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A tower far, far away

This first appeared as a Comment in the 7 January issue of Flight International En-route and regional air traffic control is provided remotely, and nobody thinks twice about that. But aerodrome ATC has to be on site because it’s visual. Or at least that used to be true until now. Saab Sensis, backed by LFW, […]

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Brazil’s F-X redemption

This first appeared as a Comment in the 7 January issue of Flight International With its complex plot elements having included political and military infighting, financial crises  and a jilted European partner, Brazil’s lengthy saga of selecting a new fighter has at times read like the script for one of the nation’s popular soap operas. […]

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2014 forecasts

Writing the Flight International forecasts each year can be a challenge – not just because foretelling the future is always fraught with danger, but because some of our predictions risk being overtaken by events between going to press a week or so before Christmas, and the issue appearing this week. So it was with our […]

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Week on the web 17 December

The DEW Line examines a Boeing-Saab alliance to pitch for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer requirement – and finds the duo aren’t talking about a rehash of the Swedes’ Gripen, but a clean-sheet design. Everybody in the business wants a tilt at what will be a huge prize, to replace the USAF’s ageing Northrop […]

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The unremarkable pilot

This first appeared as a Comment in the 17 December issue of Flight International.   A senior regulator at EASA crystal-ball gazing about the prospect of pilotless – or at least remotely-­piloted – airliners says: “It may happen in 50 years, but I won’t bet on it.” All experts believe the automation of the pilot’s […]

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Can EADS cut enough?

This first appeared as a Comment in the 17 December issue of Flight International   EADS unveiled two surprises last week. One was the plan to cut 5,800 jobs from its defence and space divisions. The other was that A350 costs won’t dent profits as much as the market expected. The job cuts surprise was […]

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Turning up the heat

A Lockheed Martin F-35 is the cover star of Flight International’s last issue of the year and festive special (17 December – 6 January), with an exclusive by our Americas bureau chief Stephen Trimble on Pratt & Whitney’s growth path for the F135 turbofan engine that powers the Joint Strike Fighter. Also in our festive-flavoured issue, […]

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Straight & Level 10 December

Last week we reported on Scottish government plans to set up an independent air force if the country votes for independence next year. The latter-day Bravehearts envisage keeping at least 12 of the UK’s Eurofighter Typhoons, along with various other defence assets, the pound and the Queen. However, Bill Dady of Clavework Graphics has gone […]

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Week on the web 10 December

At the Airline Business blog, we learn that San Diego will get a direct connection to the Tijuana International airport when a new cross-border terminal facility opens in 2015, the first in either Mexico or the USA. The project will connect the existing terminal with a new building in the USA via a 150m bridge. […]

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Time to deliver unmanned civil airspace

This first appeared as a Comment in the 10 December issue of Flight International Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made big headlines last week by revealing that his online retailing empire is experimenting with the delivery of packages by small unmanned aircraft. It may be easy to think up reasons why it won’t work, but given […]

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