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NASA awards space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX

Übermittelt
 
NASA has awarded the highly-anticipated space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX, a move which will end the agency’s reliance on Russian technology to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract aims to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, American astronauts have been transported to space… (www.foxnews.com) Mehr...

'Flying Is...' Video Contest: Watch the Winner

Übermittelt
 
When we launched our "Flying Is..." video contest, sponsored by Garmin, we knew we'd be in for some great flying footage and some amazing aerial views. And you didn't disappoint. Throughout the contest we've received incredible videos showcasing the power of aviation to take individuals to new heights, both literally and figuratively. These videos capture how aviation opens doors to new worlds while giving new vantage points to old ones. Whether they're taking us along for an aerobatic… (www.flyingmag.com) Mehr...

Fatal GA Accident Rate Drops to All-Time Low

Übermittelt
 
General aviation accidents showed a welcome decline in 2013, falling from 1,471 crashes in 2012 to 1,222 last year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. In fact, by every measure GA flying was safer last year than the year before. (www.flyingmag.com) Mehr...

Lockheed's New Laser Super Turret Could Change Air Combat Forever

Übermittelt
 
Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have begun flight testing a streamlined and greatly miniaturized airborne laser turret that has the potential to totally transform air combat as we understand it today. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Mehr...

Canadian Air Force takes parts from museum to fix ailing aircraft

Übermittelt
 
The Royal Canadian Air Force has quietly turned to an unusual source for spare parts to keep its venerable search-and-rescue airplanes flying: a museum. In July 2012, air force technicians raided an old Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of Canada because they needed navigational equipment for a similar aircraft still in use. (ottawacitizen.com) Mehr...

Qantas wants to boost and utilize its aircraft fleet

Übermittelt
 
Qantas boss Simon Hicket want to boost and utilize the Qantas aircraft fleet and to put extra flights on some of the past or original destinations to help the airline profit. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/qantas-international-mixes-and-matches-to-meet-demand/story-e6frg8zx-1227060756612# (www.theaustralian.com.au) Mehr...

Qantas Airways are flying to Vancouver in the peak season

Übermittelt
 
Qantas have decided to add six extra flights a week from Australia to Vancouver to compete with Air Canada and ANZ who operate these flights direct from New Zealand which has connecting flights from YBBN/YSSY/YMML daily to NZAA and then onto Vancouver Canada http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-to-put-on-vancouver-flights-for-the-us-ski-season/story-e6frg95x-1227060130870?sv=6f4d0ed57479e8170b9e51d5cca7cb62# (www.theaustralian.com.au) Mehr...

Fighter jets land on highway as Taiwan war games begin

Übermittelt
 
Fighter jets and other combat aircraft used Taiwan's main highway as a makeshift airstrip Tuesday as part of a dawn drill that simulated an attack from China. (www.cnn.com) Mehr...

With Flaps Hung, B-29 'Doc' Nearly Ready to Fly

Übermittelt
 
Doc's Friends, the Wichita-based nonprofit organization that is restoring the B-29 Superfortress Doc to flying condition, says the historic airplane will be ready to fly as soon as the avionics, fuel tanks and a few other last remaining items are finished. The goal is to get the airplane back in the air by the end of the year. A group of 30 volunteers has finished hanging the flaps on the aircraft, the last major structural piece to be installed as part of the Herculean restoration. (www.flyingmag.com) Mehr...

Grumpy Controllers

Übermittelt
 
In many ways the job of air traffic controller is a tough one. When things are busy, they handle too many airplanes, too many frequencies and too many sectors all while working what amounts to a heck of a long day. Does this explain bad behavior on their part? Yes! Does it excuse it? It doesn’t. (www.flyingmag.com) Mehr...

FTL Airport Software Handled 800 Aircraft A Day With Only One Runway In Use

Übermittelt
 
NextGen software tool called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) enabled air traffic controllers at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to maintain nearly normal operations over the past three years while construction reduced the number of available runways from three to one (avstop.com) Mehr...

Airbus says in final stages of A320neo ground tests

Übermittelt
 
Airbus is conducting the final stage of ground trials as it edges towards the keenly-awaited first flight of its revamped A320neo aircraft, the planemaker said on Tuesday. The first test aircraft is on the “final run-in” towards its maiden flight, a spokesman said in answer to a query, but added it was too early to predict an exact date. (www.aviationnews.eu) Mehr...

Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace launch “Space-Flex v2” cabin option

Übermittelt
 
Airline Passenger Experience APEX Expo 2014, Anaheim, U.S.A. - Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace will develop a second option of the integrated “Space-Flex” PRM (Persons with Reduced Mobility) lavatory and galley module. Called “Space-Flex v2”, this latest example of continuous innovation on the A320 Family offers a larger galley area while maintaining the original Space-Flex’s benefit of facilitating up to six extra passenger seats. Its entry-into-service is planned for the first half of 2016. (www.airbus.com) Mehr...

Pilot take detour to give passengers a closer look at active volcano.

Übermittelt
 
A thoughtful pilot took a brief detour to give passengers a closer look at Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano. It’s unlikely those on board the Icelandair flight minded the small delay as their pilot brought them on a once-in-a-lifetime si... (www.studentnewsdaily.com) Mehr...

First flight delayed for KC-46A test aircraft

Übermittelt
 
Who didn't see this happening. Boeing's KC-46A is now looking like it's first flight will be delayed due to "production issues". (www.airforcetimes.com) Mehr...

Pratt & Whitney, Others Hid New F-35 Engine Problems Since May

Übermittelt
 
Pratt & Whitney waited three months to publicly admit it had suspended deliveries of the engine that powers the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and only went public on Aug. 30, the day after Bloomberg News broke the story. (www.defense-aerospace.com) Mehr...

Spirit Airlines Shows Off Bold and Very Yellow New Livery

Übermittelt
 
It seems that every airline in the US is in the process in getting a new livery. We had Southwest and Frontier last week and this week we have probably the most bold of a change with Spirit Airlines. Not to mention the horrid look of the new China Eastern livery spotted at Paine Field. If you thought the new Southwest livery was bold and radical, it has nothing on this taxi-like black and yellow design of the new Spirit look. You should have no problem spotting these Airbus aircraft from a… (www.airlinereporter.com) Mehr...