, compressor surges and stalls.
  • High-resolution air-to-ground radar technology modelling the PS-37/A radar
  • Flight model based on real performance data and documentation.
  • Maritime reconnaissance capabilities to determine position, course and speed of vessels.
  • Programmable weapons such as the RB-15F anti-ship missile with multiple waypoints and the configurable BK-90 “Mjolnir” cluster munitions dispenser.
  • More than 14 weapons and stores such as the command-guided RB-05A and the TV-guided RB-75 “Maverick” missiles.
  • 400+ page flight manual.
  • Interactive & voiced training tutorials.
  • Several campaigns, instant action and single player missions.

DCS: AJS-37 Viggen is available only in Open Beta DCS World 1.5.6 now

Click here for the DCS website

 

Queen of the Skies Returns

PMDG has released the the Queen of the Skies II for FSX and Prepar3D.

The 747-400 Queen of the Skies II has been developed over three years and building upon features of the PMDG 737NGX and 777 products.

PMDG has included every variant of the aircraft in this single package. The ubiquitous passenger 400 and freighter 400F models, the cargo-converted BCF, the “combi” 400M model, the extended range 400ER and 400ERF, and even the rare 400D domestic model that was used in Japan. Each variant is modelled with accurate weights, range and engine options.

No less than 35 pages of detailed options from the world’s 747-400 fleets are modelled. From the highly visible ones like antenna types and position all the way to obscure cockpit display and FMC options that real-world crews will recognize, it is the most complete set of options ever placed into an FSX/P3D addon aircraft.

The package also fetures a simulation of the PMDG 747-400 Queen of the Skies II models including the full functioning Virtual Cockpit, a detailed tutorial, PMDG 747 Tutorial and the PMDG OPS Center.

Click here for the PMDG website

Irish AOC for SAS

SAS is establishing a new AOC in Ireland and opening operational bases in London and Spain.  The airline says it is taking the measures to make it more competitive in the face of intense price pressure and rising demand for leisure travel in Europe.

“In line with SAS’s strategy of focusing on those customers who travel frequently to, from and within Scandinavia, the majority of SAS’s airline operations will continue to be based in Scandinavia moving forward.  The establishment of new bases means we can complement our Scandinavian product and, in time, build an even broader network with a superior schedule to the benefit of our customers,” explained Rickard Gustafson, SAS President and CEO.

The Star Alliance member intends to have its new operations up and running for the winter 2017/18 season, with aircraft based in London and Spain having the same customer offering and appearance as other airline operations at SAS.

Cessna Celebrates

Textron Aviation company, Cessna is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Citation delivery.

The maiden jet, a Citation 500, was handed to American Airlines in January 1972, where it was used for the development of the carrier’s training programme.  Since then Cessna has delivered more than 7,000 examples to customers around the world with the fleet amassing nearly 35 million flight hours.

Kriya Shortt, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, commented: “This milestone marking 45 years of industry leadership is really a celebration of the thousands of people through the years – customers and employees – who have made the Citation family of business jets the world leader.”

There are currently eight Citation models in production consisting of the Mustang, M2, CJ3+, CJ4, XLS, Latitude, Sovereign and the  X+, with a further two models, the Longitude for the super mid-size market and the Hemisphere, Textron Aviation’s entry into the large-cabin market, under development.

Beluga XL Takes Shape

Airbus has revealed the first images of its next-generation oversize cargo airlifter, dubbed the Beluga XL, which is taking shape at the company’s production facilities in Toulouse, France.

The core airframe is an extract of an Airbus A330-200 freighter that has already been structurally reinforced and will form the platform on which the Beluga XL will be built.  Assembled in December, it currently lacks a nose fuselage and tail assembly, both of which will be added later this year as this first airframe starts an 18-month integration process.  This will involve the aircraft’s structure being completed and its mechanical and electrical systems fitted.  After which it will be moved to a second station for ground testing and engine installation.

Work starts on the airframe integration of the first Beluga XL aircraft. ((Airbus)

Bertrand George, Programme Head for the Beluga XL, commented: “The coming year of final integration will be a series of small steps.  The number of holes to be drilled, and fasteners to be installed, is far bigger than on any other Airbus aircraft.”

A total of five Beluga XL airlifters are being built with the first expected to make its maiden flight next year.  After flight testing and certification the first aircraft is scheduled to join Airbus Transport International in 2019.  The new jets will replace the company’s existing fleet of Beluga STs, which were derived from the shorter-fuselage A300.  The manufacturer says when the first Beluga XL enters service it will provide crucial support to production ramp-up as it can carry a full set of A350 XWB wings.

Integration of the aircraft’s core airframe will be performed inside the two-section L34 building at Airbus’ Lagardére industrial zone. (Airbus)

Bigger Dreamliners for LOT

LOT Polish Airlines has concluded a deal to lease three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from Aviation Capital Group.  The Polish carrier already has six 787-8s and plans to operate the larger variant on its flagship routes to New York and Chicago.  LOT intends to operate the -9s, the first of which is scheduled to be delivered to Warsaw in March 2018, in a three-class configuration seating 24 passengers in Business Class, 21 in Premium and 249 in Economy Class.  The 787-9 will be the largest aircraft in LOT’s history.

Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, said: “With the 787-9 we will open a new chapter in our history.  This aircraft will give as an opportunity to significantly increase the capacity on our existing, most popular routes, in addition to opening new ones.”

“This aircraft is the best for our flagship connections, such as New York and Chicago.  Thanks to the increased capacity and lower costs, we will be able to accommodate more passengers for relatively lower prices.”

Milczarski stated that after debuting on flights to the US, LOT plans to use the 787-9s on services to Asia as well.

Two more 787-8s are due to be delivered to the Polish national carrier in July and August enabling it to expand its international network.  New York, Chicago, Toronto, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo already enjoy Dreamliner services from Warsaw with new routes to Los Angeles and Newark launching in April.  From August LOT will also use the Dreamliner on direct flights between Krakow and Chicago.

Fleet expansion is a key part of the airline’s growth strategy, with the Warsaw-based airline also set to take delivery of four Boeing 737-800s and two 737 MAX 8s this year.