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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...

easyJet reveals concept designs for hybrid plane

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As part of its strategy of reducing its passengers’ carbon footprint easyJet has unveiled plans for a revolutionary zero emissions hydrogen fuel system for its aircraft which could save around 50,000 tonnes of fuel and the associated CO2 emissions per year. (e-spaces.eu) 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...

The newest airport amenity? Movie theaters

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In theory, airports and cinemas seem made for each other. If polls are anything to go by, the demand for more airport entertainment is sky high, and certainly cinemas can't ask for an audience more captive than one waiting out a long layover. Yet few airports seem to have been willing to take the plunge, until now. Portland International Airport will soon be the latest in a slew of travel hubs to adopt a movie theater. And, being Portland, it's likely to be a hipster's dream. (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

Air Force to keep A-10 flying

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter this week confirmed what had been rumored for months: The Air Force's ground attack jet, the inelegant but well-armed and well-armored A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the "Warthog," will not face retirement until at least at least six years. "The budget defers the A-10's final retirement until 2022, replacing it with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on a squadron-by-squadron basis, so we'll always have enough aircraft for today's conflicts," Carter said… (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...

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...

United Airlines adds LEAP class for ALL pilots

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United Continental Holdings Inc. is taking the unusual step of calling back all 12,000 of its pilots for an extra training day over the next three months, an aggressive response to a spate of serious safety incidents more than a year ago and to prepare for looming changes facing the industry. By the end of April, each aviator at the nation’s No. 3 airline by traffic will be required to attend a day of classroom instruction focusing on various safety issues, enhanced teamwork on the flight deck… (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

The Boeing 737 MAX Makes First Flight

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The 737 MAX program is now a step closer to its Entry Into Service (EIS) with launch customer Southwest Airlines in 2017. (airwaysnews.com) Ещё...

The rejected flight attendant who started her own aviation company

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SRS Aviation is South Africa’s first all-female jet company.............. Founder Sibongile Sambo did not meet height requirements to be a flight attendant................. She has now helped three women become pilots — and plans to support more..................... (airlinenews.in) Ещё...

F-22 Engine Startup [Video]

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Night time flying operations from Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis AFB, NV. F-22 Raptors from Tyndall AFB are launched simultaneously with other fighter jets, bombers and support aircraft from squadrons around the world. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

On-board Wi-Fi offered by Air France

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Air France offers a wireless connection to the Internet in two of its planes since January 12. An experiment in which we could be part time for a round-trip Paris-Geneva. The Wi-Fi in the air in Europe, perhaps soon. Air France is testing this technology with the operator Orange on two of its A320 aircraft in France and Europe. We boarded one of them to test the service. (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

Super Guppy Ready to Transport the Orion Spacecraft

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NASA's Super Guppy aircraft readies to transport the Orion spacecraft pressure vessel for Exploration Mission-1 from the Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The pressure vessel will fly on the first integrated launch of Orion and NASA's powerful new rocket, the Space Launch System. The test flight, which will fly without crew, will demonstrate the agency’s new capability to launch future deep space missions, which include missions to an asteroid and Mars.… (www.nasa.gov) Ещё...

Incident: Canada B787 near Dublin on Feb 3rd 2016, electrical odour in cabin

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An Air Canada Boeing 787-800, registration C-GHPT performing flight AC-851 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Calgary,AB (Canada), was enroute at FL360 about 60nm west of Dublin (Ireland) when the crew decided to return to London due to an electrical smell.. (avherald.com) Ещё...

The Air Force Is Finally Getting The Flying Arsenal Ship It Badly Needs

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Item on the docket as priority item the USAF wants going forward. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Ещё...

Elon Musk talks up electric plane at hyperloop event

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"I have been thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close. I'm quite tempted to do something about it." (www.engadget.com) Ещё...

China airlines join forces to blacklist rowdy passengers

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Five Chinese airlines are to blacklist unruly passengers amid increasing rowdy behaviour as the country's air travel market grows. Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Spring Air said they would share details of unruly passengers and ban them. China is forecast to become the world's biggest passenger market by 2034. (www.bbc.com) Ещё...

Congressman Unveils Proposal for U.S. ATC Corporation

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) today unveiled his much anticipated FAA reauthorization proposal that would separate the nation’s air traffic control system into an independent organization paid for primarily through air carrier user fees and run by an 11-member board. (ainalerts.com.s3.amazonaws.com) Ещё...

US Air Force ready for flyover of Super Bowl 50

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One plane has two powerful jet engines with afterburners, flies at almost 2,000 mph, can soar more than 12 miles above the earth, and has 34 air combat victories in Operation Desert Storm. The other hums along at 150 mph, powered by a six-piston engine and a two-bladed propeller. It can't get much higher than 3 miles above the ground. It's more suited to carry your grandma than a gun. But together, the two planes -- the Air National Guard's F-15 Eagle and the Civil Air Patrol's Cessna 182 -- are… (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

Boeing wins contract to build new Air Force One presidential jets

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Boeing Co (BA.N) has won a contract to start preliminary work on a new fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft based on its 747-8 jumbo jet, the Pentagon said on Friday.....No real surprises here as I doubt anyone would have thought the DOD would use Airbus. (uk.reuters.com) Ещё...

Same plane makes 4 emergency landings in 6 weeks because of recuring problem

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On December 3, Allegiant Air flight 815 had just departed Raleigh-Durham International Airport bound for St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in Florida when a gray haze began to fill the cockpit and passenger cabin The pilots declared an emergency telling the tower to notify fire rescue crews “to roll the trucks.” With the smoke slowly dissipating, the jet and its 94 passengers and six crew landed safely at Raleigh-Durham. (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

Why the sun is setting on the Boeing 747

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However, the venerable Boeing 747 may be nearing the end of its production life – its manufacturing rate is to be halved to six a year. A shift towards newer and more efficient aircraft that can land at smaller (and so more) airports and a tendency to use former passenger planes for freight has reduced the remaining 747 order book to just 20, after building more than 1,500 since 1969. (www.aviationgossip.com) Ещё...

United Will Launch Longest 787 Dreamliner Route, San Francisco To Singapore Covering 8433 Miles

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United Airlines has announced that it plans to start scheduled service between its hub in San Francisco, SFO, and Singapore, SIN, starting June 1st using a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner configured with 48 in Business First and 204 in couch. The 8,433 mile route according to United Airlines will take approximately... (www.thefloridanewsjournal.com) Ещё...

SWISS to operate up to nine CSeries jets by year-end

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Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) expects to operate between six and nine Bombardier CS100 jets by the end of 2016, outgoing CEO Harry Hohmeister told ATW. “The aircraft is certificated. During our last meeting, Bombardier said they are very committed to deliver the first aircraft to SWISS during the summer,” (atwonline.com) Ещё...

Dubai International Airport World’s Busiest by International Passenger Traffic

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Dubai International Airport (DXB) retained its position as the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic in 2015 by welcoming 78 million visitors. (www.airline.ee) Ещё...

The Noisy, Sweaty Hell of Small Planes

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I spent the better part of five years — from, roughly, autumn of 1985 through the late summer 1990 — immersed in the world of general aviation, as it’s also called, slowly building time and collecting the various add-on licenses and ratings I’d need for an airline job. When I think back to those years, my memories aren’t especially fond. Frankly, as I see it, those are 1,500 hours — two full months aloft — that I’m never getting back. There was much about general aviation flying that I did not… (www.askthepilot.com) Ещё...

SQ's first A350 makes maiden flight, delivery end of Feb

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Singapore Airlines' first Airbus A350-900 has made its maiden flight over the skies of South West France, ahead of delivery to SQ at the end of this month. (www.ausbt.com.au) Ещё...

With $30 Oil, Why Do Some Airlines Maintain Fuel Surcharges?

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Airline fuel surcharges have begun to largely disappear. Carriers have eliminated them as oil prices remain low. But there are a few airlines that are hanging on to fuel surcharges, and some, like Qantas, that built surcharges into their base fares and haven’t significantly adjusted them downward. Why do some airlines maintain fuel surcharges and why haven’t they shared the benefit of lower prices with consumers? There are several reasons... (airinsight.com) Ещё...

Russia deploys Su-35S fighers to Syria

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Further bolstering its air defense capabilities, Russia has deployed its most capable Su-35S fighter to its Hmeymim airbase in Syria. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Ещё...

EgyptAir mechanic: main suspect in Metrojet 9268 bombing

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An EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria is suspected of planting a bomb on a Russian passenger plane that was blown out of Egypt’s skies in late October, according to sources familiar with the matter. So far Egypt has publicly said it has found no evidence that the MetroJet flight, which crashed in the Sinai Peninsula after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, killing all 224 people on board, was brought down by terrorism. A senior security official at the airline… (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

TNT caused explosion on Somali airliner

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A military grade of the explosive TNT caused this week's explosion on a Somali airliner, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN, citing an initial analysis of residue recovered from the aircraft. The blast took place Tuesday on board a commercial plane after it set off above East Africa. Two people were injured before the pilot landed safely, a passenger said. Somali authorities later discovered a body near Mogadishu they believe fell from the Daallo Airlines plane. Pictures from the… (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

AAC Completes First Head-of-state Boeing 787-8

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Completions specialist Associated Air Center (AAC) redelivered the industry’s first head-of-state-configured Boeing 787-8 to an undisclosed customer. (www.airwaysnew.com) Ещё...

Inside and Outside... Meet The Airbus A350 XWB TAM

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Meet inside and outside the Airbus A350 XWB TAM (registration PR-XTA). Had the pleasure of visit and experience the 1st A350 XWB in the Americas before the inaugural flight. In April, the aircraft will fly GRU-MIA-GRU (cmsherbert.wix.com) Ещё...

BA Boeing 747 returns to LHR landing on three sets of wheels

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A British Airways flight, which was two hours into its journey from London to Chicago, had to turn back to Heathrow due to "technical reasons". Passengers on the plane posted on Twitter that the fault was with the aircraft's landing gear. Journalist Ben de Pear, who was on the flight, said the captain explained to those onboard that the plane landed on three sets of wheels instead of five (www.itv.com) Ещё...

Fraud and Abuse of Extra Legroom Aboard an Airplane Possibly Ahead?

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“The Department has also received a petition for rulemaking to modify the existing seating accommodations requirement for passengers who need extra legroom.” (www.airwaysnew.com) Ещё...

ANA All Nippon Airways confirms A380 order

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ANA Holdings Inc. said it plans to buy three Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos to use on overseas routes as Japan’s largest airline focuses on expanding its international network. The carrier will use the planes on Tokyo-Honolulu flights after taking delivery during the fiscal year starting April 2018, the company said in a presentation of its mid-term business plan Friday in Tokyo. The order is worth $1.3 billion at list prices, before the discounts typically given by planemakers. (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

Trained eagles to snatch drones

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AMSTERDAM - Dutch police puzzling over how to remove drones that pose a public safety threat are testing a way to get the job done in one fell swoop - with trained eagles. "It's a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem," spokesman Dennis Janus of the country's national police said. (www.torontosun.com) 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...

No Injuries as Cessna 172 Flips at KCOI

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Pilot was uninjured after his Cessna 172 overturned after landing at Florida's Merritt Island field (KCOI). (www.clickorlando.com) Ещё...

Skymaster Ditches off Oahu

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C337 ditches off Oahu after a landing gear problem. No injuries. (www.staradvertiser.com) Ещё...

Iran Air goes with ATR for regional fleet

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Toulouse, February 1st, 2016 – World’s leading turboprop manufacturer ATR and Iran’s national flag carrier Iran Air today signed in Teheran a deal for the introduction of 40 newest generation ATR 72-600s. The agreement includes firm orders for 20 aircraft plus 20 options, and is valued at one billion euro. The signature of the deal follows the commercial discussions held in the last days in Rome and Paris, on the occasion of the visit of the President of Iran, H.E. Mr. Hassan Rohani, and the… (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

One killed, another injured, small plane burned at a suburban Houston airport

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plane ignited while under maintenance on a landing strip at Southwest Regional Airport in Arcola, Texas,- NBC affiliate KHOU. (www.nbcnews.com) Ещё...

Air Force Grounds Pilots for Quoting Miley Cyrus

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They were all well-regarded officers—until the Air Force found out they were texting lyrics from rappers and pop stars. Now they’re accused of secretly dealing molly and dope. (www.thedailybeast.com) Ещё...

Neo vs. Max: Comparing engine noise

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We have been waiting for a while to see if there was anyway we could get a comparison of the A320neo with both engines and the 737 MAX compared for engine noise. The most objective way to do this is use videos from the first flight events. One has to also avoid OEM videos, some of which have music and other dubbing to prevent the real noise levels to be heard. (airinsight.com) Ещё...

Air Serbia to lease an A330 from Jet Airways

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As previously reported, the Serbian national carrier plans to offer a 5x weekly Belgrade-New York JFK return service from June of this year, pending government approval. (www.ch-aviation.com) Ещё...

Delta Air Lines adds Wi-Fi connectivity on trans-Atlantic flights

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Delta Air Lines is now offering high-speed Internet access on all trans-Atlantic flights between the United States and the UK, mainland Europe, Israel and West Africa. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) Ещё...

Air Canada launches Montréal-Hamilton

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Air Canada is coming back to Hamilton. The national carrier, which departed the city’s John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in 2008, announced Wednesday it will launch a new twice-daily service to Montreal starting in May. Airport president Frank Scremin welcomed the announcement as an exciting boost to his long-held dream of Hamilton as a passenger destination. “This is very exciting because we’ve been hunting for Montreal for quite a while now,” he said. “Montreal is a high demand… (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

PA28 Lands in Ocean; Student pilots swim away unharmed

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Two student pilots who took off from an airport in Marathon on Tuesday morning ditched their plane off Haulover Beach after experiencing engine trouble. (www.miamiherald.com) Ещё...

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