Archive For November 28, 2012

Ryanair and Budapest: Two Sides to the Story

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Ryanair and Budapest:  Two Sides to the Story






The headlines in one of the local Budapest newspapers, which roughly translates to “Airport Hit Below the Belt” in reaction to Ryanair’s decision to cancel approximately 40% of its flying at Budapest.  The photo of the airport worker with hands that almost appear in a defensive position for a kick to the groin emphasizes how…

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Has Bombardier Taken Market Leadership from Gulfstream in Intercontinental Business Jets?

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Has Bombardier Taken Market Leadership from Gulfstream in Intercontinental Business Jets?






  With a record setting order from VistaJet earlier this week for 56 new Bombardier Global aircraft with 86 options, worth more than $7.8 billion at list prices, it appears that a new leader has emerged in the intercontinental business jet market. This is being called the single largest transaction ever in general aviation, with…

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire






As the old song states, “Liar, Liar, pants on fire, your nose is longer than a telephone wire.”  The advertising war between Airbus and Boeing has kicked up a notch, with Airbus showing an Boeing aircraft with a Pinocchio nose and asking why its competitor is stretching the truth in its newest ad.  In the…

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Airbus Reports “Better than Projected” Sharklet Performance for A320

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Airbus Reports “Better than Projected” Sharklet Performance for A320






This week, Airbus began expanding its testing program for its “Sharklets” to include the A319 in addition to the A320.  With that announcement, Airbus provided some initial feedback regarding the testing completed so far on A320, which indicate that performance is running better than expected, particularly for long-range cruise, the flight regime in which winglets…

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Forty years in aerospace

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We had a chance to spend time with an aerospace pioneer. Stanley Fishkind is a retired NASA Chief Engineer and CIO.   Mr Fishkind spent twenty years at NASA. Prior to this he spent twenty years as an engineer working for Westinghouse Defense Corp, Johns Hopkins University, Israel’s Ministry of Defense and Operations Research.  Forty years…

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Boeing broadly firms MAX

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Today Boeing announced it has finished defining, in broad terms, the 737 MAX,  completing a major milestone in development known as ‘Firm Concept’.  The bump at the nose wheel door is now gone.  There are a number of tweaks that enable a 13% improvement in fuel burn.  On the analyst call this was explained to…

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