There are mysterious aspects to the loss of the Helios Airways Boeing 737 last weekend, but the fact is that if the depressurisation emergency procedure is not followed rapidly and efficiently then things can quickly go wrong. At least two reports of earlier incidents show just what can happen. In this 1998 incident the highly experienced […]
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It has been a while since a major world airline operating a state-of-the art aircraft has been involved in an accident sufficiently telegenic for the 24h news media to stay with it for a day. Telegenic maybe, but thankfully the Air France flight AF358 accident was not tragic – nobody on board or on the […]
The appointment of new UK chief executives at Boeing and EADS shows the very different visions of the world’s two biggest aerospace companies when it comes to flying the flag in Europe’s biggest aerospace market. EADS’s Robin Southwell is an industry man through and through, who made his name and reputation steering through the successful EADS, […]
I was talking to a 747 pilot the other day and he asked me whether the aviation industry had considered steepening the traditional three-degree glideslope approach for landing to 3.2 degrees. The benefit would be that aircraft would come down the approach using less engine power, therefore burning less fuel, with the added benefit of […]
US East Coast editor Stephen Trimble reports from the field: “Media day” usually means one thing to serious aviation journalists: FREEBIES! And the best freebie is a ride on a new kind of aircraft. So you can imagine the appeal of the V-22 Media Day on 13 July. I and about 50 other journalists showed […]
Basel, Switzerland When you are used to the sardine-can economy class cabins of conventional airliners, stepping through the door of a VIP-configured Boeing 747-400 takes you aback. Jet Aviation’s Basel completion centre is half way through converting a 747 from a giant bus designed to carry more than 400 passengers to a flying palace for […]
Airbus are taking a pretty direct route to selling the A380 in China as you can see in this picture from Flight’s publishing director Jim Muttram on the Airport Expressway in Beijing. Anyone able to translate the message? Technorati tag: Airbus A380 China
Over the past decade Boeing and Airbus have each created engineering design centres in Moscow. They have similar objectives and I’ve just had the fascinating experience of visiting them on consecutive days. We’ll talk about them at length in the magazine shortly, but my overriding memory right now is just how powerfully they’ve inserted their corporate […]
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