Straight & Level 2 July

N613SB  Challenger CL601 at Chino 14 june BA (2).jpg“I told you we should have put the door there.”

A Bombardier Challenger 601 has a close encounter with a hangar wall at Chino airport, near Los Angeles

Noah way out

of this place?

This year’s Paris air show will live long in the memory for its biblical thunderstorms, causing the Twitterati to muse about floatplanes landing in the chalet lines and life-jacket drills.

But our colleague David Kaminski-Morrow out-tweeted them all with the following: “Trying to see whether Airbus has started loading two of each kind of animal into the A400M.”

Just an Ilyushin

Russia’s first Flying Without Fear Centre has opened at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, offering nervous passengers “advanced psychological pre-flight support”. Feel free to add your own punchline.

No time Toulouse

It may have been all the talk of a possible Le Bourget fly-over that day which caused Design News to get a bit ahead of itself with this report on 21 June: “The Airbus A350 XWB… took off on its successful maiden flight last week. A precise and smooth take-off and landing over Paris’s Toulouse-Blagnac airport bookended the flight, which lasted about four hours.”

Chilling out

According to Airbus A350 project test pilot Frank Chapman, discussing each aircraft’s role in the 2,500h, five-aircraft flight-test schedule, MSN001 will be used for natural icing trials after the aerodynamic configuration has been, er, frozen…

Thanks to regular Straight & Level correspondent Ian Goold for the above.

Caught short

It seems the Red Arrows are a squadron leader short, according to an RAF situations vacant advertisement for a display pilot holding that rank, again spotted by Ian Goold on PPRuNe.

Applicants should apply – seriously – to a Sqn Ldr Short.


ibt headline.jpgFête accompli

We’ve heard of some lesser industry gatherings being disparaged as “vicarage tea parties” but surely not the greatest air show on earth (see above)?


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Sheep humour

Air New Zealand’s “Baa3″

rating affirmed; outlook revised to stable.

Richard Hedges writes to ask if the above headline can be shepherded – or, given space constraints, rammed – into Straight & Level: Fleeced to oblige, Richard.

Right address?

Qatar Airways was celebrating with Boeing the return to the skies of its 787 Dreamliner at the Paris air show. But was chief executive Akbar Al Baker having a subtle dig to the suits from Seattle about the cost of the grounding? The airline’s chalet number? A350.



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