Editorial opinion – Page 8

  • An-148 crash – Alexander Oleinikov/EPA-EFE/Shutter
    Opinion

    Saratov and the spectre of fatal fixation

    2019-07-12T11:36:00Z

    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
    Opinion

    Piaggio must spell out role to secure future

    2019-07-05T14:34:00Z

    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
    Opinion

    Winning the loser's game of Indian defence procurement

    2019-07-05T14:32:00Z

    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
    Opinion

    How price and convenience will dictate supersonic travel

    2019-06-28T09:38:00Z

    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.

  • 737 Max tech flight
    Opinion

    Boeing should yield to pressure and rename the 737 Max

    2019-06-28T08:20:00Z

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

  • A321XLR - Airbus
    Opinion

    How will Boeing respond to A321XLR launch?

    2019-06-21T15:51:00Z

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

  • Alice - BillyPix
    Opinion

    Environmental concerns powering electric shift

    2019-06-21T15:51:00Z

    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.

  • Opinion

    Will bigger mean better for merged Raytheon/UTC?

    2019-06-13T22:00:00Z

    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

    2019-06-13T22:00:00Z

    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.

  • Lockheed Martin F-35
    Opinion

    Next generation of fighters offers new opportunities

    2019-06-07T14:20:00Z

    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.

  • CRJ100s
    Opinion

    Why Mitsubishi's pursuit of the CRJ makes sense

    2019-06-07T08:25:00Z

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

  • 737 testing
    Opinion

    Boeing needs a stronger production system post-slowdown

    2019-05-31T14:49:00Z

    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.

  • LM-100J – Lockheed Martin
    Opinion

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

    2019-05-31T14:04:00Z

    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

    2019-05-24T15:44:00Z

    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

    2019-05-17T20:05:00Z

    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

    2019-05-17T20:04:00Z

    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.

  • sala crash vigil
    Opinion

    Sala tragedy should spur crackdown on illegal charter

    2019-05-10T12:59:00Z

    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.

  • planes queued on runway at heathrow
    Opinion

    Why ADS-B technology could drive air traffic revolution

    2019-05-10T12:57:00Z

    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.

  • Bombardier Belfast - REX/Shutterstock
    Opinion

    Who will buy Bombardier Belfast?

    2019-05-03T14:15:00Z

    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.

  • Dennis Muilenburg - Jim Young/AP/REX/Shutterstock
    Opinion

    Boeing chief can find no escape from tough questions

    2019-05-03T14:08:00Z

    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.