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New study proves just how worthless TSA airport body scanners really are

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‟In laboratory tests with a real machine, we were able to conceal guns, knives, and explosive simulants in such a way that they were not visible to the scanner operator,” the report reads. ‟We also studied the cyberphysical security of the machine and were able to show how an attacker could subvert the operator console software so that it would be possible to conceal all types of contraband.” (www.dailydot.com) Ещё...

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...

(Video) Mississippi Delta Crop Duster pilot

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The world of crop dusting cotton in the Mississippi Delta flying a dual cockpit Stearman (Skip to 2m35s for flying part) (vimeo.com) Ещё...

New Orleans Saints' tight end Jimmy Graham: Flying High

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New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham is the highest-paid tight end in football, but he spends the off-season working on a backup plan – stunt pilot (www.mensjournal.com) Ещё...

Red Bull Air Force pilot Hannes Arch takes us on a wild ride over the beautiful landscape of the Austrian Alps.

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The gut wrenching video take us through an aerobatic flight over the Austrian Alps with Hannes Arch. (Phew I am still dizzy writing this. (youtu.be) 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...

Update on missing MH370 MAS B772

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In the Australian newspaper today the search team a looking in a new area where the plane might have taken another course after it went of the radar link below will get you there http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/phone-call-clue-to-mystery-of-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/story-e6frg95x-1227040942458# (www.theaustralian.com.au) Ещё...

Bárðarbunga Volcano erupts, resulting in airspace restrictions

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The Icelandic Met Office says a small subglacial eruption started today beneath the Dyngjujokull outlet glacier, near the Bardarbunga caldera. Scientists aboard a surveillance airplane above the glacier see no signs of an eruption yet. All flight traffic has however been banned near the volcano. (www.ruv.is) Ещё...

Lawsuits Challenge FAA Drone Ban

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Several groups comprised of research universities, commercial drone operators and model aircraft hobbyists have filed federal lawsuits challenging the FAA over its rules relating to unmanned aerial vehicles. Three lawsuits filed on Friday ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the validity of a June directive issued by the FAA, which the agency says is an attempt to clarify current model aircraft regulations. (www.flyingmag.com) 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...

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...

NTSB Boots UPS, Pilots Union from Crash Investigation Team

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A public relations war of words between UPS and the cargo airline's pilots union has gotten both kicked off the investigation team working to determine what caused the crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday it has revoked the party status of UPS and the Independent Pilots Association, barring further involvement by representatives from either side looking into the crash of the UPS Airbus A300-600, which… (www.flyingmag.com) Ещё...

NPR - Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

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In the battle against wildfires, the Forest Service often draws on a fleet of air tankers — planes that drop fire retardant from the sky. But the fleet shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, and by 2012, the Forest Service was woefully low on planes. Now, the agency is quickly increasing the number of planes at its disposal — and modernizing the fleet in the process by adding bigger, faster and more efficient planes. (www.npr.org) Ещё...

Knee-defender sees passengers kicked off United flight

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Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination. (www.smh.com.au) Ещё...

Qantas to boost USA flights

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A spokes person for Qantas Simon Hockey has announced along with approval from Allan Joyce the CEO of Qantas that they will revamp flights from Australia to the USA.From YSSY passengers can have a choice of flying in the morning or in the afternoon to the USA. QF107 which flies from YSSY to KLAX and onwards to New York will be replaced by QF17, For which the service leaves YSSY at 17.30hrs daily using the B744. YBBN QF15 will remain unchanged but continue on from KLAX to JFK New York this is a… (www.qantas.com.au) Ещё...

Drunk man boards plane by climbing bag carousel

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Lee Jezard, 22, managed to sneak through the baggage carousel, evading security at Birmingham Airport, before walking across the tarmac and onto a Lufthansa plane. He was reportedly only caught after cleaning staff found him asleep in the toilet. Jezard cannot remember how he did it because he was too drunk at the time, a court heard on Wednesday. Read more:… (www.smh.com.au) Ещё...

First photos: British Airways' Airbus A350 Club World business class prototype

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A fresh BA patent application now reveals PHOTOS of its A350 Club World sofa-seat and cabin mock-up! (www.ausbt.com.au) 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...

Qantas ans Chine airlines new co share arrangements

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Qantas will be offering direct flights to Taipei very soon.A spokesman for the airline Stephem Thompson said in his statement on Tuesday that Qantas would have ten services a week and also co share with Chine airlines. China airlines has four times a week services out of YSSY and will increase these to ten services as well as co sharing on Qantas flights as well. Passenger numbers have increased to the destination including Hong Kong Singapore and Taipai. (www.australianaviation.com.au) 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...

Beauty or Beast? Up Close and Personal With the 787.

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Let's ignore the 787's well-publicized technical troubles for a moment, and have a look at the plane from a purely aesthetic point of view. Is it a beauty, a beast, or somewhere in between? Photos by the author... (www.askthepilot.com) Ещё...

Drone View of Napa Earthquake

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Nicely done short video of Napa Earthquake damage. This is a good way to use drones. (www.cnn.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...

Fiji Airways default with finance company over leasing

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Last week in the Fiji Times the Financial company who owns one of three 738 aircraft which Fiji Airways has leased on long term arrangements failed to pay for one of it's B738 aircraft DQ-FJH. A notice from the Bank of America for default of a outstanding lease payment of $1.3 million was not paid. The Fijian Government has intervened as usual trying to re negotiate with the Bank to cover the default or debit. A spokesman for the Bank of America Sam Chue has told the CEO and board of directors… (www.fijitimes.com.fj) 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...

Another A380 at Miami International

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Air France announced that it will use the Airbus A380 for flights between Miami and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport! (www.miamiherald.com) Ещё...

New charges for Sunwing passengers after in-flight scuffle

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Two Sunwing passengers are due in an Ontario court Thursday after allegedly disrupting a Cuba-bound flight and forcing it to return to Toronto. (www.ctvnews.ca) Ещё...

Air New Zealand flying high with record NZ$262m profit

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Air New Zealand has chalked up record post-tax profit of NZ$262 million, representing a meaty 30% growth over its 2012-3013 results and believed to be biggest take-home pot for AirNZ in a decade. It's also a large number for a relatively small airline, which underscores why Air New Zealand is one of only four airlines in the world to boast an investment-grade credit rating. (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...

USAF V-22 Ospreys survive heavy enemy fire

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Story about an aborted USAF mission using Ospreys in South Sudan to evacuate US citizens (www.aviationanalysis.net) 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...

Prom Chopper Strikes Power Lines On The Way To The Dance

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This Robinson R44 made a seemingly careful approach right into power lines. Luckily, the R44's blades took the beating and kept on turning as the chopper landed safely just a couple dozen feet below the impact. (Video) (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Ещё...

Aussie airlines Qantas, Virgin get approval for 'gate-to-gate' gadgets

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Passengers on domestic Virgin Australia flights, along with domestic and international Qantas flights, will finally be allowed to use their iPads, Kindles and other personal electronic devices on a 'gate to gate' basis from Tuesday, August 26. (tinyurl.com) Ещё...

American Eagle mid-air fuel leak

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The pilot reported fuel leaking from the right wing while the American Eagle flight was en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Dallas, Texas yesterday. The two-hour flight was aborted and the aircraft landed safely in Springfield, Missouri. (hisz.rsoe.hu) Ещё...

Malaysia Airlines Said to Mull Job Cuts, Order Review, New CEO‬

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Malaysian Airline System is considering job cuts, a review of aircraft orders and replacing its chief executive officer after the national carrier suffered two disasters this year, people familiar with the plan said. (www.thejakartaglobe.com) Ещё...

Malaysian airlines crises looms

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On the news and on the today-tonight show that channel seven network in Australia. A report investigation into some passenger dramas in flight has showed a female passenger being indecently assaulted before any flight crew had come to intervene. This happened last week on a MAS flight from NZAA to Kuala Lumpa on a B772 aircraft a sister aircraft to the two recent incidents where both aircraft have being lost. A man believed to be of Asian appearance tried to sexually assault this young girl who… (www.todaytonight.com.au) Ещё...

See Images of Airplanes at Night Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

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This summer, photographer Kevin Kunstadt began making long exposures of airplanes as they flew over the New York City area at night, creating these surreal and eerily beautiful images. (time.com) Ещё...

3D Printed Jet Engine.

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Lately we have seen it all from 3D printers. From weapons, computer parts and even now JET ENGINES! (youtu.be) Ещё...

In Europe, flying on empty leg private jet flights is cheaper than discount airline

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Empty-leg flights on private jets are offered for up to 75 per cent less than the usual going rate (www.dailymail.co.uk) 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...

Pilot forced to make emergency landing after restraining agitated elderly passenger

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An elderly passenger in a light plane tried to grab the aircraft's controls before the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a paddock in New South Wales (www.smh.com.au) Ещё...

NASA to Stop Using Soyuz Spacecraft, Invest in Domestic Private Space Industry

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NASA is expected to sign a multibillion-dollar deal with a private company to launch US astronauts from the United States instead of paying Russia to use its Soyuz spacecraft, according to The Washington Post. “In the coming weeks, NASA is expected to announce its long-awaited solution: a multibillion-dollar contract to build a US spacecraft, which could help reignite a struggling American space program,” the newspaper reported. (www.aviationnews.eu) Ещё...

ATC in Europe - still very cluttered.

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This video shows how cluttered the European ATC system still is. There are talks to merge the national ATC sectors. Flightaware still covers European movements only partially, hopefully more in the future. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

Boeing, BOC Aviation Announce Order for 82 Airplanes

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"Boeing announced today an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The order, valued at $8.8 billion at list prices, is the largest in BOC Aviation's 20-year history and part of the Singapore-based leasing company's effort to grow its portfolio of fuel-efficient airplanes." (boeing.mediaroom.com) Ещё...

Lufthansa could face another pilot strike

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Lufthansa pilots could go on strike again, German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has announced. VC said in a statement that talks with Lufthansa management has failed to reach an agreement over its early retirement scheme. The union said it will inform the traveling public in advance before any strike action would start. (atwonline.com) Ещё...

Church of the High Speed Pass

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Join Apache, Hide, Vandy and the Dreamland Squadron as they make great music and fly their Vans aircraft over the woodlands of Florida. (vimeo.com) Ещё...

It's not actually a blimp

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Wingfoot One is a member of Goodyear's new fleet of NT Airships, which have an added carbon fiber and aluminum frame beneath the soft skin. Blimps have no frame, instead operating like a big balloon with engines. (video-embed.cleveland.com) Ещё...

Cathay Pacific to begin Boston flights in May 2015

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Cathay Pacific is set to add Boston to its raft of North American destinations from the middle of next year. The direct Hong Kong-Boston flights kick off on May 2 2015, served by a Boeing 777-300ER with 6 suites in first class, 53 beds in business class, plus 34 premium economy and 182 economy seats. (www.ausbt.com.au) Ещё...

Pic: Ryanair Flight Departs Ahead of Tornado

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A tornado followed a plane as it took off from a U.K. airport (mobile.twitter.com) Ещё...

Chinese develop super-fast submarine to ‘fly’ through water in an ‘air bubble’

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Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeast China tell the South China Morning Post that they're hard at work on a submarine that the newspaper claims could travel the 6100 miles (9820 kilometres) from "Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes" by creating a bubble of air that encompasses the whole submarine, ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by… (www.smh.com.au) Ещё...