Indian moods


If anyone wonders why India adamantly pursues expensive indigenous defence projects, Anil Ananthaswamy’s excellent article about the country’s space programme in our sister magazine New Scientist offers some insights.In 1998, the USA and other western countries imposed economic and technological sanctions on India after it tested a nuclear device. That pushed its scientists to develop […]

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Not always a great way to fly

Not always the service that you get.

Given the challenging times that lie ahead, you would expect carriers to do all they can to keep their customers happy. Unfortunately, as my recent experience with Singapore Airlines shows, that is not always the case.Let me say first, though, that I really do like SIA. They normally have great service, their connectivity out of […]

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Malaysian flip-flops

Eurocopter EC725

Can Malaysia please get on with it?First, Kuala Lumpur announced that the Eurocopter EC725 Cougar would replace the country’s ageing Sikorsky S-61 “Nuri” fleets. Now, after opposition politicians and Eurocopter’s competitors cried foul, saying that the selection was made without proper trials and checks, Kuala Lumpur has decided to “postpone” the deal. On the surface, […]

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Critical non-thinking

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

It is the Lockheed Martin F-35 silly season again. Every few weeks, the Joint Strike Fighter’s critics feed a story to the media about the aircraft’s alleged shortcomings. That happened in Australia earlier this week. Air Power Australia, which describes itself as an independent defence think-tank, was formed by several ex-Royal Australian Air Force officers […]

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Waiting for nothing

Japan should forget about the Raptor

Japan has finally confirmed what everyone figured would happen anyway – it has delayed its F-X competition in order to continue lobbying the USA for information on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. It is silly, though. The Japan Air Self Defense Force’s capability will keep dropping, and there is no guarantee that Washington would allow […]

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I get by with a little help from my friends…

The pieces are finally falling in place for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Its manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft has been lining up the design and manufacturing know-how over the last year, but what it sorely lacked was the marketing and after-sales expertise in the passenger jet business.That should now come with Boeing’s involvement in the programme as […]

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Crowded House

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Why in the world does India want to manufacture regional jets, when it already has so much on its plate?An Indian Regional Jet will join a crowded field in which newcomers from Japan, China and Russia will also be competing with the incumbents, Brazil’s Embraer and Canada’s Bombardier, for market share. Analysts say that one […]

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Business Aviation could get a helping hand in Japan

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The mere mention of Japan to those involved in business aviation results in a sigh, a roll of the eyes and a shrug of the shoulder. The world’s second largest economy is a beacon of innovation that produces marquee brands like Sony and Toyota. Yet its restrictive policies have resulted in it having only 60-odd […]

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Announcing the arrival of Asian Skies

Welcome to Asian Skies! This is the Flight Asia Pacific team’s way of sharing our opinion about the aerospace industry with those who are keen on the region as well.Asian airlines account for a large number of new aircraft orders, defence contractors have a big presence here as armed forces modernise their fleets, and the […]

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