Straight & Level 1 October

Dutch of the new for old Dakota Old Dakotas don’t die. They go on flying… in virtual reality. This, at least, is the fate of one Douglas DC-3 which is being broken up and being turned into a simulator – almost 70 years after coming off the production line in 1944. After post-war service with […]

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At The DEW Line, get this look – and video – of the first Boeing QF-16 pilotless drone flying… well… without a pilot. Up next, live fire trials at Holloman AFB, New Mexico – where probably some F-22s or possibly even some operational F-16s will have a field day blowing them out of the sky. […]

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From Stone Age to CAD age

Flight International Comment 1 October Of the distinctions between human and other animals, none is so profound as our ability to make and use tools. From the first shovel to multi-ton earthmovers and from chisels to 3D printers, our tools have long been an extension of our hands and minds. Better tools have enabled better, […]

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Upsetting convention

Flight International Comment from 1 October Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) is the biggest killer in an industry that is getting safer, and it has been growing as a problem in its own right. Its rise as an issue has accompanied the gradual automation of flightdecks, and the decline of direct pilot mental and […]

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Flight International commercial engines special

When CFM International launched the Leap-X engine in 2008, it had high expectations for the successor to the CFM56, the most popular turbofan in the history of aviation. Now with the first Leap-1A delivered for the Airbus A320neo family, and a total backlog of more than 5,300 engines for the three variants of the Leap, […]

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Straight & Level 24 September

Keeping the Irish Iolar in the skies Geoff Jones sends in this picture (below) of one of the last airworthy de Havilland DH84s, taken at the Tannheim fly-in in late August (known, he says, as “Tannkosh”, the European Oshkosh). The Dragon belongs to the Aer Lingus Charitable Foundation and returned to the air in 2011 […]

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Week on the web 24 September

Sniffing around the US Air Force Association show in Washington DC, The DEW Line caught whisperings that Boeing and Saab may be close to announcing an offer for the USAF’s long-anticipated T-X trainer need, based around the Swedish firm’s Gripen fighter (pictured). Interesting idea, especially with Gripen’s low acquisition and operating costs – but can […]

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Groping blindly

Flight International Comment from 24 September For the second year running, the Pentagon is being forced to contend with the effects of the Congressional sequestration law, which cuts US defence outlays by 10% each year over a decade. A reduction of this magnitude might be manageable under normal circumstances. However, the problem is compounded, firstly […]

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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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