From Stone Age to CAD age

Flight International Comment 1 October Of the distinctions between human and other animals, none is so profound as our ability to make and use tools. From the first shovel to multi-ton earthmovers and from chisels to 3D printers, our tools have long been an extension of our hands and minds. Better tools have enabled better, […]

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Upsetting convention

Flight International Comment from 1 October Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) is the biggest killer in an industry that is getting safer, and it has been growing as a problem in its own right. Its rise as an issue has accompanied the gradual automation of flightdecks, and the decline of direct pilot mental and […]

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Flight International commercial engines special

When CFM International launched the Leap-X engine in 2008, it had high expectations for the successor to the CFM56, the most popular turbofan in the history of aviation. Now with the first Leap-1A delivered for the Airbus A320neo family, and a total backlog of more than 5,300 engines for the three variants of the Leap, […]

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Straight & Level 24 September

Keeping the Irish Iolar in the skies Geoff Jones sends in this picture (below) of one of the last airworthy de Havilland DH84s, taken at the Tannheim fly-in in late August (known, he says, as “Tannkosh”, the European Oshkosh). The Dragon belongs to the Aer Lingus Charitable Foundation and returned to the air in 2011 […]

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Week on the web 24 September

Sniffing around the US Air Force Association show in Washington DC, The DEW Line caught whisperings that Boeing and Saab may be close to announcing an offer for the USAF’s long-anticipated T-X trainer need, based around the Swedish firm’s Gripen fighter (pictured). Interesting idea, especially with Gripen’s low acquisition and operating costs – but can […]

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Groping blindly

Flight International Comment from 24 September For the second year running, the Pentagon is being forced to contend with the effects of the Congressional sequestration law, which cuts US defence outlays by 10% each year over a decade. A reduction of this magnitude might be manageable under normal circumstances. However, the problem is compounded, firstly […]

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Just another debut

Flight International Comment from 24 September 2013 There is nothing routine about witnessing the first flight of a new or even a derivative aircraft, especially in the consolidated and shareholder-driven commercial aviation industry of modern times. While it’s true that computer modelling and simulation has eliminated nearly all of the human risk associated with the […]

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Come fly with me

At last, it’s aloft. As our Comment reflects in this week’s issue of Flight International (24 September), the first flight of an all-new aircraft is still an incredibly important and symbolic event. And for the Bombardier CSeries, after so many delays to its maiden flight, actually getting the narrowbody into the air was a huge […]

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Sea of troubles

This year’s revamped Helitech show at London’s ExCeL, taking place next week, comes at a time when the civil rotorcraft market is looking healthier than it has for some time. Demand is booming, especially in emerging markets such as China and Brazil, for helicopters in roles from law enforcement, film and television, VIP transport, offshore, medevac […]

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi still flying high

Spent a really busy three days in the UAE the other week, researching material and carrying out interviews for both our Dubai air show preview and an interactive special on expat aviation career opportunities in emerging markets such as the Middle East. I managed to tag on a very quick family holiday – on Avios […]

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