Brave Eagle takes off for the first time

Taiwan’s new combat-capable advanced jet trainer Yong-ying (勇鷹 / Brave Eagle) flew for the first time today, as part of a series of preliminary flight tests ahead of the official first flight, June 22. The test flight at the Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung City this morning attracted military aircraft enthusiasts who gathered outside the fence to snap pictures of the colorful red, white and blue fighter-trainer. The test was the first of a series that will continue

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New Air Force trainer jet to take first flight this month

Taiwan’s ROC Air Force will take the new advanced jet trainer Yong-ying (勇鷹 / Brave Eagle) for its first test flight around June 20, according to The Storm Media. Military sources said that the first test flight is planned for the end of June and on the eve of the Dragon Boat Festival, Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported. Designed and manufactured by the government-funded Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC), the Brave Eagle is designed with combat capabilities, can be

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Two Seriously Injured in Airplane Maintenance Accident

Two aircraft maintenance personnel were seriously injured after they fell from a platform in a hangar at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport yesterday, September 9. The workers were repainting a China Airlines Airbus A330. At the same time a crew were working inside the passenger cabin. The door of the aircraft had to be closed for the painting operation, causing the interior to become uncomfortably hot. The crew inside the cabin employed an external air-conditioning unit to pump cool air into

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China Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Japan

A China Airlines flight from Hiroshima to Taipei made an emergency landing at Fukuoka Airport this morning after a warning light indicated a problem with one of the engines. The China Airlines Boeing B738, flight 113, was carrying 134 passengers at an altitude of 9100 meters when the warning light for the right-hand side engine came on at around 9:45am. The pilot contacted the control tower at Fukuoka Airport and requested to make an emergency landing. Fukuoka Airport closed the

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TransAsia Airways Grounded

Rumors that began this morning saying that TransAsia Airways would suspend flights have been confirmed by Taiwan’s Civil Aviation Authority this afternoon. The embattled Taiwan-based airline failed to regain consumer confidence after two crashes in succession rattled the nerves of passengers and aircrew. TransAsia Airways denied the rumors this morning, and refused to comment further on the issue. Ticket ordering systems at the airport, and on the company’s website went offline at around 1:00pm. The website currently says the ordering

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