Editorial opinion – Page 12

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    OPINION: Does US Air Force need a Loyal Wingman?


    Think of contemporary military might, and in all likelihood a list would rank the USA as flying way clear of any rival power – but Washington's dominance is increasingly being challenged by China and Russia.

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    OPINION: FlightGlobal Top 100 is a difficult club to join


    ​Its stalwarts range from household names on whose products much of the world’s population regularly travels to manufacturers of highly specialised equipment from passenger seats to cockpit controls. FlightGlobal’s ranking of the biggest 100 businesses in aerospace is a club that rarely admits new members or dramatically changes its hierarchy.

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    OPINION: Pilot shortage has no easy solution


    ​As the aviation industry well knows, downturns have unexpected long-term consequences, beyond the immediate downsizing caused by global recession or other major shock to the system, such as 9/11.

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    OPINION: Mental health issues should be real focus of Horizon probe


    ​On the surface the extraordinary Q400 larceny at Seattle might inevitably seem to be a prelude to new security countermeasures. But it only seems that way.

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    OPINION: Interpretation of airline 'big data' must be objective


    The history of in-flight service is rich with – in some cases apocryphal – tales of carriers removing one peanut or piece of fruit per passenger and consequently saving tens of thousands of dollars a year. Such decisions were straightforward, born of a desire to save money.

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    OPINION: USAF light-attack plans give cause for optimism


    ​Hard and bitter experience entitles the small but vocal community of advocates for buying cheap turboprop-powered attack aircraft to be sceptical, but their time may have finally come.

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    OPINION: USA should show common humanity over Iran


    ​Nearly eight years after it was agreed, the treaty on suppression of unlawful acts relating to international civil aviation entered into force on 1 July.

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    OPINION: Valid questions emerge from paranoia over Boeing-Embraer


    Four Brazilian lawmakers have petitioned the federal court to stop Embraer from forming two proposed joint ventures with Boeing. Embraer dismisses the attempt by the Workers Party members as a "natural" reaction to its proposed transactions – but not a barrier to completing the deals.

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    OPINION: MH370 findings fail to ease suspicion


    Scotland’s judicial system permits its juries a third verdict – “not proven” – and surely this is the only appropriate conclusion to reach while weighing the case for sabotage in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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    OPINION: Tempest unveiling is clear statement of intent


    ​The UK’s leading industry players and Ministry of Defence played a great hand at the Farnborough air show, with a clear statement of intent that they will not be left behind as their French and German counterparts strive to create a future combat air system.

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    OPINION: Turkish F-35 deal stays in danger zone


    After voicing previous disquiet over Turkey's acquisition of Lockheed Martin's latest stealth fighter, the US House and Senate armed services committees have made good on their threat of enacting legislation that could block future deliveries of the F-35 to Ankara.

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    OPINION: Airbus mid-market bridge could be tough sell


    Airbus's repackaging of its global market forecast into a series of categories more akin to a clothing store is a response to the blurring of lines between range and aircraft size.

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    OPINION: Industry mirrors Farnborough's sunny skies


    ​There were no mega deals or aircraft launches, but anyone who thought this year’s Farnborough would pass with a whimper was mistaken. Swelling backlogs and a straining supply chain appear to be doing little to deter demand for Airbus and Boeing single-aisle types, even though many customers will not get ...

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    OPINION: Airbus and Boeing can revitalise small narrowbody market


    ​For all the understandable headlines around the ­arrival of aerospace’s big two in the regional jet sector, there remains an unanswered question at the heart of the issue: will Airbus and Boeing finally be the catalyst for demand in this part of the market?

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    OPINION: Hard Brexit will fail UK aerospace


    ​Two years have passed since the last Farnborough air show – an event that was overshadowed by the UK’s vote, weeks earlier, to leave the EU.

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    OPINION: United Aircraft strategy lacks family values


    Consolidation and integration of airliner production, on both a corporate and industrial basis, is a complicated business for an industry that tends to stress the importance of family.

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    OPINION: Embraer will be stronger with Boeing than without


    Embraer is that rare inspirational success story for a new entrant in the global aviation market. It was created by the Brazilian air force in 1969, nearly collapsed under state ownership, survived a painful transition to the private sector, and then conquered the regional-jet segment with the E-Jet family in ...

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    OPINION: Does Bombardier have appetite to invest in regional range?


    ​Back before Bombardier bet the farm on the CSeries, its interest in commercial aviation was confined to regional aircraft.

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    OPINION: Airbus's UK presence is not a given


    Airbus had been a vocal opponent of UK withdrawal from the European Union, long before the referendum that sealed the decision to leave, so its agitation over the absence of a post-Brexit agreement is hardly a surprise.

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    OPINION: Farley's lessons will live on with F-35B


    ​Mentioning the name John Farley evokes memories of a time when the UK’s aerospace industry was able to produce a succession of jet fighters – albeit sometimes of variable quality.