Straight & Level 4 June

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Wooden Wonder finds its wingsThanks to Geoff Jones for this photo of a beautifully restored de Havilland DH98 Mosquito “Wooden Wonder”.The aircraft was reconstructed in New Zealand where it first flew in September 2012. It was then dismantled and shipped to the USA, where it is now based at Jerry Yagen’s Fighter Factory in Virginia […]

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Week on the web 4 June

Major solar storms may be rare but can still cause major damage, explains Hyperbola. The 17th International Space Conference in Rome concentrated on various threats to and from space. Electromagnetic waves and charged particle emissions are among central concerns as geomagnetic superstorms can interfere with telecommunications. At The DEW Line, defence editor Craig Hoyle came […]

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What cost security?

This first appeared as a Comment in the 4 June issue of Flight International The USA’s legal mechanism for keeping military technology out of unfriendly hands is often ham-fisted and easily ridiculed. Consider the case of Bo Jiang, a Chinese researcher working for NASA who was arrested in April at Dulles airport. Suspected of attempting […]

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Open-and-shut case

This first appeared as a Comment in the 4 June issue of Flight International You can’t help feeling that, if there were such thing as a Better Mousetrap department in Toulouse, the in-tray would still have a file marked Fan Cowl Latching stubbornly lying in it, covered with red scribbles to the effect of “almost […]

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Neo engine gears up for certification push

The latest issue of Flight International (4 June) has an exclusive report by Stephen Trimble on Pratt & Whitney’s firing up of its flight test campaign for the PW1100G, the first of the two engines that will power the Airbus A320neo. In it, he reveals how P&W is still making tweaks to the engine design. In […]

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Week on the web 28 May

At The DEW Line, details emerged of the modified F/A-18F Super Hornet equipped with conformal fuel tanks and a weapons pod that Boeing and the US Navy plan to fly later this summer. Rhino, as the aircraft is affectionately known, is intended to test the aerodynamics of those extra shapes (pictured) – especially at transonic […]

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Spare a kind thought for Brussels

This first appeared as a Comment in the 28 May issue of Flight International Of all the low life forms – journalists, lawyers, politicians, bankers, used-car salesmen, tax inspectors – there must surely be a special circle of Hell reserved for bureaucrats. With limbs bound by red tape, these souls could perhaps be found wandering […]

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Still around the corner

This first appeared as a Comment in the 28 May issue of Flight International Market cycle reality is an easy thing to forget amid the euphoria of a trade show. Curtains lift to reveal new products. Whispers roam the exhibition halls conjuring secret designs and strategies yet to be announced. It all seems not just […]

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Pilatus joins the jet set at EBACE

The launch of Pilatus’s first jet was the big news from the EBACE show in Geneva, covered in detail in Flight International’s 28 May issue. The Swiss manufacturer’s PC-24 features on the cover too, and we also report on the new Challenger variant from Bombardier and the latest on the delayed HondaJet programme. The issue […]

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Straight & Level 21 May

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What a drag: Sir Richard Branson in AirAsia garb serves a meal to airline owner Tony Fernandes. The Virgin boss lost a bet over whose Formula 1 team would have the best season The Spitfire that did the splitsSometimes the painstaking air crash inquiry process is mercifully short, as in the case of the Supermarine […]

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