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  • Why is Russia's new supersonic biz-jet concept painted camouflage?

    03/14/2012 9:21:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | March 14, 2012 | Stephen Trimble
    Why is Russia's new supersonic biz-jet concept painted camouflage? Russia's Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) -- think NASA's Langley Research Centre -- is working on a new supersonic business jet. (See here for Russian-language news release issued earlier today.) Sukhoi and Tupolev of course have been working on this idea for decades, of course, but this one will be a little different. It's supposed to fly quietly enough that it can operate over populated areas, unlike the supersonic Concorde, for instance. That's all very interesting in a Bond-villain-plot-vehicle-way, but that's not why we're posting on this blog. We'd really just like...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • New IAI "taxibot" to save airlines billions

    02/06/2011 9:52:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    Globes Israel ^ | 3 February 11
    New IAI "taxibot" to save airlines billions The taxibot tows planes from the passenger gate to the runway, so the planes needn't run their engines. 3 February 11 20:27, The Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) passenger jet towing vehicle, capable of handling even the largest planes in service, has successful completed a series of trials. The "taxibot" tows planes from passenger gate to the runway, rendering it unnecessary for the planes to operate their jet engines. IAI estimates the cost of the taxibot at $3 million, and the company expects to sell 1,500 taxibots to airlines by 2020....
  • Congress Stops Funding Commercial Airline Defense Tech

    10/21/2010 11:31:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 10/18/2010 | By Roxana Tiron
    In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the federal government was ready to investigate solutions to nearly every terrorist threat to civilian aviation. Nearly 10 years later, there has been a subtle shift away from some high-tech solutions to real but low-probability threats. In the case of shoulder-launched missiles aimed at commercial airliners, the government has changed tactics from gadgetry to policy; the White House and Congress this year quietly stopped funding laser-jamming equipment that could scramble missiles as they track the heat of aircraft.
  • After Rant, Many See JetBlue Worker as Hero

    08/10/2010 3:22:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Aug 10, 2010 | Allison Linn
    Most of us will probably never pull a Steven Slater: curse out a customer, grab a drink and leave our place of employment in a blaze of glory. But let’s face it, we’ve all had the urge. Slater, a flight attendant on JetBlue, instantly became a folk hero in many people’s eyes Monday after he grabbed a microphone and ranted at a passenger who had refused to apologize for hitting Slater with some luggage. Slater then grabbed a beer from the galley and fled the plane via the emergency exit chute. “How many of us can honestly say we haven’t...
  • Iran Plane Crash Kills At Least 17

    07/24/2009 10:52:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies · 413+ views
    LATimes ^ | July 24th 2009
    Iran plane crash kills at least 17 The Russian-made airliner, with about 160 passengers, slides off a runway and into a wall during an emergency landing, officials say. Borzou Daragahi July 24, 2009 Reporting from Beirut -- A Russian-made airliner skidded off a runway and hit a wall at an airport in eastern Iran today, killing at least 17 people, Iranian state television and official news agencies reported. It was the nation's second fatal air accident in 10 days. Aria Airlines Flight 1525 from Tehran slid off the runway at Iran's second-largest city, Mashhad, during an emergency landing, state media...
  • Plane flies despite safety problem (sounds pretty dodgy to me...!)

    06/12/2007 3:59:16 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 11 replies · 604+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, 12 June 2007 | Staff Reporter
    Plane flies despite safety problem Reuters | Tuesday, 12 June 2007 A pilot told nervous passengers travelling with a low-cost Spanish airline that nearly half the seats on their plane were out of use due to a safety problem but it was nothing to worry about, a Spanish newspaper reported. As passengers took their seats on the Lisbon to Madrid flight operated by Vueling Airlines on Sunday they noticed that all but three of the 32 rows on one side of the plane were taped off, according to an El Mundo reporter among the travellers. The captain told them on...
  • Ad hoardings reveal Indian airlines competitive streak

    05/03/2007 5:27:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 492+ views
    PICTURE: Ad hoardings reveal India’s competitive streak An email circulated between airline staff purports to show just how far India’s airlines are willing to go in the battle for passengers. The email includes a photo of a Jet Airways advertising hoarding bearing the tagline “We’ve changed” in a bid to woo travelers aboard. In an apparent game of one-upmanship, rivals Kingfisher erected a similar hoarding above the Jet Airways advert claiming “We made them change”. Not to be outdone, both adverts are trumped with an announcement by carrier Go Air which claims: “We’ve not changed – we’re still the smartest...
  • Russian precision flying team to be deactived

    11/24/2005 12:52:04 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 19 replies · 988+ views
    Argumenty i Fakty (Arguments & Facts), #45 (1306) November 2005. Page 10. | November 2005 | Vladimir Svartsevich
    Original Title: Who ordered the destruction of 'Rus'?Russian aces ask help from the president of RussiaSoon the precision flying group 'Rus' - one of the best in the world - may be deactivated. Is this a NATO plot? Or the army's slackness?V. Troyanov, who crashed our Su-27 on Lithuania, did it out of inexperience: this year the combat pilot had only 14 hours of flight training. Our aerial borders are watched by NATO aces who have 2-3 thousand flying hours. Compared to them, our Russian combat pilots are but 'green horns'. We have an excellent flight school in Vyazma, which...
  • France - Islamists threaten to shoot down airliners with SAM-18 missiles from Chechen mafia

    10/28/2005 2:49:38 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 898+ views
    Le Figaro via Babelfish translation ^ | October 28, 2005 | Jean Chichizola
    TWO GROUND-to-air MISSILES of Soviet manufacture, of type SAM 18, imported into Europe remain untraceable. Acquired in 2002 by a group of French and Algerian islamists near the Maffia tchetchene, these weapons are in the center of a terrorist project aiming at cutting down a civil aircraft near an airport of the Hexagon. Until now, Bruguière judge, who inquires into this cell of radical islamists, suspected them of having prepared attacks chemical or bacteriological in Paris. But the testimony of a high person in charge for Al-Qaida held in Jordan revealed that this group involved in Tchétchénie had other...
  • For whom the bell tolls (Chinese helicopters)

    10/11/2005 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 492+ views
    China Daily ^ | October 10, 2005 | LU HAOTING
    China's skies are getting busier. The country is no longer just a lucrative market for long time rivals Boeing and Airbus. Major helicopter manufacturers are also keen to jump into China's aviation sector. Bell Helicopter believes that the country's huge market potential and manufacturing opportunities hold great promise, even though actual returns may be a long time coming. Two new Bell 206 L-4 helicopters were recently delivered to Beijing Capital General Aviation Co (BCGA). BCGA plans to buy another three to four Bell helicopters by 2008, BCGA officials say. The Texas-based company has signed a collaborative manufacturing agreement with Hafei...
  • Civil Air Patrol helps test D.C. warning system

    05/19/2005 10:10:28 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 4 replies · 333+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | May 19, 2005 | unattributed
    MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFPN) -- Civil Air Patrol’s national capital wing is helping the Air Force test its new visual warning system for pilots, a security measure set to become operational over the Washington, D.C., area on May 21, officials said. The system signals pilots who fly into the D.C. area’s air defense identification zone with low-level laser beams in an alternating red-red-green light sequence to alert them they are flying without approval in designated airspace. Pilots who receive the warning must immediately contact local air traffic control and fly their aircraft out of the no-fly zone. The...
  • Plane Diverted in New Jersey as Bush Leaves Philadelphia The Associated Press

    01/31/2004 9:40:50 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 12 replies · 175+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 31, 2004 | Anon AP Stringer
    MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) - Military jets Saturday diverted a small plane flying in temporarily restricted air space shortly before President Bush flew out of Philadelphia on Air Force One, a Secret Service spokeswoman said. Two F-16 fighter jets ordered the plane to land at Medford's Flying W Airport, and the president was never in any danger, Secret Service spokeswoman Ann Roman said. The fighter jets had to use flares to get the pilot's attention, said Lt. Col. Kacey Blaney of the Northeast Air Defense Sector. Usually pilots respond to radio contact or other signals, she said. The plane and pilot...
  • Experts Discuss Shoulder-Fired Rockets

    01/23/2004 5:56:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 195+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan 23, 2004 | WILLIAM J. KOLE
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Experts from the FBI, Scotland Yard and international civil aviation agencies met Friday on how to secure airports against shoulder-fired rockets that terrorists are trying to acquire. The closed-door talks at the Vienna headquarters of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe examined how to minimize the threat. "We know that al-Qaida has these weapons, we know that they've used them, and we know that they'll use them again," said Brian Woo, head of the OSCE's anti-terrorism unit. The experts declined to discuss specific measures being taken to safeguard airports and airliners, but credited tighter...
  • Dog posed runway hazard, was shot

    11/01/2002 11:41:19 AM PST · by Skooz · 177 replies · 324+ views
    Cincinnati Enquirer ^ | 11/1/02 | Gina Holt
    By Gina Holt Enquirer contributor A schnauzer who escaped from a travel kennel was shot as it ran across the runway at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Tuesday night. The dog got out of its kennel, ran on the ramp and then out onto the runway about 5:20 p.m., said Ted Bushelman, director of communications for the airport. "We did everything to try to catch him," he said. "He was running toward the runway. We just can't let it out on the runway. That was our heaviest time for take-offs." Planes cannot take off when objects are on the runway...
  • Focus Is on Private Plane Security

    07/05/2002 5:21:38 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 13 replies · 193+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 05 2002 | JONATHAN D. SALANT, AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government told owners and operators of private planes Friday to strengthen security because terrorists may try to use general aviation aircraft to attack in the United States. "Terrorists who are no longer able to hijack commercial airliners because of increased security at commercial airports may turn to GA airports and aircraft to conduct operations," the alert said. The Transportation Security Administration said it had "credible indications" that terrorists were planning attacks, but did not know the specific targets or the methods to be used. The security agency asked private plane owners and operators to lock airplanes...