Op-Ed Columnists – Page 9

  • Lufthansa A380

    OPINION: Why the A380 is a Neo too far


    ​Slightly more than a decade ago, it was Boeing’s turn to make a hard decision. Airbus had launched the A380, so the company weighed up whether to respond with a clean-sheet design or a simpler product revamp.

  • UAV - France - Eurosatory - Rex

    OPINION: Will US proposals clear the air for unmanned systems?


    ​It was a landmark week in the history of unmanned aviation. In an industry segment normally driven by technology advances, this time the push came from two separate and very different policy decisions by the US government. First, the Federal Aviation Administration released on 15 February a draft of proposed ...

  • TransAsia crash

    OPINION: Where have the steely-eyed pilots gone?


    ​Despite the statistics suggesting that flying is as safe as it has ever been, it feels increasingly fragile with every passing accident.

  • CSeries

    OPINION: Bombardier counts cost of CSeries gamble


    ​As Bombardier reshuffles its leadership and seeks to contain a financial crisis, it is time to consider how things could have gone so wrong for the Canadian manufacturer.

  • MH370 search

    OPINION: Is ICAO on right track with 15min position updates?


    ​After Air France flight 447 was lost in the Atlantic in 2009 the industry debated what it should do to ensure that never again would an aircraft’s oceanic position be so ill-defined that it takes two years to find the wreckage. But nothing actually happened.

  • iPad

    ​OPINION: How wi-fi policy could threaten airline brands


    In November 2014, Jeremy Gutsche, a well known Canadian entrepreneur, was on a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 flight from London to Singapore. A busy executive, he was happy that there was wi-fi available on his flight.

  • USAF F-35,

    OPINION: Is big spending coming back for the US military?


    ​On the surface, the US military’s half-trillion dollar budget request for fiscal year 2016, unveiled on 2 February, feels quite profligate compared with recent, sequestration-constrained years.

  • North sea helicopter safety

    OPINION: North Sea helicopter operators must maintain safety drive


    ​When offshore oil support helicopter operations in the UK sector suffered five serious accidents or incidents between 2009 and 2013, the Civil Aviation Authority’s initial response was defensive. It dismissed the fact that the Norwegian sector – with a similar fleet and only slightly fewer operations – had suffered no ...

  • Opinion

    OPINION: Time for Boeing to control 787 costs


    ​Boeing has spent a lot of money on the 787 ­programme. How long will it take to make a profit on the project, and do investors care if accounting rules allow it to declare a unit profit now?

  • MH17 crash site

    OPINION: Keeping psychology out of the cockpit


    ​Last year 537 people died on two separate Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flights. One of them – flight MH17 – was definitely not an accident, and the other, MH370, may not have been accidental either.

  • Opinion

    OPINION: Will Lockheed cope with F-35 production rate hike?


    ​A complex global supply chain, unfamiliar structural materials and aircraft systems, a history of supplier bottlenecks and serial breakdowns on the assembly line: are we talking about the Lockheed Martin F-35 or the Boeing 787? Frustratingly, the answer is both.

  • Oil Refinery

    OPINION: Oil's well for the airframers


    ​When Airbus and Boeing opted to launch re-engined versions of their A320 and 737 families rather than develop all-new narrowbodies, their logic was that – while the industry was happy with the design, reliability and capacity of their current single-aisle offerings – long-term high oil prices would spur a rush ...

  • A321neo

    OPINION: Airbus in it for the long-haul with A321


    ​The future of the long-haul narrowbody market is now slightly clearer. Airbus has officially launched a 4,000nm (7,400km)-range version of the A321neo that can match or exceed the Boeing 757-200, including the niche role of flying from the US East Coast to secondary cities in western Europe.

  • AirAsia A320

    OPINION: After Indonesia AirAsia crash, hand-wringing is not enough


    ​Modern airliners should not fall out of the sky, so why did an Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320 do so with no emergency call? Unless it was some form of terrorism or sabotage one can only look to previous experience for answers.

  • Opinion

    OPINION: Airbus delivers great wide hope; but what next?


    ​A year ago, Airbus’s widebody strategy looked ragged at best. At one end of its offering, the A330 was a two-decade-old programme with a depleting backlog (its thirsty A340 sibling having already been killed off). At the other, the A380 was struggling to expand its appeal beyond Emirates. In the ...

  • Qatar Executive Bombardier Challenger 605

    OPINION: Are Gulf VIP airlines a First Class folly?


    ​How elastic is an airline brand? Two of the big three Gulf airlines have built on their reputations for innovative customer service with VIP charter spin-offs to tap a market beyond their top-end scheduled products.

  • UAV control

    OPINION: Nowhere to hide from UAVs?


    ​Civilian unmanned air vehicles – usually very small ones – are already big business, and the industry is growing apace. For that reason, not only the aviation industry but also society as a whole have to decide how best to take advantage of the advances these aircraft can bring, but ...

  • LOT 787

    OPINION: Lessons must be learned from 787 battery fires


    ​A pair of lithium ion batteries on the Boeing 787-8 – which should have been risk-assessment afterthoughts compared to the overall electrical system – became unexpected safety problems. Luckily, nobody was hurt and the aircraft escaped heavy damage. Why?

  • Rolls-Royce Trent 1000

    OPINION: Where next for Rolls-Royce?


    ​London investment bank Investec has called for a thorough strategy review at Rolls-Royce. The company’s directors may not take up the suggestion but, if they do, they may well conclude that their strategy is just fine as it is. But to propose other options is to raise serious questions for ...

  • Opinion

    OPINION: Airbus goes back to the drawing board with A350 training


    ​With the imminent entry into service of the Airbus A350, another modern aviation development comes to fruition – not just the A350 hardware or ­software, but the “liveware”.