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Straight & Level 5 August

Send for the swat team Our recent story about German research agency DLR’s work on assessing the effect of insect contamination on wing leading edges reminded Richard Chandless of a tale told to him by Arthur Luscombe about famous Supermarine test pilot Jeffrey Quill. During the initial flight testing of the Spitfire manufacturer’s Swift jet, […]

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Week on the web 5 August

In his eponymous blog, David Learmount argues that the Air Algerie/Swiftair Boeing MD-83 crash was not in any way related to the two Malaysian misfortunes, but instead the result of bad weather, and rather “ordinary”. Ariel View continues to debate whether airliners should carry missile warning systems following a call by US legislators. Israel is […]

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Was BA pilot Richard Westgate poisoned by contaminated cabin air?

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 5 August issue of Flight International British Airways may be centre stage for this week’s report on a case of pilot and cabin crew illness, but it is an industry-wide problem not related to a specific airline or aircraft type. As more and more pilots and […]

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Risks and conflict zones

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 5 August issue of Flight International In the wake of flight MH17’s loss over eastern Ukraine, it is right that ICAO has called a high-level meeting to examine what, if anything, could be done to mitigate risks to commercial air transport in conflict zones. It not […]

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Under the skin of the newest Gulfstream

Flight International’s 5 August issue features a cutaway and programme update of the latest, and longest-legged Gulfstream yet, the G650ER. The aircraft might resemble its closest sibling, the G650, in virtually every way, but the Savannah-based manufacturer has found a way of adding extra fuel to take its range to around 7,500nm, the furthest any […]

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Week on the web 29 July

The DEW Line provides a brief update on the Royal Navy’s CVF-class aircraft carrier programme. Less than two weeks after its naming ceremony, the 65,000t HMS Queen Elizabeth floated out at Rosyth, Scotland on 17 July. The ship is scheduled to begin sea trials in 2016. Second of class vessel HMS Prince of Wales will […]

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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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Dealing with the fallout from MH17

Flight International’s 29 July issue has a four-page report on the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 apparent shootdown. Our operations and safety experts David Learmount and David Kaminski-Morrow look at the struggle to piece together what actually happened on 17 July, and whether Russia’s version of events has any credibility. They also examine what […]

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Straight & Level 22 July

Before the disappointing news broke that the F-35 would not be able to visit the UK as planned, an existential moment from Lockheed Martin’s general manager for the programme, Lorraine Martin: “It is here today… it’s just not physically here today,” she said during a briefing at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Conner gets in […]

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