Editorial opinion – Page 19

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    OPINION: Bishkek crash highlights loss of airmanship


    ​Four decades, almost to the day, since the unsurpassed catastrophe at Tenerife, investigators in Russia detailed another completely avoidable fatal fiasco involving a Boeing 747, a fog-shrouded runway, and a bewildering absence of situational awareness.

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    OPINION: Can Pentagon's new F-35 chief keep on target?


    ​A military acquisition manager has a tough job. There are schedules to meet and budgets to keep, fickle politicians to placate, penny-pinching from bureaucrats and relentless finagling by contractors.

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    OPINION: Is this Alitalia's final last chance?


    ​As Alitalia ­faces yet another round of cost cutting, just how many last chances for salvation can one ­airline have?

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    OPINION: Cabin laptop ban is selective, ineffective


    Just two hours before the UK parliament became the scene of an armed assault and counter-­terrorism ­operation, the transport secretary had been inside, fending off awkward questions about ­weaknesses in new enhanced security measures for airline passengers.

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    OPINION: Dana Air crew failings highlight African safety gap


    ​As IATA stresses a continuing falling accident rate in its annual review of commercial airline safety, the circumstances of the Dana Air crash in Lagos serve to remind that global progress is far from a uniform affair.

  • United 757 - AirTeamImages

    OPINION: Why size matters for '797X' project


    ​It has an authority to offer from Boeing, public endorsements from influential airlines and lessors and finally, it seems, a name: the 797X.

  • FCX - Bell Helicopter

    OPINION: Why Bell had to impress with FCX concept


    ​For all its storied history of aviation firsts, Bell Helicopter has in recent years become stuck in a rut.

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    OPINION: Are UK air shows safer post-Shoreham?


    ​For anyone who attended the Shoreham air show in 2015 – or who witnessed harrowing news footage of the Hawker Hunter crash that killed 11 people – the confirmation that pilot error caused the disaster will come as little surprise.

  • PW1100G A320 - Airbus

    OPINION: Can commercial engine suppliers deliver on innovation?


    ​For all the challenges within its own production system and the wider supply chain, it is engines that are producing the biggest headaches for Airbus.

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    OPINION: Why safety pays on helicopter programmes


    ​Aerospace, by nature, is an industry of extremes. Costs are huge, technical and financial risks severe. Timescales are long, business cycles fierce. Political winds can be fair or very foul.

  • French A400M - US Air Force

    OPINION: Should A400M partners prop up Airbus?


    Even for a programme with a history as chequered as the A400M, Airbus chief executive Tom Enders’ latest critique of the troubled airlifter was astonishingly frank – and packed with intent.

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    OPINION: India needs fighters more than factories


    ​Visitors to Aero India this year could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu. Back in 2011, the soundtrack to the show was the roar of fighter aircraft as eager bidders put their jets through their paces.

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    OPINION: 737 Max 10 could be lucky 13 for Boeing


    ​A 13th passenger-carrying version of the Boeing 737 is now being seriously pursued in Seattle. If launched later this year, the 230-passenger 737 Max 10 would be 1.68m (66in) longer than the 737 Max 9 and 15.1m longer than the 737-100 that first flew 50 years ago in April.

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    OPINION: Will Bombardier's new loan stretch far enough?


    ​Bombardier has picked up another C$372.5 million ($282 million) from Canadian taxpayers to repair a fractured balance sheet as it enters the most difficult phase of a multi-year financial rebuilding campaign.

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    OPINION: Is A380 nearing the end?


    ​Not long ago it was the future. Now the A380 is officially a museum piece. Two flight test examples of the world’s biggest airliner are set to spend the rest of their lives in heritage centres in Paris and Toulouse.

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    OPINION: The dwindling pool of T-X bidders


    ​Back in October 1986, the US Air Force was faced with a difficult decision. It had received seven responses to a request for proposals to build two prototypes for the advanced tactical fighter competition that ultimately yielded the Lockheed Martin F-22. In the wake of later industry consolidation, the USAF, ...

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    OPINION: Does being launch customer matter?


    ​In a world where profit is king, it feels odd to see two airlines squabbling over a title that appears to carry no commercial advantage.

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    OPINION: Why tardy MRJ is worth waiting for


    ​Defending the latest delay to its MRJ programme, Mitsubishi Aircraft official Yugo Fukuhara notes: “Building and certifying a new aircraft is a very complex process and includes a lot of challenges.”

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    OPINION: Will political change hurt aerospace?


    ​The election of Donald Trump and the UK’s vote to quit the EU were the seismic political events of 2016. Often compared as popular revolts against liberal elites, big government and open immigration, the billionaire celebrity’s administration and Brexit are, in fact, sending their countries on very different courses. Each ...

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    OPINION: Two heads are better than one for take-off checks


    ​Twenty-first century cockpits have a cancer and, so far, there is no cure. Performance calculation and data-entry errors are unpredictable, liable to arise under certain conditions, taking many forms, with differing origins, and they hide, sometimes undetected, in the mathematical complexity of preparation for flight.