Archive | January, 2006

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A meeting of minds?

Militant space enthusiasts may seem like an odd phrase but they are out there and for them NASA is the enemy and the likes of Burt Rutan and his SpaceShipOne (SS1) vehicle, the great white hope.

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Can air taxis save the American heartland?

Last week I drove from Wichita in Kansas, where I visited Cessna, to Albuquerque in New Mexico, to see Eclipse Aviation and interview its inspirational founder Vern Raburn. I’d never before had the opportunity to drive across the big American heartland, so, on this occasion I shunned the eight hours of airports and regional aircraft a journey […]

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American Airlines has dodged the bullet

I’ve just undergone death by Powerpoint at the hands of American Airlines’ executive team in their Fort Worth, Texas headquarters and I’m impressed. Seriously, this was a day of briefings from the American management team on where they’ve got to and where they’re going. It tells you something that we were even there – major […]

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Embraer needs a careful succession as Mauricio Botelho moves on

There can’t be many people in aerospace who won’t miss Mauricio Botelho when he steps down from being head of Embraer next year. He’s put in an extraordinary performance for the Brazilian company, but he’s won a zillion friends while doing it. If ever there was the right man at the right time then it […]

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Love to say I told you so about Boeing and Airbus…

Well at the time of writing Airbus in Paris has just claimed a net 1,055 orders for 2005, compared with Boeing’s 1,002. I’m sitting here in London not exactly sure how they’ve done it, but as I promised in an earlier post I’m taking the opportunity to remind the world that I predicted they would. […]

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Final frontier

Flight International West Coast Editor Guy Norris writes:Would-be Hollywood script writers in search of ideas could do a lot worse than visit the next Aerospace Sciences meeting of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The place positively bulges with academics, government officials, project leaders and aerospace engineers – some of whom wear T-shirts […]

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Deciphering the Forgeard-speak

One of the best bits about listening to EADS’s French co-chief executive is deciphering the Forgeard-speak. Unlike most grey CEOs, Noel Forgeard is a man who says what he thinks…sort of – his gargantuan ego and impish personality doing battle with his need to toe the corporate line. At a new year lunch for the […]

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For Boeing and Airbus it’s that time of year

Airbus and Boeing’s annual contest to announce the most orders is just like cricket (OK, stay with me on this one my American friends, but if you’re one of our many Indian readers you’ll know exactly what I mean.) At time of writing Boeing is 1,029 declared. A declaration is a cricket tactic in which […]

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Once in a lifetime trip (hopefully)…

To be offered a trip by the European Space Agency (ESA) to go to Baikonur Cosmodrome where Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin were launched into the inky blackness of space is not something you turn down. For us here in comfy western Europe that cosmodrome, deep in Kazakhstan in central, is a trip out of the ordinary.

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