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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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Military cash and the WTO

To learn that GeneralElectric is using technologies developed with US military money for its half ofthe CFM International Leap turbofan is no great surprise. Nor is it a surprise,really, to find that GE reckons that the Air Force cash behind projects likeADVENT (advanced versatile engine technology) will drive commercial enginedevelopment beyond Leap. Indeed, it’s worthremembering […]

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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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3D? Actually, it’s real

From Dassault Systemes chief executive Bernard Charles, we get a fascinating look behind the scenes of the computerisation industrial revolution. Going back to 1988, DS and Boeing – already long-term partners and having already moved from 2D drawings to 3D design – decided to create the 777 airliner with no physical mock-up. This all-digital process […]

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AgustaWestland pins hopes on civil market

AgustaWestland is the latest UK defence contractor to announcebig job cuts, with up to 375 people to be laid off, largely from its Yeovilfactory, in response to reduced helicopter purchases by the UK Ministry ofDefence as well as slowing export sales. The exact number of redundancies isyet to be determined, and the company has launched […]

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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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Vintage aircraft still flying

How to enjoy aircraft: Pore over old aircraft photographs, revisit the news and features written at the time by Flight since 1909, wander around aircraft museums admiring aircraft restorations. But perhaps the most fulfilling way, for the aviation-minded, is to experience them still gracing the skies. An experience many would describe as bringing tears to […]

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