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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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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