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Still around the corner

This first appeared as a Comment in the 28 May issue of Flight International Market cycle reality is an easy thing to forget amid the euphoria of a trade show. Curtains lift to reveal new products. Whispers roam the exhibition halls conjuring secret designs and strategies yet to be announced. It all seems not just […]

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Valuing employees

This first appeared as a Comment in the 21 May issue of Flight International Even with normal employment contracts, airline pilots have a different relationship with their employer than, say, office or factory workers.The latter report to the same place each day and might actually meet and talk to their management. Pilots, however, interact with […]

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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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