04/12/2011

A balloon or a UFO?

According to the press, the hot-air balloons flew over Geneva last Sunday. Unlike previous festivals, they seemed not to have active transponders, but there was one possible intruder.

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04/06/2011

The evolution of Darwin

Now that Darwin have taken over FlyBaboo we can see the changes happening. One, probably a change of aircraft decor, was not done here: why?

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03/31/2011

WHO says that noise is bad for us

A new report from the World Health Organisation quantifies the number of healthy life years lost in Europe because of environmental noise. Aviation is one of the noise sources examined.

 

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03/29/2011

A VVVIP flying from Geneva?

Just after midday today, 29 March, a very impressive convoy was driving on the Route de Meyrin towards the airport. A Very Very VIP?

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03/28/2011

The Learjet Levy proposal did not fly!

A UK proposal to replace the "per passenger" tax on air flights by a "per plane" tax had to be dropped due to EU legislation.

 

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03/20/2011

Tennis champion Tiriac owns an airline

One very interesting visitor to Geneva just before the motor show was a business jet of an airline owned by the tennis star Ion Ţiriac. Should our RF take note of this?

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03/07/2011

Swiss Air Force flight callsigns

The ARAG aircraft detection system can occasionally track aircraft over 100 km from Geneva. Some of these aircraft use strange callsigns.

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02/26/2011

RUAG has been in the wars

With Ueli Leuenberger denouncing them for going to Abu Dhabi to sell arms, and the Temps Present TV programme reminding us of their treatment of a whistleblower, RUAG are definitely in the wars right now!

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02/25/2011

Fall of Giants: history repeats itself

In Ken Follett's book "Fall of Giants" the parallels with the current falling dominos in North Africa and the Middle East is striking. Where will it stop?

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Politicians' promises: worth less or worthless?

Just before elections, political parties make many promises in their manifestos. They may be worth less than they seem, possibly even worthless!

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02/20/2011

No room at the inn, Geneva tells financiers

David Hiler has made it official: Geneva does not want more Hedge Funds because there is no more room in Geneva. So who will move into Mark Muller's new housing zone south of the airport?

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02/18/2011

Switzerland-France : plane or train?

The Swiss and French railway authorities have announced a joint 12-year plan to improve high speed rail links between Switzerland and Paris. A rail-air fight for passengers in prospective?

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02/15/2011

New building inside the noise limit(e)s!

A diplomatic mission wants to build something near Genthod, right in the worst airport noise zone.What is it?

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02/06/2011

A fortress in the Citadelle

The General Aviation Centre to the north (Jura) side of the airport is in the area called La Citadelle. It has become worthy of that name, but obviously allows in some interesting visitors

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01/28/2011

Airport security: laugh or cry?

81461742_Toy_soldie_106720c.jpgAt Gatwick airport, London, a toy soldier had to be disarmed in order to fly to Canada, yet last year someone managed repeatedly to convince security officials in the USA that his real guns were only toys. Do you laugh or cry?

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