Odds and Ends: More on EADS-BAE; surviving crashes
EADS-BAE: NOW that a few days have passed since the announcement BAE and EADS want to combine, here’s some more worldwide press:
Interactive Investor: Merger will advance EADS military goals.
Mobile Press Register: Merger will advance Gulf Coast aerospace cluster.
London Daily Post: Defence worried about UK security.
International Business Times: US access key to merger.
Surviving crashes: A crash test of a Boeing 727 in Mexico drew snickers from some quarters, but the test concluded it’s safer to sit in the rear of the airplane than in the front. No kidding, and this is not new; this has been known in aviation for decades. But we actually like the response of Ted Baker, the founder and long-time CEO of National Airlines in the US (he sold out around 1961). When asked by a reporter where the safest place to sit in a plane in the event of a crash, the blunt Baker replied, “flat on your ass.” And you didn’t need a crash test to figure this one out.
Shrinking UAV market: Once thought to be one of the bright spots in a shrinking defense budget, Boeing now says the drone market will decline despite moves to increase civilian use.