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Straight & Level 12 November

Branson’s regret over Concorde Had Sir Richard Branson had his way, Concorde might still be winging the jet set over the oceans. Back in 2003, the Virgin founder’s £5 million bid for five British Airways Concordes was seen by some as a publicity gimmick (the very thought!). But 10 years after the supersonic transport’s retirement, […]

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Week on the Web 12 November

The DEW Line asks us to spare a little sympathy for the hapless Dutch F-16 pilot who struggled with a 4 November exercise – putting a few 20mm cannon rounds into the range control tower, some 500m from the real target. These things, alas, do happen; fortunately with only minor damage and no injuries in […]

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No harm in dreaming

This first appeared as a Comment in the 12 November issue of Flight International Lockheed Martin seems to have revived a long-dormant enthusiasm for aerospace gadgetry with the unveiling of the hypersonic SR-72 concept. The aviation media – sensing record web traffic –went big on the story. And reports of the SR-72 spread like wildfire […]

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Flight International Dubai special

If you are going to the Dubai air show next week, our 12 November issue should be required reading. My colleague and Airline Business editor Max Kingsley-Jones have both been – separately – to the UAE to interview and report on some of the biggest hitters in the region’s aerospace and aviation sectors for our […]

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Week on the web 5 November

The DEW Line notes that the UK Ministry of Defence has been cagey when talking about unmanned systems, which the public knows as drones – and often associates with Bad Things. So it’s no huge surprise to find that while the MoD has said ground tests of Taranis (pictured) began in 2010 and flight trials […]

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A broader perspective

This first appeared as a Comment in Flight International 5 November issue Airbus’s greatest opponent in the cabin war, on which the airframer has just opened a new front, isn’t old adversary Boeing but those in the cheap seats. Even if you accept the results of a scientific study based on just six people in a […]

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State of the union

This first appeared as a Comment in the 5 November issue of Flight International Europe’s favourite bad-boy airline chief executive Michael O’Leary is back in the news again. The recently formed Ryanair Pilots Group (RPA) has thrown down a gauntlet to the Ryanair chief executive, who picked it up and tossed it over his shoulder […]

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Italy special: Piaggio opens second front

Piaggio Aero makes one aircraft type, the unmistakable P180 Avanti II twin-pusher. Its high performance and distinctive looks have won it loyal fans around the world, although its commercial performance in the business aviation world could perhaps be best described as niche. But now the Italian manufacturer is opening a second front in its marketing […]

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Week on the web 29 October

From The DEW Line, we learn that the US Air Force pilots who fly remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) don’t much like them being called “drones”. Fair point, as there is a crew involved, but to expect the public to start calling these RPAs or UAVs or UASs, which the military distinguishes from things that get […]

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Rotary risks remain

This first appeared as a Comment in the 29 October issue of Flight International The probe into August’s helicopter crash off Sumburgh, Scotland, is far from complete, but investigators are confident that, when the aircraft hit the water on short final approach, it had entered a vortex ring state. With less than 200ft (60m) height […]

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