Straight & Level 26 August

Pilatus’s very Swiss roll-out Sometimes in the life of a globetrotting Flight International scribbler you can forget what country you are in. Not so for our colleague who attended the roll-out of Pilatus’s first jet, the PC-24. The firm’s Stans location, in an Alpine valley, is as chocolate-box Swiss as you can get. For the […]

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Week on the web 26 August

David Learmount examines the threat to European aviation posed by Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano following a series of earthquakes below its surface. With the aftermath of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption still fresh in the minds of the aviation world, Learmount asks whether “things will be any different” if an airborne volcanic ash cloud drifts in […]

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Le jour de gloire est termine

This first appeared as a Comment in the 26 August issue of Flight International Eurocontrol has just revealed that more than 13% of all the en-route delay in Europe’s skies during 2013 was caused by industrial action by air traffic control officers (ATCO) – mostly strikes by French ATCOs, which have more effect than they […]

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Room on the deck?

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 26 August issue of Flight International So far, unmanned aviation has changed warfare mainly by providing tactical units with a level of reconnaissance and targeting support unimaginable even 15 years ago – and that is only the start. The two-year deployment of the Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max […]

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World Airliner Census

The 26 August issue of Flight International has one of our most popular features of the year – the World Airliner Census. Our tables and accompanying analysis reveal facts such as which airframer has the most narrowbodies in service, and which fleet is growing fastest. The directory lists each type alphabetically, broken down by operator, […]

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Straight & Level 5 August

Send for the swat team Our recent story about German research agency DLR’s work on assessing the effect of insect contamination on wing leading edges reminded Richard Chandless of a tale told to him by Arthur Luscombe about famous Supermarine test pilot Jeffrey Quill. During the initial flight testing of the Spitfire manufacturer’s Swift jet, […]

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Week on the web 5 August

In his eponymous blog, David Learmount argues that the Air Algerie/Swiftair Boeing MD-83 crash was not in any way related to the two Malaysian misfortunes, but instead the result of bad weather, and rather “ordinary”. Ariel View continues to debate whether airliners should carry missile warning systems following a call by US legislators. Israel is […]

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Was BA pilot Richard Westgate poisoned by contaminated cabin air?

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 5 August issue of Flight International British Airways may be centre stage for this week’s report on a case of pilot and cabin crew illness, but it is an industry-wide problem not related to a specific airline or aircraft type. As more and more pilots and […]

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Risks and conflict zones

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 5 August issue of Flight International In the wake of flight MH17’s loss over eastern Ukraine, it is right that ICAO has called a high-level meeting to examine what, if anything, could be done to mitigate risks to commercial air transport in conflict zones. It not […]

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Under the skin of the newest Gulfstream

Flight International’s 5 August issue features a cutaway and programme update of the latest, and longest-legged Gulfstream yet, the G650ER. The aircraft might resemble its closest sibling, the G650, in virtually every way, but the Savannah-based manufacturer has found a way of adding extra fuel to take its range to around 7,500nm, the furthest any […]

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