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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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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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