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Report: Airlines Installing Uncomfortable Bumps In Seatbacks Because It Pleases Them

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NEW YORK—According to sources throughout the commercial aviation sector, the nation’s airlines will begin installing awkwardly placed bumps in every airplane seatback this week because it reportedly brings great pleasure to them (www.theonion.com) Mer...

Britsh Airways refurbishing 18 747-400 aircraft.

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If it’s the end of the line for Boeing Co.’s 747 jetliner, nobody told British Airways. The largest operator of the hump-backed icon -- dubbed the Queen of the Skies on its debut in 1970 -- is plumping up seat cushions, hanging fresh curtains and upgrading entertainment systems on 18 planes. Seems they can get a bit more life out of paid-for aircraft and maybe make money doing so. (www.bloomberg.com) Mer...

James "Red" Duke, iconic surgeon who started Life Flight, dies at 86

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Dr. James "Red" Duke Jr., Houston's iconic, cowboy-style doctor who delivered homespun health advice on nationally syndicated television and founded the Life Flight helicopter ambulance system, died Tuesday. He was 86. (www.chron.com) Mer...

First A350-1000 wing goes in to prodution

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The wings for the first Airbus A350-1000 have begun the process of assembly at Broughton, North Wales. READ MORE ON AIRBUS.com (www.airbus.com) Mer...

Lockheed unveil next generation HWB airlifter concept

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Aviation Week revealed Lockheed Martin's next generation airlifter design called the Hybrid Wing Body (HWB) concept, that promises drastic reduction in operating cost. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Mer...

747 Rare In The Air: Original Photos and Booklet from 1968 Rollout of the 1st Jumbo Jet.

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As Korean Air became the newest Boeing 747-8I operator this week and possibly the last as TransAero deferred its orders, we look back at the Jumbo with these early promotional materials including rare photographs from the 1968 rollout of the first 747. (airwaysnews.com) Mer...

Video: NASA simulates a severe but survivable plane accident

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A single engine Cessna 172 plane was dropped to the ground from 100 feet on Wednesday at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., in an effort to help search and rescuers save more lives. (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Images: CSeries complete water ingestion tests

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Bombardier confirmed today it successfully completed its C Series aircraft’s water ingestion tests in Mirabel, Québec – the tests validate how the aircraft behaves on rain-soaked runways. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Mer...

Airline fears of pilot shortage spark Congress fight over required training

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Good article to read. I want your options with the pilot shortage and the mandatory hours required by the FAA. I am a student at a 4-year college for Aviation with approximately 325 hours of flight time. (www.usatoday.com) Mer...

(Video) 2015 Integrated Live Fire Exercise - US / S Korea

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HD video of a US / S Korea live fire military exercise - August 2015 (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Air NZ to phase out last two 737'S by September

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Air NZ CEO Chris Luxton has said the last remaining two Boeing 737-319's will be retired from the fleet by the end of September 2015. This is due to the increasing economical A320's and the new A320 neo jet that will come into the fleet over the next year. Also the recent delivery of the fourth Boeing 789 has being delivered into the anz fleet as ZK-NZD which was a DC8-52 jet rego anz once had back in 1965-1970's (www.flightglobal.com) Mer...

Air NZ sells retired Boeing 747-419 to GE

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A anz spokesman for the airline sales and disposals of aircraft have confirmed that the last remaining Boeing 747-475 ZK-SUH which was stored at Victorville KVCV and was destine to be scrapped has being brought or sold to GE (General Electric) as a suitable replacement fuel test bed jet. The deal was sealed for a price of only 1.5mil with parts. The other Boeing 747-419 ZK-NBV former lord of the rings jet was sold off to a buyer of Saudi Arabia which has a new life. Mind you anz always have… (www.flightglobal.com) Mer...

About That Airplane Part That Was Supposed to Solve the MH370 Mystery ...

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It is over a month since a piece of a Boeing 777 washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, but French investigators are no closer to confirming that the part came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In fact, leaks from within the investigation suggest that the part might not have come from the plane at all. (nymag.com) Mer...

Ooops! That's not supposed to happen.

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Bet they spilled their Timmies that day and had some serious explaining to do too! (thechronicleherald.ca) Mer...

Pentagon to test F-35 against A-10 for Close Air Support

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Already an alarmingly poor dogfighter, we may now find out just how good the JSF is at CAS. Reads like the Air Force is prepared for it to lose against the 40-year-old A-10 but use it anyway. (www.defensenews.com) Mer...

While its aircraft can be tracked online, the U.S. Air Force only worries about Tweets….

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Bad OPSEC (Operations Security) exposed by Air War on ISIS? “Loose Tweets Destroy Fleets” is the slogan (based on the U.S. Navy’s WWII slogan “Loose Lips Sink Ships”) that the U.S. Air Force Central Command used a couple of weeks ago for an article aimed at raising airmen awareness about the risk of sharing sensitive information on social media. (theaviationist.com) Mer...

Boeing Settles Lawsuit Accusing Company of Mishandling 401(k) Plan

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Boeing decides to settle a long-running lawsuit accusing the company of mishandling the 401(k) plan to the employees. (www.wsj.com) Mer...

Swiss announces 777-300ER routes

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Swiss international airlines will receive their new 777-300ER's beginning next year to replace the aged A340-300's. They've now announced the first routes for the first Boeing aircraft of Swiss. New York and Montreal are the first two destinations of the 777's allowing to test the aircraft on shorter routes and then going on long-haul to Los Angeles/San Francisco/Hong Kong... (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) Mer...

Boeing Receives $1.49 Billion Contract for 13 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

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Boeing will provide the first P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft for Australia and additional P-8As for the U.S. Navy following a $1.49 billion contract award from the Navy for 13 aircraft. (boeing.mediaroom.com) Mer...

FAA starts testing its drone safety app

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Back in May, the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to test an app for drone hobbyists that'll ensure they're flying in approved airspace. The mobile software appears to be on schedule as B4UFLY is now in closed beta for iOS. Up to 1,000 UAV users will test the app that's primarily aimed at keeping you informed about which areas are safe to fly. (www.engadget.com) Mer...

Video: Exhilarating DC-10 Firefighter Plane Pulls Off Incredible Maneuver In Silverado Canyon 9/12/2014

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"When on a hike to view the carnage a wildfire was taking on my hometown, I caught a fantastic clip of DC-10- dropping fire retardant in a treacherous ridge about to be enveloped in flames. Nobody wanted to come with me because of the steep trail and the inherent dangers of being close to a forest fire, so I was just up there alone. A very unique experience. On the way up the steep trail, I watched many other planes pass over the burning ridge and drop retardant and water, and I was just… (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Video shows the power of "Wet Microburst"

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It's called a wet microburst -- but when you see it on video like this, there's nothing "micro" about it. This time-lapse footage captured by Tucson photographer Brian Snider shows a microburst absolutely unloading on an area near the city. It seems as if a giant nozzle has been turned on in the sky, sending a blast of water straight down, which then quickly fans out (www.huffingtonpost.com) Mer...

Boeing forecasts demand of 6,330 airplanes over the next 20 years for China

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston), China’s leading provider of commercial airplanes, today projected a demand in the country for 6,330 new airplanes over the next 20 years. Boeing released its annual China Current Market Outlook (CMO) today in Beijing, estimating the total value of those new airplanes at $950 billion. (worldairlinenews.com) Mer...

WWII Bomber, Crew Emerge From Polish River

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The remains of a Soviet fighter-bomber plane and two crew members shot down by Germans in 1945 have been found in a river in central Poland amid extremely low water levels associated with a drought. (www.newser.com) Mer...

Aerobatic Pilot killed in New York following structural break-up

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Aircraft is reported to be a Giles G202 owned by Carbon Fiber Airshows of Austin, Texas. Unconfirmed if Andrew Wright was PIC at the time. (www.nydailynews.com) Mer...

The 15 Coolest Airline Livery Designs In the World

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As airlines and airplanes evolve, so have their liveries. Planes crisscross the globe and their exterior graphics not only represent the companies that operate them, but in many instances also serve as visual ambassadors for their respective homelands. (lnkd.in) Mer...

(Video) Shoreham Air Show Crash

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A Hawker Hunter plane has crashed while performing at the Shoreham Air Show. (www.youtube.com) Mer...

British Airways to Launch First Nonstop Transatlantic Service from San José, California to London, England

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--British Airways today has announced that it will begin service between Mineta San José International Airport and London Heathrow from May 4, 2016. This marks the first regularly scheduled nonstop service to the UK for the city of San José. British Airways will operate the newest aircraft in its fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring the airline’s newly designed First cabin. (www.businesswire.com) Mer...

B-1 Bomber Buzzes Sturgis Bike Rally, Redefines The Term "Loud Exhaust"

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On this, the 75th anniversary of the Mecca of all bike rallies, the loudest vehicle to cruise the strip was the mighty B-1B Lancer bomber (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Lufthansa’s “Movable Monument” Tante Ju 52 soars over Hamburg

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Fly back in time aboard Lufthansa's 1936 vintage Junker JU52 in a scenic flight over Hamburg during "Airport Days". (airwaysnews.com) Mer...

Crowdfunding Effort Set To Finance First Vertical Lift Passenger Aircraft

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While the flying car may never get off the ground, XTI Aircraft is hoping to bridge the gap with its new take on a light jet that will transport you door-to-door. (www.popularmechanics.com) Mer...

Images from MAKS 2015

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Images from the MAKS 2015 Airshow in Moscow, Zhukovsky (www.aviationanalysis.net) Mer...

Qantas to replace 747-438's with new B787-938'S next year

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The CEO Allan Joyce has announced that Brisbane or YBBN/BNE will replace the Boeing 747-438's currently servicing YBBN/KLAX as QFA15, QFA16 as early as next year. This means no more Jumbo's will service this route by the big Roo as they will head to the desert floors slowly. The new Boeing 787-938's will replace them. Consideration using the big A388'S or A330'S was not a good option for Qantas. Over the past year the QFA15,QFA 16 routes have lost passenger numbers. Allan Joyce says it might… (www.9news.com.au) Mer...

Unconfirmed midair between Piper Navajo and unidentified RPA

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The unconfirmed report is that a “company survey” aircraft impacted a small UAS at 2,500 feet near Lewis University (KLOT) Illinois on August 27, 2015 causing damage to the leading edge of the manned aircraft wing. (airsoc.com) Mer...

Hackers Arrested in British Airways Avios Theft

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One person is under arrest in New Delhi and two others are being sought in conjunction with the theft of millions of Avios, the British Airways Executive Club frequent flyer program currency. Earlier this year.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mer...

Pilot killed in crash at W.K. Kellogg Airport

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A private, single-engine aircraft with a single occupant crashed during takeoff around 8:20 p.m. Thursday. The pilot, a Wisconsin man in his 30s, was killed in the crash, according to police on scene. (woodtv.com) Mer...

What It's Like To Fly America's Biggest Jet, The Gargantuan C-5 Galaxy

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One of Foxtrot Alpha’s readers, Ben Brown, flies the Pentagon’s biggest jet, the mighty Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Mer...

Boeing 777X: The Wing is the Thing

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The amazing, glider-like wings of the 777X take carbon composites to a new level. Longer and more efficient, these revolutionary wings will change how we fly. (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Boeing checks cabin system effect on smoke after 787 fire

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Boeing is developing models to assess how environmental control systems might carry particles and gas from a fire in the emergency locator transmitter, in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines 787 fire at London Heathrow. The aircraft was parked and empty at the time but the unusual nature of the fire, which originated in the transmitter situated in the aft fuselage crown, has spurred a re-examination of test data. (www.flightglobal.com) Mer...

Qantas confirms orders for the new B789'S

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Qantas CEO Allan Joyce has come out saying the remaining Boeing 747-438 fleet will be replaced by the new Boeing 787-938 aircraft as early as 2017. The first of the new twin jets will operate out of YBBN/BNE as QFA15 & QFA16 to KLAX replacing the 747 service this will spread over the network of Qantas and only six Boeing 747's will remain in the fleet (www.flightglobal.com) Mer...

Asiana to Remove First-Class Cabins from Most Planes

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Asiana Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will eliminate virtually all of its first-class seats on aircraft that fly international routes. The Korean airline’s CEO, Kim Soo-cheon, made the announcement in a video broadcast to all employees.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mer...

Quebec plane crash: UK Foreign Office seeking victim identities

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e Foreign Office says it is "urgently working" with Canadian authorities to learn the identity of the victims of a plane crash in which six people died. Some reports said four of those who died were British. The Beaver seaplane took off on Sunday from Tadoussac, Quebec, on the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. (www.bbc.co.uk) Mer...

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