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Qantas board members and CEO to be gone

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Today on the ABC news CEO Allan Joyce said they airline has suffered a $2.8 billion dollar loss since becoming the CEO. Most of the share holders along with Qantas employees say he is bluffing at getting Qantas to be in balance or have a profit by early 2015. Most want him to stand down along with board members who have helped cause the fall of Qantas. (www.abc.net.au) Ещё...

Drone delays medical helicopter landing at OH hospital

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Police discovered a man using the drone to take aerial photos of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds across the street from the hospital. (www.12newsnow.com) Ещё...

Sunwing flight to Cuba forced back to Toronto after disruption

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A Sunwing Airlines flight headed to Cuba was forced to turn back to Toronto’s Pearson airport Wednesday after an apparent disruption by two passengers. A NORAD spokesperson confirmed to CTV News that two Canadian fighter jets escorted the passenger aircraft back to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Earlier reports suggest the plane was near Florida when it had to turn around. Police said two female suspects were arrested. (www.ctvnews.ca) Ещё...

China Southern drops first-class – in name only – due to anti-corruption drive

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China Southern Airlines plans to change the name of its first-class cabin to business class in a bid to reclaim official customers amid Beijing's crackdown on wasteful government spending. All passengers sitting in the newly named business class will enjoy the same service as first-class customers after the change takes effect on Oct. 26, the carrier said in a statement. The move will include China Southern's narrow-body jets flying domestic routes. (uk.reuters.com) Ещё...

Australia Says MH370 'May Have Turned South Earlier Than Thought'

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The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. (www.businessinsider.com) Ещё...

Qatar reveals first Airbus A350 in full livery

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Qatar has revealed its first Airbus A350 in full livery ahead of the jet's debut before the end of this year. (tinyurl.com) Ещё...

Tragedies and Young Pilots

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Is 17 too young for a pilot to attempt such a flight? On one's own? The answer is an emphatic "yes." With help? Well, getting help makes such attempts dubious to begin with. (www.flyingmag.com) Ещё...

Etihad to fly Airbus A380 to Sydney from June 1, 2015

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Etihad will begin Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and Abu Dhabi from 1 June 2015. The daily superjumbo service will run as EY454 (Abu Dhabi to Sydney) and EY455 (Sydney to Abu Dhabi), replacing the current Boeing 777-300. (www.ausbt.com.au) Ещё...

Debate: do we still need DUAT(S)?

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A number of rumors (some backed up by the companies involved) suggest that DUAT(S) may be on the chopping block. (airfactsjournal.com) Ещё...

New Electric Trainer from Pipistrel Takes Flight

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Pipistrel's new WATTsUP, a two-seat airplane design targeted for flight training, took flight last week, and Pipistrel hopes to deliver it to customers as soon as next year. The Siemens AG motor that powers WATTsUP weighs just over 30 pounds and produces 85kW. Pipistrel claims the motor produces more power than a Rotax 912 and can be fully charged in about one hour thanks to the company's battery management technology. (www.flyingmag.com) Ещё...

Airline loses wheelchair-using granny for 11 hours

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A family is fuming mad after an airline employee parked a wheelchair-using grandmother for 11 hours at an airport, having apparently forgotten her. Southwest gave her $200 in travel vouchers after she missed all her flights. (www.freep.com) Ещё...

Drug Smuggling Ring uncovered at Las Vegas McCarran Airport

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Federal agents have broken up a drug smuggling ring operating through McCarran International Airport. According to the indictment, the drugs were given to a US Airways employee working at McCarran. The employee would then bypass security, then pass the drugs off to other travelers, who took them to Alaska and other states. (www.8newsnow.com) Ещё...

Qantas, Virgin Australia ban 'Knee Defender'

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Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned the controversial Knee Defender dongle which prevents economy seats from reclining. (www.ausbt.com.au) Ещё...

Government Backs Huge Loan for Next-Generation Russian Passenger Plane

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Government subsidies for commercial aircraft development have been a sore point between the US and Europe (i.e., Boeing and Airbus) for decades. Although the US and Europe went through years of international disputes at the World Trade Organization on behalf of Boeing and Airbus, with adverse decisions now under appeal by both sides, and even though Canada and Brazil previously won cases over illegal subsidies to Embraer and Bombardier, nothing has come of the decisions–and nothing has been done… (www.themoscowtimes.com) Ещё...

Why We’re Not Driving the Friendly Skies

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A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look for inspiration to the Autoplane prototype built in 1917 by the flight pioneer Glenn Curtiss. And tens of millions of motorists who have been stuck in traffic jams..... (www.nytimes.com) Ещё...