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: Dassault's First Rafale Export Order Underscores France’s Patience 22
Decades have elapsed between Rafale leaving the drawing board and landing a foreign sale.
Opinion: Air France May Be Running Out Of Chances 2
Air France is being pummeled by outside factors such as the proliferation of low-cost airlines infringing on its territory, but perhaps the biggest shadow is being cast by their “brother” executives at KLM.
Opinion: France Celebrates Illustrious Aerospace History With New Museum 2
Although it was years in the making, Aeroscopia—a museum dedicated to France’s major role in aerospace history—proves to be well worth the time and effort.
Opinion: Politics Impede Health Of French Aviation Sector 
An unprecedented difference of opinion when it comes to building Notre-Dame-des-Landes regional airport could lead to a major and disproportionate crisis of political confidence and prove to be a financial fiasco.
Opinion: Chinese Stake In Toulouse Airport Not Cataclysmic  4
Local politicians rail about Chinese group’s takeover of Toulouse Airport, but the move may not matter much in the long-term.
Opinion: Airlines In France Face Headwinds From Government  1
New report criticizes government policy toward airlines in France, suggesting remedies to improve competitiveness
Opinion: Airline Business Models Converging Across U.S., Europe 
Business model for legacy and low-cost carriers is converging, in both the U.S. and Europe.
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.
 
Blogs
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 14

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
Feb 24, 2015
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Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More
Feb 23, 2015
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AAR To Sell Cargo Group to TransDigm for $725 Million

MRO and airlift/mobility become focal points at AAR as it plans to tell its cargo division....More

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