Pontifications: Horizon Q400 theft spurs thoughts about solo pilot idea

Aug. 13, 2018, © Leeham News: The bizarre theft of a Horizon Airlines Bombardier Q400 at Sea-Tac Airport Friday night by a 29-year old employee will take some time for investigators to unravel. The employee, a ramp agent,… Read More

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens develops Hybrid-Electric demonstrator

By Bjorn Fehrm November 29, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens yesterday announced they will fly a hybrid-electric demonstrator by 2020, E-Fan X (Figure 1). The aircraft, a BAe 146 four engine regional jet, will have… Read More

Pontifications: Remote control of airliners a bad idea

March 30, 2015: In the aftermath of what a French prosecutor said was the apparent suicide-mass murder of 150 people on Germanwings 9525, there have been some calls for and questions of creating a system of allowing ground… Read More

Assessing the 100-149 Seat Sector

Introduction Oct. 12, 2014, (c) Leeham Co.: The 100-149 seat market sector has long been criticized as irrelevant because of a string of poor-selling aircraft. Boeing officials even labeled this a Bermuda Triangle. The critics fail to recognize,… Read More

New life for old airliners

New life has been created for an airliner that wasn’t considered a particularly successful airliner. The British Aerospace 146/Avro family is being converted to an aerial firefighting tanker and also an aerial refueling tanker. The 146 and follow-on… Read More

Odds and Ends: CSeries and London City Airport; new life for BAe-146; SPEEA’s next step

It’s Christmas Eve but there is some news despite this being a slow day. CSeries and London City Airport: The downtown airport is a highly challenging one. Aircraft have a challenging approach. The runway is short. British Airways… Read More