Editorial opinion – Page 7

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    Taiwan deters the “abyss” with F-16V buy


    Beijing’s reaction to the US government’s plan to sell 66 Lockheed Martin F-16Vs to Taiwan was as rapid as it was predictable.

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    Business aviation must embrace green revolution


    In business aviation, sales slumps are usually broken by the arrival of new products – and the latest shipment report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) shows that rule still holds true.

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    Pausing 777-8 could give Boeing vital breathing room


    The crisis meetings in Seattle have got longer and bleaker in recent weeks, as the fallout from the 737 Max grounding continues amid significant disruption to Boeing’s other existing and future programmes.

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    Leonardo needs good news for Yeovil helicopter plant


    What next for the Leonardo AW159 Wildcat and its Yeovil, UK production site after Germany’s selection of the NH Industries NH90 for a naval requirement?

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    737 Max might make sense for BA, despite fleet upset


    The latest arrival at British Airways marks the next step in the transformation of the carrier’s fleet.

  • Lockheed Martin F-35

    Why doctrine may be as important as speed


    A US Marine Corps captain once asked a group of officer candidates: “What do we do?” None gave the correct answer: “We fight wars.” Simple, really, and classic Marines; when called upon, be ready. Except, of course, nothing is so simple, ­either back then in the Cold War or today in what, increasingly, feels like a new Cold War. To be ready, soldiers – as well as politicians and arms industry bosses – had best ask some more difficult questions: Who will we fight? When? How?

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    Why the A220 is starting to count for Airbus


    Considering the degree to which the A220 is quietly flourishing under Airbus’s ­nurturing, the twinjet received surprisingly little attention during the airframer’s half-year results briefing.

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    Aviation faces increasingly uncertain outlook


    Glass-half-empty people generally do not run airlines; as the old saying goes, the industry has never made money. Like most old sayings, that one is not strictly true – but it is fair to note that “airlines” and “troubled” often go together.

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    Max costs keep rising but airlines have few options


    For months, Boeing has framed its 737 Max issues as a temporary, though unfortunate, setback to an aircraft programme that will surely rise again.

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    Safety gains must not be undone by technology


    Diligent application of hard-earned experience has made safety a hallmark of modern aviation; let’s not lose our grip on the basics of sound technique.

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    Safran must take blame for Silvercrest failure


    To lose one flagship aircraft programme may be regarded as misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness. It may be unfair to aim that paraphrasing of Oscar Wilde at Textron Aviation which has suspended the large-cabin Citation Hemisphere 10 years after ending its last attempt to break into unfamiliar territory, with the Columbus.

  • A220 - Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

    How the Airbus effect transformed A220 sales


    Back when the Airbus A220 was still the Bombardier-owned CSeries, there was always the sense that the twinjet was a good product whose potential was hamstrung by, well, everything else.

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    Saratov and the spectre of fatal fixation


    There can be fewer more frustrating ­accidents than those involving an aircraft that would have been perfectly capable of ­remaining airborne, if only the crew had concentrated on flying it at the time.

  • P.1HH Hammerhead UAV - Piaggio

    Piaggio must spell out role to secure future


    If anyone requires a wonderful example of short- versus long-term planning - or tactics versus strategy, perhaps - then they could do worse than study the €700 million ($800 million) lifeline thrown to Piaggio Aerospace by the Italian government.

  • Rafale India - Dassault

    Winning the loser's game of Indian defence procurement


    What is worse than losing a military aircraft competition in India? Winning one, say cynics about New Delhi’s dysfunctional procurement system.

  • Lockheed Martin supersonic

    How price and convenience will dictate supersonic travel


    Decades ago, test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the rocket-powered Bell X-1. Now, Lockheed Martin is building a new supersonic aircraft for NASA designed to reduce the noise from a sonic boom.

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    Boeing should yield to pressure and rename the 737 Max


    What’s in a name? For Boeing, that question could become increasingly pertinent as it seeks to rehabilitate the 737 Max.

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    How will Boeing respond to A321XLR launch?


    Ask Airbus about the Boeing NMA and you might start to believe the acronym stands for No More Argument.

  • Alice - BillyPix

    Environmental concerns powering electric shift


    Twenty years ago, electric or hybrid-electric cars seemed unlikely to catch on. Worries about their performance and reliability, high prices, and a lack of charging infrastructure slowed take-up even among the environmentally concerned.

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    Will bigger mean better for merged Raytheon/UTC?


    The argument for combining disparate businesses under a corporate umbrella may seem compelling. Operations exposed to a variety of markets buffer a parent company from boom-bust cycles. While industry-­expert leaders of the subsidiaries get on with running their businesses, professional managers in head office look after strategy, with access to far greater financial resources.