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First images of the world's largest airplane

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Holy crap, it's real! Behold the first glimpse of Paul Allen's crazy space venture: The largest airplane in history, a 385-foot (117-meter) wingspan beast designed to carry and launch a giant rocket to space, with a combined weigh of 1,200,000 pounds (540,000 kg)! Check out the mind-blowing photos. (sploid.gizmodo.com) Ещё...

United Continental Sent Safety Warning to Pilots

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United Continental Holdings Inc. ’s management sent a dramatic safety warning to its pilots last month, calling for stepped-up compliance with rules and procedures following several serious incidents caused by cockpit errors. The bulletin, issued Jan. 9 under the heading “significant safety concerns,” said it was prompted by four separate “safety events and near-misses” in previous weeks, including a plane whose pilots had to execute an emergency pull-up maneuver to avoid crashing into the… (consumerist.com) Ещё...

SLC In Motion (Timelapse)

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Time lapse video captures the beauty and activity of operations at Salt Lake City International Airport. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

Bombardier CS300 takes off for 1st test flight

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Bombardier saw one of its CS300 jets take off from Mirabel airport in Montreal today, the first time the company's larger CSeries plane has taken to the skies. (www.cbc.ca) Ещё...

Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control

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On Friday, September 26, 2014, a telecommunications contractor named Brian Howard woke early and headed to Chicago Center, an air traffic control hub in Aurora, Illinois, where he had worked for eight years. He had decided to get stoned and kill himself, and as his final gesture he planned to take a chunk of the US air traffic control system with him. (www.wired.com) Ещё...

General Aviation Mechanic Lied About Completing Annual, Hit with $13 million verdict

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Charged Cessna owner for new parts, didn't install them; said he completed annual but only changed the oil. Pilot seat slips in flight, pilot is killed. (www.aviationlawmonitor.com) Ещё...

The "Ghost Rider" B-52 Rises From The Grave To Ride Again

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U.S. Air Force serial number 61-0007, a B-52H known by its nose art as "Ghost Rider," was brought out of seven years of storage at the Defense Department's boneyard in Arizona. Its new mission? To replace an active B-52H that was badly damaged by fire while on the ground at Barksdale Air Force Base and make the USAF arms treaty-dictated fleet of 76 B-52s whole once again (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Ещё...

Southwest Airlines forced to ground 128 Boeing 737 airplanes for inspections

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"Southwest Airlines confirmed Tuesday evening that it grounded 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft that day after it discovered that the airplanes had not received required inspections." (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) Ещё...

American Airlines sends dozens of flights to their destinations without a single piece of luggage

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Well this is taking luggage handling incompetence to the next level. (roadwarriorvoices.com) Ещё...

Bombardier Secures Flight Permit For First CS300 FTV; Eyes First Flight Feb. 26-28

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Transport Canada has issued a flight permit for the first Bombardier CS300 flight test vehicle (FTV) to join the CSeries flight test program. (atwonline.com) Ещё...

Airbus Prepares Handover Of Second A350 This Week

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Airbus is preparing the second A350-900 for delivery to Qatar Airways later this week. (aviationweek.com) Ещё...

Airbus Assures On A380 Break-Even This Year

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Airbus Group has assured that its A380 will achieve production break-even this year, as it unveiled a strong full-year commercial aircraft performance. (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

Allegiant To Buy Six More Airbus A319s

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Las Vegas, Nevada-based Allegiant Travel Co., parent of “ultra” low-cost carrier Allegiant Air, has agreed to purchase six additional Airbus A319 aircraft, as part of a plan to increase its A320 family fleet from 14 to 44 by the end of 2018. (atwonline.com) Ещё...

A fascinating view into the US Air Force boneyards

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You can zoom in this 48-megapixel image of the USAF boneyard in Tucson, Arizona—stitched from Bing Maps satellite images—and try to identify all those airplanes. Or you can watch this USAF documentary on how the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country to keep the active fleet flying.* (sploid.gizmodo.com) Ещё...

Piaggio Makes First Drone Flight Of An Unmanned Catfish

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Piaggio has successfully removed the pilot from the Italian aircraft manufacturer's popular twin-engine, turboprop, pusher-type executive transport. The P.180 – affectionately referred to as "the flying catfish" – has been redesigned into an unmanned aircraft for the Italian Air Force, and it's got a new name: the Hammerhead. The new P.1HH HammerHead is a multi-purpose drone powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66B turboprop engines designed to perform intelligence,… (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Ещё...

Awesome Blue Angels

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Watch how these pilots endure multiple g's.Amazing view from inside the cockpit as they do their acrobatics at a show. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

Researchers Create 1st (and 2nd) 3-D Printed Jet Engines

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Working with colleagues from Deakin University and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), researchers from Australia's Monash University have created the world's first 3D-printed jet engine. (www.gizmag.com) Ещё...

New aircraft tracking system to be trialled

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AUTHORITIES will trial a “world first” system with Malaysia and Indonesia that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to quickly react to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of MH370. (www.news.com.au) Ещё...

Gulfstream Breaks Round The World Record With Only One Fuel Stop

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Gulfstream's new ultra long-range G650ER set a record while flying around the world in one stop in an ass-numbing flight from New York to China and finally Savannah, Georgia. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Ещё...

Russia’s Bear: The old-fashioned plane still thriving

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The Tupolev Tu-95 first thundered over Soviet parades in the mid-1950s. Why does this giant, propeller-driven bomber still make headlines nearly 60 years later? Stephen Dowling investigates. (www.bbc.com) Ещё...

Boeing Named ‘Eco-Company of the Year’ by Air Transport World

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 26, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] was named “Eco-Company of the Year” by Air Transport World (ATW) at the trade publication’s 41st Annual Industry Achievement Awards. ATW editors credited Boeing for “ever-more fuel and emissions-efficient aircraft” such as the 787 Dreamliner, 737 MAX and 777X, the company’s global effort to develop sustainable aviation biofuels and the Boeing ecoDemonstrator Program, which tests new technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions… (boeing.mediaroom.com) Ещё...

Japan's First Jet Airliner Is Still Shrouded In Misinformation

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Recent reports that the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is scheduled to make it's first flight this May were quietly squashed with a notice that this announcement was not from within the company. As the first test flight has already been pushed back three times, does this spreading misinformation point to even more delays? (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Ещё...

Airbus Posts Higher 2014 Profit and Increases A320 Build Rates

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Airbus Group NV reported a 15 percent gain in annual profit after increasing commercial plane deliveries and announced plans to boost monthly production of its workhorse A320 single-aisle aircraft to 50 a month by 2017. Earnings for 2014 before interest, tax and one-time items rose to 4.07 billion euros ($4.56 billion ) from 3.54 billion euros, beating estimates by analysts for 3.84 billion euros. The company took a charge of 551 million euros for penalties related to delays of its A400M… (www.bloomberg.com) Ещё...

Plane lands safely after landing gear failure near Wichita airport

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WICHITA, Kan. - An airplane carrying 67 passengers landed safely at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Wednesday night after reporting landing gear failure about four minutes out from the airport. (www.kwch.com) Ещё...

Boeing Statement on Air Tahiti Nui Commitment for Two 787-9 Dreamliners

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SEATTLE, Feb. 27, 2015 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) is pleased that Air Tahiti Nui has announced a commitment to purchase two 787-9 Dreamliners. The order, valued at $514 million at current list prices, will be posted on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website when finalized. (boeing.mediaroom.com) Ещё...

Top 10 Latin American Scheduled Airlines by Fleet Size

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Can you guess the top airline in Latin America? Here is a countdown to the biggest fleet... (aviationweek.com) Ещё...

5 Surprising Facts About Aircraft Lavatories

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From smoking to flushing to urban legends, here are 5 facts about airplane bathrooms. (aviationweek.com) Ещё...

Quebec government holds out lifeline to Bombardier: ‘We have the money available’

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The Quebec government is pledging to bail out Bombardier Inc. if the aerospace company gets into a deeper crunch — an offer that fits with the company’s long history in the province, say market watchers, and the jobs at stake if it fails. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) Ещё...

Air France Jet Stranded in Manchester as Pilot Runs Out of Hours

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The flight had already been six hours late when it left New York because of bad weather. (www.bloomberg.com) Ещё...

Airbus Offers On-Wing Engine-Maintenance Shelter

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Airbus Customer Services is offering an inflatable tent for engine maintenance to provide better working conditions to perform an on-wing job in adverse weather when the conventional hangar is occupied... (aviationweek.com) Ещё...

Skydiver Has A Seizure During Free-fall

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What starts as a normal and exciting day of adventure and fun, turned into a near death experience for an unsuspecting sky diving student. Free falling at 9,000 feet is a terrible place to have a seizure. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Ещё...

Regulator: United doesn't need to accept mistake fares

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On February 11, for a period of about four hours, United's Danish site showed fares from the U.K. to various destinations around the world at a fraction of their intended prices. The error was caused by third-party software supplied to United (UAL), the airline said. (money.cnn.com) Ещё...

WestJet Encore kicks off operations out of Québec City – New carrier to offer more flights to Toronto

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QUÉBEC CITY, Feb. 25, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Starting March 15, travelers will have access to more WestJet flights to and from Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. The airline’s regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore, will ramp up WestJet’s service by operating two daily flights to Toronto Pearson International Airport, WestJet’s hub in Eastern Canada. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) Ещё...

FAA investigating near miss on O'Hare runway last week

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Whoops.. Can't imagine what could be wrong with turning on to an active runway without permission... (www.chicagotribune.com) Ещё...

Boeing, Transavia Announce Order for Up to 20 Next-Generation 737-800s

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SEATTLE, Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Transavia Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air France KLM Group, today announced an order for 17 Next-Generation 737-800s, including options for three additional airplanes. The order, valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices, was previously booked and attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. (boeing.mediaroom.com) Ещё...

Boeing, FedEx battle back against U.S. airlines on Gulf competition

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A push by three U.S. airlines to curb competition from Gulf state carriers has triggered a sharp response from other powerful U.S. aviation companies including Boeing Co. and FedEx Corp., potentially complicating the airlines' campaign for Obama administration support. (www.stltoday.com) Ещё...

Hail Breaks Airbus Windshield and Destroys Nosecone

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A Brazilian Airbus A321-200 operating as TAM airlines flight JJ-3307 had to return to Rio de Janeiro and perform an emergency landing after sustaining substantial damage upon entering an embedded thunderstorm wrought with hail. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Ещё...

Air New Zealand up's the competition on airfares not a problem

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The Kiwi airline air new zealand has come out publicly stating it will up the anti on airfare war prices and add hundreds or thousands of seats to it's growing network worldwide. The CEO Chris Luxton said even though these are tough times for airfare wars they should have plenty of room to compete with there competitors. He also made a statement congratulating the CEO Allan Joyce of Qantas for a $ 206 million dollar profit for Qantas. In return Qantas CEO said air new zealand is the number one… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Ещё...

Lockheed Unveils Longer-Endurance Fury UAV

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Lockheed Martin has tweaked the design of the flying wing-shaped Fury unmanned air vehicle (UAV) as it pursues contracts from US special operations forces and the international market (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

Boeing Lining Up Buyers for Early Overweight Dreamliners

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Boeing Co. has lined up buyers for 10 of the early, overweight 787 Dreamliners whose years in storage made them emblems of the jet’s factory woes and a drag on profit, people with knowledge of the plans said. The planes, dubbed “terrible teens” for their assembly struggles and their places near the start of the production run, have an assessed value of roughly $1 billion, or less than half the catalog price. The original customers balked because the aircraft were too heavy, limiting their… (www.bloomberg.com) Ещё...

Claims have being made that MH370 flew to the Antartica and crashed

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Claims made by NZ have said the MH370 B772 made three turns before it disappeared of radar and headed towards the Antarctica and maybe down on the ice some where. The claim comes to say the plane had flown a lot longer after it's disappearance and could have gone south towards the harsh environment. I personally doubt that as the flying time and fuel on board would have run out way before the plane entered the Antarctica region. Further more it could be speculation again as Mc Murdo tower would… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Ещё...

Delta Air Lines: Spirit Airlines Might Be Delta’s Biggest Worry

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Which competitor is Delta Air Lines’ (DAL) management most worried about? If Cowen’s Helane Becker and team are to be believer it’s not United Continental (UAL), not American Airlines (AAL), and no, not even Southwest Airlines (LUV). It’s the budget carriers like Spirit Airlines (SAVE). (blogs.barrons.com) Ещё...

Paris Solves Drone Mystery, Arrests 3

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he Paris prosecutors' office says three al-Jazeera journalists have been arrested for illegally flying a drone. It said the three foreign nationals aged 70, 54, and 36 were taken into custody this afternoon after police spotted the drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris. (www.newser.com) Ещё...

What I learned flying aboard the world's crappy airlines

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A humorous travel blog looking at the worse in air travel. (www.travelandleisure.com) Ещё...

Bombardier gets green light for CSeries CS300 test flight

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Bombardier Inc. is preparing for its first flight next week of the larger version of its new C Series commercial airliner. The Montreal-based plane and train maker said on Friday that its CS300 prototype has been cleared for takeoff by Transport Canada. Weather permitting, the CS300’s first flight is scheduled to occur between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28. (www.theglobeandmail.com) Ещё...

Higher Altitudes Cleared For GE-Powered 787, 747-8 In Icing

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General Electric is introducing a final series of software and hardware improvements to mitigate the threat of core icing on its GE90 and GEnx engines, and is using lessons learned from the modifications to ensure no ice-related surprises occur with the GE9X in development for Boeing’s 777X. (aviationweek.com) Ещё...

Pilots Blamed For Bahamas LearJet Crash

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On a second landing attempt, the crew showed poor decision-making "in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC below the authorized altitude, and hitting a construction crane. (www.avweb.com) Ещё...