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Must try harder

This first appeared as a Comment in Flight International’s 30 July issue Global airline safety is looking good so far this year. Six months is too short a period to enable heavyweight conclusions to be drawn from events within it, but a comparison with results from the same period each year during the past decade […]

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Beyond the basics

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 30 July issue of Flight International Global airline safety is looking good so far this year. Six months is too short a period to enable heavyweight conclusions to be drawn from events within it, but a comparison with results from the same period each year during […]

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Raising its game

Is the aviation industry slowly getting better at safety? For decades, Flight International and other industry bodies have been tracking airlines’ safety record. Although six-monthly snapshots can be misleading - with  relatively so few incidents these days one big accident can completely skew the figures – the long-term trend is encouraging. Once again, in our 30 […]

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Straight & Level 9 July

Here V go again for the VulcanIt is the heritage aircraft that refuses to die… thanks to the generosity of supporters and its appeal to air show audiences year after year. The charity that operates the last flying Avro Vulcan is confident it can keep the V bomber flying another two summer seasons after this […]

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Week on the web 9 July

It’s F/A-18 week at the DEW Line, with video of an EA-18G Growler launching from an electro-magnetic catapult, which is replacing the steam cats on Gerald R Ford-class carriers. And, it’s also the Boeing type’s 35th anniversary. Replacements are under study, but don’t be surprised if the USN celebrates a 50th before alternatives are flying. […]

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A grim truth will out

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 9 July issue of Flight International. When a long-haul Airbus stalled over the ocean on a June night in 2009, with the loss of hundreds of lives, the accident received relatively little attention.Because this wasn’t Air France flight 447 to Paris but an ill-fated Yemenia service […]

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A distant destination

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 9 July 2013 issue of Flight International. It no longer drops jaws as it did when it sailed the skies in quiet splendour over the 2005 Paris air show, but the A380 remains a sight, even as a workhorse serving close to 40 airports around the […]

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A350 finally makes the cover of Flight

Deciding what goes on the front cover of Flight International is never an exact science. The Airbus A350 is most important new airliner to fly this year (although Bombardier might argue the point), but, because our cover goes to press on Thursday morning, we’ve missed two chances to put it on the cover. Both its […]

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Straight & Level 2 July

“I told you we should have put the door there.” A Bombardier Challenger 601 has a close encounter with a hangar wall at Chino airport, near Los Angeles Noah way out of this place?This year’s Paris air show will live long in the memory for its biblical thunderstorms, causing the Twitterati to muse about floatplanes […]

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Week on the web 2 July

The DEW Line blog this week takes a photo tour of the military types on show at Le Bourget. Fittingly, Dave Majumdar declares Sukhoi’s mighty Su-35 to have been best-in-show – check the blog for what is probably the best video footage going of its awesome display routine. Charting a busy week in spaceflight, Hyperbola […]

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