Straight & Level 10 September

One is better than none The obviously strapped-for-cash Kuwaiti government is sticking one of its Amiri Flight Airbus A300s on the market. Before you all figure that it’ll be a dinner-party talking point and look nice on the driveway parked next to the Ford Mondeo, we’ll draw your attention to the fine print. Some way […]

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Week on the web 10 September

With allies and foes feeling the Syrian heat in the eastern Mediterranean, Israel and the USA should perhaps have let the Russians know they were planning to air-launch a couple of targets designed to simulate the trajectory of a Scud ballistic missile. As The DEW Line found, Russia’s defence ministry was spooked to detect unidentified […]

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The smoking gun

This first appeared as a Comment in the 10 September issue of Flight International. There has always been a chance of fire on commercial transport aircraft, but the risk profile in today’s fleet is definitely changing, and probably increasing – yet nothing is being done to tackle this. The reasons behind the change are many. […]

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Official discomfort

This first appeared as a Comment in the 10 September issue of Flight International The worrying thing about India’s AgustaWestland AW101 scandal is how unsurprising it is. Big defence purchases anywhere are rarely smooth, but in India they seem to be particularly accident-prone. At its heart are allegations – denied, of course – that AgustaWestland […]

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The World versus ETS

When the European Commission dreamt up the Emissions Trading System, it must have seemed a great way to get airlines to compensate for, and possibly work to reducing, their emissions. In the green mood of the time, aviation seemed an obvious offender and an easy target for Brussels’ fiscal and environmental firebrands. The problem was […]

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Week on the web 20 August

The DEW Line links to the US Air Force accident report on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor that crashed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, last November. Basically, the $149.6 million aircraft was lost due to chafed wiring – this leaves the USAF with 184 production jets remaining, plus two test aircraft. Tail 4013, which used to […]

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Familiarity breeds contempt

This first appeared as a Comment in the 20 August issue of Flight International Eurocontrol has been working hard for years to try to set up an air traffic management incident reporting system so all parties – pilots, air traffic controllers, air navigation service providers (ANSP) and airport operators – can report incidents, enabling easy […]

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Carrier suicide

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 20 August issue of Flight International. The Pentagon’s Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) and the US Navy must provide a more credible explanation for relaxing the requirements for  the service’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft programme. Its downgraded capabilities are baffling to current […]

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Russia resurgent

Fly to Moscow with Aeroflot and it is likely to be on an Airbus or Boeing. Even Russia’s state-owned flag-carrier buys its equipment from the West. Russia’s own civil aerospace industry as good as collapsed with the fall of communism and only domestic and export orders for military jets and the country’s workmanlike helicopters kept […]

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Straight & Level 30 July

Now we know why it’s the -8 “On a recent visit to Frankfurt I came to understand why the latest 747 has the designation -8,” writes Hans Norman, who took this photo.“It has eight engines! The ­An-225 is now 25% behind. The West is once more number one.” Only Ju She might not be clocking […]

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