All In Depth – Page 21

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    Gremlins in the works


    Development of low-cost attritable aircraft could accelerate in 2020 with the US Congress eyeing at least $100 million in its upcoming budget for the new type of aircraft and the US Air Force (USAF) planning several new experiments. Attritable aircraft are unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) designed with limited lifetimes, that ...

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    Still struggling to generate lift


    On any forecast, the easy way out is to predict a curate’s egg of a year: some bits good and some bits bad. But when dealing with the helicopter industry it is probably an accurate representation of a sector that has not yet fully recovered from a downturn that has ...

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    Lightning edges closer to striking gold


    Will 2020 be the year the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II crosses the finish line? Despite a falling price tag and eight years of continuous aircraft deliveries, the F-35 has struggled to emerge from its engineering, manufacturing and development stage. The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced in October 2019 ...

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    Embraer eyes exit from anti-trust limbo


    Brazil’s Embraer ended 2019 facing some big tasks in 2020. With the first two members of its new three-aircraft E2 series of commercial aircraft performing well so far and the other in flight-testing, the regional jet manufacturer is anxiously awaiting regulatory approval to split off its commercial aircraft division and ...

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    Tackling production issues vital for Airbus to face off competition


    Airbus turns 50 years old – again – in 2020. While the European airframer chose to celebrate its half-century in 2019, using the partnership agreement signed in 1969 as a starting point, the official formation of the company took place in December 1970. Whether Airbus will be in the mood ...

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    Bombardier realises its transition with CRJ sale


    If all goes to plan, 2020 will go down as the year Bombardier ends a 34-year sojourn in commercial aviation. The company expects to sell its CRJ programme to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2020, handing the last portion of a once mighty regional portfolio to the parent of the company ...

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    Decision looms for F-2 successor


    The new year promises to bring greater focus on Tokyo’s plans to develop a fighter to replace its Mitsubishi F-2, with a purely indigenous development or with foreign help. News about the F-3 – also known as the “future fighter” – continues to trickle out. Tokyo prefers leading a programme ...

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    Industry must grasp ‘technology shift’


    Obvious to casual observers and enthusiasts alike is the dramatic technological development trajectory of a century of aviation. But while enthusiasts attuned to very fine details may have more to say about recent developments, casual observers will legitimately note that aircraft are much the same as they have been for ...

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    Ukraine mired in airliner shoot-down for third time in 20 years


    For the third time in less than 20 years Ukrainian authorities are likely find themselves under pressure in the aftermath of a fatal surface-to-air missile attack on a civil airliner. Admission by the Iranian government that a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was inadvertently brought down by such a ...

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    Experts detail factors that may have led Iranian missile crews to down Ukrainian 737


    Though the cause of the Ukraine International Airlines crash remains unconfirmed, defence experts suspect high stress and poor civilian-military coordination led ill-trained missile units to mistakenly shoot down the Boeing 737-800.

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    Boeing releases ‘damning’ employee correspondence about Max


    Boeing has released more than a hundred pages of documents to the US Congress, including internal text messages and emails which include language that mocks airline customers, the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators, as the planemaker navigated the certification process of the now-grounded 737 Max.

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    How aviation is falling behind when it comes to cybersecurity


    Many industries have encouraged independent security researchers’ efforts to help make their systems cyber secure - but aviation has some catching up to do

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    How business aviation gives flight to angels


    They may be known as rich men’s toys, but private jets are now increasingly being used to get cancer sufferers to vital medical assistance, thanks to one determined US charity, the Corporate Angel Network

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    How the airline story unfolded across the last decade


    A year-by-year view of some of the key images, stories and themes that helped shape development of the airline industry since 2010 and are setting the agenda as a new decade begins

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    How the airline industry grew profitable over the decade


    While IATA has downgraded its industry outlook for 2019, the airline sector as a whole still capped an unprecedented run of profits by completing a decade in the black.

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    Intense scrutiny on Boeing overshadows unaddressed lessons from 737 Max crashes


    Boeing’s 737 Max updates have largely addressed concern about the aircraft’s flight control system, however broader risks involving pilot training and aircraft maintenance remain unresolved, say aviation safety experts and commercial pilots. 

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    Powering into our eleventh decade


    The last in our series of articles marking Flight’s 110 years in aviation publishing examines how the magazine has come of age, and the challenges ahead for the aerospace sector

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    2019 year in review

    For the big aviation story of the year to be a crash is not so unusual; the history of flight has been punctuated by disaster. But there is no discussing 2019 without reference to Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

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    Airlines remain under pressure


    Collective airline profits are likely to end 2019 still relatively high by the industry’s historical performance standards, if short of their more recent peaks. But several high-profile failures mean it feels like anything but a banner year for the sector.

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    KC-46A inches forward, but foreign sales remain elusive


    The Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker programme got off to a bumpy start in 2019. Delivery stoppages because of foreign object debris and three category one deficiencies put the already-late programme on an even more delayed schedule.