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  • ‘Son of Concorde’ gets the go ahead: Craft that can go from London to New York in THREE HOURS

    11/19/2015 4:32:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The world's first private supersonic jet could take off in as little as six years. The AS2 plane will be capable of supersonic travel, allowing passengers to travel between London and New York in just three hours, and Los Angeles to Tokyo in six. Airbus and Aerion say they hope to choose a US manufacturing site for the jet during the first half of next year. If all goes to plan, test flights will take place in 2021, with the first commercial flights for businesses beginning in 2023. The Aerion AS2 business jet will fly at a top speed of...
  • DUBAI: Eurofighter tests six appeal with Marte ER missile fit

    11/09/2015 9:45:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies ^ | November 09, 2015 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Eurofighter has responded to demand from potential customers to add an anti-ship missile capability to the multi-role Typhoon, by conducting a fit test of a configuration with six of the weapons. An image released by the Eurofighter consortium during the Dubai air show shows an Italian example of the twin-engined combat aircraft loaded with six MBDA Marte ER missiles. Eurofighter Weighing 260kg (572lb), the weapons would be carried and fired with the Typhoon maintaining a subsonic flight envelope, with the fighter also capable of carrying air-to-air missiles at the same time. Eurofighter partner company BAE Systems has previously conducted sub-scale...
  • Co-pilot of doomed Russian jet had doubts about plane's safety, wife says

    11/01/2015 2:13:05 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 01, 2015 | Fox News
    The co-pilot of the doomed Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula Saturday killing 224 people on board had doubts about the jet’s safety before the flight. The wife of the co-pilot of the plane said late Saturday her husband had complained about the plane's condition, according to a Russian TV channel. In an interview with state-controlled NTV, Natalya Trukhacheva, identified as the wife of co-pilot Sergei Trukachev, said her daughter "called him up before he flew out. He complained before the flight that the technical condition of the aircraft left much to be desired."
  • Egyptian rescue team hear voices in crashed Russian plane

    11/01/2015 1:58:16 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:33am EDT | Reporting by Ahmed Mohamed Hassan; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; editing by Susan Thomas
    Egyptian search and rescue team members have heard voices in a section of a Russian plane that crashed in the country's Sinai peninsula on Saturday, an officer on the scene told Reuters on Saturday.
  • Russian plane crash: Isis responsibility claim rejected - latest updates

    10/31/2015 8:42:43 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10-31-2015 | Jessica Elgot
    Islamic State claim 'not accurate' - Russia Russia’s transport minister Maksim Sokolov has said that the claim Islamic State militants brought down the plane “can’t be considered accurate”. Shadi Bushra, reporting for the Guardian in Cairo, has also spoken to Mohamed Samir, Egypt’s army spokesman, who also refuted the claim. They can put out whatever statements they want but there is no proof at this point that terrorists were responsible for this plane crash. We will know the true reasons when the civil aviation authority in coordination with Russian authorities completes its investigation. But the army sees no authenticity to...
  • New Supersonic Age in Flight Coming, Says Aerion Chief

    09/25/2015 8:36:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    AINonline ^ | September 23, 2015 | Chad Trautvetter
    Speaking at the Wichita Aero Club on Monday evening, Aerion Corp. chairman Brian Barents said that we are on the verge of a new supersonic age in air travel. Aerion, in partnership with Airbus, is developing the Mach 1.5+ AS2 supersonic business jet (SSBJ), which is now expected to be certified in 2023. Final assembly is likely to be conducted in the U.S., he revealed. The companys market studies suggest a demand for 600 SSBJs over 20 years, even at the three-engine AS2s $120 million price point and with a restriction that the aircraft be operated at subsonic speeds over...
  • Airbus plants flag in North America with opening of Alabama plant

    09/16/2015 4:52:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Sep 2015 | 14 Sep 2015
    Airbus has officially opened its first US assembly plant, strengthening its position in one of the worlds largest aircraft markets. The company has spent $600m (390m) building its plant in the city of Mobile in the Gulf Coast state of Alabama, where it will assemble its A320 family of medium-size single-aisle airliners from sets of major parts built around the world. Airbus has set its sights on growing its share of the North American market for new airliners, which it estimates is worth 751bn over the next 20 years. An Airbus 320 The company predicts the region will need almost...
  • Unhappy Australia Joins Study of Tiger Attack Helicopter Upgrade

    09/11/2015 6:09:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | September 10, 2015 | Peter Ricketts and Chris Pocock
    Australia has joined France, Germany and Spain in planning a mid-life upgrade (MLU) for the Tiger ARH (attack and reconnaissance helicopter) made by Airbus Helicopters. The MLU could save the Tiger helicopter in Australia, where the defense department has not been happy with its serviceability and support. It has said that the armys 22 Tigers could be replaced if their performance does not meet requirements by the time of its Combat Assurance Program in 2019. The MLU is planned to be available from that year, with the modified helicopters designated the Tiger Mk3. Europes Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (French...
  • Now THIS is Cool (If You're an Airplane Geek)... JET-Powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380!

    09/01/2015 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 September 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Jet-powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380! I wonder how much he spent on this thing... This radio-controlled Airbus A380-800 super-jumbo replica -built by German enthusiasts- has got to be the coolest RC model I've ever seen. I remember when I was a kid, being wowed by my uncle's impressive RC collection, including multi-engine stuff and 'copters... but JETS? News to me! And this one looks, sounds, and even moves at a pace that comes across as 'the real thing' easily on video... the jet roar is more than a little bit cool! The plane is marked in Singapore Airlines...
  • India's IndiGo places record order for Airbus A320neo

    08/17/2015 3:18:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    rfi ^ | 17 August 2015
    Indian low-cost airline IndiGo has placed a record order 24-billion-euro order for European planemaker Airbus's A320neo passenger jet. The first A320neo left Airbus's plant in Toulouse, south-west France, in July 2014. The order for 530 planes, with a catalogue-price worth 26.5 billion dollars (24 billion euros), is a record for Airbus. t was signed on Indian independence day, 15 August, although the company first announced it in October 2014. IndiGo, which is India's fastest-growing airline and, with 38.4 per cent of market share, its largest, ordered 100 A320s in 2005 and they have all been delivered. In 2011 it became...
  • Airbus Scientist to Announce 'Major Theoretical Breakthrough' in Cold Fusion in October

    08/14/2015 12:22:28 PM PDT · by Normandy · 42 replies
    E-Cat World ^ | 8/14/2015
    his is an interesting comment written by Jean-Francois Geneste, Vice-President Chief Scientist of Airbus Group Innovations on his LinkedIn page yesterday. 13. Aug. 2015 I made a major theoretical breakthrough in the field of energy creation. This will be presented at the 11th workshop on anomalies in hydrogen loaded metals which will be held next October in Airbus, Toulouse. What it basically consists in is a global theorization of energy creation which includes all known means up today, that they be chemical, nuclear fission or nuclear fusion. Against all expectations, it is proved that there is potential room for...
  • Airbus patents plane that could fly from Paris to Tokyo in three hours

    08/05/2015 9:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 5, 2015 | Reuters
    Airbus has won a patent for a hypersonic passenger plane, but Concordes hydrogen-powered successor is unlikely to leave the drawing board any time soon. The proposed aeroplane would cut the journey time from Paris to Tokyo from 12 to under three hours. The idea, first published in 2011, is to use three different kinds of engine power to jump above the atmosphere while still using regular runways for takeoff. It has now won approval from the US Patent Office. The concept comes as commercial space companies such as Virgin Galactic pursue plans for low-level space flights. Airbuss proposed plane has...
  • Iran plans to buy airplanes from Airbus, Boeing to revive fleet

    08/03/2015 5:30:59 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 2, 2015
    DUBAIIran wants to buy up to 90 airplanes a year from Boeing BA, -0.33% and Airbus AIR, +1.58% to revive its aging fleet following last months landmark nuclear deal, according to a report Sunday by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.
  • Planemakers poised for Iranian buying spree if nuclear deal reached

    07/10/2015 10:21:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:38pm EDT | Tim Hepher, Parisa Hafezi and John Irish
    Western planemakers look set to reap billions of dollars in deals with Iran, if a deal is done on its nuclear program to allow one of the worlds most promising aviation markets to come out of quarantine. Iran and six world powers were struggling on Friday to remove the last obstacles to an historic deal in Vienna that could resolve a more than 12-year dispute over Tehrans nuclear ambitions, extending talks through the weekend. For Tehran, the prospect of sweeping economic sanctions and a long-standing U.S. trade embargo being lifted represents a chance to renew a fleet whose average age...
  • Airbus Beats Boeing in Contract for South Korean Refuel Tankers

    06/30/2015 5:45:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 30, 2015 | JEYUP S. KWAAK & ROBERT WALL
    Airbus Group SE beat out Boeing Co. in a $1.33 billion race to supply South Korea with four aerial refueling tankers, dashing the U.S. plane makers hopes of securing the first foreign order for a program beleaguered by budget overruns and delays. A spokesman for South Koreas main arms procurement agency said Tuesday it plans to buy four of Airbuss refueling planes, called the A330 MRTT, for multirole tanker transport. The first delivery is due in 2019. The European plane makers bid became more attractive with euro weakening since the bids were submitted, the spokesman for South Koreas Defense Acquisition...
  • Airbus Unveils Partially Reusable Rocket Design 'Adeline'

    06/13/2015 8:15:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 8th, 2015 | Loren Grush
    But can it ever hope to compete with SpaceX? Like the Falcon 9, Adeline is only partially reusable -- but the way it's meant to work is quite creative. While most of the rocket's fuselage goes unrecovered after launch, the bottom portion of the rocket housing the main engine (most expensive part and arguably the most important) is designed to safely return back home. The design calls for the first stage of the rocket to come equipped with wings and propellers, allowing it to travel back to Earth like a small plane and land gently on a runway. The key...
  • A Singapore Airlines Airbus jet lost power on all of its engines mid-flight (dropped 13,000 feet)

    05/27/2015 12:46:34 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 71 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/27/15 | Benjamin Zhang
    Over the weekend, Singapore Airlines Flight 836, flying from Singapore to Shanghai, lost power mid-flight on both of its Rolls-Royce engines. According to Flightradar 24, the Airbus A330-343 experienced the problem while cruising at 39,000 feet. The incident, which took place just south of Hong Kong, caused the airliner to descend 13,000 feet before the crew was able to restart the engines. The Airbus jet registration number 9V-SSF landed safely in Shanghai an hour and a half later. There were 182 passengers and 12 crew members on board the airliner. No injuries were reported. According to The Aviation...
  • Hacker told F.B.I. he made plane fly sideways after cracking entertainment system

    05/16/2015 5:05:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 83 replies
    APTN National News ^ | May 15, 2015 | by Jorge Barrera
    A well-known U.S. hacker told F.B.I. agents he took momentary control of an airplanes engines mid-flight by hacking into its inflight entertainment system, according to a document filed in U.S. federal court and obtained by APTN National News. Roberts, who has been interviewed at least three times by the F.B.I. this year, is under investigation for allegedly hacking into the electronic entertainment systems of airplanes, according to an application for a search warrant to probe seized electronic equipment. The document shows F.B.I. agents investigating Roberts believe he has the ability to do what he claims: take over flight control systems...
  • Airbus remains committed to A400M (Military Transpost) despite crash

    05/11/2015 8:42:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | May 11, 2015 | Staff
    Four airbus employees were killed and two seriously injured when an A400M plane crashed on a test flight. Shares in the aerospace and defence firm have fallen 4.5% in Paris to 60.54. All A400M aircraft have been grounded but Airbus says it will press ahead with a test flight on Tuesday. In a letter to staff seen by the Reuters news agency, Tom Enders said testing would go ahead as planned to "demonstrate to our customers, the air forces, that we fully trust this great transport plane and are as committed to the programme and the further ramp-up of deliveries...
  • Four Killed & Two Seriously Injured After Airbus A400M For Turkish Air Force Crashes In Seville

    05/09/2015 8:35:51 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 15 replies
    THE SPAIN REPORT ^ | Saturday, May 9th, 2015 | Matthew Bennett
    LATEST: Confirmed information is scarce following the crash of an Airbus A400M outside the perimeter of Seville’s San Pablo airport. Casualty figures remain imprecise. An aircraft, reportedly an Airbus A400M military transport aircraft on a test or trial flight, crashed just outside of Seville’s San Pablo airport at 1 p.m. Spanish time on Saturday, local media reported. Álvaro Martín, editor of Sevilla Web Radio, told The Spain Report that locals know the aircraft type very well as it makes several low test flights around the area each morning: “people knew straight away it was one of the A400M”. The Spain...
  • UPDATE 1-Poland seen buying Patriot missiles, Europe helicopters

    04/21/2015 6:13:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/21/2015 | Wiktor Szary and Marcin Goettig
    WARSAW, April 21 (Reuters) - Poland looks set to award a total of $8 billion in military contracts to Raytheon of the United States and Europe's Airbus, local media and industry sources said on Tuesday, striking a transatlantic balance as it faces rising tensions with Russia. Speculation over the deals rose as President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Poland's defence minister gathered to discuss the modernisation of the country's armed forces. A press briefing was scheduled for 1400 GMT, but Polish officials declined to elaborate. Daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported Warsaw had chosen U.S. firm Raytheon, the maker of...
  • The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at Boeing, Airbus

    04/16/2015 5:02:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2015 | Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher
    The jumbo jet, for many years the workhorse of modern air travel, could be close to running out of runway. Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine planes. Smaller planes cost less to fly than the stately, four-engine jumbos, which can carry as many as 525 passengers.
  • 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 nights 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, wont 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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! Chinas 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 · 60 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
    Its been a rough year for Kuala Lumpur-based airlines, but AirAsias 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 infant162 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...
  • Airbuss 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 planemakers 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 Sddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported on Wednesday. The prosecutors 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.