Archive | February, 2014

Straight & Level 11 February

Lufty’s letters to America Just as Hitler was tightening his grip on power, Germany’s national airline was launching a service that might have had a much more beneficial effect on mankind, had war not intervened. This month marks the 80th anniversary of the launch of Lufthansa’s scheduled transatlantic airmail service to South America, with a […]

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Week on the web 11 February

On the DEW Line blog, Craig Hoyle questions how last August’s flight test campaign for the Taranis unmanned combat air system technology demonstrator went unnoticed, given the plethora of eager aviation photographers across the globe. “Pop onto the Airliners.net website and you can see how many shots there are showing Typhoons and Tornados involved in […]

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No longer queen, but not abdicating yet

This first appeared as a Comment in the 11 February issue of Flight International Is the end nigh for Boeing’s queen of the skies? When Seattle launched the 747-8 in 2006 it did not see it changing the industry the way the original jumbo jet revolutionised long-haul travel in the 1970s. Part of Boeing’s case […]

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Autopilot woes

This first appeared as a Comment in the 11 February issue of Flight International Aviators and regulators have worried for years that increasingly sophisticated cockpit automation ­systems are degrading pilots’ cognitive and manual ­flying skills. But there has been no action – additional training, for example – for fear of the cost. This cost factor […]

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Taranis advances

The UK has broken its silence over the Taranis – a classified unmanned combat air system, that lead contractor BAE Systems has been flight testing since August, and that graces our cover this week (11-17 February). Although the existence of the aircraft was no secret - it was rolled out at BAE’s site in Warton over three […]

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Straight & Level 4 February

100,000 flights for Trislander Not many airliners notch up 100,000 flights, but G-RLON, a Britten-Norman Trislander built in 1975 and flown by Channel Islands airline Aurigny, reached the landmark on 29 January, with a charter flight between Alderney and Guernsey. Aurigny has operated G-RLON, which previously saw service in Gibraltar, Fiji and the Cayman Islands, […]

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Week on the web 4 February

In the DEW Line blog, Craig Hoyle recounts how Swiss opposition to the proposed procurement of 22 Saab Gripen fighters persuaded more than 65,000 citizens to sign a petition to trigger a national referendum on the issue. A public vote is to be held on 18 May, and a positive result is now required if […]

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A Russian enigma

This first appeared as a Comment in the 4 February issue of Flight International In a simpler world, Bombardier would not contemplate a second Dash 8 Q400 assembly line in Russia. The Canadian airframer’s civil turboprop is just the sort of high-technology, low-volume product demanding skilled assembly from a large number of sophisticated components that […]

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Fickle friends

This first appeared as a Comment in the 4 February issue of Flight International Shareholders are not known for their long-term perspective, but the one-day sell-off of Boeing shares on 29 January takes investor fickleness to a new level. It also offers a silent rebuttal to a key element of Boeing’s corporate strategy, which seems […]

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Singapore air show preview

The Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 go head to head on our front cover this week (4 February), illustrating what is likely to be one of the big themes of next week’s Singapore air show, the first appearance together at an industry event of the two rival, new-generation widebodies. We look at the types’ prospects […]

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