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Teenager Tweets Terrorist Threat to American Airlines

Übermittelt
 
A 14-year-old girl named Sarah using the Twitter handle @QueenDemetriax_ sent a threatening tweet to American Airlines early Sunday and the response, both on the part of the airline and the online community, was sure and swift. The note, which in part read “My name is Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan,” concluding “I’m going to do something really big bye” received an immediate reply from American’s social media team, which effectively pointed out that pranks on Twitter have more consequences… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

Alitalia Cancels $5 Billion Airbus A350 Order

Übermittelt
 
Alitalia, the troubled Italian flag carrier, quietly cancelled a $4.7 billion order for new aircraft with Airbus last month. Airbus reported the cancellation in a quarterly report and said that the order had come from Aircraft Purchase Fleet, a Dublin-based leasing firm that was set up to fund new aircraft for Air One, which later merged with state-controlled Alitalia. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

G650 on a long 10-hr flight to no-where . . .

Übermittelt
 
It's not every day you see a flight overfly SEA, SFO, LAX, PHX, SLC, ABQ, and DEN all in one flight. Sorry, this one doesn't spell-out anything. Come on Gulfstrea; get creative next time :) (flightaware.com) Mehr...

Most Incredible Air to Air Footage

Übermittelt
 
A must watch! There's a lot of great air-to-air footage out there, but sometimes you see something and just say "WOW". This is one of those videos. Wolfe Air, maker of this incredible video, is the self-proclaimed leader in aviation cinema. They shoot using a Lear 25B, Cessna Skymaster and A-Star helicopter. (www.boldmethod.com) Mehr...

Hawaiian Airlines Launches Non-Stop Service to Beijing

Übermittelt
 
Hawaiian Airlines announced the beginning of new nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing. The service operates three times a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

First Look: Dassault Flying Formation

Übermittelt
 
Aviation Week readers have been given an exclusive first look at the formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet, filmed and photographed by two chase planes. It’s the first time a combat drone has flown in formation with other aircraft. The flight took place on 20 March 2014 over the Mediterranean ocean. Lasting 1 hour, 50 minutes the flight involved four manned aircraft and the UCAV flying alongside each other in a confined… (www.aviationweek.com) Mehr...

Inmarsat to Offer Airlines Free Tracking Service

Übermittelt
 
Satellite communications company Inmarsat PLC plans to offer basic tracking services free of charge to airlines, its chairman said, in the strongest sign yet of the aerospace industry's intentions to enhance monitoring abilities for commercial jets after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (online.wsj.com) Mehr...

Tracking system nabbing drug dealers and law-abiding pilots

Übermittelt
 
"Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, was detained and his plane searched by federal agents -- without legal justification -- after he landed at a small airport in Detroit. Instead of uncovering a drug cache, the officials found luggage, golf clubs and an empty Thermos." (www.latimes.com) Mehr...

Electric Taxiing Motors Could Save Airlines Millions Of Dollars

Übermittelt
 
Mexican airline Interjet has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Honeywell and Safran, developers of the Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS), to become the first airline in the Americas to use the system which will save airlines up to $450,000 per plane, per year once it comes to market. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Mehr...

JetBlue to Begin New Pittsburgh-Fort Lauderdale Service

Übermittelt
 
JetBlue Airways announced it will launch new daily, non-stop service between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 29. Flights will operate using Airbus A320 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

UAV Pilot Charged with Felony

Übermittelt
 
The owner of a video-camera-equipped Hexacopter flying near the scene of a car accident in Springfield, Ohio, earlier this week was charged with felony obstruction after police said he refused to land his UAV even as a medevac helicopter prepared to touch down. (www.flyingmag.com) Mehr...

How Old Is Your Plane? These Airline Fleet Age Rankings May Surprise You

Übermittelt
 
You'd be hard-pressed to find a sector that's as capital intensive and competitive as the airline industry. It literally takes billions of dollars these days to get an airline company off the ground. The costs of fueling, maintaining, and purchasing new aircraft, as well as paying unionized pilots and flight attendants, is enormous and often leaves only a very small profit margin left over. (www.seattlepi.com) Mehr...

Underwater Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Jet ‘More Focused’ - Air and Sea Search for Flight 370 Could End This Week

Übermittelt
 
Experts are continually finding out how little they know about the area of the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed.. Indeed, the story of the missing plane, combined with the failure to find a single trace of debris, continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysteries in 80 years. ... The agency also reported Thursday that the underwater search area has been “significantly narrowed through detailed acoustic analysis conducted on the four signal… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

Video: Aviat Husky Tows Skier Up a Mountain

Übermittelt
 
Talk about a quick trip back to the top. In a video posted to YouTube a few days ago, U.S. Ski Team member Reese Hanneman can be seen being towed up a mountain somewhere in the Alaska Range behind an Aviat Husky. (www.flyingmag.com) Mehr...

An & Ria's First Flight

Übermittelt
 
Two elderly ladies fly for the first time in their lives. Their childlike wonder is touching. Kleenex alert: the video may even produce some wet eyes, even among the most seasoned and cynical of us. Certainly it's a heartfelt reminder of the most basic reasons many of us fly. Enjoy! (www.youtube.com) Mehr...

Former Blue Angels Commander Relieved of Duty

Übermittelt
 
A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said. Capt. Gregory McWherter was removed from his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, where he had served since November, officials said in a statement. (abcnews.go.com) Mehr...

Hunt for Flight 370 Hits Hurdle As Underwater Vehicle Resurfaces - Searchers to Study Data from Submarine, Will Redeploy Tuesday

Übermittelt
 
The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines entered a new phase on Monday as the quest for pings was abandoned and an underwater vehicle was deployed to examine the floor of the southern Indian Ocean. Australian authorities reported Tuesday that the autonomous underwater vehicle tasked the search of the sea floor hit a hurdle on its first mission and returned to the surface. .... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

Korean Air A380 Hits 2 Light Poles At LAX

Übermittelt
 
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard. The Korean Air flight arrived from Seoul on Wednesday afternoon with 384 people aboard and an airport operations vehicle misguided the jet, which caused the incident, said airline spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) Mehr...

the pilot stuck what out the window?

Übermittelt
 
from the ordinary to the spectacular, amazing views from a creative pilot. (www.huffingtonpost.com) Mehr...

Flight 370: Black Box Search Ends Without Success, ‘Time to Go Underwater’ - Oil Slick Found in Search Area Could Be Additional Lead

Übermittelt
 
After almost a week without pings from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines 777, Australian officials said that the search for signals from the emergency beacons from the aircraft’s black boxes will end and that it is time to deploy an underwater vehicle. “We haven’t had a signal in six days, “ said Angus Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Centre that is running the search, at a news conference Monday. “It’s time to go underwater.” ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

81 Turn World Record Inverted Flat Spin - Helmet Cam

Übermittelt
 
Spencer Suderman, of Santa Clarita, California, set a new world record for inverted flat spins by making 81 spins on March 13, 2014. He started at 23,000 feet and ended at 2,000 feet. (youtu.be) Mehr...

Mysterious American Jet Spotted in Iran

Übermittelt
 
A private jet bearing the American flag was spotted this week at an airport in Tehran, an oddity considering the fact that the U.S. is not currently doing business with Iran. The reason for the plane’s visit: Unknown. The plane’s passenger: Also unknown. (www.nytimes.com) Mehr...

Virtual Tour: Munich Airport Visitors Park - Besucherpark is Planespotting Paradise Open to Public (great pictures)

Übermittelt
 
While many airports around the world offer travelers visiting their terminals large windows with great views of the tarmac and runways, and a few have open viewing decks and terraces, one airport, Munich, has an entire park to welcome aviation fans. Munich Airport Besucherpark, or Visitors Park, is open to the public and has no security checkpoints. Everyone is welcome. It provides excellent parking as well as its own stop on the S1 and S8 commuter rail lines. The Besucherpark is comprised of… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

Daring One-Wheel Mountainside Helicopter Rescue

Übermittelt
 
Mountain Rescue Aspen and the HAATS Unit from the Colorado National Guard work together to evacuate a man who had fallen on North Maroon Peak. (www.aviationvideos.co) Mehr...

GOL, TAP to Begin Codeshare

Übermittelt
 
Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announced that it plans to enter into a codeshare agreement with Portuguese carrier TAP Portugal. The agreement is pending government approval. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

Aeromexico to Offer All-Dreamliner Service to London

Übermittelt
 
Aeromexico announced plans to inaugurate all-Dreamliner service on flights to London’s Heathrow Airport beginning this week. The move will increase the airline’s capacity on its Mexico City-London flights by 40%. Flights will operate out of Terminal 4 at Heathrow, which is dedicated to airlines that are members of the SkyTeam alliance. Aeromexico’s Dreamliners have 32 fully lie-flat seats in Clase Premier, the airline’s business-class cabin. .... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

Swiss to Offer Special In-Flight Services for Travelers with Allergies

Übermittelt
 
Swiss International Air Lines announced it is tailoring some of its in-flight services and amenities to the special needs of travelers with allergies. The airline has begun to offer lactose- and gluten-free food and beverage options to passengers with allergies, and will also allow these passengers to request allergy-friendly snacks. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

MH370: Black box pingers are 'most likely' dead, official says

Übermittelt
 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) -- The batteries that power the beacons attached to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's black boxes are "most likely" dead or almost depleted, an official with the company that designs and builds the pingers told CNN on Sunday. (www.cnn.com) Mehr...

Boeing nets more than double Airbus' orders for new planes in 1Q 2014

Übermittelt
 
Boeing said on Thursday it had won 275 gross orders or 234 net orders in the first quarter. Airbus ended the quarter with 158 new orders or 103 net orders after adjusting for cancellations. Some suggest the dramatic drop-off at Airbus is related to a deliberate attempt to decrease and/or completely eliminate the smaller A350-800 variant, in favor of a reengined but much older A330neo, that might be announced later in the year. (www.reuters.com) Mehr...

Malaysian Military hid data on MH370

Übermittelt
 
it was reported on a web site ninemsn.com.au and reuters.com that the Malaysian defence force had hidden data on MH370 after it disappeared of radar on 8th March 2014. It was reveled that the other defence forces were thrown off course and scouring are's where the plane had not come down. Now why the hell would the Malaysian Government try to hide this info which was revelled today. Hard to trust such a corrupt Government who has there hands in the defence force and MAS itself. I can see why… (www.reuters.com) Mehr...

Southwest Flight Attendant Turns Safety Announcement Into a Comedy Show

Übermittelt
 
If airplane flights have you tense, this Southwest Airlines attendant might be the perfect cure to lighten your mood. The clever flight attendant, Marty Cobb, started off the safety instructions with a bang as she introduced the other attendants. If that doesn't loosen you up, we're not sure what will! She might even be better than a lot of comedians out there — just listen to the roar of laughter! Her performance was so good, she even got a round of applause when she finished … and our comedic… (www.abc15.com) Mehr...

Saying Goodbye to Our Little AvGeek, Mr. Awesome

Übermittelt
 
The aviation community family lost one of its biggest and smallest fans. Calder “Mr. Awesome” Sloan passed away due to a tragic and bizarre accident. He was named after the famous Braniff Boeing 727 “Flying Colors of the United States” used to commemorate the Bicentennial of the America in 1976. This aircraft was designed by the legendary artist Alexander “Sandy” Calder who also designed the mobiles that hang in New York JFK’s Terminal 4. (airchive.com) Mehr...

European Commission gets tough on FAB implementation

Übermittelt
 
The European Commission has launched the first infringement proceedings against European Union (EU) member states it believes are impeding progress on the Single European Sky (SES) through their failure to implement Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs). In the first phase of the EU’s infringement process, the Commission has issued letters of formal notice to Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg—which together with Switzerland make up the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central… (atwonline.com) Mehr...

Airport Lounge Review: Virgin Clubhouse and Upper Classs Wing at LHR

Übermittelt
 
Virgin Atlantic, in keeping with its fun-and-games image, doesn’t simply have a lounge,; it has its own Clubhouse. The current Clubhouse opened in T3 in 2006 (the first Clubhouse opened in London Gatwick in 1990)and offers everything from a poolside lounge to an outdoor deck. The Clubhouse is located in area H, near American Airlines’ Admirals Club. With four bags in tow (who’s counting, when one travels Upper Class) I took the lift up one flight and entered a reception area with what appeared… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mehr...

SpaceX tries again on Space Station resupply, booster landing

Übermittelt
 
Weather permitting, SpaceX hopes for a controlled booster landing in the ocean. After an attempted launch earlier this week was scrubbed due to a helium leak, SpaceX will try again at 3:25pm EDT today. The mission will send a Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station, filled with more than 5,000 lbs. of everything from food to science experiments. (arstechnica.com) Mehr...

Air India to sell three Boeing 777s

Übermittelt
 
Air India today declared its intent to sell three of its Boeing 777s for mopping up resources to stem its liabilities, barely four months after selling five of these planes to Gulf carrier Etihad Airways. The airline offered three Boeing 777-200 Long Range airplanes, powered with GE 90-110 engines, for outright sale through competitive global bidding, Air India sources said a day after a meeting of its Board here. The long-haul global routes flown by these aircraft would now be gradually… (zeenews.india.com) Mehr...

Coming soon: Superjumbos with no economy seats

Übermittelt
 
In August, Skymark will take delivery of the first of four Airbus A380 superjumbos it plans to fly to international destinations including London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York. The A380s will have 114 almost-lie-flat business class bed seats of 152 cms (60 inches) per seat row upstairs, and the entire downstairs devoted to 280 premium economy seats. That’s a total of 394 seats per plane when most airlines have 480 to 520 seats. Read more:… (www.smh.com.au) Mehr...

Citation 560XL XLS Beautiful Takeoff

Übermittelt
 
Smooth Citation 560XL XLS takeoff out of Cyprus. Filmed from ATC tower, also showing takeoff of Tecnam P2002JF LSA. (www.youtube.com) Mehr...

East Haven resident rebuilds home 8 months after plane crash that killed

Übermittelt
 
Danny Zurlo, the East Haven resident whose home at 68 Charter Oak Ave. was destroyed in last August’s airplane crash, was on hand Thursday to watch the delivery of his new modular home. (www.nhregister.com) Mehr...

Piper introduces the Archer DX - Diesel

Übermittelt
 
Piper Aircraft yesterday launched a diesel version of the Archer at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany powered by a Continental/Centurion 2.0S jet-A compression-ignition engine. Piper and Continental have already completed flight testing of the prototype in Germany, leading to an EASA STC in Europe and clearing the way for deliveries to start early next year. (www.flyingmag.com) Mehr...