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China displays its top 10 domestically made aircraft with pride, and they are incredible.

China proudly displayed 10 aircraft that it had built domestically.

Airbus has confirmed that it will work with France, Germany, and Spain to build the Future Combat Air System (FCAS).

At the 14th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, south China, China has begun its most anticipated airshow.

At this airshow, China showed off the numerous types of aircraft it uses for various performances, demonstrating that it has advanced its aerospace industry. This plainly demonstrates that China rarely defends any overseas assistance for the defense sector.

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China has demonstrated the efficacy of air defense. It included the C919 aircraft, the most anticipated commercial aircraft, as well as the trainer aircraft, fourth and fifth-generation fighter jets, electronic warfare aircraft, marine aircraft, four-engine cargo aircraft, and amphibian aircraft on display at the 2022 China Airshow.

Let’s check each aircraft in order.

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No 1, Hongdu JL-8

A two-seat intermediate jet trainer and light attack aircraft, the Hongdu JL-8 (Nanchang JL-8), often known as the Karakorum-8 or K-8 for short, was created in the People’s Republic of China by China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. Currently, this aircraft is in service with the PLA Air Force, Pakistan Air Force, Egyptian Air Force, and Myanmar Air Force in 4 nations, including China.

No 2, Hongdu JL-10

The Hongdu JL-10 is a supersonic advanced jet trainer and light combat aircraft created by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation. It was formerly known as the Hongdu L-15 Falcon (HAIC). It is employed by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). On March 13, 2006, this aircraft was first flown by the air forces of China and the United Arab Emirates. Before they take the control of highly developed fighter jets like the J 10 and J 17, rookie pilots are trained on these aircraft.

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The aircraft is used to train pilots for the J-10, J-11, Su-27, and Su-30 fighter aircraft. The jet trainer’s domestic model is known as JL-10, and the L-15 name solely applies to export versions of the aircraft. The Hongdu Aviation Industry Group produces it. The aircraft is used to train pilots for the J-10, J-11, Su-27, and Su-30 fighter aircraft.

No 3, Harbin Z-20.

The Harbin Aircraft Industry Group manufactures the medium-lift utility helicopter known as the Harbin Z-20 in China. Its first flight took place on December 23, 2013, and its maximum takeoff weight around 10 tonnes. that first began in 2006, The domestic WZ-10 turboshaft engine, which produces 1,700–2,000 shp and is comparable to the most recent Black Hawk engine, the GE T700, is thought to power the Z-20.

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The Z-20 helicopter can hold 12 to 15 fully armed soldiers. It has a payload capacity of roughly 5 000 kg. Both inside and externally, it is capable of supporting about 1 000 kg. It can carry a variety of loads, including externally underslung vehicles and artillery pieces.

No 4, CAIC Z-10.

Chinese designers created the CAIC Z-10 medium attack helicopter for the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force. Although its primary purpose is anti-tank warfare, it also has secondary air-to-air combat capabilities. The Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation Kamov created this Helicopter, which made its debut in December 2012 and completed its first flight on April 29, 2003. Currently, China is the sole country using this aircraft as its primary operator, and 180 aircraft have been produced so far for military use.

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No 5, AVIC AG600.

The newest aircraft to join China’s armed forces. This aircraft plays a significant role in China’s defence industry since it can make many sorties when it is needed, such as in a conflict zone or during a rescue operation. Large amphibious aircraft called the AVIC AG600 Kunlong was created by AVIC and put together by CAIGA. It is one of the largest flying amphibious aircraft, having a 53.5 tonnes MTOW, and is propelled by four WJ-6 turboprops. After five years of development, assembly began in August 2014, it was unveiled on July 23, 2016, and it took off on December 24, 2017, from Zhuhai Airport. It is certified in 2021, and deliveries should begin in 2022. This aircraft Designed by AVIC Special Vehicle Research Institute.

No 6, Xian Y-20.

The People’s Republic of China’s Y-20 Kunpeng is a sizable military transport aircraft that was created by the Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation. The first flight took place on January 26, 2013. The 3D printing technology is being used for the first time on the Y-20 freight aircraft to expedite the development and reduce production costs. It is also the third airplane in the world to employ model-based definition technology. Six Y-20s make up the 11-aircraft PLAAF fleet.

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The maximum takeoff weight of this aircraft is approximately 220,000 kg. It is powered by four Shenyang WS-20 turbofan engines, each of which generates 140-kilo Newtons of thrust. This aircraft can cruise at a speed of 630 km/h and has a ferry range of up to 10,000 km.

No 7, Comac C919.

Chinese aircraft company Comac created the narrow-body airliner known as the Comac C919 for commercial use. In 2008, the development program was introduced. The first prototype went into production in December 2011, and it was finished on 2 November 2015 and had its first flight on 5 May 2017. On September 29, 2022, the Civil Aviation Administration of China certified the aircraft as being airworthy. There have been 971 aircraft orders so far, the majority of which have come from Chinese airline operators.

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No 8, Chengdu J-10.

It is built by the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation and is a medium-weight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft featuring fly-by-wire flight controls that can operate in all weather conditions (CAC). This aircraft made its first flight in 1998, entered service in 2005, and is now exclusively utilized by two nations, namely China and Pakistan. China had produced almost 550 aircraft as of 2021.

One of China’s key fighter jets for defense is this aircraft. It is capable of mid-air refueling, can carry a variety of weaponry, and has an upgraded radar scanner and advanced cockpit electronics.

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No 9, Chengdu J 20.

For the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, China’s Chengdu Aerospace Corporation developed the twin-jet all-weather stealth fighter aircraft known as the Chengdu J-20. The J-20 is a development of the J-XX program from the 1990s and is intended to be an air dominance fighter with precision strike capability.

The J-20 is the third operational fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft in the world after the F-22 and F-35. It made its maiden flight on January 11, 2011, and it entered service in March 2017. Under the internal bay, various weapons can be carried.

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With a maximum takeoff weight of 37,000 kilograms and a fuel capacity of 12,000, this aircraft can fly 5,500 kilometers. It also features two Shenyang WS-10C afterburning turbofans, each generating 142 Kilo newtons thrust. The rate of clime for  j20 is 304 meters per second. It has Thrust-vectoring technology, pitch, roll, and yaw adjustments, as well as the ability to quickly flee an enemy zone, which are all features of this aircraft.

No 10, Shenyang J-16.

Chinese advanced fourth-generation tandem-seat twinjet multirole strike fighter, known as the Shenyang J-16, was developed from the Shenyang J-11.

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Since its introduction in 2015, China has produced about 245 aircraft. Two Chinese Shenyang WS-10A turbofan engines power the J-16, which has an AESA radar. Through the increased usage of composite materials, weight is decreased. Radar-absorbent paint has been applied on J-16 units to lessen their radar signature.

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China Secures Production Certificate for Mass Production of Pilotless eVTOL Aircraft

China Secures Production Certificate for Mass Production of Pilotless eVTOL Aircraft
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The first passenger-carrying pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the world, the EH216-S, has received the Production Certificate for its eVTOL aircraft from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

This is a significant milestone for EHang Holdings Limited, the leading UAM technology platform company in the world. This outstanding accomplishment is another big step towards mass manufacturing for the eVTOL aircraft and the ensuing commercial operations, building on the ground-breaking acquisition of the Type Certificate and the Standard Airworthiness Certificate for the EH216-S.

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The PC is a crucial certificate that the aircraft maker receives from the CAAC, the country’s aviation authority. By obtaining this certificate, EHang has demonstrated that it has set up a quality management system for mass production that satisfies the airworthiness regulation standards set forth by the CAAC, and the company has been given permission to continue producing mass quantities.

It is also a strong guarantee of the calibre of the goods made by EHang. Raw materials, supplier management, manufacturing organisation, production quality control, aircraft pre-delivery test, after-sales repair and maintenance, etc. are all included in the mass production quality management system for the EH216-S.

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To ensure that every aircraft and its components that roll off the production line strictly adhere to the approved type design and safety requirements, the system sets clear guidelines and documentation for every step in the production procedure. This ensures comprehensive traceability and safety control.

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Four Airbus A380 Superjumbos lined up to be scrapped

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In a strategic move aimed at reclaiming valuable resources from the iconic Airbus A380 aircraft, VAS Aero Services and Dr. Peters Group have announced a significant collaboration.

This partnership marks a milestone in aviation logistics and aftermarket services, with four of these colossal planes slated for teardown and redistribution of used serviceable material (USM).

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The venture between VAS Aero Services, renowned for its expertise in aircraft dismantlement, and Dr. Peters Group, a prominent Germany-based investment fund management firm, underscores a commitment to sustainable aviation practices. This isn’t their first foray into scrapping A380s; their successful partnership has already seen the dismantlement of these aircraft, making them pioneers in this niche.

Under the agreement, the latest consignment brings the tally to eight A380s entrusted to VAS by Dr. Peters Group. Managing Director Christian Mailly of Dr. Peters Group emphasized the trust placed in VAS, citing their unparalleled capabilities in dismantlement and aftermarket sales network. It’s a strategic move in response to the growing demand for quality USM parts, particularly with the resurgence in reliance on the A380.

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Notably, the teardown process will be carried out at various locations, optimizing the positioning of harvested parts to cater to different markets. While some parts will be positioned in Europe to support operators in the region and the Middle East, others will remain in the Asia-Pacific region. This meticulous strategy ensures efficient access to spare parts, benefiting MROs and airlines across these markets.

The decision to retire these A380s comes at a time when operators are reassessing fleet strategies amidst evolving market dynamics. Despite initial plans for quick retirement due to the emergence of more fuel-efficient alternatives, factors such as a rebound in long-haul demand and delays in new widebody deliveries have prompted operators to reconsider. The A380, with its unique capacity and capabilities, presents a practical solution for short-term capacity management.

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Rolls-Royce Launches Test Flights for Revolutionary Pearl 10X Engine

Rolls-Royce Launches Test Flights for Revolutionary Pearl 10X Engine
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Rolls-Royce reports that the company’s dedicated Boeing 747 flying testbed has seen the successful start of the Pearl 10X, their newest aero engine designed for the business aviation industry.

Dassault, a French aircraft manufacturer, has decided to use this engine only to power their newest flagship, the Falcon 10X. As stated at last year’s Capital Markets Day, the commencement of flight testing represents a significant milestone for both Rolls-Royce and the Pearl 10X programme as the company concentrates on expanding in the business aviation industry.

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The first Rolls-Royce engine to power a Dassault business jet is the Pearl 10X, the newest engine in the state-of-the-art Pearl engine family. The Pearl 10X was chosen by the French aircraft manufacturer as their new flagship model, demonstrating even more of Rolls-Royce’s dominance in the business aviation engine market.

Over the next few months, pilots and flight test engineers from Tucson, Arizona, USA, will put the engine through its paces. The flight test programme will comprise testing of the nacelle’s anti-icing system, in-flight relights, engine performance and handling checks at various speeds and altitudes, and fan vibration tests at various altitudes.

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The new auxiliary gearbox, which enables higher additional power extraction, and the ultra-low emissions ALM combustor, which is compatible with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), have undergone extensive testing as part of the ground-based development programme thus far. The engine will be the most potent business aviation engine in the Rolls-Royce lineup. It exceeded its intended thrust levels during the very first test run. With over 2,300 testing hours successfully completed on the Pearl 10X engine configuration as well as the Advance 2 demonstration, the programme is moving forward at a rapid pace.

With the most economical engine core available for business aircraft, the Advance2 engine, coupled with a high-performance low-pressure system, gives the Pearl 10X an exceptional thrust of over 18,000 lbf. With a 5% increase in economy over the previous generation of Rolls-Royce commercial aviation engines, the Pearl 10X

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