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Flight’s prestigious “don’t try this at home” award

Following hot on the heels of Friday’s special “points for trying” award from the static display at the Royal International Air Tattoo, the German army has again shown its ability to impress, this time by securing the inaugural “don’t try this at home” prize. Regular air show goers will be well used to seeing transport […]

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Bargain basement engine protection

Raytheon Systems’ well-documented woes during the development phase of the UK’s airborne stand-off radar programme – which have included the inadvertent destruction of the five-aircraft fleet’s first dual-mode surveillance radar and difficulties in installing radomes on recent examples – appear to have reached a new low point. As this image of the UK’s first in-service […]

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Flight’s prestigious “points for trying” award

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the winner of Flight’s prestigious “points for trying” award from the Friday warm-up day for this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo goes to the crew of the German army Sikorsky CH-53K transport helicopter. Aircrews have never been particularly shy around females, but special mention must be […]

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Tail art reaches new ‘low’ at RIAT

Regular visitors to the massively popular Royal International Air Tattoo are more than used to seeing exotic colour schemes on some of the aircraft on display each year, and this year’s event at RAF Fairford in southern England will not disappoint, with all manner of unusual decals on show. The UK Royal Air Force was […]

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Eclipse: Vern Raburn yearns for the benefit of hindsight at EBACE

By Murdo Morrison “With the benefit of hindsight, we underestimated the difficulty of this.” Thus the always honest Vern Raburn, founder of pioneering very light jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation, reflected yesterday at EBACE on the almost decade-long battle to make a reality of his vision of an affordable personal jet aircraft. After umpteen setbacks, Eclipse […]

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EBACE: a few grumbles on the first day

By Murdo Morrison Journalists and the public relations community aiming to get their companies’ messages across were not entirely happy with the new layout at EBACE on Monday’s press day. The show has been a victim of its own success and this year has spilled out of hall six, last year’s home, into hall seven, […]

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EBACE: Round the world in a solar-powered airplane

By Murdo Morrison The developers of a single-pilot aircraft which its inventors plan to fly around the world in 2011, powered only by sunlight, rather oddly chose EBACE to launch their latest initiative: a virtual flight from Honolulu to Miami which you can follow in real time today at the solarimpulse site The Solar Impulse […]

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EBACE: Grob’s great comeback

Grob – a niche maker of motor gliders and light aircraft based in Bavaria – surprised the industry when it unveiled at the Paris air show in 2005 its all-composite SPn light jet. Run for years as a bit of an indulgent sideline by the family behind German industrial machine company Grob, the aerospace arm […]

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EBACE, a show that continues to grow

With chocolate box mountains as a backdrop, not to mention fine restaurants and Lake Geneva itself, there can be few better cities to come to for a trade show in May than Geneva. And EBACE is one of the best trade shows to attend – the convention centre is 10 minutes from the city centre […]

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Onboard the 7X…

By Murdo Morrison The interior of 7X serial number three – I was on board the aircraft’s first “public” flight last Friday from Merignac to Farnborough – only hints at the grandeur in which future occupants of the world’s first fly-by-wire business jet will be transported non-stop from the likes of Dubai to New York. […]

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