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Hacker on a Plane: FBI Seizes Researcher’s Gear

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The FBI seized equipment from noted security researcher Chris Roberts on Wednesday, alleging that Roberts may have tampered with the systems aboard a United flight to Chicago, based upon a tweet he made about purportedly being able to access the aircraft's EICAS system. Roberts denies the claim. (securityledger.com) Mer...

United flight skids off runway

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A United flight landing at Houston skidded off the runway. All 167 aboard okay. (abc13.com) Mer...

JAL plane aborts landing after car spotted on runway at Tokushima airport

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Article includes video from airport camera which shows the car on the runway. (www.japantoday.com) Mer...

Solar-powered plane on round-the-world flight gets stuck in China

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(CNN)The Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel, has been grounded by the weather in China. What was supposed to be an overnight pit stop in the southwestern city of Chongqing has now stretched into a two-and-a-half week stay. (www.cnn.com) Mer...

GULFSTREAM BEIJING RECEIVES FAA Part 145 AUTHORIZATION

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SAVANNAH, Georgia, April 13, 2015 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s service center in Beijing, China, recently received Part 145 approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The authorization gives Gulfstream Beijing technicians the authority to perform base and line maintenance and provide aircraft-on-ground support for most U.S.-registered Gulfstream aircraft. (gulfstreamnews.com) Mer...

10 Amazing Pilots You've Probably Never Heard Of

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There have been millions of pilots and a few hundred really great ones, those whose achievements pushed the boundaries of flight. Names like Neil Armstrong, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Manfred von Richtofen, and Amelia Earhart are familiar to aviators and non-fliers alike. Others, like those featured here, are known to aviation history buffs and to almost no one else. Here are some remarkable ones. (www.flyingmag.com) Mer...

“Mobile Vacuum Trash Compactor” wins Crystal Cabin Award

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The Airbus’ supported university project for the development of a mobile vacuum trash compactor has been awarded with a Cabin Crystal Awards in the Category University. The innovative concept provides significant weight reduction, better space utilisation and less system complexity by using the on-board vacuum toilet system or waste water system as pressure source for a compaction mechanism. Today’s trash compactor technologies are based on electromechanical compactors which are heavy (80 kg –… (www.airbus.com) Mer...

Boeing 737 MAX: performance with reported engine SFC shortfall

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There have been persistent reports that the CFM LEAP engines should be behind their fuel consumption targets. We commented on these rumors recently and have since got further Market Intelligence from those with direct knowledge confirming that the LEAP-1B for 737 MAX is behind target Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC). As we commented before, the key is to what degree any deficit will be ameliorated before Entry Into Service (EIS) and how remaining gaps, if any, are handled. It would not be the… (leehamnews.com) Mer...

The plane that can fly backwards

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The Antonov An-2 first flew in 1947, as the Soviet Union was rebuilding after the tumult of World War II. Even on its maiden flight it looked archaic; aviation technology had already joined the jet age. But the An-2 was an incredibly sound design – built in the thousands, exported all across the globe, and still serving nearly 70 years after decades of production. And the plane has one very special attribute – aside from its remarkably short take-off and landing – that should be physically… (www.bbc.com) Mer...

Emirates Announces Deal With Rolls Royce for 50 Trent 900 Engines

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Earlier today, Rolls Royce announced its largest engine order ever with Emirates Airline. The order, worth $9.2 Billion will provide Emirates with engines to power 50 A380's, which will begin to enter service in 2016. (www.rolls-royce.com) Mer...

Costa Mesa teen begins helicopter lessons in February, flies cross country in April

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Two weeks ago, the newly enrolled flight student proved she had the chops to be an aviator, when she flew a small helicopter 2,000 miles to Tennessee over a four-day stretch. (www.ocregister.com) Mer...

31 Miami International Airprot Employees Caught On Camera Stealing From Bags

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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) -- Thirty-one ramp workers and baggage handlers at Miami International Airport have been arrested since 2012 after undercover video set up during a sting operation by Miami-Dade Police captured them going through passengers' bags to steal valuables. (m.wsvn.com) Mer...

Plane crashes in US 59 median south of Diboll, TX

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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Three people have been taken to a Lufkin hospital for what appears to be cautionary reasons following a twin-engine plane crash on US 59 south of Diboll Friday morning. The crash occurred at 7:47 a.m. and the plane landed in the median of US 59, a half-mile south of Diboll. Officials from FAA are on the way to investigate the crash. DPS is having to shut down part of the northbound lane, as part of a wing is on the highway. According to DPS, the Cessna 421B… (www.ktre.com) Mer...

Embraer E-Jet Deliveries Could Overlap With E2 For Three Years

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Embraer will likely continue production of its current-generation E-Jets even as the company begins producing and delivering comparable versions of its next-generation E-Jet E2s, says a top Embraer executive. (www.flightglobal.com) Mer...

B-47 Pilot Familiarization Video -- 1952

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A 1952 dramatized orientation film about the B-47 Stratojet starring Reed Hadley. U.S. Air Force training film #TF 1-4727, "The B-47: Pilot's Familiarization." (youtu.be) Mer...

GULFSTREAM LINCOLN Earns CHINESE APPROVAL FOR AIRCRAFT COMPONENT MAINTENANCE

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SAVANNAH, Georgia, April 13, 2015 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that its component maintenance facility in Lincoln, California, has earned approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to repair components on China-registered Gulfstream aircraft. (gulfstreamnews.com) Mer...

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