Commander Chris Hadfield, all Canadian hero

It was a privilege to listen to Chris Hadfield at last night’s Canadian Aerospace Summit banquet, where he was guest of honour. Before then, I was aware of Hadfield as the  astronaut in that incredible YouTube video where he sings a version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station. But in Canada, Hadfield, […]

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Straight & Level 15 October

Trans-world airliner Peter Martin was intrigued by our DC-3 story in Straight & Level from our 1 October issue, which suggested a Dutch training company is targeting “the handful of carriers that are still flying the old Douglas transport around the world”. “Glad to hear the old girl is still going strong,” he says. “But […]

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Week on the web 15 October

The DEW Line this week has something you don’t see every day – this photo of US Air Force chief of staff Gen Mark Welsh sitting in the cockpit of a Chinese combat aircraft. Welsh hasn’t gone over to the other side to escape the US government shutdown but, rather, was on a goodwill visit […]

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Divided loyalties

Flight International Comment 15 October Brand loyalty means precious little to a modern airline. Just ask Boeing, which this week saw longtime customer Japan Airlines defect to arch-rival Airbus.With its first Airbus order – one for 31 A350s at that – JAL has helped the European airframer break into one of the last remaining markets […]

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All that glitters

Flight International Comment from 15 October. Look around the business jet industry today and, on the surface, the view is impressive. The marketplace abounds with a flashy array of major product upgrades and clean-sheet designs, while whispers hint at more aircraft launches still to come. Not since the ludicrous heyday of the very light jet […]

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Piaggio’s proof of concept UAV flies, courtesy of a Chinook

You are Piaggio’s first unmanned air vehicle and you need to get from one flight test facility in Sardinia to another in Sicily, both islands and separated by 300nm of Mediterranean. Trouble is, you are not yet authorised to fly. You could catch a barge or be dismantled and go by shipping container. But much […]

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Rebuilding Beechcraft

If you are heading to the NBAA convention next week or if you just want to know what’s going on in business aviation, Flight International’s 15 October issue is for you. We have a cutaway poster and technical description of the Embraer Legacy 500, a flight test of the Gulfstream G280 and a special report […]

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Week on the web

Safety and operations editor David Learmount follows a remarkable photo series of the landing of this Cessna 172 – which went very far downhill from this out-of-shape moment. All three occupants lived to tell the tale, but may dispute the old aviation myth that “a good landing is one you can walk away from”. ¬Meanwhile, […]

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Straight & Level 8 October

A century of front-line service Allan Winn, who runs the Brooklands museum and was formerly of this parish, reminds us of the 100-year link between the former factory there and the British armed forces, which has ended with the retirement of the RAF’s Vickers VC10. However, the museum near London continues to have an association […]

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When the balloon goes up

Flight International Comment, 8 October Brazil’s legendary passion for celebration might not ordinarily be considered an air transport safety matter, but filings to the country’s accident investigation commission suggest otherwise. Every three days, on average, pilots are submitting airprox reports concerning encounters with balloons to a dedicated site. Avianca A320 pilots took evasive action in […]

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