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Dreamliners don’t crack: Boeing 787 survives fatigue testing

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner's carbon composite structure can take the punishment of a lifetime — three times over. That’s the result of a five-year fatigue test of the third 787 built, which has been through a mechanized stress test mimicking more than 160,000 take-offs and landing. This is more than ...

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Boeing lifts 20-year industry demand forecast

Boeing lifts 20-year industry demand forecast A day after Boeing formally launched the MAX 10, the largest member of the new single-aisle jet family seating up to 230 passengers, it announced a further 153 orders for the airplane. A similar plane is the rival Airbus‘ A330neo but Delaney said Boeing‘s jet could cut flying costs…
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Boeing launches MAX 10 at Paris Air Show

Boeing launched the new 737 MAX 10 on the opening day of the Paris Air Show, reporting that it has 240 orders and commitments to announce this week. It initially made public less than half of those Monday, but said more orders will be announced in Paris later, including one large one. Of the 108…
Paris Air show

Paris Air Show Preview: This Will Be ‘The Big Thing’

Boeing ‘s  launch of its 737 Max 10 stretch and more details on a completely new midrange plane will likely be the big news stories out of the Paris Air Show, which starts Monday. Still, overall expectations are subdued for this year’s event, with orders expected to be down. After a buying frenzy a few…
Airbus A320neo

Airbus A320neo ‘major step change for fleet efficiency’, says easyJet

EasyJet received its first Airbus A320neo after a ceremony at the manufacturer’s headquarters in France EasyJet has taken delivery of an aircraft which it believes will play a major role in reducing its fuel costs and environmental footprint. The carrier received its first Airbus A320neo following a ceremony at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Toulouse, France.…
Iran Airbus

Iran’s fresh deals with Airbus put Trump under pressure

Deals signed between two Iranian airlines and Airbus Aerospace Company have put US President Donald Trump under pressure, said an article appeared on a US daily on Saturday. “Two Iranian airlines made prospective deals with Airbus on Thursday (June 22) to buy 73 jetliners, a signal that the global aerospace industry is betting such sales…
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Although overshadowed, Boeing Dreamliner still in demand

The North Charleston-built 787-10 Dreamliner was among the Boeing Co. commercial planes on display at this year’s Paris Air Show. Provided/Boeing Co. Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner took a back seat to the 737 MAX-10 at this week’s Paris Air Show, but there were still plenty of highlights for the wide-body plane the aerospace giant makes…
Why Boeing wants to build an even bigger 737

Paris Air show – Boeing Leads Airbus in Orders

Boeing outdueled its European rival in the traditional Paris Air Show order battle last week, collecting incremental orders and commitments for 571 airplanes worth $74.8 billion at list prices. Airbus’s total value of new orders/commitments totaled $39.7 billion, marking the first time since 2012 that Boeing announced more business than did Airbus at a major…
Boeing and Airbus jets

Airbus concedes defeat to Boeing in Paris order race

Boeing MAX 10 Separately, another Chinese carrier, Donghai Airlines, opted to convert an earlier order for 10 smaller Max jets to 10 Max 10s, as did Malaysia Airlines, while Panama’s Copa Airlines converted an order for 15. Aercap now has 100 737 MAX airplanes on order. Delta announced Tuesday at 8:33 a.m. ET that it…
Boeing 787 scale model

Boeing lifts 20-year industry demand forecast

Boeing lifts 20-year industry demand forecast A day after Boeing formally launched the MAX 10, the largest member of the new single-aisle jet family seating up to 230 passengers, it announced a further 153 orders for the airplane. A similar plane is the rival Airbus‘ A330neo but Delaney said Boeing‘s jet could cut flying costs…
Boeing 737 Max

Boeing launches MAX 10 at Paris Air Show

Boeing launched the new 737 MAX 10 on the opening day of the Paris Air Show, reporting that it has 240 orders and commitments to announce this week. It initially made public less than half of those Monday, but said more orders will be announced in Paris later, including one large one. Of the 108…

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Latest Updates in Aviation Technology

Airbus A380 superjumbo could be even larger, with bigger wings

By airnationcrew | June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Airbus A380 superjumbo may sprout extended wings as the European manufacturer intensifies studies into the addition of curved extensions aimed at reducing drag and boosting efficiency. The so-called winglets, which on the A380 would each measure as much as 5 meters, could reduce fuel burn by up to 4 percent by dissipating the vortexes…

Boeing Announces Study for Self-Flying Airliners

By airnationcrew | June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Boeing has announced that it is going to begin studying autonomous flying technologies that could eventually be implemented in passenger airliners, according to Reuters . “The basic building blocks of the technology clearly are available,” said Mike Sinnett, Boeing‘s vice president of product development. The announcement comes a week and a half before the annual…

Russia squares up to Boeing and Airbus with maiden flight of jet

By airnationcrew | May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Irkut Corporation/EPA carried out the maiden flight of its new MS-21 medium-range passenger aircraft on Sunday, its first post-Soviet foray into production of a mainline commercial aircraft which it hopes will rival those of its western competitors. In a surprise statement, manufacturer Irkut Corporation and its state-controlled parent company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said an…

No-one mentions elephant in sky in ‘new’ Aerion SST ‘development’

By airnationcrew | May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The main disappointment of the week when it comes to aviation advances was the half-baked reporting of claimed ‘assistance’ for the very long running Aerion as2 supersonic corporate jet ‘successor’ to the defunct Concorde from the engine designer and maker GE.  Even Bloomberg went soft on this. In this report it says the as2 is…

Rolls-Royce Wants to Put Its Engines in the Boeing 797

By airnationcrew | May 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

U.K. engine maker targeting position on new mid-market jet CEO East says no ambition as yet to seek partner for project Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc will bid to power a new short-haul jetliner being designed by Boeing Co. as the U.K. engine maker seeks to re-enter a market it quit in 2011. Rolls is preparing a…

A flying car you will actually be able to buy this year

By airnationcrew | April 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you too can soon fly around in a car. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light-framed plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine…

The hybrid plane : Boeing and JetBlue back hybrid-electric craft

By airnationcrew | April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Boeing and JetBlue have turned their sights to hybrid-electric planes. The two aviation giants revealed this week that they are investing in a little-known company called Zunum Aero , a startup developing alternative propulsion aircraft. Zunum is working to build 10-50 seat planes that ‘sip fuel only when they have to,’ and the firm claims…

Embraer Flies the E195-E2, the Most Efficient New-Generation Jet in the World, Ahead of Schedule

By airnationcrew | April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

 Ten months after the first flight of the E190-E2, today Embraer performed the inaugural flight of another member of the E2 family, ahead of schedule. This Wednesday, the E195-E2, the largest aircraft of the family–and the most efficient aircraft in the single aisle jet market—took off for the first time. The flight, originally scheduled for…

Airbus to run parcel-delivery drone trial in Singapore

By airnationcrew | March 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

AVIATION giant Airbus said it will reveal more details “in the coming months” about an unmanned parcel-delivery drone trial in Singapore, one that could be extended to transporting passengers too. Its comments come a day after the city-state’s Ministry of Transport told The Business Times that it is talking to some firms about trying out…

How to make easy headlines with a jet electric

By airnationcrew | March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Wright One jet electric, in dream form There is nothing not to like about an all electric short haul 150 seat jet providing emissions free flight within 10 years, apart from the chasm between concept and entry into service. Such a proposal, claiming the ‘interest’ of the large and very successful low cost Euro…

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Beijing New Airport Terminal Building 1 - Zaha Hadid

Plans for world’s largest airport terminal – Zaha Hadid

China currently boasts the world’s largest building, could soon be home to the world’s tallest pair of towers, and according to Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), we will soon be able to add an airport passenger terminal to the list. The firm has unveiled plans for its Beijing New Airport Terminal Building, which it says will…
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Istanbul Airport

Istanbul New Airport terminal construction 95 pct complete

The countdown for the opening of Istanbul’s third airport, known as Istanbul New Airport, has started. About 95 percent of the construction of the terminal building has been completed; elevators and escalators have been installed in some sections and installation of the facade and roof has commenced. The rough construction of the Air Traffic Control…
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Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar

Skytrax World’s Best Airport Award

In news that should come as little surprise to global air travelers, Singapore’s done it again. For the fifth year in a row the city-state’s Changi Airport has been named “world’s best airport” at the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards. The awards, announced during a ceremony in Amsterdam on March 14, are based on millions…
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News About Pilots

News About Pilots

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FAA Seeks Improved Pilot Mental Health Evaluations

An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) composed of both aviation and medical experts, working in conjunction with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions, will strive to create a holistic approach to improving pilot mental health evaluations, in part by encouraging voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues. “While some conditions automatically disqualify someone from flying, many pilots…
Andreas Lubitz Germanwings pilot

In wake of deliberate German Airbus crash, FAA still has no formal mental exam for U.S. airline pilots

While the poor mental health of a co-pilot is suspected as the cause of the deadly Germanwings Airbus 320 crash in the French Alps last month, and pilot mental health issues are believed to have played roles in six other believed-intentional airliner crashes during the past 20 years, the Federal Aviation Administration does not require…
A pilots view

A Pilot’s View: Queenstown, New Zealand

Sometimes what a pilot sees in a day, people won’t see in their lifetimes. New Zealand has some truly amazing scenery.