Editorial opinion – Page 8

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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.

  • A321XLR - Airbus

    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.

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    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.

  • Opinion

    How superior skills saved the day for E190 crew


    Apollo 8 astronaut and former Eastern Air Lines chief Frank Borman once defined a superior pilot as one who used their superior judgement to avoid situations that require the use of their superior skills.

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    Next generation of fighters offers new opportunities


    The Paris air show serves many ­purposes, but none so much as an arms bazaar – expect Le Bourget to be crowded with spangly generals shopping for new fighters.

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    Why Mitsubishi's pursuit of the CRJ makes sense


    Embraer probably views the CRJ as a ­competitor that just will not go away.

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    Boeing needs a stronger production system post-slowdown


    A creaking supply chain unable to keep pace with ever-more-demanding output rates meant that even before the grounding of the 737 Max, Boeing’s narrowbody line was enduring some form of crisis.

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    Why the LM-100J is a low-risk bet


    Cynics might point to the LM-100J – Lockheed Martin’s in-development civil freighter – and conclude that all the manufacturer has done is give a Super Hercules a lick of white and blue paint.

  • Opinion

    Why aviation should look to cars for cockpit commonality


    Do you regularly drive, say, a Volkswagen car and worry about going on holiday and hiring a Ford? Of course not – you just jump in and drive away. Cars are not really quite so simple – you may need a minute to find the rear-screen wiper switch – but the basic operating and safety functions all ­translate near enough directly between types and makes. Automobiles benefit from an impressive degree of standardisation.

  • Opinion

    Rolls-Royce may rue missed NMA opportunity


    The race to deliver the next step in commercial engine technology is being dictated by Boeing’s requirements for its New Mid-market Airplane project. And it looks like there can only be one winner, if Seattle decides to stick with its recent policy of a sole-source deal.

  • Opinion

    Electric power must spark widespread change


    Most machinery improves with ­electrification. Compared to internal combustion, electric motors are smaller, lighter, more powerful, smoother-running and easier to cool. They start instantly, waste no fuel idling, respond fluidly and deliver full torque at any speed.

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    Sala tragedy should spur crackdown on illegal charter


    The charter industry has been battling the scourge of illegal public transport for some time, and its attempts to raise awareness of the practice – where aircraft that have not been approved for paying passengers are used for air taxi services – had been largely fruitless until the tragic death in January of footballer Emiliano Sala.

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    Why ADS-B technology could drive air traffic revolution


    There is a revolution under way in civil aviation – and it has nothing to do with new engines, supersonics, ultra-long-haul or in-flight wi-fi. What is about to save time, fuel and lives is an invisible knitting together of existing technologies into an air traffic management system fit for the 21st century.

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    Who will buy Bombardier Belfast?


    News that Bombardier plans to divest its Belfast aerostructures plant, along with a smaller operation in Morocco, as it consolidates its remaining aerospace activities into Bombardier Aviation, was not surprising.

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    Boeing chief can find no escape from tough questions


    The difficult position of Boeing’s chief executive – and the delicate balancing act he must perform – became particularly evident during the annual shareholder meeting on 29 April.

  • F-35C Super Hornet - US Navy

    Can US Navy maintain carrier aviation edge?


    Anyone who knows the US Navy (USN) is aware that the service is very proud of its heritage. But observers also know this justifiable pride runs extremely close to worship. And, as any secular observer knows well, worship is blind.

  • Opinion

    737 Max airmanship needs as much scrutiny as MCAS


    There is an uncomfortable aspect of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max accident that complicates an investigation whose narrative has been dictated by debate over the controversial Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System.

  • Opinion

    No winners if Airbus-Boeing WTO saga carries on


    The current sparring between Europe and the USA over subsidies paid to airframers Airbus and Boeing drags on.

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    Stratolaunch hopes to avoid Spruce Goose's fate


    Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose – more formally known as the H-4 Hercules – was until 13 April this year the largest aircraft ever to have flown. Conceived as a WWII transatlantic troop carrier, the fighting had, mercifully, ended before the flying boat finally flew, for just a few seconds, in 1947. Retirement followed.