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  • Germanwings co-pilot nicknamed 'Tomato Andy' tore up sick note and hid secret illness

    03/27/2015 5:48:12 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 March 2015
    MailOnline US Friday, Mar 27th 2015 BREAKING NEWS: Germanwings co-pilot nicknamed 'Tomato Andy' tore up sick note on the day he crashed jet and hid secret illness from the company, prosecutor reveals Pilot Andreas Lubitz might have been suffering a 'personal crisis' after failed relationship, it was claimed last night He had suffered from depression and 'burnout' and was once deemed 'unfliable' but was later passed as fit to fly Head of Lufthansa admitted the 28-year-old had slipped through the 'safety net' - with devastating consequences Friends said he was teased and called 'Tomato Andy' because he worked as a...
  • What we know so far about the pilot and co-pilot of Germanwings FL 4U9525

    03/26/2015 5:10:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 77 replies
    What we know so far about the pilot and co-pilot of Germanwings FL 4U9525; Update: French prosecutor says co-pilot intentionally destroyed the airplane Posted at 7:17 am on March 26, 2015 by Twitchy Staff After last night’s bombshell report from the New York Times alleging that either the co-pilot or pilot had been locked out of the cockpit of Germanwings flight 4U9525 immediately prior to its crash, many on Twitter are asking about the identity and nationality of the co-pilot and pilot. However Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, won’t tell us. From the AP: Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr...
  • 100s of Priests in England & Wales urge Vatican Synod to end confus over Marriage and Sexuality

    03/25/2015 7:19:29 PM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | March 24, 2015 anno Domini | Press Release
    PRESS RELEASE FROM "SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE LETTER" COORDINATOR In a dramatic turn of events, nearly 500 priests from England and Wales have written a letter in defence of the ‘traditional teaching on marriage and human sexuality’ in anticipation of the forthcoming Vatican Synod on the family. This letter comes at a time when a growing number of Catholics are concerned that the gathering of Church leaders in Rome, scheduled for October 2015, will seek to re-think Gospel teaching on marriage, sexuality, repentance and grace. Some Cardinals, particularly from Germany, have suggested that Holy Communion could be received by those in...
  • GatesofVienna: Terror in the Alps?

    03/24/2015 11:36:47 AM PDT · by wtd · 21 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 3/24/2015 | Baron Bodissey
    GatesofVienna: Terror in the Alps?Given the multiple terror threats issued recently by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, whenever a major jetliner crashes one immediately suspects that jihad may be involved. And, given the Western political propensity to deny and cover up any planned Islamic terror attack, one suspects that the evidence of jihad will emerge slowly, if ever. The A320 is designed to cruise at 37,000 feet for optimum fuel usage. The fact that it began a controlled descent at full speed without making radio contact with air traffic controllers is peculiar, to say the least. A320 pilots...
  • France plane crash: At least 148 on board French Prime Minister: Probably no survivors

    03/24/2015 5:32:25 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Click2Houston.com ^ | 03/24/2015
    (CNN) - A Germanwings Airbus A320 plane carrying at least 148 people crashed Tuesday in mountainous southeastern France, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told reporters. Valls said he fears those aboard the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany -- 142 passengers and six crew members -- may be dead. French President Francois Hollande also said no survivors were expected. The plane crashed near Digne les Bains, in the Alpes de Haute Provence region, Valls said."The conditions of the accident are not yet clear but lead us to believe there will be no survivors," Hollande said. The crash happened...
  • Search aircraft find the remains of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 scattered all over...

    03/24/2015 9:51:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 179 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 11:36 EST, 24 March 2015 | By Simon Tomlinson and John Hutchinson and Gerard Couzens, Richard Spillett, Fidelma Cook et al
    FULL TITLE: Search aircraft find the remains of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 scattered all over an alpine mountainside: Riddle over why pilots didn't send SOS despite taking eight minutes to fall 32,000 feet The final moments of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 were shrouded in mystery today after air traffic controllers claimed they received no SOS despite the jet nosediving 32,000ft in just eight minutes. All 144 passengers and six crew were today presumed dead after the Airbus A320 crashed in a remote region of the French Alps en route from Spain to Germany. Two babies were among 45 Spanish on...
  • Airbus A320 plane crashes

    03/24/2015 7:32:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The following numbered events involve the death of at least one airline passenger where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role, and where at least one of the dead passengers was not a stowaway, hijacker, or saboteur. The events that are not numbered are listed because they meet the criteria of a significant event as defined by AirSafe.com 1.26 June 1988; Air France A320; Flight 296Q; near Mulhouse-Habsheim Airport, France: The aircraft crashed into trees during an air show maneuver when the aircraft failed to gain height during a low pass with the gear extended. Three of the...
  • Passenger plane crashes in French Alps (Airbus A320 - 148 Onboard?)

    03/24/2015 3:55:35 AM PDT · by Drago · 336 replies
    The Local - Fr ^ | 03/24/2015 | Oliver Gee
    "An Airbus A320 has crashed in the southern French Alps, a security source has said." & "A Germanwings A320 has crashed in the southern French Alps, according to security sources."
  • Airbus crashes in southern France, with 142 passengers on board – authorities

    03/24/2015 4:22:14 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Euronews ^ | 24/03 11:57 CET | Euronews
    An Airbus passenger jet has crashed in the area of Digne area of southern France, according to police and the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC). The A320 was carrying 142 passengers and six crew members, according to the DGAC. The plane – operated by Lufthansa subsidiary, Germanwings – was flying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
  • Airbus Wins $1.5Bn Korean Contract

    03/16/2015 6:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    PARIS --- Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) to develop and manufacture 314 light helicopters in South Korea, a company official confirmed March 16. The contract was signed by the two companies’ chief executives in Seoul, Korea, earlier today. The contract, worth an estimated $3 billion, calls for joint development of 214 Light Attack Helicopters (LAH) and about 100 Light Civil Helicopters (LCH), based on the technology of the latest version of the Airbus AS365B1 Dauphin twin-engined medium helicopter, now re-designated H155. The two companies will share revenues from the contract on an even basis....
  • Look out, Boeing! China’s new C919 plane which aims to take on the famous 737 [truncated]

    03/04/2015 6:19:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | Laurie Hanna
    China's new superjet will take to the skies for the first time in test flights later this year. The C919, built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), will be the country's most ambitious effort to date to break into the global aircraft market. The latest pictures have shown the final assembly work on the nation's first single-aisle airliner, which is currently under construction in Shanghai, is well underway.
  • Tail of crashed AirAsia flight found in Java Sea

    01/07/2015 4:05:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    France24 AFP ^ | January 7, 2015
    Indonesia said Wednesday it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight 8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. Search and rescue agency chief Bambang Soelistyo said he was sure of the discovery after seeing photographs of the underwater wreckage, on which the company logo could be seen. The "black box" flight data recorders, crucial to determining the cause of the crash, are usually housed in an aircraft's tail. "We have successfully obtained part of the plane that has been...
  • AirAsia jet may have made safe landing on sea before sinking, experts says

    01/02/2015 12:14:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/02/2015
    The pilot of AirAsia Flight 8501 may have landed the doomed plane on the ocean surface, only to have it sink in high seas, according to aviation experts, who cited the intact condition of several bodies as possible evidence for the theory. "The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) would work on impact, be that land, sea or the sides of a mountain, and my analysis is it didn't work because there was no major impact during landing," Dudi Sudibyo, a senior editor of aviation magazine Angkasa, told the AFP. "The pilot managed to land it on the sea's surface." The theory...
  • Experts say AirAsia flight landed safely in Java Sea, then sank

    01/02/2015 10:40:28 AM PST · by blam · 47 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | January 1, 2015 | By Marcus Hondro YESTERDAY
    Marcus Hondro, Digital Journal January 2, 2015There are conflicting opinions on what happened to cause AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 end up on the bottom of the Java Sea with all 162 persons onboard dying, but some believe it first landed safely on the water. That opinion is shared by a few. No emergency locator engaged The biggest reason they believe it landed in the water safely, more than one said, is that the Airbus A320-200 would have sent a signal if it had crashed. Any destructive crash, on land or in water, would send such a signal and the plane's...
  • Will the Boeing 747 Fly Off Into the Sunset?

    12/28/2014 8:10:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | December 28, 2014 | Rich Smith
    Boeing (NYSE: BA ) extended its sales lead over archrival Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY ) in December. In its latest update on airplane orders, released last week, Boeing confirmed that 2014 "gross" orders for commercial aircraft reached 1,423 by mid-December, versus 1,328 planes for Airbus (at last report). After cancellations -- 106 at Boeing, but nearly three times as many at Airbus -- the U.S. aircraft maker's lead over its European rival only got bigger. This is good news for Boeing -- but, as we'll see in a moment, it might be bad news for one of Boeing's favorite customers: the...
  • Australian plane spots 'objects' in search for AirAsia flight QZ8501

    12/29/2014 1:00:02 AM PST · by House Atreides · 24 replies
    The West Australian ^ | December 29, 2014
    An Indonesian official says objects have been spotted in the sea by an Australian search plane hunting for the missing AirAsia jet. Jakarta's Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto said he has been informed that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 160 kilometres southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan - 1120 kilometres from the location where the plane lost contact
  • Missing plane Fox News presenter 'suggesting link between metric system and plane's disappearance'

    12/28/2014 2:54:06 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 58 replies
    Mirror ^ | David Raven Sam Adams
    Anna Kooiman asked former FAA spokesperson Scott Brenner if the “real reason” the AirAsia plane had disappeared was because of the “different way other countries train their pilots"
  • The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370

    12/28/2014 12:28:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/28/2014 | Lennox Samuels
    It’s been a rough year for Kuala Lumpur-based airlines, but AirAsia’s response to the loss of an airliner over the Java Sea has been miles ahead of Malaysia Airlines. Darkness and bad weather forced the suspension of a massive search and rescue operation for AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which disappeared Sunday over the Java Sea as it flew from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Distraught relatives rushed to airports for news about the missing aircraft, an Airbus A320-200 carrying seven crewmembers and 155 passengers, including 16 children, one of them an infant—162 people presumed lost. Singapore and Indonesia authorities searched the heavily...
  • Missing flight is 3rd Malaysia-linked incident

    12/28/2014 10:33:30 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/28/2014 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The disappearance Sunday of AirAsia Flight 8501 was the third air incident this year involving Malaysia, where budget carrier AirAsia in based. Here's a look at the two other disasters, as well as the latest missing flight, which went missing with 162 people aboard less than an hour after taking off from Surabaya, Indonesia, for Singapore. The disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on March 8 triggered one of modern aviation's most perplexing mysteries. Flight 370, carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, vanished without a trace, sending searchers across vast areas of the Indian Ocean. An initial...
  • Airbus’s Flagship Plane May Be Too Big To Be Profitable (A380 ‘Super-Jumbo’)

    12/28/2014 9:50:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Manchester Guardian via Business Insider ^ | Dec. 28, 2014, 10:38 AM | Karl West
    Tom Enders stared at the phone on his desk as it began to ring. The Airbus boss had been expecting a call to his office in Toulouse. It was Tim Clark, chief executive of Dubai-based airline Emirates, the biggest buyer of the planemaker’s A380 “superjumbo”. Clark was angry. He wanted to know why Airbus finance director Harald Wilhelm had just raised the prospect of the death of the A380. The aircraft cost $25 billion (£16 billion) to develop, but it has struggled to chalk up the large orders Airbus had envisioned, at $440 million each. So far, it has just...
  • Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 and MH370 share similarities according to aviation experts

    12/28/2014 4:02:44 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 27 replies
    News.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | anon
    HOURS after the disappearance of QZ8501, aviation experts are already comparing the incident with the yet to be solved mystery of MH370. Like MH370, the AirAsia Indonesia flight disappeared from radars and made no further communication with Air Traffic Control early into the flight from Surabaya to Singapore. ...
  • AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing

    12/27/2014 8:44:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 December 2014
    An AirAsia flight travelling from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, the company has said. Indonesian media say more than 160 people were on board the Airbus A320-200. The aircraft, flight number QZ8501, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (00:24 GMT), AirAsia tweeted.
  • Air Asia 8501 Loses Contact With ATC

    12/27/2014 8:07:40 PM PST · by BAW · 6 replies
    Airways News ^ | 12-27-2014
    Air Asia flight QZ8501 lost contract with Air Traffic Controllers in Jakarta at 6:17am local Sunday morning. The Airbus A320 was traveling from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. There are reports that there are 155-152 passengers on-board the aircraft. Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa reports that the aircraft was asking to descend to a lower altitude due to turbulence, and it asked for an “unusual route before” it lost contact with ATC. UPDATE at 10:50 PM ET: AirAsia has released the following statement: AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic...
  • Air Traffic Controllers Lose Contact With AirAsia Plane [162 On Board]

    CBS NEWSDecember 27, 2014 Air Traffic Controllers Lose Contact With AirAsia Plane Indonesian officials said air traffic controllers lost contact with an AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore, Reuters reported late Saturday. Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa told Indonesian media air traffic controllers in Jakarta last heard from Flight QZ 8501, enroute from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, at 6:17 a.m. local time. Mustofa said the pilots had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact, according to Reuters.
  • Air Asia Flight Bound for Singapore Lost Contact with Air Traffic: Report

    12/27/2014 7:44:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 486 replies
    The Straight Times ^ | (Sunday) December 28, 2014
    An Air Asia plane travelling from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, Indonesia's Metro TV reported on Sunday. - See more at: SNIP ...He said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact, Reuters reported. There are reportedly 162 people on board.
  • Viewers Report Getting Goosebumps After Seeing Five Commercial Jets Execute ‘Very Unusual’ Ma

    12/23/2014 5:53:46 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 12/22/2014 | Oliver Darcy
    A promotional video created by Airbus showcases five of their newest commercial jets take to the skies to execute a stunning formation flight — and video of the “very unusual” event has taken the Internet by storm.
  • Airbus offices searched over corruption fears

    12/03/2014 11:27:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Dec 2014 08:26 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/DPA/The Local)
    German investigators searched offices of European aerospace giant Airbus in a probe into suspected corruption over contracts with Saudi Arabia and Romania, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported on Wednesday. The prosecutor’s office in the southern German city of Munich confirmed to the newspaper that the searches took place in October. Airbus has also confirmed the report. The raids took place at the German arm of Airbus Defense and Space and concern contracts worth billions to supply border defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and Romania, the report said. An insider source is to have tipped off authorities. …
  • France to buy 12 Airbus aerial tankers

    11/20/2014 8:06:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 20, 2014 | Tim Hepher
    France has confirmed the selection of 12 Airbus A330 refueling tankers for the French Air Force, Airbus Group said on Thursday. First delivery is expected in 2018, followed by a second in 2019 and then at a rate of one or two per year, Airbus Defense & Space said in a statement. India and Qatar are in the "final stages of contractual negotiations" for six and two aircraft respectively, Airbus said. Airbus said France is the sixth country to order the tanker after Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Britain.
  • Airbus files patent for 'flying doughnut' plane design which would see passengers board by escalator

    11/18/2014 6:42:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2014 | Chris Kitching
    t’s a radical aircraft design that could one day see passengers flying in circles. Airbus has filed a patent application for an unusual concept plane that has been dubbed a ‘flying doughnut’. Instead of queuing on a jet bridge, passengers would board the UFO-like aircraft at ground level via an escalator and an ‘access hatch’, and they would enjoy more space on flights.
  • Army’s deadly Tiger roars and has claws (Australia)

    10/23/2014 1:47:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, Australia ^ | OCTOBER 16, 2014 | GEOFF CHAMBERS
    ARMED with AGM-114 Hellfire anti-armour missiles, free-flight rockets, and 30mm automatic cannon, the army’s $40 million Tiger helicopters are ready for combat. And they were put through their paces yesterday as part of the Defence Force’s annual Exercise Chong Ju at Puckapunyal Army Base, with The Daily Telegraph given exclusive behind-the-scenes access. The Tiger’s state-of-the-art cannon can engage ground or air targets at a rate of 750 rounds per minute at a range of 1.5km. The choppers rockets are practising out of the Puckapunyal Army base in Victoria. Picture Craig Greenhill Using helmet-mounted sight displays, pilots only have to look...
  • 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....