Archive | January, 2010


ESA’s Tomorrow Bird Launcher

Telecommunications spacecraft are set to get bigger to service highdefinition television and fixed and mobile internet services, includingfor airborne users.According to the European Space Agency’s Tomorrow’s Bird study- bird being a term used for spacecraft – by the end of this decadetelecoms satellites could have masses of 10,000kg (22,000lb), asoperators seek to mitigate against high […]

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Eurocopter calls for X4 aid as demand for light helicopters slumps

Eurocoptermay have to radically alter the design of its proposed X4 civilhelicopter – potentially limiting use of green technologies – if theFrench government denies an application for financial support, chiefexecutive Lutz Bertling has warned. Whileconfirming that Eurocopter will develop a new Dauphin family ofrotorcraft regardless of the French authorities’ decision, Bertlingsays that without co-investment the […]

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Military compassion helps Haiti

In-flows of food, medical supplies, construction equipment andmilitary troops – mostly from Brazil, Canada and the USA – continued topour into the rubble of Haiti’s earthquake-battered capital at the endof last week. A steady stream of foreigners, meanwhile, poured out of Haiti byairlift, including 1,441 Canadians flown home by 20 January aboardCanada’s newly acquired Boeing […]

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PrivatAir prepares for Arabian venture

Swiss VIP charter and management company PrivatAiris gearing up to establish a Middle Eastern base by June as part of astrategy to expand the global footprint of this high-end businessaircraft services company. “The Middle East has a huge appeal for PrivatAir,”says chief executive Greg Thomas. “We have wanted to establish aPrivatAir Arabia base for some […]

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Flight International 26 Jan-1 Feb: Singapore Air Show

This week Flight International previews the Singapore air show. We look at how aerospace suppliers are flying in to tap a resurgent defence, civil, and general aviation sector. Some highlights: SINGAPORE 2010: Helicopter market in Asia Pacific set to take off SINGAPORE 2010: ST Aero looks ahead SINGAPORE 2010: Asian fighter requirements continue to grow […]

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Help Identify These Images

The Flightglobal archive, covering 100 years of aviation since we started publishing Flight International in 1909, contains a number of images that have no information about them, like what the photo depicts or where it was taken. Can you help ID these UFOs?If you know any details, click on the photo to be taken to […]

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Image of the Week: Ryanair B737-800

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user APGPhoto. His photo depicts a Ryanair B737-800 departing Bristol Airport. You can read a recent profile on Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary here in last month’s sister publication Airline Business. Start a gallery on AirSpace for your chance […]

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Diamond DA42

Aeronautics Defense Systems will manufacture the Dominator, an unmanned version of the twin-enginedDiamond DA42 light aircraft, at its facility in Israel, after receiving interest from potential buyers. The company is continuing to flight-test a demonstrator and two prototypes of the system, which have so far logged more than 100h in the air. Continue reading… (Photo: Aeronautics […]

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2 747-8s On Ramp

Boeing says it remains on track for first flight of its 747-8Freighter “early in 2010″ as it outlines it plans for the flight-test programme to bring the new jumbo to market by the fourth quarter of this year. Boeing plans a 3,700h test programme for the new 747, consisting of 1,600 flight hours and 2,100 ground hours, […]

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Boeing 747 at 40 – free download

Here at Flightglobal, we’ve gone and got all excited about the Boeing 747′s 40th anniversary in commercial service. The 747′s launch customer was Pan Am. See more of our 747@40 coverage and find out how you can download this image for free.

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