Flight International, August 2022

The Farnborough air show returned for the first time since 2018, with sweltering heat and the rise of sustainability topics grabbing the headlines, rather than the traditional pre-pandemic glut of commercial orders.

Our show report brings you the biggest stories from aerospace’s main event of the year, including UK plans for a Tempest demonstrator programme and the rapid rise of the electric vertical take-off and landing sector.

We review airline safety from the first six months of 2022, and detail the highest-profile accidents and incidents recorded as global air travel recovered after Covid-19 lockdowns. Plus: why passenger-to-freighter conversion demand keeps soaring; the latest aerial firefighting programme developments; and NATO’s growing strength.

Also this issue, we report from the ILA Berlin air show and Royal International Air Tattoo, and assess China’s launch of its new aircraft carrier, the CNS Fujian.

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Qatar Airways 737 Max 10

Boeing leads on order announcements at subdued Farnborough


Boeing came out on top at event, which overall produced lower order numbers than the industry has come to expect.

New Tempest

Demonstrator launch energises UK’s ‘Generation Tempest’


BAE Systems is to fly the nation’s first experimental supersonic jet since mid-1980s within five years, with British pilots already having digitally ‘flown’ 100h on low-observable platform.


AAP Group Lilium Jet

Air taxis flag UK show arrival with order spree


Developers of electric-powered urban air mobility vehicles were conspicuous Farnborough attendees.

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A320 just 6ft from terrain collision after pressure-setting error

By David Kaminski-Morrow

French investigators have disclosed that an Airbus A320 inbound to Paris narrowly escaped colliding with terrain short of the runway, after an incorrect pressure setting given to the pilots went undetected.

CCTV of carrier launch

Beijing ushers in the age of Chinese super carriers


The launch of Beijing’s third aircraft carrier, CNS Fujian, was a powerful symbolic moment in China’s relentless arms buildup, with work also underway to forge a world-class air wing.


ZeroAvia moves closer to revealing launch platform for ZA600 powertrain


Advanced propulsion developer ZeroAvia will launch its 600kW ZA600 hydrogen fuel cell powertrain on one of four previously disclosed aircraft types, although the firm is staying tight-lipped on the exact selection.

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RIAT’s return: our picture highlights

Back after a pandemic-enforced three-year gap, the Royal International Air Tattoo drew star attractions from around the globe – and 200,000 visitors – to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire from 15-17 July.

Half-year safety report

China Eastern 737 wreckage

How airline safety ranked in first half of 2022

The first six months of 2022 involved more fatal airline accidents and resulting fatalities worldwide than during the same period in each of the two previous years, but amid increased flight activity.

Women in aviation

NTSB investigator Zoe Keliher


How NTSB accident investigator Zoe Keliher shattered gender bias

US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aviation accident investigator Zoe Keliher traces her aviation career to the day her father gifted her a flight lesson for her 15th birthday.