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Boeing plans new aircraft launch by end-year

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Despite spending months pleading for patience, Boeing executives are now telling employees a launch decision for a new airliner aimed at the “middle of the market” (MOM) could be made by the end of the year. In an all-hands meeting with employees on 10 February in Seattle, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said the new project could be launched as early as 2016, sources say. (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

Kalitta Air to diversify fleet with Boeing 767F

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Kalitta Air relies on a fleet of 747 freighters for the long-haul flights it is known for, carrying large payloads, including heavy machinery, delicate medical equipment, perishable foods and even livestock. So what’s with the 767s the cargo carrier is now purchasing? 767s may be the go-to freighters for the integrators, but they’re rare in the general freight world. The answer is a combination of fleet maintenance requirements and a strategy shift at the Michigan-based carrier. The time is… (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

World’s biggest weirdest aircraft the Airlander 10 set for test flight

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THE world’s biggest aircraft is set to be tested over the UK next month. A cross between a plane, an airship and a helicopter, the Airlander 10 is the length of a football pitch and the height of six double-decker buses. It will take to the skies from its hanger in Cardington airport, Bedfordshire, once its fins and engines are attached this week — three years after work began on it in the UK. The Airlander 10 needs to clock up 200 hours of flying before it is deemed airworthy by the Civil… (airlinenews.in) Ещё...

FAA warns of potentially 'catastrophic' battery explosions

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The Federal Aviation Administration wants airlines to think twice about carrying lithium batteries. But don't worry, you're still allowed to bring your laptop and phone with you on a flight. The FAA on Tuesday issued a safety alert urging airlines to examine the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries as cargo, including "the potential risk for a catastrophic hull loss." The alert covers batteries being transported as components and not those already inside devices such as… (www.cnet.com) Ещё...

Pissed-off passenger urinates on fellow flier

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A pissed-off passenger who was not allowed to smoke or drink alcohol aboard a Paris-bound plane took out his frustrations on a fellow flier by urinating on him. (www.foxnews.com) Ещё...

San Diego Bound Alaska Airlines Flight Diverts to Denver After Passenger Threatens Crew

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An Alaska Airlines flight 769 from Boston to San Diego was forced to land midway through its flight after an intoxicated passenger became abusive and threatened crew members, the airline said late Tuesday...... (www.theaviationnews.com) Ещё...

United makes Australia its first 'all-Dreamliner' destination

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United Airlines will upgrade its daily SYD-LAX and SYD-SFO flights from Boeing 777-200s to Boeing 787-9s next month, making Australia the airline's first 'all-Dreamliner' market. (www.ausbt.com.au) Ещё...

Cheaper flights as seats double

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Air New Zealand has doubled its capacity for flights to and from Rotorua and Auckland, and is promising cheaper fares for travellers. In February last year Air New Zealand started moving from using all 19-seat Beechcraft aircraft between Rotorua and Auckland to a mix of Beechcraft and the larger 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft. From today, the route will move to all scheduled 50-seat services - offering 2000 seats a week, which is double the capacity on the route when the airline operated… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Ещё...

Small Plane Crashes on Emergency Landing (VIDEO)

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When this French pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a field, he was unable to land perfectly and crash-landed instead, rolling over multiple times. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. (www.liveleak.com) Ещё...

FlightAware Ties for 2nd Place in SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015

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FlightAware Tied for 2nd place in the services category for its live flight positions data feed, a standalone flight tracking data feed that aggregates ADS-B, MLAT, and RADAR positions combined with flightplan and flight status (FLIFO) information, to create a real-time, worldwide flight tracking picture. The winners were announced during a Best-in-Class ceremony at Eurocontrol headquarters in Brussels and were among 30 air traffic management (ATM) information solutions that were submitted to… (flightaware.com) Ещё...

Passenger In Wheelchair Suspected in Somali Jet Blast

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Also led to believe he was the passenger blown out the aircraft. (www.nydailynews.com) Ещё...

Fares to US dip below $400

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Some air fares to the United States have dipped below $400 and one travel agent says they will continue to stay low. House of Travel says the $399 one-way Air New Zealand fares to Los Angeles and San Francisco are the lowest it has offered. The fares are limited to times outside the school holidays. House of Travel commercial director Brent Thomas said there had been very competitive pricing from other airlines in the past six months. (www.nzherald.co.nz) Ещё...

Here's How F-15s Practice Intercepting Errant Civilian Planes for the Super Bowl

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A huge influx of general aviation air traffic is expected to hit the San Francisco Bay Area during the first week of February in anticipation Super Bowl 50. While you're watching football on Sunday, the Air Force will be watching the skies in case an errant pilot wanders into the protected airspace surrounding the big game. (www.popularmechanics.com) Ещё...

Are F-35s fit for combat? Pentagon doesn't know

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The Pentagon's testing office questioned the strategy and legality of buying the fighters in bulk (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

DC-10 Converted Into the World's Coolest Restaurant.

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A photo essay at www.askthepilot.com. Welcome to La Tante DC-10 Restaurant, located just outside Kotoka International Airport in the friendly capital city of Accra, Ghana. For several years this venerable aircraft sat derelict next to a hangar, sans engines and wearing the sun-bleached colors of the defunct Ghana Airways. The hulk was destined for the scrap pile when, in 2013, it was refurbished into a full-service restaurant with seating for 118 passengers — er, diners. There’s something about… (www.askthepilot.com) Ещё...

Southwest ‘intends’ to fly from Long Beach

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Southwest Airlines appears to have won access to California’s capacity controlled Long Beach Airport near Los Angeles. (www.airlineupdates.net) Ещё...

Virgin Australia profit soar as oil falls

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Virgin Australia has reported an underlying profit of A$81.5 million for the first half of the financial year, helped by falling oil prices. The before tax result was an improvement of $71.3 million on the first half of the 2015 financial year. The airline - 26 per cent owned by Air New Zealand - said it was benefiting from the fall in oil prices, which are now at 12 year lows. "The group's net benefit from changes in the price of oil, taking into account the adverse impact of foreign… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Ещё...

The lingering mystery of Era Flight 874

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On the morning of September 5, 2012, Era Alaska Flight 874 departed Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for what was scheduled to be a 40-minute flight to Homer. The de Havilland DHC8 twin-turbine aircraft, more commonly known as a Dash 8, carried 15 passengers and a crew of three (two pilots, one flight attendant). At about 11 a.m., according to a preliminary report later filed by the National Transportation Safety Board, the aircraft “experienced an uncommanded left roll and… (www.airnewslive.net) Ещё...

SkyBahamas Flight Loses An Engine But Nails The Landing [Video]

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SkyBahamas flight Q7460 returned to land at Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport, Bahamas when the crew was forced to shut down the number one engine. A passenger reported seeing “oil coming out of the engine.” (aviationbuzzword.com) Ещё...

C-5 Galaxy Touch & Go (Video)

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A C-5 Galaxy and its crew from Westover Air Reserve Base, MA, performs a touch & go while another C-5 holds short. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

Airbus Airbus A-350-900 at Limoges on Feb 9th 2016, runway excursion during backtrack

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An Airbus Airbus A350-900, registration F-WXWB (this aircraft registration has been involved in zero other incidents and/or accidents and Airbus has been involved in 1 incidents reported on this site) performing a demonstration flight AIB-8WB from Chateauroux to Limoges (France), landed on Limoges' runway 21 and slowed safely. While turning around at the turn pad at the threshold runway 03 the nose gear went off the paved surface of the runway disabling the aircraft. (www.aeroinside.com) Ещё...

Canada Embraer ERJ-190 at Winnipeg on Jan 17th 2016, could not retract landing gear

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An Air Canada Embraer ERJ-190, registration C-FHNW (we have totally 2 listed reports for the aircraft registration within the report and Canada is featured in up to 11 incidents or accidents so far) performing flight AC-295 from Winnipeg,MB to Vancouver,BC (Canada) with 89 passengers and 5 crew, was in the initial climb out of Winnipeg when the landing gear would not retract but remained down and locked. The crew aborted the climb and returned to Winnipeg for a safe landing. On Feb 10th 2016 the… (www.aeroinside.com) Ещё...

WestJet says Bombardier’s C Series is ‘too small’ for its mainline service

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The new Bombardier Inc. C Series is a great airplane, but it doesn’t work for WestJet Airlines Ltd., Gregg Saretsky, chief executive officer of the Calgary-based carrier, said Wednesday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) Ещё...

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