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Straight & Level 28 January

Kilimanjaro and how to spot it Following our piece last week about the two Ethiopian 767 pilots losing their way to Kilimanjaro and ending up at Arusha, Tim Harrison – who works at the tiny Tanzanian airport – gets in touch to clarify a few points. While Kilimanjaro airport, of course, is perhaps hard to […]

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Week on the web 28 January

On the DEW Line blog, Craig Hoyle talks about his eagerly-anticipated visit to the Royal Air Force’s 13 Sqn at Waddington in Lincolnshire – home to the UK-based ground control station for the General Atomics Reaper armed remotely piloted air system. A large part of the visit, Hoyle says, was to try to combat anti […]

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Keeping the faith

This first appeared as a Comment in the 28 January issue of Flight International A decade ago, we were preparing obituaries for ATR. Annual output at the Franco-Italian airframer had sunk to single figures. The ascent of faster, flashier regional jets had made propeller types distinctly unfashionable by the turn of the century. Noisy and […]

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Exporting expertise

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 28 January issue of Flight International Israel is the rare defence industry with a shrewd grasp of product strategy. Unlike American and European contractors, the products Israeli firms build for their own military are a small fraction of their portfolios. The purpose of the sector is […]

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Taking on the World: Israel special

To say tiny Israel punches above its weight in the global market – its modestly-sized manufacturers competing with giant aerospace and defence contractors from the USA and Europe – is a cliche but no less true. Surrounded by hostile neighbours, the Jewish state has had to develop world-beating technology, an impressive industrial base and a self-sufficient […]

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Straight & Level 21 January

When Pan Am’s Juan Tripped JFK What happened when JFK discovered that the USA’s bluest-chip airline was shunning the country’s supersonic project in favour of Concorde? A furious phone conversation between the President and a member of his cabinet – recently declassified and released – illustrates the anguish felt in the White House about the […]

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Week on the web 21 January

Our man in Tel Aviv, Arie Egozi, discusses on Ariel View how military aircraft that are involved in joint exercises with friendly forces from other countries are being upgraded to meet stringent international air traffic management standards, allowing them to operate safely in commercial airspace. On his blog, David Learmount dismisses the European Cockpit Association’s […]

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A Neo pretender

This first appeared as a Comment in the 21 January issue of Flight International Having served its purpose admirably the Airbus A330 was supposed to fly quietly into the sunset, as the A350 emerged to take on the Boeing 787. The mid-size queen is dead, long live the king: a clear ­succession plan for the […]

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Out with the big stick

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 21 January issue of Flight International Last year’s worldwide airline safety performance was not the best ever, but it was still very good. In fact, airline safety is so much better now than it was only 10 or 20 years ago that adopting an objective of […]

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Can Airbus confront its 250-seat conundrum?

Airbus faces a quandary when it comes to the 250-seat market, as we explain in a two-page analysis in the 21 January issue of Flight International, and it is partly as a result of the continuing success of a type it thought would be flying its way into the sunset by now, the A330. Despite rumours […]

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