Straight & Level 5 February

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St Maarten lands best approachSt Maarten in the Caribbean – where airliners cast a shadow over seaside sunbathers as they come into land – has been voted the world’s most spectacular airport approach. The holiday destination beat another island, and last year’s winner, Barra in the Outer Hebrides – the only airport where scheduled aircraft […]

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Nominate your heroes of aerospace

They have ranged from test pilots to mould-breaking designers, entrepreneurs to airline bosses. The search is on for the recipients of this year’s Flightglobal Achievement Awards – those who have caught your eye as the star performers of 2012. We are looking for nominations in three categories: Aviator, Innovator and Leader of the Year. You can […]

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The dangers of get-downitis

(This first appeared as the second Comment in Flight International, 5 February 2013) Pilots have a loose term – “get-down-itis” – for the creeping desire to push an unstable approach when procedures, meteorological consideration or sheer common sense would normally demand a go-around.However, preliminary information from the Red Wings Tupolev Tu-204 accident in Moscow might […]

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US superiority at risk

(The following appeared as the lead Comment article in Flight International, 5 February 2013) The US Air Force must invest in technologies if its fleet of aggressor aircraft is to accurately replicate the air forces of potential adversaries. History shows that air combat skills are highly perishable, and constant vigilance needed to maintain fighter pilots’ […]

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787 – electrical storm

Our coverage of the 787 crisis continues with our cover feature this week (Flight International 5 February) entitled Electrical storm. In it, Stephen Trimble examines the history behind Boeing’s decision to opt for revolutionary lithium-ion batteries for the Dreamliner, and where the investigation goes from here. Meanwhile, David Kaminski-Morrow looks at why Airbus is sticking […]

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Nominate your aviation heroes in the Flightglobal Achievement Awards

We are delighted to launch the fifth annual Flightglobal Achievement Awards, our search for the most admired and inspiring individuals in the aviation and aerospace industry. The awards recognise the contribution of a person – or small group of individuals – to industry breakthroughs or great moments in aviation and the search has begun for […]

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Straight & Level 29 January

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Citywings it over lookalike logoWhile American Airlines is deflecting brickbats over its new stars and stripes colour scheme, the lesser-known Isle of Man regional carrier Citywing has been sidestepping its own livery quagmire.Citywing emerged after management bought out Manx2. But its new bird logo, based on the Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), bore an uncanny resemblance […]

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Crash need not lead to new restrictions

The following first appeared as a Flight International leader in our 29 January 2013 issue Helicopter operations in densely populated urban environments are usually tightly regulated. They certainly are over London but the recent helicopter accident in the city’s Vauxhall district has led local politicians to ask whether even more restriction is needed.In the Vauxhall accident […]

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Patience will out

The following first appeared as the lead Comment in 29 January 2013 Flight International Aero India is a show to be not so much attended as survived. After navigating the torturous process of obtaining Indian visas, and paying extortionate amounts to profiteering Bengaluru hoteliers, on 6 February the world’s defence aerospace sector will find itself […]

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Flight International India special

The 29 January edition of Flight International has an in-depth feature package on the Indian aerospace and aviation scene ahead of the country’s main air show, Aero India. Journalists from our Singapore bureau have visited New Delhi and other cities to look at India’s current defence procurement shopping list and assess signs that the government is […]

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