Straight & Level 2 September

Handing over control A Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 was on a turbulent approach to Belfast airport with the captain flying manually, and all was going well until the flare for landing. The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch bulletin described what happened next: “As he made the flare manoeuvre, with somewhat more than flight idle torque […]

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Week on the web 2 September

On the Airline Business blog, Edward Russell says it is “about time” United Airlines offered live in-flight streaming, following an October 2013 announcement that it would provide the service on most of its Airbus A320 family and some its Boeing fleet. Arie Egozi on Ariel View discusses the threat of man-portable air defence systems, which […]

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Ash costs cash

This first appeared as a Comment in the 2 September issue of Flight International When Icelandic volcanic ash visited Europe’s skies in April 2010, it cost the continent’s economy at least €5 billion ($7 billion) – just by grounding most commercial aviation for a week. With seismic rumblings beneath Iceland’s fragile crust gathering strength, how […]

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The age of the airship?

This first appeared as a Comment in the 2 September issue of Flight International The five decades from 1914 saw heavier-than-air ­aviation evolve from basic biplanes to the jet age.  The subsequent 50 years welcomed stealth, supersonic airliners, huge advances in aerostructures and mass air travel. However, lighter-than-air technology has moved somewhat more hesitantly in […]

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Aviation versus volcano

With rumbles under the restless crust of Iceland, the 2-8 September issue of Flight International looks at how prepared aviation is for another volcanic ash cloud. Much research and work has been done since the 2010 incident that crippled airline operations for weeks, but has it been enough? Are there protocols and new technology in […]

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Straight & Level 26 August

Pilatus’s very Swiss roll-out Sometimes in the life of a globetrotting Flight International scribbler you can forget what country you are in. Not so for our colleague who attended the roll-out of Pilatus’s first jet, the PC-24. The firm’s Stans location, in an Alpine valley, is as chocolate-box Swiss as you can get. For the […]

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Week on the web 26 August

David Learmount examines the threat to European aviation posed by Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano following a series of earthquakes below its surface. With the aftermath of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption still fresh in the minds of the aviation world, Learmount asks whether “things will be any different” if an airborne volcanic ash cloud drifts in […]

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Le jour de gloire est termine

This first appeared as a Comment in the 26 August issue of Flight International Eurocontrol has just revealed that more than 13% of all the en-route delay in Europe’s skies during 2013 was caused by industrial action by air traffic control officers (ATCO) – mostly strikes by French ATCOs, which have more effect than they […]

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Room on the deck?

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 26 August issue of Flight International So far, unmanned aviation has changed warfare mainly by providing tactical units with a level of reconnaissance and targeting support unimaginable even 15 years ago – and that is only the start. The two-year deployment of the Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max […]

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World Airliner Census

The 26 August issue of Flight International has one of our most popular features of the year – the World Airliner Census. Our tables and accompanying analysis reveal facts such as which airframer has the most narrowbodies in service, and which fleet is growing fastest. The directory lists each type alphabetically, broken down by operator, […]

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