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Less mysticism; manufacturers deliver a reality check to airlines

There isn’t much to celebrate here at Mystic Dunes in Celebration, Florida – one of the overflow hotels for the ISTAT conference. Staying here is like being handed a big, hard buttery crab for dinner only to find the guts of the thing is really green-yellow and rather sickly. But I can’t fault the conference. […]

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Engine R&D boost begs political predictability

I’m knee-deep in writing about new engine technology while trying to work through some patience-stretching computer problems (my little workhorse appears to have picked up something nasty in Sin City last week…I barely let her out of my sight!). While sifting through my notes, however, I came across this gem from IATA technical and operations […]

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Being a green, noise-friendly machine is one tall order

One of my favourite songs as a child was “It’s not easy being green” as sung by Kermit the Frog. Can you blame me? I was taller than everyone else in my class, including the teacher. I stood out like a sore thumb. If you’re an engine manufacturer today, you just might find yourself humming […]

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Get that motor running

Leasing giant International Lease Finance (ILFC) and some major airlines are making very clear their interest in a new, more efficient and economic narrowbody. ILFC chief Steven Udvar-Hazy, in an interview with Flightblogger at the Singapore Airshow, said a 15% improvement is essential. “But that’s not only in fuel efficiency, it’s in economics,” he said. […]

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