Archive | March, 2006

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Exclusive: Flying the Harrier

Ever wondered what it’s like to fly a multi-million pound fighter very low and very, very fast? I had too, until I got the opportunity to fly in – and take control of – a Royal Air Force Harrier T10 trainer yesterday. My invitation required me to travel to RAF Wittering in Lincolnshire; home to […]

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Pictures at an Exhibition (at an airport)

It’s 132 years since the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote his famous orchestral work “Pictures at an Exhbition” (a simple version of which you can listen to here – isn’t that neat) and he had very different images in mind from the ones that we’ve just put on display in Moscow. The photographs that we are […]

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What happened to A380 evacuee number 737

Thanks to everyone who read, and better still commented, on my earlier account of experiencing the A380 evacuation up close and personal. As promised, there will be a more detailed story in next week’s Flight International which will of course appear on www.flightglobal.com as usual. Among other things, it will describe just how I personally got out of […]

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Flight reporter, Moron

As a journalist of blond persuasion, few site visits can offer the poetic beauty of gaining a story byline from a place called Moron. Yes, such a place exists, and is in fact the home location for Spain‘s next-generation strike aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon. This is clearly no laughing matter, but nonetheless a key moment […]

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A second view from Moscow

As it happens, I’ve just followed my colleague Helen to Domodedovo myself  – mainly to open an exhibition of Flight International magazine covers at Domodedovo airport, which I’ll blog separately, but I think Moscow deserves its own despatch.I’m blogging this on the flight home after a three day refresher lesson in capitalism in the raw, […]

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From Russia With Love

  East Line, the operator of Moscow‘s Domodedovo airport, is not shy about its ambitious growth plans. The company says Domodedovo is already viewed as a hub by international carriers, and has the widest domestic route network of any Russian airport. With nearly 14 million passengers last year, the expansion work at the airport’s current […]

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The Willy Wonka aircraft factory

There’s a touch of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory about Grob Aerospace, which I visited yesterday. You get the feeling that the owners and managers of this Bavarian company - which made its name manufacturing all-composite military training gliders in the 1970s and is now transferring that expertise to an ambitious business and utility jet - do what they […]

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The great NASA carve up

It should become apparent over the course of this year that the NASA bidding process for the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), part of the agency’s new Exploration Transportation System (ETS), is about managing change and not about jumping through the hoops of a real procurement process. NASA has not even selected a contractor for the […]

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Better than working for a living: flying the A380 sim

Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A380 full flight simulator(FFS), a huge already-liveried box perched precariously on its hydraulic rams,was awaiting shipping from the manufacturer’s site near London Gatwick airport.  Fellow journalist Kevin Done – Financial Times aerospacecorrespondent – and I were being shown the machine by its proud builders,Thales, having first received a presentation on the […]

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That A380 evacuation test from the inside

It’s Sunday morning and as usual I’m wearing a numbered bib and doing agility tests in an aircraft hangar with 1,000 Germans I’ve never met before! As you’ll have guessed, the one thing we had in common is that we all thought it sounded interesting to be a volunteer in the first – and probably only – evacuation […]

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