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Air Canada jet has runway overrun in Halifax

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Air Canada flight 624 has crashed on a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada, the airline has confirmed. The plane reportedly hit power lines and sustained extensive damage upon crash-landing. No passengers were killed. (rt.com) Mer...

Malaysian Radar Spotlighted in New MH370 Report

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The recent release by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport of a Factual Information report on the MH370 disappearance has provided more detail about the failure of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) air defense radar system to identify and track the errant airliner. However, the report by the Malaysian Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team does not specify the military radars involved, continuing a pattern of withholding sensitive defense information that was evident during government briefings at… (www.ainonline.com) Mer...

China reasserts 'two in cockpit' rule it already had

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China's civil aviation authorities have again required that at least two crew members are in the cockpit of a flying civil plane at any given time, after Tuesday's deadly Germanwings plane crash. (www.wantchinatimes.com) Mer...

World War II Bomber Drops Human Munitions Over Chicago

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The Flying Fortress was made famous in its role in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII and the post-war movies, like Memphis Belle, that made it an icon. Now this B-17 is no longer avoiding anti-aircraft fire or enemy fighters but has exchanged its explosive warheads in order to drop people from the bomb bay. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Mer...

Bombardier resets CSeries debut to 2016 as timeline slips again

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Canadian certification of the plane should come in late 2015, Chief Executive Officer Alain Bellemare said Friday after a shareholder meeting in Montreal. He said that will set the stage for a handover next year to the first customer, which Bombardier hasn’t identified. (montrealgazette.com) Mer...

Empty Plane Crashes, Only Injury Is Pilot's Pride

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Having a plane to fly is terrific. Having your plane fly away without anyone at the controls is terrifying. That's exactly what happened to this Canadian man. Fortunately, the only casualties were emotional. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Mer...

Air Force asks Boeing for prototype avionics for upgrade of Air Force One aircraft

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Special aircraft experts at the Boeing Co., are moving forward with a project to upgrade important avionics subsystems aboard the nation's two VC-25A presidential transport aircraft, which when in operation are known as Air Force One. (www.intelligent-aerospace.com) Mer...

'These men are expected to be beyond human': pilot health warning

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A Perth psychologist has warned more pilots are hiding their mental health issues from their employers for fear of losing their jobs. "I've seen a lot of pilots as clients in the past and they have to be super secretive about seeing a psychologist because there's so much stigma attached," said clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Henshaw. (www.watoday.com.au) Mer...

Pilots' union to bolster mental health support

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The New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association has approved a programme which will use trained volunteer psychologists to recognise and support mental health issues. (www.radionz.co.nz) Mer...

Mainland China's M503 route takes off amid protests in Taiwan

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The M503 flight route was officially opened to commercial aircraft yesterday. Online flight tracking sites indicated that Dragonair Flight KA857 was the first aircraft to use the air route, flying from Shanghai en route to Hong Kong. (www.chinapost.com.tw) Mer...

Australia introduces two-person cockpit rule

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Australia has joined other jurisdictions including Canada and New Zealand in requiring two people to be in the cockpit of regular public transport (RPT) flights at all times. (australianaviation.com.au) Mer...

Boeing parks two American Airlines 787s in desert as it waits on delayed seat delivery

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Boeing is reluctantly storing two new 787 Dreamliners in the California desert as it waits for French seat maker Zodiac Aerospace to catch up with delivery of its high-end seats. (www.bizjournals.com) Mer...

Liability for Germanwings Crash May Still Rest With Airline, Insurer

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The unusual circumstances surrounding the Germanwings crash won’t necessarily free the airline and its insurers from claims of negligence, aviation lawyers said. (www.wsj.com) Mer...

Airplanes still 1 of the safest methods to travel

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In spite of some recent higher-profile airplane losses and accidents, flying still continues to be one of the safest strategies of transportation. (www.heraldrecorder.com) Mer...

Lufthansa Tragedy Reveals European Loophole Over Pilot Screening

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Air crew at Deutsche Lufthansa AG and other European carriers haven’t been required to undergo repeated mental screening mandatory in some countries outside the region and depend instead on doctors uncovering a mental issue in checkups -- or on pilots themselves disclosing a condition. (www.bloomberg.com) Mer...

British airlines ordered to review safety procedures

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British airlines have been told to review all safety procedues in the wake of the Germanwings airline disaster. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it had contacted all airlines "to require them to review all relevant procedures" following the French Alps tragedy. (www.telegraph.co.uk) Mer...

Bombardier Delays First CSeries Delivery Until 2016

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In an announcement on Friday that surprised few in the industry, Bombardier Aerospace’s new Chief Executive Officer Alain Bellemare confirmed that the CSeries CS100′s Entry-Into-Service (EIS) will slip into 2016. (airwaysnews.com) Mer...

Thais scramble to remove flight curbs

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Thai airlines and tour operators are struggling to control the snowballing damage caused by the move by Japan and South Korea to restrict flights by certain Thailand-registered carriers to their nations. (www.bangkokpost.com) Mer...

RAF prepares for attack by Russia with biggest air defence exercise in 30 years

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) has launched its biggest defence exercise since the Cold War over the UK's skies in preparation for a mass enemy air attack on the country. (www.ibtimes.co.uk) Mer...

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