Approaching disaster

The main coverline in this week’s Flight International (5-11 March) may be on the dramatic side, but it deals with an issue that causes needless deaths and lucky escapes – the misjudged go-around. David Learmount examines the history of a manoeuvre that is supposed to be the safe route out of an approach that is not […]

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Jetting into Abu Dhabi

I’m in Abu Dhabi this week for the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, a show which purports to be the Gulf’s first general aviation show, but is as much about the big jets of business aviation. The UAE’s answer to Dubai’s MEBA, the event, at the city’s Al Bateen executive airport, is lower-key (tents instead of chalets and […]

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Straight & Level 26 February

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Boris’s hub is short of billionsSome confusion over London Mayor Boris Johnson’s planned tour of the Middle East to raise funds for a new super-hub airport in the Thames Estuary, with the London Evening Standard claiming he will attempt to raise up to £80 million ($145 million) from Gulf states to cover “the cost of […]

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Week on the web 26 February

Our Image of the Day blog carried a Dutch ministry of defence shot of a Boeing CH-74 Chinook. On The DEW Line, Craig Hoyle wrote about UK prime minister David Cameron’s trade tour of India, which included a fresh attempt to derail Dassault’s apparent victory in the nation’s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contest: “The […]

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On batteries and picking your battles

This article first appeared as a Comment in the 26 February 2013 issue of Flight International Former Airbus chief Tom Enders was referring to the A380 wing ribs when, in one of his outgoing speeches, he talked about the treacherous-but-tempting path signposted “Innovation”.“You’re walking a tightrope,” he said. Long, ambitious strides carry the risk of […]

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Cleaning up

The following article first appeared as a leader in Flight International 26 February 2013. It was a question about helicopters that flustered Indian defence minister AK Antony at the recent Aero India show. A journalist asked about the interminable competition for 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters (RSH). “This is a question for the defence acquisition […]

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Multi-mission accomplished

With Heli-Expo on the horizon, the 26 February issue of Flight International homes in on the civil rotorcraft market. Our cover story is a flight test of the Sikorsky S-92, with veteran test pilot Peter Gray returning to the aircraft he first flew as a prototype in 2000 and assessing how he all-rounder has stood […]

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Straight & Level 19 February

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  “Being stuck back here in dromedary class is really giving me the hump.” Our sympathies for the chap with the bucket and mop at the end of this Il-76 flight   Iconic Cold War engine for saleThanks to a lucky reprieve by a scrap metal merchant some 45 years ago, you can now buy […]

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Straight & Level 19 February

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  “Being stuck back here in dromedary class is really giving me the hump.” Our sympathies for the chap with the bucket and mop at the end of this Il-76 flight   Iconic Cold War engine for saleThanks to a lucky reprieve by a scrap metal merchant some 45 years ago, you can now buy […]

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Impressing in Mexico a must for Sukhoi

(This first appeared as a Comment article in Flight International, 19 February 2013) Sukhoi’s own technical snags with its Superjet might not have attracted the same degree of scrutiny as those affecting the Boeing 787.But they are arguably more critical to a programme that symbolises one of the few remaining chips Russia is still able […]

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