Week on the web 19 November

The DEW Line notes that while the US government spending sequestration has kept US air power away from air shows – Paris was certainly poorer for that – either they’ve come up with some cash or the ban doesn’t apply to shows in the Gulf. Dubai air show organisers are promising a treat from the […]

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Blowing in the wind

This first appeared as a Comment in the 19 November issue of Flight International A prototype airborne volcanic ash detector has just been proven – beyond doubt – to work. So what? There has only been one serious ash event in the history of aviation. That was April 2010, when an Icelandic eruption grounded Europe’s aviation […]

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Bluffers beware

This first appeared as a Comment in the 19 November issue of Flight International Ask any poker player: calling someone on a bluff is always a risky bet. Boeing’s machinists in Seattle have now made themselves clear. The vast majority of them are willing to risk losing the 777X assembly line, tens of thousands of […]

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Reality revolution

In the 19 November issue of Flight International, we put the focus firmly on cockpit technology with features on avionics and miltary simulator training. Anyone who plays computer games knows how realistic the imagery is in the latest products. That digital revolution is making simulator training more like real life too, with the latest generation products […]

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Straight & Level 12 November

Branson’s regret over Concorde Had Sir Richard Branson had his way, Concorde might still be winging the jet set over the oceans. Back in 2003, the Virgin founder’s £5 million bid for five British Airways Concordes was seen by some as a publicity gimmick (the very thought!). But 10 years after the supersonic transport’s retirement, […]

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Week on the Web 12 November

The DEW Line asks us to spare a little sympathy for the hapless Dutch F-16 pilot who struggled with a 4 November exercise – putting a few 20mm cannon rounds into the range control tower, some 500m from the real target. These things, alas, do happen; fortunately with only minor damage and no injuries in […]

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No harm in dreaming

This first appeared as a Comment in the 12 November issue of Flight International Lockheed Martin seems to have revived a long-dormant enthusiasm for aerospace gadgetry with the unveiling of the hypersonic SR-72 concept. The aviation media – sensing record web traffic –went big on the story. And reports of the SR-72 spread like wildfire […]

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Flight International Dubai special

If you are going to the Dubai air show next week, our 12 November issue should be required reading. My colleague and Airline Business editor Max Kingsley-Jones have both been – separately – to the UAE to interview and report on some of the biggest hitters in the region’s aerospace and aviation sectors for our […]

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Week on the web 5 November

The DEW Line notes that the UK Ministry of Defence has been cagey when talking about unmanned systems, which the public knows as drones – and often associates with Bad Things. So it’s no huge surprise to find that while the MoD has said ground tests of Taranis (pictured) began in 2010 and flight trials […]

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A broader perspective

This first appeared as a Comment in Flight International 5 November issue Airbus’s greatest opponent in the cabin war, on which the airframer has just opened a new front, isn’t old adversary Boeing but those in the cheap seats. Even if you accept the results of a scientific study based on just six people in a […]

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