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US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. (news.yahoo.com) Mer...

Photo Flight With Sean Tucker - while 7 months pregnant!

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Behind the scenes on an air-to-air photo flight with Sean Tucker and Randy Howell over Big Sur, California. (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Opinion: The Airbus A380NEO is a Good Idea

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First things first; I am sick and tired of all the A380 hate. I get it; it’s not made by Boeing and doesn’t fit the U.S. major route network. Here’s the thing: that doesn’t make it a terrible aircraft and an absolute aviation sin. I am tired of reading comments from people saying, “Since Delta never ordered it, it must be too big.” No one also wants to hear your comments about how the A380 only works for “government-subsidized airlines,” or, “how all the other airlines that operate it regret… (www.airlinereporter.com) Mer...

MH17, the Forgotten Catastrophe

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Now in Ask the Pilot: Remains of the Day. As Debris From Flight 370 Washes Ashore, MH17 Becomes the Forgotten Catastrophe. Plus, what took so long for those pieces to be found? (www.askthepilot.com) Mer...

Airbus starts design of hybrid-electric 100-seater

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In less than two decades, Airbus’s concept for the VoltAir E-Fan could spawn a new family of 100-seat regional airliners with a hybrid-electric propulsion system anchored by diesel engines sending 6MW of power to a row of electric thrusters. The potential 100-seat aircraft is still early in the design phase, but Airbus already appears to be leaning toward a familiar configuration. (www.flightglobal.com) Mer...

Kentucky Man Arrested After Shooting Down Drone; cites right to privacy

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Hillview, Kentucky resident William H. Merideth describes his weekend: "Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard. And they come in and said, 'Dad, there's a drone out here, flying over everybody's yard.'" Merideth grabbed his shotgun and waited to see if the drone crossed over his property. When it did, he took aim and shot it out of the sky. The owners showed up shortly, and the police right after. He was arrested and… (www.wdrb.com) Mer...

Russia's Putin says opposes MH17 tribunal ahead of U.N. vote

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he opposed the creation of an international tribunal to prosecute those who shot down a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, hours before a U.N. vote on such a proposal. (news.yahoo.com) Mer...

Frontier to Link Philly with Fort Myers and Montego Bay

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Frontier Airlines announced plans to add flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Fort Myers, Florida and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Both flights will begin October 25, 2015... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mer...

7 Stats About Commercial Air Traffic In The US

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What happens when you pair FlightAware and NATS? Some pretty amazing stats about US air travel. (www.boldmethod.com) Mer...

More debris from Island where MH370 possible went down found

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A beach cleaner has come across more debris which was found next to the B777 plane wing which was found a few days back a suitcase containing clothing and other items were found next to this big piece that was washed up on shore. Many of the island residents say they had seen the MAS B777 fly over low a year ago and it may have come down out at sea not far from the last sighting of MH370. But who is to say this belongs to the flight and just maybe it's possible the wreckage is near by and thing… (www.9news.com.au) Mer...

British Airways to fly Airbus A380 for Vancouver service

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British airways to fly an a380 into Vancouver starting May 1st, 2016. (www.vancitybuzz.com) Mer...

BA Implements New Boarding Procedures, Reduces Size of Carry-On Bags

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British Airways announced a new procedure for boarding as well as a reduction in the size of hand baggage that can be brought onto the aircraft. The most significant change is to the order of in which passengers will board. Effective immediately, passengers will board based on two criteria:... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mer...

BA274 in Bomb hoax diverted

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A British Airways flight travelling from Las Vegas to London Heathrow has been diverted to Montreal after reports of a bomb threat. Photographs taken from the airport show a dozen police cars racing to flight BA274, carrying 312 passengers, which made an emergency landing at Trudeau Airport in Dorval at 5.47am local time. Montreal police and British Airways said the pilot made a request to land the plane following an 'emergency' during the flight. Read more:… (www.dailymail.co.uk) Mer...

Texas businessman recovers cellphone that fell from plane

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A North Texas businessman used the "Find My iPhone app" to find his phone in a pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston. Ben Wilson says his cellphone still works. Wilson, who owns Gas Corporation of America in Wichita Falls, and a pilot were in a Beechcraft Bonanza returning home Monday. (kxan.com) Mer...

United Airlines Computers Reportedly Hacked

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United Airlines, the world’s second largest airline, had its computer systems breached by hackers in the spring. The breach, which was not publicly reported, is believed to be the work of the same hackers who have hit other large targets in recent months ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mer...

Allegiant Air flight runs low on fuel over closed airport, makes emergency landing

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An Allegiant Air flight ran dangerously low on fuel last week as it circled an airport in North Dakota that was actually closed so the Navy's Blue Angels could practice for an upcoming air show. (www.tampabay.com) Mer...

Internet plane from Zuckerberg - Aquila

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Mark Zuckerberg has announced Aguila, which is a solar powered unmanned. It's target is to beam Internet from sky to ground that has no Internet access. (www.facebook.com) Mer...

Largest plane in the world to perform test flights in 2016

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started planning to build the largest plane in the world in 2011, along with several partners -- including Elon Musk. Now, that plane (called Stratolaunch) is under construction at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, and is expected to undergo testing as soon as 2016. (www.engadget.com) Mer...

Man parks plane in driveway

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A Long Island aviator has turned his suburban driveway into a private tarmac — and the pilot is now Public Enemy No. 1 with his neighbors and town officials. (nypost.com) Mer...

VietJet receives world’s first 230-seat A321

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Vietnam low-cost carrier VietJet Air has taken delivery of a high-density Airbus A321 aircraft equipped with 230 passenger seats. The airline says this is the first A321 equipped with this seat density. The A321 had previously been restricted to 220 seats and central European budget airline Wizz Air will also be taking the high-density A321 later this year. (www.flightglobal.com) Mer...

Debris described as aircraft door found on Reunion Island

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Possibly another piece of MH370 has washed up on Reunion? (www.wsj.com) Mer...

Delta Bans Shipment of Big Game Hunting Trophies

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Delta Air Lines announced a ban on the shipment of big game hunting trophies as freight. This includes lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo carcasses that hunters wish to transport as air freight. The carrier said that it will “review acceptance polices of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.”... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mer...

CSeries perform passenger flight trials

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The C Series aircraft program celebrated another “first” last week as it welcomed its first set of passengers to fly on board FTV5, the CS100 aircraft in Swiss colors fitted with a full interior. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Mer...

Infographic showing Lufthansa's fleet changes in the last decade

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"Although the airline only has added 41 aircraft to its fleet in the last 10 years (from 234 aircraft in 2005 to 275 aircraft in 2015) the types of aircraft have changed as seen in the infographic below..." (aviationweek.com) Mer...

Seems like the Pentagon is having seconds thoughts about the F-35 programme

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If this bird did not meet the performance as estipulated in the contract not the price (lets not forget that it started at about 56 million and now it is 85 million PLUS the cost of engines ~ 115 million) this damn weapons programme has to be ditched and the responsable individuals have to explain where and how they were wrong so that this does not happen again (this is wishful thinking of course) (www.fool.com) Mer...

AAY 828 Engine Failure and Diversion

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Dig through the sensational reporting and discover possible FOD damage to the engine. But I wonder why it took so long to cause the failure? (www.nbc12.com) Mer...

Revealed: Emirates two-class Airbus A380 seat map

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Emirates' revamped two-class Airbus A380 swaps 14 first class suites for 120 economy seats... (www.ausbt.com.au) Mer...

Ryanair asks rivals to help cut out price-comparison sites

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Ryanair has asked four major European airlines to display each other's fares online in a bid to cut out third-party price comparison websites, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said on Monday. Ryanair's fares are displayed by airfare price comparison websites such as Google Flights and Expedia and competes with them by offering hotels and car hire on its own website. (uk.reuters.com) Mer...

Another Airplane Piece Washes Ashore in La Reunion

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A piece appearing to be the plastic cosmetic housing for a commercial airliner's passenger Oxygen compartment has been found in the same remote Indian Ocean island as the previous flaperon. (www.dailymail.co.uk) Mer...

New TSA Chief Promises to Improve Airport Security

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The new head of the Transportation Security Administration vowed to tighten airport security, better train employees, and make security screenings “less invasive” for PreCheck members.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mer...

Aer Lingus reveals short-haul Aer Space premium class

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Aer Lingus will debut a new premium cabin on its short-range UK and European flights towards the end of this year in an attempt to snare more of the business travel market. Dubbed Aer Space, the concept follows the 'EuroBusiness' model in which a standard economy class seating is marketed with add-on benefits designed to appeal to the corporate flyer. (www.ausbt.com.au) Mer...

Allegiant executives were flying plane that ran low on fuel

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Two executives with pilot licenses were flying the Allegiant Air jet that made an emergency landing at a closed airport because it nearly ran out of fuel (finance.yahoo.com) Mer...

What Barnacles Could Tell Us About MH370

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All eyes have been on Reunion Island these past few days, but some of the action has now shifted to Paris following Saturday's arrival of a piece of debris believed to possibly be from MH370. (www.newser.com) Mer...

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Orlando Int'l Airport

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An American Airlines flight that departed from Chicago and was headed to Orlando made an emergency landing Wednesday morning at Orlando International Airport after an engine indicator came on prior to landing, airport officials said. More information avaliable in link. (www.mynews13.com) Mer...

How You Lose An Airplane In The 21st Century

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MORE THAN A year ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from air traffic controller scopes on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The captain, with more than 18,000 hours of flight time, gave no warning and no mayday call. (www.wired.com) Mer...

Airbus reports profits up by 34%

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Europe's aircraft maker Airbus said net profit rose 34% in the first half of the year to €1.52bn (£1bn). (www.bbc.com) Mer...

Phenom 300 crashes on landing, Blackbushe, England

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Four people died when a business jet crashed at a private airport in Hampshire and ploughed into an adjacent car auction centre, police have said. The pilot of the aircraft and the three passengers (members of the Bin Laden family) all died, while no one on the ground was killed. The Phenom 300, a light aircraft with space for up to nine passengers and thought to be worth £6m, crashed as it attempted to land at Blackbushe airport, seven miles north-west of Farnborough, a spokesman for the… (www.theguardian.com) Mer...

France aiming for two more Rafale deals by early 2016, sources say

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PARIS • France is confident of winning two more foreign orders for its Rafale fighter jet by the beginning of next year as it seeks to extend a spate of recent export successes, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. (www.stltoday.com) Mer...

Eight new routes: Frontier Airlines connects the dots on its route map

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Frontier Airlines announced eight new routes Tuesday, adding nonstop connections among cities it already serves. (www.usatoday.com) Mer...

Toronto Airport Pedestrian Tunnel Opens Under Lake Ontario

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With much fanfare, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel opened Thursday. The tunnel, which was built under Toronto Harbor on Lake Ontario, provides a direct connection from the airport to downtown Toronto by a public-private partnership. It was built to decrease the amount of time it takes for passengers to get to the island airport and eliminate the need to travel to the airport by ferry... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Mer...

Connected glasses to improve Airbus A330 production efficiency

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Airbus has validated an innovative new tool- "connected" glasses, that can increase efficiency and save time on the A330 airliner final assembly line. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Mer...

Frontier Airlines increasing nonstop flights for Las Vegas

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Frontier Airlines, which in recent years has evolved into an ultralow discount air carrier, is expanding operations in Las Vegas. The Denver-based airline is announcing Tuesday that it will offer daily nonstop flights between McCarran International Airport and Milwaukee, Miami, San Francisco and Houston'€™s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. (www.reviewjournal.com) Mer...

Close Call: Delta Pilot Spots Drone Just Before Landing

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A Delta pilot flying into JFK airport in New York spotted a drone off its right wing as it approached the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said today. (abcnews.go.com) Mer...

Caution, Wake Turbulence (Blue Angels fly-by)

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In this video shot by Jason Neeley, Blue Angel #5 does a low fly by and sends beach tents and umbrellas into the air. (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Lufthansa's 60 years of International Travel in Photos

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Photo Time Slides of Lufthansa then and now (to celebrate 60 years of long-haul international service) (aviationweek.com) Mer...

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