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Cleaning up

The following article first appeared as a leader in Flight International 26 February 2013. It was a question about helicopters that flustered Indian defence minister AK Antony at the recent Aero India show. A journalist asked about the interminable competition for 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters (RSH). “This is a question for the defence acquisition […]

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Multi-mission accomplished

With Heli-Expo on the horizon, the 26 February issue of Flight International homes in on the civil rotorcraft market. Our cover story is a flight test of the Sikorsky S-92, with veteran test pilot Peter Gray returning to the aircraft he first flew as a prototype in 2000 and assessing how he all-rounder has stood […]

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Straight & Level 19 February

  “Being stuck back here in dromedary class is really giving me the hump.” Our sympathies for the chap with the bucket and mop at the end of this Il-76 flight   Iconic Cold War engine for saleThanks to a lucky reprieve by a scrap metal merchant some 45 years ago, you can now buy […]

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Olympus 320 engine (1).JPG

Straight & Level 19 February

  “Being stuck back here in dromedary class is really giving me the hump.” Our sympathies for the chap with the bucket and mop at the end of this Il-76 flight   Iconic Cold War engine for saleThanks to a lucky reprieve by a scrap metal merchant some 45 years ago, you can now buy […]

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Impressing in Mexico a must for Sukhoi

(This first appeared as a Comment article in Flight International, 19 February 2013) Sukhoi’s own technical snags with its Superjet might not have attracted the same degree of scrutiny as those affecting the Boeing 787.But they are arguably more critical to a programme that symbolises one of the few remaining chips Russia is still able […]

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How the West won

(The following first appeared as the lead Comment in Flight International, 19 February 2013) US Airways stands poised to join the long list of legacy airline brands, including Pan Am, Eastern, TWA, Northwest and Continental, to pass into history.But the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways upsets the typical post-deregulation narrative. For the […]

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How the West won

(The following first appeared as the lead Comment in Flight International, 19 February 2013) US Airways stands poised to join the long list of legacy airline brands, including Pan Am, Eastern, TWA, Northwest and Continental, to pass into history.But the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways upsets the typical post-deregulation narrative. For the […]

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How the West won

(The following first appeared as the lead Comment in Flight International, 19 February 2013) US Airways stands poised to join the long list of legacy airline brands, including Pan Am, Eastern, TWA, Northwest and Continental, to pass into history.But the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways upsets the typical post-deregulation narrative. For the […]

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Who were aerospace’s stars of 2012?

We are looking for your nominations for Aviator, Innovator and Leader of the Year in the Flightglobal Achievement Awards. We also want your suggestions for Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominating your favourite – really – could not be easier. See what I mean by going to www.flightglobal.com/awards13

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Powering up to Paris

This week’s commercial engine special in Flight International (19 February) gives us a great excuse to use a stunning close up of Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB, the only engine so far to power the Airbus A350. Andrew Doyle provides a programme update which looks at how the airframer and engine manufacturer are racing to get the […]

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