Archive | April, 2013

How to save GA?

The international organisation that represents owners and pilots of private light aircraft describes the situation in Europe’s general aviation sector as “dire”. Consumer belt-tightening, pressure to turn “inefficient” local aerodromes into housing and industrial estates, increasing red tape and a general feeling that flying for fun is no longer an exciting option for many teenagers: all are squeezing […]

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Week on the web 16 April

The death of former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher prompted David Todd to assess on the Hyperbola blog the Iron Lady’s contribution to the country’s spaceflight sector during her time in office in the 1980s. “Thatcher’s record was mixed. As a chemistry graduate she was known to have an interest in science. However, she and […]

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Brazil’s long battle to find a fighter

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 16 April issue of Flight International The Brazilian air force began a fighter replacement programme more than 15 years ago, and is still waiting. Its leadership is getting impatient. Breaking from a tight-lipped approach to the F-X2 acquisition, the air force’s Maj Gen Carlos de Almeida […]

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Save now, pay later

The following article first appeared as the leading Comment in the 16 April issue of Flight International. The US government needs to get its financial house in order – plain and simple. The consequences of failing to avert the sequestration package of automatic budget cuts as mandated by Congress have become more apparent in the […]

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Europe’s unmanned future

The US military may lead the world when it comes to unmanned aviation , but Europe is keen not to be left behind when it comes to this game-changing technology. In the 16 April issue of Flight International, we look at two key UAV projects on this side of the Atlantic. The first is the […]

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Week on the web 9 April

Our Image of the Day blog marked the 80th anniversary of first flight over Mount Everest. Lord Clydesdale and David McIntyre rose above the world’s highest peak in two Westland Wallace biplanes (left). The pioneers would go on to found Scottish Aviation, bequeathing the strong aviation hub that still exists at Prestwick. The DEW Line […]

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Straight & Level 9 April

Bidding for a piece of historyNever mind the event name, the item topping the list of the Spring Classic Car Auction in Toronto isn’t an automobile at all, but a former Air Canada Boeing 767-200.Not just any old twinjet, either, but possibly the most well-known aircraft in the country’s history – nothing less than the […]

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Steady as she goes, EADS

This first appeared as a Comment in the 9 April issue of Flight International At the risk of understating the significance of the transformative governance overhaul that has been formally instituted at EADS, now is a good time to ask: what next?As in any turnover of rules or leadership – and EADS has both, with […]

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Power of suggestion

The following article first appeared as a Comment in the 9 April issue of Flight International The Lockheed Martin F-35 is set to become the mainstay fighter for not only the US Department of ­Defense, but also many US allies. However, costs are projected to be far greater than expected, at $1.1 trillion. Former US […]

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Fuel speed ahead

The UK’s new Airbus A330 Voyager graces the cover of the latest Flight International (9-15 April), in which defence editor Craig Hoyle assesses the transition from the aged VC10 and TriStar tankers to the latest fleet of refuelling aircraft. This year, he asserts, marks a “crucial transition” for the country’s in-flight military aircraft refuelling capabilities. We also preview […]

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