Fuel speed ahead

The UK’s new Airbus A330 Voyager graces the cover of the latest Flight International (9-15 April), in which defence editor Craig Hoyle assesses the transition from the aged VC10 and TriStar tankers to the latest fleet of refuelling aircraft. This year, he asserts, marks a “crucial transition” for the country’s in-flight military aircraft refuelling capabilities. We also preview […]

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Straight & Level 26 March

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Willie sells BMI’s place in countryThe 18th century Donington Hall, near Derby, HQ of BMI for more than 30 years, symbolised the ambitions of Sir Michael Bishop to take on British Airways and turn his upstart airline into part of the UK aviation establishment. Now the grade II-listed country seat has become the latest casualty […]

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Week on the web 26 March

Hyperbola blogger David Todd put his film critic’s hat on to review BBC docu-drama The Challenger, about a brave attempt to get around US military-industrial complex machinations and NASA blame-shifting to find the truth behind the catastrophic 1986 loss of Space Shuttle Challenger. Hyperbola’s verdict: “An involving and educational film which gives nonconformists hope around […]

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Canada must confront complacency

It boasts world-leading companies, but Canada’s aerospace industry – one of the world’s biggest – is in danger of lagging in an increasingly globally competitive market. Blessed with a long heritage of aerospace manufacturing, top technical schools, its own OEMs and privileged access to the largest military marketplace, Canada’s industry has had every chance to […]

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One for all?

(The following article appeared as a leading article in Flight International 26 March 2013) There was a sense of déjà vu, and similar mixture of feelings, when Boeing announced on 15 March that only a General Electric engine will power the 777X.Boeing’s decision comes 14 years after the 115,000lb-thrust (67kN) variant of the GE90 gained […]

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Flight International Canada special

It has companies that lead the world in their sectors, a rich heritage of manufacturing and innovation stretching back to before the Second World War, and unique access to the biggest defence market in the world. Yet Canada’s aerospace industry must confront huge challenges. Our 18-page, 26 March Canadian special report looks at some of these, […]

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Straight & Level 19 March

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Vickers in a twistHoward Mason, heritage manager with BAE Systems, responds to Chris Barnes’s assertion that all Vickers types began with V. Do they include the Vellesley, Vellington, Vindsor and Varwick, he asks? That said, Vs certainly figured prominently in Vickers’ catalogue. “I think you will find that the Valentias were mainly converted from the […]

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Week on the web 19 March

After our special report marking 25 years since the first Airbus A320 was handed over to launch customer Air France, the Image of the Day blog ran a shot of that very aircraft, F-GFKA, at Düsseldorf after maiden revenue service, from Paris, on 18 April 1988 (left). The moment was captured by our own Peter […]

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How airlines are beating the system

If airline passengers knew what a lottery the route to an airline pilot’s first job was in Europe, there would be more white knuckles gripping armrests at take-off and landing.The European Cockpit Association has made a study of the inconsistencies in today’s pilot supply system. The first observation is that there is no system, but […]

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Boeing’s battery bet

(This first appeared as a Comment in Flight International 19 March 2013) Should everything now go according to plan, the Boeing 787 will be flying passengers again before the Paris air show in June. The entire grounded fleet will be back in service within a few months. The battery crisis that erupted on 7 January […]

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