John Leahy doesn't design Airbus aircraft and he certainly doesn't build them, but 2011 demonstrated how he has managed to keep his pulse on the large commercial aircraft industry better than most. In some respects, Leahy may be his own worst enemy, making it easy to write off his barrage of air show quips and insults of competitor's products as little more than the antics of a glorified salesman. When others are content to call lift devices winglets, he calls them “sharklets.” If ...


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