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The "Ghost Rider" B-52 Rises From The Grave To Ride Again

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U.S. Air Force serial number 61-0007, a B-52H known by its nose art as "Ghost Rider," was brought out of seven years of storage at the Defense Department's boneyard in Arizona. Its new mission? To replace an active B-52H that was badly damaged by fire while on the ground at Barksdale Air Force Base and make the USAF arms treaty-dictated fleet of 76 B-52s whole once again (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Altro...

First images of the world's largest airplane

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Holy crap, it's real! Behold the first glimpse of Paul Allen's crazy space venture: The largest airplane in history, a 385-foot (117-meter) wingspan beast designed to carry and launch a giant rocket to space, with a combined weigh of 1,200,000 pounds (540,000 kg)! Check out the mind-blowing photos. (sploid.gizmodo.com) Altro...

SLC In Motion (Timelapse)

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Time lapse video captures the beauty and activity of operations at Salt Lake City International Airport. (www.youtube.com) Altro...

Southwest Airlines forced to ground 128 Boeing 737 airplanes for inspections

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"Southwest Airlines confirmed Tuesday evening that it grounded 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft that day after it discovered that the airplanes had not received required inspections." (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) Altro...

United Continental Sent Safety Warning to Pilots

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United Continental Holdings Inc. ’s management sent a dramatic safety warning to its pilots last month, calling for stepped-up compliance with rules and procedures following several serious incidents caused by cockpit errors. The bulletin, issued Jan. 9 under the heading “significant safety concerns,” said it was prompted by four separate “safety events and near-misses” in previous weeks, including a plane whose pilots had to execute an emergency pull-up maneuver to avoid crashing into the… (consumerist.com) Altro...

Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control

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On Friday, September 26, 2014, a telecommunications contractor named Brian Howard woke early and headed to Chicago Center, an air traffic control hub in Aurora, Illinois, where he had worked for eight years. He had decided to get stoned and kill himself, and as his final gesture he planned to take a chunk of the US air traffic control system with him. (www.wired.com) Altro...

Bombardier Secures Flight Permit For First CS300 FTV; Eyes First Flight Feb. 26-28

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Transport Canada has issued a flight permit for the first Bombardier CS300 flight test vehicle (FTV) to join the CSeries flight test program. (atwonline.com) Altro...

Qatar Airways unbelievable rules for women

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It's one of the world’s fastest growing airlines with a modern fleet, but Qatar airlines has been rocked by reports revealing its shockingly archaic set of rules for female flight attendants. (www.news.com.au) Altro...

Allegiant To Buy Six More Airbus A319s

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Las Vegas, Nevada-based Allegiant Travel Co., parent of “ultra” low-cost carrier Allegiant Air, has agreed to purchase six additional Airbus A319 aircraft, as part of a plan to increase its A320 family fleet from 14 to 44 by the end of 2018. (atwonline.com) Altro...

American Airlines sends dozens of flights to their destinations without a single piece of luggage

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Well this is taking luggage handling incompetence to the next level. (roadwarriorvoices.com) Altro...

Bombardier gets green light for CSeries CS300 test flight

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Bombardier Inc. is preparing for its first flight next week of the larger version of its new C Series commercial airliner. The Montreal-based plane and train maker said on Friday that its CS300 prototype has been cleared for takeoff by Transport Canada. Weather permitting, the CS300’s first flight is scheduled to occur between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28. (www.theglobeandmail.com) Altro...

Airbus Prepares Handover Of Second A350 This Week

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Airbus is preparing the second A350-900 for delivery to Qatar Airways later this week. (aviationweek.com) Altro...

Gulfstream Breaks Round The World Record With Only One Fuel Stop

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Gulfstream's new ultra long-range G650ER set a record while flying around the world in one stop in an ass-numbing flight from New York to China and finally Savannah, Georgia. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Altro...

Oil rig Kiwi worker stands by his statement that MH370 came down in the ocean

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An oil rig worker who was notoriously fired by his company for saying he saw MH370 come down. Today insisted he thinks the offical search for the MAS Boeing 777-200 is happening in the wrong place. Mike Mckay 57 told mail online almost a year has past,but I stand by what I saw. He state seeing the orange fire ball with black smoke trails which was a wide bodied aircraft come down into the Indian Ocean. Many of his working mates also made this statement to back him up. But no proof has being… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Altro...

New Airbus A321neo Offers New Long Haul Potential Across Africa

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Airbus has launched The A321neo on the back of an order from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) with the additional range on offer from the re-engining creating new opportunities for African operators with the potential for true Pan African operations. (www.africanaerospace.aero) Altro...

Piaggio Makes First Drone Flight Of An Unmanned Catfish

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Piaggio has successfully removed the pilot from the Italian aircraft manufacturer's popular twin-engine, turboprop, pusher-type executive transport. The P.180 – affectionately referred to as "the flying catfish" – has been redesigned into an unmanned aircraft for the Italian Air Force, and it's got a new name: the Hammerhead. The new P.1HH HammerHead is a multi-purpose drone powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66B turboprop engines designed to perform intelligence,… (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Altro...

Video of Russian Tu-95 bomber shadowed by RAF and French fighters

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First post ever to FA, but found this video fascinating: a film inside Tu-95 as it's escorted by RAF Typhoons and French Mirage jets over northern Europe. (www.youtube.com) Altro...

Bombardier CS300: first flight confirmed for today, February 27

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Bombardier confirmed the first flight of its CS300 for today, February 27, at Mirabel, near Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (ir.bombardier.com) Altro...

Japan's First Jet Airliner Is Still Shrouded In Misinformation

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Recent reports that the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is scheduled to make it's first flight this May were quietly squashed with a notice that this announcement was not from within the company. As the first test flight has already been pushed back three times, does this spreading misinformation point to even more delays? (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Altro...

Air Pacific Fiji airways makes profit for it's first financial Qaurter

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Fiji airways has announced a record profit for the airline in many years since re branding it's former name AIR PACIFIC to Fiji airways. The Fijian Government says it has a record profit of 17.2 million before 1st of April 2015. Yet this has happened before when they also forecast a profit of 20 million last year. This was apparently in correct and revised down to a loss. Surprisingly a few months ago it was considering not adding a fourth A330 to it's fleet because of financial problems come… (fijivillage.com) Altro...

NTSB Open Docket of Bagram Cargo Crash Documents

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I had always assumed that the Bagram crash was caused by shifting cargo. I'd just assumed that the plane's balance shifted out of the envelope. It had never occured to me that the load actually went through the back of the plane, taking out the stabilizer. Interesting read in advance of the final report. (fearoflanding.com) Altro...

Awesome Blue Angels

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Watch how these pilots endure multiple g's.Amazing view from inside the cockpit as they do their acrobatics at a show. (www.youtube.com) Altro...

Extended service: top 10 long-range business jets

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The news this week that Pratt & Whitney Canada has received certification for the engines that will power Gulfstream’s new G500 and G600 business jets has naturally turned attention to the long-range, large-cabin market sector those two aircraft will be contesting. (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

Collision in Jeddah between a car and a A321 (photo)

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An Airbus single-aisle hit a car from the aiport service on the intl King Abdulaziz of Djebba in Saoudi Arabia. The check-up is one lightweight injured ( the driver of the car ) and material damage to both the car and the plane. Thursday febuary 19 at 3:15 pm local time an Airbus 321-200 of Saudi Arabian Airlines, witch taxi to to Photos: http://www.air-journal.fr/2015-02-21-collision-a-jeddah-entre-une-voiture-de-la-ram-et-un-a321-photos-5137239.html/air-journal_djeddah-incident-vehicule (www.air-journal.fr) Altro...

Top 10 Latin American Scheduled Airlines by Fleet Size

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Can you guess the top airline in Latin America? Here is a countdown to the biggest fleet... (aviationweek.com) Altro...

5 Surprising Facts About Aircraft Lavatories

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From smoking to flushing to urban legends, here are 5 facts about airplane bathrooms. (aviationweek.com) Altro...

(Video) Boeing training on open window operations

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"Boeing 737 window opening on take off and actions to take. Includes window operations on the B717, 737, 757, 767, and 777. Copyright to the Boeing Company" (www.youtube.com) Altro...

Plane lands safely after landing gear failure near Wichita airport

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WICHITA, Kan. - An airplane carrying 67 passengers landed safely at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Wednesday night after reporting landing gear failure about four minutes out from the airport. (www.kwch.com) Altro...

Flight attendant recalls dicey days of early flight in Alaska

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The passenger was terrified. On board a winter flight to Kodiak, heavy turbulence relentlessly bounced the DC3 as it made its way through the pitch-black sky, and a young stewardess was out of options. Ellen Wilson had tried everything she could to calm one passenger’s nerves -- to no avail. It was the 1950s, and although commercial aviation was opening transportation options like never before across Alaska, being airborne still frightened some people. (www.adn.com) Altro...

Air New Zealand in doubt over sight seeing flights to Antarctica

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Back in February of 2012 many families who lost loved ones on the DC10-30 ZK-NZP TE901 accident in the Antarctica had revisited the sight of what remains the memorial and the wreckage of flight TE901 on the lower slopes of Mt Erebus. Air New Zealand put on a specail public charter using there own B744 too the ice after 35 years ago when they lost one of there DC10-30 aircraft.257 passengers and crew perished. Now the airline has run into trouble trying to find a suitable wide bodied aircraft for… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Altro...

Warning over toxic fumes in plane cabins

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Toxic fumes in cabin air pose a health risk to frequent fliers and aircrew, a coroner has said in a landmark report. Stanhope Payne, the senior coroner for Dorset, said people regularly exposed to fumes circulating in planes faced “consequential damage to their health”. (www.telegraph.co.uk) Altro...

Air France Jet Stranded in Manchester as Pilot Runs Out of Hours

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The flight had already been six hours late when it left New York because of bad weather. (www.bloomberg.com) Altro...

Behind the United Airlines Fare Glitch

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A recent pricing error on United Airlines’ fares allowed thousands of people to book trans-Atlantic flights from the United Kingdom for as little as $50, along with business and first class for under $100 by selecting the Danish Kroner as their form of currency. (airwaysnews.com) Altro...

A fascinating view into the US Air Force boneyards

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You can zoom in this 48-megapixel image of the USAF boneyard in Tucson, Arizona—stitched from Bing Maps satellite images—and try to identify all those airplanes. Or you can watch this USAF documentary on how the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country to keep the active fleet flying.* (sploid.gizmodo.com) Altro...

Airbus Posts Higher 2014 Profit and Increases A320 Build Rates

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Airbus Group NV reported a 15 percent gain in annual profit after increasing commercial plane deliveries and announced plans to boost monthly production of its workhorse A320 single-aisle aircraft to 50 a month by 2017. Earnings for 2014 before interest, tax and one-time items rose to 4.07 billion euros ($4.56 billion ) from 3.54 billion euros, beating estimates by analysts for 3.84 billion euros. The company took a charge of 551 million euros for penalties related to delays of its A400M… (www.bloomberg.com) Altro...

WestJet Encore kicks off operations out of Québec City – New carrier to offer more flights to Toronto

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QUÉBEC CITY, Feb. 25, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Starting March 15, travelers will have access to more WestJet flights to and from Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. The airline’s regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore, will ramp up WestJet’s service by operating two daily flights to Toronto Pearson International Airport, WestJet’s hub in Eastern Canada. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) Altro...

Quebec government holds out lifeline to Bombardier: ‘We have the money available’

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The Quebec government is pledging to bail out Bombardier Inc. if the aerospace company gets into a deeper crunch — an offer that fits with the company’s long history in the province, say market watchers, and the jobs at stake if it fails. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) Altro...

Rolls Royce to fly Trent XWB engine with largest 3D printed part

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Rolls Royce will flight test later this year is new Trent XWB-97 engine with what it claims to be the largest component ever built using Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

Boeing, Transavia Announce Order for Up to 20 Next-Generation 737-800s

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SEATTLE, Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Transavia Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air France KLM Group, today announced an order for 17 Next-Generation 737-800s, including options for three additional airplanes. The order, valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices, was previously booked and attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. (boeing.mediaroom.com) Altro...

Regulator: United doesn't need to accept mistake fares

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On February 11, for a period of about four hours, United's Danish site showed fares from the U.K. to various destinations around the world at a fraction of their intended prices. The error was caused by third-party software supplied to United (UAL), the airline said. (money.cnn.com) Altro...

Thomas cook B753 near Budapest, smoke in flight deck

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B753 by markyharky (license CC by) A Thomas Cook Boeing 757-300, registration G-JMAA performing flight MT-1125 from Sofia (Bulgaria) to London Gatwick,EN (UK) with 280 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 100nm south of Budapest when the crew declared PAN reporting "smoke in the flight deck" and decided to divert to Budapest. While descending towards Budapest the crew performed the smoke drills and subsequently reported that the smoke and fumes in the flight deck had dissipated… (www.aeroinside.com) Altro...

Claims have being made that MH370 flew to the Antartica and crashed

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Claims made by NZ have said the MH370 B772 made three turns before it disappeared of radar and headed towards the Antarctica and maybe down on the ice some where. The claim comes to say the plane had flown a lot longer after it's disappearance and could have gone south towards the harsh environment. I personally doubt that as the flying time and fuel on board would have run out way before the plane entered the Antarctica region. Further more it could be speculation again as Mc Murdo tower would… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Altro...

Holy Cow! Plane clips another and keeps on going.

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A Korean Air Airbus A330 clips another plane during takeoff and seemingly doesn't realize it. (finance.yahoo.com) Altro...

Lockheed Unveils Longer-Endurance Fury UAV

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Lockheed Martin has tweaked the design of the flying wing-shaped Fury unmanned air vehicle (UAV) as it pursues contracts from US special operations forces and the international market (www.flightglobal.com) Altro...

FAA investigating near miss on O'Hare runway last week

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Whoops.. Can't imagine what could be wrong with turning on to an active runway without permission... (www.chicagotribune.com) Altro...

Hail Breaks Airbus Windshield and Destroys Nosecone

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A Brazilian Airbus A321-200 operating as TAM airlines flight JJ-3307 had to return to Rio de Janeiro and perform an emergency landing after sustaining substantial damage upon entering an embedded thunderstorm wrought with hail. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Altro...

Great photoset/tour of the world's largest aircraft An-225 Mriya

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A very unique aircraft (only 1 of these has been made), this guy got to fly on one and got a lot of nice pictures of the interior as well. (gelio.livejournal.com) Altro...

Air New Zealand up's the competition on airfares not a problem

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The Kiwi airline air new zealand has come out publicly stating it will up the anti on airfare war prices and add hundreds or thousands of seats to it's growing network worldwide. The CEO Chris Luxton said even though these are tough times for airfare wars they should have plenty of room to compete with there competitors. He also made a statement congratulating the CEO Allan Joyce of Qantas for a $ 206 million dollar profit for Qantas. In return Qantas CEO said air new zealand is the number one… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Altro...

How Pan Am Airways Dominated International Travel in the 1930s

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Starting with just a mail route, Juan Terry Trippe helped create a uniquely American luxury experience. (blog.longreads.com) Altro...

Boeing Lining Up Buyers for Early Overweight Dreamliners

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Boeing Co. has lined up buyers for 10 of the early, overweight 787 Dreamliners whose years in storage made them emblems of the jet’s factory woes and a drag on profit, people with knowledge of the plans said. The planes, dubbed “terrible teens” for their assembly struggles and their places near the start of the production run, have an assessed value of roughly $1 billion, or less than half the catalog price. The original customers balked because the aircraft were too heavy, limiting their… (www.bloomberg.com) Altro...