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Germanwings A320 Crashes in Southern France

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An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. (www.reuters.com) المزيد...

Father, daughter team-up to fly American Airlines jet

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It was Co-pilot Jen Byrne's 1st anniversary with AA and she gets to fly with her father, Scott Byrne, an AA Captain. (www.msn.com) المزيد...

Dassault Falcon 7X Climbs To 49,000 Feet To View Solar Eclipse

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A trio of Dassault Falcon 7X executive jets, packed with observation equipment, journeyed to the North Atlantic at nearly 50,000 feet in order to chase a rare chance to see the black sun. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) المزيد...

Germanwings Intentionally Crashed? Cockpit Door Locked Out One Pilot

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The New York Times is reporting the cockpit voice recorder indicates one pilot refused to allow the other back into the cockpit as he crashed the plane intentionally. (www.nytimes.com) المزيد...

Alaska Airlines employee uses her own credit card to get stranded Delta passenger home

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When a stranded Delta passenger came to her for help, an Alaska Airlines flight attendant didn’t just pay it forward, she pulled out her own credit card and paid out of her own pocket. Miriam Thomas was stranded in Ontario, California after the kind of nightmare flight scenario that stresses you out just to read about it. Thomas was trying to get home to Vancouver and immediately ran into issues with her ticket, which was issued without a seat assignment. She said that Delta employees told her… (roadwarriorvoices.com) المزيد...

Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) المزيد...

(Video) Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

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Inevitably there will be questions about cockpit access procedures; here is a video explaining how it works on an Airbus. (www.youtube.com) المزيد...

Pilot’s DSLR Jammed Airliner Joystick and Caused it to Plummet, Investigation Finds

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Dozens of military personnel were injured when an RAF transport plane on its way to Afghanistan nose-dived 4,400ft after the captain's camera became lodged alongside the aircraft's joystick. In 27 seconds of chaos, the plane lost 4,400ft in altitude, throwing passengers and crew without seatbelts towards the ceiling, injuring 33 of those on board. (www.dailymail.co.uk) المزيد...

Government halts enrollment of veterans in helicopter flight program

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The federal government, concerned about violations that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, has barred new enrollment of military veterans in an Arizona flight program and is reviewing the conduct of a second, Utah-based school. The two programs cost the government at least $40 million last year, based on enrollments and average cost data. (www.latimes.com) المزيد...

Cessna Skylane makes emergency landing on highway

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A Cessna Skylane (N442SS) made an emergency landing after losing power on a flight from Ohio to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. There were no injuries. (www.foxcarolina.com) المزيد...

Airbus A320, Jet in Tuesday’s Germanwings Crash, Has Strong Safety Record

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The Airbus A320, the type of plane that was involved in Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps, is flown by every major U.S. airline and has a strong safety record. More than 6,000 A320 family jets – which include the A319 and the A321 – are in service across the globe.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) المزيد...

New cockpit policy for Air Canada

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Following the fatal Germanwings crash, Air Canada has announced it will be implementing a policy change requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit of all flights at all times. (www.ctvnews.ca) المزيد...

2 more Galileo satellites launched from French Guiana spaceport for EU navigation system

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KOUROU, French Guiana – A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system. Arianespace says the seventh and eighth Galileo spacecraft were placed into orbit Friday evening. (www.canadianbusiness.com) المزيد...

(Video) MV-22 Osprey Close-Up Aerial Refueling

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U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa completed an aerial refueling mission from Morón Air Base, Spain, Feb. 25, 2015. Two MV-22B Ospreys connected to refueling lines on a KC-130J, which refueled the Ospreys over the Atlantic Ocean. (youtu.be) المزيد...

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Aviation expert wants Australia to prove plane is in Indian Ocean

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A military aviation technology expert has written to the Australian government to debunk its theory that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is lying in the southern Indian Ocean. (www.ibtimes.co.uk) المزيد...

New Website Look for FlightAware on 10th Anniversary

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The team at FlightAware is proud to announce the release of a new site design, with the following features: We have improved and streamlined site search. We’ve replaced the three orange search boxes on the left (Private flight tracker, Airline flight tracker, and Airport tracker/info) with a single search box at the top of the page. You can now search for airports, airlines, flight numbers, and private aircraft in this single box. As you type, suggestions will appear. You can select your desired… (flightaware.com) المزيد...

List of aircraft accidents and incidents intentionally caused by pilots

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On March 24, 2015, Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed in France, supposedly following intentional actions by the copilot. All 150 passengers and crew were killed. The following is a list of airliner accidents and incidents assumed or rumored to have been caused by the a deliberate action of a pilot, compiled from the Aviation Safety Network files. General aviation aircraft are not included. (news.aviation-safety.net) المزيد...

American Airlines Ends All In-Flight Duty-Free Sales Effective Immediately

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American Airlines ended all in-flight sales of duty-free items on board its international flights late last week. The Fort Worth-based airline is currently in the process of removing duty-free items, catalogs, and ads from its planes but actual sales ended on Thursday and Friday of last week.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) المزيد...

Restored Doc B29 Emerges on 70th Anniversary

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It looks like Fifi, the only known B-29 to maintain airworthy status, will soon have some welcome company in the skies. After several decades, the efforts to bring the B-29 bomber named Doc from its dormancy in the Mojave Desert to back into the skies has taken one giant step in the right direction. (www.flyingmag.com) المزيد...

CAE awarded contracts valued at more than C$70 million for five full-flight simulators and update services

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Montreal, Canada, March 25, 2015 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE today announced that it has sold five full-flight simulators (FFSs) and simulator update services to customers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) المزيد...

Ottawa imposes new airline cockpit rules in wake of Germanwings crash

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Effective immediately, any Canadian airline carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Thursday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) المزيد...

Aviation needs to replace an entire generation of staff in the next 15 years – ICAO

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ICAO secretary general, Raymond Benjamin, today warned that the aviation industry is facing the “critical challenge” of replacing an entire generation of staff and coping with a doubling of capacity over the next 15 years. (www.airport-world.com) المزيد...

Frustration with U.S. airlines is soaring

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For flight changes or cancellations, which can run into the hundreds of dollars. For seat assignments, which can cost around $50 per seat. For checked bag, usually around $25 per bag. For priority boarding, about $50. (www.cbsnews.com) المزيد...

Amsterdam Schipol flights cancelled after power outage

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A major power cut has hit Amsterdam and surrounding towns, causing all flights to and from the city's Schiphol airport to be temporarily cancelled. Incoming flights are being diverted from Schiphol airport - one of Europe's busiest terminals. (www.bbc.com) المزيد...

FAA Flight Service Program Changes

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To help reduce costs, on October 1, 2015, the FAA will combine Flight Watch Services with the same service that supplies NOTAMs, TFRs, and flight plan services. Dedicated Flight Watch frequencies will be decommissioned. Additionally on the same date, the FAA will eliminate the domestic flight plan format, and implement flight plan filing exclusively using the format used by the ICAO. Finally, the Remote Airport Advisory Service (RAAS) will be phased out. (www.faa.gov) المزيد...

Facebook wants solar drone to bring Internet far and wide

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At its F8 conference on Thursday, Facebook revealed that it had made a first test flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle. That drone, though, was a small-scale model -- used to test out the aerodynamics -- of a much larger, and solar-powered, one that the company aims to send aloft as it works to bring the Internet to millions more people around the world. The big Facebook drone, called Aquila, will hold its first test flight this summer, Facebook vice president of engineering Jay Parikh told the… (www.cnet.com) المزيد...

US airlines endorse ATC privatization

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American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker told Congress that US airlines favor moving US air traffic control (ATC) to “a commercialized, non-profit type governance structure.” (atwonline.com) المزيد...

American Airlines Blends Loyalty Plans as Merger Nears End

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American Airlines Group Inc., formed in the 2013 merger with US Airways Group, is moving a step closer to completing the tie-up by combining the carriers’ frequent-flier plans on March 28. (www.bloomberg.com) المزيد...

Aeroflot Group will take delivery of 152 aircraft over the next three years

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Aeroflot Group (comprises Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, Rossiya – Russian Airlines, Pobeda, Aurora Airlines and Donavia) will take delivery of 152 aircraft (both Russian-produced and foreign-produced ones) over the next three years, said in the carrier’s statement, RIA Novosti reports (www.ruaviation.com) المزيد...

Severe hard landing stranded Malaysia Airlines jet in Melbourne

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A severe hard landing by a Malaysia Airlines A330 at Melbourne Airport has kept it stranded there for the last 10 days pending inspections, any necessary repairs and now, an investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. (blogs.crikey.com.au) المزيد...

Delta and Virgin Atlantic expand their trans-Atlantic joint venture schedule this weekend

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) are celebrating a significant expansion of their trans-Atlantic partnership with the introduction of six new daily services. (worldairlinenews.com) المزيد...

FAA: American Airlines to Obtain Single Operating Certificate on April 8

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American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in February 2013, is continuing to make progress as it attempts to combine the two carriers into the world’s largest airline. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) المزيد...

Easyjet raises profit forecast on fall in oil price and euro

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Easyjet has raised its profit forecast because of the weakening euro and lower oil price. Previous guidance that it would make a pre-tax loss of £10m to £30m for the six months to 31 March had been revised, the carrier said. (www.bbc.com) المزيد...

Breitling Jet Team's First USA Tour

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Comprised of seven L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 435 mph, and have flown across 36 countries all over the world to-date.The Breitling Jet Team will begin their tour at Sun n’ Fun in Lakeland, FL, with stops in Maryland, the Jones Beach Air Show in NY, the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, SeaFair in Seattle, WA, and the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV. For the full schedule, please visit www.breitling-jet-team.com. (www.warbirdsnews.com) المزيد...

Boeing 757 EcoDemo Focuses On Laminar And Active Flow

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Test flights are getting underway of a Boeing 757 with an actively blown vertical tail and new wing-leading-edge sections, which could pave the way for the wider use of natural laminar and active flow control technology in future airliner designs. (aviationweek.com) المزيد...

FAA Offers Another Method to View Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Video

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The FAA is making its Introduction to Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) DVD available online to make it easier for ARFF personnel and first responders to view the video using their computer and other smart technology devices. The online ARFF video features an introduction and 11 segments on various ARFF-related topics. (www.faa.gov) المزيد...

To recline or not to recline? The war over airline seats

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THERE are around 160 seats on the Qantas 737-800 flying me from Brisbane to Perth and every one of them is in the upright position except the one in front of me. Well, that’s probably an exaggeration but that’s how it feels. (www.news.com.au) المزيد...

New MH370 Report Reveals Radar, Procedural Failings

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One year after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a factual document issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport to fulfill its obligations under ICAO Annex 13 has shed new light on the partial primary radar traces obtained after MH370’s secondary surveillance radar mode ceased to function. It also exposed failings in communications and procedures at Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Area Control Centre (ACC) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Operations Control Center (OCC). The director-general of… (www.ainonline.com) المزيد...

How Pilots Are Screened for Depression and Suicide

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While it’s not clear exactly why Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into a French mountainside, the black box from the cockpit raises questions about whether mental health issues were involved, and how aviation officials identify and monitor the mental health of pilots. (time.com) المزيد...

Airbus celebrates delivery of its 9,000th aircraft

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Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 9000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on 20th March 2015. The aircraft is the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir and will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network. “The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The range of aircraft we… (www.airbus.com) المزيد...

The Bombardier Challenger, CRJ, & Global Express

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Great write up on the development of these great Aircraft and the connection to Bill Lear (www.airvectors.net) المزيد...

Boeing's plans to bid for the new Air Force trainer contract

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Boeing is teaming with Saab, the Swedish maker of the Gripen fighter jet, to bid for the contract to build the T-38’s successor, nicknamed the T-X. (www.stltoday.com) المزيد...

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Flyover - Still Kicking

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The United States Air Force flew this B-52 Stratofortress all the way from Guam to Avalon in Australia to provide visitors to the Australian International Airshow with a chance to see this awesome aircraft flyby at speed. Once the display was done the aircraft headed back to Guam — all without landing on Australian soil. (www.uasvision.com) المزيد...

Airlines Keep Fuel Savings For Themselves

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While motorists were enjoying low pump prices, we found, air travelers were paying the same for a ticket as they were before the oil slump. (oilprice.com) المزيد...

Russia to reduce taxes for domestic airlines

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The Russian government has approved a bill to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) from 18% to 10% for airlines operating domestic flights. (atwonline.com) المزيد...

1937 Lockheed 10A 'Electra' Restoration

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A four-year restoration project of a 1937 Lockheed 10A “Electra” is nearly complete. The aircraft is a sister to the Lockheed Model 10 Electra flown by Amelia Earhart in 1937 when she disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean. (aviationweek.com) المزيد...

Boeing, Hainan Airlines, Sinopec Celebrate China's First Commercial Flight with Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

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BEIJING, March 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA], Hainan Airlines and Sinopec today celebrated China's first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China's commercial aviation industry. The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight – which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800 – used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China. Both of the airplane's… (boeing.mediaroom.com) المزيد...

Lufthansa CEO: 'safety in aviation not a given'

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Safety in aviation is not a given, the chief executive of Lufthansa said, a day after a plane operated by its Germanwings unit crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 onboard. (www.reuters.com) المزيد...

F-35 pilots are seeing double, but it's the plane that's drunk

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be stealthy, powerful and expensive, but the plane's greatest threat isn't the enemy. Instead, engineers have discovered a software glitch that gives these new super fighters the technological equivalent of double vision. F-35s are equipped with Advanced Sensor Fusion, a system that's designed to collate sensor data from all of the planes and combine them into one big picture. If you have 10 jets zooming around, all of the allied pilots and commanders will,… (www.engadget.com) المزيد...

Investigators Reach Germanwings Crash Scene in French Alps

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French investigators reached the scene of the Germanwings Airbus A320 accident late in the afternoon local time and have recovered one of the aircraft’s two recorders, although whether it was the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder was not announced. (atwonline.com) المزيد...

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