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Week on the web 6 May

With Moscow flexing its muscles in the East, NATO has beefed up its air policing force in the Baltics. As detailed by The DEW Line, taking over from an increased detachment of 10 US Air Force F-15Cs from Lakenheath in the UK (pictured), which have been doing the job since 3 January, are Polish MiG-29s […]

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Week on the web 29 April

Washington DC bureau reporter Edward Russell marked Earth Day with a look back at what seems like an impossibly distant past – when a US president flew commercial. In December 1973, Richard Nixon left his presidential Boeing 707 behind and bought 24 seats on United Airlines flight 55 from Washington Dulles to LAX, flown by […]

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Week on the web 22 April

Safety and operations editor David “Learmount” Learmount blogs about the fuss over the success, or otherwise, of the MPL (multi-crew pilot licence) in light of an ICAO review of data on 600 “human products” of the system. Indeed, competency standards are about the only aspect of MPL that’s not in contention. Ultimately, he concludes the […]

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Week on the web 15 April

What, wonders The DEW Line, is a Phantom Badger? Not, apparently, an elusive mustelid but a modular, Boeing-built Jeep-like vehicle (pictured) that can now be carried by a Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey. No more odd than Rivet Joints or Speckled Trouts. And, Learmount wonders, what if we had been able to track MH370? Fighter intercept would […]

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Week on the web 8 April

In his Ariel View blog, our man in Tel Aviv, Arie Egozi, says the ease with which anyone can order a micro unmanned air system is causing a different type of problem for the Israeli air force and Israeli manufacturers of such systems. While the air force has to find ways to prevent these UAS […]

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Week on the web 1 April

Following on from its look at an interim Service Inquiry report which revealed the cause of a Royal Air Force-operated Airbus A330 Voyager tanker/transport incident earlier this year, our defence blog The DEW Line bids farewell to the service’s last TriStar – or “Timmy”, as the 216 Sqn type headed for the breaker’s yard. “As […]

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Week on the web 25 March

In his Ariel View blog, Arie Egozi discusses how the Israeli air force’s decision to equip its Heron 1 (Shoval) unmanned air systems (UAS) with an automatic take-off and landing system will make the task of the external pilot – take-off and landing – redundant. “This first happened in commercial aviation,” he says. “Now the […]

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Week on the web 18 March

With the world’s media clamouring for answers after the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March, operations and safety editor David Learmount argues on his eponymous Learmount blog: “It’s bad enough for a widebody jet to go missing with 239 people on board, but then for the responsible country’s government and aviation agencies […]

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Week on the web 4 March

While the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows display team showed off new tail livery to celebrate its 50th display season, safety and operations editor David Learmount recalled their predecessor – the Black Arrows team of 16 Hawker Hunters (pictured). As he notes on his blog, Learmount: “They were good, too.” Also good are Israeli Defence […]

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Week on the web 25 February

In the DEW Line blog, Craig Hoyle asks whether Boeing’s Super Hornet has a long term future, after rejections by India and Brazil and the looming end to a multi-year procurement deal for the US Navy. “Pressure is mounting on Boeing to secure extra orders,” Hoyle says. “The question is whether the raft of Advanced […]

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