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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) Meer...

Delta Plane Skids Off Runway at LaGuardia Airport

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An aircraft skidded on the runway at LaGuardia Airport and crashed into a fence ... It wasn't clear how many people were on the Delta plane when it slid off the runway (www.nbcnewyork.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

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) Meer...

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) Meer...

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) Meer...

(Video) Harrier Lands on "Stool" After Front Gear Failure, Interview With Pilot

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U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), AV-8B Harrier jet pilot, talks about his experience during a controlled landing after his front landing gear malfunctioned on his aircraft aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) at sea, June 7, 2014. (youtu.be) Meer...

Actor Harrison Ford injured in plane crash

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Actor Harrison Ford was injured Thursday when a vintage World War II training plane he was piloting crash landed on a Mar Vista, California, golf course. The actor, who was conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair to moderate condition, authorities said. Sources said he sustained cuts to his head. (variety.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

US air traffic control computer system vulnerable to terrorist hackers

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The US system for guiding airplanes is open to vulnerabilities from outside hackers, the Government Accountability Office said Monday. The weaknesses that threaten the Federal Aviation Administration's ability to ensure the safety of flights include the failure to patch known three-year-old security holes, the transmission and storage of unencrypted passwords, and the continued use of "end-of-life" key servers. (arstechnica.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

Airbus Helicopters Unveils First Helicopter Since Taking Reigns From Eurocopter

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The Airbus H160 is the world's first all-composite civil helicopter, a lightweight chopper that promises a 185 MPH cruising speed and a comfortable, whisper quiet ride when it takes flight later this year. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Meer...

Opinion: How A Merger May Be A Zero-Sum Deal

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Mergers and acquisitions have an interesting side effect: They often bring to the surface things that otherwise would remain hidden or unnoticed. The recently announced merger of Harris Corp. and Exelis is a case in point. Beyond the usual M&A lingo (“transformational,” “powerful combination,” “growth platform,” “scale,” etc.), this transaction brings back to light some fundamental truths about the U.S. defense sector that otherwise tend to be forgotten. (aviationweek.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

(Video) How does the "Taxibot" work..

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IAI developed with Airbus and TLD an innovative new towbarless towing tractor concept – the TaxiBot (Taxiing Robot). TaxiBot is a semi-autonomous vehicle that enables airplane taxiing without engines running, controlled by the pilot and without shortening NLG life time. A proprietary TaxiBot-aircraft NLG interface mechanism provides pilot steering capability, using the airplane's existing controls in the cockpit. Taxiing speed is controlled by the pilot using the A/C brakes. The TaxiBot system… (youtu.be) Meer...

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) Meer...

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) Meer...

Airplane Repo Owners Jet runs off runway

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Marco Island, FL - Investigators are looking into what caused a private jet to crash land at the Marco Island Executive Airport Sunday. The plane is owned by Six Hundred NP, LLC - and reality star Nick Popovich of the Discovery Channel's Airplane Repo is registered to own that company. (www.nbc-2.com) Meer...

United sees potential fit for Boeing 777-300ER, not yet 777X

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United Airlines has no immediate interest in purchasing 777X aircraft from Boeing Co. but views the plane's predecessor, the 777-300ER, as a potentially good fit for its network, the carrier's Chief Financial Officer, John Rainey, told Reuters in an interview Monday. (www.stltoday.com) Meer...

The Most Locgical (and craziest) MH370 Conspiracy Theories

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THIS WEEKEND MARKS the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. No physical evidence of the Boeing 777 has been found, and other clues—logs of automated satellite communications and from military radar—have delivered more questions than answers. The 239 passengers and crew on board are presumed dead, and the official stance on the fate of the plane is that it crashed—somewhere—into the Indian Ocean, for unknown reasons. (www.wired.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

Search for Malaysia Airline Flight 370 Could End Soon

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has said the country’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 “cannot go on forever.” Truss added that talks on a cessation of the search are currently underway. (atwonline.com) Meer...

From props to jets

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The sleek, twin-engine jet, trimmed in red, white and blue, was ready for takeoff at the Long Beach airport in California, idling on the main runway, when Rene Francillon drove up for work on Feb. 25, 1965, and had to wait. The Douglas Aircraft Co. employee couldn’t pass through the gate and reach his office near the runway until the airplane was airborne. (www.boeing.com) Meer...

Boeing Studies Fuel Dashboard Expansion

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A software-based analytics tool developed by Boeing to give operators insight into fuel-use trends and possible areas for improvement is identifying greater-than-expected savings, indicating the potential for more holistic tools capable of finding wider, previously untapped efficiency gains beyond fuel-burn reduction, says the company. (aviationweek.com) Meer...

Two airlines reject rechargeable battery shipments

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Two major U.S airlines say they will no longer accept rechargeable battery shipments as new government tests confirm explosions and violent fires are likely to occur when large numbers of batteries enclosed in cargo containers overheat. (www.denverpost.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

Second A350 to up ante in Qatar's battle with Lufthansa

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Seven additional A350s are to join the first two in Qatar's fleet by year-end. The airline is planning to deploy the type to Singapore when it operates a third daily service to the city state from June. (www.flightglobal.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

OPINION: Why The Airbus A380 Is a NEO Too Far

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Slightly more than a decade ago, it was Boeing’s turn to make a hard decision. Airbus had launched the A380, so the company weighed up whether to respond with a clean-sheet design or a simpler product revamp. (www.flightglobal.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

Emirates Eyes Order For 50-70 Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 aircraft

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Emirates Airline [EMIRA.UL] is looking at an order for around 50 to 70 twin-aisle A350 or 787 aircraft, its president said on Thursday. (www.businessinsider.com) Meer...

Loyalty programs: Free perks or nefarious ploy?

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So your airline loyalty program is changing? And they want you to spend more money for the perks? That is what is happening. (www.usatoday.com) Meer...

Swiss International Air Lines Adds More Chicago and San Francisco Flights

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Swiss International Air Lines is adding second daily flights from its Zurich hub to Chicago O’Hare and San Francisco airports, to add to the second daily service it is now operating between Zurich and Miami. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) Meer...

Early 'overweight' Dreamliners that nobody wanted finally set to sell after price is slashed by 50%

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Ten aircraft dubbed 'terrible teens' after early production design problems. After six years two buyers have come forward to snap up the Dreamliners. Air Austral and Ethiopian Airlines are said to be in 'advanced discussions' (www.dailymail.co.uk) Meer...

German airline Germania's CEO eyes all-Airbus fleet

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German airline Germania aims to switch its fleet to all-Airbus (AIR.PA) aircraft when it takes older Boeing 737s out of service, its chief executive said. "We want to harmonise our fleet in five years," Karsten Balke told Reuters at the ITB travel trade fair in Berlin. (uk.reuters.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

Silk Way West orders three Boeing 747-8 freighters

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Boeing and Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes Tuesday valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) Meer...

Find out what is it like to fly an Airbus A380

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XPRESS takes the pilot’s seat in the cockpit of Abu Dhabi’s first flight simulator at Yas Mall (gulfnews.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

Asiana Settles US Court Claims In San Francisco Crash

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The July 6, 2013 crash occurred when an Asiana Boeing 777's tail struck a seawall short of the runway at San Francisco Airport, sending the aircraft into a spin. Three teenage passengers from China died and more than 180 passengers out of around 300 on board sustained injuries. (news.airwise.com) Meer...

Lufthansa LCC Eurowings to Start Long-Haul Flights Oct. 25

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Lufthansa Group’s low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Eurowings—will begin long-haul flights to Dubai, Bangkok, Phuket, Varadero and Punta Cana from Oct. 25. The LCC performed its maiden flight Feb. 1 from Hamburg to Prague, with a 162-seat Airbus A320. (atwonline.com) Meer...

Etihad Airways to Introduce A380 on Abu Dhabi-New York JFK Route

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Etihad Airways will introduce the Airbus A380 on its Abu Dhabi-New York JFK route on December 1, 2015. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) Meer...

Aerolíneas Argentinas Receives First of Four New A330-200s from Airbus

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Aerolíneas Argentinas has taken delivery of the first of four Airbus A330-200s the carrier ordered directly from the manufacturer, as part of the carrier’s fleet-renewal strategy. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) Meer...

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) Meer...

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) Meer...

US ‘big three’ carriers accuse Gulf rivals of taking $40 billion in subsidies

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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines joined with a number of unions Wednesday to accuse the three major Gulf carriers of receiving government subsidies totaling more than $40 billion. Representatives of the US airlines, the Air Line Pilots Association International, the Allied Pilots Association, and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants held a joint press conference in Washington DC as part of the US carriers’ campaign against Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and… (atwonline.com) Meer...

Boeing, Silk Way West Announce Order for Three 747-8 Freighters

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BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West today announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. (boeing.mediaroom.com) Meer...

Mexico’s Interjet Firms 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 Options

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Mexican airline Interjet has firmed 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 options valued at $350 million (atwonline.com) Meer...

Can The Bombardier CS300 Really Compete With The B737 and A320?

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Bombardier's CS300 went wheels-up for the first time last week. Here are 12 things to know about the new jet. (www.boldmethod.com) Meer...