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What came first: flying or failure?

1 Comment 23 August 2011

Did you read about the Falcon HTV-2 last week? Billed as the fastest plane ever built, it was lost in a test flight somewhere over the Pacific. But not before recording speeds in excess of 13,000 miles per hour, or 20 times the speed of sound!

Just over 100 years ago, flying did not even exist. It was not until one day in December 1903 that the Wright Brothers made their inaugural flight. They were able to keep their prototype aloft for just twelve seconds, during which time it flew over 120 feet (37 metres) at speeds of 6.8 mph. Continue Reading

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The energy debate: what would you choose?

No Comments 17 August 2011

Let’s play a game.

Imagine you’ve just been appointed Energy Czar for your country and you have the opportunity to restructure its future energy policy in an environmentally acceptable manner. What would your chosen policies be? Continue Reading

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Why flying will always be a dirty word

5 Comments 20 July 2011

Back in 2002, when I was researching The Human Race, I dug deep into the world of the airline industry and found it to be in some degree of turmoil. Still recovering from the devastating aftermath of 9/11, the airline industry also had additional challenges to contend with. These included the SARS virus, the continued threat of terrorism, sky high oil prices, a nascent green movement and economy airlines undercutting the established carriers. There was also a strong perception amongst passengers that flying itself was awful. Continue Reading

Is this really the “golden age” of flying?

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Is this really the “golden age” of flying?

No Comments 21 December 2010

For the past few days the newspapers and news sites have been filled with images of jumbo jets frozen to the ground at Heathrow, departure lounges crowded with angry, would-be travellers and shivering queues that stretch to the horizon and beyond. It reminds me of a recent story in USA Today, about the “golden age” of air travel. Has it passed? Continue Reading

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