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Southwest C-Check Plane Wash

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Watch how Houston performs C-check washes on SWA planes. Houston does the washes four nights a week Sunday through Wednesday, the night after they go to C-check. The main purpose of the wash isn't cosmetic. It's to clean up components for inspectors the next night to inspect everything and get a good look. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

Pilots have organized a ferocious, at times threatening, response to Quartz’s story about Instagrams in the sky

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Quartz’s investigation of commercial airline pilots taking photos and videos of their flights provoked a furious response from the aviation community. Hundreds of pilots and their fans have been harassing the reporter who wrote the story with vitriolic comments and, at times, threats of violence. (qz.com) Ещё...

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

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The SR-71 Blackbird is, without a doubt, the most advanced airplane ever built in relation to the technology available at the time. It broke all aviation records, it flew incredible missions, and it became the stuff of legend. (sploid.gizmodo.com) Ещё...

United Airlines emergency landing at Heathrow

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Updates as passenger plane returns to Heathrow after circling English Channel. (www.mirror.co.uk) Ещё...

MH370 search could finish sooner

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Investigators scouring the Indian Ocean floor say the could end there priority search in May 2015 in the zone where they suspect the B722 might have come down. The investigators are convinced that the flight with 298 passengers and crew on board and unofficial cargo the Malaysian government new about was on board but deny this. MAS management are also being Investigated about the cargo and it's disappearance. The investigators think the plane maybe on land in Russia but cannot determine this.… (www.couriermail.com.au) Ещё...

Omini B763 near Bogota "Hot food""

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An Omini air international Boeing 767-300 on behalf of Avianca with registration N342AX with flight AV-25 from Bogota was enroute to Lima (Peru) with 104 passengers and 12 crew aboard When they notice a detection in the galley for a smoke alarm comg from thefood trolley compartment. The aircraft was only 30 minutes int flight a returned back tO Bogota and landed safe.But the food was cooked or should we say well done. Now that would have been a real hot chillie blaster of a meal… (www.aeroinside.com) Ещё...

Sydney airspace and airport shut down

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Breaking news just in live on all Australian TV networks. A hostage siege in Martin place in the central business district of Sydney has cause the evacuation of nearby businesses and has shut down the entire Sydney airspace due to this drama which has come to light with Islamic people claiming the hostage crises. All flights in and out of YSSY.SYD have being stopped incoming flights diverted link below… (www.9news.com.au) Ещё...

AA280 diverts to Narita after heavy turbulance. 15 passengers injured.

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An American Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was diverted on Tuesday after the aircraft hit severe turbulence. (www.cnbc.com) Ещё...

Air France B772 near Inverness air conditoning failure

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An Air France Boeing 777-200 enroute from Paris to KSFO (San Franisco ) with rego F-GSPF at FL 320 about 80nm northwest of Inverness. The crew decide to turn back or return to Paris due to two air conditioning failures http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5063/air-france-b772-near-inverness-on-dec-15th-2014-air-conditioning-system-failure-rnl (www.aeroinside.com) Ещё...

United airlines A319 near Cleveland smoke in cockpit

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A united airline Airbus A319-100 with rego N84OUA with flight number UA 268 enroute from KLAX (Los Angeles) to Newark N.J was at FL370 110nm southwest of Cleveland when the crew reported smoke coming inside the cockpit of the aircraft. http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5079/united-a319-near-cleveland-on-dec-17th-2014-smoke-in-cabin-rnl (www.aeroinside.com) Ещё...

Air France Boeing 747-400 diverts to Shannon airport

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An Air France Boeing 747-400 with reg F-GITE with flight number AF733 enroute from Santo Domingo to Paris with 142 passengers and 14 crew aboard was at FL390 over the Atlantic ocean had to divert to Shannon airport (Ireland) due to a smoke indication warning (www.aeroinside.com) Ещё...

A Desert War on ISIS, Fought From a Floating City

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ABOARD THE U.S.S. CARL VINSON, in the Persian Gulf — More than a dozen Navy F/A-18 warplanes roar off ... (www.nytimes.com) Ещё...

Demand for big planes flat in 2014—Boeing and Airbus both feel the pinch

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2014 hasn’t been a great year for jumbo jet manufacturers: according to a report by Jalopnik, neither Boeing nor Airbus netted any orders for their newest and biggest airplanes in 2014. (arstechnica.com) Ещё...

Four women in flight brawl over baby crying

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My goodness how about this a crying baby all the way in flight nerve racking and final three other women pull the mother of the child or baby out of the seat into the isle and start a punch and Judy match. Are they nuts? Mind you It is very hard not to put up with a crying baby all the way and the mother being stubin did nothing to stop her. Now read on viewers plane spotters flight aware crew have a laugh… (www.couriermail.com.au) Ещё...

FlightAware Wins 2nd Place in SESAR (Single European Sky) Research Contest

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A second-place award was handed out to FlightAware, a US-based company, for providing a live feed of Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) flight position data on some 100,000 aircraft per day. This service was used by several other proposals in this SESAR SWIM Master Class. (www.atc-network.com) Ещё...

Passengers, airlines can't afford late 1st flight

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For years, Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, so its tumble toward the bottom of government rankings for on-time arrivals was stunning. Southwest officials needed to fix an ill-fated decision to squeeze more flights into the schedule. This summer, they backed off by allowing more time between flights. And they told employees that the first flight of the day on every route had to leave on time. (www.denverpost.com) Ещё...

Qatar to Take Delivery of First A350 XWB December 22

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The first Airbus A350 XWB will be delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways on Monday, December 22nd in Toulouse. This news comes after it was announced that the first A350 XWB delivery was delayed, but earlier this week, Didier Evrard, head of the manufacturer’s A350 program, was optimistic at an investor day forum in London as he explained that the first delivery was still expected delivery to occur before the end of 2014. (airwaysnews.com) Ещё...

(Video) Cabin video of extreme turbulence on American 280 near Japan

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"RAW FOOTAGE // American Airlines Flight AA280 diverted to Tokyo after being hit by winter storm, several hurt." (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

SpiceJet: Indian airline planes 'grounded'

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India's troubled airline SpiceJet has grounded flights after oil companies refused to refuel any of its planes, reports say. The debt-ridden carrier owes money to creditors, including oil companies. SpiceJet is India's fourth-biggest airline by market share. (www.bbc.com) Ещё...

Ethiad Receives their first A380

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Video courtesy of Airbus. The beautiful new aircraft is going to fly soon and appear in airports (youtube.com) Ещё...

(Video) Another Wild Wing Wave

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Another wild wing wave, this time from a JAL 787. Are these normal or abnormal? (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

Calif Proposition 65 Lawsuit Regarding Leaded Avgas Settled

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FBOs Required To Post Warnings About Exposure To Lead Near Airports, Pay Small Penalty, Make MoGas and 100VLL available. Under the settlement, the companies must sell the lowest lead fuel that is commercially available in sufficient quantities, warn the public about the danger of lead exposure through signs posted at airports and notices sent to nearby residences, and pay a total of $550,000 in penalties and legal costs. (news.sciencemag.org) Ещё...

Cockpit View of Night Landing at Chicago O'hare International Airport

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An interesting time-lapse video of flight over city, landing, taxiing, and parking at O'hare. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

Pilot Fired After Letting Hot Girls Hold Controls In Cockpit Mid-Flight

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A Mexican charter pilot found himself out of a job after letting a pair of starlets fly his plane. (elitedaily.com) Ещё...

Second SpaceShipTwo to fly in 2015

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After the tragic loss of the first SpaceShipTwo called Enterprise, during its 55th test flight, Virgin Galactics is advancing the assembly of the yet to be named second SpaceShipTwo. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Ещё...

Air Canada starts Air Canada Express service to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

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Air Canada (Montreal) operated yesterday (December 18) its first nonstop flight between Toronto (Pearson) and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Service to Mont-Tremblant will be operated four times per week until March 30, 2015 by Air Canada Express with a 74-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft. (worldairlinenews.com) Ещё...

Airbus A350 XWB Program Timeline

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With the world's first A350 XWB delivery scheduled to take place to Qatar on Monday, it's clear the A350 has come a long way, and this article recaps all of the highlights since the A350 XWB program was first announced. (airwaysnews.com) Ещё...

3D printers create parts for Bell Helicopters

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Bell has taken the rapid prototyping step of their design process to the next level; using 3D printing as a form of final manufacturing. (www.3ders.org) Ещё...

American unveils newest heritage jet

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Photos of a certain American Airlines plane started showing up on the internet on Monday, which ended up being a brand new heritage livery. (jansaviation.com) Ещё...

Cessna-Beechcraft merger brought stability to Kan. aviation industry

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The new company, Textron Aviation, reported a $62 million profit in the third quarter of 2014, up $85 million year over year, when including Cessna's $23 million loss the the third quarter last year. (www.bizjournals.com) Ещё...

An Astronaut's-eye View of NASA's Orion Spacecraft Re-Entry

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In a mesmerizing new video released by NASA, the full reentry of the Orion test space vehicle is chronicled — and it’s a phenomenal 10-minute ride from fiery reentry to sudden splashdown into the Pacific Ocean, all put to dreamy space music. For reference, the camera is looking ‘up’ from behind the capsule, so as Orion’s lager heat shield bears the brunt of atmospheric heating as it reenters through the stratosphere, we’re looking along the ionization trail of this man-made meteor as it dashes… (news.discovery.com) Ещё...

Video: X-15 Jettisons Ventral Fin, Lands at Edwards AFB (1963)

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X-15 pre-landing jettison of auxiliary propellants and lower ventral fin, and landing at Edwards AFB. The X-15 had its share of emergency landings, but only two resulted in serious injury or death. (youtu.be) Ещё...

Fuel Prices Coming Down… For Our Cars

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Like you I've been loving the low gas prices I've been paying to fill up my sport ute. I just got back from a longish trip to the backcountry to do some backpacking and ran into a little central Texas gas station where the unleaded was $2.19 a gallon. Of course it immediately made me think that we might be seeing car gas for $1-something per gallon, which makes my heart glad. Not just that, but it's good for business, which is good for everyone. Experts say that lower gas prices, driven by price… (www.flyingmag.com) Ещё...

Airline Baggage Fees Bring In Nearly $1B In 3 Months

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A new report found that airlines brought in nearly $1 billion last quarter by charging customers for hauling their belongings. (consumerist.com) Ещё...

Drone downer: Will new FAA rules ground recreational fliers?

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The focus on toy aircraft is a new twist. Such regulations have been in the works for years, largely because of pressure from businesses wanting to use drones for tasks such as aerial photography. (www.reuters.com) Ещё...

Video: This guy is a good helicopter driver!!

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Hope you haven't seen this before. A Lynx helicopter landing on a rolling ship at sea! Great piloting skills. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

AI plane almost hit UAV in Leh after ATC failure

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This is possibly the closest a close shave can get. An Air India aircraft operating the ultra difficult Delhi-Leh sector recently was prevented from disaster as it was approaching to land in Leh by the sheer presence of mind shown by its pilots. Communication failure at Leh air traffic control (ATC) tower managed to trouble the aircraft twice during the day and an unmanned aerial vehicle added to the problem on its second flight. On the first approach, AI's Airbus A-320 flying in as AI 3449… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) Ещё...

Eastern to fly again

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The Wings of Man is back for the first time in nearly 25 years. (jansaviation.com) Ещё...

Etihad Airways shows off Airbus A380, complete with suite

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways showcased the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky" on Thursday. The airline also showed of its newly arrived Boeing 787 "Dreamliner." (www.usatoday.com) Ещё...

Eastern Air Lines is back in the air

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Eastern Air Lines, which used that slogan in the 1980s, flew its first of 20 new planes into Miami International Airport on Friday afternoon. The event marks a relaunch of the once-bankrupt airline, which last flew in 1991. (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

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On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video reveals how its top secret engine technology works. (sploid.gizmodo.com) Ещё...

Boeing boosts share buyback, raises dividend by 25 percent

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CHICAGO • Boeing Co. on Monday raised its share repurchase authorization to $12 billion from $10 billion and said it would increase its quarterly dividend by 25 percent, a sign of confidence in its cash outlook for the year... (www.stltoday.com) Ещё...

(Video) Passenger deploys emergency slide to 'get off the plane quicker'

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HAINAN, China -- A passenger couldn't wait any longer to get off the plane. His solution: Open the emergency exit door and deploy the emergency slide. Surveillance video shows the plane's slide deploy around 9 p.m. Monday night at the Sanya Phoenix International Airport in the province of Hainan, China. (abc7.com) Ещё...

Are Copilots' Days Numbered?

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"The aviation industry has been looking at the potential for single-pilot operations for quite some time to address concerns about future pilot shortages, but there are a number of technical, certification, and policy considerations that must be addressed along the way," said John Borghese, vice president of the Advanced Technology Center for Rockwell Collins. "Social acceptability must also be considered." (www.flyingmag.com) Ещё...

Flybe DH 8D near Belfast engine fire

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A flybe de havilland dash 8-400 aircraft with rego G-FLBC enroute from Glasgow to Belfast city airport was descending at FL140 when the crew received a fire indication warning for the left hand engine with 76 pax aboard. The passengers sighted the streak of flames coming from the engine. The fore was extinguished and the engine shut down http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5074/flybe-dh8d-near-belfast-on-dec-16th-2014-engine-fire-rnl (www.aeroinside.com) Ещё...

Incident: Royal Jordanian B787 near London on Dec 16th 2014, engine problem

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A Royal Jordanian Boeing 787-800 from Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) to Amman (Jordan), was enroute at FL390 already in German Airspace about 40nm westnorthwest of Dortmund (Germany) when the crew reported an engine (GEnx) problem, turned around maintaining FL390 and diverted to London Heathrow (avherald.com) Ещё...

Dassault unveil first Falcon 8X Business Jet

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Dassault Aviation rolled out the first prototype of its new flagship Falcon 8X, the latest addition to the trijet Falcon business jet family. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Ещё...

NYC lawmaker wants to ban drones except for cops with warrants

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On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety. (arstechnica.com) Ещё...

how airplanes are made

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Building a commercial airplane is a monumental task. It takes around 4,000 really smart engineers over 7 years of planning to make one of those flying tubes with countless experts testing and re-testing each individual part (and there are 2.65 million parts in an Airbus A350). This video shows you how they make one. (sploid.gizmodo.com) Ещё...

Middle East is new global travel crossroads

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's 1 a.m. and the sprawling airport in this desert city is bustling. Enough languages fill the air to make a United Nations translator's head spin. Thousands of fliers arrive every hour from China, Australia, India and nearly everywhere else on the planet. Few venture outside the terminal, which spans the length of 24 football fields. They come instead to catch connecting flights to somewhere else. (www.usatoday.com) Ещё...