The mismatch

This first appeared as a Comment in Flight International 1 July The 6 July 2013 Asiana accident at San Francisco was subjected to particularly public scrutiny from the start, when the National Transportation Safety Board’s then-chairman Deborah Hersman provided a series of press briefings on the investigation’s progress. It was indeed a high profile crash, […]

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Flight International’s UK industry special

The UK’s aerospace industry comes under the spotlight in the 1-7 issue of Flight International, which features on its cover an extraordinary shot from crew survival specialist Martin-Baker, captured during its test activity for the Textron AirLand Scorpion ejection seat. As well as Martin-Baker, the feature package – entitled Best of British – includes profiles […]

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Straight & Level 17 June

EasyJet steps up a sartorial gear EasyJet cabin crew have come a long way since the early Stelios era when – as if to stress the carrier’s low-cost, anti-establishment ethos – the dress code for trolley-pushers was shapeless orange sweat shirts and matching baggy fleeces for those blustery January mornings standing on the apron at […]

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Week on the web 17 June

In his Ariel View blog, Arie Egozi discusses how affordable weapons systems have allowed cost-conscious countries to adapt their civil helicopters for military missions. Israel Aerospace Industries is one of a number of companies which has “identified the need”, he says. IAI recently completed a series of demonstrations of its Laser Homing Attack missiles, launched […]

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Beyond need-to-know

This first appeared as a Comment in the 17 June issue of Flight International One of the obstacles to spreading the practice of modern evidence-based training (EBT) for airline pilots is that everybody thinks traditional recurrent training is based on evidence. It is, but the evidence is very old, and much of it not relevant to […]

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Minor inconvenience

This first appeared as a Comment in the 17 June issue of Flight International Airbus’s super salesman was in breezy mood when he addressed 150 journalists at Airbus’s delivery centre in Toulouse last week. The timing of Emirates’ announcement that it was axing its order for 70 A350 XWBs – hours before the airframer’s annual […]

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Flight International training special

The 17 July issue of Flight International has pilot training as its theme. CAE’s latest flight simulator – the 700XR – appears on the cover and is one of several new pieces of technology emerging in what is an increasingly competitive sector, despite the increase in demand for its products. We review what the latest […]

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Straight & Level 10 June

Ouse idea was that then? Rolls-Royce is considering its branding options should its new engine projects – dubbed Advance and UltraFan – go into production. If it sticks with tradition and names them after famous British rivers, there are a few the manufacturer will probably want to avoid. Given the engine giant’s environmental credentials, Uck […]

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Week on the web 10 June

The DEW Line reveals a fabulous shot from Lockheed Martin (pictured) showing the present – and future – of the UK’s combat aircraft fleet. Taken earlier this year during a flight from Edwards AFB in California, the picture shows a pair of Eurofighter Typhoons of the Royal Air Force’s 41 Sqn fast jet and weapons […]

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Price, and value, of Mars

This first appeared as a Comment in the 10 June issue of Flight Interntional The International Space Station has been in orbit for 15 years, and has so far cost around $150 billion – roughly $10 per year for every man, woman and child in the USA, Russia, Japan, Canada and Europe. That sounds like […]

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