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Carrier suicide

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 20 August issue of Flight International. The Pentagon’s Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) and the US Navy must provide a more credible explanation for relaxing the requirements for  the service’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft programme. Its downgraded capabilities are baffling to current […]

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Russia resurgent

Fly to Moscow with Aeroflot and it is likely to be on an Airbus or Boeing. Even Russia’s state-owned flag-carrier buys its equipment from the West. Russia’s own civil aerospace industry as good as collapsed with the fall of communism and only domestic and export orders for military jets and the country’s workmanlike helicopters kept […]

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Straight & Level 30 July

Now we know why it’s the -8 “On a recent visit to Frankfurt I came to understand why the latest 747 has the designation -8,” writes Hans Norman, who took this photo.“It has eight engines! The ­An-225 is now 25% behind. The West is once more number one.” Only Ju She might not be clocking […]

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Week on the web 30 July

Our blogs got a facelift this week, and behind the prettier front there is also a more powerful engine, so as the new system beds in you can expect better, brighter and faster, like this Dew Line shot from RIAT. Our man in Tel Aviv, Arie “Ariel View” Egozi, turned his attention to the politics […]

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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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