Pierre Sparaco

Pierre
Sparaco

Pierre Sparaco, Aviation Week’s former Paris bureau chief, has covered aviation and aerospace for more than 50 years, from the birth of the Concorde program to the first flight of the A350XWB.

Articles
Opinion: The Declining State Of Air France 9
Air France has been slow to embrace the changing environment of air travel, and this has contributed to its long list of woes
Opinion: Airline Industry Must Step-Up Solving Slot Shortage 10
As airport congestion worsens worldwide, the pressure is on to find ways of alleviating slot shortages
Opinion: French Pilot Unions Impede Air France Makeover 5
SNPL pilot union demands could sink a struggling Air France
Opinion: European Fighter Deal Will Defy Consolidation
Airbus plan to sell its stake in Dassault could allow Rafale builder to stay small
Opinion: Air Safety Challenges Require Constant Vigilance 3
Recent accidents highlight gaps in air safety procedures, need for urgent improvements
Opinion: Airbus’s A320neo Validates Early Dreams 12
Success has trumped the severe skepticism that greeted the nascent Airbus and its offerings
Opinion: Can The Boeing 747 Remain A Flagship? 16
Is there still a future for airliners with more than 400 seats?
Opinion: Arianespace Facing Shake-Up To Compete With SpaceX 5
In the coming months, Europe’s space community will have to admit it must prepare to pay a high price for a major strategic error.
Opinion: Ryanair Causing Dust-Up In France
Ryanair threatens legal action against French publisher for defamation; in an unrelated matter, the airline defends its national benefits pay-in
Opinion: Will Airbus Continue To Push Innovation? 4
Updated EADS puts new emphasis on increasing profitability
Opinion: France Weighs Arming UAVs 2
France inches closer to a decision on arming UAVs
Opinion: Airbus Sees Advantages To Reengining A330 13
Decisions by the European manufacturer could alter the commercial transport landscape
Opinion: Commercial Aviation Safer Than Ever, But Problems Remain 2
IATA and ICAO sometimes miss the point about flight safety, placing analysis over action
Overcapacity Could Be Approaching
Boeing and Airbus guard market strategy well
Ryanair Eyes Long-Haul Model For Low-Cost Ops
Has high hopes of establishing 'Lakeresque' low-cost, long-haul model
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Oct 30, 2014
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Gabon Buys 12 Aravis

Gabon has become the third client for the 4x4 Aravis made by French defence company Nexter, after signing a contract on 29 October to procure 12 of these 12.5 ton heavily armoured vehicles....More
Oct 29, 2014
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Poland and Germany Deepen Army Cooperation

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen signed a statement of intent to increase Polish-German army cooperation on the fringes of the annual Bundeswehr conference in Berlin on 29 October. German Ministry of Defense photo by Thomas Imo...More
Oct 28, 2014
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Virtual Training

The Euronaval show in Paris this week is not one where one expects to see demonstrations of people wearing strange electronic gadgets and sensors. That is usually reserved for homeland security shows such as Milipol or air-land shows such as Eurosatory....More
Oct 28, 2014
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Turnkey Not Smorgasbord

In the competition for the most futuristic looking vessel at the Euronaval show being held this week in Paris I would put the clear front runner as the Fast Attack Craft on the Saab stand....More
Oct 28, 2014
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Remembering Pan Am, Worrying About Air France 1

It took two decades for Pan Am to slowly decline and fail. It is a lesson worth remembering....More

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