Airliner that made Airbus

That’s how we describe the A320, cover star of this week’s Flight International (12 March) and celebrating 25 years in service. In a special feature package we trace the roots of the narrowbody, from its launch and first order from Air France in 1981 through its remarkable sales success in the 1990s and 2000s to […]

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Straight & Level 5 March

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Messerschmitt at 10 o’clock!Wolf Czaia shares an update on “White 3″, a restored Messerschmitt Me262, which he recently ferried from its hangar at Paine Field, Washington to Suffolk County Airport in Virginia. Converted into a two-seat configuration, Czaia, with lead mechanic Mike Anderson, took the pioneering jet on its 4,000km cross-country trip.“As our FAA operating […]

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Why EADS needn’t be defensive

(This first appeared as a Comment in the 5 March 2013 issue of Flight International) EADS chief executive Tom Enders can be excused for showing no job-security anxiety about the fact that one of his first acts as chief executive was to unveil an audacious merger proposal that failed spectacularly. By joining with weapons systems […]

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Wrong assumptions

(This article first appeared as a Comment in 5 March 2013 Flight International) If a pilot gets away with using an incorrect flying technique for long enough without a mishap, his training department assumes, wrongly, he must be using the correct technique. If that incorrect technique is then applied in a highly dynamic – but […]

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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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