Archive | March, 2010

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Flight International 30 March-5 April: Nimrod MR2 Retires

This week Flightglobal publication Flight International looks back on the highs and lows of the Nimrod MR2, the last of which gets retired from the UK’s Royal Air Force tomorrow, 31 March. The Nimrod flew for 41 years and was derived from the deHavilland Comet, the world’s first jet airliner. We find out what is […]

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Image of the Week: AW139 Helicopter off the Coast of Taranaki

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user NZpeteair. His photo depicts a Helicopters New Zealand AW139 landing off the Coast of Taranaki, by the North Island of New Zealand.Peter writes of his photo: This photo was taken landing on the stern helipad of the […]

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Q&A With Donahue Cortes – Active Solutions for airline needs

After a career spanning roles from air traffic control to cabin crew, Donahue Cortes founded Crawley-based Active Solutions Consulting Group, offering training, consultancy, management and auditing solutions to airlines. How did your career evolve before taking this job? As an 18-year-old I was awarded a scholarship to become an air traffic controller, which was my […]

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Boeing A160 Hummingbird UAV

In a shift away from traditional practice for a major US defence contractor, Boeing has decided to restart production of its A160 Hummingbird unmanned helicopter despite the lack of a new order. The industry typically waits for the US military to define a requirement or award a contract before launching an aircraft into low-rate production, but […]

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Dassault Falcon Business Jet

Dassault Aviation delivered a record number of Falcon business jets in 2009, but cancellations far outweighed new orders as fractional ownership provider NetJets scrapped 65 post-2014 deliveries. French manufacturer Dassault delivered 77 Falcon jets in 2009, an increase of five on the 2008 total and a new record. It expects to break that this year, […]

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket

Successful rocket engine ground-test firings have taken Space Exploration Technologies and Orbital Sciences a step closer to filling their roles as key private-sector launch contractors to NASA. SpaceX achieved a 3.5s firing of its Falcon 9 rocket’s nine Merlin first-stage engines in preparation for an April maiden flight. Orbital is looking forward to verification and acceptance testing […]

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Graphic: Changes to 737 for re-engined variant

Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice-president marketing Randy Tinseth explained: “We think we’re going to need a new pylon, a new nacelle, strengthening of the wing and potential strengthening of the wing-box.” To accommodate the larger nacelles of the advanced turbofans under evaluation – including the CFM International Leap X and Pratt & Whitney PW1000G geared turbofan […]

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Gulf Air celebrates 60 years in operation

  Gulf Air celebrated its 60th birthday on 24 March 2010.  

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Flight International 23-29 March: Tracking the Taliban

This week Flightglobal publication Flight International for an intelligence special looks into the UAVs, business jets, and fighter jets the UK uses to sweep intelligence on its Afghan enemy.The cover image is from the UK Royal Air Force and depicts General Atomics Reaper remotely piloted aircraft. The service now has the type in constant operation […]

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PICTURES & VIDEO: Round the world record beaten in Sabreliner

Picture credit: Fanny Eternod (L-R) Flavien Guderzo (co-pilot), Tom Zorman (mission control), Riccardo Mortara (mission commander / captain) and Gabriel Mortara (co-captain)   Italian pilot Riccardo Mortara has set the world record for the fastest round the world flight in his 30-year-old Sabreliner. They had to add a 12th leg to their trip, after plans to land […]

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