Archive | February, 2013

Nominate your heroes of aerospace

They have ranged from test pilots to mould-breaking designers, entrepreneurs to airline bosses. The search is on for the recipients of this year’s Flightglobal Achievement Awards – those who have caught your eye as the star performers of 2012. We are looking for nominations in three categories: Aviator, Innovator and Leader of the Year. You can […]

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The dangers of get-downitis

(This first appeared as the second Comment in Flight International, 5 February 2013) Pilots have a loose term – “get-down-itis” – for the creeping desire to push an unstable approach when procedures, meteorological consideration or sheer common sense would normally demand a go-around.However, preliminary information from the Red Wings Tupolev Tu-204 accident in Moscow might […]

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US superiority at risk

(The following appeared as the lead Comment article in Flight International, 5 February 2013) The US Air Force must invest in technologies if its fleet of aggressor aircraft is to accurately replicate the air forces of potential adversaries. History shows that air combat skills are highly perishable, and constant vigilance needed to maintain fighter pilots’ […]

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787 – electrical storm

Our coverage of the 787 crisis continues with our cover feature this week (Flight International 5 February) entitled Electrical storm. In it, Stephen Trimble examines the history behind Boeing’s decision to opt for revolutionary lithium-ion batteries for the Dreamliner, and where the investigation goes from here. Meanwhile, David Kaminski-Morrow looks at why Airbus is sticking […]

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