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Persistent problems

This first appeared as a Comment in the 1 July issue of Flight International Complexity was built into the setup of NH Industries from day one. Its three-company structure, its six production facilities and its offset-driven supply chain were all likely to pose problems together. And that was before the helicopter’s 13 customers were somehow […]

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The mismatch

This first appeared as a Comment in Flight International 1 July The 6 July 2013 Asiana accident at San Francisco was subjected to particularly public scrutiny from the start, when the National Transportation Safety Board’s then-chairman Deborah Hersman provided a series of press briefings on the investigation’s progress. It was indeed a high profile crash, […]

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Beyond need-to-know

This first appeared as a Comment in the 17 June issue of Flight International One of the obstacles to spreading the practice of modern evidence-based training (EBT) for airline pilots is that everybody thinks traditional recurrent training is based on evidence. It is, but the evidence is very old, and much of it not relevant to […]

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Minor inconvenience

This first appeared as a Comment in the 17 June issue of Flight International Airbus’s super salesman was in breezy mood when he addressed 150 journalists at Airbus’s delivery centre in Toulouse last week. The timing of Emirates’ announcement that it was axing its order for 70 A350 XWBs – hours before the airframer’s annual […]

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Price, and value, of Mars

This first appeared as a Comment in the 10 June issue of Flight Interntional The International Space Station has been in orbit for 15 years, and has so far cost around $150 billion – roughly $10 per year for every man, woman and child in the USA, Russia, Japan, Canada and Europe. That sounds like […]

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Damage limitation

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 10 June issue of Flight International It is keeping its cards to its chest, but indications are that some time this year – perhaps as early as ­Farnborough – Airbus will begin offering a re-engined version of its A330. But no one in Toulouse is pretending […]

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In with the old

This first appeared as a Comment in the 3 June issue of Flight International There was something rather surreal about the UK Ministry of Defence’s press release heralding the first Royal Air Force flight of an RC-135W Rivet Joint on 23 May. While at some level it was true, the choice of “RAF’s new surveillance […]

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The MH370 mirage

This first appeared as a Comment in the 3 June issue of Flight International Existence for the relatives of passengers and crew lost with Flight MH370 continues to be a nightmare. Every time information is released about the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 they comb it for something – anything – to provide either hope […]

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Give it time

This first appeared as a Comment in the 13 May issue of Flight International Of course, we’ve been here before. Ever since the ­global financial crisis knocked the stuffing from the business aviation sector, industry observers have searched mostly in vain for signs of recovery – whether Fortune 500 firms’ growing cash reserves, a slowing […]

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No more surprises

This first appeared as a Comment in the 13 May issue of Flight International There is usually some suspense when the US ­military announces a billion dollar contract for a new helicopter – but not this time. In a move that surprised nobody, the US Navy on 7 May gave Sikorsky a $1.28 billion contract […]

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