The 17 July issue of Flight International has pilot training as its theme. CAE’s latest flight simulator – the 700XR – appears on the cover and is one of several new pieces of technology emerging in what is an increasingly competitive sector, despite the increase in demand for its products. We review what the latest kit offers. Still on the training theme, David Learmount visits British Airways and Emirates to find out about these pioneering airlines’ experience with evidence-based training, with focuses on analysis of identified problem areas rather than employing a one-size-fits-all approach. We also investigate the truth behind the US pilot shortage. Is it real or imagined and – if there is a genuine shortage of young pilots – what can be done to solve it?
In a packed news section, I report with my colleague David Kaminski Morrow from the Airbus Innovation Days in Toulouse, where the airframer provided an update on all its programmes. We have news on the 777X wing design and funding hopes for the EA-18G and U-2 in the latest US defence budget battles. Max Kingsley-Jones reports on the aftermath of Emirates’ decision to cancel its A350 XWB order, and Dominic Perry has been to Moscow to find out (among many other things) about Irkut’s thoughts about a stretch of the MC-21. In Defence: Airbus discloses multiple C295 orders, Baghdad rejoins the fighter club and Sukhoi plays down T-50 fire damage. Plus we have news focuses on the challenges of F-22 networking and Airbus Defence & Space’s ambitions to establish itself in the top tier of global unmanned air system suppliers.