Archive | January, 2013

Nominate your aviation heroes in the Flightglobal Achievement Awards

We are delighted to launch the fifth annual Flightglobal Achievement Awards, our search for the most admired and inspiring individuals in the aviation and aerospace industry. The awards recognise the contribution of a person – or small group of individuals – to industry breakthroughs or great moments in aviation and the search has begun for […]

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Straight & Level 29 January

Citywings it over lookalike logoWhile American Airlines is deflecting brickbats over its new stars and stripes colour scheme, the lesser-known Isle of Man regional carrier Citywing has been sidestepping its own livery quagmire.Citywing emerged after management bought out Manx2. But its new bird logo, based on the Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), bore an uncanny resemblance […]

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Crash need not lead to new restrictions

The following first appeared as a Flight International leader in our 29 January 2013 issue Helicopter operations in densely populated urban environments are usually tightly regulated. They certainly are over London but the recent helicopter accident in the city’s Vauxhall district has led local politicians to ask whether even more restriction is needed.In the Vauxhall accident […]

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Patience will out

The following first appeared as the lead Comment in 29 January 2013 Flight International Aero India is a show to be not so much attended as survived. After navigating the torturous process of obtaining Indian visas, and paying extortionate amounts to profiteering Bengaluru hoteliers, on 6 February the world’s defence aerospace sector will find itself […]

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Flight International India special

The 29 January edition of Flight International has an in-depth feature package on the Indian aerospace and aviation scene ahead of the country’s main air show, Aero India. Journalists from our Singapore bureau have visited New Delhi and other cities to look at India’s current defence procurement shopping list and assess signs that the government is […]

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Straight & Level 22 January 2013

End of an era as tower tumblesPeter Bish asks us to join him in mourning the passing of his office for many years, the 38.8m (127ft) control tower at Heathrow, which has just been demolished as part of the modernisation of the airport’s Terminals 1 and 2.The tower, along with the whole of the original […]

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Bravery required for fresh attack

(The article below first appeared as a leader in the 22 January 2013 issue of Flight International) Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall is directing the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to explore the possibility of developing a new prototype attack helicopter. Such an effort could present an opportunity for the USA to reassert its […]

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Raised stakes

(The following article first appeared as the main leader in 22 January 2013 Flight International) The US Federal Aviation Administration acted correctly to ground the Boeing 787 because of fears over battery fires, but the decision raises questions about the integrity of a certification process that declared the 787 airworthy less than 18 months ago. […]

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787 grounded…Boeing confounded

There is just one big story this week and we sum it up with the coverline GROUNDED…CONFOUNDED over a photograph of the ANA Boeing 787 forced to make an emergency landing after a battery malfunction. We examine the catalogue of events that convinced regulators around the world to ground the Dreamliner and ask what happens now? […]

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MoD numbers game is fuel for thought

Headline writers in the UK traditionally drool over the once-a-year opportunity to tear into the procurement acts of its Ministry of Defence, reporting as the government’s National Audit Office (NAO) lets rip in its warts-and-all Major Projects Report.While the newly published version for the 2011-2012 financial year does not exactly disappoint in its detail, MoD-bashers […]

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