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Branson serves as flight attendant for a day

Sir Richard Branson honoured his bet to serve as an AirAsia Xcabin crew, by donning the low-cost carrier’s red uniform – which includes a skirt- aboard a charity flight on 12 May. The founder of Virgin Group had his legs publicly shaved ata cocktail event the evening before the flight, which operated from Perth toKuala […]

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“That’s right, Ice Man. I am dangerous.”

During lunch last week my colleague @runwaycontact and I werestanding around Changi Business Park waiting for some passport photos to bedeveloped – just part of the significant waiting required for attending AeroIndia. We noticed a trailer for the 2012 South Korean movie Soarinto the Sun playing outside a video shop. Although I’ve become used to inaccurate […]

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PICTURES: RAAF ‘Haul-a-herc’ event raises money for Special Olympics

Received a cool email earlier today from the RAAF. They recently held a charity event to raise money for the Special Olympics where 20 teams of 20 people hauled a Lockheed Martin C-130J over 10m. The objective was to pull the 40-tonne aircraft 10m in the fastest time possible. The quickest time of 11.68s was […]

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VIDEO: Skipper of China’s first carrier speaks

It’s been a big few weeks for China, with the emergence ofa new fighter (J-21? J-31? F-60?) and this week’s christening of the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier.It’s a good sign they didn’t name it Shi Lang after the historic admiral whoinvaded Taiwan in 1683. Of course, they could always call their next (andcertainly more […]

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Red Bull Flugtag: an awesome sponsorship opportunity for the world’s airframers

Red Bull Flugtag is coming to Singapore, with the eventtaking place on 28 October at Sentosa’s Siloso Beach. Given that Flightglobalcovers all the world’s major air shows and aviation milestones, writing aboutpeople who build bizarre flying contraptions and run them into the sea isclearly a good fit. Among the fixed wing aircraft we cover regularly, […]

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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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Must Read: China Airborne by James Fallows

Depending on who you talk to, China is either the graveyardor the future for major airframers like Boeing and Airbus. It will also,supposedly, be the world’s greatest market for both general and businessaviation, with millions of Chinese taking to the skies for pleasure andbusiness. In China Airborne, journalist and avowed aviation enthusiastJames Fallows tries to […]

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(Bad) PICTURES: joint Russia/India medium transport aircraft

Yesterday India’s HAL, Russia’s United Aircraft, and thetwo firms’ joint venture signed an agreement to get started on the MediumTransport Aircraft programme.I found a few images of what this aircraft is supposed tolook like. From a public relations perspective, it would be greatif these guys could align their images, and then furnish us journos withnice, […]

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Finally, a gun on a UAV?

The Aviationist blog has posted a video about an intriguingUAV with a submachine gun, apparently posted in Russia. While the clip is certainly entertaining – “I don’t think Irecognise any of those guys, let’s take them out” and “That was awesome! Lookat the guy’s head rolling down the hill” – I can’t vouch for the […]

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Eva Air’s president tells why he introduced its Hello Kitty jets

When I first saw pictures of Eva Air’s Hello Kitty jets, I wondered who came up with the brilliant marketing idea.  After all, this is Hello Kitty we’re talking about – the famous cat that has fans young and old the world over. And boy was I surprised when told at a recent Eva Air […]

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