BA’s perfect storm

Everybody is surprised at how this tiny dispute was able to leap from one little-known company to a major flag-carrier in a few hours and then bring the giant to its knees within minutes – rather like a computer virus. But it doesn’t take much. Behind the Gate Gourmet dispute is the chronically deficient business […]

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The Great Debate: UAV vs UAS

As far as unmanned aviation has come in the last decade, it remains the rare niche aviation market that can’t agree on what to call its signature product. As an acronym, do we call them a UAV, UA or UAS? As a word, should we describe them as unmanned, uninhabited or unpiloted? Never one to […]

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Discovery is safe, but what next for the fleet?

Retirement for the fleet may not mean all three remaining shuttles,
Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour being retired at the same time. There
are rumours that Discovery, now the oldest shuttle at 22 years of age,
could be retired in 2007.

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The show must go on!

Television and radio seems to many like a glamorous world. Apparently adoring millions tune into to listen to the popular disc jockey or to watch the latest television presenter, whose love life adorns the pages of the tabloids.

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Air France 358 and the media

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 […]

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From Russia in orbit

Winston Churchill said of Russia’s intentions in 1939 that it was a ‘riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. Fortunately today the future of its space programme is much easier to determine, and finding out about that was one of the reasons for my arrival in Moscow on 2 July on an Aeroflot Ilyushin 96-300.

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From Russia in orbit

Winston Churchill said of Russia’s intentions in 1939 that it was a ‘riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. Fortunately today the future of its space programme is much easier to predict, and finding out about that was one of the reasons for my arrival in Moscow on 2 July on an Aeroflot Ilyushin […]

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The end for the Shuttle?

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Flight International’s spaceflight specialist Rob Coppinger writes: It was flawless, they said, a flawless launch and a flawless vehicle. Sadly that viewpoint was utterly flawed. Twenty four hours after the launch and NASA is back to square one with a grounded shuttle fleet and another external tank (ET) problem.  Ironically one of the Columbia Accident […]

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US Army gets the goat

Why is US Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg buying goats? We don’t normally ask a question like this. But as we attempt to monitor the US military’s vast acquisitions of aircraft and the like, sometimes we find other things that make us curious. We do know that the army’s commandos intend to buy a […]

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Our men in the UK: Boeing and EADS put different accent on CEO policy

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, […]

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