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Save now, pay later

The following article first appeared as the leading Comment in the 16 April issue of Flight International. The US government needs to get its financial house in order – plain and simple. The consequences of failing to avert the sequestration package of automatic budget cuts as mandated by Congress have become more apparent in the […]

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Steady as she goes, EADS

This first appeared as a Comment in the 9 April issue of Flight International At the risk of understating the significance of the transformative governance overhaul that has been formally instituted at EADS, now is a good time to ask: what next?As in any turnover of rules or leadership – and EADS has both, with […]

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Power of suggestion

The following article first appeared as a Comment in the 9 April issue of Flight International The Lockheed Martin F-35 is set to become the mainstay fighter for not only the US Department of ­Defense, but also many US allies. However, costs are projected to be far greater than expected, at $1.1 trillion. Former US […]

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Canada must confront complacency

It boasts world-leading companies, but Canada’s aerospace industry – one of the world’s biggest – is in danger of lagging in an increasingly globally competitive market. Blessed with a long heritage of aerospace manufacturing, top technical schools, its own OEMs and privileged access to the largest military marketplace, Canada’s industry has had every chance to […]

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One for all?

(The following article appeared as a leading article in Flight International 26 March 2013) There was a sense of déjà vu, and similar mixture of feelings, when Boeing announced on 15 March that only a General Electric engine will power the 777X.Boeing’s decision comes 14 years after the 115,000lb-thrust (67kN) variant of the GE90 gained […]

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How airlines are beating the system

If airline passengers knew what a lottery the route to an airline pilot’s first job was in Europe, there would be more white knuckles gripping armrests at take-off and landing.The European Cockpit Association has made a study of the inconsistencies in today’s pilot supply system. The first observation is that there is no system, but […]

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Boeing’s battery bet

(This first appeared as a Comment in Flight International 19 March 2013) Should everything now go according to plan, the Boeing 787 will be flying passengers again before the Paris air show in June. The entire grounded fleet will be back in service within a few months. The battery crisis that erupted on 7 January […]

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Pupil defeats master in light helicopters

(The following article first appeared as a Comment in 12 March 2013 Flight International) Three years after Frank Robinson retired from leading his eponymous light helicopter company, his competitors are only now starting to play catch-up. Bell Helicopter did nothing as Robinson launched work on a light turbine in 2001, and remained frozen as he […]

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Of sales and sidesticks

(The following article first appeared as a Comment in the 12 March 2013 Flight International) When Flight International analysed the prospects for Airbus’s vaguely-named “SA” single-aisle twinjet in 1980, it declared that the “crucial question” facing the programme was “whether such an aircraft can compete against the attractions of aircraft such as the 737-300″.If the […]

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Why EADS needn’t be defensive

(This first appeared as a Comment in the 5 March 2013 issue of Flight International) EADS chief executive Tom Enders can be excused for showing no job-security anxiety about the fact that one of his first acts as chief executive was to unveil an audacious merger proposal that failed spectacularly. By joining with weapons systems […]

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