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: 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
Opinion: Mega-Transports Hobbled By Their Size
Very Large Aircraft debate seems to leave A380s showing poorly
ADS Clings To Belief Of A400M’s Viability
European military airlifter dream lives on, but . . .
A Call To End The Tanker “Subsidy” Quagmire 

To say the least, the U.S. Air Force’s quest for a next-generation tanker has evolved into an unprecedented thriller. The third season of this long-running show, now playing in the U.S. and throughout Europe, is even more fascinating and convoluted than the previous chapters and continues to strain transatlantic relations.

Revamped Alitalia Tries Again 

It’s still too early to say if the so-called “new” Alitalia is off to a good start. Italy’s national carrier, reincarnated yet again, is certainly doing its best—with behind-the-scenes help from Air France-KLM—despite a severe economic downturn and strong competition.

Latest Blogs
Aug 29, 2014
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Lockheed’s Stunning Spy Satellite Loss – And Comeback

In September 1999, the National Reconnaissance Office dumped its incumbent imagery satellite contractor, Lockheed Martin, in favor of a bolder and less costly proposal led by Boeing....More
Aug 29, 2014
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Podcast: Bird Strike

We discuss how airports in the U.S. are managing wildlife hazards, and some of the more unconventional mitigation efforts....More
Aug 28, 2014
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Undersea Astronaut Crew Will Test Deep Space Communications, Robotics Strategies

"Imagine we land humans on Mars and we have five to 10 robots we can send out to areas of interest for our researchers to look at," said Randy Bresnik, NEEMO 19's commander....More
Aug 28, 2014
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Paper War

It could be interesting to calculate how many trees were felled for the paper for all the filings in the U.S. Transportation Department’s dockets for or against Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to fly to the U.S....More

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