Straight & Level 4 February

100,000 flights for Trislander Not many airliners notch up 100,000 flights, but G-RLON, a Britten-Norman Trislander built in 1975 and flown by Channel Islands airline Aurigny, reached the landmark on 29 January, with a charter flight between Alderney and Guernsey. Aurigny has operated G-RLON, which previously saw service in Gibraltar, Fiji and the Cayman Islands, […]

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Week on the web 4 February

In the DEW Line blog, Craig Hoyle recounts how Swiss opposition to the proposed procurement of 22 Saab Gripen fighters persuaded more than 65,000 citizens to sign a petition to trigger a national referendum on the issue. A public vote is to be held on 18 May, and a positive result is now required if […]

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A Russian enigma

This first appeared as a Comment in the 4 February issue of Flight International In a simpler world, Bombardier would not contemplate a second Dash 8 Q400 assembly line in Russia. The Canadian airframer’s civil turboprop is just the sort of high-technology, low-volume product demanding skilled assembly from a large number of sophisticated components that […]

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Fickle friends

This first appeared as a Comment in the 4 February issue of Flight International Shareholders are not known for their long-term perspective, but the one-day sell-off of Boeing shares on 29 January takes investor fickleness to a new level. It also offers a silent rebuttal to a key element of Boeing’s corporate strategy, which seems […]

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Singapore air show preview

The Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 go head to head on our front cover this week (4 February), illustrating what is likely to be one of the big themes of next week’s Singapore air show, the first appearance together at an industry event of the two rival, new-generation widebodies. We look at the types’ prospects […]

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Straight & Level 28 January

Kilimanjaro and how to spot it Following our piece last week about the two Ethiopian 767 pilots losing their way to Kilimanjaro and ending up at Arusha, Tim Harrison – who works at the tiny Tanzanian airport – gets in touch to clarify a few points. While Kilimanjaro airport, of course, is perhaps hard to […]

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Week on the web 28 January

On the DEW Line blog, Craig Hoyle talks about his eagerly-anticipated visit to the Royal Air Force’s 13 Sqn at Waddington in Lincolnshire – home to the UK-based ground control station for the General Atomics Reaper armed remotely piloted air system. A large part of the visit, Hoyle says, was to try to combat anti […]

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Keeping the faith

This first appeared as a Comment in the 28 January issue of Flight International A decade ago, we were preparing obituaries for ATR. Annual output at the Franco-Italian airframer had sunk to single figures. The ascent of faster, flashier regional jets had made propeller types distinctly unfashionable by the turn of the century. Noisy and […]

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Exporting expertise

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 28 January issue of Flight International Israel is the rare defence industry with a shrewd grasp of product strategy. Unlike American and European contractors, the products Israeli firms build for their own military are a small fraction of their portfolios. The purpose of the sector is […]

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Taking on the World: Israel special

To say tiny Israel punches above its weight in the global market – its modestly-sized manufacturers competing with giant aerospace and defence contractors from the USA and Europe – is a cliche but no less true. Surrounded by hostile neighbours, the Jewish state has had to develop world-beating technology, an impressive industrial base and a self-sufficient […]

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