Bjorn’s Corner: Transponders, the kingpin of safe air navigation

May 19, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: In my recent Corners, I have been describing how a modern airliner navigates using a Flight Management System, (FMS or Computer, FMC) to navigate along the flight plan and how it finally… Read More

Areas of inquiry in Egyptair 804 crash

May 19, 2016: (c) Leeham Co.: Investigators will look into many areas of interest, all a matter of routine, into the disappearance and crash of Egyptair 804. According to media reports, debris and bodies have been found in the… Read More

How good is a MAX 7X and why would it replace the original? Part 3

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Mitsubishi’s MRJ test flying making good progress

By Bjorn Fehrm in Tokyo May 18, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MAC) announced that their MRJ flight test program is now going well. Mitsubishi presented the status update at the International Society of Transport Aircraft… Read More

Air freight continues to lag, IATA says

March 18, 2016: The air cargo market continues to struggle, according to data compiled by the International Air Transport Assn. (IATA) in its first quarter report for information primarily in the fourth quarter and full year of 2015…. Read More

ANA CEO opens ISTAT Asia 2016

By Bjorn Fehrm in Tokyo May 18, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: The CEO of All Nippon Airways (ANA) Osamu Shinobe opened the 2016 International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) conference in Tokyo today, in front of some 700 delegates…. Read More

ATR targets Bombardier’s last stronghold: the USA

May 17, 2016, © Leeham Co.: ATR, the dominant manufacturer of turboprop airliners, last week undertook its first major marketing push in the USA in 10 years. The US has been the exclusive domain for passenger turboprop service… Read More

Pontifications: Improbably, 787 surplus develops

May 16, 2016, © Leeham Co.: As improbable as it sounds, a short-term surplus of Boeing 787s has developed, say several market officials. Lease rates in some cases on 787-8s and 787-9s have dropped below $900,000/mo for 787-8s… Read More

How good is a MAX 7X and why would it replace the original? Part 2

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Bjorn’s Corner: Landing after navigation, Part 2

13 May 2016, © Leeham Co: Last week we started to describe what is necessary to make a precision approach after a flight. We described the rather elaborate installations needed for the classical precision approach with an ILS system. It… Read More