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Germanwings Intentionally Crashed? Cockpit Door Locked Out One Pilot

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The New York Times is reporting the cockpit voice recorder indicates one pilot refused to allow the other back into the cockpit as he crashed the plane intentionally. (www.nytimes.com) Meer...

(Video) Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

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Inevitably there will be questions about cockpit access procedures; here is a video explaining how it works on an Airbus. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) Meer...

New cockpit policy for Air Canada

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Following the fatal Germanwings crash, Air Canada has announced it will be implementing a policy change requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit of all flights at all times. (www.ctvnews.ca) Meer...

Aeroflot Group will take delivery of 152 aircraft over the next three years

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Aeroflot Group (comprises Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, Rossiya – Russian Airlines, Pobeda, Aurora Airlines and Donavia) will take delivery of 152 aircraft (both Russian-produced and foreign-produced ones) over the next three years, said in the carrier’s statement, RIA Novosti reports (www.ruaviation.com) Meer...

Easyjet raises profit forecast on fall in oil price and euro

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Easyjet has raised its profit forecast because of the weakening euro and lower oil price. Previous guidance that it would make a pre-tax loss of £10m to £30m for the six months to 31 March had been revised, the carrier said. (www.bbc.com) Meer...

Delta and Virgin Atlantic expand their trans-Atlantic joint venture schedule this weekend

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) are celebrating a significant expansion of their trans-Atlantic partnership with the introduction of six new daily services. (worldairlinenews.com) Meer...

Investigators Reach Germanwings Crash Scene in French Alps

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French investigators reached the scene of the Germanwings Airbus A320 accident late in the afternoon local time and have recovered one of the aircraft’s two recorders, although whether it was the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder was not announced. (atwonline.com) Meer...

Guy Booted Off Plane Over 'Broad F----ing City' T-Shirt

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Daniel Podolsky was innocently on his way home from South By Southwest yesterday, clad in his spiffy new T-shirt promoting Comedy Central's Broad City—only doing so with the show's customary vulgarity, a la "Broad F---ing City." (www.newser.com) Meer...

Russia to reduce taxes for domestic airlines

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The Russian government has approved a bill to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) from 18% to 10% for airlines operating domestic flights. (atwonline.com) Meer...

New MH370 Report Reveals Radar, Procedural Failings

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One year after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a factual document issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport to fulfill its obligations under ICAO Annex 13 has shed new light on the partial primary radar traces obtained after MH370’s secondary surveillance radar mode ceased to function. It also exposed failings in communications and procedures at Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Area Control Centre (ACC) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Operations Control Center (OCC). The director-general of… (www.ainonline.com) Meer...

Frustration with U.S. airlines is soaring

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For flight changes or cancellations, which can run into the hundreds of dollars. For seat assignments, which can cost around $50 per seat. For checked bag, usually around $25 per bag. For priority boarding, about $50. (www.cbsnews.com) Meer...

Airlines Keep Fuel Savings For Themselves

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While motorists were enjoying low pump prices, we found, air travelers were paying the same for a ticket as they were before the oil slump. (oilprice.com) Meer...

Airlines starting over 450 new routes in first three weeks of S15 season

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Sunday 29 March represents the start of the northern hemisphere’s “summer season”. This is when airline schedules are significantly adjusted to cope with the seasonal changes in demand, and when European airlines typically launch the bulk of their new routes for the year. (www.anna.aero) Meer...

Defending Ohio As The Birthplace Of Aviation

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The Wright Brothers' home in West Dayton is no longer there but their impact on aviation history continues on.Now Ohio is firing back after another state says it is the true home of aviation. (www.abc22now.com) Meer...

Rag left in two Qantas aircraft in 2013 during maintenance

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New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) called upon the expertise of the country’s Wool Testing Authority and US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to determine the origin of a rag found in the electronics and equipment compartment area under the flightdeck of a Qantas Boeing 737-800. (australianaviation.com.au) Meer...

How the Germanwings crash will impact aviation insurance

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Allianz has released a statement confirming that it is the head underwriter for the Germanwings airplane that crashed in the French Alps with 144 passengers and six crew on board, all presumed dead. (www.ibamag.com) Meer...

Lufthansa CEO: 'safety in aviation not a given'

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Safety in aviation is not a given, the chief executive of Lufthansa said, a day after a plane operated by its Germanwings unit crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 onboard. (www.reuters.com) Meer...

Austrian Airlines' new livery revealed

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The wraps are off Austrian Airlines's new livery, and it's a more subtle make-over than some were expecting. (www.ausbt.com.au) Meer...

American Airlines Group expects merger milestone on April 8

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American Airlines and US Airways expect to receive a single operating certificate from U.S. regulators on April 8, marking a milestone since their December 2013 merger, parent American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) told employees in a newsletter on Wednesday. (www.reuters.com) Meer...

F-35 pilots are seeing double, but it's the plane that's drunk

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be stealthy, powerful and expensive, but the plane's greatest threat isn't the enemy. Instead, engineers have discovered a software glitch that gives these new super fighters the technological equivalent of double vision. F-35s are equipped with Advanced Sensor Fusion, a system that's designed to collate sensor data from all of the planes and combine them into one big picture. If you have 10 jets zooming around, all of the allied pilots and commanders will,… (www.engadget.com) Meer...

Germanwings plane crash: A320 pilot says co-pilot can be locked out of cockpit

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It is possible for one pilot of an Airbus A320 to lock the other pilot out of the cockpit to the extent that he cannot regain entry, even if the aircraft is in a fatal dive, says an Australian pilot of an A320. (www.smh.com.au) Meer...

Norwegian changes cockpit procedures

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Norwegian has decided to change its cockpit procedures so that two crew members always are present in the cockpit. (www.mynewsdesk.com) Meer...

Boeing donates ZA002 787-8 Dreamliner to Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson AZ USA

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The Pima Air & Space Museum announced today it will join the ranks of the very few with the donation of an original flight test 787 Dreamliner from The Boeing Company into its expanding world renowned collection. (www.pimaair.org) Meer...

Germanwings Drafts in Planes From Other Airlines as Crews Deemed ‘Unfit to Fly’

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Germanwings has drafted in 11 planes from other airlines to cater for 40 of its flights today as mourning crew members are declared “unfit to fly”. (www.newsweek.com) Meer...

Finnair to launch Inflight Internet on Airbus A350

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Finnair will launch inflight WiFi on the Airbus A350 when the first XWB is delivered in autumn this year, and will fitout its entire short-haul and long-haulr fleet by the end of 2018 (www.ausbt.com.au) Meer...

Emirates offers free wi-fi on-board its aircraft

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Emirates, a Dubai-based airline, now offers free wi-fi on 106 of its aircraft, with two to three more aircraft being installed with wi-fi connectivity every month. (www.tradearabia.com) Meer...

Flying safer than staying at home, says aviation journalist

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UK-based aviation journalist John Walton has spoken to DW about the probable fallout on Europe's air industry after the Germanwings disaster that killed 150 people in the French Alps. (www.dw.de) Meer...

Alps Crash Site 'Freakishly Close' to 1953 Disaster

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As investigators head to the remote site in the French Alps where Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed yesterday, aviation experts are remembering an air disaster that happened in what the International Business Times calls a "freakishly close" location near the village of Barcelonnette. (www.newser.com) Meer...

(Video) MV-22 Osprey Close-Up Aerial Refueling

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U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa completed an aerial refueling mission from Morón Air Base, Spain, Feb. 25, 2015. Two MV-22B Ospreys connected to refueling lines on a KC-130J, which refueled the Ospreys over the Atlantic Ocean. (youtu.be) Meer...

Light Plane Flips in KDWH Seaplane Strip

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A pilot who "crashed" in the seaplane landing strip at Houston Hooks airport was uninjured, and was able to "swim to safety". (abc13.com) Meer...

Damaged Malaysia Airlines A330 is limping home

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The Malaysia Airlines A330 that was stranded at Melbourne Airport for 10 days after a severe hard landing is ‘limping’ home. (blogs.crikey.com.au) Meer...

American Airlines Slow to Deal with 'Dead Passenger' Problem

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The largest airline in the world seems willing to let dead people aboard its jets because the carrier appears reluctant to abide by its own policy and issue refunds to families of those who’ve died after booking a flight. (patch.com) Meer...

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