Archive | December, 2007

Wishing you all a…

I’m off to warmer climes for a few days, so…

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On the twelfth (and final) day of Christmas…

Those nice chaps in archives sent to me… Twelve F-84s Thunderjetting…

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Must fly, here’s my car…

Every year, around this time, someone somewhere says: “Another year gone and still no flying cars.” This time it was a comic strip in Sunday’s Washington Post. After all this time, it seems having an aeroplane in every garage is still a yardstick of technological progress. And it remains an unfulfilled dream. There have been […]

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On the eleventh day of Christmas…

The Land of the Loonie sent to me (this was the difficult one…) Eleven Snowbirds er…sitting.. (count the canopies)

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Welcome to the dawn of the age of electricity

Electricity was discovered and harnessed over 200 years ago, but for most of its 100-plus years powered flight has relied on hydrocarbon energy and hydraulic force. That is changing, fast. Aircraft designers recognise the benefits of an all-electric systems architecture. No more pipes and pumps, filters and vales, regulators and reservoirs, and the ability to […]

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On the tenth day of Christmas…

The Kingston Old Boys sent to me (ahhhh, Hawker…) Ten Hawks a-stylin’ (Crown Copyright)

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Is Cirrus for sale, or not?

Is No2 light-aircraft maker Cirrus Design looking for a buyer? There are a couple of conflicting reports out there, but I side with the reliable Molly McMillin of the Wichita Eagle. She quotes Cirrus spokeswoman Kate Dougherty as saying controlling shareholder Arcapita “buys and sells companies…they are not in the airplane manufacturing business”. Cirrus is […]

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On the ninth day of Christmas…

Biggles and Algy sent to me… Nine Tornados formating… (Crown Copyright)

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Boeing applies to patent a ducted, er, open rotor

Okay, “open rotor” I understand. But “ducted open rotor”, what’s with that? Better ask Boeing. Its name is on the recent patent application my colleague Steve Trimble came across when browsing the US patent office website. And it actually is for an open rotor with a duct around it…. The patent application talks about “an […]

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On the eighth day of Christmas…

The Dependable Engines folks sent me (having to get creative now…) Eight TF33s burning…

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