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The final resting place of N106US

In a dimmed hangar on the side of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport lies N106US, the US Airways Airbus A320 that landed on the Hudson River one chilly January morning in 2009. Edward Russell The famous “Miracle on the Hudson” aircraft is now an exhibit at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Flight 1549 was […]

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United Technology – less the Rocketdyne technology part

Three messages come out of the move by United Technologies – parent company of Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand – to rejig its plans for actually paying the $16.5 billion it’s soon going to have to lay down to close its acquisition of Goodrich. One: we’re not in 2007 anymore. Back in those […]

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Aviation – it’s a question of survival

While aviation people spend a lot of time and energy worrying about how to squeeze fuel burn a bit or if the wings can be bit more carbon fibre, the ultimate customers – passengers – seem to have very different concerns. Indeed, Gadget Duck’s pitch for the $18.95 Knee Defender suggests that passengers don’t give […]

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The Airport of the Future

The 2011 Fentress Global Challenge outlines some visions of the future of airports

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Price of oil? Ask an ayatollah

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2011 – The Year in Review: Top Ten Video Stories

1. A380 hits CRJ while taxiing at JFK Video footage emerged showing an Air France Airbus A380 colliding with a Comair Bombardier CRJ700 during taxiing at New York JFK back in April. The A380 “clipped the tail fin” of the parked Comair jet, causing only “material damage”. 2. Tu 154 struggles against in-flight oscillation The video clips […]

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Was Lucky Lindy really first across the Atlantic?

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How about reverse engineering a 727?

My colleague Stephen Trimble today blogged over on The Dew Line that Iran plans to reverse-engineer its very own Lockheed Martin RQ-170 from the example of the US stealth drone its forces apparently shot down earlier this month. As Stephen suggests, good luck to them.Your correspondent back in October joined Boeing for a tour of […]

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Tier 1 suppliers: on the way out?

Interesting thought from GKN technical director Rich Oldfield – the aerospace industry is evolving to leave no room for tier 1 suppliers, those providers of major structural components and systems to airframers like Airbus and Boeing.What Oldfield is anticipating is an increasing reliance by the airframers on what he calls “super tier 1s”, who are […]

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Making aircraft, good; flying them, less so

Further evidence of a surging civil aviation economy comesfrom systems supplier Goodrich. Overall, sales were up 16% at $2.03 billion andpre-tax profit gained 34.5% to $300 million, and for the full year Goodrichforecasts a 15% increase in large airliner original equipment sales, assumingBoeing 787 and 747-8 schedules are maintained. Meanwhile, on the operating side of […]

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