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The lonely pilot

This first appeared as a Comment in the 21 May issue of Flight International The press release about a big new European research programme did not spell it out as the objective, but it is as clear as daylight that the objective is a single-pilot flightdeck. Called ACROSS (advanced cockpit for the reduction of stress […]

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EasyJet makes a dash for ash

This first appeared as a Comment in the 14 May issue of Flight International EasyJet’s move to develop volcanic ash tracking technology shows impressive lateral thinking. Not, in fact, the kind of thinking normally associated with the stereotype of a low-cost carrier.Anyone who doubts that assertion should test it by trying to imagine Ryanair investing […]

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De-risking the future

This first appeared as the lead Comment in the 14 May issue of Flight International Boeing’s board of directors has been busy in the past two years. Among its other duties, the board is charged with authorising its sales staff to present new products to customers. Years normally pass between such landmark events for an […]

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A tale of two industries

This first appeared as a Comment in the 7 May issue of Flight International: Size certainly matters when it comes to the fortunes of business jet manufacturers during the past four years. Demand for super-midsize types and larger has remained robust since the start of the global financial crisis; that for medium, light and very-light […]

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Junk this complacency

This article first appeared as the lead Comment in the 7 May issue of Flight International: Say the word “spaceflight” and most people think of daring missions, dashing astronauts and achingly beautiful images of our own world or the deep cosmos. From Sputnik through Apollo and the Moon walks to Mars rovers, orbiting telescopes and […]

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Who would bet against Turkey?

The following article first appeared as a Comment in the 30 April issue of Flight International Turkish Airlines’ grandiose plans to become the planet’s biggest airline are being matched by equally ostentatious government ambitions to build the world’s biggest hub airport in Istanbul, both in a manner that threatens to outpace rivals in the Arabian […]

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Taming the dragon

The following article first appeared as a Comment in the 30 April 2013 issue of Flight International Even as Boeing scrambles its technical squads to begin the modification work on the grounded 787 fleet, there is an inescapable sense of unfinished business with the battery fire investigation.Because the airframer cannot yet be certain that it’s […]

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Still in denial

(This article first appeared as a Comment in the 23-29 issue of Flight International) Things have moved on in some ways since we last looked at the subject of contaminated cockpit and cabin air, and in other ways they have not.More pilots are reporting more in-flight events in which engine oil fumes pollute cabin air, […]

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Sleeping Lion

(This article first appeared as our lead Comment in 23-29 April Flight International) Indonesia’s Lion Air would have hoped 2013 would be remembered for its order for 234 Airbus A320s in March, and its plans to start two new subsidiaries on the way towards becoming a major pan-Asian airline. Instead, the lasting image from this […]

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Brazil’s long battle to find a fighter

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 16 April issue of Flight International The Brazilian air force began a fighter replacement programme more than 15 years ago, and is still waiting. Its leadership is getting impatient. Breaking from a tight-lipped approach to the F-X2 acquisition, the air force’s Maj Gen Carlos de Almeida […]

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