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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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Week on the web 21 January

Our man in Tel Aviv, Arie Egozi, discusses on Ariel View how military aircraft that are involved in joint exercises with friendly forces from other countries are being upgraded to meet stringent international air traffic management standards, allowing them to operate safely in commercial airspace. On his blog, David Learmount dismisses the European Cockpit Association’s […]

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Week on the web 14 January

Whether one looks at the A-10 (pictured) and thinks “totally awesome” or “inexplicably ugly”, fans of the aptly nicknamed Warthog can rejoice (for now at least), as Washington’s recently-signed National Defense Authorisation Act has blocked the USAF from retiring any more examples until at least the end of this year. As The DEW Line notes, […]

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Week on the web 17 December

The DEW Line examines a Boeing-Saab alliance to pitch for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer requirement – and finds the duo aren’t talking about a rehash of the Swedes’ Gripen, but a clean-sheet design. Everybody in the business wants a tilt at what will be a huge prize, to replace the USAF’s ageing Northrop […]

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Week on the web 10 December

At the Airline Business blog, we learn that San Diego will get a direct connection to the Tijuana International airport when a new cross-border terminal facility opens in 2015, the first in either Mexico or the USA. The project will connect the existing terminal with a new building in the USA via a 150m bridge. […]

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Week on the web 26 November

Ned Russell test-rode the Sukhoi Superjet 100. His Interjet journey from Mexico City to Mazatlan was uneventful, but up in the cockpit it must have been fun; as fleet supervisor Diego Hernandez says: “This aircraft is built by the Russians. It flies like a fighter.” More – and pictures – on our Airline Business blog. […]

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Week on the web 19 November

The DEW Line notes that while the US government spending sequestration has kept US air power away from air shows – Paris was certainly poorer for that – either they’ve come up with some cash or the ban doesn’t apply to shows in the Gulf. Dubai air show organisers are promising a treat from the […]

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Week on the Web 12 November

The DEW Line asks us to spare a little sympathy for the hapless Dutch F-16 pilot who struggled with a 4 November exercise – putting a few 20mm cannon rounds into the range control tower, some 500m from the real target. These things, alas, do happen; fortunately with only minor damage and no injuries in […]

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