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Piaggio’s proof of concept UAV flies, courtesy of a Chinook

You are Piaggio’s first unmanned air vehicle and you need to get from one flight test facility in Sardinia to another in Sicily, both islands and separated by 300nm of Mediterranean. Trouble is, you are not yet authorised to fly. You could catch a barge or be dismantled and go by shipping container. But much […]

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Rebuilding Beechcraft

If you are heading to the NBAA convention next week or if you just want to know what’s going on in business aviation, Flight International’s 15 October issue is for you. We have a cutaway poster and technical description of the Embraer Legacy 500, a flight test of the Gulfstream G280 and a special report […]

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Week on the web

Safety and operations editor David Learmount follows a remarkable photo series of the landing of this Cessna 172 – which went very far downhill from this out-of-shape moment. All three occupants lived to tell the tale, but may dispute the old aviation myth that “a good landing is one you can walk away from”. ¬Meanwhile, […]

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Straight & Level 8 October

A century of front-line service Allan Winn, who runs the Brooklands museum and was formerly of this parish, reminds us of the 100-year link between the former factory there and the British armed forces, which has ended with the retirement of the RAF’s Vickers VC10. However, the museum near London continues to have an association […]

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When the balloon goes up

Flight International Comment, 8 October Brazil’s legendary passion for celebration might not ordinarily be considered an air transport safety matter, but filings to the country’s accident investigation commission suggest otherwise. Every three days, on average, pilots are submitting airprox reports concerning encounters with balloons to a dedicated site. Avianca A320 pilots took evasive action in […]

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Shutdown shock

Flight International Comment, 8 October Like the outbreak of a deadly virus in Southeast Asia or the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, the global aviation industry faces another sudden and apparently uncontrollable financial shock. Only this time the economic calamity comes not from the natural world, but from a political system. A domestic squabble […]

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Raptor regrets

“The F-22 is the most amazing airplane I’ve ever flown in 37 years. God, I just wish we had 750 of them,” laments Gen Mike Hostage, commander of the US Air Force’s Air Combat Command. Sadly – for Hostage and his colleagues – the USAF has fewer than 200 of the Lockheed Martin stealth fighters. […]

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Straight & Level 1 October

Dutch of the new for old Dakota Old Dakotas don’t die. They go on flying… in virtual reality. This, at least, is the fate of one Douglas DC-3 which is being broken up and being turned into a simulator – almost 70 years after coming off the production line in 1944. After post-war service with […]

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At The DEW Line, get this look – and video – of the first Boeing QF-16 pilotless drone flying… well… without a pilot. Up next, live fire trials at Holloman AFB, New Mexico – where probably some F-22s or possibly even some operational F-16s will have a field day blowing them out of the sky. […]

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From Stone Age to CAD age

Flight International Comment 1 October Of the distinctions between human and other animals, none is so profound as our ability to make and use tools. From the first shovel to multi-ton earthmovers and from chisels to 3D printers, our tools have long been an extension of our hands and minds. Better tools have enabled better, […]

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