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United flight skids off runway

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A United flight landing at Houston skidded off the runway. All 167 aboard okay. (abc13.com) Meer...

Asiana Airlines flight crashes short, skids off runway in Japan

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TOKYO -- News reports say an Asiana Airlines plane skidded off a runway after landing in western Japan and about 20 passengers received minor injuries. It said the Airbus 320 plane was carrying 74 passengers and seven crew members from Seoul, South Korea. It said they were evacuated using escape chutes, and no was seriously injured. (abc7news.com) Meer...

JAL plane aborts landing after car spotted on runway at Tokushima airport

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Article includes video from airport camera which shows the car on the runway. (www.japantoday.com) Meer...

Worker trapped in cargo hold on Alaska flight

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An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to return to Seattle after a worker was trapped in the cargo hold. (jansaviation.com) Meer...

Frontier dedicates Orville, the Red Cardinal, to the State of Ohio

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On Sunday, April 12th, Frontier Airlines dedicated N228FR (cn 5526) an Airbus A320-214 to the state of Ohio. N228FR was also dedicated to aviation explorer Orville Wright, a native Ohioan. (www.opshots.net) Meer...

Fraport To Go Ahead With Frankfurt Airport Expansion

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Fraport's supervisory board has decided to build a third terminal at Frankfurt airport, despite local objections over the environmental impact. Opponents argue the extra capacity at Europe's third largest airport is not needed and that the airport just outside Germany's financial capital already creates too much noise. The decision to press on with a project that could cost up to EUR€3 billion (USD$3.2 billion) followed a study commissioned by the Hesse state government to look at the airport's… (news.airwise.com) Meer...

First LEAP powered A320neo rolled out

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Airbus today rolled out the first next generation CFM LEAP-1A turbofan engine powered A320neo from its final assembly line in Toulouse, France. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Meer...

Study: Flying Really Is Getting Worse

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If you've ever found yourself complaining that flying was a much better experience back when you were a young'un, you're not just being a crotchety oldster: A study released today finds that flying is, in fact, worse than it used to be. The AP has highlights from the annual Airline Quality Rating report, which is based on government data for the 12 largest US airlines. (www.newser.com) Meer...

Virgin Australia: free food in economy on all Australian flights

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Virgin Australia is now offering free food on all Australian domestic flights as the airline continues to close the service gap with Qantas. (www.ausbt.com.au) Meer...

Hacker on a Plane: FBI Seizes Researcher’s Gear

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The FBI seized equipment from noted security researcher Chris Roberts on Wednesday, alleging that Roberts may have tampered with the systems aboard a United flight to Chicago, based upon a tweet he made about purportedly being able to access the aircraft's EICAS system. Roberts denies the claim. (securityledger.com) Meer...

B-47 Pilot Familiarization Video -- 1952

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A 1952 dramatized orientation film about the B-47 Stratojet starring Reed Hadley. U.S. Air Force training film #TF 1-4727, "The B-47: Pilot's Familiarization." (youtu.be) Meer...

31 Miami International Airprot Employees Caught On Camera Stealing From Bags

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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) -- Thirty-one ramp workers and baggage handlers at Miami International Airport have been arrested since 2012 after undercover video set up during a sting operation by Miami-Dade Police captured them going through passengers' bags to steal valuables. (m.wsvn.com) Meer...

Southwest - Missouri One

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Timelaspe video of the painting of the new Southwest Missouri One livery. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

2 TSA Screeners Fired Over Groping Scheme

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TSA would have us believe that all its screeners are professionals who would never, ever stoop to gawking at our X-rayed private parts or, maybe worse, copping a feel. CBS Denver, however, reports that two screeners at Denver's airport have been fired after their groping scheme was uncovered. (www.newser.com) Meer...

Air Malta newlyweds baffle aviation enthusiasts with heart-shaped flight path

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An Air Malta pilot and his stewardess wife took an unusual heart-shaped flight path over the island in celebration of their marriage. The hearts' pattern in the skies grabbed attention after a live air traffic tracking site, Flightradar24.com, caught the Air Malta flight KM14JC forming the hearts over the island. (www.ibtimes.co.uk) Meer...

Google to Rescue ADS-B

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"Google’s Dave Vos was quite clear in saying the company wants to drive down ADS-B costs for manned and unmanned aircraft" (www.avweb.com) Meer...

Airlines, FAA Discussing ‘Grace Period’ For ADS-B Out Rule

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U.S. airlines expect that FAA will allow a five-year “grace period” for full compliance with the agency’s 2010 mandate that carriers’ aircraft be Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out capable by Jan. 1, 2020. (aviationweek.com) Meer...

Video of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket landing failure

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SpaceX's HD video of the Falcon 9's April 14th landing attempt. Managed to touch down, but couldn't quite hold it. (www.extremetech.com) Meer...

Costa Mesa teen begins helicopter lessons in February, flies cross country in April

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Two weeks ago, the newly enrolled flight student proved she had the chops to be an aviator, when she flew a small helicopter 2,000 miles to Tennessee over a four-day stretch. (www.ocregister.com) Meer...

Airbus Group Australia Pacific delivers first H145 helicopter

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Airbus Group Australia Pacific has delivered its first H145 helicopter to this part of the world. The New Zealand-based customer who accepted delivery of the H145 was replacing their earlier model EC145, Airbus Group Australia Pacific said. (australianaviation.com.au) Meer...

Hidden cameras reveal airport workers stealing from luggage

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Inside a plane at Miami International Airport, baggage handlers are going on a shopping spree with passengers' bags. What they don't know is that they are being recorded on a hidden camera. The Miami-Dade Police Department set up the camera as part of an ongoing police investigation into luggage thefts by the very airport workers who are supposed to get bags safely onto planes. "It's a problem we all face," said police Lt. Pete Estis. "We will continue to be proactive until we can… (www.cnn.com) Meer...

“Mobile Vacuum Trash Compactor” wins Crystal Cabin Award

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The Airbus’ supported university project for the development of a mobile vacuum trash compactor has been awarded with a Cabin Crystal Awards in the Category University. The innovative concept provides significant weight reduction, better space utilisation and less system complexity by using the on-board vacuum toilet system or waste water system as pressure source for a compaction mechanism. Today’s trash compactor technologies are based on electromechanical compactors which are heavy (80 kg –… (www.airbus.com) Meer...

Denver International Airport: TSA Agents Fired for Groping Men at Airport, Police Reports Say

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A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers. It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4. According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in… (denver.cbslocal.com) Meer...

German air controllers urge remote control of planes after crash

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The German air traffic control authority has urged the aviation industry to develop technology that ground staff could use in an emergency to take remote command of a plane, which could help prevent a repeat of a Germanwings crash last month. Investigators believe that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the Germanwings plane into a French mountainside on March 24, killing all 150 people onboard. "We have to think past today's… (uk.reuters.com) Meer...

Man taken into custody after landing aircraft on Capitol grounds

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U.S. Capitol Police have converged Wednesday on a small manned aircraft that has landed on the west front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Police have taken the pilot into custody. (www.cnn.com) Meer...

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Australia, China and Malaysia to review search effort for missing plane

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The figureheads of Malaysia, Australia and China are due to meet on Thursday (16 April) to review the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The £90m (£61.3m) search in the southern Indian Ocean, led by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre and Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is due to finish in May, has so far revealed no trace of the missing Boeing 777. (www.ibtimes.co.uk) Meer...

DOTC to airlines: No overbooking during peak seasons

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The Civil Aeronautics Board, for its part, is looking to fix a minimum compensation for any passenger who is denied boarding due to overbooking (www.rappler.com) Meer...

Air France Flight 6738 makes emergency landing in Halifax

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An Air France cargo jet with three people on board has landed safely at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport after declaring an emergency. Flight 6738 departed from Paris on Tuesday evening and was scheduled to land in Chicago. Around 9 p.m. AT, an emergency was declared on board and the flight diverted to Halifax. The Boeing 777 landed around 9:35 p.m. without incident. (www.cbc.ca) Meer...

Portland Airport Hires Unlikely Landscaping Team

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The airport recently made over 40 hires to help combat the issue of invasive plants growing around the airport and predators, such as coyotes, disturbing workers and guests. Who are these new employees? 40 goats and a llama. (www.golocalpdx.com) Meer...

The plane that can fly backwards

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The Antonov An-2 first flew in 1947, as the Soviet Union was rebuilding after the tumult of World War II. Even on its maiden flight it looked archaic; aviation technology had already joined the jet age. But the An-2 was an incredibly sound design – built in the thousands, exported all across the globe, and still serving nearly 70 years after decades of production. And the plane has one very special attribute – aside from its remarkably short take-off and landing – that should be physically… (www.bbc.com) Meer...

U.S. Airlines Have Paid the Government $250 Billion -- Amazingly, Some Claim They Are Subsidized

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Of all misguided statements that have been in the debate regarding the $39 billion government subsidies of the three Middle East carriers, the most misguided ones suggest that it’s fine because U.S. airlines are also heavily subsidized. (www.forbes.com) Meer...

America's Best Airlines

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The annual Airline Quality Report from Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was just published and the news is not good for the traveling consumer. Overall, the airline industry dropped in quality over the course of 2014, down to a low not seen since 2009. (www.forbes.com) Meer...

US to Develop 6th Generation Fighters to Outrun Russian, Chinese Jets

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The US Air Force and Navy plan to pursue the development and acquisition of sixth-generation F/A-XX fighters; they consider the fleet of existing jets incapable of handling their Russian and Chinese fifth-generation counterparts, something which they feel constitutes a real threat to national security. The Chinese Chengdu J-20 and the Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA are becoming a real threat to the US Air Force and Navy, according to The National Interest, an international affairs magazine. “When… (www.aviationnews.eu) Meer...

Boeing 737 MAX: performance with reported engine SFC shortfall

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There have been persistent reports that the CFM LEAP engines should be behind their fuel consumption targets. We commented on these rumors recently and have since got further Market Intelligence from those with direct knowledge confirming that the LEAP-1B for 737 MAX is behind target Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC). As we commented before, the key is to what degree any deficit will be ameliorated before Entry Into Service (EIS) and how remaining gaps, if any, are handled. It would not be the… (leehamnews.com) Meer...

Airlines under fire for 'gender segregation'

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Women’s groups call for summit to discuss how to handle issue of ultra-Orthodox Jews refusing to sit next to women (www.telegraph.co.uk) Meer...

Solar-powered plane on round-the-world flight gets stuck in China

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(CNN)The Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel, has been grounded by the weather in China. What was supposed to be an overnight pit stop in the southwestern city of Chongqing has now stretched into a two-and-a-half week stay. (www.cnn.com) Meer...

Air Force fires general over A-10 jets 'treason' remarks

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An Air Force general has been fired after an investigation into comments he made to lower-ranking officers about how talking to members of Congress about the capabilities about the A-10 “Warthog” attack jet was tantamount to treason, the Air Force confirmed Friday. (www.foxnews.com) Meer...

Inside the Factory Where Boeing Planes are Made

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Take a peek at the world's largest maternity ward–Boeing's 98-acre factory in Everett, Washington, where newborn planes are delivered every day. (mentalfloss.com) Meer...

GE developing Sixth Gen combat engine

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US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and General Electric Aviation is developing a sixth generation high performance, fuel-efficient engine to demonstrate adaptive cycle engine technologies for powering sixth generation combat aircraft. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Meer...

Richard Branson: How I founded Virgin Airlines and why you should always be open to new business opportunities

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Entrepreneurs must be ready to act on new business opportunities “no matter where you are or what you’re doing”, says Virgin founder Richard Branson. (www.smartcompany.com.au) Meer...

Missoula man recounts seabed search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

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This past January, a Missoula man spent a month aboard a 300-foot boat looking for the lost aircraft, using sonar to scan the bottom of an unexplored expanse of the desolate southern Indian Ocean. (missoulian.com) Meer...

Photo gallery: Sydney to Singapore in 4 days by Qantas flying boat

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We reflect on Qantas’ 1938 Empire Class flying boat service between Sydney and Singapore, a trip which used to take four full days (with three overnight stops) instead of today’s eight hour jaunt. (www.ausbt.com.au) Meer...

Lufthansa Launches A380 Premium Economy Cabin

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The first Lufthansa Airbus A380 equipped with the airline’s new premium economy cabin took off this week from Frankfurt Airport en route to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The aircraft is the first A380 in the Lufthansa fleet to offer the new class of travel on board. Houston is the first destination served by this particular aircraft before it takes off to the various A380 destinations within Lufthansa’s worldwide long-haul network. (www.globaltravelerusa.com) Meer...

'Star Wars' designer imagines planes of the future

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Stephen Chang, the creator of this Flying Wing concept, designed a starship for the Star Wars video game franchise. He also happens to be an aviation enthusiast. Although he's not an engineer, we wondered what kind of commercial airliners his dynamic imagination would create. Click through the gallery to see his fascinating visions for the future of commercial air travel (www.cnn.com) Meer...

This Airline Wants to Give You a Wider Seat in Economy Cabin

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Southwest Airlines Co. will give passengers something extra with its newly designed aircraft seats -- more than one-half inch of extra width. At 17.8 inches (45 centimeters) across, the bottom seat cushions will be the widest in the coach cabin of any Boeing Co. 737 in the U.S., according to Southwest, the biggest operator of 737s. The plane is the world’s most widely flown jetliner. (www.bloomberg.com) Meer...

Do Airlines Raise Prices Based on Your Location?

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In the great airfare arms race between airlines and consumers, there have been countless innovations aimed at getting either the best deal possible, if you're a traveler; or the most revenue possible, if you're an airline. For most consumers, it feels like the airlines usually come out ahead, and this drives intelligent people to explore and eventually market clever new ways of finding the ever-elusive "best deal. (www.smartertravel.com) Meer...

Plane makes emergency landing at LaGuardia after smoke fills cabin

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A passenger plane made an emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport Monday afternoon after smoke filled the cabin of the plane, according to the Port Authority. (pix11.com) Meer...

Auburn to offer flight school for Drones

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University's aviation center plans to being offering courses about how to fly drones. (www.abc3340.com) Meer...

All Nippon Airways launches Star Wars-inspired Boeing Dreamliner

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The force is strong with this airline. All Nippon Airways this fall will roll out a 787-9 Dreamliner from the Boeing Co. with the paint scheme patterned after the popular Star Wars character R2-D2. (www.bizjournals.com) Meer...

Air New Zealand to begin direct B777 flights to Houston from December

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Air New Zealand will begin direct Auckland-Houston flights "up to five times a week" in December, with the Boeing 777-200 flights feeding into the hub of Star Alliance partner United Airlines. (www.ausbt.com.au) Meer...

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