Archive For August 31, 2012

A400M on track for 2013 deliveries

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A400M on track for 2013 deliveries






Airbus Military have just announced that it will deliver the first four new generation A400M to customers in 2013 as planned, following the development of solutions to the recent engine issue. Flight tests had to be suspended after 160 hours of F&R flying because of the repeated detection of metallic chips in the oil system…

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Is the Chinese freeze over?

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Earlier this year we noted Airbus’ concern with the ETS and its China orders being held up.  China has been at the forefront of battling with the EU and its new carbon tax on air travel.  China is not alone of course,  but China wields a big stick with aircraft orders.  Airbus has suffered even…

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Wind map

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Wind map






This image comes from this site. We captured today’s map because of the storm system over New Orleans.  We find this map fascinating because it shows how the wind patterns nationwide are impacted by the storm. This is clearly a map worth checking every day to better understand what is happening around the US. Related…

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Why New Technology Airliners are Late

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The conventional wisdom from the 1960s through early 2000s that when Boeing or Airbus announces a new airplane, you can expect entry into service 48 months later no longer holds true.  We’ve seen significant delays for A380, 787, A400M and 747-8. Now, despite major lessons having been learned, additional, albeit smaller delays for A350XWB have…

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CSeries aircraft zero takes flight

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Bombardier provided this YouTube video showing the first flight of aircraft zero.  Note the moving parts on the mockup. Note also the extent of the technology deployed in the mockup site.  This demonstrates what we have been explaining about the next generation airplanes; the complexity is quite astounding. Don’t be surprised when the programs hit…

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Meet kulula, a small airline with big attitude

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In South Africa there is a little airline called kulula that readers might enjoy learning about. The airline is owned by Comair, which also flies around Southern Africa as BA. Comair operates an LCC and a full service airline. But, as one can imagine, its the LCC that generates the most fun.  Take a look…

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