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DiscussionsIs the Lockheed Martin F-35 a good buy?
Rome, Italy - After the escalation in cost and technical problems, public opinion is turning against the purchase
Many comments, judgements and predictions about the commercial destiny of Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter have already been made, and the latest to be added to the list is the interview with General Vincenzo... more
DiscussionsAircraft and airlines. SAS crisis: a brief summary
Stockholm, Sweden - The local governments and the European Commission are the focal points
November 2012 was probably the hardest month in the history of Scandinavian Airlines since when, in 1946, Svensk Interkontinental Lufttrafik AB, Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S and Det Norske Luftfartselskap... more
DiscussionsEurope needs a uniform interpretation of EU Regulation 95/93
Rome, Italy - Slot sales should be allowed between the stakeholders
The reason that persuaded Alitalia to sell 3 of its 121 slots at Heathrow (the third busiest airport in the world) is almost irrelevant for the purpose of this article. Maybe it wanted to cash in some... more
DiscussionsAircraft and transport. Blue Panorama and the new laws: the "Preventive composition" procedure. The situation
Rome, Italy - The situation is less simple than it seems
Blue Panorama Airlines SpA communicates it has requested the admission to the preventive composition in continuity under the "Development Decree": as the company itself stated in its press bulletin. The... more
DiscussionsIndia and China to resume military cooperation
Delhi, India - "We have decided that" the Indian Defence minister said
As is well-known, India and China are going to play a major role in the next future, currently being the largest arms purchaser. Both are included in the BRICS group, which is composed of Brazil, India,... more
DiscussionsIsrael is concerned: too many anti-aircraft missiles deployed in Sinai
Tel Aviv, Israel - "They do not need them against terrorism"
The large deployment of heavy weapons in the Sinai Peninsula has raised concerns in Israel. In particular, Tel Aviv is concerned about the deployment of a large number of anti-aircraft missile platforms... more
DiscussionsAircraft and pollution: research team verify air quality during Olympics
London, United Kingdom - 80 scientists from 11 universities
The beginning of the London Olympics has been followed by an increase in air pollution over the British capital. A research team started a mission which aims to verify the origin of this pollution. The... more
DiscussionsThe Airbus Military C-295 aircraft and the market for tactical transport warplanes
Lisbon, Portugal - Commercial war for a profitable market segment
The C-295 is an Airbus Military programme in Spain which has its roots in the '90s. The idea of launching on the market a tactical transport aircraft which is capable of competing with other popular airplanes... more
DiscussionsAlitalia and Wind Jet: is the marriage off?
Rome, Italy - After Antitrust restrictions, integration is not the best solution
Thirteen days after the Antitrust ruling, the Alitalia/Wind Jet programme seems to have disappeared. Is it possible that Alitalia will make a U-turn on the arrangement? In the beginning, the take-over... more
DiscussionsAircraft demand grows in the US. Other market sectors fall
Washington, USA - Orders decrease. "Businesses are loosing confidence in the economy"
"The Washington Post" published an interesting article explaining that, outside aircraft and other transportation equipment, orders in the US decrease compared to 2011. According to this report, the... more
Discussions"Air Venture Oshkosh 2012". P-40 aircraft: from Pacific to Winnebago
Oshkosh, USA - The heroic Curtiss single-engine fighter celebrated today
During the opening of the "Air Venture 2012" at Oshkosh, Usa, a real American hero flew over spectators. As common in the Usa (most of all in relation to the mass production of warplanes during the WWII),... more
DiscussionsINS Vikramaditya sea-trials continue: fighter aircraft successfully landed
Moscow, Russia - Less missiles, but heavier short-range firepower
The sea-trials of the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (ex-Kiev class missile helicopter carrier, which has been sold by Russian to India, AVIONEWS) successfully continue. Today, July 23, 2012,... more
DiscussionsDiscussion about the Turkish F-4 fighter aircraft shooting down
Damascus, Syria - "Moscow helped Syria in developing countermeasures against Israel"
An interesting article about the shooting down of the Turkish F-4 Phantom II over Syria was published today June 25, 2012, by a popular Italian daily. The investigation reports that Syrian radar operators,... more
DiscussionsJumbo jets are going cheap: 747s fall out of favour
Hong Kong, China - "When oil prices are high, you want your new plane"
Ascend Worldwide has made an investigation about the Boeing 747 today. According to it, prices for the most popular wide-body aircraft, are tumbling as carriers rush to replace what were once their flagship... more
DiscussionsDrone-aircraft spark fears of a "Surveillance society"
Washington, USA - "They can carry weapons, not only tear gas canisters"
Some controversies about the use of drone-aircraft inside the civil airspace have been risen in the United States. The idea that multitude of unmanned aircraft could be flying over cities within a decade... more
DiscussionsAircraft and crisis: Uruguay's company risk bankruptcy
Montevideo, Uruguay - South America's aviation hit by domestic competitors
"The price that airlines are paying for fuel is still very high so airlines have been pressured by costs. There has also been a worldwide and regional tendency towards mergers. This allows for lower costs... more
DiscussionsThe Vitrociset Radio Frequency Cable Tester for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft (2)
Rome, Italy - New facility in Sardinia will create job opportunities
As said before (AVIONEWS), Vitrociset is the only Italian firm having won a competition under the Joint Strike Fighter programme, the revolutionary fifth generation aircraft which is going to replace... more
DiscussionsHindustan Aeronautics Limited is the core of the MTA aircraft programme
Delhi, India - Preliminary design will commence with the signing of another contract
"HAL will showcase its expertise in the design of aircraft as well as systems, manufacturing and flight testing while jointly working with the Russian team in Moscow as well as in India" has said the India... more
DiscussionsAircraft and transport, change at the top in Alitalia's communication division: portrait of the new women in charge
Rome, Italy - Introducing Costanza Esclapon and Antonella Zivillica
According to a company bulletin, Alitalia's communication division is "Changing its look", at least for what concerns the unit's top brass. Starting from tomorrow, 01/06/2012, Costanza Esclapon will head... more
Discussions"Does anybody still need aircraft carriers?"
London, United Kingdom - English experts reply to some controversies
For "The Guardian"'s Simon Jenkins the new "Queen Elizabeth" aircraft carrier programme is the "Greatest waste of public money", while "The Time"'s Matthew Parris argued that the action in Libya "Had not... more
DiscussionsLM F-35 JSF aircraft. The United States GOA express concerns (5): results
Washington , USA - The GAO calls on Government to respect goals which are critical for the project future
The exhaustive statement released by the US Government Accountability Office to a government commission shows alarming results about the current limits of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft produced... more
DiscussionsLockheed Martin F-35 JSF aircraft. The United States GAO expresses concerns (3): the GAO's report
Washington, USA - Data and results from the GAO charts and graphs
The 2012 analysis released by the United States Government Accountability Office on the Joint Strike Fighter programme continues (AVIONEWS), showing many graphs and charts which describe the cost and the... more
DiscussionsF-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The United States GAO express concerns(2): what the GAO discovered
Washington, USA - Fragments from the official statement
Directly from the official statement, AVIONEWS reports some data from the analysis made by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) about the Joint Strike Fighter programme (AVIONEWS).... more
DiscussionsLockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft: the United States GAO express concerns
Washington, USA - The official statement released by the United States Government Accountability Office
Many doubts have risen through the last years on the F-35 Lightning II programme, the Joint Strike Fighter, most of all in relation to the cost growth and the test results. The American DoD has been... more
DiscussionsF-35 JSF aircraft. The United States GAO express concerns (4): the software is defective
Washington, USA - Software limits discovered and reported
One of the main topics of the investigation made by the United States Government Accountability Office (AVIONEWS) is the development of the F-35 internal software. According to the investigation, the test... more
DiscussionsAgustaWestland/ORNGE: Further hearings planned
Ontario, Canada - Investigations into illicit payments for helicopter deal continue
Following on our recent articles (AVIONEWS), hearings continue on Wednesday 9 May 2012 in an Ontario Public Accounts committee meeting. After the inconclusive testimony of a senior AgustaWestland representative,... more
DiscussionsTuesday May 8 2012 Government meeting on Finmeccanica's future
Rome, Italy - "Chilly reception for first quarter results"
The Italian industrial giant is living through a difficult time (AVIONEWS), most of all in relation to some cancelled orders and the alleged bribery which international press sources have been reporting... more
DiscussionsHelicopters: Canadian press reports comment on Finmeccanica bribery in Ontario
Rome, Italy - Kelly Long replies against accusation: "That money was not a kickback"
It seems that new bribes are emerging around Finmeccanica, this time in Canada. The ORNGE (the Ontario air ambulance service) has accused Kelly Long, the girlfriend of former ORNGE chief executive Chris... more
DiscussionsUS deploy 5th generation fighter aircraft in Middle East
Washington, USA - For which reason should the US deploy these sky hunters?
An F-22 Raptor squadron has been deployed in the Middle East as a deterrent for new talks with Tehran. The F-22 is the US 5th generation air dominance stealth fighter. US spokesmen said it was a scheduled... more
DiscussionsAircraft and taxes: Ryanair continues to surprise with its "Evasions"
Milan, Italy - An analysis over the local responsibilities related to Ryanair success
The Italian daily "Il Corriere della Sera" published an article today about Ryanair, which "Brings tourists but dodges taxes". The analysis made by the newspaper higlights the many troubles the Michael... more