Editorial opinion – Page 7

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    Why B-52 remains strategic champion


    Second World War dust was still settling when, in late 1945, the US Air Force (USAF) called for a new strategic bomber.

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    Can urban air mobility win public confidence?


    In the 12 decades since the Wright Brothers, commercial aviation has advanced greatly, but there have been only a few genuinely disruptive technologies – those alignments of science, innovation, and market opportunity that, almost from nowhere and very quickly, fundamentally change the industry.

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    Manufacturers must heed Emirates chief's rebuke


    Tim Clark never knowingly pulls his punches, but the Emirates president has clearly run out of patience over the seemingly endless inability of aircraft and engine manufacturers to deliver service-ready hardware.

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    Why bigger is better for aerospace companies


    Flight International’s latest report on the biggest companies in aerospace underscores a powerful reality about the industry: the big are getting bigger. In revenue terms, number-one-ranked Boeing has broken through the $100 billion ceiling, and ­billion-dollar-plus firms now make up two-thirds of the Top 100. Organic growth is broadly real, but only part of the story, because what is really driving this up-sizing are mergers and acquisitions.

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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.

  • 777-8

    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.