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Malaysia’s diplomatic fighter choice

When it comes to choosing its aircraft Malaysia has always mixed realpolitic with operational need, which is why it has ended up with a bit of a hotch-potch of US, British and Russian fighter types. And, as Greg Waldron explains in his preview to the country’s LIMA air show in the 19 March edition of […]

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Straight & Level 12 February

Warning: engine on the looseFollowing our item on the piston engine test on 12 February, John Wiseman sends in an extract from a “fascinating paper” by Kimble McCutcheon on the development of the Pratt & Whitney R-2800. It concerns an incident observed by test engineer Dana Waring.“Waring was observing an engine running at full power […]

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Week on the web 12 March

On The DEW Line, Craig Hoyle gave his first impressions of flying on an Airbus Military A400M, after getting airborne in development aircraft “Grizzly 4″ on 1 March. “The cargo hold is large and uncluttered, and the seating installed along its sides is both roomy and comfortable,” he wrote. “The four-point passenger harness is also […]

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Pupil defeats master in light helicopters

(The following article first appeared as a Comment in 12 March 2013 Flight International) Three years after Frank Robinson retired from leading his eponymous light helicopter company, his competitors are only now starting to play catch-up. Bell Helicopter did nothing as Robinson launched work on a light turbine in 2001, and remained frozen as he […]

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Of sales and sidesticks

(The following article first appeared as a Comment in the 12 March 2013 Flight International) When Flight International analysed the prospects for Airbus’s vaguely-named “SA” single-aisle twinjet in 1980, it declared that the “crucial question” facing the programme was “whether such an aircraft can compete against the attractions of aircraft such as the 737-300″.If the […]

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Airliner that made Airbus

That’s how we describe the A320, cover star of this week’s Flight International (12 March) and celebrating 25 years in service. In a special feature package we trace the roots of the narrowbody, from its launch and first order from Air France in 1981 through its remarkable sales success in the 1990s and 2000s to […]

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Straight & Level 5 March

Messerschmitt at 10 o’clock!Wolf Czaia shares an update on “White 3″, a restored Messerschmitt Me262, which he recently ferried from its hangar at Paine Field, Washington to Suffolk County Airport in Virginia. Converted into a two-seat configuration, Czaia, with lead mechanic Mike Anderson, took the pioneering jet on its 4,000km cross-country trip.“As our FAA operating […]

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Why EADS needn’t be defensive

(This first appeared as a Comment in the 5 March 2013 issue of Flight International) EADS chief executive Tom Enders can be excused for showing no job-security anxiety about the fact that one of his first acts as chief executive was to unveil an audacious merger proposal that failed spectacularly. By joining with weapons systems […]

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Wrong assumptions

(This article first appeared as a Comment in 5 March 2013 Flight International) If a pilot gets away with using an incorrect flying technique for long enough without a mishap, his training department assumes, wrongly, he must be using the correct technique. If that incorrect technique is then applied in a highly dynamic – but […]

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Approaching disaster

The main coverline in this week’s Flight International (5-11 March) may be on the dramatic side, but it deals with an issue that causes needless deaths and lucky escapes – the misjudged go-around. David Learmount examines the history of a manoeuvre that is supposed to be the safe route out of an approach that is not […]

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