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Fifty years on, Boeing’s 747 clings to life as cargo carrierDisappointing start to 2019 for Ben Murphy in Abu DhabiParis, Berlin Take First Step Toward Jet That Will Replace Rafale, Eurofighters
‘Trial by Flag’ for new F-35A pilotsLeonardo picks GE CT7 engines for next-gen tiltrotorReturn of the Stampe
Celebrating 50 years of the Boeing 747American Airlines and British Airways to invest $344 million in JFK InternationalEurope wants a deadly 6th Generation Stealth Fighter
eVTOL Aircraft Are Getting Closer To Flying You Than You Can ImagineWatchkeeper achieves full operational capabilityWe flew on the new Delta Airbus jet, which Boeing tried to keep out of the US, to see if it lives up to the hype. Here’s the verdict
Pilots from India’s Vistara airline fly for SIA, Scoot ahead of Boeing 787 operationsExpedia and United Agree to Stand Down — For NowStealth Surprise: Did a Russian Su-35 Fighter Just “Unstealth” the F-22 Raptor?
Air Belgium Business Class from London to DubaiEmirates May Have Doomed the Airbus 380Behold These Incredible New Images Of Dutch F-35s Soaring Over California
Amadeus expands distribution agreement with QantasAer Lingus exposed over 100 job applicants’ details in an email blunderCoast Guard rescues 4 stranded mariners near South Padre Island, Texas
Cathay Pacific pilots’ union chief quits after improved offer to end industrial dispute fails to take offWelcome To The Era Of Electric Airplane Racing Ethiopian Airlines Named 2018 ‘Top Performing Cargo Airline’
Newly completed constellation of satellites is poised to provide unprecedented trackingThe Italian Air Force Has Deployed Six F-35A Jets To Sardinia For Advanced “Omnirole” TrainingIndustry asks agencies to ante up for pilot and technician training
Ryanair: Britain’s Most Hated Airline? review – tales of horror and stinginesAmerican Airlines pilot arrested just before transatlantic takeoffA second look at the Queen in her golden years
Boeing’s Aerion Investment Brings Supersonic Air Travel A Step CloserV-22 Osprey: The Story of the Revolutionary Tiltrotor AircraftTyre explosion on aircraft tug at Hong Kong airport as plane prepares for flight to Seoul
Why Business Aviation Is Shooting Itself In the FootVirgin Galactic pilots receive astronaut wingsThis is the story behind A Door in the Sky
The female pilot changing gender stereotypes in the Middle East and beyondArmy engineers get hands-on with futuristic tiltrotor aircraftCan Hawaiian Airlines Survive Southwest’s Entry Into The Hawaii Market?
A promising new trainer aircraftMaking the case for women in aviationAirbnb Says It Isn’t Building An Airline, But It Hired Ex-Virgin America CEO To Lead Transportation Experiments

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08 February

Peek inside this supersonic jet Boeing just backedWillie Walsh talks Brexit, growth plans for Aer Lingus, and need for industry consolidationCAAi launch “Evidence-based Training” course for Flight Operations Inspectors
Private Moon Landers Could Help NASA’s Next Giant Leap in Lunar ExplorationPlaneSense Marks One Year with the PC-24 JetHere’s Why Northrop Grumman Gained 12.5% in January
Bombardier’s Award-winning Global 7500 Business Jet Certified by European Aviation Safety AgencyDiamond Aircraft Plans To Double Production, Needs More PeopleIndia’s Jet Airways grounds four aircraft after failing to pay lessors
Govt says it’s out of Zambia Airways operations to avoid past mistakesMid-air “panic” as engine fault causes smoke to fill aircraftPilot Arrested on Suspicion of Being Intoxicated Before Philly-Bound Flight, Officials Say
French NH90 on USS Donald Cook for FANAL 2019Zambia’s IDC announces CEO appointment for new national airlineJet Airways slides 2% after grounding 4 aircraft
Hi Fly Brings Forward A330neo Delivery, Confirms 10 Plane OrderQantas is evolving its distribution model by modernising the way agents book fares and deliver customers personalised experiences Jet Airways board meet on February 14 to approve December quarter results
Black Boxes Might Soon Send Real-Time Data After Plane CrashesUK to invite India to co-develop sixth-generation fighter aircraft TempestDelta’s New A220 Planes Have Wider Seats and a Bathroom Window
US airline stocks fly highHoneywell to open technology incubatorThales on how AI is making small but meaningful impacts in aviation
ED seeks Airbus probe information from French agencyFrance To US: You’re Really Important To Our New FighterFirm behind Sutherland spaceport to open base in Forres
Alabama prepares for role in a new space race‘Lethal’ F-35A heading to Red Flag 19-1Regional airline loses 1.5-million passenger contract with Air Canada, but firms deny safety concerns a factor

07 February

Pritchard to lead Qantas in UK and EuropeAirbus has announced a global partnership with Air Race EElliott funds to take part in Avianca’s $75 million capitalization: document
AH-64Es May Receive Software Fixes to Improve 30mm Gun AccuracyUnited expands luxury push with first class on regional flightsEuropean Funding for Penzance Heliport
NewSpace Column – DeltaV AerospaceEmirates to Hire Pilots From Etihad and Other Airlines With Cash TroublesDelta, Coke apologize for napkins promoting ‘old school’ flirtation with ‘plane crush’
The Secret to 72 Years of Profit at South Africa’s Comair“Creepy” napkins handed to airplane passengers prod them to flirt
Sikorsky stays defiant over SB-1 helicopter prospects
Jet Airways signs MoU with SBI, seeks govt nod for open offer exemption
Austrian Airlines to wet lease two Adria Airways CRJ900sNow flying for Delta Air Lines: The Airbus A220
BOSA Launches Thailand-Based MRO Joint VentureIndustry Needs Pilots, Mx Techs Now, Says NBAA ChiefSpaceX, Boeing (and NASA) Push Back 1st Test Launches of Private Spaceships
Jetworx Expands Mx Work, Facilities at VNYGermania adds to long list of aviation bankruptciesAAR efforts aim to attract the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians
FAA investigators assessing mechanics’ complaints may be interpreting regulations differently, CBS News investigation findsPEMCO Conversions Announces Deal with Chisholm Enterprises for Full Freighter Aircraft Conversion ProgramAviation Industry Urges Full Funding for New Workforce Programs
Report: The U.S. airlines with the most customer complaintsUnited expands luxury push with first class on regional jetsLufthansa to increase nonstop service to Germany at Tampa International Airport
IBAC Welcomes Katherine Hilst as New IS-BAO Operations ManagerEmirates to Fill Pilot Gap With Exodus From Etihad, NorwegianTransportation Secretary to award FAA Astronaut Wings to Virgin Galactic pilots
Southwest Jet Will Zoom Past Distance Limit in Honolulu-Dallas Test FlightSouthwest Airlines flight attendants sound alarm about safety cultureWhich Airlines are banned from flying in the EU?
‘Don’t be fooled’: JetBlue president warned workers against joining a unionHow to win a dogfight: Understanding the importance of Angle of AttackSpiceJet passes IATA safety audit
US Army develops net-grenade to capture enemy dronesJBER flies through exercise Patriot Grizzy and Winter FuryEtihad Airways and Royal Jordanian announce new codeshare partnership
Airbus and Dassault Systèmes embark on strategic partnership to create the European aerospace industry of tomorrowNational Guard Blackhawk crew that rescued kayakers receives national awardWindow in the bathroom and more bin space: Delta’s brand-new A220 planes finally take off
RAF Tornado jets make final return to RAF MarhamRemembering Herb KelleherCoast Guard Medevacs Man 70 Miles East of Cape Henry, Va.
Thomas Cook considers sale of airlineQantas confirms cancellation of Airbus orderNASA and SpaceX reset Crew Dragon test flight for March 2
Last Boeing 727 Aircraft Carrying Passengers RetiredFlying fortresses: Next Air India One to have missile warning, counter-measures & latest security systemsVirgin Australia names Paul Scurrah to succeed John Borghetti as CEO
Global 7500 Now in ServiceDebt-ridden Jet Airways sells loyalty miles to raise Rs 250 croreUnited to launch triple-class 50-seat Bombardier CRJ550
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways and Australia’s Qantas move ever closer – and Virgin is miffedNASA pays tribute to fallen heroesBombardier gives CRJ another shot, launches CRJ550
Small plane came apart in mid-air, before crashing into California house, killing five peopleArmy Plan To Delay Chinook Helicopter Upgrades May Have Big Jobs, Political ConsequencesQantas cancels order for 8 Airbus A380s amid doubts on jet’s future
Bedroom on Board: The World’s Most Over-the-Top Business Class is Finally Landing in L.A.VD Gulf MRO received Bermuda approval for servicing Boeing 777sIconic RAF Tornado jets fly for the last time after 40 years defending Britain

06 February

Northrop Grumman Begins Delivery of AQS-24C Mine Hunting System UpgradesMission in MaliSamson Switchblade Carbon Fiber Flying Car Debuts Transforming Tail
NTSB calls for FAA to fill the safety gap on Part 135 operationsVirgin Australia appoints Paul Scurrah new CEOVarcoe: WestJet navigates through turbulence rocking Alberta economy
Qatar Airways adds 25 aircraft to its fleet in 2018Banned Turkmenistan Airlines leaves thousands strandedA KLM Boeing 747 Is Being Towed to an Amsterdam Hotel to Become a Visitor Attraction
Germania airline is latest European carrier to go bustIn India, World’s First Solar Powered Airport Keeps ExpandingAirbus partners for world’s 1st e-airplane race
ABS Jets Receives IS-BAH Stage II Accreditation for its Ground Handling in PragueVistaJet Advances Business Aviation Flight Safety With Integration of Advanced Flight Risk Assessment SystemSouthwest Airlines completes test flight to Hawaii
NTSB Sharpens Focus on Part 135 with Most Wanted ListAirbus A330-900 flying display on Day 1 of Farnborough 2018CAAi launch “Evidence-based Training” course for Flight Operations Inspectors
NTSB Highlights Transportation Safety Wish ListNTSB: Pilot who crashed had no licenseAmerican Airlines Warns One of Its Regional Airlines to Improve
Bombardier Launches New Innovative 50-Seater AircraftDramatic footage emerges of tyre explosion on aircraft tug at Hong Kong airport as plane prepares for flight to SeoulNo injuries after plane slides off Mankato airport runway
Boeing 797: No Pure Boeing 757 ReplacementAirbus, Helisim Break Ground On Texas Training CenterNavy’s Last F-18 Hornet Squadron Sundowns
Airbus has announced a global partnership with Air Race EAirbus Receives First Order for ACH145 from Russian CustomerUS Army upbeat on future armed scout contest
The Marine Corps’ New CH-53K Is a MessPiper Aircraft announced the warranty for all M600 aircraft will be increasedSpiceJet to start Hyderabad-Jeddah flight from March 25
Collins Aerospace to Supply T-X’s Seats and Landing GearAustrian sells final 8.3% stake in Brisbane-based Alliance AirlinesRAF Typhoons replace Tornados in Operation ‘Shader’ armed with Brimstone for first time
WestJet woos upgrade tixAirbus, Dassault Jointly Awarded Two-Year SCAF / FCAS Architecture StudyWestJet ends 2018 with 67% drop in net profit on higher costs
Working Woman: Pioneer pilot Sophie Ghezai now safety director for Airlines for AmericaUnited to add premium seats on regional and mainline jets
The SAAF Celebrates its 99th Birthday
Delta prepares to launch A220 this week, after delayed by govt. shutdownAustralia begins SOF helo transition from Black Hawk to MRH90Boeing forges partnership with Aerion to speed up supersonic jet development
Elon Musk shows off first firing of SpaceX’s Starship Raptor engineBoeing shares jet to $400 for first timeElon Musk Shows off Starship Raptor in Full Force
Supersonic business jet dream of billionaire Robert Bass wins Boeing backingSOS beacon picked up in Houston, USA helps in rescue of unwell man in ScotlandMeet the Emirati captain flying the Pope home
SAAF Prestige Awards EveningTriumph Group wins critical systems supply contract for Boeing T-X jet

05 February

United Airlines promises changes after passengers stranded 16 hoursBoeing Partners with Aerion to Accelerate Supersonic TravelTeen enters cockpit to steal American Eagle aircraft to go to rap concert
Absa enters aviation finance to challenge Investec, NedbankTripActions Adopts U.S. Airlines’ Next-Generation Storefront EffortMission accomplished for United as regional PaxEx mirrors mainline
Air Canada and Chorus Aviation Finalize Amended and Extended Capacity Purchase Agreement for Jazz Regional Flying
Airbus Creates The First Electric Airplane Race With Air Race EEASA mandates more frequent A330 engine inlet inspections
Interesting Images Show U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Launching From USS Wasp In “Beast Mode”DJI Responds to Fraud Findings: Vows to Deal with “Outright Theft” and Asks Media to “Pay Close Attention”Will Emirates Hurt Boeing?
Report: Navy jet swaps endangered readiness, pilot retentionCan a bitter policy argument be settled by the real world? For once, yes.Etihad Airways to broadcast live Papal Mass on board its flights
Ryanair: O’Leary’s move is succession planning by another nameAirline mechanics feel pressured to overlook potential safety problems: “Accident waiting to happen”Afghanistan lacks pilots, engineers to handle Black Hawk ‘copters, U.S. watchdog warns
Flybe agrees to shareholder meeting, receives funding offer to halt saleLion Air crash shows cockpit computers are no substitute for pilot skillsUpdate 3: AAIB investigation into the loss of aircraft N264DB
National Airline Shareholder Agreement involving Zambia Airways and Ethiopian Airways is still IntactEmbraer Praetor 600: Different by Design Cobham Awarded £50M+ for NATO Electronic Warfare Pod Systems
Elon Musk Sends SpaceX’s Raptor Rocket Engine Roaring Onto TwitterAmerican defence company Lockheed Martin proposes ‘game-changing’ partnership with IndiaWatch: Elon Musk shares first test firing of SpaceX’s Raptor flight engine
Another Reason the Stealth F-35 Might Be the Ultimate WeaponAmazon’s CFO highlighted the power of it perfecting its own delivery capabilities, and it’s a clear warning shot to UPS and FedExJapan Is Getting Serious About Flying Cars
Reshaping how the Air Force trains Fighter AviatorsThese are the 577 positions SpaceX is cutting at its headquarters in a major round of layoffsNTSB Issues 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements
Midwest Express Airlines still ‘actively working’ on comeback, exploring acquisition optionSouthwest Airlines: First Hawaii ‘validation flight’ will be TuesdayCanadian Certification for Enstrom 480B
F-35 contract modification to support Australian industry opportunitiesMagnetic north just changed, here’s what that means‘That’s just wrong’: Air Canada backtracks on compensation after passenger gives up seat on overcrowded flight
Boeing aims to speed 737 jet production in early June – ReutersSouthwest Airlines Begins Testing Flights To HawaiiChinook retrieves damaged Griffon from remote training area
Check out who’s helping Boeing build the next Air Force training jet Aircraft-inspecting suction robot successfully trialledEmbraer and SkyWest, Inc. sign contract for nine E175 jets

04 February

Hundreds of passengers ‘trapped’ on Ryanair plane for six hours during snowstormHow Many American Airlines Miles Are Needed To Fly To Europe?G600 certification slips on back of US government shutdown
5 Die As Plane Breaks Apart, Crashes Into Neighborhood In Southern CaliforniaLeonardo signs deal worth around €180M to upgrade NATO’s electronic warfare training equipmentEmirates signs codeshare partnership with China Southern Airlines
Air France Rebrands HOP!Europe airline groups 2018 ranking: Lufthansa group still at the topSkunkworks: 75 Years of Excellence
Ryanair to restructure, posts quarterly lossGlider Pilot Rescued by Solent’ AW189Boeing goes bionic to roll out more Dreamliners
Australia Attracts Growing Volumes Of Inbound Air CargoNew Executive Committee appointed by Airbus HelicoptersRyanair reported a Q3 net loss of €20m (excl. Lauda)
Boeing, FAA Probed In Lion Air CrashSpecialized ‘ping’ detector from D.C. could be deployed to find air ambulance wreckage in Southeast AlaskaTurkmenistan Airlines banned from UK and Europe
Lufthansa Announces End of Legendary Junkers Ju-52 FlightsSpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives in Texas for milestone Starship engine testJet’s landing gear fails at Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Trenchard secures dual accreditations for its Dubai MRO facilityShutdown Backlog Triggers Repair-station Certificate ExtensionsPIA losing millions as half a dozen aircraft grounded
Augmented Reality Solution to Shorten Aircraft Skin Inspection TimeLeonardo Opens Helicopter Support Facility in LouisianaMAHB seeks to resolve dispute with AirAsia through proper means
Relaunch of Zambia Airways deferred Ryanair falls to loss in third quarter as fares tumbleAirinmar Signs Warranty Support Agreement with Major European Low-Cost Carrier
RAF pilots get new G-force training centreRyanair reports 20 million euro third-quarter loss, sees fares staying weakerGeneral Electric wins $517 million contract to build engines for Army’s next generation helicopters
Boeing, FAA face scrutiny after deadly Lion Air crash
Breakthrough in LVC TrainingPlanemaker Embraer signs firm order for 9 E175 jets with SkyWest
7 of the Deadliest Fighter Jets Still in Active ServiceFlights into and out of Townsville have been cleared to resume as the airport reopensMorgan Stanley says Spaceflight Industries is ‘entirely’ disrupting the rocket launch market
Australian Airport Shut Down Over Bomb ThreatNASA’s Advanced Composite Wing Tests Aim At Airliner Future EfficiencyEmbraer and SkyWest, Inc. Sign Contract for Nine E175 Jets
End of the Line for the Fleet’s Legacy HornetsAsia’s Aviation Industry is booming – so why is it not making money?American Airlines to Hire Over 250 Maintenance Technicians in 2019

03 February

Royal Air Maroc sees fleet, hub growth ahead of oneworld membershipThe second-oldest airline in the world is based in Colombia — here’s what it was like to fly on Avianca to BogotáBehind the Lion Air Crash, a Trail of Decisions Kept Pilots in the Dark
Emergency Services at scene of ‘serious’ light aircraft incidentThe Airbus A380 Is on the Rocks Again, Thanks to EmiratesC-5 conducts nose gear-up emergency landing at Travis
CH-53K IOC to be delayed as “major schedule revision” planned to correct faultsGE wins US$517 million US defense contract: Pentagon
Rochelle’ Dauphin Reaches 10,000 Flight Hours
How Virgin Atlantic Engineers Change a Wheel on a Boeing 747EU gives airlines deadline for no-deal BrexitUAE EDIC Academy Received Two Bell 429
USMC’s Older F-35Bs May Only Be Able To Fly Around A Quarter Of Their Expected Service Life (Updated)The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying-Car FutureFrench A330 MRTT conducts first mission
Boeing workers in Washington state get $429 million in annual bonusesWhy Electric Propulsion Could Be Disruptive For MROGhana: Baby Jet Airlines set to begin operations
U.S. Navy farewells F/A-18C Hornet aircraftAir Force may expand, speed up purchase of F-35 fighter jetsHong Kong pilots’ union close to civil war after deal to end dispute with Cathay Pacific managers voted down
American Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 100 A321neosEthiopian Airline’s Achilles heelHawaiian Airlines flight turns back 3 times before it’s cancelled: Reports
YYC sets all-time record for travel numbers in 2018Dallas airline claims new WiFi will be 10 times faster than typical connectionsThe Federal Shutdown’s Impacts On Air Traffic Control
British Airways puts Brexit clock on pay dealProblems with Southwest inflight Internet smart aboard 737 MAX 8Emirates weighs a new Boeing 777X order in fleet shake-up
Electrical failure caused Predator’s 2017 crash in TurkeySee the SpaceX rocket engine that will zip Elon Musk’s Starship to moonUnited Airlines Makes DirecTV Entertainment Free For All Passengers
For just $20,000, you can fly to the Super Bowl like Julian EdelmanAmerican Airlines’ newest Airbus A321neo lands in PittsburghQantas acquires 19.9% stake in Virgin partner Alliance Airlines
Potential Blackhawk Replacement Starts Ground TestsAirline alliance Oneworld, which represents Cathay Pacific, British Airways, American Airlines and Qantas, rolls out tech upgrades ‘to stay relevant’Jet Airways Lenders To Restructure Loans Under ‘Sashakt Scheme’: SBI Chief
Forget Boeing or Airbus: This High-Growth Stock is a Better BuyMum spends £10,000 converting helicopter into home cinema
For the first time in six years, Boeing employment grows

01 February

United Airlines makes DirecTV free on all Boeing 737sNew Rules for Charter Brokers Mean New Responsibilities The Lufthansa Group’s Lufthansa Innovation Hub, established in 2014, has opened its first foreign office in Singapore
Cathay Pacific pilots overwhelmingly reject airline’s offer, meaning five-year industrial dispute will linger onThe Royal Netherlands Air Force First Operational F-35 Rolls OutAviation Organizations Gear Up for Super Bowl LIII
A380 future in doubt as Airbus meets with EmiratesEasyJet Vs. Ryanair: How Low Can Low Cost Go?Boeing 787 deal in jeopardy
NASA, SpaceX and Boeing’s ISS program is as American as Moon PieAirbus Helicopters North America rings in 2019 with milestone anniversariesNew Delhi airport to have India’s first private jet terminal by May
ANA unit admonished after pilot drinking incidentAngel Flight, Aircraft Owners Assn fighting CASA regulation plan (Australia)New Hypoxia Sensor Aims to Make Military Trainer Aircraft Safer
TSB Canada: Toronto runway incursions due to uncommon taxiway layout between parallel runwaysNTSB resumes normal operations Airlines Mull Real-Time Monitoring of Pilot Conversations
Recruiting Ex-Military Female TalentJet Airways has agreed to Etihad’s bailout terms: ReportVirgin Australia plane makes emergency landing, reports of fire on board
IAG’s Walsh Says Airbus Needs to Be More Aggressive on Price to Sell A380sThe Offshore Helicopter Market – Is Change Coming?Air Senegal’s first A330neo arrives in Dakar ahead of delivery
New Southend to Newquay service for SummerLockheed Martin And Royal Netherlands Air Force Celebrate Rollout Of The First Dutch Operational F-35Jet Airways accepts Etihad’s bailout conditions: report
‘No plans to sell GECAS’: GE chiefFleeting ThoughtsUK armed forces ‘face £7bn equipment funding black hole’
Both pilots onboard Air Tindi plane “believed to be deceased”Boeing buys time with 2020 NMA launch timelineAeroplane Parts Maker FACC Scouts for Takeovers and Ramps up Brexit Production
Former NASA Rocket Scientist On Why We’re Still Going Nowhere FastAirbus and the World Bank launch a digital development project to connect Lima, the Andes and the central jungle of PeruWatchdog Report Highlights Severe Shortfalls in Afghan Air Force Capability, Training
Qatar Airways upgrades Airbus A321 order to include longer range jets
Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship 200 miles off San DiegoUber Elevate Envisions 150 MPH Air Taxi Cruising Speed
$2.42 Bn Military Rotorcraft Market – Global Outlook & Forecasts 2017-2026Flybe rescue deal could be blocked by ShareholdersRyanair’s O’Leary: More airline acquisitions possible
Air Culinaire Releases Bizav Catering Menu AppCebu Pacific Takes Delivery of its First A321neo Aircraft Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ EnginesZenithJet Takes Bow for First Global 7500 Completion
On safari with the H125 and H130Brazil’s Avianca expects loan talks progress to buy time for a deal: sourcesSikorsky-Boeing Defiant completes ground run
Lufthansa bids for Alitalia, Norwegian and Wizz would make sense
Airbus A380 under threat as Emirates weighs rejigged order: sourcesOrlando gains more flight service from Canada
Qantas buys 19.9 per cent stake in regional and charter operator Alliance Aviation Calgary airport sets record year with 17 million travellers; passenger traffic defies economyATR Surveys Growth Prospects in U.S. and China
Demand for ground handling services set to take offThe United Airlines app has a new feature that could be a game-changer for delayed travelersThe first ‘Global Investment in Aviation Summit’ concluded Tuesday, 29 January in Dubai
Trip-Support- Is it safe to over fly the Iranian airspace?British Airways to unveil special BA100 Dreamliner flight
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Feature News February 2019

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F 35 Combat Ready
F35 FIGHTER JET

While senior Air Force leaders are calling for a “fast” pursuit toward production and delivery of its stated F-35 objectives, there are some voices now raising the question as to whether the rates should be sped up even more — potentially even increasing the overall numbers for the program.

The discussion is centered around several questions currently under consideration. Can the current pace of construction and delivery be accelerated? Can larger numbers of F-35As be moved forward to address nearer-term demand? What kind of industrial capacity might there be if the Air Force, perhaps with Army input, seeks to increase the overall production numbers of the aircraft above and beyond its stated objective of 1,763?

In 2018, Lockheed Martin delivered 45 Air Force F-35As, a 70-percent increase from 2017. This year, however, the plan is to only go up to 48 – en route to 60 per year in the mid-2020s – some say this is simply not enough.

To read the full version of this informative article written by Kris Osborn! … fly there

Lion Air Crash
BEHIND LION AIR CRASH

In the brutally competitive jetliner business, the announcement in late 2010 that Airbus would introduce a more fuel-efficient version of its best-selling A320 amounted to a frontal assault on its archrival Boeing’s workhorse 737.

Boeing scrambled to counterpunch. Within months, it came up with a plan for an upgrade of its own, the 737 Max, featuring engines that would yield similar fuel savings. And in the years that followed, Boeing pushed not just to design and build the new plane, but to persuade its airline customers and, crucially, the Federal Aviation Administration, that the new model would fly safely and handle enough like the existing model that 737 pilots would not have to undergo costly retraining.

Boeing’s strategy set off a cascading series of engineering, business and regulatory decisions that years later would leave the company facing difficult questions about the crash in October of a Lion Air 737 Max off Indonesia. To read the full version of this informative article written by James Glanz, Julie Creswell, Thomas Kaplan and Zach Wichter! … fly there

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Scramble
SCRAMBLE

The sky over Lithuania was pale blue, the forest surrounding the air field deep green, and the armed Spanish air force Eurofighter Typhoon light gray. When the jet reached the end of the runway, it turned and paused, its insect-sharp nose and stubby canards dipping slightly.

A wingman followed seconds later, and the two Spanish fighters quickly faded into distant dots, headed north.When deployed to the Baltics, responsible for guarding NATO’s eastern flank, each scramble needs to be perfect.

In NATO military parlance, it’s a Quick Reaction Alert, or QRA. The U.S. Department of Defense prefers Airspace Control Alert (ACA), but informally almost everyone calls it a “scramble.” To read the full version of this informative article written by John Fleischman! … fly there

SUBMERGED B747

The kingdom of Bahrain will be opening an eco-friendly underwater theme park that will be the largest in the world.

Spanning an area of more than 100,000 square meters, the eco-friendly destination will be the final resting place for a 70-meter decommissioned Boeing 747 aircraft, the largest plane ever to be submerged.

The details of the project were announced on Saturday by the personal representative of His Majesty King Hamad, president of the Supreme Council for Environment, His Highness Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The unique theme park is scheduled to open to diving enthusiasts and visitors before the summer of 2019.

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TAIL ROTOR TROUBLES

Written in the wake of two recent tragedies involving conventional rotorcraft where amateur footage of the helicopter spinning out of control has stirred the collective conscience of aviators worldwide.

There are few critical emergencies in a helicopter that can overwhelm even the best pilots. Complete loss of directional control is one of them.

At low speeds when aerodynamic surfaces are ineffective and torque reaction has no counter, loss of tail rotor can quickly spiral the helicopter out of control.

To read the full version of this informative article written by Sanjeev Kumar! … fly there

Boeing 777X
BIGGER, BETTER BOEING

It’s been a while since Boeing introduced a new aircraft design rather than size variations on existing models. But that will change soon as the manufacturer is on track to start test flights this spring of its newer, wider 777X aircraft.

The 777X is the next generation of Boeing’s 777 aircraft, which comes in two models—the 777-200 and larger 777-300. The 777X will arrive with a whole range of new design features, tech innovations and passenger comforts.

The 777X will also come in two models – the 777-8 and the larger 777-9. The -9 will be introduced first, and that’s the one set to start test flights in a matter of weeks. It could go into passenger service by 2020. Boeing already has 273 orders for the plane from airlines including Lufthansa (which will launch the new plane), Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, ANA, Emirates, Qatar and Etihad. To read the full version of this informative article written by Chris McGinnis! … fly there

Boeing Area 51
SPACE PLANE?

Boeing has released pictures which appear to show a hyper-advanced space plane sitting on a runway at a base which looks a lot like Area 51.

The concept drawings may have been sketched as long ago as the 1980s and depict several super-advanced reusable spacecraft.

Although it’s not clear whether the futuristic flying machines were actually built, one image features a ‘mothership’ which appears designed to carry a baby which hangs beneath it and resembles a cross between a UFO and the Space Shuttle.

At least four of images were shared as an Instagram story last January, which means they disappeared from view after just 24 hours. They do not appear to have been shared again by Boeing, although this does not necessarily show they prove something explosive such as the existence of a top-secret research program at a military base. To read the full version of this interesting article written by Jasper Hamill! … fly there

Boeing 727
FAREWELL BOEING 727

One of the aircraft that introduced the fundamentals of modern comfort and convenience to millions of travellers has flown its last passenger service.

The Boeing 727 might not have been responsible for the dawn of the jet age, but its record-breaking popularity in the Sixties and Seventies was testament to the seachange it helped force when it became the stalwart of some of the world’s largest airlines. To read the full version of this informative article written by Hugh Morris! … fly there

SAVING THE RHINOS

As Mbongeni Tukela recalled, it started in 2008. “One Saturday morning, we lost a rhino.” Then it was another, and another — 11 more that year, he said.

By 2009, rhino poaching in Kruger National Park had become an epidemic.

“It was incessant. It just happened every day.” Tukela is a former park ranger who now directs the operations center at Kruger National Park, the sprawling South African wildlife refuge on the border with Mozambique. “We threw everything we had at them,” he said. “We were making arrests, but the poachers never stopped coming.”

Ten years later, the poachers still haven’t stopped coming, and the Kruger remains a central battleground in the fight to save rhinos from extinction.

Historically, poaching cycles in Africa have waxed and waned over the decades.

No one has pinpointed a single driver for the most recent, sustained wave of poaching, although likely factors are increasing wealth and demand for rhino horn in Asia — where the product is both a status symbol and traditional medicine — as well as poverty and longstanding social resentments in the local communities from which poachers are recruited.

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CABIN CLASSES EVOLVING

Change is needed in the skies, an evolution in the way airlines divide their cabins to match the changing needs of passengers and to optimize the revenue that they get from the limited space on board.

During the Red Cabin Innovation and Aircraft Seating conference in Hamburg, two experts presented their views on the future of cabin class.

Aviation industry analyst Ben Bettell, project director aircraft interiors of Counterpoint Market Intelligence, is betting that business class will continue to grow and first class will largely be phased out. To read the full version of this informative article written by Marisa Garcia! … fly there

Spike Aerospace
GOING SUPERSONIC

Spike Aerospace has signed up its first orders and is close to selecting an engine for the $125 million supersonic business jet it is developing, its president said on Monday in Dubai where he was attending an industry conference.

Spike and other US-based start-ups are aiming to revive ultra-fast flights to serve a market that has been dormant since Concorde stopped flying in 2003.

Spike is aiming to start test flights in two years with its S-512 aircraft entering into service in 2025. “We already have two orders,” said Vik Kachoria at the Global Investment in Aviation Summit.

There were also ongoing discussions with a commercial airline, he added. To read the full version of this informative article written by The National! … fly there

FUELLING THE FUTURE

Today’s aviation industry is reliant on liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

Even with laudable progress on electric and solar capabilities, which will improve over time, the demand for mass travel over ultra-long distances necessitates a dependence on jet engine technology with liquid fuel.

Significant strides in engine and airframe technology have been made since jet engines first took commercial passengers into the air in 1952.

Today’s passenger aircraft generate 80 per cent less emissions per seat than the first aeroplanes produced more than 65 years ago.

Each time we get a new-generation aircraft, it is at least 10 per cent, and up to 25 per cent, more efficient than an aircraft it replaces.

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SEAN D. TUCKER

In 1,300 performances over 42 years, one airshow star flew above the rest.

We wish it would never end—the mile-long coil of diving snap rolls that lead into the sledge hammer of opening acts—the Sean D. Tucker Centrifuge. Shoulder over tail, six, seven, eight times to the bone-pounding sound of whomp, whomp, whomp.

His biplane beats the air as it winds tighter and tighter, faster and faster, violent as a tornado round its own right wingtip. Then suddenly it stops and flies straight, as if we were fools to think it should stumble after a dizzying spin like that.

But a few maneuvers later, bam, bam, bam, at the top of a vertical line, it does flip forward, but flies off again, easy as a wink. This is no ordinary biplane. To read the full version of this informative article written by Debbie Gary! … fly there

Asia's Big Build
ASIA’S BIG BUILD

ACI’s Asia-Pacific region remains the hottest ticket in town for infrastructure development with a number of new airports being built while existing gateways continue to add new facilities.

In fact, as ACI Asia-Pacific regional director, Patti Chau, revealed earlier this year, the region is the busiest place on earth for airport development projects with its gateways being responsible 48.5% of $500 billion global spend on upgrading existing airports and 57% of the $267 billion being invested on new airports.

China alone is set to raise its number of commercial airports from 229 today to 260 by 2020 and 400 by 2035 as part of its ‘Belt and Road’ initiative and India has set aside $2 billion for airport development over the next 15 years as it looks to make air travel affordable for its people and grow air links across the region.

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