Archive | September, 2011

ESA counting down to historic launches

  European Space Agency fingers remain crossed as the countdowncontinues towards its much-anticipated Soyuz launch on 20 October. Not only will the three-stage ST-B rocket will be making itsfirst-ever flight from ESA’s launch centre at Kourou, French Guiana, its payload will be the first two satellites for Europe’sGalileo navigation constellation. Final assembly began on 12 September, […]

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BAE job cuts just the beginning

BAE Systems’ response to the UK ‘s defence budget downturn could hardly have come at a worse time for a country struggling to hold recession at bay. But while 2,930 job losses came as a hammer blow to the workers affected and their families and communities, the cuts must also be seen as inevitable.With both […]

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On this day in 1961 the Chinook performed its first flight

  The Chinook performed its first flight 50 years ago today and the rorotrcraft were introduced in 1962. For more information on the remarkable rotorcraft see Flightglobal’s profile and browse through the Flightglobal Image Store to buy images and cutaways of the aircraft.   Helicopter Profile: Boeing CH-47 Chinook Flightglobal Image Store – images and cutaways of the Chinook The Chinook […]

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Airbus Bank: is the euro crisis getting serious?

Speaking in London yesterday to outline the Airbus forecast for world airliner sales, chief salesman John Leahy said the company is increasingly worried about a possible “dollar crunch” as European banks struggle under the weight of the eurozone financial crisis to raise the dollar finance that Airbus’s customers need to buy its aircraft. The result […]

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Qatar and Germany’s EADS problem

Berlin’s EADS problem may be taking an interesting turn. The government was quick earlier this month to deny Financial Times reports that it was,  however reluctantly, moving toward nationalisation as the way to relieve Mercedes-Benz carmaker Daimler of the burden of owning Germany’s 22.46% share of the company behind Airbus and Eurocopter – carefully balanced […]

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Spiral Zero

Engineers like the phrase “design spiral”, to refer to a developmentprocess characterised by a series of iterative improvements and additions,particularly where they may be needed to meet evolving requirements. The termcomes from software design, and is seen as a dramatic improvement on the lineardesign process which usually characterises more traditional manufacturedproducts. What makes the spiral […]

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Last chance to vote for the brightest and best aviation minds

It’s fast approaching your last chance to vote for who you think has the best and brightest aviation mind in the Flightglobal Achievement Awards. The Achievement Awards celebrate and recognise the finest individuals in the aviation and aerospace industries. You’ve only got three days left until voting closes for the Flightglobal Achievement Awards so we need you to choose who […]

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On this day in 1991: C-17 Globemaster performed first flight

In 1980 the US Air Force wanted a new tactical airlifter that could be refuelled in flight and land with large loads on austere landing strips. The C-17 was the answer and it would be built to replace the Lockheed Martin C-141 Starlifter tactical cargo aircraft.   Stephen Trimble, Flightglobal’s Americas managing editor, wrote a post on his […]

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Anniversary: Beluga’s first flight 17 years ago today

By Abbie Ridge Let’s hear it for the ‘Beluga’, the whale-shaped aircraft that today is celebrating 17 years since its first flight. Love it or hate it, the Airbus A300-600ST certainly has character, its eye-catching design allowing it to transport key aircraft components from all over Europe to Toulouse and Hamburg for final assembly. Built […]

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What it means to be a post-9/11 airline

It has been a decade since the terrorist attacks in America.That decade wrought changes, including a new meaning of what it means to be an airline. Perhaps surprisingly to anyone who recently went through airport security, its essence is a heightening of many of the same themes that gave aviation its attraction in the first […]

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