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: Long-Haul LCC Flights Inevitable, But Not Now 7
From Freddie Laker to Michael O’Leary, many airline CEOs have pursued a sustainable long-haul, low-cost agenda. No one has succeeded yet, although that day will come.
Opinion: Dassault May Have To Change Its Focus  1
Dassault Aviation, long noted for both its civil and military aircraft offerings, may eventually have to opt for a purely civil product line due to diverse market and political influences.
Opinion: Overcapacity Is A Viable Threat To Today’s Market 8
Production is not keeping pace with record-breaking aircraft orders and somewhere soon down the line, wants and needs are going to collide.
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
 
Blogs
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 12

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 9

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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