Archive | July, 2013

Raising its game

Is the aviation industry slowly getting better at safety? For decades, Flight International and other industry bodies have been tracking airlines’ safety record. Although six-monthly snapshots can be misleading - with  relatively so few incidents these days one big accident can completely skew the figures – the long-term trend is encouraging. Once again, in our 30 […]

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A shortcut to nowhere

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 23 July issue of Flight International. Governments love building aircraft. Along with thousands of skilled jobs, such programmes provide a vast degree of national prestige. New Delhi’s plan to develop a regional aircraft seating between 70 and 90 passengers can be viewed through this prism. The […]

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Sticks and stones

The following article first appeared in the 23 July issue of Flight International In the aftermath of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash in San Francisco on 6 July, the largest pilots union in the USA has launched an ugly and unfortunate confrontation with the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about public disclosure. It […]

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Big first for Flight International at MAKS

Despite its logistical challenges - a 2h journey from city centre hotel that last time involved the breathtaking Moscow metro, a stop-at-all-stations commuter train, a shuttle bus and two layers of enthusiastic security checks, not to mention Russian language press conferences without translation - the MAKS air show in Moscow is one of my favourite air shows. Walking through it is […]

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Returning to the light

Cessna has had more troubles than most aircraft manufacturers, with demand for its previously top-selling Citation light and light-medium jets decimated after the global downturn. In the 23 July issue of Flight International, Mike Gerzanics finds out that the Wichita company could be back in business with its M2, its Garmin G3000-equipped latest light jet. […]

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Straight & Level 9 July

Here V go again for the VulcanIt is the heritage aircraft that refuses to die… thanks to the generosity of supporters and its appeal to air show audiences year after year. The charity that operates the last flying Avro Vulcan is confident it can keep the V bomber flying another two summer seasons after this […]

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Week on the web 9 July

It’s F/A-18 week at the DEW Line, with video of an EA-18G Growler launching from an electro-magnetic catapult, which is replacing the steam cats on Gerald R Ford-class carriers. And, it’s also the Boeing type’s 35th anniversary. Replacements are under study, but don’t be surprised if the USN celebrates a 50th before alternatives are flying. […]

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A grim truth will out

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 9 July issue of Flight International. When a long-haul Airbus stalled over the ocean on a June night in 2009, with the loss of hundreds of lives, the accident received relatively little attention.Because this wasn’t Air France flight 447 to Paris but an ill-fated Yemenia service […]

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A distant destination

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 9 July 2013 issue of Flight International. It no longer drops jaws as it did when it sailed the skies in quiet splendour over the 2005 Paris air show, but the A380 remains a sight, even as a workhorse serving close to 40 airports around the […]

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A350 finally makes the cover of Flight

Deciding what goes on the front cover of Flight International is never an exact science. The Airbus A350 is most important new airliner to fly this year (although Bombardier might argue the point), but, because our cover goes to press on Thursday morning, we’ve missed two chances to put it on the cover. Both its […]

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