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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Week on the web 30 July

Our blogs got a facelift this week, and behind the prettier front there is also a more powerful engine, so as the new system beds in you can expect better, brighter and faster, like this Dew Line shot from RIAT. Our man in Tel Aviv, Arie “Ariel View” Egozi, turned his attention to the politics […]

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Must try harder

This first appeared as a Comment in Flight International’s 30 July issue Global airline safety is looking good so far this year. Six months is too short a period to enable heavyweight conclusions to be drawn from events within it, but a comparison with results from the same period each year during the past decade […]

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Beyond the basics

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 30 July issue of Flight International Global airline safety is looking good so far this year. Six months is too short a period to enable heavyweight conclusions to be drawn from events within it, but a comparison with results from the same period each year during […]

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Raising its game

Is the aviation industry slowly getting better at safety? For decades, Flight International and other industry bodies have been tracking airlines’ safety record. Although six-monthly snapshots can be misleading - with  relatively so few incidents these days one big accident can completely skew the figures – the long-term trend is encouraging. Once again, in our 30 […]

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A shortcut to nowhere

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 23 July issue of Flight International. Governments love building aircraft. Along with thousands of skilled jobs, such programmes provide a vast degree of national prestige. New Delhi’s plan to develop a regional aircraft seating between 70 and 90 passengers can be viewed through this prism. The […]

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Sticks and stones

The following article first appeared in the 23 July issue of Flight International In the aftermath of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash in San Francisco on 6 July, the largest pilots union in the USA has launched an ugly and unfortunate confrontation with the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about public disclosure. It […]

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