Wildcat unleashed

Our helicopter test pilot Peter Gray is the first civilian to have flown the AW159 Wildcat, the latest member of AgustaWestland’s 35-year-old Lynx family. You can see what he thought of the multirole machine in our exclusive flight test in the 21 May issue of Flight International. Meanwhile, defence editor looks at export prospects for […]

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Straight & Level 14 May

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Dambusters still bouncing at 70The technology was far from perfect and the 617 Sqn mission failed to significantly damage the German war machine or shorten the war, but the Dambusters have remained part of military folklore since. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Sir Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb raids of May 1943, the UK’s Brooklands […]

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Week on the web 14 May

Never say Flightglobal’s head of web Michael Targett opts for an easy life. While anybody can go transatlantic on a jumbo, Targett is making a multi-legged hop from Manassas, Virginia to Le Bourget aboard FLIR’s Paris air show-bound Pilatus PC-12NG (pictured); join him on the Editor’s Blog. David Learmount flagged up a good deal for […]

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EasyJet makes a dash for ash

This first appeared as a Comment in the 14 May issue of Flight International EasyJet’s move to develop volcanic ash tracking technology shows impressive lateral thinking. Not, in fact, the kind of thinking normally associated with the stereotype of a low-cost carrier.Anyone who doubts that assertion should test it by trying to imagine Ryanair investing […]

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De-risking the future

This first appeared as the lead Comment in the 14 May issue of Flight International Boeing’s board of directors has been busy in the past two years. Among its other duties, the board is charged with authorising its sales staff to present new products to customers. Years normally pass between such landmark events for an […]

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Fly into EBACE with Flight International

Our 14 May issue is packed with everything you need to be fully briefed up on European business aviation ahead of next week’s EBACE in Geneva. Our cover and cutaway star is the latest Dassault business jet, the Falcon 2000LXS. The main selling point of the type, which replaces the 2000LS, is its short-runway performance. Our poster […]

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Straight & Level 7 May

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This is one of a series of more than 50 stunning images by German photographer Dietmar Eckell of abandoned aircraft wrecks in remote locations around the world. It is not as morbid as it sounds: all the accidents were non-fatal; the project’s title is Happy End. Eckell is looking for at least $4,000 to produce […]

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Week on the web 7 May

Craig Hoyle gives his take on the “anti-drone” protest at RAF Waddington in late April on The Dew Line. “It’s good that the protesters can have their voices heard,” notes Hoyle. “And I’m sure that the peace camp at Waddington will remain for some time – probably until combat operations in Afghanistan end late next […]

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A tale of two industries

This first appeared as a Comment in the 7 May issue of Flight International: Size certainly matters when it comes to the fortunes of business jet manufacturers during the past four years. Demand for super-midsize types and larger has remained robust since the start of the global financial crisis; that for medium, light and very-light […]

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Junk this complacency

This article first appeared as the lead Comment in the 7 May issue of Flight International: Say the word “spaceflight” and most people think of daring missions, dashing astronauts and achingly beautiful images of our own world or the deep cosmos. From Sputnik through Apollo and the Moon walks to Mars rovers, orbiting telescopes and […]

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