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Russia requests 747 autopilot changes after Bishkek crash

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Pilot error, controller oversight shortcomings and a potentially confusing or potentially dangerous autopilot mode are key takeaways from a preliminary report on the crash of an ACT Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighter crash (atwonline.com) Ещё...

KC-46A tanker in danger of further delays, GAO reports

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The Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker programme is in danger of suffering further setbacks in addition to the 12 month delay already experienced in the delivery of the first fully capable aircraft to the US Air Force (USAF), an official US government report has noted. (www.janes.com) Ещё...

Boeing’s defense unit wins $26.6 million NASA contract

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The Boeing Co.’s Defense, Space and Security unit, which is based in Hazelwood, has been selected by NASA to develop a prototype High Performance Spaceflight Computing Processor. The contract, which runs from March 27 through December 2020, is valued at $26.6 million. (www.bizjournals.com) Ещё...

Slots To Be Temporarily Required for Bizav at Toronto Pearson

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Slots will temporarily be required for business and general aviation operators at Toronto Pearson International Airport due to an increase in overall aircraft operations combined with a runway rehabilitation project. Business and general aviation operators are required to book arrival and departure slots up to 48 hours before estimated time of departure (ETD) or arrival (ETA), according to the National Business Aviation Association. (www.bjtonline.com) Ещё...

Stewardess helps to land Boeing 737 bound for Mallorca with 195 people on board

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A brave air stewardess helped to land a German aircraft after the co-pilot passed out in the middle of a flight. A TUIfly plane traveling from Hannover to Mallorca was in French airspace when it got into trouble on October 11 last year, investigators say. (www.dailymail.co.uk) Ещё...

London Stansted runway closed after anti-deportation protesters block flight.

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The runway of London Stansted Airport was closed during the night after protesters ran out to prevent a plane carrying eight deportees from taking off. The campaign groups End Deportations, Plane Stupid and activists from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants said 14 activists had locked themselves to a tripod to stop a “mass deportation charter flight” to Nigeria and Ghana. The plane targeted by protesters was on a remote stand at the opposite side of the airport to the passenger terminal and… (www.airlive.net) Ещё...

Video: Boeing airliner catches fire in Peru, no serious injuries reported

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Peruvian Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-300 jet drove off the runway for unspecified reasons during the scheduled landing, after swerving to the right. It said that all 141 people on board the flight, which originated in Lima, were evacuated safely. (uk.reuters.com) Ещё...

Is this the end of first class flying?

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FLYING first class is a pipe dream for many of us — and becoming even more so as airlines do away with the most expensive seats on the plane. Qantas’ new 787-9 Dreamliners will not have a first class — only business and premium economy, just as Virgin Australia opted not to include a first when it reconfigured its 777 and A330 aircraft. (www.planeetiquette.com) Ещё...