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Bits falling off Boeing 787, could happen to anybody

Everyday tale of life in flight-test. I wonder who was first to notice? IDENTIFICATION Regis#: UNK Make/Model: B-78 Description: B 787 DREAMLINER Date: 05/07/2010 Time: 2245 Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: MinorLOCATION City: SEATTLE State: WA Country: USDESCRIPTION AIRCRAFT LOST TAIL SENSOR CONE UPON LANDING, BOEING FIELD, SEATTLE, […]

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No, nothing wrong, but I’m declaring an emergency, everyone outtamyway…

Opinions in the pilot community will doubtless be divided over the conduct of this American Airlines Boeing 767 captain who doesn’t like the runway he’s been given and doesn’t care who knows it. To the point of unilaterally switching runways at JFK, declaring an emergency, and carrying on his own sweet way. Opinions in the […]

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What do you call a rehearsal for an airshow?

How about “an airshow”? Which makes you wonder how many people will turn up for the actual Victory Day parade in Moscow in four days time after getting rather more than a sneak preview of the aerial component yesterday. All the tank freaks I suppose.

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Any male formation aerobatic team leaders out there anymore?

Having set off down the road of chronicling the recent achievements of female pilots in the world’s military aerobatic teams, I guess I’m now stuck with it. You’ll recall how the Red Arrows and Patrouille de France both announced their first female pilots last year, and then the Patrouille confirmed the appointment of a female […]

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Sank ‘eaven fur leetle gurlz…

…zey grurr urp in zee murst deelartful way…and once in a while they become leader of one of the world’s premier jet aerobatic teams. So chapeaux off to Commandant Virginie Guyot, first featured in this blog just about a year ago, and who is this year leading the Patrouille de France.

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When the volcano strikes low-cost fliers may be the winners

My story of the volcano is just one of a gzillion of course – but educational for travellers. You can follow the saga of what happened to my wife and I on Facebook. In brief, we just failed to get out of Madrid on Thursday night as our flights (him on business on Easyjet, her […]

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ILFC parent AIG: “thanks Steve, John, whoever…”

My early days in communications have actually been pretty challenging professionally, but sometimes I think there’s less to it than it might seem. For example:AIG statement on the resignation of ILFC founder Steve Udvar-Hazy, 4 Feb 2010:“On behalf of AIG, I would like to thank Stevefor his tireless service to ILFC,” said Robert H. Benmosche, […]

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The pride of Getafe – both of them

Finally got my first visit to Airbus’s Getafe facility a few miles south of Madrid today and, even though obviously I’m currently biased towards my primary employer, it’s hard not to be impressed by the ultra-leading-edge composites and other manufacturing technology there. Obviously the pride of Getafe right now is the magnificent beast shown below […]

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What is that C-17 doing on the Seville ramp?!

So driving into work on this sunny Seville / Sevilla morning with not many cares in the world, I have one of those “what the heck is that doing there” moments. In fact I first have a “what the heck is that” moment. But thereĀ“s no doubt about it – tucked in with the usual […]

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What a superb landing Ed Strongman made in the A400M today

When I was hired for this Airbus A400M communications contract, I was told early on “it’ll be good if you can liaise closely with the test pilot – Ed Strongman (seen left discussing the flight with his British customers)  – very nice chap, you’ll like him”. What I quietly thought was “Oh Lord…”. Here’s the […]

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