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  • Airbus sees possible future sales of 'hundreds' of 400M in U.S.

    09/12/2014 7:29:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 11 September 2014
    WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Europe's Airbus said on Thursday that it sees the possibility of selling hundreds of its A400M military transport plane to the U.S. military in the medium to long term. Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas Inc, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that the company was focused on securing additional orders for the UH-72 helicopter that it builds in Mississippi in the short term, but its "next big project" would be focused on marketing the A400M. "There's this incredible airplane that can do just about everything," Eccleston said, noting that Airbus saw possible sales...
  • Qatar spends big on American choppers and missiles

    07/15/2014 3:49:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter, is using its gas money to cash in on some top-of-the-line U.S. supplied military hardware. Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah, met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and signed acceptance letters for $11 billion worth of Apache attack helicopters, Patriot missile defense batteries and anti-tank Javelin missiles, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” said Rear Adm....
  • Airbus Seeking Patent For Bicycle Seats Because Flying Isn’t Uncomfortable Enough Already

    07/14/2014 6:21:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 50 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | 14 July 2014 | Mary Beth Quirk
    While you’re fighting for territory on the arm rest and suffering the kicks, nudges and otherwise annoying seat disturbances that come with flying commercial airlines, just think… it could be worse. How much worse? Like perching on a bicycle seat worse. Airbus submitted a patent in Europe for the seats, with have small backrests but no tray tables or headrest, reports the Los Angeles Times. And legroom? Keep dreaming. The pared down design is an attempt to cut down on bulk, which in turn allows for more sardined passengers and ostensibly, more money. “In effect, to increase the number of...
  • Airbus: Pilots don't really need windows

    07/08/2014 9:03:51 AM PDT · by DFG · 53 replies
    Seattlepi.com via SFGATE ^ | 07/02/2014 | AUBREY COHEN
    Future airliner flight decks may do away with windows and move out of the nose of the aircraft, according to Airbus. The European airplane maker filed a patent application Dec. 23, published June 26, for a flight deck that relies mostly or entirely on electronic viewscreens. The first advantage is aerodynamic, since flight deck windows require interrupting the ideal scalpel shape of the nose, Airbus wrote. Also, big windows and the reinforcement required for them add weight to the aircraft.
  • Airbus joins foreign investors warning against Britain quitting EU

    01/22/2014 4:20:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:05pm GMT | Brenda Goh
    European aerospace group Airbus, one of Britain’s largest employers, has voiced concerns over the possibility of the country leaving the European Union (EU), saying the benefits of an alternative economic model needed to be proven. The Franco-German company, that employs 17,000 workers in Britain, is the latest large foreign investor to say it favors Britain continuing its membership of the 28-member trading bloc. Car giants Ford and Japan’s Nissan have said they would have to re-evaluate their operations if Britain pulled out of the EU in a proposed referendum. …
  • Airbus plane appears in Seattle ad championing efforts to woo Boeing

    11/20/2013 6:22:05 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 20, 2013 | Jonathan Kaminsky
    An advertisement placed in The Seattle Times on Wednesday by a group hoping to encourage Washington state to keep up its fight to secure the coveted work on the new Boeing 777 includes a notable miscue. At the top of the full-page ad, under the all-caps text "The Future of Washington," is pictured not a Boeing jet, but rather an A320 from archrival Airbus.
  • Airbus sends first A350 XWB into the sky

    06/15/2013 7:38:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | June 14, 2013 | Karla Cripps and Laura Smith-Spark
    Airbus test pilots and managers celebrated Friday after the long-awaited inaugural flight of the Airbus A350 XWB went off without a hitch. Aviation enthusiasts around the world had their eyes on France as the aircraft took off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport around 10 a.m. local time and landed safely about four hours later.
  • Bull flights: Airbus could power jets with COW POO

    06/12/2013 4:17:42 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    UK Sun ^ | June 11, 2013 | RHODRI PHILLIPS
    A PLANE powered by COW DUNG is on the shortlist of a global competition to design the aircraft of the future. The jet is fuelled by methane generated from farmyard waste stored in refrigerated pods next to the plane’s engines. Other ideas in the contest sponsored by European plane maker AIRBUS include floating luggage on a bed of air for easy access — and a jet running on passengers’ body heat.
  • [Canadian PM] Harper takes flak over plane's red, white, and blue paint job

    06/08/2013 9:41:53 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 78 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | JUNE 8, 2013 | DAVID AKIN
    OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is getting flak over what critics say is a partisan new paint job given to the military plane that flies him to overseas events. The Royal Canadian Air Force recently had RCAF-01, the specially outfitted CC-150 Polaris used by the prime minister, in the shop for a "heavy maintenance" checkup, a $2.5-million routine it goes through every six years. The plane normally gets a new paint job during this checkup, but instead of coming out of the shop with a fresh coat of its dull, nondescript greenish grey, it came out with a sparkling...
  • Iranian, U.S. companies co-producing film on 1988 U.S. attack on Flight 655

    05/07/2013 4:56:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    (Tehran Times) ^ | May 6, 2013
    Iran's Visual Media Institute in collaboration with the American-Canadian company Reel Knights Productions are producing the movie "Airbus"; a movie about the Iran Air Flight 655 , which was shot down by the U.S.S. Vincennes over the Persian Gulf on July 3, 1988.
  • Airbus factory in Mobile could mean more jobs for South Mississippians

    04/09/2013 2:58:52 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 8 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | April 8, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
    Airbus is beginning construction on a new assembly plant in Mobile that could mean jobs for South Mississippi residents. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday morning at the 1,650-acre Brookley Aeroplex industrial park, site for the new plant. The $600 million factory is expected to employ 1,000 people once production of the Airbus A320 jet begins around 2015.
  • Airbus gets biggest order ever from Indonesian airline

    03/19/2013 7:26:00 AM PDT · by Abathar · 3 replies
    AP/Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2013 | Sarah DiLorenzo and Sylvie Corbet
    PARIS (AP) — Airbus signed its biggest deal ever on Monday, an order from Indonesia’s Lion Air worth 18.4 billion euros ($24 billion) that French President Francois Hollande said should inspire the struggling French economy and all of Europe. snip Lion Air is buying 169 A320s and 65 A321 jets. The first planes will be delivered in 2014, and most of them will be outfitted with a new, more fuel-efficient engine that Airbus has developed recently.
  • Airbus rejects lithium batteries after Boeing’s problems

    02/15/2013 8:13:22 AM PST · by rawhide · 10 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 2-15-13 | FRANCINE KNOWLES
    Airbus said it is dropping plans to use lithium-ion batteries on its new A350 airplane, under development, in the wake of problems with the batteries on Chicago-based Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. The Boeing Co. rival said, while it believes the battery architecture it has been developing and qualifying for is robust and safe, it will instead use nickel cadmium main batteries, which have a proven track record. “Airbus considers this to be the most appropriate way forward in the interest of program execution and A350 reliability, Airbus said in a statement. The entire fleet of 50 Boeing 787s was grounded by...
  • India selects Airbus Military MRTT for six-aircraft deal

    01/08/2013 12:05:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/07/2012 | Dominic Perry
    India selects Airbus Military MRTT for six-aircraft deal India has selected the Airbus Military A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) as its preferred bid for a six aircraft requirement to supply the nation's air force. Airbus Military says it expects the deal to be finalised later this year. The decision follows a flight test campaign carried out in India where the aircraft was used to refuel multiple fighter types and also performed operations from high-altitude air bases. The European type had faced competition from the Ilyushin Il-78MK, offered via Russia's Rosoboronexport arms agency. Domingo Ureña Raso, Airbus Military chief executive, says:...
  • Europe to Seek Sanctions Against U.S. Over Boeing Subsidies

    10/01/2012 7:10:40 AM PDT · by Abathar · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 27, 2012 | Nicola Clark
    PARIS — The European Union inched closer to a trans-Atlantic trade war on Thursday, saying that it would seek to impose up to $12 billion a year in sanctions against the United States in retaliation for U.S. government subsidies to Boeing. The European Commission, the E.U. executive, said it was seeking the sanctions to compensate for the impact of illegal subsidies to Boeing that it said gave Boeing an unfair advantage over its European archrival, Airbus. The move, which follows a similar trade threat against Europe made by Washington this year, is the latest salvo in a seven-year battle over...
  • AP Source: Airbus plans factory in Alabama

    06/28/2012 2:21:28 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | June 28, 2012 | By Joshua Freed
    European plane maker Airbus intends to build its first U.S. plant in Mobile, Ala., a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Airbus will assemble its A320 jet there, according to the person, who requested anonymity because a public announcement has not been made. The A320 is a widely used plane flown by U.S. airlines including Delta and US Airways.
  • Airbus planning to build first US factory in Alabama [sources]

    06/28/2012 1:21:46 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 26 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 28, 2012 | AP - Associated Press
    European plane maker Airbus intends to build its first U.S. plant in Mobile, Ala., a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Airbus will assemble its A320 jet there, according to the person, who requested anonymity because a public announcement has not been made. The A320 is a widely used plane flown by U.S. airlines including Delta and US Airways. An Alabama plant would enable Airbus to produce planes squarely in the territory of archrival Boeing Co. It would likely mean lower production costs compared with Airbus' European A320 production lines in Toulouse, France, and...
  • JetBlue’s ‘4 Hours of Hell’(Kept Flying Because It Couldn't Dump Fuel:R Airbus Designers Depraved?

    06/20/2012 10:14:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 60 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 20, 2012 | Bill Sanderson
    A mechanical failure sent a JetBlue plane like this one careening wildly through the skies, sparking panic among the 155 people aboard the Las Vegas to New York flight, passengers told The Post yesterday. “It was four hours of hell,” said Travis McGhie, who described how the plane kept lurching from side to side and going into steep turns when its hydraulic system failed Sunday. “People were getting sick. Some people were throwing up. There were a lot of people getting nauseous,” said another passenger, Tom Mizer. The crew did everything they could to prevent panic. One flight attendant walked...
  • Cameron offered air tanker as VIP jet

    04/21/2012 9:49:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 20, 2012 | Tim Hepher
    Cameron offered air tanker as VIP jet (Reuters) - Senior British politicians and royals might consider making foreign visits in converted air force refuelling jets after a row over the use of a rented Boeing for a trade mission to tout European-made Airbus planes. Britain's aerospace industry lobby group said proposals were being drawn up by the industry that could allow Prime Minister David Cameron and even the Queen to use modified Airbus jetliners that double as refuelling planes. The proposals follow a British media storm after Cameron led a business delegation to Indonesia in a chartered Boeing 747 to...
  • £10billion spent on refuelling planes which don't work on RAF jets

    04/05/2012 6:13:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 2012 | Jamie Mcginnes
    £10billion spent on refuelling planes which don't work on RAF jets A £10billion fleet of refuelling planes for the RAF have been found to suffer leaks when they fill up British jets. Tests have shown connecting pipes leak on the Voyagers when they try to resupply Tornado jets - although they work fine when used by American fighters. It is feared the latest glitch to affect the aircraft, also used to evacuate battlefield casualties and transport troops, could delay their entry into service. The MoD agreed the PFI programme - the biggest ever - with Oxfordshire-based AirTanker for 14 planes....
  • A World without Oil: Companies Prepare for a Fossil-Free Future

    04/02/2012 4:44:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 04/02/2012 | DIETMAR HAWRANEK, ALEXANDER JUNG, ALEXANDER SMOLTCZYK AND FLORIAN ZERFASS
    Drivers may hate rising gas prices, but some companies are delighted as they watch the oil price soar. Firms like BMW and Airbus, which are leaders in fuel efficiency. actually benefit from expensive oil. They are just two of a growing number of companies that are already developing technologies for a post-fossil-fuel world. …A few cents more and a liter of super unleaded gasoline will cost German drivers €1.80 (around $9 a gallon). That means that someone driving a BMW 3 Series will have to pay over €110 ($150) to fill up the tank, with its 63 liter (17 gallon)...
  • Airbus completes qualification of Mirage 2000 and F-16 for UAE in flight refuelling

    03/26/2012 5:30:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 4+ views
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 26 March 2012
    Airbus completes qualification of Mirage 2000 and F-16 for UAE in flight refuelling Posted 26 March 2012 · Add Comment Airbus Military has successfully completed receiver qualification of the two primary aircraft-types that the UAE Air Force will refuel from the three A330 MRTT multi role tanker transports that it currently has on order. In an extensive series of flight tests in Abu Dhabi, the compatibility of the new generation A330 MRTT with UAE Air Force Mirage 2000 and F-16 Block 60 fighters was fully demonstrated. Operating from Al Dhafra airbase, the aircraft performed air-to-air refuelling at speeds throughout the...
  • How Panic Doomed an Airliner

    03/07/2012 11:45:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    jeffwise.net ^ | December 7, 2011 | Jeff Wise
    On the evening of May 31, 2009, 216 passengers and 12 crew members boarded an Air France Airbus 330 at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The flight, Air France 447, departed at 7.29pm local time for a scheduled 11-hour flight to Paris. It never arrived. At 7 o’clock the next morning, when the aircraft failed to appear on the radar screens of air traffic controllers in Europe, Air France began to worry, and contacted civil aviation authorities. By 11am, they concluded that their worst fears had been confirmed. AF447 had gone missing somewhere over the...
  • Qantas A380 Out Of Service After Cracks Found In Wings

    02/07/2012 7:37:50 PM PST · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Feb-07-2012
    <p>SYDNEY – Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) said Wednesday it has taken one of its Airbus A380 superjumbos out of service after cracks were discovered in its wings.</p>
  • Norwegian Air orders 122 Boeing 737s, 100 Airbus A320s

    01/25/2012 5:25:49 PM PST · by Dagnabitt · 15 replies
    The Everett Washington Herald ^ | January 25, 2012 | Michele Dunlop
    Norwegian Air has signed deals valued at $21.5 billion for 222 Boeing Co. and Airbus single-aisle aircraft, the carrier said Wednesday. The carrier ordered 100 of Boeing's new 737 MAX jets and 22 of Boeing's existing 737 aircraft. Its Boeing's largest order ever from a European airline, Boeing said. The Boeing order is valued at $11.4 billion at list prices, though airlines negotiate discounts, especially on large orders like this one.
  • More cracks found in Airbus A380 wings (and EADS insists they're still safe to fly)

    01/19/2012 12:35:15 PM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2012 | Tim Hepher, Cyril Altmeyer, Harry Suhartono
    Airbus said on Thursday it had discovered more cracks in the wings of A380 superjumbo aircraft but insisted the world's largest jetliner remained safe to fly. The announcement comes two weeks after tiny cracks were first reported in the wings of the 525-seat, double-decker aircraft, which entered service just over four years ago. Airbus said it was in talks with the European safety agency, EASA. "Additional cracks have been found and we are working closely on this issue with EASA," an Airbus spokesman said. "They do not affect safe operation of the aircraft.
  • World's biggest super-jumbos must be GROUNDED, say engineers

    01/09/2012 8:16:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 9, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Australian aircraft engineers have called for Airbus A380 - the world's biggest passenger aircraft - to be grounded, after Singapore Airlines and Qantas found cracks in the wings of their super-jumbos. 'We can't continue to gamble with people's lives and allow those aircraft to fly around and hope that they make it until their four-yearly inspection,' said Steve Purvinas, secretary of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association.
  • Airbus halts production of long-haul A340 plane

    11/10/2011 8:44:29 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Airbus halts production of long-haul A340 plane AFP | Nov 10, 2011, 06.07PM IST PARIS: European planemaker Airbus said today it was abandoning production of its A340 long-haul four-engine aircraft, which failed to compete with Boeing's 777. "We have accepted reality. We have not sold any A340s for nearly two years," Airbus finance director Hans Peter Ring said during a presentation on the third-quarter results of Airbus parent company EADS. The abandoning of the programme will allow Airbus to write back into its books a provision of 192 million euros ($261 million) it had made on the programme. The A340...
  • Cockpit Chaos on Doomed 2009 Air France Flight

    08/02/2011 6:18:07 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 24 replies
    Design News ^ | August 1, 2011 | Elaine Ganley
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — A confused cockpit crew without proper training to head off high-altitude disaster flew toward it, instead, with wrong-headed maneuvers, no task-sharing and perhaps unaware their flight was about to end in the Atlantic Ocean. Screeching stall alarms and incoherent speed readings from faulty sensors, bad weather in a darkened sky and growing stress make up the chaotic cockpit scenario in the final moments of the Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009. All 228 people aboard the plane were killed. Friday's third report by France's accident investigation agency, or...
  • How Pilots Wrestled In Vain to Save Air France Jet

    07/31/2011 9:31:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 122 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tim Hepher
    "What do you think? What do you think? What should we do?" The 37-year-old Air France co-pilot with over 6,000 flying hours was running out of ideas as a stall alarm bellowed through the Airbus cockpit for the sixth time in exactly two minutes. His junior colleague with two years on the job was already in despair as he battled to control the jet's speed and prevent it rocking left to right in pitch darkness over the Atlantic, on only his second Rio de Janeiro-Paris trip as an A330 pilot. "I don't have control of the plane. I don't have...
  • Who’s to Blame for Flight 447?

    07/30/2011 5:24:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2011 | Clive Irving
    The pilots did it. Put bluntly, that seems to be what the latest report by French air crash investigators on the loss of Air France flight 447 two years ago is saying. More precisely, the pilots had not been trained to deal with the sudden emergency they faced and lost control. What the investigating body, France’s Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA), are not saying, at least not overtly, is that the crash should never have happened–and, but for a technical failure, would not have. Air crash investigation reports always deliver a torrent of technical jargon that has been through...
  • Pilot errors outlined in 2009 Air France crash

    07/29/2011 10:38:19 AM PDT · by magellan · 84 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 29 July 2011 | ANGELA CHARLTON, ELAINE GANLEY
    The crew piloting a doomed Air France jet over the Atlantic did not realize the plane was in a stall, were insufficiently trained in flying manually, and never informed the passengers that anything was wrong before they plunged into the sea, according to new findings released Friday. Based on newly discovered cockpit recordings from the 2009 crash, the French air accident investigation agency is recommending mandatory training for all pilots to help them fly planes manually and handle a high-altitude stall.
  • American deal is first stop on Airbus road to a US A320 final assembly line

    07/20/2011 10:17:59 AM PDT · by buzzer · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Flightglobal ^ | 07/20/2011 | Jon Ostrower
    DALLAS -- While the hours count down to a final early morning board meeting of AMR corp, parent company of American Airlines, industry sources briefed on Airbus's North America strategy say the sales play by the European airframer is the opening salvo of the coming fleet replacement battles with US airlines that may eventually push Airbus production to record rates as high 60 A320 family aircraft per month after 2016 to meet the replacement demand. The announcement, now expected in Wednesday's early morning hours, is to split some portion of a 300 to 400 aircraft order between rivals Boeing and...
  • American Airlines to buy 460 new planes

    07/20/2011 7:33:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CBS/AP ^ | July 20, 2011
    (CBS/AP) FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years and splitting the order between aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus. American's parent, AMR Corp., said Wednesday it will buy 260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing. It will also take options and purchase rights for up to 465 additional planes through 2025.
  • American Airlines orders 460 narrowbody aircraft

    07/20/2011 6:20:39 AM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 35 replies
    Associated Press via Seattle Times web site ^ | July 20, 2011 | David Koening
    FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years in what it calls the biggest airline order in history. And in a victory for Airbus, it's splitting the work between the European plane maker and Boeing. American said Wednesday it will buy 260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing Co. It expects the new, better-mileage planes to provide much-needed savings on fuel costs. American's current fleet is among the least fuel-efficient in the industry.
  • Why U.S. Airlines Don't Fly the Airbus A380

    07/11/2011 5:48:50 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 27 replies
    ATLANTA (TheStreet) -- Three U.S. carriers are also the world's three biggest airlines -- United(UAL_), Delta(DAL_) and American(AMR_) -- but little indication exists that any of them have any particular desire to fly the world's biggest passenger airplane. Four years after the introduction of the Airbus A380, which can carry up to 600 passengers, 49 aircraft are flying for six international airlines, and orders have been placed by a total of 18 airlines. None are based in the U.S. Moreover, no U.S. carrier seems close to purchasing the A380, although Airbus spokesman Clay McConnell said that "eventually you will see...
  • Green jobs – Boeing jobs?

    06/24/2011 9:28:54 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 6 replies
    Eureferendum.com ^ | 24 June, 2011 | Dr R.A.E. North
    Yesterday, to compensate for bending one of its prize exhibits at the Paris airshow (pictured [see below]) and having to stand down the A-400M display because of a "gearbox failure", Airbus has received an order worth $7.2 billion for 72 aircraft from Indian carrier GoAir, the latest in a series of Indian airlines scrambling to meet growing demand in Asia's third-largest economy. Today, however – according to the Financial Times (no link), China has rained on Airbus's parade, blocking a multi-billion dollar order for ten Airbus A-380s in what is termed "a sharp escalation of Beijing's protests against Europe's plan...
  • IAI, Airbus Military to develop airborne warning systems

    06/23/2011 10:49:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/22/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IAI, Airbus Military to develop airborne warning systems By YAAKOV KATZ 22/06/2011 Sources say the deal is expected to bring in several hundred million dollars in to Israel Aerospace Industries over the next five years. Israel Aerospace Industries and the Madrid-based Airbus Military signed a joint venture agreement on Tuesday for the development of small and versatile Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AEW&C). Sources said that the deal was expected to bring in several hundred million dollars in revenue to IAI over the next five years. IAI already offers customers AEW&Cs on Gulfstream G550 business jets that are in...
  • Airbus trounces Boeing with another record order

    06/23/2011 6:45:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    AP ^ | June 23, 2011
    Airbus is trouncing Boeing in their race to be the world's biggest planemaker, claiming over $72 billion worth of orders and commitments at the Paris Air Show, where the popularity of its new fuel-efficient jets twice broke records for the largest order ever. Airbus CEO Tom Enders and AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes signed off Thursday on an $18.5 billion order for 200 of Airbus' new A320neo, which has proven to be the star of the aviation industry's premier event.
  • 'Baby' Pilot at Controls of Doomed Air France Airbus

    05/29/2011 12:42:16 PM PDT · by lbryce · 72 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 29, 2011 | Chris Ayres
    HE was one of Air France's "company babies": a dashing 32-year-old junior pilot - and a keen amateur yachtsman - who had been qualified to fly the airline's ultra-sophisticated Airbus A330 jet for barely a year. Yet despite his inexperience, Pierre-Cedric Bonin found himself responsible for the lives of 228 passengers and crew members on June 1, 2009, when the cockpit of his $190 million aircraft lit up with terrifying and contradictory alarm signals en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. While Bonin held on to the plane's “side-stick” controller and looked at his instruments in disbelief, his co-pilot,...
  • [Air France] Crash Report Shows Confused Cockpit

    05/28/2011 6:34:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2011 | ANDY PASZTOR And DANIEL MICHAELS
    Cruising at 35,000 feet and nearly four hours into what seemed a routine overnight flight to Paris from Rio de Janeiro, an Air France cockpit crew got a stall warning and responded by doing what even weekend pilots know to avoid: They yanked the nose of the plane up instead of pointing it down to gain essential speed. Apparently confused by repeated stall warnings and reacting to wildly fluctuating airspeed indications, pilots of Flight 447 continued to pull back sharply on the controls—contrary to standard procedure—even as the Airbus A330 plummeted toward the Atlantic Ocean, according to information released Friday...
  • Air France jet crashed nose-up after 4 minute ordeal

    05/27/2011 6:23:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 70 replies
    PARIS (Reuters) – Pilots wrestled with the controls of an Air France airliner for more than four minutes before it plunged into the Atlantic with its nose up, killing all 228 people on board, French investigators said Friday. The 2009 emergency began with a stall warning two and a half hours into the Rio-Paris flight and nine minutes after the captain had left the cockpit for a routine rest period. The Airbus A330 jet climbed to 38,000 feet and then began a dramatic three and a half minute descent, rolling from left to right, with the youngest of three pilots...
  • Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded

    05/27/2011 6:34:47 PM PDT · by Greysard · 132 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/27/2011 | Sarah Anne Hughes
    "Black box recordings from Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean two years ago, revealed new details about the plane’s final moments. But the report did not assign blame or give an explanation for the crash, which killed all 228 people aboard."
  • (AF 447) Recording Indicates Pilot Wasn't In Cockpit During Critical Phase

    05/23/2011 6:36:43 AM PDT · by libh8er · 111 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 5.23.2011 | Guibbaud Christophe
    What happened on board the Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio to Paris? According to information obtained by SPIEGEL from the analysis of flight recorder data, pilot Marc Dubois appears not to have been in the cockpit at the time the deadly accident started to unfold. The fate of Air France Flight 447 was sealed in just four minutes. That short time span began with the first warning message on one of the Airbus A330 aircraft's monitors and ended with the plane crashing into the Atlantic between Brazil and Africa, killing all 228 people...
  • What People Look Like When Their Plane Is About to Crash

    05/19/2011 12:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | May 18, 2011 | Adam Clark Estes
    If you're afraid of flying, reading this post may or may not make it worse. On one hand it describes a story about the smell of a burning plane engine, the expressions of encumbered panic and the experience of coming to terms with death. On the other hand, everybody lives! Reuters photographer Beiwharta had just started to fall asleep on a flight with his family from Singapore to Jakarta when two loud bangs jolted him into a frightening reality. Based on Beiwharta's account of what came next, the activity on a crashing plane is just like you might imagine. The...
  • Russia to buy two presidential jets from European manufacturer

    03/31/2011 7:57:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 31/03/2011
    Russia to buy two presidential jets from European manufacturer Russia will purchase two Airbus jets for its leadership in a deal worth $235 million with a European aircraft manufacturer despite promises to help its own struggling aeronautical industry. The Russian government announced on Thursday it is buying two Airbus A319ACJs from EADS, headquartered in Toulouse, France, as well as building two Russian Ilyushin Il-96-300 airliners for President Dmitry Medvedev. The entire deal, including the building of four Mi-8 MTV-1 helicopters, will cost the Kremlin's property department 18.6 billion rubles ($652.6 million). Last year, Kremlin property manager Vladimir Kozhin said Russia...
  • India has ordered 37 Dreamliners

    02/08/2011 4:47:05 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 9, 2011 | The Times of India
    BANGALORE: Boeing said it has a robust order book of 107 commercial planes in India. Out of this, 37 is for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The company did not specify the delivery timeline for the aircraft. However, the company will deliver the first of the 787 Dreamliner aircraft to Air India this year and the date of delivery will be formally announced at the Aero India show that begins in Bangalore on Wednesday. A miffed Air India had slapped a fine of $850 million for delay in the delivery. The company is betting big on India's defence market, estimated at...
  • Air Force Says Mix-up Did Not Provide Unfair Advantage in Tanker Bid

    02/06/2011 10:29:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 2/4/2011 | Wharton Aerospace
    A U.S. Air Force officer told Congress that both Boeing and EADS handled "correctly and professionally" a situation in which each received data from the Air Force about each company's bid to build a fleet of refueling tankers. Major Gen. Wendy Masiello also testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Air Force unintentionally sent Boeing and EADS the rival bids on compact disks. The reason for the hearing was to determine whether EADS is in a better negotiating position after one of its employees briefly viewed a summary of the Air Force's assessment of rival Boeing's bid, according...
  • WTO finds Boeing got billions in illegal subsidies

    01/31/2011 12:17:15 PM PST · by buzzer · 23 replies
    seattlepi ^ | Monday, January 31, 2011 | AUBREY COHEN
    WTO finds Boeing got billions in illegal subsidies, but how many billions? Boeing received billions of dollars in illegal subsidies, a World Trade Organization panel determined in a ruling released to the parties Monday. But the two sides offered vastly different accounts of the ruling, which will remain confidential for several more weeks, until the WTO releases official translations. Airbus said the subsidies amount to at least $5 billion, plus $2 billion more pledged for the future, and cost Airbus at least $45 billion in lost sales -- much more than the impact of illegal subsidies a separate panel found...
  • Airbus Military demonstrates final A330 MRTT refuelling system

    01/26/2011 8:59:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/26/2011 | Defense Professionals
    The Airbus Military A330 MRTT has successfully passed fuel to receiver aircraft using the Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU) for the first time – meaning that all of the aircraft's refuelling systems have now been demonstrated. In a three hour 10 min sortie from Getafe near Madrid on 21st January, the Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) variant for the UK Royal Air Force conducted a series of “wet contacts” with two F-18 fighters of the Spanish Air Force. Contacts were successfully performed with both fighters at an altitude of around 15,000ft and at speeds from 250kt to 325kt. The FRU is...