Archive | July, 2012

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Surprise! All of China’s military kit was developed at home

Chinese defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun has defendedthe indigenous nature of the  AVIC Z-10 attackhelicopter. This follows United Technologies’ (UTC) admission in June that itknowingly supplied China with a Pratt & Whitney Canada engine for the type. Basically, the Chinese are saying “we built it on our own,”while UTC has paid a $75 million fine […]

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VIDEO: MiG-29KUB touch and goes – but not on Vikradmaditya, sadly

One of the more glamourous aspects of covering defenceaerospace for Flightglobal is chasing public relations guys at the region’sdefence ministries. Earlier this week I was chasing India’s ministry of defencefor confirmation of reports that a MiG-29KUB had conducted the first touch andgoes from the deck of the INS Vikramaditya, which is undergoing sea trials in […]

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Book Review: Boeing 787 Dreamliner

As if I was not getting enough of anaviation fix at Farnborough last week, I decided to read the Kindle version of’Boeing 787 Dreamliner’ by journalist Guy Norris and photographer Mark Wagnerto help me decompress after the show at night. Norris, I am told, formerly worked forFlight – he lists a number of past and […]

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A cursory glance at Asia’s presence at Farnborough this year

With just over 12 hours before the Farnborough air showkicks off in earnest – the Flightglobal team has already been working hard toproduce tomorrow’s show daily – I thought it would be good to outline the Asianpresence at the show this year. The most visible Asian presence is the Malaysia AirlinesA380, which dominates the static […]

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PICTURE: Thai Smile takes delivery of its first aircraft

Thai Smile, a subsidiary of Thai Airways International, has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320.The aircraft, named Ubon Ratchathani, was delivered to the carrier on 28 June in Hamburg. © Airbus Thai Smile will initially start operations with services from Bangkok to Macau, before operating on domestic routes to Krabi, Chiang Mai, […]

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