Talking points

Joseph Lau Luen-hung

An unmarried mother convicted of handing her five-year-old son to a paedophile in exchange for cash is due to appear in the Court of First Instance for sentencing.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:23am

US hypersonic aircraft sustains Mach 5.1 flight

US hypersonic aircraft sustains Mach 5.1 flight

The unmanned X-51A WaveRider sped westward for four minutes, reaching Mach 5.1, or more than five times the speed of sound, before making a planned plunge into the ocean.

5 May 2013 - 6:56am

Are US Navy's super carriers a relic of wars past?

A fleet of US aircraft carriers in a Virginia port. Photo: Reuters

Budget pressures at the Pentagon have renewed a debate about the value of the United States Navy's giant aircraft carriers, with critics arguing the warships are fast becoming costly relics in a new era of warfare.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:07am

Boeing wins US$15b jet order from Ryanair

Boeing plans to widen the interior of the 777's fuselage, give it new engines and enlarge the wing, building it out of composite materials instead of aluminium. Photo: Bloomberg

Boeing won a jet order from Ryanair valued at US$15.1 billion at list price, selling 170 of its 737 model as that aircraft is phased out in favour of the Max version, according to people familiar with the matter.

14 Mar 2013 - 7:26am

BAIC to move into aircraft manufacturing when skies open up

General aviation will grow into a pillar industry within a short period, according to BAIC chairman Xu Heyi.

Xu Heyi, chairman of state-owned BAIC, which is seeking to go public in Hong Kong, told the Post at the congress yesterday that his group would invest more than 10 billion yuan (HK$12.5 billion) to build private aircraft, which usually fly at between 2,000 to 3,000 feet, with Beihang University, formerly the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

Briefs, January 27, 2013

A successful test flight of the first domestically developed jumbo air freighter has been carried out. Photo: SMP

China's new leadership will focus on modernising the country before it increases Beijing's role in international affairs, a top official told the Davos forum yesterday. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

Y-20 heavy transport aircraft to boost military capabilities

The development of the Y-20 heavy transport aircraft will benefit the military and civilian aviation industries if engine problems can be overcome, military experts said.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

PLA gives glowing report of 'advanced' early-warning aircraft

China's locally made early-warning aircraft have proven their operational capabilities in drills and can now direct different forces to respond more effectively to aerial threats, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported yesterday.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Guests bemoan high prices at Zhuhai air show

Some 230,000 people flocked to the Zhuhai air show during the three-day public viewing, which featured scale models and flight demos. Photos: May Tse

Aircraft enthusiasts say traffic jams and exorbitant prices for food and souvenirs marred the Zhuhai air show, which is the most important platform for China to display its military and civilian aircraft technologies.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:30am

Orders take off for mainland plane

Comac says it has won 50 orders for the 168-seat C919 aircraft, which is a symbol of national pride, at the Zhuhai air show. Photo: Reuters

A home-grown passenger plane was only a model at the mainland's premier air show, but a growing number of orders show Beijing's drive to challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus.

State-backed Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) said it won 50 orders for the planned 168-seat C919 aircraft at the Zhuhai air show, which ended yesterday, bringing the total to 380.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

Demand for business jets will take off again on mainland, says Gulfstream

Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream forecasts that demand will pick up.

Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream forecasts that demand will pick up on the mainland after a slowdown in orders last year.

15 Nov 2012 - 11:01am

Low-cost Chinese drone to be unveiled at Zhuhai show

The Wing Loong resembles the US MQ-9 Reaper. Photo: SCMP

China's latest domestically produced unmanned aircraft will make its public debut at the biennial air show in Zhuhai this week, taking centre stage in a global drone market potentially worth hundreds of millions of US dollars.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:36am

Hong Kong-made plane grounded by government's snub

Civil Aviation Department cited busy traffic at Hong Kong International Airport as a reason for refusal to inspect the aircraft. Photo: Nora Tam

An aircraft handmade by Hong Kong students will be ready to take to the skies in a year, but the government's refusal to inspect it and to issue a permit means it may be grounded indefinitely.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:50am

Teen students in Hong Kong learn airplane building 101

Hank Cheng (second from right) and students. Photo: Dickson Lee

Every Wednesday, about 20 students at St Paul's Convent School gather inside a large classroom to drill holes and hammer nails into metal sheets that are parts of an aircraft measuring 6.46 metres in length, with a wingspan of 7.38 metres.

5 Nov 2012 - 4:24pm 1 comment

On a wing and a prayer

What to expect as a passenger on Air Kenya. Photo: Kevin Rushby/Guardian News & Media

Nairobi's charming Wilson Airport harks back to bygone days, writes Kevin Rushby.

2 Sep 2012 - 12:30pm