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Next week’s Flight International goes Italian

We’ve been to visit some of Italy’s leading aerospace companies – big and small – and our special feature on the country’s aerospace industry appears in next week’s Flight International. The Italians have, of course, been building aircraft since the First World War and the industry is well developed. The supply base is still heavily […]

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How far down the road really is Piaggio’s new jet?

We suspect Piaggio is a bit further down the line with its P1XX jet project than it cares to admit. On a visit to Italy recently, several suppliers mentioned that they were working hard on designs for elements of the aircraft. Mubadala – the Croesus-rich Abu Dhabi investment fund which majority owns the company along […]

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The fragility of big backlogs

Dassault’s experience over the past two years shows the frailty of relying on big backlogs as a bulwark against the effects of the downturn.At NBAA yesterday, Dassault Aviation chief executive said that the French manufacturer had gone into the recession in 2008 with an orderbook for 500 aircraft.At the time, Dassault claimed the massive waiting […]

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Poles Apart

What does a Polish plumber – scourge of his counterpart in Western Europe since European Union enlargement in 2004 – have in common with the rejuvenation of his country’s aerospace industry? Find out in this week’s Comment piece.

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Taking an air taxi trip with SATSair

As someone who has had just about enough of fighting my way through logjammed airports of late, the prospect of sauntering over three US states on an air taxi the other day was pretty exciting. I flew from Washington to Greenville, South Carolina with SATSair, one of a clutch of air taxi start-ups which are […]

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Mixed up passports, luggage labels and LHR chaos generally

I hate having a dig at hard-working airport and airline staff who are doing their best to battle with the new security regime at UK airports. They are doing their best in very difficult circumstances. However, if you felt that their efforts were actually making aviation more terrorist-proof, you might endure the endless security queues, […]

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Anyone seen my lost bag?

Almost three weeks ago, my hold-all and I were on our way to a holiday in the Dordogne. Instead, it and I parted company at the easyJet check-in at Gatwick on 11 August, the day after the new security clamp-down was launched. And, while I made it to Toulouse, my bag is still languishing under a mountain […]

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Chaos at Gatwick – but blitz spirit shines through

It’s just past midday at Gatwick on 10 August and calm chaos would be an apt oxymoron to describe the mood at Gatwick’s South Terminal. As I drive in from the M23, it’s eerily quiet – few cars and an easy drive into the short-term car park. Apart from the parked police van and the guy […]

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On board the A380 at Farnborough

Spare a thought for Christian Streiff. When most French are hitting the autoroutes this weekend – heading for the coast, campsites or countryside – the Airbus boss and hundreds of managers and engineers will be staying behind, like a strict new form-master and schoolboys in detention, to fix the A380. It’s difficult to judge Streiff […]

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Bob Johnson pops up at Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

We’ve just had the press release in announcing Bob Johnson’s appointment as chief executive of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise. Interestingly, colleagues and I have recently had conversations about who would be the first DAE CEO and what had happened to Bob Johnson after he retired from running Honeywell Aerospace last year. Nobody linked the two. If […]

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