Steeper approach?

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 […]

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Commerce among the canapes at RIAT

Glorious weather, a hospitality village restricted Baghdad Green Zone-style to invited guests, no press conferences with pesky prying journalists, and a chance to indulge champagne-glass in hand with your passion for watching spectacular displays by military aircraft. No wonder industry – for whom attending the big trade shows is a necessary evil – loves the […]

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Titlrotor thrill-ride impresses the press

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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 […]

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US101 becomes H-71, but why?

Lockheed Martin’s US101, better known in Europe as the AgustaWestland EH101 and winner of the prestigious US Navy VXX presidential helicopter competition, has been officially designated the VH-71A. As the last helicopter to receive an official US military designation was AgustaWestland’s A109, operated by the US Coast Guard as the MH-68A Enforcer, that begs the […]

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Manned spaceflight is non-negotiable

With the Space Shuttle’s return to space delayed – not wholly surprisingly – the people who would like to see manned exploration put on the back-burner (probably for a couple of decades if they’re honest) are naturally taking the chance to give it another kick. But they’re wrong. As a species we can technically and […]

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Jet Aviation – Swiss style and workmanship

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 […]

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Selling Airbus in China

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

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Little pieces of Seattle and Toulouse in Moscow

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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The Flight International blog provides you a different perspective of the world of aviation. From authoratative commentary on the latest news, to highlighting the interesting or more bizarre stories from around the world, our aim is to provide another perspective on the aviation industry.

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