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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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Week on the web 18 February

On his Ariel View blog, Arie Egozi says linking simulators to a network could be a “winning combination when it comes to preparing air forces for warfare”. He uses the Israeli air force’s new Rangeless Helicopter Training and Safety System (HTS) to illustrate his point. During a ground-based demonstration late last year, HTS replicated the […]

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Week on the web 11 February

On the DEW Line blog, Craig Hoyle questions how last August’s flight test campaign for the Taranis unmanned combat air system technology demonstrator went unnoticed, given the plethora of eager aviation photographers across the globe. “Pop onto the Airliners.net website and you can see how many shots there are showing Typhoons and Tornados involved in […]

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Week on the web 4 February

In the DEW Line blog, Craig Hoyle recounts how Swiss opposition to the proposed procurement of 22 Saab Gripen fighters persuaded more than 65,000 citizens to sign a petition to trigger a national referendum on the issue. A public vote is to be held on 18 May, and a positive result is now required if […]

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Week on the web 28 January

On the DEW Line blog, Craig Hoyle talks about his eagerly-anticipated visit to the Royal Air Force’s 13 Sqn at Waddington in Lincolnshire – home to the UK-based ground control station for the General Atomics Reaper armed remotely piloted air system. A large part of the visit, Hoyle says, was to try to combat anti […]

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