Archive | April, 2013

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Straight & Level 30 April

Keeping Connie in the skiesAfter a “black year” in 2012, the team responsible for keeping one of the last two airworthy Lockheed Super Constellations in the skies is desperate for funds.Switzerland’s Super Constellation Flyers Association has been transporting passengers in its Connie (HB-RSC/MSN 4175) since 2004. However, last year, two engines had to be repaired […]

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Week on the web 30 April

Craig Hoyle tagged along with test pilot Peter Gray to AgustaWestland’s UK factory in Yeovil, where Gray became the first civilian to fly the Anglo-Italian firm’s AW159 helicopter. On The DEW Line blog, Hoyle has a picture of the test flight aircraft  – British Army Wildcat ZZ398 – and provides a taster of what you […]

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Who would bet against Turkey?

The following article first appeared as a Comment in the 30 April issue of Flight International Turkish Airlines’ grandiose plans to become the planet’s biggest airline are being matched by equally ostentatious government ambitions to build the world’s biggest hub airport in Istanbul, both in a manner that threatens to outpace rivals in the Arabian […]

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Taming the dragon

The following article first appeared as a Comment in the 30 April 2013 issue of Flight International Even as Boeing scrambles its technical squads to begin the modification work on the grounded 787 fleet, there is an inescapable sense of unfinished business with the battery fire investigation.Because the airframer cannot yet be certain that it’s […]

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Boeing back in business

The Dreamliner is the cover star of the 30 April issue of Flight International to mark its return to commercial flight after its long grounding following battery fires. In a two-page cover story we look at how Boeing plans to implement its technical solution to the battery problem and hopes the fix will restore its […]

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Straight & Level 23 April

Rex Features Why BA must revive ConcordeWith the 10th anniversary of the last Concorde service fast approaching (British Airways’ G-BOAG from JFK, together with two other Concordes on ceremonial final flights, landed at Heathrow on 24 October 2003), campaigners have not given up trying to get the old girl back in the sky. The Save […]

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Week on the web 23 April

If you think British Airways’ new Airbus A380 looks resplendent in this picture, you might have Lady Thatcher to thank, writes David Kaminski-Morrow on the Airline Business blog. The late Iron Lady famously draped her handkerchief over a model of a British Airways Boeing 747-400 bearing the carrier’s controversial new ethnic tail fins at a […]

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Still in denial

(This article first appeared as a Comment in the 23-29 April issue of Flight International) Things have moved on in some ways since we last looked at the subject of contaminated cockpit and cabin air, and in other ways they have not.More pilots are reporting more in-flight events in which engine oil fumes pollute cabin air, […]

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Still in denial

(This article first appeared as a Comment in the 23-29 issue of Flight International) Things have moved on in some ways since we last looked at the subject of contaminated cockpit and cabin air, and in other ways they have not.More pilots are reporting more in-flight events in which engine oil fumes pollute cabin air, […]

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Sleeping Lion

(This article first appeared as our lead Comment in 23-29 April Flight International) Indonesia’s Lion Air would have hoped 2013 would be remembered for its order for 234 Airbus A320s in March, and its plans to start two new subsidiaries on the way towards becoming a major pan-Asian airline. Instead, the lasting image from this […]

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