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 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
Opinion: Airbus’s A320neo Validates Early Dreams  12
Success has trumped the severe skepticism that greeted the nascent Airbus and its offerings
 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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