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Feature News January 2019

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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


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.

To read the full version of this informative article written by Cleofe Maceda! … fly there


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

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

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

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


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.

To read the full version of this informative article written by Elan Head! … fly there


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

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


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.

To read the full version of this informative article written by Linden Coppell! … fly there


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

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.

To read the full version of this informative article written by Joe Bates! … fly there