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  • Lufthansa's restored Starliner to be airborne in 2011

    Lufthansa Technik is hoping to restore its Lockheed L-1649 to airworthy condition by 2011, after opening a new hangar in which the work will be performed...

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  • Flight 100 - History 1949-1958

    News | 02 Jan 2009 00:01 | Bill Gunston

    Despite its problems, the Comet was a revolution in air transport. But this would be a decade of firsts, many of them British
  • Lufthansa's restored Starliner to be airborne in 2011

    News | 23 Nov 2008 16:11 | David Kaminski-Morrow

    Lufthansa Technik is hoping to restore its Lockheed L-1649 to airworthy condition by 2011, after opening a new hangar in which the work will be performed...
  • Silver service

    News | 20 Sep 2004 23:00

    <p>Swiss aerospace's maintenance, repair and overhaul providers are seeking to expand by increasing their international customers and exploring niche businesses</p> <p>Although Switzerland has had a healthy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry for many years, it is one part of aviation where quality cannot be stressed as a selling point, because all European providers follow the same strict rules. Instead, Swiss companies have to promote better delivery times, greater flexibility and deeper customer relationships as they seek to expand.</p> <p>Switzerland has a long MRO tradition. Its largest maintenance provider is SR Technics, the former maintenance arm of defunct Swissair, which has prospered in independence. Similarly, Jet Aviation, which started life servicing the nascent private jet industry, has grown to be a world leader; and the country's large concentration of helicopters has driven the growth of Swiss Helicopter Maintenance (SHM). Meanwhile, manufacturers Ruag A
  • Wright or Wrong

    News | 16 Dec 2003 00:00

    <p>ALLAN WINN / LONDON</p> <I><p>Flight International</I> looks at 10 technologies that changed the face of powered flight, 10 that failed to have an impact, and another 10 that may yet</p> <p>In the first 100 years of heavier-than-air aviation, the principles have stayed the same. Aircraft may now use ailerons instead of wing-warping, but the basic aerodynamic principles still apply. The materials, instrumentation, control laws, and enabling technologies such as hydraulics and electronics are the things that have changed.</p> <p>These are 10 ideas that changed the face of powered flight:</p> <p>1 The gas turbine </p> <p>Before the Second World War, there were few piston-powered twins, for example, that could maintain height (far less climb as is now the certification requirement) on one engine. The most powerful piston engines weighed well over 2,000kg (4,400lb), yet struggled to deliver 1,000lb (4.45kN) of thrust through their propellers at altitude - even the meanest and crud
  • Ten ideas that failed

    News | 16 Dec 2003 00:00

    <p>Heroic dead-ends</p> <p>A technology does not have to be a technical failure to be a dead-end - commerce, prejudice or politics can consign it to the dustbin of history just as effectively. So a radical machine still flying successfully but for which there is no Mk2 waiting in the wings is one without a future. In the same way, a dramatic technical advance which only ever fills a niche role, or fails to attract competitors using similar technology, is to all intents and purposes a failure - the large passenger-carrying hovercraft is the perfect example.</p> <p>1 Supersonic travel </p> <p>What a huge irony it is that the Concorde was retired in this, the centennial year of powered flight. In the end, high speeds and shorter journey times were not enough. Perhaps if the Concorde had been twice as big, a little slower, had a much greater range, been a lot quieter and more fuel-efficient, then it would have been a success. But there never was a Mk2 Concorde to prove that theory.</p>
  • Bringing Delta home

    News | 01 Mar 2001 00:00

    <p>RICHARD PINKHAM ATLANTA</p> <p>Delta hired industry novice Leo Mullin as chief executive in mid-1997. His focus on customer service and employee relations has the carrier soaring once more</p> <p>By all accounts, Leo Mullin arrived at Delta Air Lines as an outsider. More East Coast banker than airline boss, he had not worked in the industry until being invited to take up the top job at Delta in late 1997. At the time he was vice chairman at the Unicom electricity corporation in Chicago and boasted extensive experience in electric power, banking, and even rail freight, but not aviation. Yet Mullin has found himself at home at the Atlanta-based airline, as becomes immediately clear on walking into his spacious suite of offices near Hartsfield Airport. Throughout are models representing Delta's early years, such as the Douglas DC-7 and Lockheed Electra. This as much as anything typifies Mullin's tenure at the airline: a demonstrated respect for Delta traditions, especially those of p