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Kieran Daly is now blogging at Unusual Attitude

I wrote the very first post on our very first blog on 14 July 2005. It’s been enormously satisfying ever since, but time moves on and now I’m striking out on my own blog – Unusual Attitude – still under the Flight umbrella of course.

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British pilots petition Government over security checks

They’ve been complaining about it for years and now the UK’s pilots are doing something more concrete about the way they’re treated by airport security. More than 1,300 of them have taken advantage of an e-petition system introduced by the Blair administration to make their concerns public. The effort was co-ordinated via the Pprune website. […]

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Has Delta ever actually managed to repaint its fleet?

Good luck to Delta and all who sail in her. I had to pass up the opportunity to visit Atlanta this last weekend when they left Chapter 11 and so will probably never get to meet Jerry Grinstein. But that was probably the classiest passage through bankruptcy protection that I can recall – made more […]

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I hope that extraordinary video of the A380 evacuation trial is the last one we ever see

You’ve probably seen the video that just turned up of the A380 evacuation trial last year – it’s fascinating viewing. But I think that trial should be the last one. At risk of boring you, I’ll just remind you that I took part in the trial, blogged about it a few hours later here, and […]

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And you thought air transport was dysfunctional…

A comforting story for any of you who despair over working in the chronically value-destroying, customer-disappointing, economically perverse world of air transport. I may have this wrong (if you read the link above you’ll sympathise with me) but it seems that the private-sector leasing company that provides coaches to British train companies has so much […]

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And you thought the Airbus A380 wiring was bad…

A comforting story for the poor guys at Airbus in Hamburg who found the A380 wiring coming up a metre or so short. Things could be much worse – as the Indian Navy has reportedly just been told by the folks refitting the Russian aircraft carrier Gorshokov for sale to them. Seems the engineers underestimated […]

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Military crash investigations too quick, or civilians too slow?

The Blue Angels crash last week has provoked extensive debate and I was interested to see this comment turning up regarding the durations of military and civil investigations.

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Something odd really is going on with Ryanair at Girona

It’s not the most important story in the world, but I’ve got personal experience of this story in The Times regarding strange goings-on at the Ryanair operation at Girona in Spain.

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The extraordinary life of Sir Arthur Marshall

Flight International celebrates its centenary next year and it’s a rare day when you come across someone in aviation who’s older than the magazine. Here’s a truly wonderful example however: Sir Arthur Marshall, best known through his engineering firm Marshall of Cambridge, has just died aged 103. There are some excellent obituaries in the British […]

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What is so difficult about procuring helicopters?

Even by the notorious standards of military procurement, there is something very odd about helicopter contests. Right now there are no fewer than three stories coincidentally running on the helicopter section of Flight’s site about helicopter selections that are in difficulties. Norway can’t decide if it was such a good idea to opt for NH […]

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