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Do I do or do I don’t?

This first appeared as a Comment in the 29 July issue of Flight International. The most common category of airline accident all over the world is the runway excursion. It follows that, if the industry could identify the causal factors in detail, then find ways to mitigate them, this move would have the potential to […]

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Summary injustice

This first appeared as a Comment in the 29 July issue of Flight International The loss of flight MH17 is not about Malaysia ­Airlines. Everyone in the aviation industry knows what a cruel irony it is that this carrier has lost a second Boeing 777 with everybody on board – again apparently through no fault […]

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Airbus’s easy decision

This first appeared as a Comment in the 22 July issue of Flight International As recently as last month’s media briefing in Toulouse, smokescreens were being laid. Airbus was pondering re-engining the A330, but in “no hurry” to decide. So the confirmation of the A330neo as almost the first announcement of this year’s Farnborough got […]

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Lightning fails to strike

This first appeared as a Comment in the 22 July issue of Flight International Very seldom is an aircraft more conspicuous by its absence than the Lockheed Martin F-35, and the embarrassing saga that accompanied its attempted journey to the UK and the Farnborough air show. For Lockheed, in this instance the advertising proverb that […]

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Looking good so far

This first appeared as a Comment in the 8 July issue of Flight International It may only be six months of statistics, but airline ­safety in the first half of 2014 has again confounded any determined doom-mongers that might still have been lurking out there. The missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 casts a shadow over […]

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Risky business

This first appeared as a Comment in the 8 July issue of Flight International Boeing’s KC-46A is a commercial derivative which re-uses sections of proven airframes and other commercial systems, plus various military equipment with an advanced state of technical maturity. This seemingly low-risk formula persuaded US ­acquisition officials to eschew a “cost-plus” development contract, […]

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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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