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  • Pakistan Jet Crashed Shortly After Bizarre Landing Attempt At 327 KPH

    05/28/2020 2:00:56 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 61 replies
    NDTV ^ | 28 May 2020 | Alan Levin
    At no point did the pilots say they had a problem with their landing gear or any other type of emergency, according to the radio calls. A deadly plane crash in Pakistan is prompting questions about how the crew could touch down without landing gear when their sophisticated jetliner was bristling with equipment to prevent pilots from doing just that "It is unbelievable to me that an airline crew on a jet like an Airbus, with all the warning systems, would attempt to land the plane without the gear extended," said John Cox, an aviation safety consultant who formerly flew...
  • Official: Pakistani Passenger Plane Crashes Near Karachi

    05/22/2020 3:59:14 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 17 replies
    A passenger plane belonging to state-run airline Pakistani International Airlines has crashed near the southern port city of Karachi, according to Abdul Sattar Kokhar, spokesman for the country's civil aviation authority.
  • Why Existing Airbus A380s Won’t Be Converted To Freighters

    04/22/2020 3:00:39 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    Simple Flying ^ | 21 April 2020 | Nicholas Cummins
    The Airbus A380 has all the prerequisites for cargo conversions on paper. However, the aircraft is too heavy and too costly to operate compared to other cargo aircraft conversions. This points to a single destiny for the type; ending up in an aircraft graveyard. On paper, the A380 would make an excellent cargo aircraft. Alas, there are some flaws in the A380 design when it comes to cargo. The first is how heavy the A380 is. Because the A380 has a heavier empty weight than the competitive Boeing 747-8F cargo carrier, it actually costs more to get the aircraft in...
  • Pilots' skill captured as they land A380 plane sideways in Storm Dennis at Heathrow

    02/16/2020 9:42:30 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 101 replies
    Sky News ^ | 16 February 2020 | Alix Culbertson
    The skill of two pilots was captured on video as they landed the world's largest passenger plane sideways while battling heavy crosswinds at Heathrow Airport. The Etihad Airbus A380, which is flown by two pilots, can be seen hovering metres above the tarmac as it attempted to touchdown on Saturday during Storm Dennis.
  • French winemakers demand €300 million compensation over US tariffs

    02/11/2020 10:14:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies ^ | 11 February 2020 13:31 CET+01:00 | AFP
    French winemakers hit by US tariffs imposed in a transatlantic trade war over airplane subsidies on Tuesday demanded help from their government and European planemaker Airbus. French wine exports to the US have plunged since President Donald Trump in October imposed 25 percent tariffs on a range of European delicacies in retaliation for EU subsidies of Airbus, arch-rival of America’s Boeing. The French finance ministry last week announced that wine exports to the US — the second-biggest export market for French wines after Germany — had fallen by 44 percent in value from October to November. On Tuesday, the vice-president...
  • Airbus Agrees to Pay over $3.9 Billion in Global Penalties to Resolve Foreign Bribery and ITAR Case

    02/03/2020 2:43:17 PM PST · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | January 30, 2020 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, January 31, 2020 Airbus SE (Airbus or the Company), a global provider of civilian and military aircraft based in France, has agreed to pay combined penalties of more than $3.9 billion to resolve foreign bribery charges with authorities in the United States, France and the United Kingdom arising out of the Company’s scheme to use third-party business partners to bribe government officials, as well as non-governmental airline executives, around the world and to resolve the Company’s violation of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and its implementing regulations,...
  • US tariffs on autos not mentioned in talks, EU trade chief says

    01/16/2020 9:02:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.17.2020 | cw/sms (AFP, dpa)
    US threats to impose tariffs on European autos did not come up in trade talks in Washington, European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday. “It was not mentioned; it was hardly mentioned,” Hogan told reporters in the US capital. “I think it should be good news for Germany.” The Trump administration has repeatedly threatened to put tariffs on European automobiles imported into the US, citing threats to national security. But a deadline to make a decision passed last November without a comment from the White House after the EU threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports. Hogan’s remarks...
  • Airbus topples Boeing as biggest plane maker

    01/06/2020 7:47:52 AM PST · by NorseViking · 41 replies
    Deutsche Welle by MSN ^ | January 6, 2019 | Ashutosh Pandey
    Europe's Airbus has become the world's biggest plane maker this year as its US rival Boeing struggles to get its bestselling MAX jets back in the skies. Airbus — which has trailed Boeing since 2012 — delivered a record 863 aircraft in 2019, Reuters news agency reported, citing airport and tracking sources. Boeing, on the other hand, had delivered just 345 planes by the end of November and is on course for its worst performance in more than a decade, mainly hurt by the grounding of the MAX aircraft. The US plane maker delivered 806 aircraft in 2018, slightly more...
  • Planes could fly together in V-shaped flocks to save fuel and cut down on emissions amid growing 'flight shame' over their environmental impact

    01/04/2020 12:35:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:59 EST, 3 January 2020 | Jack Newman
    Planes could soon by flying in V-shape formations like migrating birds in a bid to save fuel and emissions. Airbus says flight technology is now mature enough to use the formation which would allow aircraft to effectively ride on the coattails of each other. The tactic is often seen in cycling, where racers “draft” behind leaders of the racing peloton, following in their slipstream. Within six months, two A350 planes will make a long-haul formation flight to prove the so-called “wake energy retrieval” can be accomplished, according to The Times. Then early in 2021, an airline will pair two jets,...
  • Future Planes Will Track Lots of Data on Passengers, Including How Long They Spend in the Bathroom

    10/05/2019 8:32:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Travel and Leisure ^ | October 03, 2019 | Stacey Leasca
    The airplane of the future is almost here. And, according to experts, it will know everything about you as a passenger. Including how long you spend in the bathroom. In early October, Airbus unveiled what it believes to be the future of its aircraft at an industry event in Los Angeles. It’s calling its new cabin the Airspace Connected Experience, CNN reported. The new planes will come with a host of high-tech gadgets to assist crew members in ensuring passengers have an enjoyable — and safe — flight. The connected aircraft could also help save airlines a bundle of cash...
  • U.S. Wins $7.5 Billion Award in Airbus Subsidies Case (Largest anywhere. Ever.)

    10/04/2019 1:24:09 AM PDT · by cba123 · 4 replies
    Washington, D.C. – The United States has won the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization (WTO) history in its dispute with the European Union over illegal subsidies to Airbus. This follows four previous panel and appellate reports from 2011-2018 finding that EU subsidies to Airbus break WTO rules. Today’s decision demonstrates that massive EU corporate welfare has cost American aerospace companies hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue over the nearly 15 years of litigation. (please see link, for full article)
  • WTO rules in favor of US in Airbus dispute, paving way for tariffs.....(Winning!)

    10/03/2019 11:56:38 AM PDT · by caww · 5 replies
    Washington Exaniner ^ | 9/2/2019 | by Sean Higgins
    The World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the United States Wednesday in a long-running dispute with the European Union over subsidies to Airbus, paving the way for the U.S. to hit the EU with $7.5 billion in retaliatory tariffs........ The U.S. and EU have been fighting since 2004 over whether their respective aerospace industry policies toward Airbus and Boeing amount to unfair practices. The WTO's ruling said the EU subsidized Airbus by giving it preferential treatment on interest rates. "The Appellate Body upheld the Panel’s findings that Airbus paid a lower interest rate ... than would have been available...
  • World Trade Organization authorizes US Tariffs on $7.5 bil. in goods from EU over Airbus subsidies

    10/03/2019 7:20:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/03/2019 | Thomas Lifson
    The World Trade Organization handed down a ruling yesterday that because the European Union subsidized Airbus in its competition with Boeing, the United States could impose retaliatory tariffs on $7.5 billion in EU exports to the United States. The Wall Street Journal reports on the retaliatory tariffs being planned: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said it would impose the tariffs starting Oct. 18, with 10% levies on jetliners and 25% duties on other products including Irish and Scotch whiskies, cheeses and hand tools. As a Scotch drinker, I am not happy about this, and wonder how many...
  • US set to slap tariffs on EU following WTO Airbus ruling

    10/02/2019 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.02.2019 | cw/se (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)
    The United States will impose tariffs on $7.5 billion (€6.8 billion) worth of European imports in retaliation for illegal EU subsidies to airplane maker Airbus. The announcement came hours after the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday ruled on a 15-year-old case that the US could impose $7.5 billion in retaliatory tariffs in response to illegal EU subsidies to Airbus that hurt its American rival Boeing. Washington plans to impose a 10% tariff on aircraft imported from Europe and apply a 25% import tax on other agricultural and industrial items on October 18, the Office of the US Trade Representative...
  • Airlines play safe with A320Neo, lighten load

    09/19/2019 4:12:54 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sept. 18, 2019 | Manju V
    MUMBAI: The core problem which led to the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft worldwide has surfaced on the Airbus 320Neo as well. Both these aircraft have a tendency to pitch the nose up, excessively to an unsafe degree, during certain stages of flight. The big difference though is that unlike the Boeing 737 MAX, the A320NEO has never had an excessive pitch problem during flight operations. The problem came up recently only during laboratory testing carried out by the European aircraft manufacturer. But a wary European Union aviation regulator, which had certified the A320NEO safe to fly, has issued...
  • Obama's re-election efforts and $10,000,000+ connection to the Boeing 737 Max disaster's

    06/29/2019 7:01:32 AM PDT · by rfmadjr · 22 replies
    (WIkipedia...."During the certification process, the FAA delegated many evaluations to Boeing, allowing the manufacturer to review their own product.[48][49] It was widely reported that Boeing pushed to expedite approval of the 737 MAX to compete with the Airbus A320neo. That aircraft hit the market nine months ahead of Boeing's model.") Article excerpt... ...During his time as President of the United States, Barack Obama promoted the sale of Boeing planes—including the 737 Max 8 planes—around the world. In November 2011, in Bali, Indonesia, President Obama announced an agreement between Boeing and Lion Air. "For the last several days I’ve been talking...
  • Boeing could suspend 737 Max production

    07/24/2019 11:11:01 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 49 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jul 24, 2019 | Leslie Josephs
    The 737 Max has been grounded since mid-March following two fatal crashes. Investigators implicated a piece of new flight-control software in both air disasters that repeatedly pushed the nose of the planes downward. A total of 346 people were killed in the two crashes. The manufacturer on Wednesday posted the biggest quarterly loss in its history as costs piled up and it took a nearly $5 billion charge to compensate airlines affected by the worldwide grounding of the 737 Max, now in its fifth month. Boeing's $4.9 billion charge and the $1.7 billion increase in costs related to the 737...
  • EASA alerts Airbus A321neo operators over ‘excessive pitch’ issue

    07/19/2019 9:24:43 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 23 replies
    Aerotime News Hub ^ | 18th July 2019 | RŪTA BURBAITĖ
    ... The regulator stated that “excessive pitch attitude could occur in certain conditions and during specific maneuvers”, warning that the condition “could result in reduced control” of the aircraft. As a safety measure, EASA has ordered A321neo operators to update the flight manuals subsequently, within 30 days of the AD. Airlinerwatch points out the MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) installed on the MAX was also intended to prevent “excessive pitch” of the aircraft. The software would push down the nose of the aircraft if the AOA (Angle of Attack) sensor detected too steep of a pitch. However, according to Air...
  • Airbus about to pass Boeing to become world's largest aircraft maker

    07/14/2019 6:29:18 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 61 replies
    CNN Business ^ | Jul 11, 2019 | Chris Isidore
    Boeing has bested Airbus as the world's largest aircraft maker for most of this decade. That's about to change in dramatic fashion. Airbus' commanding lead is especially significant because the race between the two companies has historically been tight. Last year, for example, Boeing delivered 806 aircraft last year to Airbus' 800. 2015 was the only year this decade in which one of the two airplane manufacturers delivered 100 more planes than the other. The gap between them is almost certainly going to get wider. Boeing has not been able to deliver any of its bestselling 737 Max planes since...
  • Cracks found on wings of Airbus A380

    07/10/2019 5:36:43 AM PDT · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 16 replies
    US News / Reuters ^ | 7/9/2019 | (Reporting by Tim Hepher and Cyril Altmeyer; additional reporting by Jamie Freed in Singapore & Alex
    European regulators have ordered inspections on some older Airbus A380 superjumbo airplanes after some cracks were detected in wings on the world's largest passenger aircraft. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) directive, which formalizes an instruction from the manufacturer itself, covers part of the outer wing on the 25 oldest aircraft, which first went into service in 2007 with Singapore Airlines . Airbus said the safety of the aircraft was not affected. "We confirm that small cracks have been found on the outer rear wing spars of early production A380 aircraft. We have identified the issue and designed an inspection...