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    ANALYSIS: Rolls-Royce's vision of a hybrid future


    ​Short of a revolution in battery technology, electric flight is going to be a mixed affair

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    ANALYSIS: Electric flight rules in cruise


    Rolls-Royce (R-R) is not alone in anticipating the advent of practicable electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) – transportation. In this vision, small quadcopter or tiltrotor aircraft able to carry one to four people may bring benefits of speed and even reduced emissions to local or regional transport, supplementing and ...

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    ANALYSIS: P&W and CFM boost output despite supply-chain stress


    The two major narrowbody aircraft engine makers have successfully accelerated production in recent months, though they are still battling with supply-chain stress. CFM International and competitor Pratt & Whitney (P&W) more than doubled output of their latest-generation turbofans – CFM's Leap and P&W's PW1000G – in the first quarter of ...

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    ANALYSIS: Engine makers prep for next narrowbody launch


    ​The uncertain status of Boeing’s proposed new mid-market airplane (NMA) has likewise left unanswered questions about the engine that might theoretically power the next narrowbody.

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    ANALYSIS: ​Australia takes its Tigers to sea


    The Australian Army has entered a new era with the deployment of four Airbus Helicopters Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters aboard the navy's HMAS Canberra as part of the vessel’s voyage through Southeast Asia.

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    ​ANALYSIS: VTOL UAV makers zero in on naval requirements


    UAV makers see significant potential in the Asia-Pacific for small, unmanned vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems that can be deployed from warships.

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    ANALYSIS: Tackling the scourge of illegal charter


    ​The highly-publicised fatal crash on 21 January of the Piper Malibu PA46-310P carrying Premiership footballer Emiliano Sala has propelled the practice of illegal or “grey” chartering – where aircraft that have not been approved for paying passengers are used for air taxi services – into the spotlight.

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    ATM makeover takes on ad-hoc post-Brexit uncertainty


    Since so many business aircraft movements are ad-hoc, they often have to fit into the air traffic management system at short notice. In Europe, right now, air traffic management has its difficulties – and Brexit looms, throwing a shadow of uncertainty over operations between the UK, the largest single European hub for business aviation movements, as well as the continent.

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    ANALYSIS: High-tech radar hunts for missing A380 fan debris


    French investigators have detailed the extensive efforts to hunt for engine fragments which fell from an Air France Airbus A380 over southern Greenland nearly 20 months ago.

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    ANALYSIS: Superjet fire puts focus on evacuation threat


    Survivability analysis of the Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 accident at Moscow will inevitably examine the effect of passengers’ stopping to retrieve cabin luggage during evacuation.

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    ANALYSIS: US Navy's stealth fighters find new and evolving roles


    ​US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) may have declared the Lockheed Martin F-35C initial operational capable in February 2019, but the evolution of the stealth fighter – and its US Marine Corps (USMC) cousin, the F-35B – is far from over.

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    ANALYSIS: Boeing CEO defends MCAS and addresses pilot procedures


    ​Boeing’s chief executive faced an onslaught of questions on 29 April about the 737 Max and the internal processes that developed the flight control system suspected of contributing to the deaths of 346 people.

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    ANALYSIS: US Navy precision landing system to enter production


    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to place an order for Raytheon's Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), to be manufactured and installed on all of its aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.

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    ANALYSIS: Super Hornets find place in stealth fighter generation


    It might be the era of fifth-generation stealth fighters, but Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is selling just fine. In March 2019, the company secured a three-year contract from the US Navy (USN) for 78 F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornets, with a total contract value of about $4 billion. That follows ...

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    ANALYSIS: 737 Max grounding costs Boeing $1 billion


    ​Boeing is pulling its fiscal 2019 guidance and pausing share buybacks to save cash amid a dip in its first quarter revenue, the worldwide grounding of the 737 Max aircraft and scrutiny of its safety processes.

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    ​ANALYSIS: Izumo and Kaga, aircraft carriers in all but name


    Some military secrets are better kept than others. The emergence of Tokyo’s real plan for its pair of Izumo-class helicopter destroyers was always, to naval observers, more a matter when than if. With their 248m (814ft) length, expansive flight decks and large hangars, the JS Izumo and her sister ...

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    ANALYSIS: How Airbus fought its own pitch battle


    Airbus has not been immune to peculiarities in air data systems, and unexpected incidents illustrate the difficulties designers and regulators face in predicting and avoiding unintended consequences of aircraft behaviour.

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    Stratolaunch makes first step to space


    A notable aviation record fell earlier this month, with the maiden flight of what is now the world’s largest aircraft – the Scaled Composites-built twin-fuselage Stratolaunch, whose 117m (385ft) wingspan outstrips even the 97.5m (321ft) of the Hughes H-4 Hercules flying boat, better known as the Spruce Goose. As a more useful comparison, Stratolaunch also outstrips the 80m wingspan of an Airbus A380.

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    ANALYSIS: Predictive MRO raises legal and privacy questions


    Technicians are speeding up MRO processes for airlines by analysing increasing amounts of data drawn from repair facilities and numerous aircraft components. This trend also raises questions about what laws and best practices will emerge to normalise the use and sharing of aircraft-related data.

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    ANALYSIS: Ranking the world's airports by traffic growth in 2018


    Preliminary traffic figures collated by Cirium for the 100 biggest airports in the world show passenger traffic increased by 5.3% during 2018.