AIR International - January 2007

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FEATURES

QANTAS - GUARDING THE TERRITORY
Qantas is one of the world's biggest and longest-running airlines, with an enviable safety record. However, as Tony Wills explains, it is not resting on its laurels. A major restructuring is under way, aimed at beating the competition in all sectors.

AIR SUPERIORITY - A PERSONAL VIEW
David Hobbs looks at the subject from its origins in World War One through recent operations into a future that may demand changes in the way air superiority aircraft are developed, procured and integrated into the West's doctrine for fighting asymmetric warfare.

ATC MOBILE - SCHOOL FOR LIFESAVERS
The US Coast Guard's primary mission is search and rescue, though it also undertakes a wide array of other missions. Dino Carrara visited its Aviation Training Centre at Mobile in Alabama to see how it teaches pilots the skills necessary to fly the HH-65 Dolphin, HH/MH-60 Jayhawk and HU-25 Guardian, often in demanding scenarios.

HORNET CONVERTIBLE
Lt Cdr Anthony Wright recounts to Tony Holmes his experience of flying an 'open cockpit' F/A-18C Hornet after the canopy was smashed by a re-fuelling drogue.

FLYBE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS
Bruce Hales-Dutton reports on how a small airline once based in the Channel Islands has grown into what will soon become Europe's largest regional carrier.

NORTH AMERICAN F-100 SUPER SABRE
Bob Archer describes the first of the Century series fighters and its USAF service.

REGULARS

HEADLINES

Airbus has hit the headlines again with the news that it has formally launched the A350WB, while the UK Ministry of Defence has selected Ascent Flight Training as its preferred bidder for the œ10 billion Military Flying Training System contract.

MILITARY NEWS
Reports from around the world.

CIVIL NEWS
A round-up of the latest commercial aviation news.

FLIGHT BAG
Reviews of some aviation-related products.

TALKBACK
A selection of readers' letters and photographs.

CIVIL & MILITARY ACCIDENTS
Details of incidents compiled by Dave Allport

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